Living The Fitness Lifestyle Series - Part 3

Part 3 – Consistency is Key

Welcome to part 3 of the keys to living the fitness lifestyle we all dream of. I think one of the most important parts of this journey is consistency. For a lot of people the only consistency that they seem to have, is jumping from one type of workout to another, losing interest in that and jumping to another. Here are a couple of things to think about when it comes to consistency.

What Type of Consistency?

Now, when I talk about consistency, I mean in your training, namely your resistance and cardio training and of course your nutrition. A lot of the time we struggle with prioritising the three. There are so many different ways to look at the three and split them up. But the key is to keep whatever you choose consistent.

  • Resistance training – Remember that resistance training is one of the best ways to increase your metabolism. The more muscle you have, the more calories your burn…doing anything! It essentially makes your body act as a furnace. Thus helping the body to use the energy you put in efficiently.

  • Cardio training – If you do not play a sport, then cardio can be used to burn extra calories a couple of times a week, adding to your calorific deficit, if losing weight is your goal. If playing a sport or increasing your fitness in general is your goal, then doing more of these sessions will benefit you.
  • Nutrition - This is the hardest thing for us to do when it comes to consistency. Nutrition is 80% of the battle. Make smart choices, eat little and often, make time to eat, fuel your training properly and the journey will be easier. Moderation and flexibility with your eating will be key to helping you stay consistent in your journey to living your fitness lifestyle.

Consistency is one of the main reasons why people do not achieve their goals no matter how big or small. This is normally down to impatience. If being impatient is part of your nature then learn not to be! By changing your mind set around this and other things we have spoken about in this series, consistency will become second nature to you. It will take time to develop a program that will work for you.

Choose an exercise plan that you enjoy, a diet that you’re able to sustain and a life that you will enjoy. Avoid extreme plans and ways of thinking and look for gradual progress.

Don’t be obsessed with perfection…do be consistent.