Lots of people go through life with a cycle of dieting, going to the gym, not feeling like exercising, putting on some weight, getting back to the gym, trying to lose the weight…
These 8 habits separate the always-fit people from the relapsing sometimes-fit kind.
Fit Habit #1: They Don’t Make Excuses
Excuses are often made to move blame away from ourselves to circumstances beyond our control. If you hear yourself saying that you can’t lose weight because you are too busy working, have bad genetics or love to eat/cook too much, you are shifting the blame to an external force. Instead, you need to start taking personal responsibility for your own life.
Witness mentality never helped anyone, it’s always easier to feel sorry for yourself rather than taking charge, putting those shoes on and going for a run or to go lift some weight.
Fit Habit #2: They Have Priorities
Fit people make exercise a priority. Along with business meetings, time with family, and paying bills, exercise has a high priority in their calendar. Fit people understand that if they don’t make time to exercise and keep fit, they will have to make time to be sick. Keep your gym sessions in your calendar and view them as a given item in your daily schedule.
Fit Habit #3: They Push Themselves
Not only do fit people make time to go to the gym, they challenge themselves each and single time.
Exercise should make you sweat, your heart rate should be elevated and muscles burning. Find your motivator. Set attainable and measurable goals. Try a group class, or fit-body to stay motivated if you find yourself going through the same routine at the gym day after day. Or hire a Personal Trainer. Be smart.
Fit Habit #4: They Don’t Drink Their Calories
Fit people know drinking water is essential to their bodies. They drink lots of it throughout the day not only to stay hydrated and help digestion process but also to avoid unnecessary snacking. In Czech, we have a saying: “Hunger is a masked Thirst.” So always sip a bit of water before you reach for that muesli bar. Remember, drinks such as coke and juices are filled with sugar and these easy-to-consume calories will as easily turn into fat.
Fit Habit #5: They Don’t Buy Unhealthy Crap
Fit people know that if they keep junk food in the house they will eat it sooner or later. So they don’t buy any. It’s also not a good choice to go shop hungry. We’ve all been there – big eyes, clouded mind, sore stomachs, gained kilos, regrets. Replace your unhealthy snacks with nuts, veggies, fruits and guy and eat real food. Anything which has not grown on its own and has more than 3 ingredients is more likely to be junk.
Fit Habit #6: They Practise Mindful Eating
When your attention is on your laptop or TV and not on your food, then you’ll be paying less attention to what and how much ends up in your mouth. Eating in front of the screen also creates a bad habit. Ever notice how you crave munchies as soon as you sit in front of the TV? It’s called Pavlov’s reflex, don’t be a dog. Be focused on your meal and enjoy every bite of it.
Fit Habit #7: They Don’t Overeat
Fit people stop eating when they feel full. Your stomach should be filled by ⅓ of food, ⅓ of water and ⅓ of air. That way you will feel satisfied and your digestive system will thank you. So next time when you’re grabbing that another slice of pizza despite being full already, stop and think about it. Try to drink a glass of water and teach yourself to know when you’ve had enough. Or simply plan your healthy portions and stick to them.
Fit Habit #8: They Change It Up
Some people just love the gym and gym only and even if they push themselves every single time, stay motivated and change their routines from time to time, there is a certain level of plateau that will sneak in. Fit people are generally active and outgoing and like to try new things. Why not to experience the new bootcamp class, grab a mate for climbing sesh or endeavour a local Yoga class. It will most likely challenge a different muscle group, maybe even stretch your abilities beyond your levels and increases your range of movement (ROM) next time when you hit the gym.
I hope you find these habits inspiring and if you haven’t already, make a step towards incorporating some of them into your life.
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~ Until then, Stay Fit!