I read a lot of articles every day on wellness, insurance, underwriting, and many other topics. This article really spoke to me, and I wanted to share it with you. Some simple, everyday tips on how to live a fit life. I hope you enjoy the read!
We all know those people — the ones who never seem to have to even try to stay in shape.
The ones who get up early on a Saturday morning to work out with a smile on their face, then polish off a cookie (or two) later that day — without ever obsessing over calories or seeming to put on a single pound.
And while it may seem like they just have really good genes, whether they know it or not, naturally fit people have built up a set of habits over the years that have allowed them to stay in shape without putting in a lot of effort.
Here are five things naturally fit people do differently:
1. They actually enjoy staying active.
If you’re one of those people who dreads every minute of your upcoming workout, it’s time to find a different approach to exercise.
2. They don’t diet.
Have you ever known someone in really great shape who was constantly trying out every new fad diet?
Yeah, me either.
3. They spend time with other fit people.
You know that saying, “you are what you eat?” Well, you are who you eat with (and socialize with) as well.
Just think about it: if all your friends are constantly eating fast food and choosing sedentary activities instead of active ones, what do you think you’re going to do? Probably eat junk and sit around all day too.
4. They prioritize their sleep.
If you still think being fit is only about how often you work out, you need to think again. Because one of the top things fit people do to stay healthy and fit isn’t exercise-based at all — it’s getting enough sleep.
5. They don’t try to be “perfect.”
Sure, there’s that rare person that refuses even a single bite of dessert in order to stay lean and actually seems to be OK with it. But most of us need to reward ourselves with a treat sometimes in order to keep our sanity.
Giving yourself permission to enjoy your favorite treat now and then — whether it’s something as simple as a latte or even a chocolate chip cookie — will ensure you don’t feel bitter about your healthy diet (then go crazy and binge on all the things you feel like you’re missing out on).
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Jeffrey R. Ungvary President