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20 New Year’s Goals That Are Actually Worth Making

Fall madly in love with your 2022 resolutions

By: Emma Lunsford

Why do we feel the need to set these extreme New Year’s Resolutions, and then beat ourselves up when we fail to reach our unrealistic standards? Goals like, lose 10 pounds in 2 months, quit sugar cold turkey, go to the gym every single day, or eliminate all stress. I mean, what!? We’re human, not superhuman. It’s no wonder 80% of people give up on their goals in the second week. But, we’re not letting that happen this year! Here’s to attainable, sustainable 2022 New Year’s goals. Who’s with us?!

While the aforementioned statistic may seem a little discouraging, setting realistic, healthy goals can help you stay committed and inspired toward reaching (and sticking) with all you want to accomplish!

20 Achievable New Year’s Goals You Can Feel Good About

If bite-sized goals are best, where do you start? And how do you actually make them fun, so you’re even more likely to stick to them? Find a goal that’s small and catches your eye from the list below!

#1 Try One New Recipe Per Week

One recipe a week? Easy peasy! This is perfect for those who get bored with eating healthy foods. It’s important to mix it up, so you stay motivated. Plus, trying new recipes can expose you to new foods you may have never tried before. This means more nutrients, and who knows, maybe even some new favorite finds! Maybe you even make it a goal to try one new fruit and veggie every week.

FitOn PRO has tons of healthy and delicious recipes for inspiration!

#2 Try Making 1 Smoothie/Day

Smoothies are some of the most versatile foods on the planet. Need a protein boost? Make a protein smoothie. Need some healthy fats? Load it up with nut butter. This goal is great for those trying to meet nutrition goals but can’t seem to make ends meet. And, they are the perfect option when you’re in a time crunch. Smoothies take minutes to whip up and can be one of the best ways to jam-pack a whole bunch of nutrients into one yummy meal.

#3 Try a New Style of Fitness Each Week/Month 

If your fitness motivation is lacking, it may be a sign that it’s time to try something new. Remember: you don’t want to have to rely too much on willpower! One of the best ways to keep the motivation pumping is with some new exercise motivation. Thankfully, FitOn workouts make it easy. 

Get your heart pumping with quick HIIT workouts, sculpt lean muscle with a longer strength training class, or ground down with a calming yoga flow. There’s something for everyone!

#4 Establish a Simple Meditation Practice

Meditated once, then never again? You’re not alone. This mindfulness technique can feel intimidating if you’re new to the practice, but with a little know-how, it’s much more approachable than you think! Hint: check out our Ultimate Guide to Meditation.

When you’re getting started with your practice, start small and begin with just 5 minutes. As you start to get more comfortable, slowly amp up the time. Fortunately, FitOn has a meditation category, some being only 5 minutes, which makes it super easy to get going!

#5 Read One New Book a Month

Ditch the screen time and use your downtime to dive face first into a book! Since everyone reads at different paces, try not to set an unrealistic goal here. While someone else might be able to read 5 books in a month, that might be unattainable for you, which is 100% okay! Adjust this goal based on available time and reading habits. 

And while reading is a goal within itself, you may even find your book choices motivate you to crush your other 2022 New Year’s goals. Once you find a topic you’re interested in or a goal your set on crushing, look for a good book within that area!

#6 Drink an Extra Cup of Water a Day

Instead of creating a goal that involves removing something from your day, it’s best to try adding something positive in to start. For instance, instead of saying drink less caffeine, start with drinking more water. It comes from a more empowering place that leaves you more likely to follow through! 

Once you’ve integrated that daily cup of water into your healthy routine, then address those not-so-healthy habits with another micro goal! Want to cut back on coffee or alcohol? Slowly switch out your guilty beverage of choice for a healthier alternative. Again, start small! One cup a week is a good goal. Maybe you start the week with a cup of matcha instead of coffee or end the week with a kombucha instead of reaching for the wine. Once that feels manageable, continue building with small goals!

#7 Declutter That Problem Area Once a Week

We all have that one spot in our living space that’s just…bleh. It’s never clean! Instead of trying to tackle it all at once, why not break it up into chunks, removing something bit by bit every weekend. 

And did you know mess can cause stress? Rejoice in the fact that your goal doubles as a stress-relief technique!

#8 Take a Walk a Day

A walk a day has incredible health benefits — not to mention the simple act of moving your body. And it’s one of the simplest 2022 New Year’s goals. 

