So you’ve heard that managing your weight is all about your lifestyle choices, and not any quick fixes, right? Well today I’d like to give you 7 habits to adopt when aiming to improve your fitness level.
Approach Each Day with the Right Perspective
Failed to meet your fitness goals today? Move on! Tomorrow is another day to make smarter decisions. When you wake up, rededicate yourself to your eating and fitness goals without beating yourself about whatever mistakes you made in the past. After all, you can’t change what you did yesterday. All you can control is right now. So get to it!
Know Your Body
When you finish a workout, you should feel comfortably zapped but good. If you feel absolutely wiped out, then something needs to change. Either your nutrition or routine is throwing you off. It’s really important to know how everything you do affects your body and what appropriate steps to take to avoid those things that make you not feel and perform at your best. Learn how your body responds and care for it accordingly. If you feel some unusual pain or soreness in a joint, ice it! If you feel some muscle tightness coming on hours later or the next morning, do some extra movement to get things operating properly to help the recovery process. Don’t wait until it’s go time at your next session.
Find Ways Around Excuses
If you’ve ever wondered why you can’t quite get better results, it may be your proclivity for caving to pressure. And that pressure may be self-induced. Do not give into excuses for why you shouldn’t workout or eat well. Just because you have a busy day doesn’t mean you get to skip your workout or think that hustling around the house or town is your workout for the day. Quite the contrary. You should continually remind yourself of the reasons to stay committed to your goals and why you should hit the gym first or schedule pockets of time to do it—even if the trip to the gym is shorter than usual.
Eat and Sleep Well
Study after study has shown the benefit of eating whole, unprocessed foods. This natural food approach provides energy and strength, helps you feel full throughout the day, and makes your time in the gym as fruitful as possible. Getting good sleep is equally as important, as it keeps all your bodily systems in rhythm. Put these two fit activities together and you’re well on your way to optimal fitness.
Track Your Progress
For some, keeping tabs on health progress is about as exciting as watching paint dry. Once you get into the routine, however, you will become a believer in the power of tracking your progress. Tracking serves to both reward and motivate you, as you see that the countless hours in the gym and smart food choices lead to a healthier weight and greater strength—a.k.a. better overall fitness and health. You should be evaluating your progress every week by weighing yourself, taking a good look at yourself in the mirror, feeling your body to help notice any newfound toning and firmness, and getting into a pair or fitted dress pants to measure how your waist is reacting to recent efforts.
Think While You Exercise
It can be easy to mindlessly run on a treadmill at the gym if you’re not careful. That is why so many people take the easy route and use only cardio equipment at the gym. I’m honestly surprised that someone hasn’t opened up a cardio only gym. It is so important to tap into the mental side of your health and give your brain a workout too. This helps your central nervous system develop along with your lean body muscle mass for greater improvements. In your next workout, really think about how your body feels while performing athletic feats. How your muscles react. How your muscles stretch and contract. How much you have to tighten your core even not directly using it.
Look to Get Better Each Week
Whether you’ve got just a few pounds to lose to get to your ideal weight or if you’re struggling to get the first few pounds off with so many left to go, you’ve got to keep developing better habits. Even if everything is going swimmingly and your making progress you should be looking at the next thing to get better at. It could be drinking more water, opting for a piece of fruit when having a small sweets craving, doing an extra 10 minutes of cardio because you don’t have your usual busy day today. From anything small to anything big that helps you keeping progressing it will pay off when you take aim and make it a habit.