The key variable in your fitness routine is consistency. The amount to which you stick to your plan, your consistency, is going to determine how successful you are. You can have the most bulletproof plan ever made, but if you don't consistently execute it you are going to get less than desirable results.
Why Goals Are Not Enough
Everyone knows they need to set goals in order to get anywhere with their health and wellness. However, goals alone just don't cut it. You have to create a plan that will enable you to consistently attack those goals. The consistency is what creates the successful results you are looking for.
Consistency Is Rewarding
When you consistently work towards your goals you will be rewarded with outstanding results. When to workout won't matter. How you workout won't matter. The consistent effort you put in will pay off huge dividends.
Stumbles Getting in the Way
Most of us let one small stumble derail us. Let me give you an example. Jane has a goal to be at the gym every single day this month. For the first 6 days of the month everything goes as planned. On the 7th day of the month something happens and Jane doesn't go to the gym. Jane is now faced with a major mental roadblock. If she stays focused on being consistent she will get up on the 8th day and resume her gym habit. All will not be lost. However, if she beats herself up for missing one day at the gym she runs the risk of completely derailing her program. Missing one day quickly becomes missing two days. It spirals out of control. Don't let that happen to you. Always realize that one day won't kill you. By being consistent over a long period of time you are going to see incredible results.
When Is It Best to Train?
I get asked this a lot. When is the best time of day to train? Some people will tell you that it is better to train in the morning when you are fresh. Others will say in the late afternoon as science has shown you are stronger at that time. I am going to tell you that the right time to train is when you are going to be the most consistent.
Ways to Be Consistent
There are numerous ways to be consistent with your training. I am going to point out just a few of those ways.
- Pick a time of day to train that will enable you to get it done without constantly having to skip a day
- Pick a body part and focus on improving it for the next 4 weeks
- Set a goal to be at the gym every day this month
- Don't beat yourself up when you stumble
- Find a gym partner with similar goals and abilities
Now get to work and get the job done!
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