The new year calls for a new and healthier lifestyle! The good news is, you don’t need to go far or break the bank to get back in shape—it all starts at home. Here are a few steps to follow in getting a rocking 2020 body.
- Take a Step Back
Before everything else, it’s important to check one’s current lifestyle. Go to the pantry and examine the kinds of food in it to see which ones to keep and which ones to toss out. Revisit your daily schedule and check how much time can be allotted for exercise. Lastly, look around the house and check for the perfect spot to work out in or home items to use as equipment.
- Make Sure to Detox Properly
After checking what you already have, it’s time to lose the harmful stuff in the body. Remember that a body filled with toxins can easily grow weaker and might break down more than usual compared to a toxin-free body. That’s why it is important to detoxify every once in a while.
Notably, there’s another kind of detox that targets drug toxins in the body. You may be looking for a job, and a preemployment drug test may be likely. Thus, learn the ways to detox effectively and pass a drug test. It’s also crucial to know how a substance like marijuana works so that planning ahead can be done.
These actions will help ensure that you’re starting the 2020 fitness journey with a clean slate or body, for that matter.
- Set Goals
The best fitness motivation is a goal. Be it losing weight or building muscles, write down all the things that you want to achieve fitness-wise. Create a list of short-term goals, which can be as simple as achieving the proper form in a certain workout or increasing the number of reps for each session.
Long-term goals are more focused on how one wants to look and feel after a few months or even after a year. Make sure to constantly revisit these goals to see which ones have been accomplished and which ones need to be worked on.
- Get Proper Nutrition
Remember checking the pantry and the fridge? It’s time to get your nutrition straight! Avoid eating processed food that contains empty calories as this type of food can only lead to weight gain. Make sure to eat fresh fruits and maintain a balanced diet between protein, vegetables, and grains.
It’s best to prepare food beforehand to assure proper portion and calorie count. Limit alcohol intake and cut out that bad smoking habit. If possible, consult a doctor to find out which vitamins are the best to take.
- Start Slow
The key thing in a successful fitness journey is to stop rushing it. Take things slowly. For example, you don’t have to go cold turkey on carbs as deprivation can only lead to bingeing. Instead, slowly remove rice or bread from one’s diet by limiting the intake amount over time.
The same goes for exercising. Start by having fewer reps in each exercise, but always make sure to be in proper form to hit the right muscles.
- Start Working Out
Of course, what’s a fitness journey without any exercise? Grab a yoga mat and find an open space in the house and get sweaty. There are a ton of home workout videos online to follow if you don’t have a clue what to do first.
Create a schedule for each session and alternate between cardio and strength building to prevent straining the body too much. Use therapy massage balls to aid muscle recovery, so you can go again the next day.
- Include the Family
Don’t go through a fitness journey alone! Invite as many friends and family members as possible to start a healthier lifestyle in the new year. That way, you have someone to share the experience with and someone to give you a little push in case demotivation strikes.
These fitness buddies can also be the perfect people to check on your progress to see how far you’ve come.
- Use Challenges for Motivation
Get a good boost of motivation by joining challenges every once in a while. Head over the internet and search for different fitness challenges that are often formulated by bloggers. If these aren’t exciting enough, there are also events one can participate in—like marathons, CrossFit competitions, or even Zumba sessions—that can help one get a little push from a slump.
Ultimately, getting back in shape is a holistic journey that needs commitment. Remember that nobody can achieve a healthy, good-looking body overnight. What is difficult right now can be easy tomorrow, so continue striving and never lose hope!