Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe, but another year has gone by and here we are again. It’s time to take stock and make some new fitness goals for 2018. I did okay last year, but it could always be better. Fitness is really tough if you’re not focused.
First, let’s see how I did with my New Year resolutions last year.
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Can a fitness tracker help you become more active? Yes, from my experience it works. I gave myself a Garmin Vivofit 2 as a Christmas present in 2015 and I’ve been using it to track my steps ever since. There is a new version out now and it looks even better and has new functions added. Check out the Garmin Vivofit 3 at Amazon. It’s pretty awesome for just $79.
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It’s May and now is the time to get lean and mean for the summer. That’s what I plan every year, but I never could follow through. This year will be different, though. Why would this year will be different than the last 20 years? Okay, let me tell you. There are a few new strategies I’m putting into action this year. I’m sure it will make a difference and I’ll be leaner by the end of July. Read on…
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It’s Spring Break and I’m taking a week off from working out. My kid is off so it’d be really tough to go to the gym anyway. The 24 Hour Fitness near our home doesn’t have childcare. There is another 24 Hour Fitness further away that has childcare, but I prefer to take the week off. I feel like I’ve been stuck (plateau) and a week off would be good. My body will have to chance to recover and I’ll be able to rest mentally as well.
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Hey, did you know more than 80% of New Year resolutions fail by mid February? Fitness goals are particularly difficult because it is so hard to keep track of. I’ve made goals to work out more or become fitter and that didn’t work too well in the past. So in 2016, I decided to cut way back and made only one very basic fitness goal.
2016 fitness goal – walk more than 6,000 steps per day.
I achieved this goal and averaged about 6,600 steps per day in 2016. That’s a small step, but now I can build on it. By the way, fitness was just one of my 2016 Goals. I had many other goals and you can see how I did on my 2016 wrap up post on Retire by 40. Financial goals have always been easier for me than fitness.
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Should middle age guys take supplements to help reach their fitness goals? Well, that depends on what your goals are. If you’re just trying to get a little leaner and fitter, then you probably don’t need supplements. Getting older is tough, though. I recently turned 43 and I can’t do what I used to do in my 30s. Part of it is because I haven’t worked out regularly for about 5 years. However, my endurance had really deteriorated over the last few years. It was never that great previously due to my mitochondrial disorder and now it’s really difficult to exercise. Would nutritional supplements help?
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