health and fitness goals 2020

The New Year is the most popular time of year for setting new goals for yourself to achieve for the following year as it is a great and easy way to track your progress. The most common types of New Year Resolutions are health and fitness related, which is why we have put this article together to help inspire you to find your goal for 2020.

Start a New Fitness Class or Group

If you are new to the fitness world, then you might find that attending a class or a group would benefit you greatly as the pressure wouldn’t be as high. You can mix and socialise with other people in your class and follow guided programmes from a professional. This way you are guaranteed to get quality fitness training in a positive environment rather than wandering around the gym aimlessly like a lost puppy trying to work out what machine to try next.

There are a wide range of classes and groups which you can sign up for such as:

  • Yoga
  • Swimming
  • Running
  • Walking
  • Spinning
  • Cycling
  • Pilates
  • Zumba
  • Boxing
  • Martial Arts
  • Dance
  • Gymnastics

The options are virtually endless when it comes to finding a unique sport to try at your local leisure centre or gym. So why not make one of your goals for 2020 to be to find a new sport hobby or join a new exercise class at your gym?

Switch Up Your Diet

Food related goals are also a popular New Year’s Resolution choice. There are many ways in which you could switch up your diet for example:

  • Carb free
  • Gluten free
  • Dairy free
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Carnivore

One of the most prominent trends in the dieting world at the moment is the push of Vegan and plant-based products. This is down to their ethical and nutritional benefits which you could find highly beneficial by swapping your meaty beef burger for a hearty plant based alternative. You could try out the move to a plant-based diet by substituting all of your meat dishes or alternatively you could try incorporating it into your current diet by making a few meals plant based out of your weekly diet.

When visiting the supermarket, you will find a wide range of plant-based alternatives available which expand beyond the standard Quorn products. This is because smaller companies are producing their own alternatives and are starting to make a name for themselves such as Beyond Meat who currently have their beef burger alternatives used in some mainstream restaurants. So, if you are wanting to switch up your diet during 2020, the timing couldn’t be any better with the vast market for plant-based foods.

Make Sure You Drink Plenty of Water

Over half of our body is made up of water, which is why it is super important that we make sure we are replenishing our fluids daily. It is recommended that we would need to drink about eight glasses of water a day to maintain a stable fluid level in our body. And this may seem daunting and unachievable at first, but if you think about switching your drinks with meals from soda or pop to water, it suddenly becomes a lot easier. Therefore, making sure that you drink enough water throughout the day could become an achievable goal for yourself to do in 2020. You will most definitely start to see the positive benefits of being fully hydrated throughout the day and drinking water will soon become second nature rather than a chore. Why not add some reduced sugar juice to your water for added flavour too?

Set Fitness Deadlines for Events or Races

If you are already an avid runner or new to the scene, aiming to complete a marathon or race could be a great goal for you. The mental and physical preparation for the race could send you on an enlightening journey throughout 2020 which would give you an even bigger boost once you finish the race. There are various schemes for switching up your fitness for the year such as Couch to 5k or you could enlist the assistance of a personal trainer at your local gym who can help prepare you fully for your race.

Find Your Fitness Inspiration for 2020

Within this post we have covered a range of fitness and health related goals which you could set yourself for 2020. If you have taken any inspiration from our ideas, please let us know over on our social media pages where we would love to join you on your journey throughout 2020 and see you reach your goals. You can also shop our fantastic range of exercise clothing and accessories over on our online store – Sports Fitness to kit yourself out for the new year.

This article was written exclusively for Sports Fitness by Loren Astbury