You’ve all heard that being fit is all about the lifestyle and not the quick fix. Last week we talked about building the momentum that will ultimately drive you to your goals. We talked about how it can become so easy to forget what it’s like to be (and to feel) fit and healthy. So today, we’ll practice a little visualization. What are the biggest things you notice about those around you (fit and unfit) and those closest to you? Can you pick up on some of the subtle differences in lifestyle and maybe begin to draw some connections or correlations? So, I ask you again…
What do fit people do?
- They See Each Day with Perspective
Fail to meet your fitness goals today? Move on.Tomorrow is another day to make better, smarter decisions. When you wake up, rededicate yourself to your fitness goals by thinking about and harnessing your true motivation. After all, you can’t change what you did yesterday. All you can control is right now. So get to it! Each decision, each minute, each bite of food, is a chance to hit the reset.
- They Know Their Bodies
When you finish a workout, you should feel good. If you don’t, then something needs to change. Either your diet or routine is throwing you off. Healthy people know how everything they do affects their body and they take steps to avoid those things that make them not feel and perform their best. Learn how your body responds and care for it accordingly.
- They Find Ways around the Reasons
If you’ve ever wondered why you can’t quite get there, it may be your proclivity for caving under pressure. And that pressure may be self-induced. Extra fit people do not give into the excuses for why they shouldn’t exercise. Quite the contrary. They are continually finding reasons why they should hit the gym and find pockets of time to do it—even if the trip to the gym is shorter than usual. HIIT anyone?
- They Eat and Sleep Well
Study after study has shown the benefit of eating whole, unprocessed foods. It provides energy and strength, helps you feel full throughout the day, and makes your time in the gym as fruitful as possible. Getting good sleep is equally as important, as it keeps all your bodily systems in rhythm. Put these two key activities together and you’re well on your way to optimal fitness.
- They Track Progress
For some, keeping tabs on health progress is about as exciting as watching paint dry. Once you get into the routine, however, you will become a believer in the power of tracking your progress. Tracking serves to both reward and motivate you, as you see that the countless hours in the gym and smart food choices lead to a healthier weight and greater strength—a.k.a. better overall fitness and health. As Michele phrased it today at the nutrition workshop..if you don’t track and hold yourself accountable, your body will certainly keep track of all of your decisions for you…and you may not like it!
- They Think during Exercise
It can be easy to mindlessly run on a treadmill at the gym if you’re not careful. Just remember that constantly motivated people don’t do such a thing. They’re very intentional about everything they do at the gym. This means if you want to be fit, even in a class setting, you should put some brainpower into what you’re working on and how you perform each repetition. This allows you to get the maximum benefit from your gym time and reduces the risk of injury.
- They Lean on a Trainer
There is always room to grow and there should always be room for education. If you’ve never given personal training a try, you’d be amazed at how much we cover and how much we can open your eyes to, almost right away. For us, it’s not just about the workout, it’s about setting you up for that long term success. It’s about managing your entire health and wellness program, inside the gym and out.