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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 March 13, 2019

                How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                1. Work on the small tasks.

                When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                2. Take a break from your work desk.

                Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                3. Upgrade yourself

                Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                4. Talk to a friend.

                Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                7. Read a book (or blog).

                The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                8. Have a quick nap.

                If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                9. Remember why you are doing this.

                Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                10. Find some competition.

                Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                11. Go exercise.

                Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                12. Take a good break.

                Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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