It's the season for reflection and resolutions, when we begin to look forward to a new year with new goals and aspirations. What achievements has 2021 brought you? What do you hope to achieve in 2022? You, like many others, might be hoping that 2022 will be the year when you take significant steps toward better health and fitness.
With so much hyper-specific advice available on various training styles and areas of fitness, it's easy to lose sight of the big picture. Everyone has different fitness goals, ranging from simply staying active to viewing fitness as a way of life. We asked three experienced trainers what the most important fitness goals should be for almost anyone. These objectives will keep you grounded and force you to consider the big picture when it comes to incorporating physical activity into your life.
1. Make fitness a long-term commitment.
You might be working out hard at the gym right now, trying to get in the best shape of your life. Of course, this will not always be the case, so accept that fitness should be a part of your life for the foreseeable future. A number of athletes refuse to take their foot off the gas pedal, going all out and then quitting exercise cold turkey. Others, obviously, never develop healthy exercise habits in the first place. Recognize that fitness is a lifelong commitment with ever-changing goals and expectations and that it can help you live a longer, healthier life.
2. Get on a healthy eating plan.
Nutritional goals are typically very important [in order] to achieve success. Choosing an effective nutrition plan is dependent on your fitness/health goals, but the general idea of eating more fruits and vegetables, as well as plenty of protein and complex carbohydrates, is something that most people will agree on. The amount you consume of each will be determined by your specific fitness goals. Limit your intake of junk food and other sources of empty calories.
3. Keep an eye on your vital statistics.
This refers to your blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar levels, and resting heart rate. Many guys don't keep these numbers in mind, and it's difficult to keep track of them all on a consistent basis. However, as you get older, these vital statistics become even more important, and it's in your best interest to make sure your numbers are correct now, so nothing surprises you later. Health and longevity are extremely important and should be prioritized by everyone.
4. Be consistent.
Having a consistent workout routine is essential for optimizing your results and should be one of your primary fitness objectives. You'll become more efficient once you've established a program that works for you, and making changes to your routine shouldn't be too difficult as you progress. If you're not sure where to start, remember that simply showing up to work out is more than half the battle – you can work out a more specific schedule as you go. Whether you're a seasoned athlete or haven't trained in several years, getting into a serious rhythm always makes things more successful than starting and stopping all the time.
5. Boost your immune system.
In many ways, this could be a goal that flanks many of your other goals. Because one of the reasons you exercise is to feel better, exercise can naturally help to improve your body's resistance to a variety of diseases. Several studies have found that physical activity boosts your immune system, which obviously helps you now and possibly even more as you age.
6. Enhance your flexibility and balance.
With age, many people lose flexibility and balance. When your flexibility declines, the integrity of your joints is jeopardized, resulting in joint injuries, muscle tears, broken bones, and other complications. Flexibility and balance aren't typically at the top of the list for guys looking to improve their fitness, but they do play a role as a person ages. This is a more difficult goal to achieve because it is difficult to quantify, but there will be times when your next fitness goal will require a stronger base of flexibility and/or balance than your body can handle. Make sure that every part of your body is on the same page.
7. Prioritize healthy habits instead of results.
You've probably seen other people doing the exercises you want to do and displaying the body type you want to achieve. It's easy to get caught up in results and what's going on in front of your eyes, but it's more beneficial to focus on what kinds of habits produce the desired results. Don't look at the numbers with someone who has accomplished what you want to accomplish. Take a look at the habits that person has. Other overarching goals are achieved as a result of habits.