Thursday, April 23, 2009

Why we need to be consistent

By Eduardo Lorenzo

In the words of Claude Bristol: "It's the constant and determined effort that breaks down all resistance and sweeps away all obstacles".

In other words, you control your own destiny with your mind! Sometimes we must tap into that inner self and realize what our potential is. And sometimes it's just about trying to make it and survive.

Sure we all have our days, or sometimes weeks--that it seems nearly impossible to make it to the gym and eat the right stuff. Sometimes--life just gets in the way! Yet on a constant basis we allow other things in our lives to take priority over our own health and lifestyle. In order to live our lives well we must get things headed in the right track. It's like a vicious cycle that if done right things come easy on their own; you start going to the gym, you eat properly, and you even sleep better. If left ignored then it just sneaks up on you with 10 to 20 pounds added, you start to feel sluggish, along with other health risk.

In order to inspire and motivate yourself, think about the commitment you have made to your health and to your loved ones.

Believe in yourself and you can make it happen!

Write down some realistic goals and work until you reach them!

Understand there will always be obstacles and road blocks to overcome.

The key to succeed at this is to be CONSISTENT, even when you feel you are not at your best. In turn this will help to build up from one workout to another over a period of time your body will get back on track with some noticeable results.

I had a trainer friend who always said: "NEVER MISS A WORKOUT". It sounds easier than getting it done. But with a simple strategy you can make this happen. How about bringing your workout down to 20 or 30 minutes? Or work on the muscles and movements that make you feel better and that you perform the best. Do some interval cardio for just 15 to 20 minutes.

Get yourself to an Electra Group Fitness class or go for a bike ride or some other outdoor sports.

Maybe it's about packing your meals the night before, or setting up your gym bag at the door so that way there’s no excuse on your way out.

Choose one thing to do that will help you to feel good, and stick to it. It might take a few days, or even a few weeks, but you’ll find out that consistency is the key!

That is true when you take a look at some the folks that have been consistently coming to their personal training sessions for the last couple of weeks even against the odds. I can think of CJ who has finally master his pull-ups (un-assisted by the way), David has dropped over 30 pounds in about 8 weeks (even with the adversities we had to face, he's getting the job done), Jill feels confident in her bikini again. I could keep going on and on but the message is clear. They've all overcome their fears and obstacles and have made it.

The key: Consistency!!!

Eduardo Lorenzo – NASM-CPT; specializes in sports performance, injury prevention, corrective exercises, physique enhancement and weight loss programs.


Anonymous said...

What a motivator! I am going to get my work out in right now!!!

Electra Health Club and Spa said...

See you at the gym!