There are many different factors when you think about a health and fitness routine. Many different exercises come to mind when you think about getting in shape. There are many different diets that come to mind as well. Or the gym may come to mind. Or even some person that you see that is very fit on the beach or cover of a magazine. How did these individuals get to this point? You may look up the how or the what’s that they do but there is something much bigger that is often overlooked in today’s social media age: adherence.
No matter what goal the individual has, the most common factor between any successful person when it comes to fitness and wellbeing is adherence.
Being able to adhere to a diet and training regime over time allows the results to come in. The big way to consistently achieve the goals you are aiming for is to figure out what those goals specifically are.
Are you trying to lose a lot of weight? If so, then figure out a plan to work on achieving this. Set realistic goals for yourself. Don’t think “Oh I’m going to lose this massive amount of weight in a short period of time” think about losing the weight over an appropriate amount of time and set yourself up for a lifetime of healthy behaviours, not a short term quick fix.
If you were trying to lift a certain amount of weight or perform at a competition, you would train appropriately. You wouldn’t start with the final weight – you’d slowly build yourself up to that point. To be sure of success, you’d set up a proper program and maybe even hire an experienced coach to help you set up your goals. The same approach would be taken by someone planning to become an elite marathon runner. Whatever your desired outcome, be specific – don’t try to “do it all”. For example, if you want to be the best bodybuilder you can be then you would not be training like a swimmer. Make sure your training applies to your goals.
So what is the common through-line throughout this entire article? Whether it be training, diet or any area of personal development for that matter, you have to be specific and focused on your goals. You will be able to hit these goals by focusing on being adherent. Sure, you may develop specific goals but if adherence is not the top priority when you are working towards these goals then you may have a problem achieving them. For example, if someone is trying to lose 10 kg in 10 weeks and they decide to crash diet to get there then they could potentially have major adherence issues which could lead to a binge restrict type of relationship with food. So how should they go about doing things? Instead of crash dieting, focus on the consistency that builds on itself over time and allows the person to be able to achieve their goals.
Adherence is so important and it cannot be understated enough. Adherence is a huge factor that plays into all aspects of life but especially health and fitness. Staying focused on being adherent and goal-oriented will allow individuals to work towards those goals easier. That being said, adherence may falter sometimes – and that’s okay. Just remember, being consistently adherent is the key. You may be adherent for one day or week, but you need to consistently adhere to achieve the goals you are aiming for.