Once you’ve been in the iron game for a while, you start to develop daily habits that complement the work you do in the gym. One key strategy for advanced athletes is hitting daily goals as opposed to focusing on just the long-term. Experienced weightlifters still have long-term goals, of course, but they’re seasoned enough to know that creating habits that they do everyday will facilitate long-term success.

You can’t build muscle, get lean or increase strength just by setting a goal. You need to think about the things you do each day if you want to have longevity as a lifter and keep making progress. Even if you’re a total beginner when it comes to strength training, there are certain habits you can pick up from advanced lifters to improve your health and get closer to you goals, whatever they may be. 

Copy these six daily habits of experienced lifters to stay healthy and keep moving toward your long-term goals.