Eventually something happens to bring us back into our skin, and we see how unhealthy and de-conditioned we have become. We freak out and try all kinds of diets, cleanses and intense and unsustainable workout routines. These rapid-response attempts to make things right often lead to weight gain in the long run or even worse, injury.
When it comes to healthy bodies, flat tummies and strong backs, the key is consistency over time. It’s not just that quick fixes are incompatible with fitness, it’s that they don’t exist. They just don’t. The only way to achieve lasting results is to commit to a lifestyle change and be patient with yourself as you make those changes.
Arming yourself with the right tools will help you succeed. Most of us do better with solid nutritional guidance, knowledge of proper body mechanics and planned exercise routines that are both doable and enjoyable. All of this should be backed up by a supportive community that inspires us to do our best and holds us accountable.
We asked some of RedBird’s clients who have maintained a consistent fitness routine for years what they do to stay on track. Here’s what they said:
I track what I eat using MyFitnessPal on my phone, I use a heart monitor to track my performance during exercise, and I have a music playlist titled “Beast Mode” that drives me to work harder. I have discovered some great techniques by analyzing and tracking all this data, and I have continued to progress toward my goals by tweaking my diet or workouts. I feel better than I have ever felt, and I look better than ever before, both of which keep me motivated.
I thrive on the encouragement I get in a class setting. With a young baby, a major motivation is knowing how energized BabyBird (RedBird’s post-natal classes) makes me feel. For the remainder of the day I have energy to be present with my three kids and get my work done.
I share my personal journey on Facebook, Twitter and my blog (www.chris-gates.com). Full disclosure provides the accountability and encouragement I need to keep going. No one likes to fail publicly.
I stay motivated by giving myself new challenges, like working on flexibility or learning new modes of exercise, such as Pilates or Primal 7 suspension training. I also make a weekly schedule. Leaving exercise to chance doesn’t work; it needs to be on my schedule.
Find what works for you, and make sure it is something you can commit to for the long haul. Lasting change comes in small steps over time.