What challenge will you set for yourself when the clock strikes midnight on January 1st? According to the polling platform Statista, losing weight and exercising more are tied for second in a list of the most popular New Year’s resolutions in America. There are many different types of fitness resolutions that Americans consider – however, many of those that set New Year’s goals give them up within a matter of weeks. To make a resolution stick, would-be exercisers need to establish specific, measurable, achievable and timely fitness milestones for themselves. Check out the list below for a few fitness resolution ideas!


Eat Healthfully


Eating a protein-rich, healthy breakfast lowers the chance that a person will binge-eat later in the day. While people can grab a protein bar on their way out the door, there are many delicious options including high-protein breakfast cereals, breakfast burritos with beans, peanut butter on toast, Greek yogurt or a kefir smoothie.


Do an Hour of High-Intensity Aerobics Three Times a Week


Regularly lifting weights is all well and good, but a truly beneficial workout needs to balance aerobic exercise with strength training. According to writers at Livestrong, a person should make a point of exercising at least three times a week if they want to see real progress towards their fitness goals. In order to keep it interesting, resolution makers can switch up their fitness routine by trying new and varied types of exercise. Some possibilities include using cardio machines, running, swimming, and cycling.


Keep a Gratitude Journal


While this may seem like a strange fitness goal, research shows that simply writing what you are thankful for each day helps keep stress away. Left unmanaged, stress can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes, or even weight gain. Taking time to be mindful and writing down three to six things to be thankful for each day can make a real impact in improving one’s mental and physical health.


Complete Restorative Workouts


Many people who are used to exercising regularly forget the importance of giving the body time to recover regularly. They often end up with a go-go mentality that keeps them constantly striving to improve their performances. Restorative yoga has been shown to improve muscle balance and increase flexibility. In turn, the athlete is less likely to encounter exercises as they work out.


Participate in an Event


Many people are more motivated when they have specific goals that they are working towards during the year. Athletes may want to set a goal of running in their first marathon or even joining a crossfit gym. Casual exercisers may want to consider participating in a 5k or walking in a half-marathon. Others might benefit from joining an exercise-based group.


The start of a new year is a great time to set fitness New Year’s resolutions. They should be tailored to the things that the athlete is not currently doing while motivating the athlete to move forward with their training.