It’s a new decade, and how many of you have entered 2020 saying “this is the year”?

The year you get healthy, get fit and just all round fill your life with positive energy and vibes.

Setting yourself goals is essential to help you form healthy habits, which in turn can help you reach optimum wellness. By knowing what you want to achieve, you’re not only kickstarting your journey, but giving yourself a clear path to get there.

No one wants to go through that same routine – starting the year with the best intentions and then falling off the bandwagon after a few weeks, making it important to set realistic goals to work towards.

We know life can get in the way, and it’s not always easy to replace bad habits of old with new ones but the reality real change takes time and effort.

Every journey begins with a single step and to help you make positive changes to your lifestyle we’re sharing our top tips to help you make sure you go the distance and hit your 2020 health and fitness goals.

  • Set realistic goals

Regardless of what your goal entails, it’s important to make it realistic. Don’t expect to run a marathon when you haven’t even gone for a jog in the last year.

That doesn’t mean you can’t dream big. Look at your big picture and select only a couple of areas that will allow you to get a step closer to your overall goal.

Be patient and persistent, it takes time to build up a lifetime dream!

  • Keep a record of your achievements

Having all your goals on paper helps you keep track of your progress and help you stay motivated to stay on track. It doesn’t need to be complex; even simply writing down an activity you did shows success, and this should be praised.

Once you’ve written your goals, find a way to measure them; your mission starts today so do it now, don’t wait until you can run faster. There are apps and devices out there to help you do this, which can also be great for those with a competitive nature (even if you’re only competing with yourself).

  • Breathe and destress

Everyone thinks stress is just something you feel, but it’s a lot more than that; it’s really hormones that your body releases when it’s faced with a challenge. Having high levels of stress can weaken your immune system and has been proven to be one of the main causes of autoimmunity.

Learning simple breathing routine with the help of apps like headspace and calm can go a long way to keep your mind healthy, focused, positive and proactive.

  • Celebrate your achievements

Life isn’t all work and no play. It’s an important part of your journey to recognise that you’re doing a good job by rewarding yourself. It’s all good, don’t be a recluse, you are doing something positive, be proud of it and express your success without fear.

When you reach a milestone, treat yourself to something you’ve always wanted, or to a cheat meal – just don’t get carried away.

  • Be accountable

Being accountable should be the opposite of fearing to fail. It should allow you to be open about your fear, challenges and doubts. Having a good support system around you can have a massive effect on your emotional and mental health. It can help lower anxiety and give you a better overall sense of happiness.

It’s a great way to keep up your motivation and create the knowledge that people understand your goals. Not only that but doing activities with others is way more fun than doing it on your own.

  • Set your pace

Rome wasn’t built in a day, be confident and apply yourself daily to your goals, remain focus and aware of your emotional/physical presence. Go at your own pace and try not to worry about what everyone else is doing.

This is especially important for those who suffer from chronic illness or pain as overexerting yourself can be dangerous to your health. Build up slowly to allow your abilities to develop in their own time – don’t force improvement.

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