Do you ever look at someone you know and think "I wish I could just eat like they do, and then I'd be in shape" or "I just don't have time to workout like they do..." or any other line to explain why things are out of your control?
Truly, the majority of healthy people didn't get that way by chance. They also didn't get that way by doing 1000 different things that all add up to what you see. In reality, healthy people tend to follow a few specific guidelines well, and simply repeat them over and over again. That's what leads to the results. Consistency pays off in the end, always. Just like if you wanted to get really good at a particular skill, you have to practice. Take any sport for example, anyone who is very good at a particular sport has spent countless hours practicing and refining their craft. It's the same with health and fitness. When you continue to put in the effort, the results pay off.
So what is it that people do to see success? Here are my five habits to get you started:
1. Eat Healthy
Cliche lines don't get to be that way unless they are true. "You are what you eat". It doesn't get more true than that. Our body literally uses the nutrients from the foods we eat to replenish. What we eat and drink has a direct and indirect effect on how we look, how we feel, what our energy level is, the list goes on. Do yourself a favor and start putting good foods into your body if you aren't already.
2. Set Goals & Record Them
I have found that it is much easier for clients and even myself to stay consistent when there is a tangible goal we are working toward. Exercising just to exercise is great, but when there is something out there motivating you, it's just easier - we have a purpose. It doesn't matter how big or how small - make a goal, write it down and work toward it.
3. Exercise often
Is this even really a question? Do you know any in shape person that does not do some form of exercise? I doubt it. You don't have to run marathons, or be a bodybuilder or athlete, but you do have to exercise. If you want to be able to enjoy the backyard games with your kids, go on hiking vacations with your family or just feel better, you just have to do it. Aim for at least 20-30+ minutes a day of things that you enjoy.
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4. Create a Routine
Once you find what works for you the next part is easy. R-E-P-E-A-T. Ideally you find a routine that gives you balance and works with your current place in life. Time for exercise, time for food preparation, time for social interaction, sleep, etc. Find the things that you want to do, schedule them out and create a roadmap to your routine.
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5. Know When to Relax
Sometimes we just have to chill. This has been by far the hardest part for me to grasp. I have a tendency to "burn the candle at both ends" as my mom tells me, and she's totally right. However, the veterans of this healthy lifestyle know when to pump the brakes, and relax when necessary. The easiest way for me to make sure this happens, is to schedule it in my routine. We need time to rest our body and let it recover, just like we need time to turn off our mind and let it rest.
Am I always perfect with these 5 habits? Of course not! But that's not the point. Perfection is not realistic. What is realistic is to consistently put yourself in a good situation to live the lifestyle you want to live. These five things will give you a better chance to do that.
So start today.