By Debbie Roman & Tyler Turner, Founders of TYDE Mind & Body
When you start a workout program there are a lot of things that can derail your goals or keep you from truly succeeding in what your want. No matter if you are trying to lose weight, increase your cardiovascular endurance, increase your muscular strength, develop more energy to take care of the everyday tasks, or to flat out just look and feel better, commitment, consistency, and momentum are the three crucial pillars that drive results.
- Commitment is the first pillar. True commitment is pushing your self when no one else is around. It is critical that you establish realistic, clear goals. It is also imperative that you have a complete understanding what is at stake and acknowledge that there will be challenges you will have to face in the future. There will be cravings for bad food, days you don’t feel like putting in the effort, as well as people and other distractions that will threaten to detour you from your objective. It is important to be aware of the things that can contribute to derailing your success, including self-generated time-wasters, lack of organization, procrastination, and the inability to say no. All of these can be challenges but the good news is that they are the easiest to control. If you can accept the fact that these things are inevitable and you have a strategy implemented towards dealing with them as they occur, you’ve won a third of the battle!
- Consistency is the second pillar and is extremely important. Everyone is very eager to jet start a workout program, to do something proactive and ultimately beneficial for their health. But this type of intensity can be very difficult to maintain over a prolonged period of time, especially when the desired results may not be immediately forthcoming. Consistency is necessary for any program to be successful. When you are consistent with something, it means you have developed a discipline to focus part of your day to that specific task regardless of the outside forces that may detour you. If you write down what workouts you have completed, it will help you stay consistent as well as help you develop patterns of healthy behavior. This is a form of self-monitoring and it is a way of truly knowing your current behaviors and realizing the progress you are making toward new behaviors. Behavior is the force that drives everything that we do. If you can develop some consistent, healthy behavior patterns, you are now two-thirds of the way to succeeding throughout your workout program.
- Momentum is the third and final pillar. The reason for momentum being the third pillar is because, sometimes, we can get caught up in a negative state due to stressors related to work, family, financial, or whatever the case may be. These stressors can cause us to instantly forget about all the things that we have accomplished so far since starting the program. We also shouldn’t start thinking about programs that might have not worked in the past nor blame ourselves for the failure. We need to focus on the positive and take time to reflect on our why – why we started the program in the first place. It is extremely important that our goals are realistic ones and that we don’t expect to accomplish too much too soon. Reflecting on the small victories and carrying that momentum forward with you is the crucial third piece of the equation. It also helps you to keep momentum by not trying to do it alone. Either have a workout buddy to compete with or get a personal trainer who will give you the support you need to stay focused and keep up the momentum.
Debbie Roman and Tyler Turner, TYDE Mind & Body founders, believe in delivering greatness. Both Debbie and Tyler are nationally certified health coaches with ACE. Debbie is certified as a Change Manager with PROSCI and Tyler is certified in Trigger Point Therapy and Myofascial Release Techniques. By using their own unique combination of personal training and coaching, they empower clients to transform their lives and get the results that they never before dreamed were possible. You can contact them at 281-620-3703 or visit them on the web at www.tydemindandbody.com.