A New Year is the perfect opportunity to reevaluate our fitness goals and provide ourselves with some new targets and experiences. It’s not about what you didn’t do in 2019; it’s more about reflecting on achievements so far and setting new challenges.
For those looking for some inspiration, here are five fitness goal ideas you may like to try…
1. Up your strength training
Perhaps you nailed your cardio in 2019, and now you’re looking to improve your strength training? If you’re not sure where to start, exercises like barbell squats or deadlifts can be a great go-to if you want to strengthen your muscles. For a barbell squat, start standing with your feet shoulder-width apart. From here, place the barbell above your shoulders and lower yourself into a squat. Ensure to keep your torso strong and stop when your knees reach a 90-degree angle. Complete reps of approximately 10 (or less if this is too much at first)! A standard barbell weighs around 20.4kg, and there’s also a 15.8kg option for those looking to start lighter. If these feel too heavy, start with dumbells as these can be a little easier for beginners. For more info on strength training, x boom fitness are worth checking out.
2. Complete a marathon
Running a marathon is an amazing fitness goal to set yourself. You could even try a half marathon first if you’d rather build-up to this goal gradually. Thorough training is important so that you are both physically and mentally prepared to run the distance safely. The key is to start training early, and gradually build up your endurance and distance over time. There are plenty of benefits to completing a marathon, from improving your cardiovascular health and lung capacity to toning up and raising money for charity.
3. Try a personal trainer
Investing in personal trainer is the ultimate gift to yourself in 2020. A personal trainer can work with you on your fitness goals and create a plan that’s catered to you personally. Whether you want to lose weight, tone up, or build muscle, you’ll be able to achieve your aims with a customized plan ongoing. A personal trainer will also be able to advise you on the nutritional aspect of things to complement your fitness goals. Sometimes, when you’re braving all those gym sessions alone, it’s difficult to motivate yourself or know if you’re pushing yourself enough (or too much)! A professional can help you strike that balance.
4. Yoga challenge
Challenge yourself to do yoga every day for at least one month and see how great you feel at the end of the yoga challenge! You could do this via YouTube videos, classes, or a combination of the two. Set yourself a 30-minute session at least per day and be strict on keeping to it. When you’re doing lots of cardio and strength, this can sometimes be tough on the joints. Yoga can be the perfect way to balance things out and to keep your muscles and joints healthy. It’s great for flexibility, posture, toning, and relaxation too.
5. Try a sports team
When you’re getting a bit bored of the gym, why not make joining a sports team one of your 2020 goals? From tennis to football or basketball, you’ll give yourself a new challenge with a new and exciting sports hobby. Sometimes we can get a little demotivated when we aren’t enjoying our fitness regime. A sports team can be a great way to shake things up and get back in the zone!