Whether or not you plan to set New Year’s Resolutions, the beginning of a new year is a great time to think about your overall wellness plan for the year ahead — and this doesn’t have to be focused on a singular outcome like losing weight or running a marathon in a specific time.
Instead, think of your 2024 wellness plan as your guide to health in the new year. It’s a way for you to plan out how you are going to prioritize yourself. Often when we think about resolutions or goals, we can think too much about the end product and not so much the process. By focusing on the process with your wellness plan, you are more likely to achieve any goals you may have and improve your overall health.
Before you get started creating a 2024 wellness plan, take inventory of your health and fitness in the past year. Consider which types of activities you liked the most and what goals you achieved. You may also want to take time to look through data on health tracking apps to see your progress charted overtime. ZOZOFIT users have the opportunity to compare body scans, so it may be beneficial to look at your first body scan of the year and the most recent.
Once you’ve looked at what you did in the past year, it’s time to start intentionally crafting your 2024 wellness plan based on what worked, what didn’t work, and what you hope to accomplish.
Set Realistic Goals
Look at what you accomplished in 2023 and think about how you can improve in the new year. What would that look like for you? When do you need to have training sessions? What new fitness experience do you need to incorporate into your routine? How will you track your progress?
Answering these questions will get you started on setting new goals and benchmarks for the year to come. By building on what you’ve already been doing, you’re setting yourself up for success. This ensures that you aren’t setting a goal that would be impossible to complete.
For example, if you started running and have only ever done a 5K, then you might consider your big race for the new year to be a half-marathon, rather than a full marathon. Taking small steps with health and fitness also helps in injury prevention and lessening overexertion.
The ZOZOFIT App is Made for Goal Setting
Tracking your goals is incredibly easy with ZOZOFIT. You can add in your goals for different body measurements and your body fat percentage in the app. With each scan, you can see your progress toward your set goal in the app, as well as compare scans from different time periods. This kind of data is invaluable because it will allow you to celebrate your successes and adjust your goals if they seem out of reach.
Set a Date (with Yourself)
Having a goal is great, but part of creating a plan means looking at your calendar and prioritizing time for your wellness every day. Use your goals to guide this part of the plan by asking yourself what you need to do each day to achieve your set goals.
Scheduling time for your fitness routine each day is a great place to start. By taking a hard look at your calendar and penciling in that time, you are making an appointment with yourself about something that matters. Intentionally setting time aside will also make you more likely to act on that time.
When going through this process, though, it is also paramount that you consider what challenges you might face. Do you work late every Wednesday? What happens if it's pouring rain and you can’t go outside? What if you need to save money for one month and can’t go to personal training?
Knowing that any of these issues could come up allows you to think ahead. If you work late on Wednesday evenings, maybe exercise in the morning — or do your workout on a different day. Have a rain plan in place, whether that means a make-up session the next day or heading to the gym to run on the treadmill. Need to cut costs? Start keeping a log of workouts so you can look back at what you did. Increase weight or reps to challenge yourself and continue to build strength in your weight training routine.
By thinking of solutions before you see the problem, you are removing the ability for your future self to just skip a day because it’s too hard to figure out the logistics. Remember that your 2024 wellness plan is all about prioritizing yourself.
While you’re creating your wellness plan, think about who might be on this journey with you, or someone you could recruit to keep you on track. This should be someone who understands your goals and values your personal wellness just as much as you do.
Accountability makes it easier to take the hard steps forward in health and wellness, especially because the fitness journey doesn’t always feel easeful.
Working with a coach or a training group is a great way to set up accountability for yourself. If you don’t have access to a personal training or group fitness experience, consider a good friend or loved one. Ask them to check up on you every week and ask about your progress.
Celebrate Your Successes
When you achieve a goal — big or small — it’s time to celebrate. Don’t let yourself skip out on celebrating, either. This is an important part of the process. We need to recognize how the hard work we’ve put in has improved our overall health or wellness. ZOZOFIT can help you track your progress over time so that you can enjoy all of your victories.
For each of your goals, decide on a celebratory action. Did you finally run that marathon? Let yourself splurge on those new sneakers you’ve been eyeing. Did you nail a yoga pose after months of dedication? Celebrate with an Instagram post about your win and let others share in your joy.
Celebrations keep us motivated. Sometimes just finishing is enough, especially for big things like races, but know that it is okay, and encouraged, to celebrate the small things, too.