Picture this: you told yourself you would get in shape this year. Like, actually get in shape. But all of a sudden it’s the end of January, and you haven’t been to the gym once. Although the beginning of the new year is an excellent opportunity to start on your goals, they can be started at any time. Just because it’s the end of January doesn’t mean you can’t still get yourself in shape! All you need is the push to get started, so if you’re looking to get in weight this year, here are some of our tips:

Drink water
Water truly cures everything. Drinking a lot of water throughout the day will help you stay full, avoid unnecessary snacking, and can even improve your metabolism.

Get your protein in
Vegan, vegetarian, keto, and every other diet out there require consuming enough protein. Protein is vital for everyone, especially if you’re working out frequently. Protein can help you burn more calories and can help you stay fuller for longer.

Track your fitness
Keeping track of your fitness progress is crucial for setting and achieving your goals. And a perfect way to do that is with a fitness tracker. Whether it’s a FitBit, Apple Watch, or another sort of fitness tracking device, get into the habit of putting one on before every workout.

Get enough sleep
A lack of sleep = a lack of energy = no working out. So if you’re trying to get in shape this year, you need to get enough sleep. Get yourself into a bedroom routine that you love, so your body gets used to falling asleep at the same time every night. Getting enough sleep will help you in tremendous ways!

Eat fiber
Fiber is one of those nutrients we tend to neglect, but if you’re trying to get in shape, fiber is essential. Try eating at least 30g of fiber a day to keep you fuller for longer and avoid snacking.

Take HIIT classes
HIIT is a great way to get your body moving and work up a sweat in a fun and different workout. If you’re feeling bored with your usual routine at the gym, try taking a HIIT class to switch things up. Or if you’re short on time, do a HIIT workout at home that will have you dripping sweat in under 30 minutes.

Work with your body
You don’t need fancy machines to have an effective workout. All you really need is your body, a soft surface, and the motivation to workout. Doing bodyweight exercises uses more of your muscles, which can lead to more weight loss and toning. So on days you really can’t bring yourself to the gym, you can still workout at home.

Eat carbs early in the day
Carbs are your friend- not your enemy. But too many carbs can lead to weight gain and increased blood sugar levels. To avoid this, limit your carbs to the morning time. And make sure they are healthy complex carbs (like fruit and quinoa)!