There’s a lot of pressure during the month of January, to set resolutions, to seek out to accomplish goals. And a lot of those goals, often deal with your physical well being. That pressure to improve is palpable, and often difficult to escape. You don’t have to do anything. If you set fitness goals for yourself for the new year, they should be because you want them. Remember that your mental health is important, and you shouldn’t force yourself into a goal you don’t feel fully ready to pursue. You won’t find success until you’re ready for it!

Make a goal to be more active every day

 

Small steps are often the best ways to create new habits that will stick with you for life. If you rarely work out now, then making a goal to work out for 2 hours every single day for the foreseeable future, doesn’t seem like a very sustainable goal. Instead, set smaller goals for yourself. Goals that you know you’ll be able to do. Go for a walk every day, even if it’s just a short one around the block. Be just a little bit more active.

 

Find ways to incorporate new foods into your diet

 

The majority of your health, lies within the kitchen and the foods you eat. You can work out constantly, but if you aren’t eating a healthy and well balanced diet, it won’t do nearly as much good as you would hope for or expect. Find a new cookbook, search for creative ways to cook vegetables you don’t eat very often on Pinterest, and you’ll find yourself more willing to try more types of foods.

 

Don’t be too hard on yourself

 

At the end of the day, it’s important to remember that the reason for these goals are for self improvement, and you don’t want to lose your sense of self during the pursuit of these goals. Give yourself grace, take things one day at a time. You don’t have to reverse every bad habit overnight, or completely give up every single one of your favorite things tomorrow. There is beauty in moderation. So you can eat brussels sprouts, and also double stuft oreos. You can take a long walk on a treadmill, and also binge watch netflix on your couch.