Sustainability, Consistency & Discipline in Health
The secret is out the most important variable in training? CONSISTENCY! When it comes to improving and maintaining your health it is quite often less complex than we want to accept. It does not matter what your plan is, how fancy the exercises, the diet plan or the person delivering it, without an understanding that CONSISTENCY is the most important variable it is all nothing more than a waste of time.
So, the big question is how do you ensure that you are consistent? In order to achieve long term consistency the necessary character trait required is DISCIPLINE. Discipline in broad terms, with respect to health regimes, can be described as the ability to do what needs to be done when you do not feel like doing it.
When all is said and done there are 2 critical elements that when accounted for lead to a significantly higher chance of consistency and therefore discipline;
1) KNOW YOUR PUPOSE
As stated in my previous blog post understanding your “why” or your “purpose” is vital. There are times that you won’t feeling like following your plan and in those moments your purpose needs to kick in so you make the choice you are proud of.
Your purpose is not a tool to stop you from enjoying life, far from it. It is a tool to use to ensure that you keep front of mind what you want from a health perspective.
2) DO SOMETHING THAT YOU ENJOY
How simple can it get? I am constantly amazed by how many people take up health routines and choose activities they just flat out do not enjoy. I admire the determination but health is a forever thing. I don’t know about you but I am not about to commit to a lack of enjoyment for the next 40-50years? It’s crazy.
You don’t like the gym? That’s cool don’t go, consult a professional to construct a plan that doesn’t involve going to a gym.
Running isn’t your thing? Don’t run, it’s as easy as that. Sure you will need to supplement that cardiovascular benefit with something else but that isn’t a hard switch to make.
Exercise and health is a positive aspect of life and should be viewed as such. So what’s the moral of the story?
PURPOSE + ENJOYMENT = CONSITENCY AND LONG TERM HEALTH BENEFITS!