This time we are talking about effectively starting a new routine, but more importantly creating one we can stick to.
Its currently January 17th 2021, and by this time many new years resolutions are already starting to dwindle. Its a very low percentage of people who actually stick to their routines and achieve their goals.
Now, Im going to share my story of going from barely training once a week to training 1 to 2 hrs 5 days a week and running a 5k.
So originally I would train whenever I had “time” which was usually once or maybe twice a week after work at around 8 pm and I would do a set of whatever I could and head home.
Being that my office is inside a gym this should have been extremely easy for me to get done. But it wasnt...
One day I looked in the mirror and didnt like the look in my eyes. It was a dull , glassy eyed, and spaced out type of look. I was starting to feel burnt out a feeling I was all to familiar with.
I wasnt taking the time to actually take my health into my own hands. I did not prioritize it and it was last on the totem pole.
It was time to finally kick my funk and get myself to train consistently.
So, I came up with an outline to make sure I finally stuck with it this time :
Since that day I have been consistently training 5 days a week for the last 8 months
This will be your guiding light and will help give you clarity for the next few steps. But most importantly, when things become difficult (and they will) this step will help keep you going
If you dont schedule it doesn't happen, You have to treat self appointments like you would any other appointment. Officially add it to your schedule and make sure not to cancel, no show, or double book. This not only prioritizes your routine/activity but mentally makes you more accountable.
For me , I created an appointment with myself for every morning at 6:30 am at the parking lot by my house to train.
Oftentimes we overcomplicate things. Instead make it so easy to get it done that it becomes extremely difficult not to do. For me, what started as a 10 min qi gong set turned into 1.5 to 2 hrs of training 5 days a week after about 3 months.
When things get difficult make it even easier. On days I don’t feel like training I go for a walk or do a 5 minutes routine just to work on a few things. Usually, I get encouraged after those 5 minutes and actually do the whole thing.
When the weather isn't cooperating or something comes up I get it done however and wherever I can. Even if that means doing a warm up routine next to my bed or in my office before I see a client.
For me I started with Qigong for the first few months , then added strength training, then running a few months after that, and then added more martial arts practice in between.
Instead of starting everything at once, I built a foundation and layered other activities on top. Take your time with layering as some activities take more time to stick.
These are questions you should ask yourself frequently to make sure you're still headed in the right direction. Things change and its important to make improvements along the way. That could be within your routine, planning, or may be changing goals altogether
Remember in order to do something consistently we often have to make lifestyle changes and not just short term fixes. Make routines and activities part of your daily life and surround yourself with like minded people who are trying to achieve similar goals and can assist along the way.
These are the 6 steps that have helped me build a strong training routine and create a healthier and performance filled life.
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