Consistency is a word that gets thrown around a lot in all aspects of life. It’s a word that, especially in the fitness scene, is imperative to progression and self-improvement. By pursuing consistency as the first step to your fitness journey, you are committing to creating positive habits that stay with you long term. By pursuing consistency, you are setting yourself up to achieve whatever you set your mind to. This is one of the most basic, yet key pillar to get the results you want, yet can often be overlooked by some people, as they tend to overthink and place greater priority on less important components.
Take your diet for instance. Consistency with your eating over a long period of time will lead to results; assuming that you’re eating the right foods and understand what calories you need for your goal. The more consistent you can be with food, and less yo-yo dieting or getting way off track for extended periods of time, the greater your results will be. This is where people fall down, is that they have one bad meal or one bad day of eating and that snowballs in to 2 or 3 days, then 2 or 3 weeks and so on. Instead, if the damage is limited to one day and then you get back on track and be consistent for the days and weeks following that, the one day won’t have an impact long term!
On the other hand, we have training. Consistency with training is imperative to long term health and results. We always hear the ‘I’ll start tomorrow’ or ‘I’ll start on Monday’ lines from people, just to make themselves feel better and delay the commitment. But that often turns into days and weeks on end, without them starting at all. Imagine where you could be if you started when you first said it, and not 2 months down the track. Imagine the progress and habits you’d be in if you’d started and been consistent over those 8 weeks. That can be the difference in being exactly the same or worse, or having lost 5 or 6kg, or gaining 1-2kg of muscle, all because you weren’t consistent and you took the easy way out.
We all have busy lives and things going on. But if you really want to get somewhere with your health and fitness, consistency and good habits are your answers and will create that foundation for you to build on. Once you achieve a certain level of consistency, you can start to expand and put more time and effort in to whatever it is you were doing to create bigger and better habits.
We are not aiming for perfection. We are aiming for a consistent and steady approach to our food, training and overall health and lifestyle, in order to live a longer happier life.
Consistency over perfection!