Consistency. It is so elusive to many of us. We all have good intentions of eating right, getting plenty of sleep, exercising, reading more, watching less TV etc. But, there is the pull of the sofa, TV, or Facebook that ends up wasting our time, and before we know it, it’s bedtime and we haven’t read, meditated or done the dishes.
The other night in class I blurted something out, that struck me later as being profound. I said that if we just did our warm-up (which is more than most people or group exercises classes do in an entire workout!), we’d be in fantastic shape. Our warm-ups at Peak Synergy Fitness Coquitlam involve mobility work, some core work, basic primal movements like squats, lunges, pushes, pulls, posture work and then our groundwork which preps us for the lifts or exercises of the day. This involves some rotator cuff work, some leg work integrated with core work, and grooving the movement patterns we are doing that day like some light squats, deadlifts or presses. Imagine if you did that 15-20 minutes of exercise every day, 7 days a week, every day of the year! You would have moved the body in every possible way over the course of a week, and not overly taxed the body. You would probably feel utterly amazing.
But…we train in bursts. We go hard for one month, or six, then do very little for weeks or months at a time. For some, it’s years of inactivity, followed by the occasional New Years Resolution to get fit. You get three workouts in, then lose motivation because you bit off more than you could chew. You could not maintain consistency.
Why not do less, but do it more faithfully? When I first started meditating it was a daunting task, until I heard a a podcaster say that they meditate for only 5 minutes a day. I knew I could do that, so that is where I started. Now I am up to 20 minutes, every single day, and at least 1-2 times a week it’s twice a day. I created a habit, and it grew from there. Now I almost cannot sleep or end my day without it. It became like brushing my teeth, a must in my day to feel healthy. What started as something novel, and out of my ordinary, became the new norm. This is what you need to do with every positive habit you want to build into your life. Consistency is the key to success here.
So, don’t worry about getting in the best shape of your life in a few months. Just have consistency. Dedicate time to yourself every day to work on your health. Come to class regularly, but also make time for your own movement practice at home. Start with 5 minutes. Everyone has 5 minutes a day. No excuses!
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