We all have someone we look up to when it comes to fitness and health. We see them running marathons, smashing their goals and sigh, asking “how did they get this way? How did they accomplish their goals?” But first, you have to create the healthy habits that will you get you there. Celebrity trainer Valerie Waters dishes on the 8 habits of fit people- eight steps that will help you reach your goals and be successful in your fitness.
Everyone loves a deadline. It is concrete, something to shoot for. Most of my clients have strict deadlines for looking their best. A movie in 6 weeks, a photo shoot in 4 weeks, a bikini scene in 6 days! I’m used to having to hold them accountable to meet these deadlines and accountability helps for sure. But it’s the deadline that is the most powerful. It doesn’t need to be a movie role. It can be a wedding, a race, or fitness competition. Or, it can simply be a date circled on the calendar. Try it. Pick a date 6 weeks from now and go hard. Clean up your diet, train like you mean it, and don’t give up until you get there.
Cut the crap.
If you want to hit your goals and feel your best every day, you’ve got to stop arguing for your vices. You must ditch the processed food. You know what I’m talking about. Cookies, crackers, TV dinners, pizza, cereal, donuts, candy, instant anything, mac and cheese, french fries, chips, white bread, drive through food and anything in a package with a bunch of ingredients you can’t pronounce. Get it out of your house. Don’t go to fast food restaurants. And never buy your food at the gas station.
Strategy trumps willpower.
Studies show that willpower is in limited supply. Meaning resist the cookie now, it will be harder to resist the pizza later. Not only that, but all decision making draws from the same willpower well. So, the more decisions you have to make or the more choices you have available, the greater the chance you will run out of willpower and eat the cookie or blow off your workout.
Far better than relying on willpower is to have good strategies in place. If you raid the vending machines everyday at 4pm, start packing healthier snacks or eat a better lunch that includes lean protein and veggies. If you consistently come home to an empty fridge and start snacking on chips, get them out of the house and prep some food for easy go to meals. Whatever trips you up on a consistent basis is something you need a strategy for.
Don’t leave your nutrition to chance.
Never assume that where you are going will have healthy food options available. Pack your snacks! Bring your lunch or check out restaurants in advance. If I’m traveling, I pack small bags of almonds and raisins, About Time fruit and nut bars and travel packs of Athletic Greens. If I’m in a hotel, I also bring protein powder and packets of plain instant oatmeal so I don’t cruise the breakfast buffet.
Take it with you.
Most of my clients travel a lot. Often to places without fancy hotel gyms. But they are never without their portable gym. They pack Valslides, a Valband, a stretchy band with handles, a lacrosse ball for mobility work and possibly a jump rope. All of it together is less then 2 pounds and will fit in your carry on. Like nutrition, fit people know not leave their workouts to chance. They travel prepared.
There is no such thing as maintenance.
There comes a time when things get easier. When your habits and rituals pull you along. But there is no magical place called “maintenance” where you get to stop doing the work. You still have to eat clean and you still have to push hard in your workouts. There is always something new to work on. A new goal to achieve. My goal for my clients is to get them to enjoy the process.
Consistency is key.
Fit people workout consistently weeks in and weeks out. It may be 3 times per week or 6 times per week but it’s not 6 times one week then nothing for 3 weeks. They also eat clean consistently. They are not jumping from diet but rather they pick their lifestyle plan, be that Paleo, The Zone or Vegan and they stick with it. Get off the roller coaster and be consistent. Your body will love you for it!
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