• Nate Johnson

5 Simple Steps to Reach Your Fitness Goals in 2018

If you want to reach your fitness goals, you need a good plan. I promise if you follow these 5 steps you'll blow past each and every fitness goal you set for yourself in 2018. 1) Commit Without this first step, the rest of the plan won't matter. You should commit to your health and fitness goals the same way you're committed to your family, your spouse, your kids, and your job. Commit to putting in the work on the days you feel like it and the days you don't.  If you don't commit, you'll do exactly like you've always done. You'll start off strong, but quit as soon as the motivation leaves. Commitment is the only way to succeed in the long term. 2) Have Accountability Everyone who achieves something great has someone holding them accountable. If Olympic athletes need accountability, you and I DEFINITELY do. This could be a friend, your spouse, or a fitness professional. We always perform better if we know we have to look someone in the eye and update them on our progress. Without accountability, it's too easy to slack off or quit completely. 3) Strength Train 2-3 Days Per Week Strength Training is hands down the best type of exercise for fat loss and toning the entire body. You only need to do it 2-3 days per week for 30-45 minutes.  Without strength training, you might lose some weight but you definitely won't get that toned, defined look you're after. And who doesn't want arms that look great in a sleeveless dress or a sculpted butt that perfectly fills out your jeans?? If you don't know how to strength train, we highly recommend you find a trainer with a lot of strength training experience and pay them to teach you! 4) Do Some Type of Exercise Every Day A great way to ensure you hit your goals in 2018 is to never miss a day. Assuming you're already strength training 2-3 days per week, you just need to do something for at least 15 minutes the other 4-5 days per week.  There's all kinds of things you can do. If you like aerobics classes or going for a jog, have at it. But if you're like me and hate most forms of cardio, just go for a walk or a hike with some friends! It's easy. It's free. And it's super effective for fat loss. 5) Improve 1 Eating Habit Every 1-2 Weeks We have to talk about nutrition if you want to achieve your goals. Nutrition is super important, but unfortunately most people screw it up big time. It's time for you to kiss super restrictive diet plans goodbye. Instead, focus on improving 1 eating habit every 1-2 weeks. This doesn't sound like much, but at the end of the year you will have changed 26-52 habits. Think about that for a second. If you changed your 26 worst eating habits, you'd be eating like a champ!  The best part is this approach is sustainable and enjoyable. Which means you'll get better results that will last a lifetime. If you have any questions about how to reach your fitness goals in 2018, please e-mail me at nate@steelstrengthtraining.com.