I’m old enough to remember when they used to call the sauce on the Big Mac the secret sauce, or was it the special sauce? Anyhow, I’m showing my age. When making waves in the world or cooking up a treat, they may refer to the special ingredient in their success as the secret sauce.

Hmmm, the secret sauce, what is it?

The sauce could be the thing that holds everything together to make it better or a small thing that makes all the difference. There may be considerable fanfare around this secret sauce that you want to know and know right now. And when I reveal it, you would be like, that’s it? Really?

It’s a letdown because you know what it is, and it’s not all that secret. If being let down is not your thing, don’t read any further because the secret sauce for your workouts and results is rather dull.

And even worse, you’ll have to read more to find out. Don’t worry; I will try to make it entertaining.  

Before Revealing The Secret Sauce

A fellow coach and author I hugely respect and is an absolute powerhouse said she doesn’t often feel like ‘working out’ even though she is a coach and owns a gym. She said most days it’s a 50/50 deal whether she wants to ‘workout’ or not.

Are you familiar with this feeling?

So, I can only imagine how some of you reading feel about working out and putting yourself through discomfort. More often than not, this coach gets it done regardless of how she is feeling. Most of the time, I’m in the same boat because there are days when motivation is low, life gets in the way, or I have a massive case of laziness.

There are days when the last thing I desire to do is pick up a weight and put it down. For a personal trainer and coach, this is challenging to admit. Why?

I’m a role model for my clients and family. Aren’t personal trainers meant to love working out?

I only need to walk less than 100 yards out my back door to get to my gym. Some of you reading have to drive out of your way to get to your gym, so it’s easier to bug out. Even the 100 yards to my garage gym is something I try to avoid. That is literally no excuse, and trust me, I’ve heard plenty of creative reasons for missing workouts.  

So, even though I’m an exercise freak and a robot, I’m also human. Some days, I don’t ‘feel’ like it. As the coach mentioned, I often ignore these feelings and get it done anyway.

Ignoring feelings, fighting low motivation, and high amounts of laziness, what is the not-so-secret sauce to getting it done?

The Secret Sauce

Here’s the big reveal. Are you excited? Well, at least you could fake it. 😊

The secret sauce is a combination of habits and consistency. See, I told you it wasn’t earth-shattering. Usually, if you want to be good at something, get paid, and get the result or status you seek, those two factors will play a huge role.

Habit and consistency work hand in hand and are two different sides of the same coin. Working out is a habit and is something that I have done almost daily for over 20 years. My body needs it, so the workout, no matter how easy, gets done regardless of my feelings.

Now, working out almost daily means the workout could be as light as a walk or yard work, and nearly daily means I never miss two days of being in a row; the habit leads to consistency, leading to the promised land of results.

Perfection is never the secret sauce because that’s nearly impossible, and life will stop this pretty quickly. But good things will happen if you do something small for your health and fitness daily. That will build habit, which will then lead to consistency. And do you know what that leads to? Better flex times.

Come on, you know you want to

Wrapping Up

This secret sauce might not be as tasty as a Big Mac, but it should help you stay on the straight and narrow when you don’t feel like it. Doing something small daily for your health and fitness and never missing two days in a row will profoundly affect your health and well-being.  

Contact me for assistance if you need help developing better habits and consistency. 

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