Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Be Consistent

Consistency is the key to success with your fitness goals. Most people fail at their ambition to be fit by lacking consistency. People tend to try to do too much too soon and end up hating the activity because "it hurts". The key is to start out slowly and just be consistent. Once you're comfortable with your level of activity, then you can increase the amount of exercise. Going for the quick fix is often counter-productive.

The same can be said for diets. If you try to starve yourself you will soon quit and go back to your old habits. Start out slowly and over time reduce your bad habits and increase the good habits. This is the only way to reach your goals is by taking one step at a time and being consistent.

If you happen to miss a workout or have a bad diet day, don't give up just try to do better next time. The more you miss the target the harder it is to get back on track so try to stay as close to your plan as possible.

You also need to commit to your goals. If you are not 100% sure it's what you want and you're willing to do the necessary work to get there, you are sure to fail so think about them carefully and be realistic. If you do this much, you are much more likely to succeed.

Fitness guidelines suggest for optimal fitness you will work your cardiovascular system four to seven times, do strength training two to four times and a stretching workout four to seven times per week. That's a lot of time and effort so don't try to get there in a week. Build up slowly and carefully and you'll be much more likely to succeed as well as reduce your chance of injury.

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