The New Year is upon us and you’ve probably made a New Year’s Resolution, and if you’re reading this article it’s probably a safe bet that your New Year’s Resolution is a fitness related one. You’ve made a resolution, that’s great, but how are you going to keep to it? That’s the real question, and being able to answer it will be the difference between success and failure.
How Important Is Consistency?
While obtaining my bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science at The University of South Florida I recall my favorite professor bringing up something very important. He introduced two scenarios. One was someone that had the most effective nutrition and workout plan possible, but would skip days every week or so. The other person had an average plan, but never missed a beat.
Which individual would achieve greater results?
The answer is the latter. It can be boiled down to consistency that we truly see our bodies transform and progress take place. It has been said a million times, but there is no magic pill, and no workout so amazing that will just give you the results you seek. Only through hard work, dedication, and relentless determination will the fruits of labor present themselves.
How Can You Achieve Consistency?
It is becoming more and more apparent (or a least it should be) that what needs to be taught is not some new craze, or exciting diet. It is that our body is an amazing, adaptable machine. We respond and adapt to stimulus. If the stimulus our body is used to is predominantly sitting down and being inactive, what do you think will happen when all of the sudden you make radical changes to your daily routine all at once. It can be easy to be fooled that following an intense workout from a celebrity trainer will get you ripped, but making such a dramatic change is more like to lead to one thing and one thing only.
Injuries. Injuries happen, plus the person does something like this every now and then so it just jerks them from the norm. Throw in the added complexity of an average modern dietary intake and the fluctuations the body must go though and it’s no wonder so many don’t achieve any results from the work they put in. This can be demoralizing and lead to you giving up on your New Year’s Resolution.
How Can You Achieve Your New Year’s Resolution?
In order to change, our bodies need the appropriate stimuli to make small adjustments to the norm. That way, we will change to meet the demands regularly placed upon it. And with consistent and proper nutrition, that change can be actualized. This is the mindset that will not only deliver results, but allows you to maintain them.
Let’s not forget the tortoise and the hare, slow and steady wins the race. This analogy really has a place in making sure you achieve your New Year’s Resolution. There are certainly times and places for dialing things in and going hard, such as preparing for a show, but for most people looking to achieve their New Year’s Resolution preparing for a competition is not the target. It is normally to lose weight and tone up.
This is where consistency becomes vital. You may not be preparing for a competition, but you’re involved in your own competition of sorts. The competition to better yourself. Set yourself a realistic plan and realistic nutrition goals and stick to it.
If you’re in doubt about how to achieve your goals take a look at our Join The Resolution campaign, which has guides to help you Build Muscle, Tone Up or Lose Weight – so there is a guide for whatever your training aim for 2017. Check out the guides here.
If you successfully stick to a realistic and ultimately achievable plan then you will achieve your New Year’s Resolution. This doesn’t mean make it easy for yourself, but going from coming home after work and lying on the couch watching TV to claiming you’re going to go to the gym 7 days a week is just unrealistic. Set yourself targets, get a good plan in order and record your progress. This will keep you motivated to keep on achieving.
Take Home Message
After reading this article hopefully you have a better understanding of the importance of consistency when it comes to achieving your aims for 2017. Remember that consistency is only achievable if you have set yourself a good training plan and you get your nutrition right alongside it. All that’s left to do is say good luck in making sure you achieve your New Year’s Resolution!