5 Ways To Stick With Your Fitness Resolutions Beyond January

Posted by Cassie Ryan on Feb 6, 2019 9:50:05 AM

 

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January 2019 has come and gone in a flash. So how are you doing with those New Years Resolutions a month in? At the start of each year, many of us set goals to become healthier versions of ourselves – whether that be to join a gym, go to the gym more often, eat better, bike to work at least once a week, and anything in between. The Holidays typically have us stressed with the pressures of society combined with an abundance of decadent food, resulting in an effort to live a healthier lifestyle at the start of the new year. But as time slips by, it’s all too easy to fall back into old, bad habits while you get swept up in your busy day-to-day life. So what can you do to keep yourself in check for the long haul? Here are 5 things you can do to keep your motivation flowing:

 

1. Use a Fitness Watch

 

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If you don’t already own a fitness tracking device, this is the perfect time to pick one up. Luckily there are plenty on the market these days in a range of price points, so you’ll likely be able to find something that works for you and your budget. These devices are great for setting goals, keeping track of your step count, seeing how far you’ve run, how much elevation you’ve climbed and more. Think of your smartwatch or fitness tracker as your personal coach – and you don’t want to let them down.

 

2. Get a Workout Buddy

 

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If a piece of technology isn’t enough to keep you motivated, find a real person who will! Having a partner makes your workouts, runs or rides more fun, and you’re less likely to skip a day. Perhaps your significant other, friend or family member has similar aspirations. You can both benefit by keeping each other on track. If running is your jam, sign up for a race with your workout partner so you have a set date to train for.

 

3. No Excuses! Even When It’s Dark

 

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Just because it gets dark early or the sun hasn’t risen when you actually have time for your morning run or bike ride doesn’t mean you should blow it off. Nite Ize has great products for lighting your way and staying safe when you’re outside in the dark. For runners or walkers, our Radiant 250 Rechargeable Headlamp is perfect for seeing your way through dark neighborhood streets or paths. Make sure you’re staying safe and visible to cars with a SlapLit LED Slap Wrap or TagLit Magnetic LED Marker. If you’re commuting to work via bike, or simply out for a joy ride, be sure you pick up some Radiant Bike Lights for front and rear, and a couple of SpokeLit Wheel Lights for that crucial (and too often ignored) side visibility.

 

4. Journal It

 

 

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It’s easy to ignore your diet or skip your workout when you’re not holding yourself accountable. By keeping a journal dedicated to your goals, you can keep track of what you’re eating, how much weight you’ve lost and what your workouts consisted of. You can plug in information from your fitness tracker as well for an even more comprehensive view. If you’re more digital than analogue, there is a plethora of apps to help you monitor your goals. My Fitness Pal, JeFit, SparkPeople and Lifesum are a few to check out.

 

5. Treat Yo’ Self

Finally, always remember to go easy on yourself, even when trying to hold yourself accountable to your goals. Reward yourself in healthy ways when you’ve been killing it at pilates or staying on track with your diet. Find self-care practices that are right for you – it could be anything from taking a nice bath, treating your workout partner to a sushi night, getting a pedicure, or anything else you enjoy that won’t completely undo the hard work you’ve put in. Another great way to treat yourself and motivate is to buy some fun new gear. You’re bound to be more excited for your next class or session when you have brand new sneakers to break in or compression pants to try out.

Most importantly, be kind to yourself. Even the biggest fitness buffs have a hard time meeting their goals from time to time. Keep moving forward and make your future self proud.

Topics: Visibility and Safety, Run Safety, Fitness

Through the Lion’s Lair with Leo Lesperance – Interview by Matt Smoot

Posted by MJ Smoot on Jan 12, 2017 4:39:43 PM
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-Looking south towards Green Mountain near the summit of Mt. Sanitas (Boulder, CO)

For most trail runners, a lap around the Lion’s Lair Loop that summits Mt. Sanitas in Boulder, CO is quite an accomplishment. At 5.3 miles in length with over 1,300’ in elevation gain, the Lion’s Lair Loop is the type of run (or hike for that matter), that your average weekend warrior may feel like running once or twice a year. While Nite Ize’s Leo Lesperance may consider himself a “runner”, his epic total of 109 summits of Mt. Sanitas during 2016 is anything but average, it’s extraordinary.

