All the time we hear “Consistency is key.” and it’s true! Find what works best and stay consistent with THAT. If doing cardio brings you closer to your goals, do it. If skipping breakfast gets you results, keep it up. If you’re making progress in your own unique way, keep going! You can perform the exact same routine as a bikini model but get different results, so find YOUR sweet spot and stick with it. These are five areas where consistency can make a big difference in your long term results.
Stay consistent with your exercise.
Stay consistent with your TYPE of training. Remove your options and focus in on 1) what works best for you, 2) what you enjoy, and 3) what you envision doing for the long haul. It’s so easy to get caught up in the hype of crossfit, spin classes, pilates, etc. Just pick one and stick with it, otherwise you’ll get confused, caught up, and held back from making consistent progress. If you’re having trouble staying consistent, find a way to hold yourself accountable. You could write your workouts in a journal and cross them off as they are completed or plan a date with a workout partner so you don’t skip out.
Stay consistent with your nutrition.
Just like training, it’s easy to get caught up in the hype of the latest diet. If you want to track macros, do it. If you want to try Weight Watchers, cool. If you want to go Paleo, fine. Just. Stick. With. It. If you don’t want a program, then there are plenty of apps like My Fitness Pal that can help you log your food and stay on the right track.
Stay consistent with your progress.
Don’t just make goals, make “whys”. Goals are the “what”, and without the “why” they mean nothing. The “why” will drive you towards your goal that you already have and know how to make. Whenever you feel like straying from your plan, visualize your goal, and remember you why.
Stay consistent with your priorities.
If you prioritize to get to the gym, put th at first and schedule your time around it. On top of that, stay consistent with time you work out everyday. This makes it easier to get done everyday without things popping up and stealing your attention.
Stay consistent with good advice.
Being consistent with bad advice is going to give you consistently bad results. Here’s some errors/advice to avoid:
“No pain. No gain.” You don’t have to be super sore or get injured on your pursuit of fitness.
“Just eat clean.” NEWSFLASH you can overeat on “clean foods” too. How many calories are in an avocado again?!?
“THIS exercise will get rid of belly fat!” You can’t target fat loss in one specific area. Fat loss will happen throughout your entire body with diet and exercise.
Make sure the advice you’re following is legit. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
Remember… Consistency > Perfection
Don’t be too hard on yourself. If you stumble along the way, dust yourself off, pick yourself back up, and keep going!