Don’t give up on your new year run res­o­lu­tion

Re­solve to keep up your new year res­o­lu­tion, even when you stum­ble

Runner's World (UK) - - In This Issue -

FALLEN OFF the work­out wagon? You’re not alone. BUPA research shows that 80 per cent of peo­ple who break a new year res­o­lu­tion do so within three months. But view­ing it as merely a blip, not an out­right fail­ure, will help get you back on track, ac­cord­ing to psy­chother­a­pist Richard O’con­nor, author of Rewire:

Change your Brain to Break Bad Habits (Plume Books). ‘When we’re try­ing to form a new habit like eat­ing right or ex­er­cis­ing, we can eas­ily be dis­cour­aged by a bad day,’ he says. ‘We can give up and feel we’ve wasted a lot of ef­fort – but that’s not the case. All the days you suc­cess­fully man­aged more con­struc­tive be­hav­iour leave traces in the brain.’ And that, says O’con­nor, makes get­ting back on track eas­ier. A study from Univer­sity Col­lege Lon­don bears him out. It fol­lowed 100 peo­ple as they tried to form new habits and found no long-term con­se­quences from the oc­ca­sional slip-up.

RUN IT OFF If you break your new year res­o­lu­tion, just get back on the road

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