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7 Things That Fit People Never Do

7 Things That Fit People Never Do

I am guessing that most people would prefer to be fit, but the large majority of people these days tend to be unfit. Many people try to get fit but simply give up, and I feel this is because they go about it in completely the wrong way. It can be confusing, as there is so much conflicting information about the ideal way to get fit. It is never easy to create a new habit; it takes time and effort until it feels a natural part of ‘what you do’. So, what is it that separates the fit from the not-so-fit people? If you avoided the following seven things fit people never do, you would be highly likely to succeed.

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    1. They don’t skip their exercise sessions.

    Fit people don’t skip their exercise sessions unless they are facing an absolute emergency. And when they simply can’t attend their session, they are quite calm about it as there is a genuine reason and it’s a rare occurrence. This has to be the most important thing fit people don’t do, as you have to exercise frequently enough to get fit (duh!). Realistically, you have to train at least three times a week to see significant results. If you think training once a week is enough to get fit, think again.

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      2. They don’t repeat the same exercise session every time.

      Fit people don’t do the same exercise session week in and week out, as they realize they need to challenge their bodies. If you are lifting the same weight for six months, that is a sure sign you are not challenging yourself enough to improve your fitness. As they get used to one exercise, fit people change and adapt their workouts so they are moving on to more challenging exercise sessions. This keeps them motivated as they see significant improvements to their fitness level. If you are confused about the right exercises to do, it makes sense to employ a personal trainer to work with, this ensures you are not wasting time in the gym.

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        3. They don’t train with a frantic mindset.

        Fit people don’t train with a frantic mindset because they are confident in how they are training, and know they will achieve their fitness goals. They train in a confident way and truly enjoy their exercise sessions. Some people start exercising but are very anxious that they are not going to achieve their goals. Of course, this is futile as this anxiety can stop them from achieving anything. These are the people who give up after a few days or weeks. Sometimes this anxiety comes from having goals that are unachievable. If you are not sure how to set realistic fitness goals, hire a personal trainer to work with you. They will help you to set goals and track your progress over time.

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          4. They don’t accept their excuses.

          Everyone has excuses for their behavior, even fit people, but the difference is that fit people don’t accept their excuses. They take responsibility for their actions and work towards changing their behavior. Nobody leads a perfect life, and everyone could make improvements to their lifestyle. Fit people recognize their shortcomings and want to change them. Not-so-fit people don’t take responsibility for these shortcomings and can make light of them; they are not open to change.

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            5. They don’t have poor sleeping habits.

            Fit people don’t have poor sleeping patterns, as they realize that their bodies need to repair and regenerate overnight to fuel their next workout. The ideal time to sleep is from 10 p.m. to at least 6 a.m., as the body focuses on physical repair from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., and psychological repair from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. If you are exhausted from a lack of sleep it is impossible to exercise effectively, so get to bed on time.

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              6. They don’t train without water.

              Even if you are 1% dehydrated, it can have a noticeable impact on your exercise session, and this is something that fit people understand. Always bring a bottle of water with you when you are exercising. Spring water is better than most of the sports drinks, as sports drinks can be full of artificial sweeteners and other nasties. One simple way to check if you are dehydrated is to look at the color of your urine. If you are well-hydrated your urine should be straw colored, anything darker in color can indicate you are dehydrated. Make sure you are drinking enough water to remain hydrated on a day-to-day basis.

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                7. They don’t eat highly processed food.

                Fit people never eat highly processed food. This is because they realize that processed food is not as nutritious as home-cooked, natural food. Processed food tends to be high in salt, artificial additives, and can contain less nutrients. Especially bad additives are MSG and aspartame, which are in a lot of processed foods. The healthier the food you are eating, the better you can perform in your fitness sessions as your body is likely to be healthier.

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                Last Updated on July 10, 2020

                How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                Boundaries are limits

                —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                • When do you feel disrespected?
                • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                • When do you want to be alone?
                • How much space do you need?

                You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                Sample language:

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                • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                Final Thoughts

                Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

                Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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