Far too often fitness is presented as complicated and confusing, contradicting information can make it hard to sort out fact from fiction. This is mainly caused by our want for a “quick fix” . Once you make the decision to make fitness apart of your everyday life you’ll find that things get a bit more simple..
Here are 25 simple everyday practices to get you to your goals:
Make exercise a regular part of your life. Create a network of accountability with workout partners, friends and family.
Know what you want to accomplish. Visualize the end result of your hard work.
Believe in you. I know that you CAN accomplish your goals.
Don’t be a wimp. Put your phone away turn off the TV and keep the intensity high during your workouts. Remember that you don’t want to kill time; you want to burn calories and strengthen your body through intense exercise.
Drink water all day long.
Know when to ask for help.
Incorporate High Intensity Interval Training into your routine by doing bursts of high intensity rather than exercising at a recovery pace to catch your breath.
Maintain your metabolism by eating a healthy snack or meal every three hours. This food should be unprocessed, low in fat and high in fiber.
Forget will-power; it’s about WANT-power. How badly do you want it.
Avoid processed and packaged foods. These items are high in empty calories and contain a plethora of chemicals that are harmful to your health.
Avoid refined sugar at all costs.
It’s OK to be a skeptic. Watch out for products that are labeled as ‘health food’. Always read the nutrition labels and make your own informed opinion.
Talk is cheap. Act now and get the job done.
Exercise with people that are in better shape than you. This will encourage you to push your limits.
Never indulge in negative self-talk.
Don’t drink calories. Sodas and even fruit juices add in extra calories and sugar you don’t need, stick to water and tea.
Keep consistent. Exercise at least three or four times each week.
Never eat High Fructose Corn Syrup. It spikes your blood sugar levels and encourages your body to store fat.
Eat plenty of whole plant foods. Vegetables, fruits and whole grains are filled with fiber and antioxidants, great for good health and weight loss.
Do your cardiovascular exercise after weight training to encourage more fat burn. Your stored sugars will be depleted during the weight training then your body will rely on fat stores to get you through the cardio workout.
Eat breakfast everyday. It should be a balance of carbohydrates, protein and fat to get your metabolism going strong.
Challenge yourself during each workout. Try something new and exciting. Use timed workouts to push yourself beyond your comfort zone.
Set specific, measurable goals and track your progress.
If you hit a plateau don’t get frustrated, make changes and keep moving.
Reward your success. The small victories and the big wins.