Tips for Long-Term Consistency
Tips for Long-Term Consistency with T-Tapp
by Charlotte Siems
T-Tapp has been an important part of my life for more than 5 years now, and there have been very few weeks in that time that I haven’t T-Tapped. Of course we’ve had our share of illnesses, busy seasons, stress and unexpected events, but T-Tapp has still been a regular part of my life.
Have I been perfect? You’ve got to be kidding. Someone on Facebook recently thanked me for being available to “us regular folks” and I replied, “I’m a regular folk, too!”
Are you wondering how I’ve done it? Here are a few tips for us all, to help with consistency over the long haul:
- Figure out what you can realistically fit into your schedule. Gung-ho + hectic life = short-term gung-ho. T-Tapp offers so many options for great short workouts that are perfect for busy lives.
- Take advantage of outside accountability and motivation for certain seasons. On the T-Tapp forums you can find the Habit Formers forum, and on the General Discussion forum you can connect with one of the many accountability groups. An online class with a T-Tapp Trainer is a great way to sustain a focused effort for a season of time, and entering a contest such as the 60-Day Challenge is another way to inject motivation into your workout schedule. Some T-Tapp trainers offer customized workout schedules with accountability for a month.
- Realize that some is better than none. Tell yourself “just Primary Back Stretch” and I bet you’ll do at least a little more. The first ten minutes of BWO+ sure beats absolutely nothing.
- Be aware of your thoughts. Just like thinking of a sour lemon makes your mouth water, thinking negative thoughts about an upcoming workout sets you up for dread and dislike.
- Mix up your workout schedule. I enjoy variety and I think my body likes it, too. For instance, instead of BWO+, do Basic Plus Tempo or Ladybug BWO+ or the BWO section of TWO, Tempo Arms or Tempo Torso. MORE is always a favorite, so how about MORE Chair plus MORE Step Away or MORE Chair plus MORE Broom?
- If you really dread a workout, it’s okay to skip it. What?! Isn’t this post about staying consistent? Yes ma’am, this is an important tip to keep on keepin’ on. I figure when I dread a workout, there’s a reason like unusual stress or fatigue or my body just knows. Sometimes I’ve stayed consistent with T-Tapp by not working out.
- On the other hand, if you just sort of don’t want to workout, pull up your socks and push play. 9.5 times out of 10, once you get started you’ll get in the groove and be glad you did. Sometimes I change the workout at the last minute if I just don’t feel up for it, but I still go to my max in the workout I do.
The workout that works is the one you’ll do, and not just once. So try to identify your personal snags with consistency and make a plan to deal with them. Less is More with T-Tapp, but None is…well, None.
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Just came to say HELLO to you and yours and thank you for ALLLLLL the time you take to share with all of us about your new life!
MOUAH from Quebec !
Smooches to you, dear Johanne!
Great tips, I think I will have to post all your awesome tips to my fridge. Your success story is one that continues to inspire me.
I appreciate your above advice on working out. It helps put things into perspective. On the other hand, the T-Tapp lingo gets confusing when a person is just starting out. In fact, it gets a little stressful. I am still trying to figure out the basic moves, and get them right. Knowing that there are so many more things to learn puts me a little over the top. I bought the book Fit and Fabulous in 15 mins a Day, but am trying to figure out some of the moves. What is the best way to make sure I am doing them correctly? I know I can do this. I want to do this, and get healthy. Do you know of anyone in Ohio who is teaching T-Tapp?
Thanks for your help and perspective.
Hello! Michelle Barbuto might be the closest trainer–she lives in the Pittsburgh, PA area. It’s okay to start slow. Form is progressive. I definitely recommend working out with a DVD if you can get one. The book is great for checking details as you learn. Best wishes as you begin your journey!