21 Daily Habits That Fit People Live By And You Can Too

Being fit and getting into your best shape isn’t something that you can do on a crash-diet or an occasional workout. It requires consistency. You have to follow a healthy lifestyle where everyday habits will help in keeping you fit in the long run. This is what fit people do.

Here are 21 habits fit people live by and you can too!

  1. Hydrate

Drink water first thing in the morning. Keep yourself hydrated throughout the day. Water helps in cleansing the body of toxins, increasing energy and also in regulating the metabolism.

  1. Walk

You will notice that people who are always in good shape are quite active, even if it is just walking. Try to walk as much as you can. Walk to work; if your office is too far away, walk to the subway. Make it a habit to walk if you are talking on the phone. (Don’t cross the road while you are on the phone). Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Walk around the office when you feel like taking a break from your desk.

  1. Green tea

Whenever you feel like reaching for caffeine, opt for green tea instead. It is far healthier and packed with antioxidants. Learn about health benefits of green tea here.

  1. Never skip breakfast

Fit people never skip breakfast because they know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and they treat it as such. Eat a healthy and full breakfast. It will help kick start your metabolism and prevent unnecessary snacking throughout the day. Find 10 healthy recipes to kick start your day here.

  1. Avoid sugar. Opt for natural sweeteners

Avoid sugar as much as you can. It provides empty calories and is detrimental to your health. Use natural sweeteners like honey or stevia instead. They are good for your health.

  1. No binge-eating, emotional eating

You will rarely see fit people eating more than they need to. They don’t use late-nights and emotional situations as excuses for over-eating.

  1. Pre-plan meals

People in great shape always take control of what they eat. Plan your meals for the week. This way you are less likely to go off-course.

  1. Cooking at home

Fit people try to cook at home as much as possible because they know eating out is always a risk when it comes to keeping fit. When you cook at home, you tend to choose healthier options and are in better control of what goes on your plate.

  1. Small, frequent meals

Instead of large meals, eat small, frequent meals. It keeps your metabolism running and curbs hunger pangs. But make sure that these meals consist of healthy foods.

  1. Workout

This point is quite obvious. The most important thing is to workout consistently. On days you don’t feel like working out, even if you squeeze in only 15 minutes of physical exercise that day it is still better than skipping your workout altogether.

  1. Sleep

Men and women in great shape always try to get a full night’s sleep. It will help your body repair itself well and helps keep you energized throughout the day. When you are unable to get a good 7-8 hours sleep, you feel lethargic in the morning. It leads to skipping workouts, eating sugary treats and drinking caffeine for an energy boost; all of which ruin your fitness goals.

  1. Outdoors, Active lifestyle – cycling, hiking, surfing, etc

One of the habits of fit people is to spend their leisure time outdoors. Engage in active lifestyle. Go for cycling, hiking, surfing or simply running. The more you enjoy your time outdoors the more you will be consistent with such activities.

  1. Mix up workouts

The best way to be regular at the gym is to not let it get boring. Mix up your workouts. Don’t just only do typical weights and cardio every day. Mix it up every other day with yoga or Pilates or zumba.

  1. Healthy snacks

Keep healthy snacks handy, like fruits, nuts, veggie, wrap, etc. Prepare snacks at home instead of buying them. This way you choose what does or doesn’t go in your snack.

  1. Indulge sometimes

Following a strictly healthy diet where you are completely deprived of treats is difficult. So fit people designate cheat days. Pick one day in a week when you can indulge in what you want to eat. Make sure to control the quantity of this treat so you don’t go off-track. You can try the 80/20 diet where you eat healthy stuff 80% of the time and you get to cheat for the remaining 20%. Learn more about the 80/20 diet here.

  1. Picky when eating out

Staying fit means being picky about what you eat especially when you are eating out. Watch your portions. Be aware of the sauces you are served or the amount of cheese in your meal. Be choosy with what you eat but let your company eat what they want. Nobody wants to be criticized for their eating choices just because you decided to get fit.

  1. Exercise as a lifestyle

Don’t treat exercise like a chore. Create a lifestyle around exercise. Don’t skip workouts just because you feel like it. Go outdoors for physical exercise.

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  1. Tribe

People in great shape aren’t always doing it all by themselves. They have a tribe they depend on. It could be a group that you workout with or a friend or sibling or spouse. Working out with someone is easier than doing it by yourself and definitely more fun.

  1. Goals

Define your fitness goals. Do you want to lose some weight? Do you want more defined muscles? Are you looking to build more body strength? Whatever it is put a number or timeline to your goal and then work towards it. Goals are important for consistency and motivation.

  1. General nutritional knowledge

Fit people are usually aware of nutritional information. Learn about what your food contains. Having nutritional knowledge helps in making better eating decisions.

  1. Eat early at night, no late-night binge-eating

You should preferably eat by 7pm. Don’t even enter your kitchen after that. This gives your body plenty of time to digest food before you hit the bed. Don’t eat late at night. It upsets your digestion and metabolism. Late-night binge equals bulge.

 

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2018-05-21T08:48:10+00:00 Health & Fitness|