Our Team’s Outdoor Fitness Goals & Resolutions

Outdoor fitness goals and resolutions can be tricky, but we’ve found them to be an important part of personal growth. Keeping moving and getting fresh air out on your community trails are important. However, your personal interpretation and your physician’s recommendations can help make this year better than the last. Some of our team members talk about how they want to face 2017.

Justin Lax | Hit The Trails

You’ve heard it 1,000 times, but it’s still hard to believe 2017 is already here. We had an awesome 2016 at Avid Trails and I’m looking forward to making this year even better. Fitness wise, I have to admit that 2016 was not my best. It was hard to get in a groove after herniating a cervical disc and increasing business travel significantly. I’m ready to turn it around in 2017 though, and have set a few realistic outdoor fitness goals to help make it happen.

First, I want to make sure I spend enough time on my mountain bike so my first resolution is to ride at least once every week. That might seem like a piece of cake for a “trails guy”, but there’s always room to improve and we all know keeping resolutions realistic is the key to success. Next, I plan to make exercise a more consistent part of my routine, so I’ll commit to working out a minimum of 30 minutes, 5 days per week, every week (including 1 swim). I also want to spend even more time outside enjoying mother nature, so I resolve to visit 1 new National Park and aim to do at least 1 hike per month with my lovely, adventurous girlfriend. Finally, in 2017 I am going to get back on my downhill mountain bike and dirt bike after over a year out of the saddle — even if I have to tone it down a smidge for my rickety old neck!


Jennifer Cecilian | Get Fit Outside

As a person who’s been generally physically fit and an avid runner most of my adult life, I find myself in a new position this year. After giving birth to my incredible daughter in November of 2015 I’ve been on a workout hiatus. Sure, I’ve dipped my toe back into the running pool a few times last spring and over the summer, even got outfitted with a fancy new jog stroller to bring the peanut with me… which she LOVED, but it still wasn’t enough. And so, in this new year and with the thought of another baby on the horizon, I find myself more motivated than ever to lace up my sneakers and get back in shape. It’s no longer just about me (I’d LOVE to look good in a bathing suit). It’s about the tiny person who calls me mommy.  So my outdoor fitness goals aren’t just resolutions. They are promises I make to myself and her in 2017.

First off, no more excuses. I’m making a plan and sticking to it. I want to be outside a lot more. I’ll hit the trails, the park, the playground – I’m not picky just so long as I get the fresh air. I’ll be tackling the big 13.1 again by training and competing in a half-marathon. While I’m at it, I’ll throw some cycling in there to mix it up with my first Duathlon. I know the importance of rest and rejuvenation, so my goal to stress less and sleep more will help me achieve everything else I have mapped out for the year. Lastly, I want to plant a garden. Spending time outside, watching something grow and enjoying the fruits of my labor will be a lot of fun.


Anthony Battiato | Focus on Outdoor Fitness

I’m really looking forward to this upcoming year. Last year felt busy (which makes me happy) and I was able to use exercise as a reset for me when I felt tired and exhausted. I also stretched out of my comfort zone on some races which didn’t end well. I learned from those experiences and know I can accomplish those outdoor fitness goals in the future.

Next year I have very simple outdoor fitness goals and resolutions.  I want to run once every week. I need breaks and down time, but never more than 13 days. I’m lucky to have forced time in the fresh air twice a day with my dog. But I don’t think I’m getting the most out of that time, so I’ll dog-walk without my phone. We’ll organize a few camping trips this year, and we’ll eat mostly dehydrated food. However, I’m feeling confident enough to cook an elaborate dinner on just a camp stove.while camping with my wife. I usually don’t train with much of a plan, but this year I want to choose, train and compete for specific races. Lastly, I have beautiful trails very close to my house, and friends and neighbors who don’t know about them. I want to show at least 10 new people those local community trails.

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