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Consistency is Key

Someone once said "it may not be easy, but it will be worth it." That really is the truth... if you want to make a change then consistency is key. I'm not just talking about fitness and health, but also in our work, daily habits, leisure activities and diet.

We're taught as children to write our name over and over again before we can write it without thinking. The same when we learn to ride a bike, or tie our shoes. We don't just do something once before we perfect the task; sometimes it takes years of hard work before we get to where we want to be. Yet as adults, why do we so often give up on a task way before we should?

We live in a society today where most things can be given to us within minutes, or even seconds. In my opinion however, things worth having don't come easily, and sometimes we have to learn this the hard way! Most clients come to me wanting to "improve their core" or "lose x amount of weight". It can be done, don't get me wrong, but how much effort are we willing to put in, in order to achieve these goals? Neither of them are solely about exercise, but decent nutrition and good levels of sleep too. Avoiding smoking, drugs and excessive drinking for the best results, but at the same time being able to maintain a good work-life balance.

We need to remember that marathon runners don't just train once. They might start off only running a few miles, with short breaks every now and then. They must then build their distance, which in turn also will improve their health. Alongside this, they should consider strength training within a gym setting in order to strengthen the joints and muscles that will be used. They'll continue on this cycle of building distance and building strength, whilst also looking at flexibility and mobility to improve their running techniqu