Last Updated on January 1, 2020 by Michael Brockbank
I know I haven’t done much on this site in quite some time. Between being upset about Google’s algorithm changes and then several severe personal issues towards the end of 2019, it’s been difficult to care about fitness goals. But that changes today.
I need to put myself back together in every way. So, why not start strong with blogging about what kinds of fitness goals I’ll be looking towards in 2020?
And before you say anything, I know…I’m not the most dedicated when it comes to goals and challenges lately. But this is a new year and a new beginning. So, let’s learn from the past and move forward with some goodness.
Setting Realistic Fitness Goals
There are a lot of things I want to accomplish in 2020. However, I am still a realist. This means I will set goals that I know I can accomplish with effort.
It’s OK to reach for the stars. Just make sure your feet are firmly planted on the ground when you do.
Getting Into the Right Headspace
First and foremost, I need to work on keeping myself in the right headspace. I’ve been dwelling in negativity for too long and need to find a way out of this funk.
Given what I’ve gone through over the past few months, it’s no wonder why I am in a negative state. However, this funk was growing since earlier in the year.
Part of this is getting excited about fitness again. I’m not 100% sure on how to accomplish this, but at least I am starting the year off right. I mean, I am pretty excited to see what I can accomplish in 2020.
Breaking Personal Records
If you’ve read any of my past blog posts, you’ve probably read how I am a big fan of breaking personal records. It’s really one of the best ways to gauge your overall performance in terms of health and fitness.
After all, the scale will fluctuate often depending on the circumstances. However, surpassing how many push-ups you can do or how far you’ve run within a certain time-frame demonstrates physical improvement.
This is one of my favorite ways to base fitness goals. That’s because it’s focused more on competing with yourself instead of trying to keep up with others.
For this, I’ll still use Exercise.com to keep track of my workouts. Though, I am debating on creating my own app that has more social engagement. Like, it would be pretty fun to challenge friends and family in workout games.
Get Back into Blogging
I noticed how my ideas for health and fitness kind of dissipated when not blogging. And as part of my one million word goal for WriterSanctuary, I am going to get back into writing on this website.
While I’m at it, I’m also going to see if I can fix the blog to get back to where it was in terms of traffic. I mean, it’s heartbreaking to go from 200+ visitors per day to less than 20.
Perhaps writing about health and fitness again will help keep me in the right frame of mind this time around. Plus, I have some fun plans for future content including recipes for the air fryer.
Get Back into YouTube Videos
Like blogging, I notice I do much better when maintaining the YouTube channel. This is where it gets a bit difficult, though. I already spend a great deal of time on WriterSanctuary’s channel.
Still, I think I can probably get back to making at least one video per week. Perhaps it’ll be a recap of how the week went that I’ll upload on Sundays.
At any rate, I still like the idea of using YouTube to give yourself motivation and accountability while connecting to others who are in a similar situation. The key is to not expect too much and make videos because they’re fun, not because I want to be “YouTube rich.”
Something like blogging or vlogging is just another way to keep yourself in the right headspace for fitness goals. It’s the social interaction that often proves beneficial to keep you motivated.
Going to Bed at a Reasonable Time
One of my biggest issues is not going to bed at a reasonable time. When I stay up late, I tend to snack on everything. By going to bed at 9:30 pm, I can ensure I’m getting enough sleep while keeping the calorie intake to a minimum.
And in reality, this is something I’m truly looking forward to doing. I miss sleep, and I am far more productive on nights when I have more than 7 hours of rest as opposed to 5.
Something that’s also going to help me accomplish my sleeping fitness goals is getting a new bed. I’ll need to save up for a few months, but the one I want is well worth the $3800.
More Personal Case Studies
One thing that keeps me motivated is doing personal case studies. For instance, I love using my Fitbit Charge 3 to see how many calories certain activities burn, such as house chores.
I’m all about the data and using spreadsheets to create reports. Yes, I am a bit of a geek in that regard.
Still, it’s interesting to see how much effort you put into an activity. For example, sweeping the backyard patio burns about as many calories as a nice brisk walk around the block.
One of my fitness goals is to have all that data readily available on the blog. Of course, everyone burns calories at a different rate. This means that you may burn more or less than myself.
However, you can use the data as a base to see what activities are the best for you.
Keeping the Calories in the Green
I’m a fan of using MyFitnessPal to keep track of my food intake. However, I’m not always the best when it comes to recording every morsel of food.
For 2020, let’s make recording all intake part of our fitness goals. Since the Fitbit data connects with MyFitnessPal, I know how much I can eat on any given day based on physical activity.
But even if you don’t have a Fitbit, using MyFitnessPal to monitor your food intake is still an incredible experience.
When I started losing weight, I dropped 20 pounds in just over a month by keeping my intake to logical portion sizes and monitoring what I ate. And I can tell you, it’s crazy when you see the numbers from something like a $5 box from Taco Bell in terms of nutrition.
So, starting today, January 1st, I am going for 366 days of recording everything and making sure I burn more than I consume. Don’t forget, 2020 is a leap year.
Fitness Goals are Just the Beginning
In reality, it doesn’t matter what kind of health and fitness goals you create if there is no action. Like everything in life, success is driven by effort. Let’s make 2020 a banner year and see if we can get back on the health and fitness train.
After all, I would still love to cosplay and dress up as Captain America for Halloween!