It’s true that plenty of people get stopped from meeting their goals because they don’t know how to proceed. I’ve heard a lot of people say, for example, that they need a new workout but don’t know what to do next.
But once things are underway and you’ve got a plan, what’s the next most important thing to getting to your goals? You know it – consistency. And it’s the one thing people forget most often.
Consistency isn’t sexy or new or exciting – doing something over and over again to achieve a long-term result. It’s not trying to lose fat or gain muscle into a very short timeframe by overtraining or using methods that aren’t sustainable. It’s not doing a workout for a month and then letting life get in the way or getting bored or frustrated and switching programs or diets.
When I help new clients, first I examine their workouts and diet in the last few months. Sometimes I’ll meet someone who has been consistent with a training program and knows how to eat clean, but they’ve plateaued. In this case, the consistency piece is there but knowing how to progress is missing. But many other people program hop, string random exercises together, and miss workouts. Or they’re able to follow a trendy diet for awhile but it’s simply not sustainable.
Switching workouts every few weeks doesn’t give your body the chance to adapt, yet adaptation to stimulus is what creates change. Hopping between books from the current guru and “abs in five minutes” workouts won’t get you the results you want. Even if you purchase a professionally designed program made just for you, the results will be nonexistent if you don’t do the workouts for a sustained period of time.
For the first three months you’ll notice changes from a training program if you’re consistent. But after that you’ll need to continue progressing in a structured, systematic fashion or you’ll simply plateau. Even with fat loss programs, plateaus are common. But more often than not, it’s tough to follow through without ongoing support and guidance.
Not only that, but you can’t measure your progress if you switch to a different program or fall in and out of programs.
When someone in a Facebook group asked what three exercises we would recommend, I replied that it would depend on the person’s goals. A fellow trainer and friend had an even better answer:
Discipline, commitment, and consistency.
These are not sexy or hot products, but they’re the nuts and bolts of accomplishing goals, fitness or otherwise.
What you do on a daily basis is what your future looks like. And that is what you should look at first when you aren’t seeing results.
This article originally appeared on www.workoutnirvana.com.