How to stick to your New Year’s resolution

By Jo Cordell-Cooper*

RESOLUTIONS that excite you and give you a clear focus are those you’ll stick to.

For extra accountability, I suggest you drag in a few like-minded buddies or family members that you can share the vision and journey with.

Exercise appointments with your “team” are much more likely to be kept.

For example, a regular commitment to an evening walk or 6am workout with someone who shares your desire to be fitter, stronger and healthier is more likely to happen.

Does it excite you? What’s the end point? Have you ever considered a fundraising walk?

A local hike run by Tasmanian Iconic Walks ticks all the boxes.

I have to admit I am one of the four organisers. We are not a commercial hiking company, but rather we offer long day wilderness hikes in low profile tracks in Tasmania.

Our inaugural event will be held on 3 March and travel from the Tasman Arch to Fortescue Bay.

That’s less than eight weeks away – it’s still achievable to commit today and do this.

Be warned though that while this is on a well-formed bush track, it is not a walk in the park.

It’s a wilderness walk and it’s 17-kilometres long (seven hours).

It is an “any weather” event, so come rain or shine this event will happen. For some this is a little daunting, but that’s to motivate, not overwhelm.

It’s a walk and you can do it. With plenty of walking under your belt, you can do it (it’s about 32,000 steps for those into pedometers).

There is also a fundraising arm to this event for the Stroke Foundation and this fundraising component is our reason for being.

We are not a money making commercial hiking company, but rather a ‘not-for-profit, big on purpose’ organisation that uses team hikes to raise money for the Stroke Foundation.

So far, we have attracted teams from the Calvary Care group – nurses who rehabilitate stroke survivors as part of their work.

They certainly see the value in not only the hike, but the fundraising component that will help so many.

Registrations are open now and are capped at 25 teams.

So why not sign up to this adventure, you can see what’s included on our website at www.tasmanianiconicwalks.org and from there you will find track notes, a FAQ and registration tab.

Alternatively, you can give me a ring on 0409 862 206 for more information.

*Jo Cordell-Cooper owns Active Solutions and Health Network, which specialises in women’s fitness for all ages and stages. She is also the founder of Tasmanian Iconic Walks, which proudly supports the Stroke Foundation with its fundraising walks. Her father died of stroke more than 10-years-ago.

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