For many, living a healthy and active lifestyle comes as natural as waking up in the morning; however, for some it is not that easy. For those people looking to lose weight or get healthier, it’s important to make this change gradually by introducing good habits slowly over time. Going on a short drastic “crash diet” is not the answer, because although you will lose weight by following these no carb, high protein, low calorie diets; it is not a realistic lifestyle change or something you can stick to long-term. That is exactly what you need to get fit, lose weight, and become healthier: A LIFESTYLE CHANGE! Developing good habits and trashing the bad can be difficult, but practice makes perfect so allow your body to adjust naturally and you will find it becomes easier and almost automatic to stick to these good habits.
“slow and steady wins the race!”
Here are 5 top habits of fit people that you can begin to follow in your own life to become more fit and healthy:
1. Schedule It In: Just as you would schedule dinner dates, hair and nail appointments, or guys/girls night out; your workouts should be scheduled also. I always say you make time for what’s important to you, there are 24 hours in a day and no one is too busy to get at least 15 minutes of physical activity in each day.
2. Find Workouts You Enjoy: Workouts should be an enjoyable experience and never feel like a chore. Fit people make a point to find a workout they enjoy so they will look forward to it each day and be less likely to skip workouts. It’s all in the mindset, be sure to take a mental note of how great you feel during/post-workout and then recall that feeling as motivation to do it again the next day.
3. Prepare Meal Plans & Think Ahead: Fit people do not use food as an excuse, as they always stock their fridges and pantries with healthy foods to avoid temptation. Carrying healthy snacks is also a great habit to avoid curing a grumbling stomach when out and about with unhealthy fast food options.
4. Prioritize: Everyone uses the “I’m too busy excuse” when it comes to avoiding exercise; however, I believe if you make exercise a priority, then you will find time to squeeze it in your schedule. Even if it means going for a quick 20 minute walk when you get home from work or waking up 15 minutes earlier each morning to get in a quick living room workout.
5. Know Your Weakness: Everyone has a certain food that makes them weak, no matter how fit or how healthy they are. For me, it’s any kind of soft-baked chocolate chip cookie; however, the answer is not having them anywhere near me. It is important to know your weakness and do not have it in the house, if you are willing to get in the car and drive all the way to the store just for a cookie then do it on occasion, but indulge in moderation people!
Email Michelle@CORE-Condition.com for more information about how to adapt good habits into your own lifestyle and trash the bad habits.
Michelle Roots BA KIN, CSCS, PES