4 No-Sweat Steps To Be Your Fittest Self This Year Anything Goes

Here are some tried-and-tested ways to finally achieve your fitness goals this year!

I’m sure you’re pretty familiar with the following scenario: a new year rolls around, and you commit to being healthier and fitter. You cut down on processed foods and you renew your gym membership. Everything seems to plod along fine for a couple of months, but before you know it, life starts to get in the way. Maybe work starts to get crazy-busy or your social commitments increase. Whatever it is, your grand plans for a healthy diet and regular exercise fall to the wayside. Again.

If that sounds like you, let me just say, “I feel you, buddy.” For years, I’ve made resolutions to eat better and exercise more but nothing really seemed to stick. However, I’ve soon discovered that there are several steps that need to be taken in order for our fitness goals to stick. Ready?

1. Be intentional

Saying things like, “I want to be fitter this year, ” or “I wanna eat more healthily, ” is too vague and doesn’t give you something tangible to work towards. It’s far more effective if you set a specific goal – for example, “I want to be able to comfortably complete a 10km run by June, ” or “I aim to eat four salads per week.”

2. Get accountable 

Once you’ve set your goals, share them with others! This is especially helpful when you’re going through a funk, say, when you’ve hit a fitness plateau or when you’re feeling miserable and just want to gorge on that dessert buffet. By sharing your intentions with others, they can help keep you motivated and you’re less likely to throw in the towel. Getting accountable can be as simple as sharing your intentions on social media and updating your network with your progress, or engaging a professional (like a personal trainer or a coach) to help keep you on track.

3. Be kind to yourself

That said, we are all only human and it’s normal to fall off the bandwagon from time to time. Maybe you skipped the salad and went straight for the greasy burger, or maybe you were too tired to run all of last week. That’s okay! Instead of beating yourself up and giving up altogether, just remind yourself that it’s normal. It doesn’t mean you’re weak or ill-disciplined. Just pick yourself up and continue the journey.

4. Get a fitness watch

This step ties in with the first two steps of being intentional and accountable. With a fitness watch, you’re able to set specific fitness goals and track your progress, which helps you stay accountable to the people around you. But with so many different brands out there, how do you know which one works for you?

I recently tried the TomTom Spark GPS fitness watch, which comes with an integrated 3GB (approximately 500 songs) music player that you can listen to via Bluetooth earphones. It even comes pre-loaded with a 30-minute Running Trax, specially curated by Ministry of Sound. As someone whose primary fitness activity is running, having a music-enabled fitness watch was the perfect accompaniment for my long runs. Setting up the music player is easy – simply plug your watch into your computer, then drag and drop your iTunes or Windows Media Player playlist into the watch.

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What I liked about the watch is how it caters to a variety of fitness activities, from running to cycling and even swimming. While I used it primarily for running, where I used it to monitor my timing or training goals, I also liked having the option of monitoring my heart rate during cross-training workouts such as during boot camp. By keeping an eye on my my target heart rate zone,  I knew whether or not to crank up slow down the intensity of my workouts.

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Apart from tracking workouts, the TomTom Spark GPS also monitors the number of steps you take each day as well as how many hours of sleep you get each night. This helps give you a more holistic overview of where you are on your journey to wellness. After all, good health is not just about exercising for a set amount of time. It’s also about moving your body often and getting adequate rest at night.

Go Away is giving away 3 TomTom Spark GPS fitness watches worth $329 each!

(This contest is now closed.)

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For as long as she can remember, Vanessa has always wanted to escape to a place where no one knows her. But because that’s not always possible, she often retreats into the world of books and pop culture. When she does get to travel, she prefers going off the beaten track and back to nature. Some of her best memories include napping in a treehouse in Laos and cycling across padi fields in Bali.


  1. Roxy Rockett Says: March 17, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    My fitness goal for 2016 is to lose the pregnancy weight I gained in 2015! I gave birth to my daughter in Feb 2016 and since then, I’ve been working on eating clean with plenty of whole grains and less processed food, and carrying my little one about while climbing stairs etc to burn some extra calories on the go! I hope to be able to regain some of my pre-pregnancy fitness and fit back in my regular clothes in six months time!

  2. June Lee Says: March 17, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    My fitness goal for 2016 is to lost my tummy fats and get more fit and slimmer! I am trying to achieve it by having more balanced healthier meals, swimming and take long walks every week and i take less cabs but switch more to public transport and sometimes try to alight earlier so can walk more to burn off more calories and it’s more environmental friendly too =)

  3. Ten Hui Yu Says: March 17, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    My 2016 fitness goal is to do my first half marathon! The grand plan is to make the practice sessions more interesting with TomTom as my companion!

  4. my fitness goal is to gain more weight as my partner always nag the same way. Both were pretty certain and proced

  5. My fitness goal is to get leaner and eat healthier! I have an unfortunate love for carbs like hokkien mee (“uncle no prawn more noodle pls”), chicken rice, laksa and instant noodles ?. I aim to lose 4kg this year by working out more consistently and more importantly, watching my diet! More greens pls!

  6. My fitness goal is to get leaner and eat healthier! I aim to participate in my first Triathlon this year.I have an unfortunate love for carbs like hokkien mee (“uncle no prawn more noodle pls”), chicken rice, laksa and instant noodles ?. I also aim to lose 4kg this year by working out more consistently and more importantly, watching my diet! More greens pls!

  7. My fitness goal for 2016 is to participate in an obstacle course race and get my 6-pack back! I’ve been gymming and running, and participating in adventure sports like canyoning and skiing. As I’m travelling overseas a lot this year, I would really love the Tom Tom Spark as its GPS function would enable me to know where I’ve run, as I tend to just run randomly outdoors and try to find my way home after!

  8. In 2016, I want a life that is charged with positive energy, balanced with grace, calm and kindness. The fitness goal is to keep moving and explore new routines, fitness regimes that the body is not used to before, to challenge the body both mentally and physically. The blog is born out of my pursuit to live a beautiful active life, and share my love for fitness with like-minded individuals who sweats for the same passion 🙂

  9. Ong Zhi Hao Says: March 25, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    My fitness goal is to get my weight down from 76kg down to 72kg. I am aiming to tone my body, to make it more defined rather than to increase my size. I’m currently on a workout plan, exercising 4-5 times a week at the gym nearby my house. However, I’m not satisified with just going to the gym and running, hence I’ve incorporated skipping and boxing into my exercise regime. In order to ensure I achieve my fitness goal, every morning at 6am I workout before heading off to work. This would ensure that I have achieved my exercise goal, and not fall into the trap of “I’m tired after work, so I won’t workout today”

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