Tom is the At Home Fitness personal trainer in Hitchin, Hertfordshire – and works with clients online across the country. We caught up with Tom to talk about habit stacking, sleeping well, and some neglected areas that make a big difference to your mental and physical health.
Consistency is the biggest thing that’s going to bring real results. Fact!
I’ve worked with a lot of clients over the last couple of years, and everyone’s journey is different. People have different goals and ambitions – some want to lose weight for a holiday, others want to bust stress with a regular fitness routine, others want to regain control of their health through better eating.
But through everyone’s unique goals, there’s one thing that is the same for every single journey: the key to great results is consistency.
Today, I’m going to give you some tips on how you can build consistent habits into your routine, to help you stay on-track and get the results you want.
It’s important to look after the basics to set you up for success. That means sleeping right, staying hydrated, and keeping the stress in-check!
It doesn’t matter if your workouts aren’t perfect every time. It doesn’t matter if you slip up on your ideal meal plan. It doesn’t matter if you have one bad day at work. The important thing is to keep showing up for yourself. Every. Single. Day.
I love habit stacking – it is one of the most powerful ways to build habits consistently. If you haven’t read it already, I’d really suggest getting hold of a copy of ‘Atomic Habits’ by James Clear.
Whether you’re eating breakfast, lunch or dinner, taking a shower, leaving the house for work, or brushing your teeth, you’ll have a set routine that you do most days.
The trick to building healthy habits into your routine is (you guessed it) by practising them everyday. The principle behind habit stacking is to take a new activity, and do it alongside an existing habit as part of your daily routine. Over time, these new activities will start to become established habits!
The best part about my job is that I get to help people to just turn up every day. Would my clients turn up to that 7am training session if I wasn’t there to hold them accountable? Probably not. Do they always feel glad that they did it at the end? Yes!
My advice to anyone who is thinking about working with a personal trainer is to just give it a go. You get a free discovery sessions with At Home Fitness, and they’re designed to open up the door to conversation, get to know your trainer, talk about your goals and starting point, and they’ll be able to advise on the best route forward. It’s just an hour, and is the first step to seeing long-term success.