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Strava runner and fitness blogger, Susie Chan shares her top 5 tips for kick starting your pre-wedding fitness regime - and sticking to it
1. Set a (realistic) goal:
"Setting a goal is the first step in getting to where you want to be. Your goal should be specific, measurable, and most importantly - attainable. Set yourself a realistic aim, this will help avoid setting yourself up to fail, and you'll feel great once you've hit that goal."
Strava's Year in Sport 2017 data, collected from more than 136 million runs around the world found that of those who set a goal in January, 9 out of 10 are still active almost a year later, so this is definitely the first step to long term success.
2. Find a friend:
"Partner up with a pal and get some regular training sessions in the diary. You'll be surprised how much more motivated you feel when you've got someone to keep fit with."
According to Strava data, people who exercise with friends are 22% more active.
3. Join a club:
"Keep an eye out for clubs and groups that'll help you achieve your goals and resolutions. From new mum running clubs, to clubs built around communities getting fit by doing good deeds, there's a group out there to cater to most fitness interests and abilities."
Members of Strava fitness clubs are almost 50% more active than non-members.
4. Get up early:
"If you find it hard to get out of bed in the mornings, try incentivising yourself to get out the door. Prep your training kit the night before, don't forget to set an alarm to help get you up and out, or even better, organise to meet a friend so you won't want to let them down! Reward yourself for getting up early after training."
Strava found that morning people are 43% more consistent when it comes to working out.
5. Start commuting:
"Why not give run-commuting a go? It's one of my favourite ways to get training in. If you find the idea of an entire commute too daunting, simply get off the train or bus before your stop and run the rest of the way."
For more information, visit www.strava.com