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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 September 16, 2019

                How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                • (1) Research
                • (2) Deciding the topic
                • (3) Creating the outline
                • (4) Drafting the content
                • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                • (6) Revision
                • (7) etc.

                Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                2. Change Your Environment

                Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                6. Get a Buddy

                Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                Reality check:

                I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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