You can’t workout for two hours straight and then skip it for over a week and expect results—even if you put in the same amount of time that you might over that same time period. To get the maximum results from your workout, consistency is key. It means getting at least 30 minutes of exercise every day to see results. It means forming a habit of exercising, because fitness isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon.
You may put in excessive effort and do a marathon workout, but not get the same results as someone who puts in a consistent effort.
Training super hard one day may get the juices flowing, but not if your efforts leave you too weak and sore to perform at your next workout session. People often skip a session and work doubly hard to make it up, but you simply can’t make up the lost time in one session. Sticking with the workout that’s hard but not so difficult as to leave you disabled for the next few days can get you fit faster than putting in two hours of excessively hard workouts that leave you too sore to continue.
Schedule your workout at the same time each day and you’ll be on the road to consistency.
Just like brushing your teeth in the morning, at night or both, taking a shower or even getting up at the same time each day, exercise should be part of your schedule. By creating a specific time for training, it becomes part of your daily routine. Many people train the first thing in the morning, making the habit even easier. They don’t even have to think about what they’ll do, it’s second nature. Lunch hour or after work may be the time you choose, it doesn’t matter. Choose one time that works and stick to it.
When you’re inconsistent, particularly if you miss several days in a row, you’ll lose not only momentum, but also some of your gains.
Not only does endurance begin to wain when you take too many days off of working out, so does motivation. You simply can’t work as hard as you might have, had you continued faithfully those days. The incidence of injury also increases after several days of staying away from the gym, unless you do your workout at home.
- Injuries were higher when multiple days of days away from workouts occurred. Resting two days in a row doesn’t affect injury rates negatively, but resting three days did.
- Health benefits wain after skipping several days in a row. It starts with a metabolic decrease.
- If travel or job requirements pose a problem to your workout schedule, work with your personal to create a program that you can do at home or on the road. Getting creative is important in some cases.
- Make your exercise program a top priority. Your health counts and exercise helps you achieve good health.