Top 10 Healthy Habits of a successfully FIT person
Let’s get real. Think about the people you know that you consider fit or healthy. What about people you feel are successful at healthy habits. Think about some of their characteristics when it comes to food, exercise, healthy habits. When I think of the successfully fit people I personally look up to or people who helped me along my fitness journey I think of healthy habits, consistency, discipline, daily routines, nutrition experts, sacrifice, moderation, empowerment. These are all characteristics that I strive for in myself as well, but lets get real, creating and living in a life of healthy habits is hard to live by. It takes time. I would say there are some people who are born driven, but for most people, it takes a daily surrender to a permanent decision and a daily reminder of the permanent commitment you have made to be a successfully fit person. This goes for many areas of your life, but today we will focus on health.
This is where my health and fitness coaching comes into play. I LOVE taking those who feel helpless to feel empowered, those just on the edge of meeting their goals to completely ROCK and surpass their own dreams, those just needing tips and that little extra push. Healthy Habits are possible, however may seem impossible if you are trying to get there alone.
Developing these healthy habits can truly change your life.
Take 1-2 at a time and strive to work on them. Over time begin to adapt each and create YOUR healthy habits and become the successfully fit person YOU were created to be.
Fitness personality Chalene Johnson, www.chalenejohnson.com, recommends these habits to become successfully fit!
10 healthy habits of FIT people.
1. Stick to the same menu:
Fit people don’t eat a huge variety of foods. In real, every-day life, find choices that work, that you like and that you can look forward to. I don’t think it is realistic to have multiple “healthy” options. Enjoy certain foods in moderation, but find one or two options you love.
2. Start your day with fuel:
You know how they say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day? The studies support it. People who maintain a healthy weight start off with lean protein. Find a protein source you can live with and keep it simple. Ex: Shakeology, eggs, lean meat, Greek yogurt. On top of this, working out first thing raises your energy for the day and eliminates afternoon excuses.
3. Drink water:
There is no alternative for pure, fresh clean water. Drinking enough water keeps your body functioning, your engine running and your skin glowing. Recommended is 2L/day.
4. Eat small and eat often:
You have to keep yourself fueled. Do not fall in to the misconception that eating more often will not allow for weight loss. Its quality of the food that matters. If you are choosing the appropriate foods and eating more frequently your body will respond by burning fat. It a natural metabolism boost by eating consistently, and keeping your energy levels balanced.
5. Eat whole foods first:
Say NO to boxed foods! Aim for 80% of your calories to come from whole foods that are as close to nature as possible with minimal processing.
6. Become a food expert:
Reading labels and educating yourself on what exactly you are eating. Start monitoring your intake by keeping track. Soon you’ll be able to estimate calories, serving size and other important data. Read up on nutrition and learn how your body responds to various nutritional choices. Everyone’s body may respond slightly different to foods. Learn your body and avoid things that are not helping you meet your goals.
7. Be a careful eater vs. a dieter:
Moderation! Make room for treats by increasing exercise and planning them into your overall schedule. By eating carefully, you’ll feel good about your process and energized from eating well, instead of deprived due to rigid dieting.
8. Fill your home with healthy food:
If it’s not in your house, you won’t eat it. Remember this when you shop. You can change your habits almost as easily as restocking your refrigerator. When there are plenty of healthy options that support your goals readily available, you’re not going to miss the junk.
9. The kitchen is closed:
Set a time in the evening to end eating. Close the kitchen, and stop eating a few hours before bedtime.
10. Be a politely picky restaurant patron:
You can absolutely adapt restaurant options to support your nutritional strategies. Be extra polite, and ask for a few adaptations that will make your meal work for you.
11. Find something other than food to cope with your feelings:
Much of our eating is not hunger-based. Learn the triggers that set you to snacking. By identifying the moments when you are most likely to nibble you can find alternative productive alternatives.
How can you incorporate these into your daily life? Any other healthy habits of a successfully fit person you can think of? I’d love you for you to leave a comment.