Apparently Einstein said, “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result”, or was it Benjamin Franklin, or Mark Twain?
There’s another side to the saying as well, “the definition of insanity is doing different things over and over again and expecting the same result”
So we do we all jump from one exercise programme to another what seems like every other month?
It’s magpie syndrome, we crave the new and the novel and end up discarding an exercise programme that’s working for the next shiny thing.
That’s why I emphasise habit over goals.
Goals, by their very nature, end. You drop five kilos for summer, then you put ten kilos back on by Christmas. You get in shape to bust a few moves at your daughter’s wedding, but then a few months later struggle carrying the shopping to the car.
However, if we focus on the habit, things will turn out diffently. Make doing exercise a twice a day thing as simple and routine as brushing your teeth, and build up to doing more. You’ll find yourself being more active, looking and feeling better and all without getting distracted.
So the key takeaway for this blog post is that consistency trumps results. And Einstein was pretty good at coming up with snappy quotes.