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25 February 2022
Christine Varano, CPT, Balanced Body Pilates Instructor, CSUtest.com contributor

Consistency is key to living a healthier lifestyle but consistency and perfection don’t go hand in hand. The pressure to be perfect often leads to giving up entirely when you inevitably slip up. To avoid this, remember what you do most of the time is key, not just what you do some of the time.

According to recent statistics, 35% of adults have metabolic syndrome, a combination of high BP, high blood sugar, high levels of triglycerides and low levels of good cholesterol. Regular exercise and a healthy diet can greatly reduce your likelihood of being a statistic.

Benchmark workouts are a great way to track progress no matter what you’re activity. Start by picking a distance rowing, biking, walking etc and record the time it took you to complete, your heart rate and how you felt. By being consistent and all things being equal, you’ll get faster and more efficient over time. Consistency is key.

Getting stronger, losing weight and improving your endurance are common goals when beginning a new exercise program. While it can take some time to see results, if you’ve been consistent over several months and aren’t seeing any noticeable changes in your body composition or endurance level, this could be a sign it’s time to start pushing yourself a little harder. Keep in mind diet plays a big role, too, so as long as you’re eating nutritious foods 80% percent of the time and burning more calories than you’re consuming, you should see results.

The greatest successes come from embracing change and not fearing failure.

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