Those fit bodies we all admire don't look like this just because of genetics. it's the result of healthy choices and everyday dedication. A healthy body doesn't happen over night.
There is no wonder treatment that will do it as some people may assume, it all comes down to adopting a healthy lifestyle.
Fit people don't starve themselves, spend all day at the gym or live on a super crazy and calorie restrictive diet. They simply form healthy habits and incorporate them into their daily routine.
You just need to incorporate a few habits into your own life and you will find that staying healthy is not as hard as you have thought.
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." ~ Aristotle
1. Eat breakfast
Study after study has shown that skipping breakfast might make you plateau or even put on weight. Therefore, make time for a healthy, satisfying breakfast that includes lean protein, good carbs and healthy fat.
Skipping breakfast will leave you feeling drained throughout the day. Your body functions like a car. In order to drive properly it needs fuel. If you feel good without a breakfast, listen to your body. If you feel sluggish, get some food in!
2. Stick to you routine
When you commit to regular exercise, try to workout at the same time each day. Structure your schedule as a matter of self-discipline. Without self-discipline, it's hard to lead to a health lifestyle. Mind that this is a psychological advantage. Your body wants to work out, if you do it at the same time everyday. There's no advantage in terms of results though. Don't sweat it, if you have to go at a different time because of your schedule.
3. Know what you don't know
Leaving your comfort zone is one of the best things you can do. But sometimes you need help. Be open for tips from experts and be open to be coached. Seek advice from people who have the know-how to get the best results in the least amount of time.
4. Schedule your workouts ahead
Do it the same way as you would schedule dinner dates or hair appointments. Make time for what's important to you. A day has 1440 minutes and a workout only takes about 30-60 minutes. No one is too busy for that. If you have time to watch TV, you have time to work out.
5. Use stress-reducing techniques
We all get really stressed out from time to time. But stress can cause your muscles to tighten up. As a result, working out becomes harder and more painful. Higher cortisol levels also make it harder for your body to burn body fat.
Try stress-reducing techniques, such as yoga, meditation or talking to a friend. It's vital to keep you healthy.
6. Be positive
Everyone experiences setbacks and runs into obstacles. You need a positive mindset in order to realise that these moments are necessary for personal growth. It's not about what life throws at us, but how we react to it and handle it.
7. Aim for simplicity
Get inspired by Steve Jobs. He chose to wear the same clothes every day - jeans and a black turtleneck. In that way he reduced the decisions he had to make.
I know it's much harder to think simple than to think complex. You have to get your thinking straight and the results will be much better.
8. Daily choices make the difference
Sure, fit people want to eat cakes and muffins, too! And they do. The difference is, they understand that they can't do it every day and maintain their health.
You have to make healthy choices on a daily basis to affect your health in a positive way. By making healthy choices every day, you can treat yourself sometimes.
9. Surround yourself with the right people
A very popular quote is: You are the average of the 5 people you surround yourself with. And it couldn't be more true.
Look for like-minded people. And et voila: You have a workout buddy who keeps motivating you.
10. Never give up
Life can get really busy and overwhelming. But overeating or binging won't make it better. Those situations aren't the times to make excuses, instead you have to understand that it's not worth your time to eat away your stress. It won't help you. Sugar rushes don't fix problems. Same with alcohol.
11. Prepare for the next day
Many people struggle to fall asleep because their mind is racing with thoughts of what they have to do. Spend a little time before you get to sleep to write your to-dos for the next day.
This will not only reduce your stress, but also keep you organised and much more productive.
12. Improve your sleep
A good sleep is really important! Sleep is critical for a strong immune system, metabolism and anti-aging. Aim for 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night.
Avoid bright screens within 1-2 hours of your bedtime.
13. Remain consistent
Consistency is key! I know those days where you just want to skip the workout and eat lots of food. Always focus on what you want more: Achieve your goals or that chocolate bar?
Every self-made millionaire out there spent a portion of his life working 100+ hours like a nutcase, just to experience the life he/she has now. Delayed gratification is hard to master, but worth a try!
Healthy habits are hard to pick up and even harder to hold on. But I know you can do this!
Try these simple tricks and let me know in the comments if and how your life changed.