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When it comes to living a healthier lifestyle, getting started is one of the hardest parts. Say you’ve cut back on sugar by completely avoiding your favorite candy and chocolates. You’ve done what would seem impossible to some people, so why shouldn’t you congratulate yourself? But you must remember that’s only the beginning. Some start out great with a plan for healthier living, but soon stray from what they planned and never get back on track.

It’s normal to be distracted or to have moments where giving up on a routine seems to be the perfect answer. Even the most dedicated runners sometimes stumble, but they get back up and finish the race – and you should too. We’ve listed 5 concrete ways for you to stay on track and keep up with your fitness goals. These are designed to help people get back on their feet and stay motivated in their workouts.

1. Plan Ahead

Planning is a crucial step when it comes to committing to a healthy lifestyle. Even if you’ve done the work of improving your diet, planning out what exercises to do today, tomorrow, or even the following week would be beneficial to how you see the act of exercising as a whole.  It’s not uncommon for people to go into a gym and randomly pick a machine that isn’t sweaty or being used by anyone.

While random workouts are better than no workout at all, not having anything in mind can lead to not doing any workout at all, and lead you to miss the goals you’ve set for yourself. If you want to lift heavier, you should think of exercises that can help you lift heavier. If you want to jump higher, plan a routine that can help you achieve this in the shortest amount of time. It’s all about how you plan on crossing the finish line. After all, failing to plan is planning to fail.