Not everyone is born with chiseled abs and a jawline that could cut glass. Well, actually, no one is. But some people seem to achieve those things easily—and all with the perfect Instagram caption and energy drink sponsorship.
Us in the real world, on the other hand, do more swiping online than lifting at the gym most days. But all of that can change with the right strategy and commitment. The first step of that strategy? Setting realistic fitness goals. Baby steps, people.
Read on for three attainable goals to help you get fit without losing motivation.
#1 Walk 10,000 Steps a Day
Don’t underestimate the serene wisdom of grandmas wearing sweatbands—when they say they need to get their steps in, they’re really onto something. It may surprise you just how effective walking is for burning calories, boosting your metabolism, and improving your mood. Not to mention, it gives you a great excuse to get outside and enjoy the sun.
All you need to do is strap on a smartwatch or pedometer, slip on your favorite walking shoes, and swing open that door like you’re in a movie musical.
#2 Try Your Hand at HIIT
If your biggest barrier to working out is the psychological dread of spending two hours at the gym, then HIIT might be just the right exercise style for you. HIIT stands for High-Intensity Interval Training and involves quickly raising your heart rate through fast, intense spurts of exercise, then resting and repeating.
The best part? You can get just as much exercise in as you do with a long run—in a fraction of the time. In just ten to thirty minutes, you can gain the same benefits as an hour-long workout.
The reason is that your heart rate speeds up such that it stays high during your rest periods and even after the workout has ended. It is this elevated heart rate that burns calories and melts fat—no 3-hour workout playlist needed.
Excited to get started? Here are three examples of fun HIIT workouts that you can try out today:
- On a treadmill, warm-up for five minutes. Then, sprint as fast as you can for 30 seconds. Rest for 30. Repeat this for 20 minutes.
- On a comfortable mat, do as many (proper) burpees as you can for 60 seconds. After that, actively rest for a minute and a half. Repeat this for 10 to 20 minutes.
- Pedal as hard as you can on a stationary bike for 15 to 30 seconds. Lightly pedal for a minute. Repeat this pattern for 10 to 30 minutes.
And if you’re still stressed-out about breaking a sweat, take some CBD Gummies to calm your anxiety and tackle your post-HIIT soreness, so you can keep kicking butt.
#3 Get Moving Every Day, Even if It’s Not Traditional Exercise
One of the most attainable fitness goals you can set for yourself is to simply move each day. No, not lift. Not do 5,000 squats. Just move. For thirty minutes or more. You’re already breathing a bit easier, right? There’s not just one way to get fit, nor do you have to do it on hyperdrive.
If you’re scared you won’t be able to fit fitness into your routine, or you’re intimidated by traditional forms of exercise, all you need to do is get a little creative.
Here are just some of the ways you can have fun and get fit:
- Paddle boarding
- Hip-hop dancing
- Mixed martial arts
Stay Positive, Stay Focused
Fitness isn’t about having a glimmering bikini body while being doused with champagne on a yacht in the Caribbean. While that’s all well and good, it’s simply not the most realistic or fulfilling thing to strive for. Instead, fitness is about feeling amazing, sharp, and energetic. It’s about showing yourself that you can do things you never thought you’d be able to do.
It’s about beating your personal best.
So, even if your fitness journey doesn’t earn you spontaneous invites to secrete parties for hot people in the Hollywood Hills, it’s still worth it for the amazing way your body and mind will feel when you meet your goals.