New Year is here and at the end of 2019, you’ve probably thought about changing a few things about you and your lifestyle as a resolution. There is a number of things you can do for the 2020 resolution, but the most important one is probably related to your health and fitness. Maybe you want to finally join the gym, or lose a few pounds, or simply start leading a healthier lifestyle and that is one great decision for 2020. However, changing your habits can be difficult and you need to know how to achieve your goals with ease and make sure you won’t quit.
If you haven’t been used to regular exercising last year or for a longer time, it’s best to start slow. This is only to help your body adjust to new patterns and regular exercises and avoid risks of injuring yourself. What is more, you don’t even have to join the gym right off the bat, but rather start working out at home each day for at least 30 minutes. Pick the routine you like and take it slow and read up on effective workout tips for beginners and work your way up to your goals.
Get Adequate Sleep
Last year was probably tough and you feel like you haven’t slept as good as you wanted to. That is why you should promise yourself more quality sleep this year. This isn’t just to be “lazier”, but more quality sleep will have a great positive effect on your health and fitness. With adequate sleep, you will feel more refreshed in the morning at ready to tackle daily obligations. Plus, you will be more motivated to work out regularly and it will be easier for you to build muscles or achieve other fitness goals.
Cut Out Sugar
We all know that sometimes sugar and sugary foods are stopping us from achieving fitness and health goals, and that’s why you should cut it out. This also may be hard, since many of the foods do contain it, but it’s not impossible. Start simply by not adding sugar to your morning coffee and restrain from eating processed foods and snacks that you already know are bad for your health and looks. You can also try avoiding gluten for a while, along with avoiding sugar, and see how fast your body will feel more energized, healthier and ready to put even more effort into working out.
Eat More Fruits and Veggies
Another health goal you can set this year is adding more fruits and vegetables into your diet. You don’t have to go completely vegetarian or vegan if you don’t want to and that’s perfectly okay. But you should try and eat more nutritious foods filled with fiber and vitamins found in fruits and veggies. Eat more lean meat and dairy that will provide you with enough protein for building the muscles you’d like, but create balance with acids and vitamins from green leafy vegetables and antioxidants from fruits. A balanced diet will keep your body healthy and strong, it will provide you with more energy, a healthier mind and help you avoid any health risks and issues.
Try a New Workout Routine
Maybe you already go to the gym or play a certain sport, but you’re not as motivated to still do your workouts. You might have gotten bored with it and in this new year maybe you should try something new. If you feel like trying a new sport, maybe you should try Olympic weightlifting or powerlifting to build stronger muscles and perfect your technique. Also, you can try doing yoga if you’d like to be more flexible or even try martial arts and learn some self-defense. It’s entirely up to you, and in order not to lose your motivation to work on your health and fitness, you should definitely try new things.
You probably already know how easy it is to sometimes give up on your workout routine and you don’t want that to happen this year, too. That is why you have to make a schedule and make sure there is enough time in your day for working out. Once the schedule is there, stick to it. Also, choose a gym that is at a convenient location, near your work or home. Otherwise, you might not feel like traveling across the city to work out and that will disrupt your motivation. Lastly, keep track of your progress and set small goals. This will provide you with detailed insight into what’s happening after each training and keep you eager to keep working on your health and fitness.
The new year is here and it’s time to make those resolutions come true. Make a clear plan, set those goals regarding your lifestyle changes and you will achieve them in no time. The key is to stay persistent and motivated and everything will be easier as soon as you start noticing the good changes.