Consistency is one of the terms I use very regularly when people ask me how they can make healthy changes to their physical wellbeing. Without it, you are like a car suck in the mud spinning its wheels… your progress will be going NOWHERE!
Here are some items to think about to help you stay consist with your training and get you over the finish line to achieving your goals.
1. Pick a time to train and stick to it. By creating a daily routine where you train at the same time each day, it will be habit-forming long term and without even thinking about it, your training routine will be second nature.
2. Follow a program. Structure is very important for making progress in your training. Nothing worse than getting to the gym and having no idea what you are going to do. Have a plan of action and follow it. Again this all leads to routine and habit formation which in turn keeps your momentum going to getting your workouts completed.
3. Acknowledge every win no matter how big or small. Every progression is a step in the right direction leading to your ultimate goal. Small goals are progress builders as they keep the momentum & motivation going. Avoid making unrealistic goals that may stall any form of momentum & motivation.
4. Stop over-thinking your training program. If you are searching for the ultimate training program, you are NEVER going to find it! Never compare yourself with anyone else. People tend to quit because they don’t get the same results as someone else doing the same program. Everyone is different, everyone adapts differently and many will have varying results. Never compare yourself with anyone else. Program development is more trial and error. It’s great to expose yourself to many styles of training to see which one works best for you. The main thing is to create a plan, stick to it and do it!
5. Do not be so hard on yourself. Life is unpredictable and we never know what’s around the corner. So when issues do arise and we end up missing a day or two of training, it’s not the end of the world and no your training program is not ruined. Times like these are when you give yourself a moment to regroup and pick up where you left off. Consistency is about getting the job done MOST of the time. You have to allow for little interruptions because that’s life!
6. The show must go on! There are going to be days when our motivation and energy are waning and training will be the last thing on our minds. Trust me, it’s guaranteed to happen. The secret is, any workout is better then the workout you didn’t do. Even if you are giving less than 50% effort, you will be achieving something because of the habit and routine-building you are reinforcing with every training session you show up for.