Fitness Consistency: 5 Effective Ways to Achieve It!

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably joined several gyms throughout the years, and each time you’ve thought ‘this is the one’! You were excited, motivated, you had a goal and the will to achieve it. You went to the gym consistently for a few months, then you started finding excuses until you stopped going.

We’ve all been there. It takes time to understand the omnipresent role consistency plays (ie. there’s no bargaining room with the planet of sowing, reaping, harvests…karma – Saturn, ouch!) in training; as everything, including results take a long time to show, and the only way to actually achieve some is to be consistent in your training. So, if you struggle with consistency, you’ll want to check out Fitness Consistency: 5 Effective Ways to Achieve It!

1. Group Classes

If you’re not too sure what to do at the gym, chances are that taking part in group classes will make your life a lot easier, and training will finally become fun. Group classes are stress-free; you show up, you do what you’re told and you leave. Taking part in any type of activity where a coach leads a workout will help you keep consistent. You’ll be training more efficiently, usually for a shorter time, and you’ll also make new training buddies that will motivate you to get to the gym on those days when you really don’t feel like it.

2. Keep it Varied

If there’s one thing that kills fitness consistency, it’s monotony. You can keep your workouts varied by training different parts of your body on different days, or alternating strength and cardio workouts. The key is to never do the same exercises every time you work-out, or you’ll end up getting bored, going stale and inevitably giving up.

3. Never Skip Rest Days

Sometimes, especially when we’ve just started a new training routine or joined a new gym, rest days feel like a waste of time and we tend to avoid them.

It doesn’t matter if your body isn’t sore the day after the gym, if you’ve used light weights or if you don’t feel tired, there’s nothing worse than not giving your body time to recover. Rest days are key in order for you to keep up consistency they allow your muscles to repair and your body and CNS (central nervous system) to relax. More importantly, they will help you perform better successive workouts.

4. Enjoy What You’re Doing

Have fun when working-out and you won’t need to think about keeping consistent. Find something you lovegoing to the gym isn’t for everyone, some people enjoy training alone, but that doesn’t mean that it’s what we should all do. There are millions of activities that can be done to keep fit, and once you find what you really love, being consistent won’t be a problem anymore.

5. Sleep Schedule

It’s recommended to sleep between 7 and 8 hours every night. It’s proven that having a regular sleep schedule improves performance. When you have a consistent sleep schedule, your body performs at its best during physical exertions like workouts, meaning you’ll be better equipped and able to train harder while feeling less fatigue. Working out will make you sleep better, and sleeping well will improve your training sessions. This feedback loop creates a virtuous cycle’ which is a great way to keep your training consistent, whilst avoiding risk of injury. You’ve heard it before, trust the process!

I have only recently understood the importance of fitness consistency and the only reason why I did, was that I started to just enjoy training instead of doing it only to see my body change. When you look only for quick results, keeping to a workout schedule is SO much harder and it’s SO much easier to quit. Consistency requires motivation and a strong mindset, and these 5 tips will help you to achieve it no matter how inconsistent you are at the moment.

Do you struggle with fitness inconsistency? Let us know in the comments below and join in the conversation on FacebookTwitter Instagram.

You might also be interested in our motivation and mindset articles, because it’s SO true, for any change to ‘stick’, the secret is that you need to have enough reasons to make it a “second-nature” part of your lifestyle. You will find the answers you need, but the question is, will you make the decision?

Laura Fumagalli

Laura is a fitness enthusiast who dreams of becoming a journalist. She's into reading and writing, as well as CrossFit, horse riding, aerial hoop, silks and yoga. She also likes exercising at home and has recently discovered Pilates, which she really enjoys despite feeling a total mess! She loves keeping herself busy and I never says no to a good workout, especially when followed by a nice tasty meal!

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