Many people ask us how to quickly and easily get fit. While we know they are hoping for a simple answer, the reality is that getting and staying fit is a complete lifestyle overhaul, not a quick fix that can be done by adding in a few fitness classes a week.
Sure, fitness plays a huge role but truly fit people do a lot more. As we always say at Fuse, there’s 168 hours in every week so a complete lifestyle transformation is mandatory to get the best results possible.
So what do fit people do in their “healthy lifestyle”? Take a peek with the following 7 Habits of Highly Fit People…
Fit Habit #1: They do NOT Have Junk In Their Kitchen
Fit people know that if they keep junk food in the house they will eat it sooner or later. So they don’t buy any. Even buying junk food for your kids or spouse is not advised since 1) you’ll likely eat some of it eventually, and 2) your loved ones shouldn’t be eating that junk either. It’s called junk for a reason.
Rid your home of chips, cookies, candy, baked goods, pre-packaged snacks and anything else that belongs in a vending machine. Replace the above with fresh fruit, veggies, nuts and other healthy whole foods snacks.
If you love burritos, pizza and hamburgers you can choose a clean version that kicks out the processed foods and adds whole foods:)
Fit Habit #2: They Have Priorities
Fit people make exercise a priority. Along with keeping a job, paying the bills and going to the doctor, exercise is an important part of their lives. What we’ve found at Fuse is that fit people put exercise before leisure time. Sure, fit people enjoy leisure time, but it is scheduled around or with their workout.
Treat exercise time with the same importance that you would a business meeting or a day trip to Kennywood with the family.
Fit Habit #3: They Stop When Full
Fit people stop eating when they feel full. Sound simple? It is, but how many times have you stuffed yourself simply to clear your plate? Or how many times have you eaten another piece of cake despite being stuffed?
The next time you feel full, take it as a sign to stop eating. Yes, even if your plate isn’t empty.
Fit Habit #4: They Train With A PURPOSE
Some people still believe that all workout options are equal in their effectiveness. This actually couldn’t be further from the truth. That would be like saying all food options are basically the same, which we all know is untrue. Getting the human body fatigued and sweaty is very easy so you can’t use fatigue and sweat as a good indicator of an effective workout, which is very surprising to most people.
A better indicator of success is being assessed by a fitness professional before and after 4-6 weeks of training. At Fuse we often check for mobility, flexibility, strength, endurance and several other key areas. We’re so serious about assessing people we’ve actually turned all of our warm ups into abbreviated fitness screens that allow us to check several key areas like ankle, hip and shoulder mobility.
If you’re not being assessed you truly have no idea what has improved and what has stayed the same. Fit people know their bodies because they’ve been properly assessed.
Fit Habit #5: They Don’t Eat and Watch
Fit people know that eating in front of the T.V. is mindless eating. When your attention is on your entertainment and not on your food, then you’ll be less tuned in to what and how much ends up in your mouth. Eating in front of the T.V. is also very habit forming. Ever notice how you crave munchies just as a reflex of sitting in front of the T.V.?
Eat before or after your entertainment and pay attention to what and how much goes into your mouth.
Fit Habit #6: They Drink Water
Fit people drink lots of water. And not just in addition to other beverages, but instead of them. Water is their main drink, while other drinks are occasional treats. Calorie-filled drinks are one of the quickest ways to consume excess calories which quickly turn into fat.
Consider water your beverage of choice. Drink plenty of it each day and drink other beverages only a few times each week.
Fit Habit #7: They Are Supported
Most fit people don’t leave their motivation to chance. They know that if their personal trainer or workout partner is waiting for them, then they are less likely to skip a workout. It is so easy to hit snooze or to talk yourself out of the gym as soon as your behind hits the couch after work. Fit people take the option of skipping out of the equation.
While there are more than these 7 key habits these should be enough to get you started!
If you would like a professional fitness assessment, the Fuse team will be doing 5 complimentary fitness assessments until the end of July. Simply email the Fuse team at info@FuseFitnessStudio.com to reserve yours.