How to Hit Your Fitness Goals in 2017
A new year is here! For many of us this means taking a moment to think about our fitness goals for 2017. In this post, we share some helpful tips on setting goals that you can stick to all year long allowing you to feel happier, healthier, stronger and more fulfilled.
Think back to previous years and where you may have struggled in keeping up with your goals. Was it work demands? Was it family obligations? Was it maintaining your social life? How about all the parties and seasonal festivities that come around each year? Whatever it was, remember that the duties of life are always going to be there no matter what.
So let’s start fresh in 2017 with these 5 tips…
1. Rethink your goals to be more realistic ones.
Think about your ultimate goal (jot it down) and then translate that to what you think is realistic and achievable on a weekly basis. Know that you can always add to it but setting the expectations too high can often result in burnout.
It’s great to have milestones set for the year. Maybe for every two or three months? And within the calendar year, maybe you have a couple of fitness events that you participate in like a 5k, half marathon, Warrior Dash, Tough Mudder, yoga retreat, anything that gives you a goal to work toward.
But on a weekly basis, just keep the motivation going by thinking in smaller chunks of time in terms of your goals. AND, think about enlisting someone to workout with you we touch more on this below.
2. Fitness apps & mixing up your workout routine.
There are a lot of really great fitness apps out there that allow you to set your goals and they’re designed to help you achieve those goals manageably. They will literally tell you want to do, how often to do it, etc. They’re pretty extensive and they’re great tools to utilize as motivation.
Also, mixing up your workout routine is key! We wrote a blog post a couple of months ago on why this is SO important for hitting your fitness goals so definitely give it a read here. No one likes doing the same thing over and over again. Think variety!
3. Streamline your nutrition goals.
Planning and purchasing meals can seem overwhelming. Think simplistically and in COLOR. The more colors on your plate or in your bowl, the more nutrients you’re getting. A hearty salad, a Buddha bowl, or simple greens, grains and lean protein is easy enough!
You may also want to think about consciously trimming back on refined sugar and gluten. Yes, there will be cravings but find substitutes that give your body what it’s looking for. You’d be surprised how easy it is! Crave sweets or chocolate often? Purchase a few dark chocolate bars and break off a few squares when that craving hits. Love bread, crackers, cookies? Try out some of those gluten free options and see how it makes you feel.
4. Stay accountable with the help of a partner.
Two is always better than one and having a fitness partner will help keep the motivation going which is key. Find someone that has similar fitness and nutrition goals and make it a weekly date. Motivate each other, act as a team and even consider signing up for events together to keep that motivation rockin’ and rollin’.
5. Stay in shape by doing what you love and have a plan B.
Being fit and in shape is a lifestyle, remember that. It’s easier to make working out part of your life when you love what you’re doing. Think about what motivates you ~ hiking, running, stretching, cycling, yoga, etc and do your best to make it part of your weekly routine.
It’s also a good idea to have a Plan B for when life hiccups and you have to change gears that day/week. Cassey Ho has an AWESOME YouTube channel called Blogilates to check out on the days that you have limited workout time. Her philosophy is to create short workout videos (5-10 minutes) that get your blood pumping and muscles burning and encouraging people that even a 5-minute workout is better than nothing. She also has many full length POP Pilates and fun Bootcamp Sculpting workouts for when you have more time. Yogaglo is also a great resource for taking your practice with you wherever you may be, even in a hotel room!
Don’t stress when thinking about hitting your fitness goals this 2017. When you realize fitness and nutrition is a lifestyle, you can still be social, happy and healthy when you base it around doing what you love.