The Snowball Effect
Most of us are probably familiar with the snowball effect; the idea that a single snowflake at the top of a mountain can create this giant thing with unstoppable momentum. Over the last 2 months I have made a dedicated effort to improve my training. Not to work harder and longer and create high level goals for myself; in fact it's just the opposite.
I start to change the way I thought about my own training. I'm not a collegiate athlete anymore, I'm not training for anything other than to feel great and have confidence in doing any of the recreational activities I enjoy. I'm a husband, a parent, and a business owner and my time is valuable. I don't have an hour and a half to train everyday.
I truly believe that consistency is one of the most important aspects to fitness. Sure, more is probably better, but only to a certain point. And, something is 100% better than nothing.
This started the snowball effect for me. I started to do this and it was like magic as it has for many or our members at Deliberate Strength. I was able to maintain this schedule for a few weeks. After a few weeks I was able to increase the time because I knew the positive benefits of it were working and actually helping me to be more productive.
Working out consistently, even if it's short, can motivate you to keep going and create changes in other areas. It builds momentum that carries into other areas of life. This is one of the reasons just walking is encouraged so much. Besides being more active, it's something that can be done consistently.
If you're struggling to find consistency in training or nutrition, try lessening the commitment; go for a walk, stretch for 5 minutes in the morning, or drink a glass of water to start your day. You don't have to change everything all at once. If you try, you will most likely fail, and continue to be frustrated if you try. Instead of having to workout 5 days per week, try 3; or 2; heck, try 5 minutes! But, whatever you do, be consistent! I'm more convinced now than ever that fitness and nutrition can improve your life. It doesn't have to to be complicated, but a good plan certainly helps. It will help you get the most out of your valuable time. My question to you is; can you find time to commit to whatever change you are wanting to make? Even if it's just 5 minutes at first. Just get the ball rolling!