I’m going to give you my 💥Top 3💥 tips on staying consistent.
As many of you know, (this is directly from my instgram @iwfitness) there was a point about a year ago where I completely stopped going to the gym for about 2 months. But it was much more than a break to be honest. A large part of me had fallen out of love with training. I had such a hard time convincing myself to even begin working out again, and I had no consistency. Some days, i just wouldn’t feel like going, and so I wouldn’t… Anybody relate?
Here are my Top 3 tips on staying consistent when it comes to anything fitness, diet, and life related.
⏩1. Eliminate the things that you hate doing!
You heard me, this may sound really stupid, but hear me out.
Find out what is stopping you from being consistent and don’t do that thing. For example: I recognized that I would almost always skip the gym on leg day 😆(typical bro). Rather than not go to the gym, and feel like a failure for not going, I just stopped scheduling to train my legs. If I was going to fall in love with my training routine, it needed to be filled with things I enjoy doing (lots of arm days😅lol). I later began to incorporate legs lightly back in, with leg exercises I really enjoyed. Once I strated to stay consistent and love lifting weights again, I added back in all the intense movements like squats, lunges, deadlifts, etc.
This goes for you as well. Recognize the mental barrier in your workout plan that is causing you to SUCK at being consistent. Make it a habit first, then worry about all the specifics.
⏩2. The later in the day, the less likely it is.
Even to this day I train abs directly after my workout while I am still at the gym. I do this because I know that after I eat dinner and go sit to watch a show with my girlfriend, I am not going to stop the movie at 11:30 at night, to go train abs for 10 minutes in the other room. Learn to recognize how you feel at different times throughout the day. Once you find a time that works best for you, try to stick to it so it becomes routine.
⏩3. Do things gradually.
This one you’ve probably heard but it is so true. The odds of a person going from a sedentary lifestyle with a diet consisting of mostly fast food and frozen dinners is going to have an extremely difficult time suddenly working out 6 days a week, doing cardio on the 7th day, and preparing 110% of their food for the entire week! The odds of failure are pretty high. However, if I said, “Workout 2 times a week, and eat 2 servings of vegetables a day.” the odds of success are going to be much greater.🙌
Avoid the all or nothing mindset, nothing is not helpful, and all is rarely sustainable. Try to start slow and build gradually.👍
Remember, not only do actions create habits, but actions create more actions.😉