Consistency is the Key to Success
The best workout plan in the world isn’t anything without commitment and consistency. It’s not only important to be mentally committed, but it’s equally significant to be consistent when it comes to exercise. Without commitment and consistency, it’s impossible to produce favorable results.
Since commitment is more of a mindset and consistency is more of an action, it can tend to be more challenging to carry out an act rather than a state of mind. Luckily, the below three steps outline how to establish consistency and unlock the key to success in the gym:
Adopt a New Mindset
Unfortunately in the fitness industry, it’s common to interact with clients who want quick results with minimal work. While our society is to mostly blame for this, getting “in shape” is not a destination, it’s a journey.
Exercise is something that is meant to be a regular event such as brushing teeth or showering. While it doesn’t need to necessarily be done everyday, it does need to be done on a regular basis in order to remain in optimal health.
Just because a goal has been reached such as losing 10 lbs or performing 25 pushups, doesn’t mean that exercise should stop. Just like having clean teeth doesn’t mean that tooth brushing should no longer be performed.
Adopting a new mindset is the most important tactic to becoming consistent with exercise. It’s important to understand that exercising is more than fitting into skinny jeans again or reaching a specific goal. It’s a way of life.
Choose Something Enjoyable
Jerry Greenfield of Ben & Jerry’s is not only famous for his ice cream but also for this quote, “If it’s not fun, why do it?” Jerry brings up an important point that holds true when it comes to exercise.
While exercise may not be enjoyable for everyone, there is usually some sort of physical activity that can be enjoyed. Find any activity or sport that is enjoyable and do it. If an activity that is selected is truly dreaded, it’s a setup for failure. For example, if running isn’t enjoyable, don’t try to be a runner. Simple as that.
For those who don’t enjoy any type of exercise, enlist the help of a personal trainer. The right certified individual can assist with exercise, create accountability and find a style of exercise that is enjoyable, such as lifting weights or boxing. The right personal trainer can truly change a perception of exercise.
Schedule the time
If time isn’t made, time won’t exist. Most people in this day in age lead a hectic and busy lifestyle filled with work, family, social obligations, errands, household chores, etc. With over-scheduled planners, it’s easy to put exercise on the back burner.
The best way to create consistency with exercise is to schedule a time that works best: morning, afternoon or evening. Create an appointment with exercise, similar to a work or doctor appointment. Block off the time and don’t let anything interfere.
Now in a perfect world, nothing would get in the way of an exercise appointment. However, in the real world this doesn’t remain true. If a family or work emergency comes up last minute, simply adjust the workout to take place later in the day, or if necessary, the following day.
The harsh reality is that there are no excuses to not “having the time” to workout. Time must be made, regardless of how busy life can be!
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Written by Sophie DeHenzel
Consistency is the Key to Success
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