Exercise and nutrition go hand in hand. What do they both need to help you reach your goals effectively? Consistency.
Consistency is one of the most powerful traits a person can possess. As humans, we crave consistency. Some would say that it’s almost comforting. Having a day-to-day routine can help reduce stress, improve quality of life, and increase productivity.
When it comes to exercise and nutrition, how come consistency becomes so hard? Are their ways to overcome the devil on your shoulder holding you back?
4:30 A.M. your alarm goes off. You have the choice to get up and go to the gym or push snooze and roll back over. More often than not you are going to be tempted to take the easy route and go back to sleep. You must start by simply, getting up. How do you make that easier? Try setting your alarm clock across the room. This causes you to have to get up and shut it off. Once you’re up there is no looking back!
Not a morning person? That’s okay. After a long day of work, it can still be very hard to find the motivation to go to the gym for an hour and give the last bit of energy you have left. This is when you have to go anyways. You ALWAYS have the willpower to make the right choice, even if it is the harder one.
Consistency with exercising is the first step towards accomplishing your fitness goals. Going to the gym will increase energy throughout the day, improve sleep quality, reduce stress, and all around make you feel better. I mean, after all, isn’t that what we want?
One of the most common nutrition sayings is “You can’t out-exercise a bad diet”. That couldn’t be any more correct. If you’ve gotten the exercise part down then you probably know that nutrition consistency is the actual hard part! Whether it’s an early morning rush to get ready or a late night getting home, we normally want convenience. Something easy and quick. What’s typically easy and quick is eating out, cooking a pizza, or grabbing whatever we can in a drive thru on the way home.
How do we keep that from happening? Plan and meal prep. You don’t have to spend hours on a Sunday in the kitchen. Cook some meat and veggies in bulk and make it easy to go home and throw a little something together. Having your meals already planned out will help you steer clear of those impulse decisions with food that may not be in our best interest.
Create a plan that works for you and then stick to it. Overtime, you WILL reach your goals!