I had a chance to speak with Leo about his 2016 goal of completing 100 laps on Mt. Sanitas, and to learn what he had in store for 2017. As you’ll discover, Leo is just getting started. (What follows are excerpts from an interview with Leo Lesperance in November of 2016 where we discussed how he got started running, what motivates him, and some run safety tips that Leo uses to stay safe while on the run).

  • Leo-Running.jpgHow long have you been running, and how did you get started? I’ve been running for a bit more than 4 years, and I started running because the company I was working for gave us pedometers and paid us to get steps. It kind of made sense, eventually I figured out that if I run I get those steps faster and I could be done doing it sooner. That’s how I got started. Started walking, turned into running.

  • Would you consider yourself to be a “runner” or identify yourself in some other way?  Maybe, maybe I’m a runner. You might be a runner if you’re running more than 30 miles a week on a regular basis.  I love running! It’s one of my absolute favorite things to do.

  • When I first heard that you set a goal of running 100 laps on Mt. Sanitas, I was blown away. That’s not an easy feat! When did you decide to run 100 laps on Mt. Sanitas?  I had run it on January 1st as a New Year’s run with a bunch of my friends, and maybe the next week when my friend said, “Oh hey, I know you had a really good Strava segment but sorry, I beat your time!” That kind of got me started, and I ended up saying, “Well, I can do this at least every Friday,” and by the end of January it turned into, “I can get 100 of these (laps on Mt. Sanitas) done by the end of the year.”

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                                                                                                                                                 -A view from the Lion's Lair Loop on Mt Sanitas

  • What do you like about running?  Have you seen any of the pictures that I post!?  Sunrises, mountain tops, the connection with nature when you’re outside which might lead to your next question. I’m a trail runner more than a road runner. It’s where I find peace; it’s where I find time to unravel my brain.

  • Do you still run on the road?  I don’t run on the road if I can avoid it. It makes me nervous. I don’t really like running alongside cars.  Especially, you know, with everybody on their phones and Facebook and Instagram. It’s definitely a concern.

  • What can you do as a runner to feel safer, and to be more visible while you’re running? Wear bright clothes, reflective gear, put lights on, headlamp or armbands. Anything that helps to attract other people’s attention. I get a lot of attention when I run with ShoeLits. People always tell me that those (ShoeLits) are the coolest thing they’ve ever seen. I usually wear the green or blue.

    My favorite time to run is when I can time my run to be somewhere when the sun rises which means I’m starting in the dark. And, my favorite Nite Ize product is the Radiant 250 Rechargeable Headlamp. I don’t use (run with) the spot light. I use the flood light, usually on low. On the trail it’s pretty perfect because there’s no other light, you don’t need a whole lot of light, and it radiates the right amount of light for what I need to see without being too harsh or have sharp edges. The spot light on that is pretty good too, but it’s brighter than I need for most trail runs.

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                                                                                                  -Leo on the summit of Mt Sanitas with the Indian Peaks in the background

  • Are there any other pieces of gear that you love to run with?  My phone. My phone has a kick ass camera and the reason I love running in nature is so that I can see it, and that I can look at it again.

  • Has there been a time that you’ve felt scared while on a trail run?  There are a number of times that I should have felt scared, but for some reason didn’t.  I think I’ve seen seven bears in the four years that I’ve been running, and one of them I almost ran into because I didn’t see it until the last second.  And, there have been two occasions that I tripped. The last time my friends were like, “I don’t know how you did what you did but one second your flying with your face and knee headed for a big rock, and the next second you did something to miss them both.”

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    -The bear that Leo almost ran into


  • Other than running, what activities do you participate in?  Y’know, the usual things.  Backcountry skiing, mountain biking, track cycling, climbing and ice hockey.

  • What are your goals for 2017? Hmmm. I think one of your other questions was, “What inspires you to run?” So, I’m going to start with that because I got into trail running by a colleague that I worked with who led a group run.

    He said, “Come on this Wednesday for a 5:30am run,” and I did it. It was my first time running a trail, Mt. Sanitas, during a downpour in late October. And, I didn’t miss that group (run) for another three years after that. Through that group I’ve met a number of friends, and they are all ultra-runners. Four of them are “Lead Men”. So, there’s some peer pressure to join that club. I also signed up for my first 50 mile ultra-race in February (2017).

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    -The summit of Mt. Sanitas in Boulder, CO



Topics: Run Safety

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