The holiday season is a perfect time to ditch your workouts with excuses of too little time, lack of energy, and no motivation. That doesn't have to be you! More and more people are turning toward a “running streak” to stay motivated, running at least one mile every single day, from Thanksgiving until the New Year.
Isn't running every single day bad for you? Running hard and long every single day will certainly lead to burnout or injury. However, you only need to run one mile every day to keep this streak alive, and that mile can be as slow and easy as you want it to be.
The streak is portable. You can do it at Aunt Bertha's house, in a hotel gym or on a tropical beach - if you are lucky enough to be there for the holidays.
It’s good both mentally and physically to switch up the distances and routes to maintain the streak. Try the treadmill one day, a hilly route one day and flat sidewalks another.
If you’re streaking temporarily mainly for the calorie-burning benefits, be sure to pump some iron, too. “Folks who are running to lose or keep weight off should also be strength training to maintain lean muscle mass,” says Jason Fitzgerald, a USA Track & Field certified coach.
Listen to Your Body
Your health and wellness should be the most important goal above and beyond your streak. If illness strikes, runners can continue through above-the-chest symptoms like a headache, sinus congestion or a runny nose. “If there’s a fever, then it’s best to focus on recovery and rest for a few days,” says Fitzgerald.
Stop if you’re injured. It is recommended that potential streakers should have been running on a regular basis for at least six months. “I think (the streak) can be a great way to keep your motivation going,” Spencer says. Just don’t get to the point where you’re obsessively maintaining the streak and it's not fun.
Like Priority Fitness Burbank on Facebook, if you have not already. You can post your progress and encourage others to maintain their streak all the way to the New Year.
Stay Active, Keep Moving and
Enjoy Your Food