Being highly fit is not about having great genes as most people often assume. Staying fit takes hard work, discipline, dedication, and consistency, among other things. As one who has been super fit before, I know what it takes to get there. I also keep the company of the highly fit and as well have interviewed and worked with a few of the fit peeps on this blog. These 7 habits of highly fit people are habits you too can add to your lifestyle.
The 7 Habits of Highly Fit People
Habit #1: They Have Long Term Goals
Fit people do not have short term fitness goals, they have long term goals. Highly fit people lay out long-term goals for themselves and focus on accomplishing them one stride at a time. Fit people do not train because they have just booked a vacation to Hawaii and want to look great on the beach. The fit men and women we so often admire do not train in order to fit into a sexy dress they just bought neither do they exercise because there is a reunion coming up. Fit people have life goals. They want to look good and feel great all the time. For life.
Most of us do not seem to ever reach our fitness goals because we are either short sighted on what we want to achieve or have set unrealistic goals. If you aspire to lead a fit life, set long term goals with short term milestones, stating clearly where you want to see yourself with each stride.
Habit #2: They Plan Ahead
Fit people do not just wake up and decide to eat a salad on a certain day or go to the gym that week. Everything they do is as a result of the goals they have set out and adhering to a solid plan to meet the goals.
Men and women who lead fit lifestyles prepare their meals way ahead of time. They write down a shopping list of the food items they require, do grocery shopping and set aside time to cook and store away the meals. Most fit people I know usually prep their meals a week in advance, including snacks.
One of the habits of highly fit people is that they also plan their workouts in advance, switching things up from time to time.
If you would like to get started on planning ahead, get yourself a notebook and write down your fitness plans preferably for the week, smash them and repeat the process. Even better read up on these free workout programs for beginners or check out these highly recommended YouTube workout channels.
Habit #3: They Are Disciplined and Consistent
Life is busy. We all know this and sometimes go through situations that make it difficult for us to stick to our fitness goals. Fitness enthusiasts also experience the ups and downs and the crazy demands that come with life. However, that doesn’t make them continuously skip on their training or indulge in munching pizza just because they are having a bad day. Highly fit people do not toss away their prepped meals in order to eat junk food like many of us do when we get emotional. These people understand their WHY and this helps them to stay disciplined and focus on the bigger picture during stressful situations.
You see you can plan all your workouts and prepare your meals in advance all you want but if are not consistent with working out and eating right, it all means nothing. Consistency and self-control are essential to staying fit.
Do not go with the flow, learn to hammer your fitness goals no matter what is sitting in front of you.
Habit #4: They Know the Importance of Rest
Highly fit people appreciate the importance of giving the body the recommended 8 hours of sleep. They know that without proper rest, they would struggle with energy levels during the day ahead and worse still, they wouldn’t have the buzz to push through the workouts at the day’s end. Fitness people also know that tissue repair and muscle growth occurs during those precious hours of sleep.
You too should, therefore, adopt healthy sleeping habits in order to benefit fully from a fit life.
Habit #5: They Are Not Obsessed With the Numbers on the Scale
Fit people don’t obsess about the scale. Unlike you and me, they do not get in a frenzy when the numbers on the scale do not badge because they go with how the clothes actually fit than what the scale is saying. Highly fit people know for a fact that the statement ‘muscle weighs more than fat’ is complete dosh but do understand that muscle is denser than fat and muscle occupies less space than fat does.
You should let this habit rub off on you a bit if you want the fit bod. Ignore your bathroom scale for a while and rather just measure your inches with a tape measure and see how less stressed you will become.
Habit #6: They Track Everything
Among other habits of highly fit people is that they do not work on assumption when it comes to meeting the set goals. They keep tabs on the meals they are consuming and mostly track their macros (fats, protein, and carbs). We often get confused about portion sizes thus when you are just starting out on your fitness journey, it is advisable to weigh your food so that you have a clear idea about portion sizes.
There are so many apps out there that you too can use to help you. I would suggest checking out apps and websites such MyFitnessPal, IIFYM and Eat this much when it comes to tracking food. Alternatively, you can go old school and just track using a notebook.
Fit people also keep track on their workouts to see how well they are progressing. Those who lift weights, track how many reps, sets and how much weight they lifted. My favourite app for this is the BodySpace app. Runners too, track how far and fast they ran using running apps and sometimes fitness trackers.
Habit #7: They Eat Real Food
Fit people do not eat food that looks like food. They understand that staying fit and healthy is about 80% nutrition and 20% exercise, which is why they eat real food.
One of the solid habits of highly fit people is that they eat whole and highly nutritious foods, not processed foods. Fitness enthusiasts prepare their meals in advance, they do not rely on ready to eat meals or other processed things.
Incorporate these 7 habits of highly fit people into your life one step at a time slowly. Do not do everything at once. You will be overwhelmed and soon give up.
Remember what you want to accomplish, be consistent and build on it. As Aristotle said: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”