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.

7 Habits of Highly Fit People

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.

Habits of Highly Fit People

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.

Habits of Fit People

 

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.”

 

 

 

43 thoughts on “7 Habits of Highly Fit People

  1. I love this because it’s all so true! It’s important that you know your limits and that you know when to rest. Real food is important as well. These habits are a must have when you want to live a healthier, more fit life!

  2. I could definitely use some of these habits myself! I’m trying to be healthier and even though I work our and eat pretty well these days, I’m still nowhere near where I want to be but hey, long term goals, right?

  3. These are so true!! I do all of these except the consistency! That what’s a little hard for me sometimes, but it’s a work in progress.

  4. These are so true, and all habits I really need to develop further when it comes to keeping fit.

  5. These sound like some great habits to be in for people who are fit, I am probably completely the opposite, I need to change that.

  6. Ah thanks for sharing these – it is handy to know what habits really fit people have so that I can try and take some on board myself

  7. I love working out but being disciplined and consistent are my main problems. I need to prepare my meals ahead of time so that I won’t eat things I’m not supposed to be eating.

  8. Great post I would like to think I am fit, I exercise regularly and try and eat right but I am not skinny. I will keep alll these ideas in mind for a healthy lifestyle.

  9. Planning ahead is really important when it comes to fitness. This includes meal planning which I do. I’ve been trying to get back in shape this summer and these are all habits that I agree with!

  10. I love this, a couple of my friends were looking at another of my friends on Instagram and said they got down when they saw people like her. It made them feel inadequate. I got quite mad as I said she didn’t get there over night. A lot of determination, time and effort went into her body. People need to be more positive about others and not use it as an excuse to feel sorry for themselves

  11. These are so true. I think it’s really important to have a long term goal and to be very motivated

  12. I would completely agree with all of these points. I’m not very fit but I’m getting there and working towards it! When I follow the lifestyle pointers above, like planning and tracking and keeping my goal in sight, I always achieve so much more! xxx

  13. I love these tips. Being motivated and consistent is definitely a key to being fit. Especially when trying to lose weight. After having a child I regained back my pregnancy weight due to an underlying medical condition and it definitely has been a struggle getting back to where I’ve been wanting to be.

  14. Totally agree, planning ahead, not scales focused and deffo have long term goals 🙂 x

  15. This is all so true! Great article, very helpful actually it’s given my head a wobble on a few points!

  16. This is great to know. While I’m far from highly fit, I really want to make sure I am doing m best and what I can to stay fit!

  17. Saved this post, thank you!
    I am in the process of organizing my health better. These habits are just on time! Glad I’ve found them.

  18. I really need to be more disciplined. I used to exercise all the time, but since my 4 year old stopped sleeping properly 18 months ago I now do none. I’ve plonked on loads of weight and I’m super unhappy. I need to sort things out. And soon!

    Louise x

  19. These are so true and i really need to get away from the numbers game and up my commitment!

  20. I live with one of these people! Whilst I have a lot of admiration it is impossible for two people in a family to live this lifestyle. We can’t both get up and go to the gym before work as one of us has to stay home with the kids and there’s rarely time after work. But hey…I do what I can and I support him in his long term goals!

  21. I struggle with being disciplined and not being worried about the scale:(

  22. This is a fantastic post! I wish I was like this, I need more confidence and motivation in myself!

  23. I have a really hard time with #3. I can only go for about 6 weeks before I get bored and quit.

  24. Awesome and much needed habits if you’re planning to live a healthier life! I think it’s really important that we get used to the habits that you mentioned above, it’s definitely going to improve your life so much more.

  25. I wish I was ‘Highly fit’ but I’m still trying to change my lifestyle and make subtle changes! I’m becoming more of a plan ahead person though which is great in terms of food etc!

  26. This article is a must read. It’s not easy to be fit. This sums up what we need to know on being fit.

  27. This was such a great read and well thought out article. I’m not super healthy or fit but I try to be. These were very helpful and insightful tips as well.

  28. This was so interesting and has given me lots to think about. I love the idea of setting long term goals with short term milestones.

  29. Lots of great tips here. Long term goals are inportant, but it’s good to focus on small goals too.

  30. Oh how I wish I could lump myself into this category. But wanting it is part of getting there eventually, right? All jokes aside, I’m doing so much better making good consistent choices instead of yo-yo dieting with 10 pounds going up and down every other month.

  31. These are all very true. I am working very hard to get bit, but I am telling you it takes a hardcore mindset!

  32. Great points! I think that the ones I struggle with most are consistency and not worrying about the scale.

  33. so so true- I lack many of these abilities unfortunately lol. But when I set my mind to wanting to be fit these traits certainly come out.

  34. I would consider myself one of those highly fit people but I never think of it that way. I run and workout everyday because it keeps me sane haha 🙂

  35. These are really, really good tips. I have a dear friend who personifies EVERY SINGLE THING on this list – she is such an inspiration.

  36. The first 4 rules apply to any successful people! Once you set a certain goal and make a plan, you just have to follow it.
    Regarding being fit – rest and good food are vital.

  37. I think these rule apply to people who have already lost weight and achieved their goal target in a short-term target! nonetheless this is absolutely true! once you reach a certain goal, you then just aim for the future, not the present!

  38. I absolutely loved this article such a good informative and inspiring post. It’s all very true and so important to remember when you want to stay fit x

  39. I think I’m a lil far away from all these habits.I will work towards making these habits a part of me cos I really want to be highly fit.This is such a good post.Thanks for sharing.

  40. These are definitely true! My Brother in law is very fit and I know he does all of them! Now for me…

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