By ICON Meals Athlete, Mike O’Hearn
When it comes to long term fitness, there is no such thing as a quick fix. Sure, there are ways you can achieve your fitness goals in the short term — but if you want to make a lifelong change it’s all about adapting to the lifestyle. Developing healthy habits that become an everyday part of who you are.
Here are five habits of successfully fit people:
1. Having Perspective
You’re not going to be able to meet your fitness goals every day. Have an off day? Accept it, figure out how to not make the same mistake tomorrow, and move on.
2. Eliminating Excuses
Fit people make hitting the gym a priority, and if something gets in their way they don’t give in to excuses: they find MORE reasons to work out. Short workouts are better than no workout.
Instead of giving into excuses, fit people find MORE reasons why they need to hit the gym and find the time to do it. A short workout is still better than no workout.
3. Sleeping and Eating Well
There’s virtually a library of studies showing the benefits of proper nutrition and sleep. Whole, unprocessed foods keep you fuller longer, providing energy and strength all day. Good sleep keeps your body’s systems running smoothly. Both are necessary for long-term fitness.
4. Tracking Progress
This habit is so valuable for two reasons: it rewards you by showing you tangible progress, and motivates you in the same stroke by showing you all your hard work — countless gym hours, smart food choices, and appropriate sleep — is really doing something.
5. Consulting A Professional
There’s no faster way to improve than being around people more experienced than you. Find somebody more advanced in the gym and learn everything you can from them. Maybe one day YOU will be the fitness pro.