Tis the season – New Years is notoriously the time when people set their fitness, diet, health and weight related goals. If you are going to use the New Year as the date to get started why not start at Thanksgiving and work towards New Year and use holiday appropriate celebrations such as Turkey and Jingle Bell Trots as incentives to start a new and healthy lifestyle.
Between Thanksgiving and New Years there are approximately 6 weeks to set yourself onto a healthier path. Before Thanksgiving pick a local Turkey Trot to either run or walk. In the South Palm Beach area there was the JCC Thanksgiving Day and further south the Tamarac Turkey Trot. These are both great races, tons of fun and will set you on the path to a healthier and fitter lifestyle.
The second race of this plan is a “Holiday Mile” or 5K Race. Many cities have Holiday Miles now where crowds run down Main Street as part of a tree lighting or holiday parade event. Set a one-year goal that In 12 Months you will know a minute off your mile or run the entire course. The Boca PAL Holiday Mile put on by Runners Edge foundation is a fun mile before the parade and Coral Springs also has a Holiday Mile. If your town does not have a mile or 5K they may have a Jingle Bell trot around Christmas time that you could also run.
Lastly commit to run a 5K for the New Year! Many towns have 5K, 10K events around New Years Day. Boca 5K & 10K now in its 35th Year is adding a Fitness Challenge to allow those who don’t run to participate in a fitness event for the end of the year. Synergy Fitness Boca is designing the Fitness Challenge, which will allow all fitness levels and age groups to participate. Check local race calendars for Resolution Runs and Commitment 5K’s.
Look at that you could be sitting planning on getting healthy and fit in 2014 but if you started at Thanksgiving you would have a 6 week jump start on your health and fitness goals – so what are you waiting for. Sign up for a race, join a gym and get healthy!