Women's Running

Out with the Old (Habits) In with the New (Habits)

FOR MANY OF US, the beginning of a new calendar year provides the perfect excuse to rethink the behaviors that aren’t serving us. After all, everyone has bad habits and self-sabotaging behaviors they wish they could change. Some of us struggle to stick with a healthy diet or an exercise routine, while others let the negative voices in their head call the shots.

Trouble is, changing bad habits and behaviors isn’t easy. We often start with the best of intentions, but then life gets in the way and we quickly become sidetracked. “Something happens where we get out of the rhythm of it, and instead of catching ourselves, we’ll swing the opposite way, and it becomes all or nothing,” says mental-skills coach Carrie Cheadle, M.A.

The good news is with some planning and practice, it is possible to overcome this all-or-nothing approach. You just need to know how. To help, we tapped three experts and asked them to share their top tips for kicking some of the most common bad habits that runners struggle with.

Make this the year you finally drop your bad habit—for good.

BAD HABIT #1

Making excuses

today, so I deserve to

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