Walk-uphill-first-Do-theOne of my goals this year has been to increase my fitness and decrease my waistline.

So every evening, armed with my new Fitbit and an over-exuberant golden retriever, I set out to achieve my goal of 10,000 steps per day.

I have a few routes, but my favourite (and Dusty’s) involves a walk along a copse of trees near my house where the dog gets some time off the leash and I get some time with my thoughts.

There’s just one problem.

It’s downhill on the way out, which makes it a tougher and slower uphill climb on the way back.

I know it seems obvious, but if you walk uphill first, the second half is much easier, and of course, this principle applies to more than just my middle-aged exercise regime.

If you have a sales target to reach, do the hard work in the early part of the month and the second half will be much less stressful.

If you have kids, invest in their lives early, providing them with the discipline, habits and structure that they need, which will make their teenage years much easier to deal with.

If you have a bank loan, make the sacrifices necessary to pay extra early and save yourself years of interest payments.

If you take the easy option and walk downhill first, you may end up at the bottom of the hill, too intimidated to put in the hard work necessary to reach your goals.

Walk uphill first.

Do the hard work now.

The rest of your life will be so much easier if you do.

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