There comes a point in time where anything that began with a single step finally meets its end: the sun rises and it sets; a season arrives and gives way for another…you get the deal.
But then again, the sun does set only to rise again, and a season does return for another run. Everything comes full circle, but not health and fitness. The healthy & fit do not return to their former unfit selves intentionally.
The road a truly healthy lifestyle is riddled with obstacles which aren’t difficult to overcome with hard work. The real challenge is to maintain it. Those who are really fit do keep at it. But how?
Here are 5 things they do to preserve the fruits of their labour.
They Prioritize Health and Fitness Goals
Everyone has priorities: work, family, social meetups. And while you might allow such priorities to come in the way of health and fitness programs, the exceptionally fit people always make room for exercise and treat it as a priority.
And that means getting up before everyone else to hit the gym or skipping all-you-can-eat-and-drink outing with friends. That said, they don’t enjoy going for a run in the deluge every time, but they do recognize the value of staying fit over anything else.
You see, it’s all about building a habit. Once you have the knack for exercising daily, you can’t go a day without it.
No Dieting, No Healthy Meals
Ever heard of the military diet or 7-day water challenge? Well, these are diet challenges that extremely-fit people take on to tell the world about what it can do to the human body, and who can take it up.
They don’t diet to stay healthy, they indulge in healthy eating. They know what works for them. They know what food helps them stay energized and workout like a beast. They know what food helps them stay in shape and look good.
But humans are fickle; they give in to temptations—the heart wants what it wants. The fit, and everyone else do cheat when it comes to food.
The fit eat what they desire only to thwart temptations that force them to binge.
A Gym Workout Program Is Not the Only Road to Fitness
The healthy & fit don’t stick to one routine. A superjock won’t only confine himself to the gym forever. A swimmer won’t just test the waters. Get it?
They do everything they can to stay fit. They run, cycle, swim, dance, hike…basically anything that kills their desire to sit on the couch.
Their Healthy Living Plan Includes a Lot of Sleep
So you think those who choose healthy life only work out for hours? No. They understand how important sleep is to health and wellness.
They get almost 7-9 hours of tranquil shut-eye every day. It helps to stay energized to get work done every day. In fact, sleep also regulates metabolism and repairs damaged muscles.
Keeping up With Those Who Choose Healthy Lifestyle
The second tip did emphasize on cheating when tempted, but those who do cheat know that it can grow into a habit. Give it a thought. If you are surrounded by friends and peers who gorge on junk food all the time without any exercise, you will get the hang of it as well. Things go south from there and you lose everything you’ve worked hard for.
On the other hand, if you keep company with people who maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle, you’ll join forces and stay active and healthy.
Fit or not, consistency and maintenance is key to your health’s survival amongst distractions and priorities. The trick is to never give up and keep at it.