Within many of my articles and blog posts, there is one theme that is consistent. Ironically, this consistent theme is consistency!
If you want to achieve something big in life, you need to be persistent in your endeavours to achieve that significant goal. If that goal includes weight loss, muscle gain, fitness enhancement or improving your health, then consistency is key. By being consistent, you develop a routine and you therefore do not have to make conscious decisions about moving toward your goal - it just happens because it's all automatic! After all, it is commonsensical to know that you cannot expect to apply yourself intermittently and expect great results.
So what has consistency got to do with the most effective workouts? A lot in fact. I am of the strong belief that the most effective workouts are the ones you don't want to do. Allow me to explain. Consider this:
You have been exercising regularly for the past week. You've just got home from a long, stressful day at the office. It's Thursday evening and you really just want to RELAX. As much as you want to lose 10kg of weight, you figure that you have earned the right to skip your gym workout. So, you snuggle up for the night and decide to forget about the gym workout.
I'm sure that you can relate to this situation - we all encounter days like these where the last thing you want to do is worry about weight loss (or whatever your goal may be)! But consider what is actually going on here. You are justifying your actions to break your consistent weight loss regime. Quite frankly, there is no valid reason why you cannot exercise - you just don't feel like it in the moment.
Now what happens if you have another tiresome day on Friday? Maybe not as tiresome as Thursday, but still enough to justify a quiet night on Friday also. After all, what's one more missed workout going to accumulate to?
You can see where I'm going with this. It's a slippery slope - one missed workout can lead to another, which may inevitably lead to the loss of all consistency whatsoever. I have seen it happen time and time (and time) again.
This is precisely why the most effective workouts are the ones you don't want to do. If you can develop the discipline to ignore the "excuse maker" within you and just get on with the job, you WILL remain consistent and therefore significantly enhance your chances of successfully achieving your goals.
The fact is that, once you have established a routine, workouts become automatic. The hardest part in achieving a weight loss goal is developing that routine. The reason - because it is too easy to miss the most effective workouts.