It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives. It’s what we do consistently.
― Anthony Robbins
Consistency and regular, measurable progress is almost always more important than the style of exercise, training program, or diet you choose. Do whatever you choose consistently, with 90% adherence, for 3 months. Assess your results. Make changes if needed based on your goals.
Much ink has been spilt and anxiety created over what the “best” forms of exercise and diet are. I have my own opinions on the most efficient ways to reach most fitness goals, but many diets and training approaches can be effective.
However, no training or diet plan is effective if:
- you don’t follow it consistently
- you don’t measure your ongoing progress
Crushing a great powerlifting program wont make you a great powerlifter if you skip every other workout or never add weight to your lifts. The best yoga classes can’t improve your practice if you only go once a week and never progress your poses. Neither low-carb, intermittent fasting, nor measuring macros will melt a pound of body fat if you go on a binge every three days.
To help engrain the habits of consistency and measuring progress I recommend two strategies:
- Log everything – keep a training and diet log. A notebook, spreadsheet, whatever works. Write it down. Not only does this keep you accountable to your plan, it gives you hard data to measure progress.
- Schedule workouts – don’t say “I’m going to go to the gym 3 times a week.” Say “I’m going to the gym to lift weights and do intervals every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings at 7:30 before work.” Put it on your calendar. Much easier to form a habit that way.
Whatever you do, do it consistently, and do it better than last week.