In my opinion there’s 3 certainties in life…
Death, taxes and politicians talking absolute garbage every time a camera is put in front of them.
Other than these three, there’s nothing else that is a permanent fixture as ultimately everything is susceptible to change.
Sure, we all have the ability to create our own definition of what a certainty is but at the end of the day, the average Joe Blow (which is 99.9% of us) relies on our own reliability for this to work. Something that isn’t very reliable at all.
Let’s look at exercise.
When it comes to exercising, there’s a big chance that your current regime hasn’t been a constant in your life from day dot for one reason or another.
And further to that, I can quite confidently say it definitely won’t be a constant for most of you in the latter stages of your life either.
‘Things’ get in the way.
Motivation levels ebb and flow, work, school, kids, ageing, money, donuts… the list goes on.
It doesn’t matter what stage you’re at, your reliability to show up will forever be challenged, other things can take priority, therefore leaving the ‘certainty’ of an exercise regime very vulnerable.
So what’s the key to your exercise regime becoming more reliable? What’s the key to becoming consistent, staying consistent and creating something that’s as close to a certainty as possible?
It all comes down to what you really value and care about. It sounds boring I know, but there could not be a greater truth.
For the few that truly value what exercise does for mind, body and soul, it will always be a high priority and therefore a certainty to be adhered to – until nature takes its course, of course.
However for those not invested in it enough or for the wrong reasons, it will be a certainty that ‘something’ will get in the way somewhere along the line.
For the people that truly value their health, the key for them is they don’t rely on outside influences for motivation. Nor do they let anything distract them, regardless of the chaos that might be surrounding them.
Day to day stresses, responsibilities and chores aren’t an excuse for these people. Exercise is a priority and it stays that way.
What someone says about them, how they are perceived, or how they look doesn’t necessarily drive them either. They don’t need to be the centre of attention to feel validated.
They have enough internal drive to get the job done. They have enough self love and discipline to work on themselves when nobody is watching. Day in day out.
Remember outside noise is fleeting and superficial. Therefore it’s impossible to rely on and certainly not a certainty.
And because it’s fleeting, it can create vulnerability with your consistency if you’re reliant upon it. This is where a lot of people fall down.
It should also be a reminder that there will always be room for you to work on you. You just need to understand this. You need to take the reigns and take responsibility. This is so important. This is the real key.
Proper consistency is derived from yourself. No one else, no matter how inspirational or motivational others may be.
Ultimately, staying consistent with anything in life boils down to how you view it and value it. Be honest with yourself – is it a priority or not?
Those that truly value exercise and its unquestionable benefits will be consistent and ‘create’ it to be a certainty in their lives.
Those that don’t value it enough will inevitably let things get in the way. Pandemic included.
‘’If you have a body, we can help you’’
Infinite Fitness Peninsula