As we head into 2020, you’re probably starting think about your goals for the new year and how to set yourself up for success. One of the key things that can benefit you most during the new year is consistency. Setting a schedule of when you will workout every week can have tremendous benefits to your motivation, your overall health, and so much more.
As explained by the Mayo Clinic, regular exercise comes with so many benefits that are noticeable in your everyday life. You’ll see improvements in your mood, a lower resting heart rate, more energy after the day, better sleep every night, and more. To truly reap these benefits, though, you need to be consistent in your workout regiment. It’s true that working out sporadically is better than not working out at all, but a consistent schedule will take things to the next level. Consistently working out starts with picking a class time that you can repeat on a schedule, multiple times per week.
People often debate which time of day is best to workout. Some people say it’s early in the morning, others say right before dinner is best. In actuality, the best time to workout is a time that you can do consistently. Whether it’s 3 days a week or 5 days a week, morning or evening, consistency is key when it comes to working out.
Let’s say you believe that working out right before dinner is best for your schedule, and best for you mentally and physically. The 4:30 class at JR CrossFit is perfect for that! Now you need to decide which days of the week work best for you. Many people thrive on the Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule. That means you need to get to the box on those three days every week at 4:30.
Your body also thrives off of a routine and consistency. Once you do a few weeks of that Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule at 4:30, you’ll notice that it gets significantly easier to maintain that schedule. Ideally, you’ll get to the point that your body craves that physical activity, and all of the benefits that come with it.
Having a consistent schedule for working out also gives your body time to recover after workouts. You’ll feel sore the day after a workout, but that’s ok! It means your body is adapting to your schedule and getting stronger. Having a consistent workout schedule also makes it easier to manage that soreness – maybe you can set aside 15 minutes on Tuesday and Thursday for mobility in the morning?
Personally, I find that having a consistent schedule makes it easier to stay committed. When I first started doing CrossFit, I was always tempted to cancel my workout at the last minute. Whether it was because I wanted more sleep or thought I had “too much” to do that day, I was always looking for an excuse. Since then, I’ve made a comithtemnt to myself to consistently make it to the 5AM class five days per week. I still have days that I end up staying in bed, but more often than not, that commitment to consistency and the benefits it brings are enough to hold me accountable.
What I’m trying to emphasize is that when you set a schedule for working out that you can consistently maintain, you’ll not only see improvements in your fitness, but also in your mood, sleep, and so much more. Consistency really is key when it comes to working out. Lucky for you, JR CrossFit offers a flexible schedule of classes with different workouts everyday of the week. Take a look at our schedule here and find the best time for you!
By Chance Miller