People who are fit are a highly diverse group. They come in all shapes and sizes and from all backgrounds, levels of ability, and a huge range of life experiences. But within all this uniqueness, fit people tend to have the same 5 habits in common. That’s right, habits – not tricks or gimmicks or fads or expensive gear. They are the secret to sustained success and we’d like to share them with you.
THEY HAVE FUN
Fit people find a way to enjoy exercise. Maybe this means they work out with a friend or trainer to help keep them accountable; maybe they’re hitting up group fitness classes or perhaps they’re always switching things up. Whatever it may look like, they’ve found what works for them. They’re doing what they at least like (if not love), and staying fit becomes an added bonus to the movement they enjoy. Try adding some fun (I.e. music, friends, new challenges, etc.) to your workout routine.
That being said, no one is inspired and motivated every single day, so that’s where discipline comes in. When it just isn’t fun, plan to reward your hard work: a well-earned Netflix binge, a fancy coffee, sleeping in the next day, a trip to the spa…this part of the fun is up to you so go for it!
THEY DON’T VIEW EXERCISE AS JUST A MEANS TO LOSE WEIGHT
One of the most important mental shifts you can make in terms of how you view exercise is to detach it from weight loss or permission to eat. Instead, focus on the benefits of regular exercise such as building strength, endurance, and overall longevity. Fit people view exercise as a path to a clear mind, a positive attitude, and a body that’s ready for the activities that make them happy. Overall quality of life becomes what matters, not what the scale says or what you’re now ‘allowed’ to put on your plate.
THEY TRY, TRY AGAIN
Have you ever had a bad week (or two or three) where your motivation just wasn’t there? Or you were travelling or sick or caregiving and your routine fell apart? It happens to us all. But fit people don’t allow this to permanently derail their routine or commitment to their fitness. The following day – or week/month – they rally, get back to it, and don’t lose time beating themselves up.
THEY AVOID JUNK FOOD
Sure, we all splurge now and then on some tasty treats, but fit people tend to keep junk food out of arm’s reach. They don’t stock their cupboards with junk so it’s not on hand even if a craving strikes. Instead, their pantry and fridge is full of fresh fruit, veggies, nuts and other healthy snacks.
THEY PRIORITIZE THEMSELVES AND THEIR FITNESS GOALS
We are all busy. Even more reason to make exercise a priority. Fit people understand that taking time to exercise is also taking ‘me time’ – something we all need – and so they consider exercise to be integral and schedule time for it. The key is that you should treat exercise like you would an appointment or important business trip – it’s not cool to not show up, so show up for yourself.