Measurable and Attainable Resolutions for Masters
Written By: Kimberlee Riley
Happy New Year! Welcoming in the New Year allows us to look for
opportunities to improve. However, studies show that New Year
resolutions are typically broken within the first few weeks of the
year. To avoid this, consider your resolutions to be goals and make
plans for how you will achieve them. Be sure to make resolutions that
are specific to your own needs and are easy for you to measure your
progress. Here are some examples for you to consider if they are
appropriate for you.
1. Rather than a general resolution
to swim better in 2013, choose a specific event to improve. When you
choose one event you can incorporate specific sets into your practice
and work on core techniques to improve your event. By focusing on one
event you have a better chance of making a big impact for significant
2. Don’t just focus on your best stroke or
distance event, develop your skills in another stroke or event.
Becoming a more versatile swimmer not only helps you but can also give
your team more options for relays.
3. Incorporate something
new into your training. If you only swim, add some dry land exercises
to your routine before practice. If you don’t already, try jogging,
cycling, or maybe yoga. Whatever it is, choose one thing new to add to
4. Attend at least one workshop or clinic in 2013. Find the best one for you, sign up, and learn from the experts.
Swim for good. Find a cause that is near and dear to your heart and
participate in a fundraising race or event that supports it. Or
perhaps, organize a fundraising swim or triathlon event to support your
cause in 2013.
6. Develop better nutritional habits. But
don’t go cold-turkey; break it down into baby steps. If you drink soft
drinks, replace a certain number each week with water. Or if you eat
fast food, replace so many of those meals with healthy ones. Eat one
more piece of fruit or an extra vegetable each day. Whatever your unique
diet needs are, set specific goals to address them.
more rest. Whether you need to add hours or be more consistent with
your bedtime, adapt your schedule and modify your habits to get better
8. Don’t worry, be happy. Work on your attitude and
mental preparedness. Believe in yourself and your abilities.
Compliment yourself at least once a day on your accomplishments. This
will build your confidence and belief in yourself.