Friday Finds – New Year edition (1st January 2016)

Friday Finds is a regular feature in which I collate and share interesting articles and posts on running/health/fitness which I’ve read recently. Some might be inspiring, some might be scientific, some might provoke debate. All are things I’ve found in some way thought-provoking.

Happy New Year one and all. Whether you’re starting as you mean to go on with a New Year’s Day run/walk/cycle/swim or suffering the after-effects of seeing in the new year with a tipple too many, here are some New Year-themed finds to help you while away the day.

First up, I’m always interested in changing trends in fitness so enjoyed this piece which looks at some of the main trends of 2015. It will be interesting to see what new innovations await us in 2016…

At the start of 2015 I tried parkrun for the first time and was soon hooked. If you’re thinking of giving it a go in 2016, then here’s a great reminder of why it has become a real staple in so many people’s lives:

If your plans for 2016 include becoming a better runner, then it’s worth a look at this article from Runner’s World which reminds us that there’s more to just running involved in making us better runners. All sorts of factors like varied training, nutrition and rest also come into play. What will you need to change in order to improve your running this year?

January is always peak time at gyms and it’s easy to become frustrated with the lack of parking, queues for machines and general crowding (I know I do!) but at the same time it’s good to see so many people taking positive steps to look after themselves. Here are some tips from The Independent to help manage January gym days:

And finally, if reading is a step too far today, why not try listening to the latest Lazy Girl Running podcast? In this episode Laura chats to life coach Liz Goodchild about setting goals and making effective changes in our lives at any time of the year. After all, it doesn’t need to be January the first in order to make a change in your life and I, for one, tend to shy away from resolutions in favour of setting goals throughout the year.

Happy New Year!
The Running Princess

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