At some point, just about everyone has set a fitness goal as a New Year’s resolution. You’ve told yourself that this year will be the year you get in shape. Exercising more and eating healthier are all very common resolutions, and they’re great goals to strive for.
But doing any of them, especially all at the same time, can be overwhelming and frustrating. That’s normal! There’s no one way to get in shape that works for everyone. You won’t wake up on January 1st suddenly knowing the perfect exercise routine or diet plan. And you’re not supposed to!
But that doesn’t mean you can’t achieve a fitness goal this year. The most important part is setting a goal that’s specific and achievable. No goal is too small, and you should be incredibly proud of yourself no matter what you achieve. Let’s break down the three three most common fitness resolutions into something more approachable.
How to actually exercise more
Exercising more is a long term goal. This is true whether you work out regularly already or if you’re just starting. You can’t make yourself exercise more simply through force of will.
What you want to do is create a habit, and that’s all about finding an exercise routine and schedule that actually works for you. It can be as small as exercising one day a week. You just need a routine that you’ll be able to stick to long term. Here are some more specific resolutions if you’re trying to start an exercise habit:
- Exercise x days a week, for x minutes a day (pick a number that’s achievable for you.)
- Try one new workout a month
- Commit to a daily stretching routine
- Do a 30-second plank every day
- If possible, find a workout buddy
- Take the stairs whenever possible
How to enjoy eating healthier
Nutrition is just as important as fitness. But it can be overwhelming, especially if you try to overhaul your entire diet all at once. The whole process can feel restrictive and scary.
Remember: eating healthier doesn’t mean that you are never allowed to have french fries again. In general, you’ll want to focus on developing new habits, not purging old ones. Those habits could be food-specific, like committing to eating more vegetables and fruit. Or you can focus on routine: always carrying a water bottle with you is an easy way to start eating healthy. Here are some goals and resolutions to consider:
- Eat one piece of fruit a day
- Drink more water
- Buy a reusable water bottle, and always have it with you
- Replace one drink a week with green tea
- Always have celery (or another vegetable snack) in the fridge
- Cook dinner three nights a week
No matter what resolution you commit to, always remember that there’s no such thing as “too small.” Everyone’s fitness journey is different, but the most important thing is finding the routine that works for you. You want goals that are approachable, and you’ll feel great when you achieve them.
Good luck. It’s Time to Fly™