40 Rewarding Fitness Goals To Achieve This Year

Whether you are on a full fitness journey or just like to dabble in the gym now and then, it’s always good to have something to work towards. Enter in, fitness goals! I have a few fitness goals this year that range from kind of vague to very specific. You can set one fitness goal or ten fitness goals – whatever works for you and your level of commitment! 

Whenever we talk about fitness it’s important to remember there is a level of commitment that comes with it. No physical health progress happens overnight and when done once in a while.

I am personally ready to take on this year and take control of my fitness. The idea excites me and even if I don’t achieve all of them I know that by just trying I have bettered myself! So really it’s a win-win situation. 

If you are ready to set some fitness goals but you don’t know where to start or just need some ideas, I got you! Keep on reading to get awesome fitness goals ideas and the motivation you need to get to work on them. Let’s do this, friend! 

Why set fitness goals 

As I just mentioned, setting goals, especially fitness goals, is good for your overall health. 

Even if you don’t achieve all of them you are making HUGE progress by just trying. If you decided your fitness goal was to work out 4 days a week but only managed 2 days a week well that’s 2 more days than you normally would work out! That’s a win to me! 

For my serious fitness enthusiasts, having goals sets you up for success. Maybe you want to run a marathon this year – setting a goal will be crucial to achieving that. 

Finally, setting goals of any kind helps you create a PLAN. We all know that a goal without a plan is just a dream. So, by setting the goal (do yoga 3 times a week) you can appropriately plan for that. You know that you need to schedule the yoga class 3 times during the week. 

Fitness goals help you along your journey! And while normally I would say goals need to be super specific, I do think some fitness goals can be a bit more vague to give yourself *some* grace.

For example, I put “become a runner” on my fitness goals. I don’t really have any aspirations to run a marathon but I do want to run. I don’t know what my journey will look like because I don’t want to commit all my time to running (and I also don’t know if it’s something I will like). So I’ve decided to be a bit more vague and allow myself to try with grace. 

I’ve tried running a bit on the treadmill but I definitely need to keep working on my cardio lol. So walking/ running intervals have been happening. During the spring I plan to try running outside (the snow and ice are not ideal for a newbie runner). I have all year to give this goal a fair shot so I’m giving myself time and space and I think that’s okay! 

Types of fitness goals 

There are a lot of different aspects of fitness. Depending on what you are interested in or what your ultimate purpose of engaging in fitness is, your goals will vary!

Some examples of types of fitness goals:

  • Stretching goals
  • Endurance goals
  • Strength goals
  • Weight goals
  • Balance goals
  • Specific sport goals 
  • Mental health goals
  • General health goals

I can share some of the types of goals I am focusing on right now. 

Stretching has always been a part of my life. Growing up in gymnastics and cheerleading, I was stretching on a daily basis. As an adult, that routine has been lost. So I want to focus more on flexibility and having a solid stretching routine. 

As for strength, I flip flop back and forth between wanting to get super strong and just lifting to feel good. For those of you who really want to deadlift 150 pounds, you might make that your strength goal. For others, you might just focus on lifting weights on a weekly basis! 

So, as you see there are many types of fitness goals and you can tailor your goals to whatever you like the most about fitness! 

Fitness goals to set and achieve this year

If you are ready to jump on the fitness train but still don’t really know what you want to do, let’s break down all those types of fitness into goals! 

Stretching goals:

  • Stretch on a daily basis 
  • Learn to do the splits 
  • Be able to touch your toes 
  • Add stretching to every workout 
  • Learn to do a back bridge 

Endurance goals:

  • Run faster
  • Be able to do cardio for longer
  • Set a specific rep goal for an exercise (do 100 burpees, do 50 push-ups, etc)
  • Workout more than 50% of the time
  • Average 10k steps a day 

Strength goals:

  • Be able to lift “X amount” of weight 
  • Lift weights on a weekly basis 
  • Finish a whole 30-minute bodyweight workout without a break
  • Be able to do 15 push-ups
  • See muscle definition in the mirror

Weight goals:

  • Lose “X amount” of weight 
  • Gain “X amount” of weight 
  • Feel good in your clothes 
  • Go down a pant size 
  • Lower body fat percentage

Balance goals

  • Be able to balance on one foot for 30 seconds 
  • Be able to walk across a balance beam 
  • Improve balance by doing yoga weekly
  • Improve overall coordination during HIIT workouts 
  • Be able to do a single-leg squat 

Sports goals (will depend on sport):

  • Join a team 
  • Improve a specific skill 
  • Reach a milestone (won a game, compete in a competition, etc)
  • Become stronger 
  • Beat your personal best 

Mental health goals:

** mental health is benefited by fitness and being active! There is nothing wrong with wanting to be more active specifically for your mental health. 

  • Lower stress and anxiety levels
  • Move your body for self-care
  • Daily outdoor walks to get fresh air
  • Gain self-confidence 
  • Get a workout buddy 

General health goals:

  • Improve sleep 
  • Improved posture 
  • Lower cortisol levels
  • Improved heart health 
  • Be overall less sedentary 

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Final thoughts 

There are many types of fitness goals you can set. You can even set one of each! 

The best part about being healthy and living a healthy lifestyle is it’s always ongoing. There is always a way to improve!

That means you can never run out of goals. Once you achieve one you set you can set it again, but harder. Or you can focus on a different type of fitness allowing yourself to grow into a well-rounded wellness girly. 

I would love to know what fitness goals you have set and how they are going. Let’s cheer each other on!! 

It’s not always easy staying active. However, I know you can do it! I know you can do hard things (you’ve done them before and you’ll do them again). Keep working hard, friend! 

Until next time,

Deanna 

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