Kick-Start Your Ex­er­cise Rou­tine

Fol­low these tips from fit­ness ex­perts, and you’ll crush your New Year’s res­o­lu­tions through Jan­uary and be­yond.

Prevention (USA) - - PULSE -

SET TWO GOALS

Have one short-term goal as some­thing rou­tine to fo­cus on from day to day or week to week and one long-term goal as a dreamier one to push your­self to strive for, says Brooks Beast coach Danny Mackey. Per­haps chal­lenge your­self to hit the gym a few times a week for a set amount of time each ses­sion, then con­sider work­ing to­ward run­ning a race at

a cer­tain pace or con­quer­ing a killer hike.

GRAB A BUDDY

Hav­ing an ac­count­abil­ity part­ner can help keep you on track— and as a bonus, you’ll bond over shared pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ences while ex­er­cis­ing, says Hil­lary Cau­then, Psy.D., CMPC, an ex­ec­u­tive board mem­ber of the As­so­ci­a­tion for Ap­plied Sport Psy­chol­ogy.

FIND WHAT YOU LIKE

“The key to suc­cess is to get mov­ing no mat­ter what you do,” says Brian Ze­het­ner, di­rec­tor of health and fit­ness at Planet Fit­ness. Find ac­tiv­i­ties that mix things up and get you ex­cited about break­ing a sweat: Try a new piece of gym equip­ment, do a new home work­out led by an en­er­getic trainer, or take your dog along for a hike. “En­joy­ment is one of the key fac­tors that drive con­sis­tency,” he says.

BE RE­AL­IS­TIC

Life hap­pens, so tell your­self it’s not the end of the world if you miss a day; work to­ward a goal, but com­mit to the process as well, says Phil Tim­mons, PT pro­gram man­ager at Blink Fit­ness. “Small im­prove­ments ac­cu­mu­late and bring you closer to a health­ier and hap­pier you,” he says.

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