You can definitely tell when it’s the end of the year. There’s constant advertisement wherever you turn pushing you to be fit in 2024.

Television commercials constantly show “lose weight now” ads …. or buy this fitness equipment to have an “incredible body.”

AND social media feeds are relentlessly filled with more of the same.

I realize some of you want to enjoy all the holiday goodies without feeling guilty.

But staying fit is part of a healthy lifestyle, saving you healthcare expenses as you age.

While enjoying the holidays’ festivities, start thinking about what you’ll begin doing in 2024 to stay fit.

Staying fit helps me stay energized and ready to maximize life. I’ve been working out since high school — and that was a long time ago!

It’s not hard for me to motivate myself to stay fit. I realize I’m lucky in that regard.

But for those who need more motivation, start planning how you’ll stay fit in 2024.

Start with a small change. In this way, you’ll stick with it.

If you decide to join a gym, be aware that it’ll be crowded in January. You may have to wait to use equipment. If that will demotivate you, then find an alternative.

Here are some changes to consider:

Go for a walk with friends instead of meeting them at a restaurant.

Enroll in a dance class or other class that involves physical activity.

Explore pickleball or another sport.

Try a fitness streaming service to do at home (since 2020, there are multiple options at affordable prices).

Reframe feeling pushed into your 2024 fitness by considering new opportunities to stay energized. Find something that will work with your schedule and finances.

Let us know if you’re trying anything new to kick-start your 2024 fitness.

Keep it simple and remain PEF (positive, enthusiastic, and focused)!

(Update to original post from December 29, 2017)


Niv Persaud, CFP®, CDFA®, RICP®, is a Managing Director at Transition Planning & Guidance, LLC. Life is more than money. It’s about living the lifestyle you want and can afford. For that reason, Niv consults with clients on money, life, and work. Her approach capitalizes on techniques she learned throughout her career, including as a management consultant, executive recruiter, and financial advisor. Her services include developing  comprehensive financial plans, divorce financial reviews, and retirement plans. Niv actively gives back to her community through her volunteer efforts. She believes in living life to the fullest by cherishing friendships, enjoying the beauty of nature and laughing often — even at herself. Her favorite quote is by Erma Bombeck, “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say ‘I used everything you gave me.’”