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So what is it that makes fit people different to non-fit people?
Fit people make their health and well-being a priority. If it’s important to you, you’ll find the time, otherwise you’ll just find an excuse.
“I don’t have time to exercise,” is the adult version of, “The dog ate my homework”.
Which brings me to the seven things I do differently.
1. Enjoy your workout
Find a workout that you enjoy doing. If you don’t like it, the likelihood of you committing yourself further to it is minimal.
Make a list of things you want to try out. When you find your soul mate workout you’ll know.
I’ve just started up Adult Gymnastics, and while there are some ‘tricks’ I’m not ready to do, I keep coming back, because I have fun, I can laugh at myself and it’s challenging.
So find a workout that is fun, challenging, and makes you want to come back for more.
Also, know that you’re not going to have fun working out if you don’t have the right gear to do it. Many women avoid exercise because they don’t have the right bra, and there’s no way you’ll get out for that jog if your runners make your feet hurt. So go shopping and get a kit that is going to work for you. Because nothing says enjoyment like new shoes.
2. Get involved in a club / or get a workout buddy
When you are starting out motivation is critical. So don’t be afraid to join a club, or do a workout with a friend.
Joining a club can be a bit nerve racking. I know when I first joined my local running club I was nervous as heck, but the people were wonderful. The best part was I didn’t feel alone. I was around other like-minded people.
I have also learned invaluable lessons from the members of the club by listening to their stories.
3. Set goals
As the saying goes “Goals are wishes with a deadline”.
Goals have helped me stay motivated & focused.
Write long term and short term goals. When you achieve a goal, put a new goal on there, so you continually have something to aim for.
Races are also great goal motivators, as race day is “goal” date. Most races now have team options, so if you don’t want to do it alone, drag some friends along with you, it will make a great bonding experience and you will have something to talk about for many years.
4. Eat real food
I love food. When I eat poor nutrient deficient food however I feel awful in mind body and spirit.