It doesn’t have to be a New Year's resolution for one to set goals pertaining to their health and fitness. While participating in regular exercise, losing weight, and eating right are much easier said than done, it is suggested that setting goals in this department should become a gradual process. Since many diets and exercise plans tend to fail, it is highly recommended to start out slow in order to provide the best chances for achievement and success. Below you will find some of the most common goals for health and fitness:

1) Shed Pounds

Every New Years' Eve, millions of people struggle with the goals they have set to lose weight. Whether it is 5, 10, or 50 pounds, losing weight has always been a popular goal high up on the list of many objectives in life. Unfortunately, so many people fail despite all of the diet fads, fat-free snacks, and weight-loss programs. In the end, self-improvement and motivation are some of the key factors that drive people towards weight loss success.

2) Push Yourself

When it comes to health and fitness goals, it is important to keep pushing forward and try new things that aim to boost your overall health. You never want to miss out on the experiences that helps shape a life, tests character, or pushes an individual to learn more about themselves. You never know how high you'll climb a mountain unless you take the time to try. Achievement is a great way to improve the way you view your life and create future goals.

A few examples on pushing yourself to succeed in your weight loss, health, and fitness goals is to attempt a demanding workout plan (such as advanced Taebo), increase the number of miles you walk or run, take up an advanced swimming class, join local sporting competitions, ride your bike to work or the store, and eliminate junk food for a month.

3) Build Muscles

You don’t have to become a bodybuilder to appreciate the self-improvement and achievement of building healthier muscle mass. Not only does lifting light weights or tossing up a few dumbbells help tone the body, but muscles burn more calories than fat. For many, confidence levels and self-esteem skyrockets when results appear. Just remember – in order to stay on track – following your program is a must, which requires a certain level of self-discipline and motivation.

4) Tone the Body

A firm backside or solid thigh and calf muscles are just some of the things that toning the body may accomplish. When working on the curves and appearance of your exterior shell, the things you dread (such as cellulite and extra weight) start to disappear and a more chiseled physique begins to emerge.

5) Drink More Water

The recommended daily intake of water is eight glasses, which should increase when adding heavy exercise to your regular workout routine or during the spring and summer months. For many, it is rather hard to consume desired amounts of water, but there are a few ways to stay on track. Whenever you eat a meal or snack, make sure to consume 1 to 2 glasses of water. When counting your ounces becomes a drag – invest in a water bottle (with known capacity), which helps keep track of your intake.

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