How to make fitness a lifestyle.
It is a roller coaster no one ever enjoys riding. The ups and downs of trying to go to the gym and eat healthier meals. We have all been there before. At times, it seems like you are spiralling out of control. Other times, you are full of confidence and juiced up with motivation.
But something always comes up…something that derails us from achieving our goals and sets us back to the beginning of our journey.
These roadblocks can be challenging to overcome, especially without proper guidance or encouragement. In order to help you overcome these hurdles with ease, I have come up with 5 ways to establish consistency in your training schedule and help you crush your goals in a reasonable time frame.
1. Schedule your workouts
NOTE: I will be referencing each example in relation to your workouts, but you can use these tips for other areas of your life as well. Consistency across the board will help you go far in whatever endeavor you move forward with.
In order to hold yourself accountable, you must schedule your workouts in some sort of planner. My suggestion is to use the calendar application on your phone and schedule the time and days you will be going to workout.
By scheduling your workouts in your calendar, you can look back on the previous weeks and assess how successful you were in going to the gym consistently. If you fell off track, you can establish what caused you to deter from the plan, and set a plan of action to correct this deterrent in the future.
It is important to schedule your workouts at the same time every day in order to establish some sort of routine. Establishing a quality routine will take the guessing out of your day, freeing up wasted time, and allows you to use that extra time to do more of the activities you enjoy.
So start your path to consistent workouts by adding a consistent training time into your phones’ calendar.
2. Go to the gym in the morning
Why wait all day to workout when you can get it done first thing in the morning? I wasn’t always a morning person, but slowly over time I have learned to enjoy the early mornings.
Over the years, I have taken advantage of being awake before everyone else. The quiet of the early morning allows me to focus more on myself and what I need to accomplish in the day before others start bombarding me with their needs and wants.
By training before my work day starts, I can put my full attention into getting a quality workout in without my mind pulling me in different directions. Not only are my workouts better when I train in the morning, but I am also more productive at work when I train in the morning.
I have more energy and am more focused at work when I wake up early and hit the gym before the work day starts. Try it out for yourself and accomplish greatness before getting to the office.
3. Track your progress
What is the benefit of putting in all that hard work if you don’t even recognize the progress you are making?
Just as it is important to schedule your workouts in your calendar to stay accountable, the same goes for your progress. Without data to show how you have improved, you are more likely to lose sight of said progress. This lack of knowledge can lead to discouragement and derailment of the proper path you are on.
On the flip side, if you are not training properly, the data will show that as well. The numbers don’t lie. If you aren’t seeing improvement in the numbers, it may be time to change your approach and try something new.
4. Reward yourself
Nothing provides more motivation than knowing you can have something (ie a vacation or gift) if you work really hard for a specific amount of time.
Just like with children, it is okay to bribe yourself with a treat in order to keep you heading in the right direction. At the end of the day, you just have to get the work done, no matter what it takes.
Don’t be afraid to treat yourself.
Just make sure the reward follows hard work.
5. Grab a training partner
The best section on this list by far. Nothing keeps you accountable more than knowing that someone else (hopefully a good friend) is relying on you to show up, day in and day out.
Not only does it make showing up easier, but I guarantee you will get more out of your workouts with someone there to push you.
I know when I train with my friends, I get motivated to all hell. I don’t want any of them showing me up or out performing me. I always have my best workouts with my friends there with me.
You will get more out of each workout and most likely make some new friends in the meantime.
Doesn’t sound like a bad idea to me!
Bringing it all together.
Implement one or all five of these tips into your daily life and reap the rewards of consistency. Nothing says I love myself more than making time to establish and maintain healthy habits.
I want to hear from you!
Send me a DM on Instagram (@themvmtcoach) with a message on how you plan to be more consistent with your workout and I’ll give you a shout out in my stories!