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Fitness Habits Successful Exercisers Have in Common
ScaleWars Oct 6, 2014 9:25 am
Do you ever pass a runner or cyclist on the street and wish that you had their get 'er done attitude? What is it about these dedicated exercisers that sets them apart from the millions who have yet to establish any kind of workout routine? Do they benefit from an enviable amount of willpower or are they in possession of an exercise gene that makes working up a sweat second nature?
While the jury is still out on whether the will to exercise is passed on from parent to child, there are a few things that dedicated exercisers have in common. Here's a list of healthy habits that separate those who do from those who don't.
They exercise early. Veteran exercisers know that the earlier they get their workout in, the greater the chance it'll get done, hence the number of runners, swimmers, cyclists and gym rats who pull on their workout gear at the crack of dawn.
Every hour that you put off exercising, the more likely it is that life will get in the way, which is why, when it comes to exercise at least, the early bird catches the worm.
They cherish their sleep. Exercise fanatics are known for being strict about their bedtime, which not only allows them to spring out of bed early, it ensures they have enough energy to fuel their workout.
So while there are days when even the most dedicated exerciser is getting it done on less than eight hours of shut-eye, they know that day after day of battling fatigue turns exercise into a chore rather than the best part of the day.
They watch what they eat. Like everyone else, dedicated exercisers are tempted by a bowl of ice cream and chocolate sauce or a plate full of chicken wings. And while they've been known to give in to that temptation, the difference is fitness fanatics know when to indulge and when to fuel their body with healthy food choices. Look in the fridge and pantry of your favourite exerciser and you'll see the healthy stuff outweighs the unhealthy stuff by a significant margin.
They update their goals constantly. Dedicated exercisers are always chasing a goal, be it to get faster, go longer, lift more or beat the guy next to them. It's that constant push to test their mettle and be better that gives purpose to their workouts and reason to get out of bed early in the morning. And when that goal has been achieved, it's quickly replaced with a new one designed to keep their competitive juices flowing and their exercise dedication intact.
They go with the flow. Despite clear-cut goals and a dedicated workout schedule, regular exercisers can get off track. Sometimes work and family gets in the way. And sometimes fatigue, sickness or injury is the culprit. But rather than letting life's little surprises whittle away at their sense of purpose, they modify their schedules and workouts until they can get back to their regular routine.
They clear their schedule to exercise. Exercise fanatics don't schedule their workout around their day, they schedule their day around their workout. And while they aren't adverse to changing their workouts to accommodate changes in their schedules, the difference is exercise always finds a place in their calendar.
They know how to say no. The reason exercise enthusiasts are so good at staying on track is that they refuse to let others throw them off their game. Protecting their workout schedule means learning to say no and sticking with a game plan that includes placing more importance on their healthy routine than on the demands of others.
They have supportive family and friends. Most exercise enthusiasts have a family who understands how important exercise is to their routine. Without that support, not only is it harder to exercise regularly, the energy spent trying to diffuse family displeasure can be the undoing of even the most dedicated exerciser.
They love what they do. Exercise junkies don't pile on the layers to battle the cold, ice and snow, cut out of parties early so they can get in their Sunday morning workout and head to the gym while everyone else is watching the Habs take on the Bruins unless they absolutely love working up a sweat. It's that love of a good workout, no matter how difficult, that makes exercise enthusiasts so fanatical about their workout habits
They set themselves up for success. When it comes to working out, regular exercisers get all their ducks in a row. Not only do they have all the right gear, they set goals they can accomplish and establish a schedule and workout routine that allows them to accomplish those goals.
It's those accomplishments, both big and small, that reinforce their dedication to exercise and keep them lacing up their running shoes day in and day out.