7 Habits of Highly Fit People

September 7, 2013 — Leave a comment

Lots of people ask me how to quickly and easily get fit. While I know  they are hoping for a simple answer, the reality is that getting and  staying fit is a lifestyle, not a quick fix.

So what do fit people do in their “healthy lifestyle”? Take a peek with the following 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 the above with fresh  fruit, veggies, nuts and other healthy whole foods 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 is scheduled around their workout time.

Treat exercise time with the same importance that you would a business meeting or trip to the dentist.

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. Yes, 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 while exercising, 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 just 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. And 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 plenty of it 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 is 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.

I hope that these habits have inspired you to make a change for the fitter in your own life.

If you already do some of these habits then congratulations – you are  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.

Now get going and start working on these habits.




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