#9 Sanitize Your Phone Every Week

Your phone is probably dirtier than a public toilet seat — so gross! But it makes sense since we’re constantly putting it down in different places. A simple 2022 New Year’s goal? Get in the habit of sanitizing your phone more regularly. And like we mentioned, cleaning can be therapeutic!

#10 Eat a Snack Before You Grocery Shop

Need some shopping inspo? Head to our recipe box in FitOn PRO. With personalized meal plans and recipes including foods you’ll love to eat, getting your meals ready for the week has never been easier. You’re less likely to splurge on unnecessary goodies, plus you’ll save some time and money!

#11 Put Your Phone In a Different Room While You Work

Your phone is a productivity killer! Resist the urge to check it entirely by placing it in another room.

Want to boost your productivity even more? Try these 15 hacks!

#12 Build a Gratitude Practice

A solid gratitude practice leaves you way more grounded. You can even do it while you brush your teeth! Either write down or say to yourself three things you’re grateful for that day. It might sound simple, but gratitude can improve feelings of positivity and even improve mental health. Don’t underestimate the power of these small 2022 New Year’s goals!

#13 Compliment Yourself Every Day

Build up your self-worth, self-esteem, and confidence by increasing positive self-talk. Hello, compliments! Write yourself sticky notes and place them on the mirror, so you see them every day! 

Here are some ideas:

  • You’re a great listener
  • You did _____ really well this week 
  • You put a lot of dedication and hard work into ____ and it shows
  • You look really nice today
  • Your cooking skills are really impressive
  • You kicked butt during that workout

#14 Start a Wind Down Routine Before Bed

There’s nothing worse than going to bed stressed and then waking up in the middle of the night thinking about all you have to do! Give yourself a little TLC and end the day with a calming evening routine to decompress and release any emotions from the day that are no longer serving you. 

Make these simple habits part of your 2022 New Year’s Goals! Before bed, develop an evening routine with things like:

  • Meditation
  • A calming yoga flow or stretch 
  • Journaling
  • A soothing Epsom salt soak
  • Ditching screen time in place of a good book
  • A warming cup of tea

Need some evening wind down inspiration? Consider adding a before-bed meditation to your evening routine. 

#15 Take a Social Media Detox Once a Month

One of the 2022 New Year’s goals you’ll want to make stick? Taking a monthly phone detox! Constant scrolling can cause a lot of brain fatigue, anxiety, and comparison problems. I think we can all agree, the social media comparison trap is no joke. Give yourself a breather by putting your phone away for a day, at least once a month.

#16 Practice Random Acts of Kindness

The beauty of this? When you give someone a compliment or do something nice for someone else, you feel good, too! This can be your partner, friend, sibling, a stranger, really WHOEVER — do something nice for them, and do it when they least expect it! Random acts of kindness give all involved a much-needed mood boost and lead to a happier, healthier you. 

Try these ideas:

  • Smile at a stranger 
  • Buy a coffee for the person behind you
  • Hold the door open for someone 
  • Help a stranger with their groceries

#17 Add Extra Fruits/Veggies to Your Cart

The first step to eating healthy is to actually buy more healthy foods. So start at the beginning! When you’re at the store, load up on your favorite fruits and veggies. 

Some of our favorites:

  • Green leafy veggies like kale, spinach, swiss chard, and arugula
  • Cruciferous veggies such as broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts 
  • Root veggies like beets, sweet potatoes, and winter squash 
  • Seasonal fruits like grapefruit, citrus, apples, persimmons, and grapes

#18 Laugh Once/Day

Laughter is the best medicine, especially when you’re really stressed. No really, it is! According to research, laughter decreases the stress hormone, cortisol.

#19 Spend Quality Time With Your Loved Ones/Once Week

One of the best (and easiest) 2022 new years goals? Fill up your own cup and the people you love! And when you’re together, try to stay in the moment and not gravitate towards your phone too much.

#20 Try a New Journal Prompt Every Day

All about that self-awareness. Get to know the real you by completing different journal prompts every day. You might be surprised what you learn about yourself! 

Fall In Love With Your 2022 New Year’s Goals

If you’re eager to crush your 2022 goals, that excitement will help motivate you when you need it most. So go for a resolution you can count on: small, achievable, and fun. Fall in love with your goals and this year will be the best one yet.

Happy goal setting!