The Key is Consistency

By David Polisky

The importance of staying healthy, in today’s climate, seems more important than it has ever seemed in the past. Health has many different aspects and has so much more to do than just being active. Being healthy means getting enough sleep, staying hydrated throughout the day adequately, consuming enough (but not too many) quality calories in the proper ratios, and staying active with enough resistance and cardiovascular training. Also, you should prioritize your mental health. 

It may feel like at the end of the day you still have not finished everything that you might have wanted to, but that’s okay. You must tell yourself that’s what you have the next day for, to take care of the things that you didn’t get to the previous day. Adequate sleep can vary from person to person, but as long as you’re not falling asleep during the day, then you are probably getting enough. Usually, it’ll range between seven-and-a-half and eight-and-a-half hours each night.

What I’ll do to help create healthy habits is I’ll have the same thing for breakfast every day, and I create a daily routine, so I’m not scrambling to piece anything together in the morning. That way I know I’m getting the same amount of calories in myself at around the same time every day, and as long as I got to sleep around the time I wanted to the night before, I’m usually feeling pretty good.

I usually weight train four or five days a week for roughly 45 minutes to an hour each time, and then I’ll eat sensibly so that I’m not risking having too high of a calorie surplus or too low of a deficit, since either of those scenarios can lead to me feeling “off”.

When one embarks on their own journey of health and fitness, consistency is the most important thing that you must maintain. Just like you may have not have gotten out of shape in one week, a month, one year or several years, you will not be able to achieve your fitness goals in a week, a month, a year, or even, depending on your goals, several years.

That’s why it’s called a “journey” – it’s one that may have no destination, that does have the occasional triumphs and setbacks, but one that you have to keep pursuing, no matter what happens.