When it comes to reaching your fitness goal, almost nothing is more important than consistency.

Are you trying to build muscle? Are you trying to lose a few pounds? Or are you just aiming to lead a healthier lifestyle in general? Regardless of what fitness goal you set your sights on, the only way to reach it is by putting in a consistent effort each and every day. Unfortunately, life has a way of getting in the way, and creating a habit of workout consistency is probably one of the most difficult hurdles anyone with a new workout regimen has to face. But without consistency, there’s no such thing as success. That’s why, in the first blog of this series, we touched on a few tips to help you become more consistent. Here are a few more.

#5. Schedule time for working out.

If your plan is simply to go the gym or for a run when you have a few minutes to spare, there’s a good possibility that you’ll never find the time. We all have busy schedules that are chock full of chores, deadlines and activities, and the only way to ensure that you’ll actually get your workouts in on a regular basis is to add them into your schedule. Additionally, scheduling your workouts also helps to eliminate one of the most common excuses people give for skipping the gym —“I don’t have time.”

#6. Don’t be afraid to do a shorter workout.

In a perfect world, you would always be able to stick to your schedule like white on rice, but in reality, things can and will come up in your schedule that can limit your time at the gym. But even if you don’t have time to get in a full, hour-long sweat-fest, any workout is better than none. If you give up on working out any day that is slightly inconvenient, you’ll never reach your goal. Even if you don’t do all of the strength training or cardio you had in mind, you’ll still be working towards your goal, and any amount of working out is better than the alternative — skipping the workout altogether.

#7. Make time for rest and relaxation.

If you expect yourself to just go, go, go all the time, there’s a high likelihood that you’re going to get burnt out sooner or later. Although it’s essential to ensure that you stay consistent with your workouts, that doesn’t mean that you should never rest or relax. In fact, making time in your schedule specifically for resting and relaxing can actually help you stay more consistent in your workouts. Not only will this help you avoid getting burnt out and demotivated, but it will also give you more energy to give it your all and make the most of the time you do have to work out.

#8. Think outside of the gym.

There’s no rule that says that you have to go to the gym to get in a good workout. In fact, this all-or-nothing mentality will only make the days that you can’t get to the gym failures. The truth is that the world is a gym; you just have to know how to use it! So, maybe you don’t have time to go to the gym, but we bet you have time to do some jumping jacks, squats, sit-ups and push-ups. Thinking outside of the box — or gym — is key to ensuring that, no matter where you, how much time you have or what kind of equipment you’re working with, you can always get in a decent workout.

#9. Forgive yourself when you don’t make it.

Although there are lots of ways to improve your consistency, there are going to be days when you just aren’t able to workout, and that’s okay. The fact of the matter is that it’s how you cope with those off days is what makes the biggest difference in your ability to stay consistent. If you let them, those misses can derail you completely, but as long as you are able to keep going tomorrow, you’re golden. Forgive yourself for your misses, and keep working towards your goal.

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