Keep It Tight Fitness: The Art of Consistency

Keep It Tight Fitness: The Art of Consistency

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Consistency. A word we all know but probably with a definition on which we don’t always follow through. Webster’s Dictionary defines "consistent" as being "free from variation or contradictions." We think we are consistent with things in our life, but are we?


Think about the different areas of life in which consistence is important, like the way we support our spouses and keep our career goals. How about the goals we set for our fitness and nutrition?


It takes up to 12 to 18 months to see a notable change when we make small but consistent changes in our daily routine. Even when we set well-thought-out and defined goals, it is so easy to get distracted, bored or complacent. Before you know it, six months have gone by, and we are either in the same place as before or even in a worse position.


Today’s society wants instant results. We want the microwave result! Quick and easy! That old saying that anything worth having doesn’t come easy is true. Marriage, children, career, health and fitness all take consistent attention and commitment to success.


If you only spent one or two days a week being a good spouse or a nurturing parent, what would you expect to get out of your efforts? How about if you smoke cigarettes but decided to only smoke five days a week instead of seven? To reap the benefits of your actions, you must have consistency. You decide what your plan is, set your goals and stick to them!


We all know how to lose weight, right? Eat less. Move more. But, without being consistent, we will not reach our goals. This is why most people are on the diet rollercoaster ride. Our weight and health have consistent ups and downs from being inconsistent in our routines. This rollercoaster ride can also cause mood swings and mess with the dopamine release we get from getting regular physical activity. It’s a vicious cycle that can make it difficult for our bodies to achieve the motivation to exercise.


So, you may ask, "How do I stay consistent?"


I think the most important thing you can do is EXPECT and ACCEPT that it’s going to be hard. And then, as Nike says, "JUST DO IT!" You can "train" yourself to be better at consistency by simply being consistent!


Don’t give in to yourself or those around you! Remind yourself why you are doing what you are doing and remember that anyone who has achieved success has done it by being free from variation or contradictions. Now let’s set some goals, stay focused and achieve!