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10 Habits Of Always-Healthy People

10 Habits Of Always-Healthy People

You know that super-fit friend of yours who always seems to look so good? She has a “secret” to her success. Actually, she has 10 of them. Here are 10 habits of “always-healthy” people.

1. They look on the bright side.

Healthy people are more optimistic than unhealthy people. They don’t waste time and energy complaining. If they think they need to make a change in their life, they do it. They know that a positive mental attitude goes a long way toward promoting other healthy behaviors in their lives.

2. They like exercising.

This may sound crazy to some, but healthy people actually enjoy exercising. Here’s why: they spend their time partaking in exercises they like doing and avoid those they hate. This means if you hate running, don’t run. If you hate going to the gym, don’t go. Find something you like doing, whether it’s taking daily walks on a trail near your house; swimming laps in a pool; riding your bike; playing a few games of hoops each week; or doing yoga.

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3. They prepare healthy meals ahead of time.

One of the downsides of “being healthy” is it definitely takes more time and effort. Practicing unhealthy behaviors is convenient. There are fast, cheap, unhealthy foods available all around us. That’s why healthy people spend time prepping healthy meals when they have moments to spare. This can mean preparing a healthy lunch the night before you go to work so you don’t have to go out to eat; cutting up veggies to take as snacks when you’re on the go; and freezing healthy foods to use at a later date.

4. They make health a priority in their life.

This is perhaps the most important habit of healthy people. They make a conscious choice to be healthy. They understand that their health is a gift and they don’t take it for granted. Aside from family, friends, and work, health is one of the most important priorities in their life.

5. They eat foods they know aren’t healthy (in moderation).

Healthy people don’t deprive themselves of the foods they love. They eat healthy most of the time … and this allows them to enjoy their favorite unhealthy foods once in a while without feeling guilty. Granted, this doesn’t mean they splurge and eat an entire pizza every Friday night. But they may eat a couple of pieces and they’re perfectly okay with that.

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6. They don’t believe in dieting.

Diets are temporary and healthy folks are well aware of this. Diets are a short-term fix … a “band-aid” to an issue that requires a longer-term approach. Healthy people know that eating well is a lifelong endeavor.

7. They surround themselves with other healthy people.

Healthy people have a tendency to participate in healthy behaviors with folks who share their sentiments. This means you’ll often find healthy people exercising with their other healthy friends. We all have unhealthy “enablers” in our lives, but healthy people make it a point to balance it out with other friends who also participate in a healthy lifestyle.

8. They don’t make excuses.

Healthy people live by the mantra:

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He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.

— Benjamin Franklin

They take responsibility for their actions rather than blaming others and external circumstances for why they aren’t as healthy as they could be. They refuse to accept mediocrity in their lives and own up to their mistakes.

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9. They get plenty of sleep.

According to the book Sleep Disorders and Sleep Deprivation, those who suffer from lack of sleep and sleep disorders are less productive, spend more on health care, and have an increased likelihood of accidents compared to healthy people. Aim for seven to eight hours of sleep per night.

10. They eat healthy snacks.

Snacking can make or break your health goals. That’s why healthy people choose to eat snacks like raw almonds, vegetables, fruits, and nuts. Replace the potato chips and processed snack foods in your house with these types of snacks and you’ll quickly adopt one of the most important habits of healthy people.

Let’s hear from you now. What habits have made you a healthier person?

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Scott Christ is a writer, entrepreneur, and founder of Pure Food Company.

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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