Sometimes when we try to do something new we look at those that have succeeded before us. A great example of this is when you are trying to get fit.
I find that there are lots of tips and information that is true but also much that is contradictory.
The best thing to do is to try and follow a few very strong rules that people that are successful are already following and then just build up from there. So here are 10 habits of super fit people that will give you a great base to start with.
10 Habits Of Super Fit People
1. Sleep well and wake up naturally. Many fit people arise without an alarm clock feeling energized, rested and hungry. They have set fitness goals and a plan to achieve them.
People who are fit fall asleep easier, have more quality sleep and require less sleep than someone who is unfit. Lack of sleep is strongly associated with obesity. Sleeping helps the body repair, rebuild and recover.
2. Get prepared. Super fit people are organized so that they do not have to think about what it will take to get going for food or exercise. They will pack their gym bags the night before, have clothes laid out for exercise, toiletries packed for a shower, clothes for work and an appointment in their planner for physical activity.
They regard their workout appointments as highly as any other business or social commitment.
3. Exercise in the morning. Morning exercisers have the highest compliance rates and are more likely to stick to their program. As the day passes, they have a feeling of accomplishment and pride which is reflected in their food choices, behavior and stress management.
Morning exercise is the best way to start your day and ultimately influence many other positive decisions throughout your day.
4. Plan meals. People who are fit and lean have set eating times, plan their meals around their workouts and know what they are going to eat and when. Initially it takes a little work to figure out healthy meals and snacks, but they do not leave eating to chance.
Finding yourself headed to the buffet or driving through for fast food in a famished state is a formula for disaster.
5. Rebound from setbacks Fit people cope with setbacks. They do not let one missed workout turn into two or three. They get right back to their next workout and use the added rest to work even harder. They also don’t let one slice of pizza or cake derail their efforts.
They move on to the next healthy meal knowing they exercise, sleep and eat well so they can have the occasional indulgence or missed workout without it effecting them negatively.
6. Make lasting lifestyle and behavioral changes. Fit people have become fit over time, not over night. They empower themselves with information about fitness and eating, and adopt one new habit at a time until it’s no longer something they work on, but instead something that is part of their daily routine.
7. Separate the psychology of success from self-help snake oil. People who are fit do not fall prey to the quick magical ‘solutions’ to health and wellness. They know living longer, stronger, leaner years is a lifelong process, and they reap the benefits daily.
They know if it sounds too good to be true, it is.
8. Lose and keep it off. Fit people know dieting alone is not enough to achieve long-term fat loss. Exercise plays a large part in keeping pounds off.
With regular exercise, they are likely to keep the off for life.
9. Use positive self talk. People who are fit use positive self-talk. They don’t beat themselves up with negative sayings such as ‘I am fat,’ or ‘I am lazy.’ Instead, they say ‘I am strong,’ ‘I am powerful,’ ‘I nourish my body’ and ‘I am thankful to be moving my body.’
10. Set and accomplish goals. Fit people have a realistic goal in mind when they train. For some, it’s being a certain size or having a particular waste measurement. For others, it’s competing in an event or fund raiser that is near to their heart, like walking for breast cancer or cycling for leukemia.
When one goal is accomplished, another is set and there is a deliberate plan to achieve the result.