Falling of the Fitness Band Wagon or whatever you want to call it is THEE biggest problem most people face when it comes to their health and fitness
The reasons for falling off the wagon can vary obviously
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Everybody wants to look and feel great! However, losing the weight, building up the fitness takes time and effort. To make a decision to improve your long term lifestyle habits is making a decision to become consistent in your nutrition and exercise on an hourly, daily, weekly, yearly basis!
If you’re turning up to the gym once or twice every other week or do a 12-week program and then drop off, or partially changing your nutrition because you blow out on the weekend then these are probably the biggest reasons why you aren’t realising your fullest potential! It is a short-sighted approach to something that needs a long term focus.
This is where consistency comes in.
If you consistently workout every week your fitness will improve. Your muscles will adapt to the extra stress, your heart and lungs will make the necessary changes to pump blood and oxygen more efficiently. You will move more weight, run faster, play sport better and day to day life will seem easier! The maths says it all….
3 x per week x 52 weeks = 156 sessions over the year.
2 x per week x 52 weeks = 104 sessions over the year.
2 x fortnight x 26 weeks = 52 sessions over the year.
Half the volume of work & half the time working out. Not to mention that your muscles atrophy when you don’t use them between long stints out of the gym. Why else does it feel like bus hit you when you go back and hit your first workout at the same intensity before you stopped. Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) are a pain in the arse….literally 🙂
If you consistently each better food, whole foods, lean meat, veggies and drink less alcohol, less refined sugars and take the time to plan and prepare your body composition will change accordingly. You will lose weight, become leaner and healthier. No amount of good food will make up for half a chocolate cake, 10 beers on the weekend, every weekend!
1 Chocolate Bar each day = 365 a year! = 87,965 calories based off 241 cal in a mars bar……
2 Wines a day = 730 wines a year = 90,520 calories over the course of a year (@124 per 5fl oz)
That’s EPIC given that not all calories are created equal! And not even remotely beneficial to our health and fitness!
So what is going to help us stay consistent in our approach?
1. Just TURN UP and DO WORK!
Hardly rocket science, but that’s all you need to do! Rain, hail, shine just get into it. The only time that this becomes a grey area is with injuries or illness. If you’re not motivated find a gym or program that works for you! Get a coach to motivate you when you’re not! Habits are created by doing it on a regular basis.
2. Keep track of what you are eating
Diary, electronic software – whatever it takes make sure you are tracking what you are putting in your body! That includes alcoholic beverages. This will do two things 1 – Make you accountable for it! and 2 – Create better habits long term. If you can’t hold yourself accountable have a weekly check in, daily check in with me!
3. TREAT Yourself Like a Ferrari!
We tend to treat our things better than we treat out bodies! If you go out and wash your car every weekend and give it some TLC, valet it, change the oil and service it, that is the same love you need to give the vehicle that propels you through life – YOUR BODY! Treat your body well and it will keep going for a long time!
4. Small Steps on a daily basis
Continuous improvement and consistency go hand in hand. Every day you should aspire to take better steps to better health and fitness. Inquire about starting a program. Turn up to all your sessions if you’ve booked in! Plan and execute eating healthier.
Consistency is not always the easier choice; however, it is the choice that makes a difference to our bottom line! If you are struggling, or need help with your consistency feel free to come and see me for some ideas!