5 Realistic Goals To Set For Your Fitness This Year

For most people, the start of a new year is a great time to set fitness goals that can last a lifetime. Whether you’re interested in losing weight or in simply creating a healthier diet, 2019 may be the perfect year to achieve a healthier, fitter you. Here are just five realistic benchmarks to usher in a new era of fitness in your life.

1. Eat More Vegetables and Fruits
It’s advice you’ve probably heard since childhood: A diet rich in vegetables and fruits is a healthy one. Unfortunately, we often forget to eat healthy foodstuffs when meal or snack times roll around, so 2019 may be a great time to up our food game!

2. Eat Smaller Portions
If you’re like most people, you’ve probably found that it’s easy to eat until you feel stuffed rather than eat until you’re just satisfied. There’s a big difference between the two, and making a habit of overeating can mean packing on excess weight that negatively affects our health and sense of well-being. Portion sizes matter, so watch out for those big servings!

3. Lose 20 Pounds
At a rate of losing a little under two pounds per month, 2019 may be the perfect year for shedding that excess weight that seems to creep up with age or with the big meals that normally accompany the holiday season’s festivities. Try aiming for a deficit of about 1700 calories per week, or a little above 300 calories per day (the equivalent of about two or three cans of soda or a dish of ice cream), and you’ll be in the ball park for losing a good twenty pounds by this time next year. Not too shabby!

4. Drink More Water
At some point in your life, you’ve probably heard the commonly-held wisdom that eight glasses of water per day promotes good health, but it’s not always easy to remember to drink that much H2O. This year, try consciously making time for those eight glasses, and your body will thank you!

5. Lower Cholesterol Levels
Lowering one’s cholesterol levels isn’t just important as a step towards looking and feeling better, it can also mean the difference between good and bad health. Achieving lower cholesterol levels can prevent heart disease and other serious conditions that negatively affect the body, so lowering those levels by cutting down on the saturated and trans fats that cause higher cholesterol levels is a great goal to aim for in 2019!

For these reasons, finding the right goals to achieve in 2019 doesn’t have to be difficult, even if it may feel like a chore at times. With the benefits to physical health that can come through a proper fitness routine, however, the journey is indeed worth the destination. And that is fitness done right!