It’s time for another installment of Why Your Workout Isn’t Working – our weekly feature where we discuss how you can upgrade your fitness results!
So far we’ve tackled Goal Setting and Exercise Selection. But today is all about Consistency. You see most people are horribly inconsistent with their exercise program, in fact the only consistency they do demonstrate is to not have any! It’s true.
I know people with great intentions that workout like gangbusters for weeks, almost everyday, and then miss an entire week, workout 2 times the following week, then once the next, then go full throttle again, and the cycle just keeps repeating. These clients then come to me to complain and can’t understand why they’ve had such poor results. The fact is if you put inconsistent effort in, then your chances of success are slim.
This is where being realistic once again comes in to play. If you can’t get to the gym on a regular basis 5 days per week then don’t struggle to. Set a number of days that you know you CAN exercise; whether it be 3 days or 4 days or whatever. And then be consistent.
When you are beginning a new program, or embarking on one for the first time, regularity in the gym is of utmost importance. Once you’ve been rocking and rolling for quite some time you will have earned a bit of leeway for a missed session, but try to minimize it early on in the program as it sets a bad precedent.
Remember that improving your health and fitness is really your body’s way of adapting to the stresses you place on it through exercise. But if the stress is not placed on it with any regularity, then your body doesn’t really sense the need to compensate.
In my opinion it’s better to have a more regular workout schedule that has less days, then for you to workout irregularly for more days. For example I think exercising 3 days per week for an hour at a time is better than exercising 2 days one week, and 5 the next. Even though the second scenario has an extra day of exercise I just don’t like the inconsistency.
Let me be absolutely clear on this. You do not have to run your exercise program like you have OCD (although I must tell you, in my bodybuilding days I was so regimented that if I missed a workout it ruined my whole day!) Of course you’ll miss a workout here and there, or get an extra day in one week – that’s totally okay and to be expected. Plus it’s a good stimulus to get an extra day of rest or sneak in an extra workout from time to time. It’s kind of like adding a new ingredient to a family recipe to spice it up a bit.
So in a nutshell – DON’T be obsessed with perfection – but DO be consistent. Trust me, you’ll soon start seeing the results. So what are you waiting for? Your workout is waiting…