Why is consistency considered to be the important element in reaching a health and fitness goal?
Here are 2 primary reasons consistency is important:
1) Habits are built on consistency. Research shows that it takes 21 days (straight) to form a new habit. Going from a sedentary lifestyle to a more active lifestyle and eating healthier doesn't happen overnight
2) Breaking addictions require consistency. Junk food (especially sugar) is addicting and breaking this addiction can be the toughest endeavor any one can ever embark on. In order for a smoker to break the habit, he or she must quit smoking! 'Nuff said.... If you need to transition from eating stuff like pizza, fried foods and donuts - it's going to take time, along with a strong, constant effort in order to build and maintain a solid foundation of success in this endeavor...
Consistency is good but what is the key to consistency? The Answer: PLAN
Analyze your current lifestyle. When is family time? What hours do you work? How many hours do you sleep? How much free time do you have? What are your eating habits? Once you analyze your current lifestyle then make a health and fitness plan.
1) Have a PLAN. Plan your meals, training sessions, and recovery for the week. Those who fail to plan, plan to fail. Be detailed. How much time do you have to train? What is your workout routine? How often will you have to eat on your plan? How much time do you have for sleep?
2) Commit to the plan! Look at your plan everyday and make any variations to your plan to keep you motivated and progressing each week
3) Execute the plan! Do it! And do it with your whole heart! Don't half ass it. Go all!
One way to evaluate your consistency: KEEP A LOG!
1) Write down what you ate and what time you ate
2) Write down how much water you consumed
3) Write down how much you slept
- - If you have any cheat meals, planned or unplanned, then write those down to... if you don't make the progress that you hope for, this may be the reason why.
ONE FINAL NOTE: Make Adjustments for Special Occasions
Be prepared when "stuff" causes changes to your routine.
Daylight Savings Time (workout schedule may change from working out mornings to working out evenings due to additional sunlight)
Upcoming Events (anniversaries, birthday's, company functions, family reunions, etc.)
Change of season (winter is a danger zone for diet and exercise due to the cooler temperatures and fresh baked holiday foods. Be aware, be prepared and proceed with caution!)
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