In fitness, people expect to see results quickly, which can eventually lead to disappointment. To start experiencing some noticeable improvements in your health, you need to play the long game. Following a fitness routine takes a lot of dedication and consistency to attain the results you are looking for. There are no shortcuts in a fitness journey, just dedication, and consistency.
Importance of Consistency in Your Fitness Journey
Consistency is an important part of your fitness journey. Many people think that all you have to do to improve your fitness is to follow a good routine for about a couple of weeks, and you should see amazing results. While that would be amazing, unfortunately, that isn’t the case.
You have to be consistent in your fitness journey, which requires a lot of discipline. Without consistency, you will not be able to develop the habits necessary to adapt to your new lifestyle. Do not stop a program you are doing after a couple of weeks. Keep following it if you want to reach your health and fitness goals.
Another reason you need to have consistency in your fitness journey is that it affects your mental health. Following a consistent program that you can stick with can reduce stress, which means a more improved overall well-being. Think about the times you have gone without working out after working out consistently. You probably felt lethargic and lacking energy. Working out releases endorphins that improve your mood. This means working out consistently can result in a more heightened mood, which means a more improved overall well-being.
Dedication Can Force Consistency
When you become dedicated to your fitness journey, you will inevitably develop some consistency. When you become dedicated to something, you will do anything in your power to reach those goals. In fitness, for example, you may want to build up muscle, or you may want to improve your cardiovascular fitness. When you dedicate yourself to accomplishing one of these goals, you start to structure your life around them. You may start waking up two hours before work every day to get in a workout at the gym. Next thing you know, you are meal planning and timing when to eat your meals. This dedication to your goals has led you to develop some consistent habits to help you reach your goals. This is when you realize that your commitment has forced you to become more consistent.
What Are Things You Consistently Do Now That Seem Effortless?
Think about the things you do every day that seem effortless. Maybe you wake up and head straight to the bathroom to wash your face and brush your teeth? Perhaps before work, you always stop by a fast-food place to grab some breakfast to go? There are many things in your life that you do not think about, but you still do them. These are habits that you have developed over a long and consistent period of time. They have become a part of your lifestyle. This lifestyle is your current “normal,” which means that is what you do every day. You want to make your fitness journey part of this “normal.” That is why working out consistently every week, and eating right every day is very crucial in developing them into good habits.
You want fitness to become a part of your everyday lifestyle, not something you debate having to do or not do. Many people each day struggle with the decision of whether or not to go workout today. When fitness becomes a part of your lifestyle, you will end up working out because it is what you do every day.
Change Your Bad Habits with Consistency and Dedication
So, how do you change your bad habits into good habits? The answer to this is consistency and dedication. A good idea when changing your habits is to start small. Think about the little things you do throughout the day to change to help you with your fitness journey.
For example, instead of grabbing that fast-food breakfast on your way to work, take a couple of minutes to make something at home that is both healthy and delicious. That way, you can satisfy your cravings while also sticking to your diet plan. A simple change like this can make sure you stay on track to reach your goals!
Another example is when you should go to the gym. Say that every morning you get up, you go and sit down to watch TV before work. This may not be the most productive use of your time, so maybe you can squeeze in a gym session instead. That workout can give you that mood boost you need to help tackle your day! This can also lead to you avoiding that midday cup of coffee for an energy boost since your mood will be elevated from the workout you had earlier.
Another way you can change your bad habits is by rewarding yourself at the end of the week for practicing good habits. A diet can sometimes be hard to follow. You are probably cutting back on some of your favorite foods as they interfere with your goals. Don’t torture yourself in a diet. Try putting in a cheat meal at the end of each week to treat yourself for following the diet all week long. It can be very rewarding when you see your health improving while still enjoying your favorite meal.
Changing your bad habits requires you to start making consistent decisions. Once you start swapping some things that usually do with alternatives that are beneficial for your health, it can become easier to integrate them into your lifestyle. Hopefully, you will get to the point where you do not even have to think about doing them. You just do them!
Dedication and consistency both play a crucial role in your fitness journey. Changing bad habits into good ones takes a lot of time and effort before they turn into habits. This is why it is essential that you are properly motivated and know what you have to do to make those changes to reach your goals. Once these new habits become a part of your lifestyle, you will be one step closer to reaching your goals!