Well, hello there… it’s been a while.
When I launched my website a year ago, I had high aspirations of writing one blog post a week to support and grow my online community. After writing a few blog posts, my enthusiasm faded and I lost momentum. I was heavily focused on a lot of other parts of my business at this time and I realized that in order to do those things well, something had to give.
I am the kind of person that is very results-oriented, and if I say I am going to do something to the best of my ability, I do it. I like to be consistent with my habits when I start them so I felt guilty that I couldn’t keep up with my blog last year. Looking back, I don’t think the timing was right for me to be successful… so here we are in 2018, and I am ready to start this again.
On this note, I thought it might be fitting for my first blog post back to talk about consistency when building sustainable habits and sticking to them.
I’ve noticed that when people try to establish new habits, they sometimes get stuck with the vision of where they want to be and forget that there are a ton of steps that need to be taken before achieving that end goal. The inability to break these goals down into small, actionable steps can lead to inaction because we aren’t being realistic with our time and energy, or allowing these new habits to form sustainably. If you’re ready to create positive, forward motion in your life, you need to start small. When you’re first building momentum, start small so that you don’t unintentionally burn out and derail your progress.
I’ve put a lot of thought into consistency over my years as a trainer. Like most other good habits, being successful at fitness requires starting small and building habits over time. I have this conversation with my clients almost every single time when we start planning out their fitness goals. I find that new clients especially want to jump into fitness full force, 5 plus days a week at the beginning of their fitness journey. It’s always a little tricky for me to navigate this conversation, because I never want to discourage them from doing lots of activity. However, it’s all the more easy to burn out if you launch directly into an extreme exercise regime right away that’s miles away from your current routine.
I find that the biggest variable in terms of cultivating consistency with fitness is being realistic with your time and your goals, and then working that into a schedule that you can follow regularly. This is the same format I try to use for anything I do and usually it usually leads to me getting the results I want.
Here are a few more tips I’d love to share for developing new habits into your life in a consistent and achievable way.
Set a goal, but ease yourself into it. Start by taking small, realistic steps and then build on them so that you don’t overwhelm yourself with trying to make too many big changes at one.
Turn your new habit a ritual. Find a weekly time that works for you and schedule it in. Treat it as any other very important meeting or event and try your best stick to it the same time every week with no excuses.
Keep in mind that you’re making a commitment! There will be days you don’t feel like exercising and days that feel more difficult. It’s important to keep this in mind — if you start to lose your momentum, your goal will take longer to achieve. Consistency is the key to success, so remember this on those difficult days.
Accept that this is a journey and please don’t get frustrated with yourself if you don’t achieve your desired results right away. Every time you practice your new habit, it will become more routine. This will bring you one step closer to your goals.
Create a support system surrounding your goal — hire a trainer, recruit a friend or join an online community to help keep you motivated.
Remember, it takes about 6 weeks to create a new habit, so don’t be disappointed if your new habit doesn’t feel natural right away. Be kind to yourself on this journey, and try to stay excited about the forward motion you are creating in your life.
As I write this blog it’s almost 10 o’clock and I have been up since 5 am. I realise this might not be my ideal writing time, but I committed to getting this done this week and I wanted to have the sense of accomplishment after I achieved that goal.
What are your thoughts on building consistency with fitness habits? I’d love to hear about your experiences with this!
I hope what I’ve written today has resonated, and I’m looking forward to sharing this journey with you. My goal is to post a new blog post each Friday.
See you next week,