Everything you need to achieve your fitness goals this year

We've got the list you need for fitness success.

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by Louise Bennett and Jade Moscrop |

New year, new you, right? Well actually, there's nothing wrong with the you you already are, but if you'd love to push your limits further and achieve some fitness goals you've only dreamed about, then we're all for that.

Not only is working out a physical battle, but it's a mental one too. Here are our top tips for ensuring you achieve your goals and stay motivated:

Know what your goals are

Figure out what you want to achieve in any given time period and stick to it. Make sure your goals are attainable, otherwise you'll feel demoralised when you don't hit them. If it helps, make short-term goals to begin with, like running 5k, planning a weekly workout, lifting a certain weight or even just joining a gym. Be honest with yourself and get ready to work!

Make specific plans

Dedicate time each week to make your goals a reality. If you know you don't hold yourself accountable for missed gym sessions or at-home runs, join a class to give you a specific plan and time slot to stick to. If life gets in the way and you miss a workout, don't beat yourself up, just move on and figure out when you're next going to smash it out of the park.

Be prepared

Getting up in the dark to hit the gym before work can be utterly soul-destroying, but there are some things you can do to make it easier. Prepping your workout clothes and fitness accessories before bed, having your protein shake ready in the fridge and your water bottle full are just a few of them. Similarly, take your gym gear to work with you if you're planning on an evening session and head to the gym straight after work. Then, when you get home, you can just chill. Do you have enough sets of leggings and sports bras for all the workouts you're planning? Don't give yourself an excuse to miss it because you're behind on laundry!

Have fun!

Most of all, achieving your goals should be enjoyable. You're making a change for your health and all those happy hormones will feel great, so don't get bogged down in the grit of it all. Join a class you know you'll love, start a team sport and you could even recruit a friend to both chat to and to be a little healthy competition.

Now you've got all the mental fuel to get going, here are some fitness accessories you'll definitely need to achieve your goals:

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