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HOW TO ACHIEVE UNLIMITED HOW TO ACHIEVE UNLIMITED willpower

WHETHER IT’S A RUNNING, LIFESTYLE OR CAREER GOAL, IT’S YOUR WILL THAT HELPS BRING SUCCESS. HERE’S OUR GUIDE TO BUILDING WILLPOWER THAT NEVER RUNS OUT…

I’ve got no will power.” How often have you heard yourself or a friend say this despairingly, citing it as a reason why a diet failed, you didn’t stick to your training plan or you couldn’t hold your pace to get a parkrun PB? It was once believed that this was because we only had a certain amount of willpower and that, after a stressful day, such as a long stint in the office or with the kids, we would have emptied the tank. Now, new research is suggesting it’s possible to build an unlimited supply. We say yes to that. Here’s our guide to staying strong all year round. \

1. RETRAIN YOUR BRAIN

How you frame your language affects whether you believe you have willpower or not. If you’re always saying I don’t or I can’t, then you’re more likely to give in at the first hurdle, whether that’s sinking into the sofa instead of going for a run, slowing down in a tempo session or scoffing that afternoon cupcake. Your brain is like a muscle, you get stuck in certain movement patterns such as sitting down all day, and likewise get stuck in the pattern of giving in. But you can turn this around.

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Ever thought about how your favourite hobby might impact the environment? Grab yourself the May issue of Women’s Running, to find out more about your carbon running footprint – and how you can reduce it. With advice on everything from the best ethical running kit, to making your own drinks and fuel, to starting run-commuting, you’ll find an abundance of ideas on how to become a more eco-conscious runner. And you won’t be short of inspiration. Read how cover star Lizzie Carr transformed from a high-flying city girl to a passionate environmentalist and adventurer, and how contributing editor Claire Chamberlain managed to beat her 10K PB, after transitioning to a vegan diet. As ever, you’ll find the usual training advice, including the lowdown on all things tapering, and regular Best in Test gear reviews – this month, WR testers have reviewed the latest minimal, neutral and support shoes, so grab yourself a copy to find out which shoes came out on top!
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