Fitness Goals for the New Year

A woman doing a yoga pose outside. Illustrated by Regina Humphrey / IG: regina_humphrey

The New Year inspires many people to start fitness goals. Many people enjoy setting workout goals at the beginning of the year because they want to get in shape. Whether you want to shred a few pounds or aim for a six-pack, it’s important to organize what you want from a workout. Lee Journals breaks down some fitness goals for the New Year.

At-home workouts

At-home exercise

At-home workout apps are a great way to exercise from home. It’s also beneficial for people who are looking for simple workout routines. Choose from a wide selection of fitness apps to keep you on track with your diet and workout goals. We recommend using MyFitnessPal for overall wellness. Over 350 workouts included with 11 million foods available. They will let you know if you’re on track with completing your goals. Invest in a Peloton bike if you are a fan of cycling and need extra motivation. Peloton provides coaches to help you reach progressive goals every week. Set one hour out of your day to get started.

Master Yoga Poses

Yoga pose

Yoga is a relaxing technique that allows you to channel your mental and physical body. Some yoga poses are easy, and others are more technical than others. If you’re into learning yoga poses, try practicing every day. Start with beginner yoga classes to get you on your feet. Some challenging poses are Handstand Scorpion and the Formidable Face Pose. With consistent practice, you’ll master your balancing and maintain a stable meditation routine. Yoga is also a fun bonding activity to do with close friends. Channel your inner chi with breathing exercises as well. There are a wide variety of ways to practice yoga. Either find a private yogi or find a yoga group. 

HIIT workouts (High Intensity Training)

High Interval Training

High-Intensity Interval Training or HIIT is a workout style that requires participants to perform exercises with as much effort as possible with recovery periods. Each specific workout is designed to ramp up your heart rate for cardio. This doesn’t mean necessarily going 100% in a workout, it means giving at least 80% of the effort. Instead, of 15 to 30-second intervals, at 100% intensity. It means going 1 to 3 minutes at 80% intensity. Some HIIT examples are push-ups, sit-ups, lunges, and crunches. Or grab a set of dumbbells if you’re hands-on. HIIT helps with fat loss and increases your metabolism.

Fitness Watches

Fitness Watch

Do you need a reminder to start working out? Try wearing a fitness watch to help motivate you. People who are unmotivated to work out need a reminder to get started exercising. A fitness watch not only tells time, but it lets you know how many steps you walked, how much water you need to drink, and more. It teaches you to set goals for yourself while you are commuting or at home. Jog outside your neighborhood and see how many miles you’ve went. You can even track your sleep. The great thing about fitness watches is that they come in a variety of brands. Set specific fitness goals with a new fitness watch. Choose from a wide variety of watch brands from Apple to Galaxy.

Dieting Methods

Vegetables

Looking for a new diet for your health and wellness? Try researching a diet that will work for you. There are all kinds of diets like the keto and paleo diet that are specifically for weight loss. You can even try other vegan diets like the pescatarian diet if you want to avoid meat. Consulting your doctor about your health issues will help determine what type of diet you want to try out. Read our breakdowns of a few of these vegan diets in our Food & Drink section.

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