Fitness Goals For The New Year
Fitness goals for the New Year.
With Christmas just over, it won’t be long before the New Year follows. With it will come the usual pangs of guilt, knowing that we ought to be making some good New Year’s resolutions. The thought is there but, so often, we fall at the starting post when it comes to making and keeping those resolutions. But don’t despair. By setting some simple and obtainable fitness goals for the New Year, disappointment will be kept at bay and we will be left pleasantly surprised by just how much we get done. The secret? Keep those goals realistic and don’t try and push yourself too hard.
Whether you want to lose a little weight, tone up, build more stamina or just feel generally more energetic, these fitness goals will get you started and going in the right direction:
Get more exercise
As we get older we don’t always realise that we are slowing down and not being as active. If you are still working and have a desk job, this can make the problem even worse. If you add to this the fact that most of us drive everywhere, the amount of exercise that we get in a day can be nominal. But exercise is good for us, even in small amounts; it keeps the blood circulating, relieves stress, keeps us supple and helps to maintain stamina. Try going for a walk at lunch time, walking to the shops rather than driving and taking the stairs instead of the lift. It may be tough to begin with but will get easier with time.
Watch what you eat
The holiday period can involve so much eating and drinking, topping up with rich foods and being overfed by friends and family. When you see all of that tempting food in front of you it can be just too much to ignore! You don’t have to give up on treats but make a positive effort to add in more fresh fruit, vegetables, salads, lean meats and non-processed foods.
Find a fitness partner
Try and find a friend who can partner and motivate you when it comes to hitting your goals. You can keep each other on track and compare notes. It stops the whole fitness thing becoming monotonous and boring and immediately makes it more fun. If you don’t have a buddy that can help, join one of the many online fitness communities where you can share with others and pick up tips.
It may be wintry, cold, damp and dark but getting outside into the fresh air will make you feel much better and is good for the body too. Your complexion will begin to glow and the wind will whip some roses into your cheeks. If you have a dog, then getting outside is easy as your pooch has to go out, no matter what the elements are doing! If you don’t have a pet to walk then go to the park at lunch time or before dinner. Ditch the sofa and enjoy walking just for the sake of it.
You can add your own ideas to this list as you begin thinking about the new you for next year. Keep motivated and don’t expect changes to occur over-night; very often, we become unfit over a very long period so you need to allow just as much time to improve your health and fitness.