Consistency is one of THE MOST crucial elements of success not only in health and fitness, but in life.
Firstly, I am going to discuss goal setting. Now goal setting is great. However in order to maintain motivation whilst searching for our goal, we will require a ‘why?’
Why are you doing what you are doing? And if there is no clear answer, that may be one of the reasons you are not quite reaching your goals.
When we have a ‘why’, it will help to motivate and push you when times get hard. And trust me they will get tough at times. So you’ll need all the motivational help you can, ad there is no greater way of inspiring yourself than to think of your ‘why’.
Secondly, we need to make exercise a priority. We all know sacrifices are required in order to achieve the results we desire, and prioritising your workout and exercise you are doing just this.
If you are a member of a gym and see guys or girls training and getting great results, I bet that if you ask them when they are going to train, they will tell you a specific time each day. This is because they have prioritised their exercise into their daily schedule. And this is REQUIRED. Yes you may have a family and a job, but your workout has to almost rank up there with those commitments. Then, you are on the way to achieving great results.
You will also have to brush all of your feelings towards working out aside. When we get feelings for something we become emotionally attached, and this is not ideal in a gym environment. If we start thinking ‘how am I feeling today?’ ‘Do I feel energised?’. By doing this, we are giving ourselves an ‘opt out’ situation whereas we can skip the gym through ‘rationale thinking’. So by completely removing any feelings towards exercise away, we can get in, get a sharp workout done, and get out. Simple. Aim to be far more pragmatic in your approach to your workouts.
Lastly, if you miss a workout for some reason, don’t stress over it. This can happen. Don’t feel like you’re a failure. All you need to do is dust yourself off, re analyse, and make a deal with yourself that you will smash the next day. So don’t feel like you’ve let yourself down, just knuckle down and get the job done the next day. But you’ve got to make sure you actually DO the workout the next day and don’t let that motivation slip.
So, if you can add some of these ideas to your arsenal, then you will be well on the way to being more consistent, and well on the way to seeing results in the gym.