Following a workout programme or schedule is challenging, and it is easy to go off track from our goals. The key to reaching your goals and staying on track is through consistency. That means showing up for your workout, preparing your workout gear the night before and ensuring that your setting your day up for success in advance.
Whatever your goals may be, they require a level of consistent training over time for them to become a reality. Here are three ways to ensure you become more consistent with your training and ultimately achieve your goals.
1. Ensure you have a programme in place
Having a programme will make it much easier to stay on track because you won’t have to think about what you’re going to do at the gym on that particular day as it's already written out. If you aren’t following the program consistently however, the chance of it working is reduced.
2. Ensure your workouts have variety
This is a crucial part of sticking with a programme and staying the course until you start seeing results. As the weeks go by, your motivation might start to wane. This is not only normal, but it is a clear sign that you need to shake things up a bit! Communication with your personal trainer is a two way street, and your input is of great value and always welcomed. The best client/trainer relationships are built on clear and open communication.
3. Create sustainable habits
As we all know, we are creatures of habit. We are what we repeatedly do. Therefore, it's worth the effort to create healthy and sustainable habits that help steer you in the right direction and keep you focused on what you want to do and achieve. The latest research suggests that in order for a habit to 'stick' it must be repeated for 68 consecutive days - or just over two months. The key is to start small, and make it automatic. For example, have a water bottle chilling in the fridge overnight to bring to work and have your training gear out the night before. Remember, small actions add up to big results!