10 Habits To Stay Fit
So…October is here and probably you’re feeling healthy and confident about your fitness training so far, since the Summer has gone and you don’t need to wear your bikini on the weekends. Now, is when you really need to keep your goals and focus on. This is your most important moment, right before you’re starting to feel comfortable with your body, or when you think you don’t need to do anything else. Is now time to turn your healthy or fitness routine into real habits that will stick forever. Today I’m going to share the 10 most common habits to stay fit!
Incorporate these habits into your own life, and you will find that staying fit just becomes a part of your daily lifestyle!
1. EXERCISE. Even if you only have 15 minutes to do it. A short gym routine is better than nothing if you’re really strapped for time or just plain exhausted. If you don’t have time to get to your gym but have 15 minutes before you have to shower to go meet your friends for dinner. Do squats and jumps.
2. GET A FITNESS TRACKER. They’re not cheap, plan to invest around $100 to $130, but they really do make you walk more, especially if you’re the type of person motivated by goals. You’d be surprised how little you walk in a day if you have a desk job. You’re supposed to walk 10,000 steps a day so keep yourself moving!
3. MIX YOUR ROUTINE. Do Yoga one day, interval training the next, and a light jog the following day, even try to do Zumba if you want new dancing moves and always the barre burn. If your fitness routine doesn’t bore you, you’re more likely to stick to it. So keep them coming!
4. PURPOSE. Don’t wait for an occasion to get in shape. If you only rush to the gym six weeks before you have a tight dress to wear to a party, or your wedding or somebody else’s wedding. You’ll kill yourself trying to meet unrealistic goals and feel miserable and down on yourself and be no fun at all. Then when it’s all over, of course you won’t want to go back to working out! Fitness is a lifestyle, not an exercise in vanity.
5. EAT REAL FOOD. 70% of your health and fitness goals is due to food. Don’t swear off alcohol, sweets or breads. You’ll be miserable and binge and feel bad, and then swear off all that food again and the cycle will repeat and you’ll feel worse every time! Don’t do it. Eat everything in moderation and also plan your meals in advance, even just one meal per day, can make it easier and less stressful to eat healthy.
6. LESS DRINKS. Keep weeknight drinking to a minimum. Weekdays are exhausting enough without alcohol. If you get smashed on Tuesday, you’re less likely to get up in time for your 7:30 barre class on Wednesday or even Thursday, studies suggest a night of drinking can make women sleepy in the days following. So drinking on a weeknight can really sap your energy level for the rest of the week, especially if you don’t have time to make up for lost sleep.
7. FOCUS on how you want to feel rather than how you want to look. Working out leads to increased energy and good vibrations all around. Focus on feeling good rather than looking good and you’ll see results quickly. If you feel like you just can’t bear to go to the gym, just plan to do five minutes of exercise once you get there. Instead of skipping a workout, focus on how great you’ll feel after. Working out isn’t always fun while you’re doing it, but the endorphin high you get after are.
8. WORKOUT at home if you can’t get to a gym. If you have cable, it probably comes with a whole slew of secret workout classes you can do on-demand. This is a great option for when you want to be active but don’t want to leave your house. Get a bright pink workout mat and have fun. Exercise when you’re sore. Don’t do intense weightlifting by any means, but a light jog or brisk walk as part of an “active recovery” can help alleviate sore muscles more quickly than sitting on your duff doing nothing.
9. GOALS. Set specific goals and strategies the more detailed your daily goals and plans, the better. An English study on women enrolled in a weight loss program asked half of their subjects to write down their strategies for managing temptation. For example, when sugar cravings strike, I will make a cup of tea. After two months, those women had lost twice as much weight as women in a control group, who did not write their strategies down.
9. SLEEP. The more you work out, the more you’ll want to get a good night’s sleep, so it’s a self-perpetuating cycle. But if you’re crashing at midnight and trying to get to a 7 a.m. yoga class, you’re not exactly setting yourself up for making it there.