Consistency: The most important aspect of exercise
The most important thing to focus on when starting your fitness journey is consistency. Achieving your goals means showing up whether you feel like it or not. To beginners, this can seem intimidating but there is an important reason for this. Many have it backward. They exercise when they feel motivated.
The reality is motivation is fleeting. It comes and goes… it’s discipline that must be consistent. When you show up, even if you don’t feel like it, often you end up having a great workout and the motivation comes afterward. This is why we say many have it backward. Motivation is the result of staying disciplined, resulting in compounding gains over time.
Compounding gains, like compound interest, are the other reason why consistency matters. Einstein famously said compound interest is the most powerful force in the universe. He intuitively understood that large gains can have small beginnings, if and only if consistent effort was applied. Everyone knows a person that has been exercising for years, yet you wouldn’t know by looking at them. Some of these types lack consistency and work out sporadically, in bursts.
It’s more effective to have regular short workouts than occasionally putting your body through hell to make up for the lost time. The added benefit is you build off your learnings more easily, with regular workouts always being at the back of your mind. This is impossible if you occasionally exercise. Too much time passed between workouts means you forget, lose momentum, and most of your progress.