You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them. — Michael Jordan, basketball player
It’s been two months since we have welcomed 2021. Our work has gone remote, and most of us have already started liking this way of lifestyle.
But one thing that takes a toll even working remotely--work-life balance! Keeping a check with our fitness is hard once when we get access to our comfort zone.
We tend to forget the count of time that leads us to an unhealthy lifestyle.
So before you pass through the new year, why not prepare a quick checklist with fitness goals that will help you achieve work-life balance?
Yet this year holds a special mention when we say health and fitness. Yes, it’s because of the COVID 19 that taught us profound prioritizing health and hygiene.
While the internet is flooded with some hyper-specific exercise routines, it’s easy to lose track of the bigger picture for achieving fitness. Setting fitness goals is essential for our lives, but we must also remember that attaining these goals isn’t easy.
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Whether you’re working out at home or the gym, one must follow the S.M.A.R.T fitness goals approach that is realistic and achievable. We have discussed in-depth how to set fitness goals; that is just for you.
Here’s the latest list of fitness goals for beginners and experienced alike!
Top 15 Fitness Goals to Achieve In 2021
1. Be In It For The Long Run
What hurts today makes you stronger tomorrow. — Jay Cutler, pro bodybuilder, and four-time Mr. Olympia
Right now, you might be hitting the gym pretty hard, getting yourself into the best shape of your life. Of course, it won’t always be that way, so realize that fitness should be a part of your life for decades to come.
2. Do Push-up Regularly
It’s time to let go of those assisted push-ups and learn how to do a real one—many struggles here but research how to do a push-up correctly. Study how to get the correct form, and eventually, you will be able to do a real one with no problem. If you can do at least one real push-up, you are getting somewhere.
3. Get onto a Healthy Nutrition Plan
“Nutrition goals are usually pretty crucial to achieving success,” says Steve Ettinger, a fitness expert, speaker, and certified strength and conditioning specialist.
Picking out an effective nutrition plan depends on what your fitness/health goals are.
Still, the general idea of getting more fruits and vegetables in your diet, along with plenty of protein and complex carbohydrates, is something most people will agree with. Working out how much to consume of each will depend on your specific fitness goals. Do your best to limit junk food and other
4. Double-up Your Workout Reps
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As you continue to exercise, amp up the intensity of your workout and increase your reps in each set. If last week you did 20 reps per set, this week, take it up to 30 reps. You don’t want your workout to become stagnant.
So, try to challenge yourself each week. You’ll be amazed by what you have accomplished as you get further into your journey.
5. Monitor Your Vital Statistics
It is about your blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, and resting heart rate. Many guys don’t keep these numbers in mind, and it isn’t easy to monitor them on a very consistent basis.
However, these vital statistics become especially important as you get older, and it’s in your best interest to make sure your numbers are good now, so nothing sneaks up on you someday.
6. Take The Stairs
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Here’s something we always seem to avoid--the stairs. I know it can be easy to take the elevator, but take the stairs for once and get your body warmed up throughout the day.
But aren’t you tired of breathing heavily and sweating after walking up a flight of stairs? If you take the stairs every day, it won’t be long until you can go up two flights of stairs with a breeze.
7. Have A Consistent Approach
Having a set workout routine is integral to optimizing your results and should be one of your main fitness goals. Once you establish a wellness plan that works for you, you’ll become more efficient, and making tweaks to your routine shouldn’t be too difficult as you make progress.
If you aren’t sure where to begin, know that just showing up to work out is more than half the battle – you can hash out a more specific schedule as you move ahead.
8. Get More Flexible
An excellent goal to set when you are first beginning your journey is to improve your flexibility. More specifically, maybe you can strive to touch your toes without bending your knees if you cannot already.
If you can, look for other ways to improve your flexibility through yoga. Try some of the more challenging positions, and you will get better at them each day. After a few weeks, you will probably be able to hit some yoga poses with no problem.
9. Drink More Water
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You might love to drink our juice and soda, but this never contributes to your weight loss. These sugary drinks will slow you down, keeping you feel weak.
With water you will feel refreshed, and you will have more energy throughout the day and during your workout. If you do not like the taste of plain water, chop up some lemons, berries, and cucumbers to have fruit-infused water. It is tasty and super refreshing.
10. Improve Immunity
In many ways, this one could be a goal that flanks a lot of your other goals. Part of the reason you work out is to feel better, so naturally, exercise can improve your body’s resistance to many diseases. Various studies have found that physical activity boosts your immune system, which helps you now, and maybe even more as you get older.
11. Get 10,000 Steps A Day
Try to get your body moving more throughout the day, whether that means taking the stairs instead of the elevator or purposefully parking your car further away from the grocery store. Whatever gets you moving more, then take that route.
If you get your body used to the activity, you won’t be so drained during your workout. You’ll thank yourself later when you can quickly put on your new pair of jeans.
12. Focus More On Establishing Healthy Habits Than On Results
Look at the habits that a person goes through. Habits lead to the achievement of other overarching goals.
You’ve probably seen others doing the exercises you want to complete, exhibiting the exact body type you want to achieve. It’s easy to get caught up in results and what’s going on in front of your eyes, but it’s more beneficial to focus on what sort of habits bring about the results you want.
13. Hold A Plank For More Than One Minute
Holding a plank can be pretty tricky once you first start. But as you get more and more comfortable, set the timer a few seconds longer each time you do the plank. Start with 15 seconds, then 30 seconds, 45 seconds, 1 minute, and so on. It takes time, but you will be very proud of yourself when you see how far you’ve come.
14. Improve Balance
Many struggle to maintain their balance. Because most of us lack the core strength to do this, try to improve your balance every day by lowering yourself slowly into a single-leg squat. This position will burn, but it will get easier every day.