Happy New Year! Hope you have finally recovered from all the New Year’s debauchery (aka hangover) and you’re ready to get your ass in gear and own 2016!
We are not big fans of “resolutions” but we do believe in setting some exciting targeted goals to help you become elite!
If you pick the right goals for you, you’ll face the New Year head on, ready to make good on your big plans from January 1st all the way to December 31st.
What kind of goals will you actually keep this year? Good question.
To get you started we put together seven simple, yet effective, goals that you can set that will help you achieve big strides in 2016.
7 Goals You Can Keep
Goal #1: Get Fishy
Giving your health a boost doesn’t have to take an incredible amount of time. With this resolution, it doesn’t even take will power. All it takes is modifying your grocery list by buying fish on occasion and even adding a high-quality fish oil supplement to your diet. Enjoy fish more often and supplement daily, and you’ll be getting the vital omega 3’s your body needs to protect your heart from disease, reduce inflammation and increase your chances for a healthier, longer life. Go with salmon, trout, sardines, or tuna and try to buy wild caught as often as possible!
Goal #2: Get a Probiotic
If you’re tired of getting sick and not feeling 100% most of the time, this is the year you do something about it. Start taking a high-quality probiotic daily to help build up your healthy gut bacteria. This is going to help supercharge your immune system and improve how your body digests nutrients, making you nearly immortal. A little tip: Change up the brand you use regularly so that you get a variety of different bacteria strains for maximum benefits.
Goal #3: Sweat in the AM
In today’s busy world, it can be difficult to find the time to workout. One way to increase your odds for exercising each day is to knock it out first thing in the morning. We call this paying yourself first! This year, resolve to workout first thing in the morning before the day gets away from you. Adjust your wake up time to accommodate your morning training session when your body is actually primed hormonally to workout. Set a schedule chart for the week and post it on your fridge where you see it daily so you’re are accountable to complete each workout.
Goal #4: Go Green
By adding at least one serving of green vegetables to every meal you’ll be providing your body with much needed nutrients. Most people’s diets we see are extremely lacking in quality greens which is creating a variety of nutrient deficiencies that hinder performance and affect overall health. And don’t think that you can just bypass eating greens by taking a multi-vitamin supplement, that’s not going to cut it! Stick with fibrous green vegetables as much as possible such as broccoli, asparagus, spinach, kale and collard greens.
Goal #5: Push Your Body
Remember that performance goal you’ve been considering for far too long? Drop 10 pounds of fat to see your abs? Hit a new personal record in the squat, deadlift or bench press? Or maybe enter and win some sort of competition? This is the year you train properly to get into the best shape of your life, say no to cake more often, and commit to some real training! Find someone with a similar goal, make a plan to reach the goal, and get started IMMEDIATELY – not next week or next month. Once you complete your first few intense workouts and see that it wasn’t as impossible as you once thought, you may just find yourself setting even bigger goals for next year.
Goal #6: Down More WATER!
Your body is primarily made up of water. Keep it that way by skipping soda and start sipping on high-quality spring water all day long. A great way to make strides toward your water goal is to start first thing when you wake up by drinking a full bottle of room temperature spring water (500ml for women and 700ml for men)! Next, fill up the biggest water bottle (not plastic please) you can find and go at it for the rest of the day. If you only choose to make one resolution this year make it this one – you’ll be astounded at the quick results this simple daily goal will deliver.
Goal #7: Move Every Day
One of the best ways to avoid injury, as we age, is to take a few minutes to move and stretch daily. By taking the best care of your body, with moving and stretching, you’ll avoid taking time off for injury recovery and will be able to accomplish your goals quicker. You don’t have to do an intense workout in the gym every single day. On your scheduled days from the gym, just get up, move your feet and get some blood flowing and you’re good!
There you have it, our seven realistic New Year’s goals to help make 2016 your best year yet. The most effective way to ensure that you stick with your goals is to make yourself accountable to someone you know or to hire a coach to lead you! If you coach with Strong Athlete, we’ll be by your side every step of the way as we get you from where you are today to the body that you want to live in tomorrow.