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Today is date you are most likely to let New Year fitness goal falter

Strava tells us today is the day we are most likely to give up our New Year fitness goals and offer us some advice on how to keep going

Joe Robinson
12 Jan 2018

Friday 12th January is the day we are most likely to let our New Year fitness goals slip, according to Strava. After analysing 31.5 million pieces of data from uploaded activities on to the app, Strava has come to the conclusion that the second Friday of the year is the day people are most likely to lose their motivation.

After promising yourself you would eat healthier and workout more, chances are, with it being a Friday, today you could be tempted to ditch the exercise in favour of some after work drinks or even a curry on the way home.

It doesn't help that 2018 rolled around and it has not seemed to stop raining since.

However, Strava has given us five tips taken from its 2017 Year in Sport report that it believes will help you stay motivated and keep on track when it comes to the bike.

1. Exercising with friends leads to people being 22% more active
2. Joining a club leads to people being 46% more active
3. Set a goal: of those who set a race as a goal in January, 92% were still active 10 months later
4. Train in the morning: people who are most regularly active, are likely to exercise in the morning
5. Start commuting by bike: people who commute to work under their own steam are 43% more active at the weekend

Gareth Mills from Strava spoke of the difficulty faced in keeping to your fitness goals and how he hopes the fitness tracking app can keep you on track.

'Sticking to resolutions is hard and we all know there’s a lot of talk and pressure in January about getting fitter and being healthier,' said Mills.

'A key factor in success is motivation, and analysing millions of activity uploads, we’ve been able to pinpoint the day your motivation is most likely to wave,' he adds.

'However, it doesn’t have to be like this. We also used our data to analyse ways that active people can get through this time.'

Even if these five things do not motivate you, if you exercise today you will have broken the mould and can say that you helped make this stop being the world's worst day for working out.

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