Thursday, March 19, 2009

Keep It Going

Very few of us have the constant energy of the Energizer Bunny Rabbit, I know I can even get a little lazy, but consistency is the basis of any program you follow. Yes, any program.

What is consistency? Sounds like a relatively easy word to define, I'm sure most of us can do it, but actually sticking to it seems to be the hard part.

According to Webster, consistency is, the steadfast adherence to the same principles, course, form, etc.

So why is it we have such a hard time holding true and being consistent?

-Maybe your workout never gets any easier, truth be told I don't think you should ever be able to say a workout was easy.

-Maybe you've run out of time or other things are clogging up your schedule. Schedule your workouts weekly, and consider them to be appointments that cannot be missed.

-Maybe you've decided that you aren't seeing any results after two weeks. Give this a little bit of a chance to start to work for you. Getting out of shape didn't happen overnight, so getting back in shape isn't going to happen overnight either.

-Maybe you've given in to temptation. Don't! It's worth every ounce of your own discipline to stick to a plan for a minimum of 4-6 weeks to see the beginning of true results. Put down the donut and start moving.

Going back to the definition, the steadfast adherence, this is simple all you have to do is follow the plan. Commit to a planfor 4-6 weeks, that's all, it's a long enough period of time where you will start to see results, yet it's not so long that if you aren't seeing the results you want yo have wasted months of training on a method that doesn't work.

Focus on staying consistent, you'll see results.

1 comment:

Deb said...

Indeed! Consistency is key. My question is how to avoid overtraining. The last week or two it really hit me and I saw huge declines in my performance. Now I'm taking a few days off and the spare time is driving me batty! :) Btw, Gavin has me doing VO2 max stuff with a goal of 80 sets in 40 minutes. I think I can do 25-30 minutes right now.