7 Habits of Highly Fit People
Lots of people ask me how to get fit quickly and easily. While I know they’re hoping for a simple answer, the reality is that getting and staying fit is a lifestyle, not a quick fix.
So what does a fit person’s healthy lifestyle look like? Take a peek. Here are the 7 Habits of Highly Fit People:
Habit #1: They Don’t Buy Junk
Fit people know that if they keep junk food in the house it will land on their waist sooner or later. So they don’t buy any. Even buying junk food for your kids or spouse is not advised since 1) you’ll likely eat some of it eventually, and 2) your loved ones shouldn’t be eating that junk either. It’s called junk for a reason.
Rid your home of chips, cookies, candy, baked goods, pre-packaged snacks and anything else that belongs in a vending machine. Replace it with fresh fruit, veggies, nuts and other whole-food snacks.
Habit #2: They Have Priorities
Fit people make exercise a priority. Along with keeping a job, paying the bills and going to the doctor, exercise is an important part of their lives. What I’ve found is that fit people put exercise before leisure time. Sure, fit people enjoy leisure, but it’s scheduled around their workout time.
Treat exercise time with the same importance that you would a business meeting or trip to the dentist. Add your workouts to your calendar as an important event/meeting you can’t miss. Then treat it the same way and make the most out of your time at your workout.
Habit #3: They Stop When Full
Fit people stop eating when they feel full. Sound simple? It is, but how many times have you stuffed yourself simply to clear your plate? Or how many times have you eaten another piece of cake despite being stuffed?
The next time you feel full, take it as a sign to stop eating — even if your plate isn’t empty.
Habit #4: They Push Themselves
Not only do fit people make time to go to the gym, they challenge themselves during each workout. While it is easy to simply go through the motions, you’re cheating your body out of great results when you don’t push yourself. Exercise should make you sweat, make your muscles burn, and leave you with a feeling of accomplishment.
Find ways to make each workout more challenging. For competitive people, the best way to push yourself is to exercise with a friend of similar strength. Another great way to challenge yourself is to set small, attainable goals. These goals could be to push heavier weight, to sprint longer, or to do cardio at a higher intensity setting.
Habit #5: They Don’t Eat and Watch
Fit people know that eating in front of the T.V. is mindless eating. When your attention is on your entertainment and not on your food, then you’ll be less tuned in to what and how much ends up in your mouth. Eating in front of the T.V. is also very habit-forming. Ever notice how you crave munchies simply as a reflex of sitting in front of the T.V.?
Eat before or after your entertainment and pay attention to what and how much goes into your mouth.
Habit #6: They Drink Water
Fit people drink lots of water — not just in addition to other beverages, but instead of them. Water is their main drink, while other drinks are occasional treats. Calorie-filled drinks are one of the quickest ways to consume excess calories, which quickly turn into fat. Consider water your beverage of choice. Drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water each day, and drink other beverages only a few times each week.
Habit #7: They Are Supported
Fit people don’t leave their motivation to chance. They know that if their personal trainer, boot camp instructor or workout partner is waiting for them, then they are less likely to skip a workout. It’s so easy to hit “snooze” or to talk yourself out of the gym as soon as your behind hits the couch after work. Fit people take the option of skipping out of the equation.
Make the Habits Yours
If you already practice some of these habits, then congratulations – you’re on your way to a better body. Make an effort to incorporate the rest of the habits to take your results to the next level.
If none (or very few) of these habits describe your lifestyle, then I’ve got good news – you now have 7 effective new habits to start that will get you some awesome results. Don’t try to tackle all 7 at once! Pick one or two to add each week and gradually work up to all 7.
3 Anti-Fitness Habits
On the other hand, there are habits will result in weight gain faster than you can say “whoops, I’m fat again.” Break the following three habits quickly, or pay the price in tubbiness.
- Drinking Calories. Soda pop, coffee drinks, smoothies and fruit juices are filled with calories. Since liquids won’t give you a full feeling, the calories in these drinks slide to your hips unnoticed by your stomach. Stick with water to avoid extra calories. Spice things up by switching out your water with caffeine-free herbal tea (either iced or hot).
- Avoiding Exercise. Skipping the gym day after day, week after week, and month after month will lead to muscle loss and a reduced metabolism. Exercise 3-5 days per week to keep your muscles strong and metabolism high.
- Eating a Heavy Dinner. Eating a heavy dinner sets you up for weight gain. Instead of eating the majority of your calories late in the day, spread it out over the entire day.