Change is hard.
By design, humans are creatures of habit and tend to keep things as they are in order to feel secure and comfortable. The frustration we experience when we want to make a change comes from our body’s need for homeostasis and our brain’s desire for familiarity and pleasure.
But there is hope!
Building consistency within your weekly schedule starts by understanding your “why “and working with your biology, not against it. Here are a few simple steps that you can take to help jump start your journey to consistency today.
- Discover your WHY.
What is THE thing that will give you a reason to make the change? Think about it, write it out and place it somewhere you can see it everyday.
- Start with small changes and learn to be flexible.
Your schedule will change, you won’t make every workout or meal that you planned, but…giving yourself weekly goals plus flexibility in achieving them will help you succeed from week to week.
- Be more like the tortoise than the hare.
Don’t go too hardcore on the first day, week or month. Allow your body about a month to transition from the old routine to the new.
- Seek knowledge and learn what works for you.
Transforming your exercise and nutrition routine requires accumulating, understanding and implementing new knowledge. Knowledge gives you the choice and power to make the decisions you want to make!
- Ask for help and hire a trainer.
A trainer’s job is to guide you toward your goal. They can teach you how to get the most out of exercise and nutrition, as well as provide support and accountability.
At the end of the day, radical change requires a focused effort and a willingness to sit in discomfort. How willing are you?