Few New Year resolutions are as important as those related to fitness. Many people get sidetracked during the times of festivities, but that’s not an option for those who never quite lose sight of their goals.
Yes, personal and individual factors must always be taken into account and our objectives and expectations are ever-changing. Yet, in the realm of fitness, some things are set in stone: There are some health goals and priorities that can push you forward and help you get you into a serious rhythm.
Build a FIIT plan
Nutrition is the bedrock of an effective fitness regimen and driving force behind physical gains. Regardless of your other goals, fitness level, and physique, consuming more fruits and vegetables is a must. The same can be said about complex carbohydrates, spices, and loads of protein. Just steer clear of fad diets and junk food and create a balanced, wholesome diet plan.
Keep track of your vital statistics
To stay on the safe side and fine-tune your program, keep a close eye on your blood pressure, cholesterol level, resting heart rate, and blood sugar. There are numerous ways to monitor these vital functions, including wearable fitness trackers and other products and apps. They are of great help when you want to track things on a regular and consistent basis.
Commit to a long haul
Don’t hit the gym to impress someone. Establish fitness as an integral part of your life for decades to come. It’s a lifetime commitment, so try to look beyond immediate benefits. Consider how things will be in 5 or 10 year’s time. You don’t want to fall by the wayside in the early 50s just because you pushed it too hard in your 20s and 30s.
Enhance your immune system
In general, exercise, and any physical activity for that matter, improves your body’s ability to fight off diseases. However, there are many other natural ways to further fortify your defense perimeter. So, make sure you get enough sleep, consume nutritious food, get moving, etc. These steps will empower you to stay healthy and take on your goals with vigor.
Work out a better schedule
Hectic lifestyle of today makes it hard for us to make it happen every time. But, that’s usually nothing more than an excuse. Come up with a more specific schedule and better manage your time. What is more, you need to know when to ease off the gas pedal and take a break. Healthy exercise habits should be nurtured and showing up for workout is usually half the battle.
Take a massage every now and then
Massage is an amazing way to indulge yourself, but also reap great health benefits. It improves your body’s capacity to combat sickness, alleviates exercise soreness, helps you sleep better, boosts your mood, lowers blood pressure and eases anxiety. There are many convenient options, such as a couples massage you can get at home or the place of your choosing.
Expand your fitness horizons
Sticking to the same old routine can take you far, but not all the way. At one point you start experiencing diminishing returns and hit a plateau. That is when you should start implementing changes to your routine and step out of your comfort zone. Never stop challenging yourself and raising the bar. If you are a passionate lifter, go running more often. In case you hate cardio, incorporate it in your program.
Master the technique
Focusing on quantity rather than quality is one of the most common mistakes in the world of fitness. Instead of doing this, try to feel every muscle contraction and perfect the form as well as flow on movement. Purchase proper fitness apparel. This is the key to unlocking the full power of the exercise and avoiding injuries. The mind plays an important role in recruiting muscle fibers and proper execution is everything.
Employ a measurable, smart strategy
This one actually applies to all other goals. Namely, to really step up, make all your goals time-bound, tangible, and measurable. Create a timetable for short-term, mid-term, and long-term goals that are specific and traceable. It sounds simple, but it’s not: Bite-sized, manageable goals serve as stepping stones towards those overarching goals and keep you on track.
Develop flexibility and balance
As a final New Year resolution, take a holistic approach to fitness. Don’t just pump iron like mad. Always work on improving your flexibility and balance. These two things tend to deteriorate with age. Consequently, they can inhibit our fitness efforts and lead to injuries such as muscle tears. On the other hand, high flexibility and balance allow you to make strides towards your other goals without any fear and very little risk.
Full steam ahead
There are certain health goals that benefit each and every one of us. Apart from specific objectives tailored to you, use general ones as a roadmap to physical greatness and good health in 2018 and beyond.
To make it happen, incorporate healthy nutrition and fitness habits into your lifestyle. Make sure your vital numbers are good. Do necessary tweaks as you progress towards set goals without any setbacks. Embrace a balanced approach.
Stay on top of your fitness game and be in it for the long run.