So, you’ve learned how to get fit. You know that your diet accounts for 80% of your fitness success, and you know you should be eating quality proteins, carbs, and fats. You know your nutrition should be on point and you should rock out compound workouts at the gym. Yet, you’re fat. In your head and in your mind you’re a fitness expert by now, but you haven’t seen the results you want. And it could all possibly boil down to the fact that you just aren’t being consistent!
You could be doing the right thing, but if you’re only eating healthy 2 or 3 times a week and then the rest you cave to the pressure of eating pizza and candy the other 4 days, you’re not going to see results. If you know you should go to the gym, but you just got off work and you’re tired and you’re just going to skip today (which we all know can happen more like 4 times a week), you’re not going to see results. See, you could actually have the best workout plan ever and nothings wrong with it, it is flawless – but if you aren’t consistent in your plan, it will fail for you! The key to seeing the results you want is to be consistent in doing them. It’s funny how you see the same people in the gym all the time – the gym rats who are huge and you wonder why you can’t get like that. Well, why do you see them there everytime in the first place? Because they are consistent!
So how do I get consistent?
Well, first things first. Stop making excuses. “But Connor, I’m not making excuses! I have 2 jobs and kids and I just have no time!” I’m sorry to say, but even though it’s a good one, it’s still an excuse. We all have the same 24 hours in a day and the way the way we spend it is up to us. Even if you can’t give up a job to free more time, you could purchase an at-home gym set and pull-up bars. Honestly, all you really need is your bodyweight to become completely fit. And when you get home from work, instead of relaxing for a couple hours, you can bust out a quick 45 minute workout. No one said it would be easy! Now thankfully, not all of us have such a demanding schedule – my point is to find a way to make it work. If it’s truly a priority to you, you will find a way.
Secondly, minimize distracting obstacles in your way. Every time you go to the gym, you have to pass your flat screen TV, your awesome gaming computer, and your fridge packed with deliciously unhealthy food. It’s painful to have to look at those things and say no! So fill your fridge with healthy food that you know will fill you with nutrients to make you strong and healthy, and cover your TV and computer or something – or if you’re really extreme put them away in storage! Don’t give yourself options to do your workout “later” and then coincidently end up with not enough time at the end of the day to even do your workout.
Thirdly, treat yourself to gifts for succeeding! Give yourself goals – If I am consistent with my diet for a month, then after a month I get to treat myself to a 50$ Lobster Dinner! Yummy! Or if you are consistent with your running daily for a month, reward yourself with new running shoes. Always give yourself a gift that aligns with your current goals.
Those are 3 ways to be more consistent in your workout goals. They say knowledge is power, but I slightly disagree. Knowledge put into action is power. Workout, be consistent, and see your results sky rocket in no time.