Consistency – A Key to Results
Of the numerous variables associated with working out (variety, intensity, duration, load, repetitions, sets, etc.), perhaps the one most overlooked, and arguably the most important, is consistency. I often preach this to those that I train, but I was reminded of this fact today as I overheard two gentlemen in the locker room talking about the very same issue.
In my experience, those who are dedicated enough to workout on most days of the week see the best results. “Hit or miss” attendance at the gym will not produce the results you’re looking for. Staying dedicated and consistently following a fitness routine will lead to faster results and help to develop habit patterns that make your fitness second nature. When deciding whether to workout twice a week for an hour each at a high intensity or five days a week for 45 minutes at medium intensities, choose the second option.
To keep workouts interesting, change the types of exercises you perform each day. Try cardio one day, weights the next, a class at your local gym, or maybe take a walk outdoors. Variety keeps it interesting and consistency keeps you working toward your goals.