It can be one of your best choices in 2020 to make a change in your habits and improve your fitness level. You can achieve your goals with proper motivation, knowledge, and some tips and tricks. These eleven tips will help you get started on your journey to achieving your fitness and health goals.

Define your reason for wanting to be fit

It takes effort to stay healthy and fit. You must keep it up once you have achieved it. Before you begin, think about your main reason for starting to exercise. What is your motivation for starting to exercise? Do you want to live a healthier and happier life? Are you putting on your bucket list a Lares trek up Machu Picchu or Mount Everest? Is it because you want to look good at a friend’s wedding? It will be easier to commit if you have internal motivation. External motivation can often be short-term and not enough motivation once things get difficult. Identify at least three reasons you want to exercise or be healthier, and keep it in mind when times get difficult.

Create a list of consecutive goals

After you have defined your reasons, make a list with realistic goals. To be successful, these goals should be simple. Pick three days a week to get on the exercise wagon. Next, plan your workouts as you would for an important meeting. Once you have done that, set a goal for your workouts. You could exercise three times per week, for example. Once you have crossed this goal off your list of goals, set a month-long goal to maintain this schedule. Next, work out consistently for three months straight without making excuses. You can cross off each goal you reach and move on to the next realistic and achievable goal.

Be Flexible

Sometimes things don’t go according to plan, even if we have a weekly schedule. You can either go to the gym or do a quick circuit at home if you have to miss your morning HIIT or Pilates class. Don’t worry if you are on a business trip and have to miss a week of your workouts. Keep going where you are at the moment, and don’t lose your motivation to keep up with your fitness routine. You must be flexible to keep your motivation high and to cope with setbacks.

Do not procrastinate

You shouldn’t have to miss a class twice in a row if you need to. You must set goals to ensure that you are consistent in your workouts and they become a routine. Every effort counts. You can work out in the morning if you have a long day ahead. You’ll be able to cross off your workouts and get a boost of energy. You can build habits by being persistent, committed and consistent every day. It is better to fit in a 15-minute run every day than not do anything. It takes approximately 66 working days before an action becomes a routine. Do not procrastinate. Keep moving forward and making every day count.

Clean Out Your Diet

It’s hard to start a fitness program, but the rewards are well worth it. Your fitness journey will not yield any results if you don’t change your diet. You need to nourish your body and do strength training if you want to increase muscle mass. You should also eat healthy meals if you want to decrease body fat. If you want to improve your overall health and be strong and healthy, it is important to eat well. You should eat lots of protein, healthy fats and carbs. Avoid processed foods, sweets, beverages, and junk food.

Find a Workout Program You Like

If you choose an activity that you are passionate about, fitness can be fun and enjoyable. There are many fitness trends that change constantly, so you have a wide range of options for your workouts. You have the option to work out at home, use commercial treadmills or join a group that fits your needs. No matter what you do, you should include the following in your exercise routine: cardio, strength training, and high-intensity interval training. Strength training can increase strength and help you lose fat more quickly. Cardio training should be done at least once per week to benefit your cardiovascular system. For those days when time is tight but you still want to get the benefits of a post-workout workout, HIIT is the perfect choice. You should also include at least 30 minutes light exercise throughout the day. You’ll find that exercise becomes a fun and enjoyable activity, which will help you reach your goals.

Accept Recovery Time

Your recovery time is just as important as your time and effort. Every workout places a lot of stress upon the muscles. Muscles need to rest and recover. You need to replenish your body’s energy sources for another workout. You should aim to exercise two to three times per week and allow your body to rest for a day. Your progress won’t stall if you do your exercise regularly without taking breaks.

Enjoy a Different Fitness Activity on Weekends

By breaking up the monotony of your workouts, you can be motivated to do something different. You might become bored after a while with your gym or group exercise program. Doing something different on weekends can help you keep your motivation up. You can explore your city by cycling, and you’ll get a great cardio workout. You can use a bike to give you a boost or help you pedal. As an alternative, you can also consider buying an e-bike. You can also try hiking to increase your heart rate and strengthen your legs. Hiking up hills will not only strengthen your core and legs, but will also give you immense energy. Being in nature and spending time outdoors improves moods and reduces stress.

Support Someone You Love

It’s easier to have a partner in crime than it is to do everything. Create a strong support network among your family and friends. You can find at least one person who shares the same motivation and join you on your fitness journey. It doesn’t matter if you do it all together. You just need to hold each other accountable. You can create a weekly plan that includes workouts, meals, and other non-traditional physical activities. Share it with your partner. You’ll be able to hold each other accountable, and offer support and encouragement if one of you is off the wagon.

Don’t Let Your Cheat Days Ruin Your Progress

You’ve worked hard and ate well, and now you have reached a fitness milestone. You feel like a reward is in order, and plan to make it an all-you can-eat cheat day. You have to be smart about cheat days. If you cheat, it can cost you all your hard work. While cheat days are acceptable, you must be sensible. You should only eat one slice of cake. A healthy balance can help you keep motivated, exercise regularly, eat well, and reward yourself with a treat every once in awhile. Use cheat meals as a reward, and make sure it is enjoyable.

Make sleeping a priority

Quality sleep is essential for achieving your goals. You risk burnout if you don’t get enough sleep. You might find yourself sleeping less if you are trying to achieve your personal, career and fitness goals. Instead, make a schedule that allows you to get 7 to 9 hours sleep each night and then organize your life around it. If you don’t allow yourself to recover, your fitness program will not progress. You can instead embrace the profoundly restorative power of sleep for your mind and body and make use of it to your advantage. You should never stop striving for your health and fitness goals until you achieve your desired levels. You can still push yourself to the limit and be your best self in 2020, even if you are already there. You can be proud of your efforts once you achieve your desired fitness level.