When it comes to improving fitness, there is one element that matters above everything else—consistency. You could have no real idea of what you’re doing in the gym, but if you’re showing up regularly and working hard, you’ll still see results. Sporadic workouts, on the other hand, really don’t do much. Consistency is truly the secret to success in the gym. Here’s why.
Improvement over Time
You may be familiar with feeling motivated to hit the gym or trail for an intense workout. But relying on motivation alone sets you up for trouble down the road. Motivation is an emotion, and emotions wax and wane. If you’re like most people, working out when you feel motivated to means jumping into intense workouts here and there. Not only can long, overly-intense workouts put you at risk of injury, they can also leave you too sore and tired to train again for a while.
Consistency in your workouts, on the other hand, means a gradual improvement in your strength, endurance, and flexibility. The benefit of this slow, steady approach means your body has time to adjust to the increasing challenges of your workouts. And that’s not to say you can’t switch things up. In fact, variety is key in keeping your body growing and avoiding those fitness plateaus. The goal is regular activity.
The Mental Benefit
Consistency has another benefit, too. Regular exercise has been shown to reduce stress and improve everything from modo to quality of sleep. You can chalk it up to endorphins, the so-called feel-good hormone, which is released during activity. When days or weeks pass without regular exercise, your energy levels crash, and your mood often follows. Sticking to a fitness plan keeps your muscles developing, true, but it also helps manage stress and helps your mood.
The Bottom Line
Understanding that consistency is key is one thing. Making it actually happen is another. And that’s where a good personal trainer can make all the difference. In Reno, the certified personal trainers at Framework Personal Training will create a fitness plan that moves you closer to your health and wellness goals with a realistic, consistent timeline. Not only will you enjoy the many benefits that are directly tied to your trainer’s experience and expertise, you’ll also learn how to make consistency a habit. Contact us today, and let’s get you started on a consistent workout plan for real, lasting health.