One of the hardest parts about New Year’s Resolutions is deciding what to commit to. So if you’re looking for a bit of inspiration to help you get back on track in 2021, check out these 5 realistic fitness resolutions.
1. Eat more fruit and vegetables
Australian guidelines recommend we consume 5 serves of vegetables and 2 serves of fruit each day, however a lot of us aren’t getting enough of the good colourful stuff. As a general rule of thumb, 50% of your plate should consist of vegetables. The more colourful, the better!
2. Walk more
Aim to clock 10 thousand steps a day. This one can be a little trickier for those of us who have desk jobs, but you just have to be more mindful and intentional with your movement. Park a little bit further away, walk places you would usually drive, turn your coffee catch up into a 5km walk and talk and try popping out for a quick walk on your lunch break.
3.Strength train twice a week
Aim to schedule in a strength session twice a week. Strength training has a multitude of benefits including improved bone density, increased lean muscle mass and a boosted basal metabolic rate so you continue to burn calories long after your workout is over.
4. Drink more water
Hydration is one of the most important nutrients for our health, but unfortunately our bodies aren't very intuitive when it comes to maintaining adequate levels of hydration. Aim to drink 2L or 8 glasses a day, plus an additional 600mls for every half hour of exercise.
5.Meal prep Monday-Friday
Meal prepping during the week is one of the easiest ways to stay on track. Setting aside a couple of hours on a Sunday afternoon to prepare some meals and snacks for the week ahead will save you on those nights you get home from a long day at work too tired to cook and tempted to order UberEats.