Consistency is Key! Finding the Time, When there is no Time.

In the hustle and bustle of summer schedules, it’s so easy to let our personal well-being take a back seat. Let’s be honest, it’s usually the first thing to go. 

Kids, sports, camp drop-offs, pre-planning dinners, work meetings, cottage weekends, bbqs, socials, community garage sales… I mean… how can we honestly expect anything more from ourselves?

We get it, we are there too. Finding time for ourselves often feels like a luxury rather than a necessity.

But whether it’s work demands, family obligations, or simply the never-ending to-do list, maintaining a consistent fitness routine and making time for self-care isn’t just beneficial—it’s crucial for our physical health, mental well-being, and overall happiness.

Why Consistency Matters
Consistency is the cornerstone of progress in any health journey. It’s not just about occasional bursts of activity or sporadic moments of relaxation; rather, it’s the daily commitment to prioritizing your health and well-being. Here’s why consistency is so vital:

  1. Physical Progress: Regular exercise helps build strength, endurance, and flexibility. Consistency ensures that these benefits are not just fleeting but become part of your lifestyle.
  2. Mental Health: Exercise is a powerful stress reliever and mood booster. Consistently engaging in physical activity can reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, enhancing your overall mental health – making it more manageable to handle the high-demands of a summer schedule.
  3. Long-Term Health: Regular exercise reduces the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers. Making time for fitness now can pay dividends in your future health.
  4. Habit Formation: Consistency helps in forming habits that become second nature over time. Once exercise and self-care are integrated into your routine, they require less effort to maintain.

Okay okay, that’s all nice to hear and maybe we already know the benefits of consistency – I mean, it’s not the first blog post we have had on this. We could talk positives and benefits all day long.. but the real question is how do we do it? 

How do we stay on track when life gets hectic?

LYB Top Tips for Staying Consistent

  1. Set Realistic Goals: If you are having a particularly busy week, maybe 5 workouts might not be plausible. We want to be realistic and set yourself up for success. So make time for yourself – but don’t overload your schedule so much that you stress yourself more.
  2. Schedule Your Workouts: Treat your workouts like a doctor’s appointment. Block out time in your calendar for exercise and self-care, and stick to it as you would any other commitment.
  3. Find Activities You Enjoy: Whether it’s yoga, running, a particular class (or even coach!) choose activities that you genuinely look forward to. Enjoying your workouts makes it easier to stay consistent.
  4. Create a Support System: Share your fitness plans with friends or family who can encourage and motivate you. Joining LYB fitness classes and our online communities can also provide accountability and support.
  5. Be Flexible and Adapt: Life can be unpredictable, and there will be days when your planned workout doesn’t happen. Instead of giving up, adapt by finding shorter workouts or incorporating physical activity somewhere else into your daily routine.

 

In conclusion, making time for yourself and staying consistent with your fitness routine are investments in your long-term health and happiness. By prioritizing regular exercise and self-care, you not only improve your physical fitness but also boost your mental well-being and resilience. 

Remember, consistency doesn’t require perfection—what matters is making an effort, even when it seems challenging.

So, take that first step today—carve out time for yourself, commit to your well-being, and watch as consistency transforms your life for the better. Your body and mind will thank you for it in the days, months, and years to come.