Here are some of the simplest changes you can make that will have a tremendous impact on reaching your goals and exceeding them.
Fit Habit #1: Don’t Buy Junk
Most people know that if they keep junk food in the house they will eat it sooner or later. So they don’t buy any. Even buying junk food for your kids or spouse is not advised since 1) you’ll likely eat some of it eventually, and 2) your loved ones shouldn’t be eating that junk either. It’s called junk for a reason.
Rid your home of chips, cookies, candy, baked goods, pre-packaged snacks and anything else that belongs in a vending machine. Replace the above with fresh fruit, veggies, nuts and other healthy whole foods snacks.
Fit Habit #2: Have Priorities
What I’ve found over the years is that people on a serious mission of lifestyle change put exercise before leisure time. They strongly prioritize it much like keeping a job, paying bills, going to the doctor, etc. Sure, we all enjoy leisure time, but not at the cost of missing workouts.
It is probably really easy to make sure you get to your personal training session with me, but drop your own workout when you don’t have anybody expecting you to meet up with them. Stay accountable to yourself! If you need help in getting in extra workouts or need ideas on what simple workouts you can do at home or on the road when traveling, please ask me and let’s put together a plan for you.
Fit Habit #3: Stop When Comfortably Full
Sound simple? It is, but how many times have you stuffed yourself simply to clear your plate? Or how many times have you eaten another piece of cake despite being stuffed? Or you missed lunch and you literally try to make up for it at dinner?
The next time you feel full, take it as a sign to stop eating. Yes, even if your plate isn’t empty.
Fit Habit #4: Push Yourself Out of Your Comfort Zone
While it is easy to simply go through the motions while exercising, you’re cheating your body out of great results when you don’t push yourself. Exercise should make you sweat, make your muscles burn, make you breath really heavy, and leave you with a feeling of accomplishment.
Find ways to make each workout more challenging. A great way to challenge yourself is to set small attainable goals with realistic deadlines. These goals could be to push heavier weight, to sprint longer, or to do cardio at a higher intensity setting.
Fit Habit #5: Don’t Eat and Watch
I must confess that I was really guilty of this one in the past. When your attention is on your entertainment and not on your food, then you’ll be less tuned in to what and how much ends up in your mouth. Eating in front of the T.V. is also very habit forming. Ever notice how you crave munchies just as a reflex of sitting in front of the T.V.?
Eat before or after your entertainment and pay attention to what and how much goes into your mouth.
Fit Habit #6: Drink Water
Not just in addition to other beverages, but instead of them. Water should make up 90% of your main drink, while other drinks are occasional treats. Calorie-filled drinks are one of the quickest ways to consume excess calories which quickly turn into fat.
Consider water your beverage of choice and make it an automatic order when at restaurants. Drink plenty of it each day and drink other beverages only a few times each week. And proper water consumption isn’t just for the hot weather months. Be sure to drink enough year round.
Fit Habit #7: Have Support
You know you have my support, but it is still necessary to have strong support from family and friends. Let them know what your goals are and how they can help with choices in your home, at work, and when out on the town.
Don’t be the kind of person that works towards your goals when you’re the only person around and then follows the crowd when others are involved and make bad choices because you don’t want to mess up everyone else’s fun.
I hope that these habits have inspired you to make a change for the fitter in your own life.
If you already do some of these habits, then congratulations – you are on your way to a better body. Make an effort to incorporate the rest of the habits to take your results to the next level.
If none, or very few, of these habits describe your lifestyle, then I’ve got good news – you now have 7 effective new habits to start that will get you some awesome results. Don’t try to tackle all 7 at once – pick one or two to add each week and gradually work up to all 7.