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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

You can't bank fitness


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Fitness is a current status and is in constant flux. Unfortunately, you can't save fitness for a rainy day. Exercising every single day for a month doesn't mean that you can skip a month and expect to hang on to your fitness. It is a "use it or lose it" proposition. This is why consistency is so important. Progressive improvements require consistency!

Here are some tips to maintain consistency

1. Schedule your workouts

Everyone is busy these days. Don't let that be an excuse to skip workouts. Don't tell yourself that you will exercise "when you get an opportunity". It's funny how that opportunity never materializes.

2. Always do some type of workout during your allotted exercise time

Don't have time to do a full workout? Take an opportunity to stretch. Normally, run 30 minutes, but you don't have time? Go out for 10 minutes. Even if you can't get out to do a "complete" workout, make the time to do something. Even if you only go out for 10 minutes, that's better than nothing. It helps maintain the habit and you'll feel better for it. Excuses are easy, making lifelong, healthy changes are not.

3. Reschedule your workout if something comes up that cannot be avoided.

Sometimes things come up that simply cannot be avoided. If you know you won't be able to make your normal workout time, it's best to try to reschedule to get it done before your normal workout time. If you wait until after your normal workout time, you are more likely to just skip it.

4. If you must skip a workout, don't let it become a habit.

If you absolutely cannot do a workout, don't get into the habit of skipping them. Under not circumstances allow yourself to miss any of the next 3 workouts! That should get you back into the groove.

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