As a trainer and a therapist it is not uncommon to provide "homework" to patients or clients, part of what we do as trainers or therapists is to educate the trainee on exercise, diet, form and technique of movement, etc.... Our goal is to initially have the trainee adopt our program to maintain when not being supervised.
The reason for this is so that the client develops consistent diet, exercise or movement patterns with the instruction that was provided. The repeated performance of an exercise or an activity reinforces it in your brain so eventually it becomes more of a natural movement or activity.
Once that has been accomplished the progression can be implemented during training or treatment sessions.
Despite popular belief, there is no quick fix to improve health or recover from injury, there is no safe magic pill to drop 30lbs in 2 weeks or build 30lbs of muscle in the same time period.
What there is though, is tried and true and has been performed for years by many. It's consistent hard work.
Think about it... Michael Phelps did not become one of the greatest Olympians ever by practicing inconsistently did he? No, he practiced consistently to achieve his goals.
As babies when learning to walk many falls take place, probably 10 or more a day, does that stop them from trying? No, they are consistent in practicing their walking until they achieve it.
The same can be said for your exercise routine, are you getting the most out of your current exercise program? Are you exercising consistently 2-3 times a week or are you going hard and then fizzling out?
The majority of people will work really hard for 2 weeks, expect to see major differences in strength, weight, performance and when they don't they get frustrated, become inconsistent, or quit altogether.
I want to stress how important consistency is, not just for exercise and diet, but in life. Some of the most successful people in this world failed at some point in something, yet they still managed to find success.
The reason for this is that they were consistent in their performance, they did not let in or give up.
So I encourage you to do the same, if it's a diet or an exercise program to lose weight, improve function, or just to overall improve your health.
Stay consistent and I promise you will see the rewards of your efforts.
Keep Fighting and Never give up!
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