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Posted on: January 1, 2024

New Year's Fitness Goals

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We have all heard the saying “new year; new you,” and the beginning of January is notorious for people trying to hit their lofty New Year's fitness goals.

And more often than not, this is quickly followed by dwindling numbers as the year progresses and these same people give up on their fitness aims.

A big reason that people don’t follow through is that they set unattainable goals from the beginning and quickly burn out when they don’t see instantaneous results.

The key is to set sustainable fitness, workout, and exercise goals.

Follow the tips below to build healthy habits that will help you crush your New Year's fitness goals — and stay healthy for years to come!

Tips For Setting Realistic New Year's Fitness Goals

There is nothing wrong with setting the bar high. However, it can be helpful to choose short-term, realistic goals along the way to reaching your long-term goals. By changing your mindset you will be able to stay motivated as you reach new, smaller, everyday goals. This New Year's fitness goals should be something that you can sustain as lifelong goals, and not just quick fixes.

Make Performance Goals Instead of Just Weight Loss Goals

While weight loss always seems to be the top priority for men and women looking to get into shape, performance goals are even more fun to achieve. Knowing that you can achieve physical goals based on strength and endurance is one of the best feelings out there. This is great not just for your physical health, but also for your mental and emotional well-being. So instead of just focusing on the scale when you plan your workouts, you should also include performance goals to keep your body and mind motivated.

Schedule Your Workouts

It's easy to make a New Year's resolution and say you are going to workout more. However, you are more likely to achieve this if you actually schedule your workouts. Otherwise, you may fall back into the habit of saying “I'm too busy to workout” at the end of a long day. If you know that you have a busy schedule after work or in the evening, make it a habit to get up early and workout before your day starts. Or you can even schedule a midday workout if you have a long lunch break. If you put it on your schedule, you make it a daily task that needs to be checked off just like anything else.

Try New Activities

The New Year is a great time to vary your workouts with new exercises and routines. By adding variety to your workouts you can become re-engaged in a new fitness regimen. This will also help you to not fall back on old habits of skipping workouts. You can try out a class or two at AFC. You could even join a run or bike group so that you will have other people to motivate you along the way. Expand your horizons and try new activities outside of your comfort zone. You may be surprised how much you enjoy these new workouts!


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