Finding Consistency for Big Gains

By: Sean Masters, CES, PES, NASM-CPT

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The benefits of exercise are enormous, but without consistency, it’s powerless.

At Kinetic, our two favorite letters in the alphabet are P & R. When a patient comes in and uses the them to make words like “Pain Free’”, or puts them to together to tell us that they just “PR’d”, you will probably catch me on the rehab floor doing a happy dance. Understanding our patients’ goals and doing everything within our power to help them realize them is our mission and frankly, our obsession. From moving pain free, to setting a Personal Record in your next marathon, it's our job to understand you so we can best serve you. It is the Kinetic Way.

Moreover, often times throughout the course of a treatment plan, patients will develop new goals as their confidence and physical strength begin to build. One of these common goals is finding a routine to improve consistency with exercise. I get this question regarding exercise consistency at least once a week, so I feel inclined to give my two cents on the matter. Personally, I am a student of all fitness ideologies/systems. From Yoga to CrossFit and to even bodybuilding, I love them all for no bigger reason than the fact that they get people moving. Exercise, regardless of its form, also has a dramatically positive effect on the choices we make post-workout. From our food choices to the amount of sleep we get at night, we are on a consistent routine, and we inherently make better choices to compliment the sweat and tears we put into the gym.

The benefits of exercise are enormous, but without consistency, it’s powerless. No matter what infomercial you see on late-night TV or what “breakthrough report” you read online, nobody ever gets the fitness results they want by working out every now and then. If you’re currently inactive and planning on starting up an exercise regimen (which I hope you are), you need to take a closer look at the predictability of your day. If you have children, scheduling your workout time after they get home from school is probably unrealistic. Likewise, trying to find time to workout during your lunch break when lunch meetings seem to always pop up out of the blue will more than likely de-rail any consistency and progress you could have made.

Finding that time that you can own will be a challenge for the first few weeks, but stick with it and remember, it’s short-term pain for long-term gain.

It’s important to find time in the day that you own. If that means getting up 45 minutes earlier than normal to get your workout on while your children are asleep, than that’s what you need to do. Like me, sometimes that might require getting up as early as 5AM to get a solid 60-minute workout in before the world comes knocking at my door. Finding that time that you can own will be a challenge for the first few weeks, but stick with it and remember, it’s short-term pain for long-term gain. If you want to get in shape but you’re finding it hard to be consistent, spend a few days logging the time restraints of your personal and professional life. A pattern will begin to surface and you will discover time within the day that’s yours and no one else’s. From there, all there is left to do is to fill up your water bottle, lace up your Nikes and #bekinetic!