Humans are creatures of habit; in fact, I bet you probably follow the same routine pretty much everyday. Habits also play a huge part in the fitness level of the highly fit. Without making fitness a part of their routine, the highly fit would not be as successful at staying healthy. Listen, if being fit and in great shape was easy, we would all do it. But it’s not easy, it takes hard work and dedication; you may find it is easier to make the steps to fitness habits that you follow everyday. The people who have figured it out develop patterns, routines or habits that ensure their health is taken care of.
Some important habits of the highly fit include:
- Eating a healthy diet
- Keeping exercise a top priority
- Setting goals
The Highly Fit Eat a Healthy Diet
Knowing that Ring Dings are junk food doesn’t make you fit; we all know they’re junk food. Recognizing unhealthy foods is only one part of the solution; avoiding the junk is another. The practical application portion is the toughest part!
Let’s face it, we are crunched for time, stressed, and rushing around everyday (dining out); it’s easy to grab a doughnut, candy bar, burger, taco, soda, it’s just so easy! Eating a healthy diet is a key part of being fit; perhaps even more important is eating healthy foods at the right times. When you are hungry, you are more likely to hit the chips. Your body is calling for food; keeping your body satisfied avoids the need to binge.
Look, we have all done it, eaten the whole pizza, a gallon of ice cream, or drank a few too many beers – it happens, recognize it, accept it, but don’t beat yourself up. Instead, practice the habit of organized eating. Structure your meals in a way that lets you eat 5 small meals a day; breakfast, small snack, lunch, small snack and dinner. Go paleo! Fresh fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats (nuts, seeds, and olive oil). Try to eat every two to three hours, it keeps your body satisfied and reduces the cravings for high-fat, high-sugar foods.
Start slow: It can be hard to just jump man overboard and right into a healthy nutrition plan. Take’er easy. Try one thing at a time. For the first week try not drinking any calories or adding any calories to your beverages of choice. No juice, soda, alcohol, or coffee with sugar and creamer. Stick to water and black coffee or tea. After you have developed the habit of not drinking calories try eating a healthier breakfast for a week. No more pastries or microwavable concoctions. A few scrambled eggs and veggies or maybe an apple and some almond butter if in a rush.
The Highly Fit Keep Exercise a Top Priority
Making exercise a top priority helps in many areas of your life. When it comes to exercise and nutrition, the highly fit make it one of their top priorities. We are wired to avoid the tough things in life, we like the easy things that make us feel good; it’s why we hit the snooze button, have one more cookie and just one more drink. It’s also easy to fall out of an exercise routine that is not engrained into your daily routine.
When you keep health at the top of your list, you make time to exercise and eat healthy. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not easy; but as you make exercise a habit, it becomes easier. I’ve found that making exercise part of your job is a great way to stick to it. Train your brain to think that part of your day at work includes a stop at the gym, a walk during lunch, or a run in the afternoon.
However you do it, exercise needs to be the most important part of your day. If you think there are more important things to do, like watching the Bachelor with a pint of ice cream, exercise takes a back seat and you rationalize a way to make it okay. Keeping exercise and health a top priority not only improves your physical health, but also your mental health. Being fit and in good health also relieves stress and improves your overall mood and well-being; give it a try, everyone will thank you, trust me!
No time!: You don’t need an hour to get a good workout in. Wake up a little earlier each day and start with a simple 25 minute plan. Warm-up for 5 minutes and then get your ass moving with a non-stop 20 minute body weight workout (beg or advanced). If you hate my examples that’s ok. If running fast is your super power then get a early run in. Do what you love!
The Highly Fit Set Goals
Fitness doesn’t just happen; it is achieved through setting and meeting a series of small, realistic, attainable goals. No, “I want to be a supermodel” is not a small or realistic goal, sorry.
Set a goal that is specific; not “I want to lose weight”, but rather “I want to lose 5 pounds in three weeks”.
Make the goal realistic: If you have never run before, setting a goal to run a marathon next month is not the best idea. Instead, make it a goal to run a 5K. Sharing your goals with others. People who are fit know goals provide the structure and motivation to keep them in great shape. . Try and get others to join you. If they don’t want to then forgetaboutit! Do your own thing!
Quick hit goal setting tips:
One goal at a time dude: Does your nutrition need more attention or is that on point or do you need to focus more on fitting in workouts? Try focusing on one aspect of the health and well-being equation at a time. Once that is dialed in, move on to the next. To many goals can be overwhelming.
30 days minimum: What ever that goal may be try and stick with it for at least 30 days. If you are trying to quite coffee give it a go for 30 days. It typically takes 30 days to start or eliminate a habit. At the end of the 30 days, if you have achieved your goal make sure to reward yourself… BIG TIME! Sh*# can be hard.
People who are highly fit have to work hard, prioritize, eat healthy and set goals. An organized approach to fitness is an easier, more sensible way to ensure you build long lasting health habits! We’ve all got a little superhero in us…. Get ready here is my heart felt moment. Look inside, dig deep, find your super power. Get some!
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