Raise your hand if you’ve ever not completed a full training program that you initially started with much enthusiasm. I’m right there with you. I honestly couldn’t count the number of times I invested the money in the training program, got all my stuff/gear ready and had a few weeks of consistent work only to let a few days of not hitting my goals throw me completely off the wagon. Sometimes this came in the form of missing a few days at the gym because of crazy work demands or maybe due to sickness or vacation. I believed that if I didn’t do it exactly right – all the time – it was a waste and I’d need to start over or continue in my downward spiral of being off-track.
There is this idea that is deeply grounded in people that you have to be super rigid about following a training plan. While I do believe if you can maintain your training and eating to a T 100% of the time, go for it, I also believe that we benefit more from giving ourselves more grace with we fall a little off track and get back to your training.
The truth is you’re playing a game of percentages. It’s super simple – if you work out 5x a month vs 10x a month, you will have done double the work compared to only working out 5x a month. You can even compare it getting a grade. If you hit 90% of your workouts, you made an A and that’s fantastic! Missing a workout doesn’t mean you automatically get an F. It’s taken me a long time to get to this point and realizing this has helped me be more consistent with showing up and in turn getting better results. Being consistent and trying to make healthy choices every day builds that habit muscle to help you live your healthiest life possible.
Another misconception is how long to workout in order to see results. Gone are the days where you have to spend a minimum of an hour sweating it out at the gym. By incorporating intense workouts (think heavy sets of 5×5) or doing true HIIT, you can get a significant pump and fat burn in less than 30 minutes. You can learn more about HIIT training here from my favorite fitness celeb – Jessie Hilgenberg.
Like all goals, sometimes we fall off but it’s about making progress one little step at a time and not letting our setbacks throw us completely off course. When it comes to fitness goals, be flexible and open to new ways to get in your exercise in your busy life. If you’re hunting for a great program that is flexible and can be done at home or at the gym, check out Jessie Hilgenberg’s Home Edition program. I’ve done it a few times and it’s a great tool for me when I’m strapped for time between work and family.
What has been some ways for you to get back on track with your training programs? What are your go-to training programs that fit your busy lifestyle?
Keep stepping friends toward your goals!