We all know that exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. But, like everything else in life – it’s consistency that really makes the difference. Exercise is great, but regular exercise is what really gets you the results you’re looking for.
There’s all kinds of information out there on when it’s best to train, and how little work you actually need to put in to see results in your health and appearance. But doing the bare minimum gets you the bare minimum. It is the consistent work you put in that gets you to where you want to be.
You will see all kinds of advice on the internet about how often to train. Twice a week, 3 times a week, 5 times a week, every day. The bottom line is that the more you train, the more it becomes a habit. Once something becomes a habit it’s like second nature. It’s not painful anymore to drag yourself to the gym or track and, healthy habits make you a healthy human.
The Mayo Clinic indicates that there are 7 key benefits of regular exercise. Those are:
I think we can all agree that these are things that we all need more of in life.
Training your body daily is the fastest way to create that exercise habit and get yourself on your way to those seven benefits above. This doesn’t mean that you need to blast your biceps 7 days a week, it means that you need to incorporate training different parts of your body into your daily routine.
There are a number of ways to incorporate daily training without getting derailed by injury:
1. Switch it up, muscle style
Try working out different parts of your body on different days – the constantly varied approach of CrossFit is great for this.
2. Slow down
Incorporate yoga or Pilates into your training routine, using those days to recover from heavy lifting.
3. Work that heart
Part of your training should also include cardiovascular training, so make sure you get that engine going by working and breathing hard.
Incorporating daily training into your routine doesn’t need to be painful, it needs to work for you.So find something you love to do, and do it every day.
Love to dance?Take a different dance class a couple of days a week and walk for the others.
Love to run?Run two or three days a week and weight train the others.
Love to throw around some serious iron?Don’t train the same muscle group two days in a row…and maybe incorporate some cardio to keep your heart happy and healthy.
Love to do it all? Have you heard of CrossFit………..
Whatever it is, be consistent.Consistency is the key to building a habit, which is the key to long-term success.