I spend my days helping my clients achieve their health and fitness goals. Some see tremendous results; they lose weight, change the shape of their body and increase their vitality. Others, hardly see an ounce of improvement.
There is one thing that sets these two groups apart: consistency.
Group A is consistent. They train multiple times a week, they eat healthy on a regular basis and allow a little bit of room for indulgence so that they can stay on track. Group B is inconsistent. They get really excited about making changes but only stay committed for a few days or weeks at a time. They frequently skip workouts and tend to start and stop new diets and new programs every few months.
In my experience, I’ve found that consistency is the key to success. How do you become more consistent? By making it convenient to stick to your health & fitness goals.
Convenience –> consistency –> success.
It’s important to take the time to set yourself up for success on a daily basis and a weekly basis. By taking time to prepare for a healthy week, it will be more convenient for you to stay on track when life gets busy. If it’s convenient to eat healthy and exercise, you’re much more likely to do it. If the only convenient option is to pick up fast food and it’s too much of a hassle to get to the gym, then you’re making it much harder on yourself to live the healthy, active, vibrant life you so desire to live!
A few tips:
1. Buy a variety of fruits and vegetables to have on hand for snacks and salads. Right when you get home from the market wash and chop all produce so that they’re clean and ready to eat. That way, when you’re hungry or rushing to prepare dinner, you won’t reach for something unhealthy for the sake of saving time. You’ll be able to grab some chopped veggies and throw them on a bed of lettuce to prepare a salad in a snap. Or you’ll be able to snack on fresh fruit instead of grabbing a box of crackers to hold you over.
2. Decide the night before how you plan to fit exercise into your day.Set your clothes out and pack your gym bag so that you won’t have to worry about it tomorrow. Schedule it into your day, just as you would a meeting or date with a friend.
3. Plan your meals for the week and buy all of your groceries on Sunday. When you have the ingredients on-hand, you won’t even have to think about it. It will be easier to toss the ingredients together for a healthy dinner than it will be to leave the house and get take-out.
4. Keep a large water bottle at your desk to ensure that you’re staying hydrated. Drink, re-fill, repeat.
Hopefully these tips will make it convenient for your to stay on track and allow you to stay consistent. Life gets busy, but a few simple steps can make it much easier for your to live well.
Do you have a favorite tip that makes eating well and exercising more convenient for you?