When it comes to setting yourself a fitness goal, just the thought can be overwhelming. So if you’re not sure where to start and are in need of a bit of inspiration, check out these 5 realistic fitness goals.
This one can be particularly challenging for those who have desk jobs, but there are a whole host of incredible health benefits that come from getting your daily step count up. From improving cardiovascular health right through to strengthening your immune system and bone density, a little walking can go a long way.
When it comes to striking a well rounded fitness routine, flexibility is just as important as strength and cardio, yet so many of us overlook it. Not only does it reduce the risk of injury, but it also improves mobility, posture and balance.
Eat more vegetables
More often than not, when we embark on a diet overhaul, we focus our attention on what we can’t have instead of what we can have. So instead of thinking about the ice-cream you’ve cutout, think about loading your plate full of more delicious fresh vegetables. As a general rule of thumb, half of your plate should be veggies.
The ideal amount of time varies from person to person, but you should be aiming for a solid 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night. If you struggle, try adopting a sleep routine by removing caffeine in the afternoon, having a warm shower before bed and going screen-free for a few hours before bed.
Too many people focus on the number on a scale, but that’s not always an accurate depiction. If you’re looking to ‘lean down’ and create a tighter more toned look, your aim should be on reducing your body fat %, rather than ‘losing weight’. The number on the scale might not change - in fact, thanks to lean muscle mass, sometimes it might even go up, when your body fat % could have gone down.