20 Fitness Resolutions to Make 2017 Your Healthiest Year Yet

Want to get serious about fitness this year? Choose five resolutions below, do them, and 2017 will be your fittest, happiest, healthiest year yet. Then pick another five. Do them. Then another set. By autumn you’ll be unstoppable… a fitness force to be reckoned with!

  1. Exercise at least five times per week.
  2. Drink more water (or hint) than all other beverages, everyday.
  3. Learn a new sport, or go to a new exercise class.
  4. Make a new friend through running, an exercise class, or sport.
  5. Explore a new trail.
  6. Read an inspiring athletic book: Born to Run; Into Thin Air; Open.
  7. Journal about exercise, nutrition, emotions, or life happenings, everyday.
  8. Eat and drink fewer empty calories, i.e. sugary foods with no nutritional benefit.
  9. Spend more money on experiences and less money on things.
  10. Engage more locally: join a recreational sports team; volunteer; community garden.
  11. Make monthly fitness goals, along with big yearly, or long-term goals.
  12. Try meditating. At least once. For at least 10 minutes.
  13. Drive less, and walk, bike, use public transportation more often.
  14. Sleep more; strive for 8 hours per night.
  15. Question your habits and change eating or exercise habits that make zero sense.
  16. Buy a balance disk and sit on it while working.
  17. Stop counting calories; start eating like a European, as if you enjoy and value good food in moderation.
  18. Make a weekly exercise plan, à la achieving #11.
  19. Don’t let travel make you forget about fitness; stay motivated to exercise while traveling.
  20. Treat yourself when you achieve a fitness goal! Sleep in and give yourself a small gift!

Any other resolution ideas? Share with us in the comments.

About the Author

Clare Gallagher is an ultrarunner for The North Face and travels extensively for races and philanthropic work. She studied coral ecology at Princeton University where she also ran cross country and track. Clare has taught English in Thailand where she started a non-profit environmental stewardship program, she has scribed in emergency rooms across Denver, and she writes regularly for various running blogs.

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