Embracing the Power of Consistency: Small Steps, Big Gains

Sep 03, 2023
A coach taking small steps to the top of a hill

Hey there Wild Coasters! Let's dive into a topic that's often underestimated but packs a punch like no other: consistency. Whether you're a newbie just starting out or a seasoned pro on your fitness journey, one thing remains true – the magic lies in the everyday, no matter how seemingly small or insignificant. So, let's explore why consistency deserves the crown!


The Ripple Effect of Small Wins

Ever heard of the "compounding effect"? (If you haven't yet, check out the book by Darren Hardy) It's like investing in your fitness – the more consistent you are, the more your efforts accumulate over time. Even the tiniest daily step adds up, building a foundation of progress that's not only visible but incredibly motivating. For example: did you know that taking a brisk 10-minute walk after meals can significantly improve digestion and help regulate blood sugar levels? That's right, those seemingly insignificant walks can have a profound impact on your overall health.

Imagine this: you decide to add a lap around the block every day after dinner. At first, it might not feel like much, but after a week, you're moving a little smoother. After a month, you're able to pick up the pace or add a little more distance. After 3 months, your energy and mood is through the roof! A year later, you're feeling stronger, healthier, and setting a positive example for those around you. Consistency transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary.


The Stealthy Mental Game

While the physical gains are often celebrated, let's not forget about the mental perks of consistency. When you commit to your health and wellness regimens – whether it's intentional movement, healthy eating, or a mindfulness practice – you're telling your mind that you're reliable, disciplined, and capable of achieving your goals. This ripple effect extends beyond your workouts and seeps into every corner of your life.

Here's another nugget to chew on: did you know that short bursts of exercise can boost your mood almost instantly? It's like a natural dose of happy pills! The brain releases feel-good chemicals like endorphins and serotonin, which help reduce stress and anxiety. So, even on those days when you can't dedicate a full hour to the gym, remember that even 10 minutes of intentional movement can turn your mood around and have lasting effects.


Consistency: Your Biggest Cheerleader

Now, let's talk about the support system you might not have realized you've been building – your future self! Think of your consistency as a gift to your future self. Every squat, every healthy meal choice, every evening stretch – they're all investments that pay dividends down the road. It has been shown that if you find ways to connect to your future self, either through talking to a digitally modified picture, or through visualization, you are more likely to form a bond with future you and in turn, treat them as kindly as you would a good friend (meaning you would actually do the habits that would allow future you to thrive!)

And here's something to brighten your day: Did you know that laughing can actually act as a workout all on its own? So, go ahead, add some laughter to your daily routine. Watch a funny movie during your cardio session or join a laughter yoga class – it's a unique way to sneak in some fitness while having a great time!


Embracing the Journey, One Step at a Time

In a world that often glorifies overnight transformations and instant results, remember that your journey is your own. Consistency isn't about going big or going home; it's about showing up, even when the steps are small. Whether you're sprinting or crawling, as long as you're moving forward, you're winning.

So, my fellow change makers, let's make a pact. Let's celebrate those baby steps, those 10-minute walks after work, those nutritious breakfasts, those tiny incremental improvements. Because in the grand skyscraper of health, it's the consistency that acts as each and every brick, whether you notice it or not.

As you lace up your shoes and face each day with determination, know that you're not just building a better body – you're building a better, stronger, and more resilient you. And that, my friends, is a journey worth every consistent, hilarious, and inspiring step.


Keep shining, keep smiling, and keep moving forward – one small, consistent step at a time! You've got this. 💪

Remember, smiles are contagious, so pass one on!

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