(Approx. 2.5 min read)
We can easily find 1000s of books and millions of people that are more than willing to steer us in the direction of a health fad, diet, or workout. And, honestly, some of the ideas and theories out there are ridiculous. I read about the Japanese towel method which can supposedly help you lose belly fat by just laying on a towel. I mean, it might actually work, but...c'mon son.
Truth is, though, a lot of these methods (regardless of how insane they may seem) really do work. They work if they're implemented correctly. They work if they're done consistently. And they work by being implemented period.
Do it correctly
Whether it's everyday calisthenics or basic weight lifting workouts (bench press, squats, curls, etc), if they're not performed properly, they won't produce the expected results. Even worse, poor form can cause injury.
Do it consistently
It doesn't matter how perfect a thing can be executed. If it's not done consistently, the expected results won't be achieved. If a program calls for 3 workouts a week or 7 (though 7 isn't advisable), stick to it. It's hard to get the abs that we see on the late night infomercials if we only do half the work required.
Do it period
At the end of the day, if we don't eventually put in that time and proper effort, we can't expect to reach our goals at all. We can't spend our time wishing and hoping, then expect our dreams to fall into our laps. If we're waiting for the conditions to be perfect before we start making moves, we'll never take the necessary first step. The conditions rarely ever are perfect, if ever at all. Just go.
These simple guidelines really are just how success in life works, right? Most of us have goals and dreams (and if not, you should). If we want to give ourselves the slightest chance at reaching them, it's gonna take a commitment to doing the right things at the right time.
PS. A written goal is an attainable one. (But that's for another post)
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