Six hacks to make sure you stick with your new exercise routine

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1. SET YOURSELF UP FOR SUCCESS

Throw away everything in the kitchen that tempts you or causes you to go off track (donate it if you don’t want to waste food). Please don’t rely on will power alone you can. For the next few weeks pick activities that support your focus for now. Maybe it’s time for a workout partner; when you don’t feel like it they can force you and vice versa. Tell your friends, family or social media what your goals are so you will have accountability support and then get to work.

2. START SMALL

It takes less than you think to challenge your body and start inspiring changes. But you should mainly start small because your biggest friend right now is: momentum. Starting small makes sticking with it more likely and will provide small wins that build confidence and add momentum

3. SET A SCHEDULE AND STICK TO IT

The calendar app on your phone is your friend . Schedule your workouts, meals or hike dates like they are your important meetings at work that you would NEVER MISS. Write it down, pick a time, and don’t cancel on yourself. Your workout should be just as much a habit as brushing your teeth or eating breakfast. When it’s part of your routine, you won’t even have to think about it. In a few months, fitness can be a regular feature in your day.

4. TRACK IT

Keep a fitness journal or use an app to record your progress — for example, how much you run, walk, or lift and the calories you burn.

5. MIX IT UP

Do different types of workouts to keep things interesting and to exercise different muscle groups. If the elliptical machine is usually your thing, hop on the stair climber for some cardio instead. Also, switch between machines and free weights when you strength-train. You don’t have to reinvent your entire routine every week, but you do want to shift it around a little.

6. JUST DO IT

I realise this is easier said than done but there is no way around it. You just have to do it. There is never the perfect time to start, refer to the other steps, but just do it. Start today!