Consistency in my opinion is one of the most important steps for developing a healthy lifestyle. It’s also one of the most overlooked.
It’s been an underlying theme in some of my latest posts and the key element to my recent re-write of our About Us page. It’s definitely the main focus for all of my clients starting out.
If you think about it, where in your life are you the most successful? Is it those same areas that you are also the most consistent?
If we want to achieve a goal, it takes a certain level of pushing to get ourselves there. We may have setbacks and obstacles, but if we keep getting back up and pushing forward eventually we’ll get there.
This is consistency. It’s regularly performing what’s needed to reach our goals. It’s doing the work even when we don’t want to. It’s steady, it’s on-going and it lasts.
Unfortunately, this is NOT what I normally see in fitness. In fitness it looks a little more like this:
January: “THIS is the year!!”
February: “Why don’t I have results yet? This sucks!”
March: “I don’t have time for this anymore. Besides, I wasn’t getting any results”
May: “I need to get back into my routine. Need that beach body for summer!”
June: “It’s getting nice out, I’m going to start running”
July: “I don’t need my gym membership for the summer, I’ll be so busy outside.”
September: “Time to get back in the routine, I GAINED weight over the summer!”
October: “Why don’t I have results yet? This sucks”
November: “I don’t have time for this anymore. I’ll start again after the holidays”
UP and down… UP and down… UP and down…
I think there are many reasons for this, which I’ve explained in other posts, but here I want to look at how to build consistency.
The key to building consistency is starting small and starting simple. In college I had a teacher that said “K.I.S.S” – Keep It Simple Stupid.
When we have the UP moments, we’re excited and full of motivation. We dive in and go hard. It lasts for a bit, but eventually fades.
To prevent this, start simple. Start with something you know you can succeed at. Something within your reach.
Even if you feel like you can do more, stick with the simplicity.
If you hit the right level, you’ll get success after success. Week after week you’ll reach your goals and achieve what you set out to do.
You’ll be consistent!
When you reach this point, you’ll notice a new thought come into your head. You’ll notice a thought like: “wow, that was way easier than it used to be” This is the point where you’re ready for more.
Now you can increase your complexity and make it a little harder. However, keep this increase simple too and be careful not to go too overboard. If you do it right, you’ll remain consistent and you’ll reach the “ready for more” stage even quicker this time.
In the long run, this method will still get you the results you want. It may take a little longer at first but in the long term your results will last. You’ll have built a habit and a new lifestyle. You’ll be consistent.
What has been your experience with consistency in your workout routine?