So you want to be stay fit?
So do you want to be fit? Or do you want to stay fit? Fit for a longer period than the usual 30 days it normally takes before turning back to the old lifestyle. Then stop watching more YouTube videos telling you how to get a six-pack in just two weeks. Stop mirroring yourself in articles where women magically looses 18 kg in 3 week just by changing one simple thing in their diet without any exercise. If you want to be fit and stay fit, you have to live and act like you already are fit! We’ve all been brainwashed to think there’s a shortcut to health. Miraculous and “scientifically proved” diets and supplements are just one of many convictions firms use to earn money and creating fake hopes. The truth is; there is no shortcut to being fit and staying healthy. It’s all about finding your own legit reason for making changes, and then stay consistent. This will eventually turn your new changes into habits. The sooner you realize that, the sooner your journey towards a healthier lifestyle can begin. The first step on the way is to act like a person who is already fit without cutting corners. How do I do that, you ask? Well, start by looking at you current lifestyle and figure out what to change and what not to change. Take a closer look at your daily routines, and select 2-3 simple things that you would like to change. By doing this, you don’t get overwhelmed by too many new initiatives and thus ending up losing your motivation.
You don’t have to be an expert on nutrition and health to know the main do’s and don’ts. Nor this is not the part where people fail to stay fit either. The main issue is to maintain the same motivation as you started with. To constantly stay hungry. After all, people who start on a healthy lifestyle all have their own reason to do so. But why is it so easy to forget that reason despite the otherwise strong feeling of determination you have when you start? This has something to do with the attractiveness of your goal. Whether it’s loosing weight, getting stronger, proving something for yourself or just feeling better about yourself, you have to convince yourself about a legit reason for why making changes in your life is worth it. Moreover, you have to convince your subconsciousness. Meaning that your reason has to be something you need and not want – which sometimes can be quite tricky to find. However, you should still accept some of the relapses you may encounter on your way, which is inevitable and expected. The road to success is always a bumpy one. When you’ve identified a reason and attached a goal to it, it’s the start signal for making new initiatives in your life and thus creating habits concerning your goal.
Let’s take a look at some of the main initiatives to apply when a healthy lifestyle is the objective:
1) Food. How much you should eat depends on your level of activity. However, you should strive for eating till your engine is full and not more. Too many people continue eating after they’ve already satisfied their body’s needs. If you eat more energy than you use, you will become fat not fit. Drink a glass of water before every meal to alleviate the hunger. However, during a diet allow yourself to have some cheat days.
2) Water. Drink water when thirsty. If necessary then spice it up with some lime/lemon or buy some sparkling water or Blue Keld for a change.
3) Sleep. Not only does your body recover during sleep but your brain does as well. The amount of sleep varies from person to person. 8 hours of sleep, however, will most likely give you the extra energy to comply with your new initiatives.
4) Exercise. Don’t just stick to one kind of exercise. Use your fitness in every possible aspect: running, jumping, swimming, throwing, lifting etc. After all, this is what our body is meant to do. If you have an injury or a liability you work around it and train something that doesn’t affect the area. There’s always a way to use your fitness.
So, incorporate some of these simple guidelines as partial goals for a healthier lifestyle and start making some of these changes into habits. Announce your new goals to your friends and family and thus strengthen your own commitment, or even better find a friend who will join you on your journey. And one last thing: don’t wait until the end of the month or postpone it for your next New Year’s resolution. Start now. Start today.
We are what we REPEATEDLY do. Lifelong health, therefore, is not an act but a HABIT.
- The Crossfit Journey