Like anything in life, if we want something to work then we have to put in some effort. This certainly applies to getting fit, staying in shape and looking after your health. Consistency is the key word here. When I hear someone talking about not achieving his/her goals I can almost guarantee that the right amount of effort has not been applied or he/she has not been consistent enough. Remember that your body is your vehicle to take you through life and if you don’t look after it what else will you travel in? It is your choice to make it your limousine, not your broken down train wreck.
So many of us fool ourselves into believing that we are applying enough effort, some on the other hand don’t know exactly how much effort is needed to achieve certain goals particularly in terms of reaching a desired fitness and body weight. I have conversations daily about this and many people don’t think that it is important to move on a daily basis or that the human body can take a fair bit of pushing (in the correct way). If you take a look around most fitness clubs you will see most people doing what I call ‘going through the motions’ which is simply applying a small amount of effort. Don’t get me wrong however, all movement is cumulative and something is better than nothing. If the question is asked to the majority about what their goals are there is usually a unanimous answer to lose weight, tone up, get fitter etc. The moral of the story is that if you want to change something then you need to apply the right amount of effort and be consistent in doing so.
Life constantly throws what I call ‘speed humps’ at us. You cruise along and then all of a sudden something gets in the way. You have to slow down or stop to go over that speed hump which inadvertently slows things down or causes us to lose our rhythm. In order to stay in shape and maintain a fitness level it is important to get over these speed humps as smoothly as possible without stopping altogether. This is where consistency is crucial. Sure we need rest days from exercise particularly if you exercise at an intense level, however, considering most people don’t exercise at an intense pace then a rest day for most is just an excuse. The way I look at it is that there are 24 hours in a day and 168 hours in a week. Surely one hour of exercise a day or 7 hours of exercise a week is not much to ask….If everyone was consistent with this then there would be fewer health, weight and mobility problems along with people feeling better in and about themselves. So now that June is here, get your fitness into gear and get some consistency happening with your exercise regime.