Movie sequels. Some are good, some not so much. The best ones continue the story line with the characters you loved in the first one. There are enough similarities to make you immediately feel comfortable with the story, but enough exciting new developments to keep you interested. Toy Story and Shrek both had some great sequels, almost better than the first movie.
Today’s sequel is about staying consistent with T-Tapp. You’ve read about it before, you know the steps, but here are a few new twists:
1.Make a deal with yourself. Set up a simple rewards system. “If I ______, then I get to ________. Or “I can’t _________ until I ________.” Rewarding yourself for completing a workout (or ten minutes’ worth of moves) will help your brain associate pleasant consequences with working out.
2.Make a schedule. Don’t leave it to chance. The weekend before the coming week, sit down and sketch out your workout schedule. Use your planner, your calendar, your smart phone or a piece of paper on a bulletin board where you’ll see it. Give yourself a challenge like Organs in Place/Half Frogs (or Awesome Legs/Diva Derriere) every night before bed. Some weeks you can plan a prize and find a friend to keep you accountable!
3.Figure out what time works best for YOUR life. For most people, in the morning before the day begins is best so that you have energy for your day and you don’t put it off. There are exceptions for work schedules or other considerations. Maybe for you it works best to do a workout right after lunch or during toddler naps. The important thing is to keep it consistent. You wouldn’t brush your teeth in a different place every day. You wouldn’t deposit your paycheck at a different bank every week. Same time, same place helps you make it a habit.
4.Be realistic about what you can and will do. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the workout that works is the one you’ll do. It’s great to plan and do a challenging schedule—for a while. That works especially well for reaching a goal for an event or contest. But eventually life happens and it’s better to keep moving forward with consistent short workouts than planned (and skipped) long workouts that don’t happen because of your life circumstances.
5.Tell yourself the truth. We do make time for what we want to do. Someone said that negative emotions are caused by blaming someone else for something. Blaming our kids or our spouse or (fill in the blank) for our lack of exercise is easy but not true. We say our time is not our own, but in truth, we make choices. I blamed the fact that I had a bunch of kids, babies and toddlers for a lot of things I didn’t do, when in fact I chose not to do those things. It’s not bad that I didn’t do other things, that I made choices to do what I felt was most important. I needed to recognize that I was not helpless and choice-less, so I would stop blaming and being a martyr. Ouch.
6.Decide. Make the Big Decision and then make the daily decision. Realize that the little choices do add up, especially with exercise and how we eat. I don’t know of anyone who was an overnight success with T-Tapp. But I know a lot of people who were over-months successes.
Like a movie sequel, you may recognize some of the elements in staying consistent with T-Tapp. But hopefully this sequel had a few new camera angles to show you some new insights for your upcoming smash hit with T-Tapp.
How do YOU stay consistent with your workout routine?