Hold A Plank
Want six-packs? Stop focusing so much on ab exercises and try holding a plank instead. Often underrated, holding a plank is a full body workout although it looks so much easier than it actually is. Start your day by holding a plank to activate your body. All you need is 30 seconds to 2 minutes a day (preferably in the morning) and you will be on your way to a stronger core!
Touch Your Toes
We are not surprised at how inflexible most of us are. In fact, why should flexibility be one of your fitness goals in 2017? Being flexible ensures that our joints enjoy a sufficient range of motion, enabling our bodies to perform to their peak capabilities. You will also find it easier to achieve your fitness goals if you are more flexible. Start stretching a little every day and you will find yourself touching your toes by the end of the year.
Pull Your Own Weight
There are many benefits of lifting weights, but one of the best reasons for doing so is the ability to get yourself out of danger, especially if it involves you hanging precariously from something (like a mountain/ledge/tree). Being able to pull your own weight might save your life one day. This does not have to be an ambitious goal. You could aim to do 10, 5 or even 1 pull-up by the time the year is over, but remember – you need a realistic goal.
Have A Sweat Pal
Isn’t life always easier with a friend/partner/pet? Trying to achieve your goals alone might sound doable, but let’s admit it, we could always use some encouragement. Pick someone who will not only sweat with you, but will be accountable for your successes AND failures. Call it an Accountability Partner if you must, but be prepared to also deal with some competition.
Find The Middle Ground
Trying to go from zero to hero might prove to be more discouraging than motivating if you have been sporadic in your exercise habits. Set realistic goals for the year, and while it is great to aim high, you might end up doing nothing if you are stuck in the “go big or go home” mindset. Start somewhere and make small steps to avoid overwhelming yourself and getting burned out too quickly.