Let’s face it, staying healthy and fit takes work. The goal isn’t just to look fit, it’s to be fit.
Here are 8 things that fit people do everyday:
1. They stick to their plan
Who wouldn’t love to come home from a long day of work and watch a marathon of their favorite TV show? The Fit make exercise a high priority and stick to their guns. Try this; when you get home from work change immediately into your workout gear. Avoid sitting on the couch or lying down and begin your workout immediately. Whether you’re streaming your workout or plan to hit the road again on your way to the gym just keep moving before your mind has an opportunity to talk you out of it. Another option is to workout first thing in the morning before your body knows what’s going on!
2. They sleep
Sleep can reenergize and reinvigorate you. That’s no surprise, but research shows that sleep can also control your diet. Cutting back on sleep has shown increased feelings of hunger, less satisfaction after meals, and a lack of energy to exercise thus causing a reduction of fat loss in comparison to well rested individuals.
3. They mix up their routine
Mixing up your routine nixes the boredom that comes with moving on an elliptical for 30 minutes every day. Do yoga one day, interval training the next, and strength training the following day. If your fitness routine doesn’t bore you, you’re more likely to stick to it.
4. They focus on the feeling
Working out isn’t always fun while you’re doing it, but the endorphin high you get after — or the myriad other benefits, like a sound night of sleep and positive body image are.
5. They eat real food
The Fit aim to eat food that is as close to nature as possible and drastically limit processed foods. It’s a process that doesn’t just happen overnight. Don’t swear off certain food groups. You’ll be miserable, binge, feel bad, and then swear off all that food AGAIN and the cycle will repeat and you’ll feel worse every time! Increase your lean protein intake and work to integrate more fruits and vegetables into every meal a little more every day.
6. They reduce alcohol intake
While hitting up happy hour multiple times a week or a bottle of wine consumed every weekend sounds great, it hinders your athletic performance for up to 48 hours after. It also reduces your endurance, impacts recovery time, causes dehydration, and lowers your food inhibitions making it much more likely to binge eat.
7. They exercise even if it’s only for 15 minutes
A short routine is better than nothing and fit people know this. You don’t need to spend an hour on a workout to reap the benefits of exercise. Not sure what to do?
8. They move everyday
The Fit are not afraid to move! They park farther away, skip the elevator, and when sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day, they get up to move every 30-45 minutes. If you can’t possibly bare to get to the gym after work, just 5-10 minutes of exercise can help you get moving.