You’ve heard that managing your weight is all about the lifestyle, and not the quick fix, so today I’d like to give you 7 habits that fit people have. These following seven habits are held by successfully fit people… maybe you could apply a few to your own life.
1. Approach Each Day with Perspective
Fail to meet your fitness goals today? Move on. Did you fall off your diet at noon? Who cares. Tomorrow is another day to make smarter decisions. Decide to restart then, NOT next week. When you wake up tomorrow, rededicate yourself to your fitness goals without beating yourself about whatever mistakes you made in the past. After all, you can’t change what you did yesterday.
All you can control is right now.
2. Know Your Body
When you finish a workout, you should feel good. If you don’t, then something needs to change. Either your diet or routine is throwing you off. Fit people know how everything they do affects their body and they take steps to avoid those things that make them not feel and perform their best.
Some of the things I’ve skimped on in the past (that I never do anymore) are stretching, massages, meditation, foam rolling. Learn how your body responds and care for it accordingly.
3. Find Ways Around Excuses
If you’ve ever wondered why you can’t quite get fit, it may be your proclivity for caving to pressure. And that pressure may be self-induced. Fit people do not give into excuses for why they shouldn’t exercise. Quite the contrary. They are continually finding reasons why they should hit the gym and find pockets of time to do it—even if the trip to the gym is shorter than usual.
One ten minute workout is better than no workout- I promise you that.
Our workouts at Phoenix 360 fitness are all 30 minutes. No more and no less. Here’s a secret that many have realized- If your nutrition is right, you won’t need to spend any more time than that.
4. Eat and Sleep Well
Study after study has shown the benefit of eating whole, unprocessed foods. It provides energy and strength, helps you feel full throughout the day, and makes your time in the gym as fruitful as possible. Getting good sleep is equally as important, as it keeps all your bodily systems in rhythm. Put these two fit activities together and you’re well on your way to optimal fitness.
Some things to keep in mind:
- limit coffee in the hours before your bedtime
- make sure you replace your bed every few years to optimize the support it gives your body
- try not to workout after 9pm
- turn off all electronics at least one our before bedtime
turn off the tv at night and pick up a book to relax
5. Track Your Progress
For some, keeping tabs on health progress is about as exciting as watching paint dry. Once you get into the routine, however, you will become a believer in the power of tracking your progress. Tracking serves to both reward and motivate you, as you see that the countless hours in the gym and smart food choices lead to a healthier weight and greater strength—a.k.a. better overall fitness and health.
Things to track:
- Daily macro-nutrients
What you’re lifting. When you don’t increase the poundage’s of your lifts, you’re more likely to hit plateus
6. Think While You Exercise
It can be easy to mindlessly run on a treadmill at the gym if you’re not careful. Just remember that fit people don’t do such a thing. They’re very intentional about everything they do at the gym. This means if you want to be fit, you should put some brainpower into what you include in your workout and how you perform each repetition. This allows you to get maximum benefit from your gym time and reduces the risk of injury.
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7. Lean On Your Trainer
The final thing fit people do is rely on someone with lots of knowhow in the realm of fitness. This is why our clients have such a high success rate in achieving their goals – because we make sure that they stick with it!