Establishing a Routine: Consistency

Consistency is key. We all have heard those three words countless times but it’s a phrase that must not be overlooked. I personally believe that we live in a society that overvalues quick fixes and is reactionary instead of proactive. We go on diets because we are overweight instead of living a healthy lifestyle routinely. We start exercising only to stop because something else is more important. I was guilty of this for a long time. I would hit my P90X hard during the summer when I had more time. Then, as I got busy, I would start missing workouts every now and then until October/November when I would just stop completely and wait for summer to come around again. I changed that and have had my workout routine/nutrition dialed in for the last 2.5 years and feel better than I ever have. Here are some elements of what I do:

  1. Workout 5-6 times per week for 30-60 minutes. That’s it. I get it done before school because that’s what works best for me and I move on with my day. I don’t let myself skip and I stay with on track with a schedule
  2. I track my progress with a calendar that I print out and cross off the days I complete. This gives me a visual aid to keep me locked in.
  3. Weight, Body Fat, and Nutrition are tracked precisely so I can make adjustments to my diet as needed for my goals.
  4. I track the “fun” foods. And yes, I still have cake. I just am concerned about being precise and fitting the bonus foods (in moderation) into my calorie and macro-nutrient goals. This way I don’t have “cheat meals” that break the consistency and aren’t tracked.
  5. Make the above a high priority and it will slowly become habit. This didn’t happen all at once for me but now it’s a part of who I am.

If you are frustrated with your fitness level, ask yourself if you are being consistent. If not, I challenge you to make the commitment to turn that around. Take small steps to make the change, don’t get discouraged if you fall, and make being consistent your new goal!