Have you ever sat and wondered what the really fit people are doing, that is so different from what you’re to doing to create their dream like bodies?
You know the people, they always look tanned, have chiselled abs, and their booty always seems to look as firm as a peach.
We can copy their workouts, follow their meal-plans, but there must be a secret to what these absurdly fit looking people are doing?
Well, it’s no real secret at all. And, it simply comes down to daily habits which separates them from the crowd. Truth be told, it’s all that is separating you from average Joe-gym-goer and a body to die for.
So, what are these daily habits? Well, it’s a case of each to their own; however, I’m going to share with you 4 habits that will instantly level you up!
Get Up Early
It’s true, the early bird always does catch the worm, but this doesn’t mean just getting up 2-3 times per week to go exercise.
Healthy people consistently get up at the same time each day.
Doing so forms a habit, and once that habit is formed, getting up bright and early no longer becomes a chore. But there’s more benefit to this than meets the eye.
Not only are early risers more productive, but because of their consistent routine, they also display lower levels of stress when compared to those with more inconsistent patterns.
Double down on this daily habit by getting more sleep each night to allow the body and mind to fully recover.
Have you ever noticed that really fit people seem obsessed about their health and fitness?
Fortunately for you, that’s often one step too far; however just like fit people, you should be focusing more on moving daily. Achieving health & fitness is much like swimming upstream.
It is achievable, but once you stop paddling your body starts floating backwards. This happens quicker than you might think, and we generally start going backwards if we don’t consciously move within every 48 hours.
Pick your stream, with a current that suits your ability, and don’t stop paddling until you reach calmer waters. Once you’re there, finding a bigger stream with a stronger current is your key to improving your fitness.
No, you don’t have to scale a Tibetan mountainside to achieve this, although that would be fun. Meditation as a daily habit is showing up more and more often as a highly practised habit, not just by fit people, but by successful business owners, entrepreneurs and the rich and famous.
You don’t need to be Buddha to achieve a meditative state; however, you do need to practise daily if you ever want to reach a Zen-ish state and a calmer mind.
The benefits of meditation deserves an article entirely of it’s own; however, I will point out that it is a significant factor in stress reduction among practitioners.
And, for the initiated, stress reduction equals weight loss. In fact, for many it’s an invisible barrier that sits between them and their health goals.
Practise Gratitude Through a Daily Journal
Why the heck would I write that in a fitness article?
Because that, my friend, is where so many people go wrong on their health and fitness journey.
A part of human nature means that we’re constantly comparing ourselves to:
A: other people, or
B: Our future selves, or who we think we want to become.
This creates many problems. Chiefly, it creates an illusion and causes us to overthink and places us in a negative frame of mind. We become fixated on all our flaws and what we haven’t got.
So much so that we forget about the present, what we have got, and what we could be doing to improve ourselves. This creates a divide, and we soon stop and lose our momentum.
Gratitude is a powerful practise that should go hand in hand with meditation. It challenges us to focus on the positive and in the present. It frees us from our past and moves us forward into the future.
Starting a daily journal is a great way to begin the practise of delivering self gratitude.
Simply write at the beginning of the day:
3 things that you like about yourself
3 goals for your day in priority order
At the end of your day write:
3 things that you did well that day
3 things that you think you can improve on tomorrow.
The benefit of this is it keeps you present and mindful and withdraws all that useless clutter from inside your head. Your focus improves, productivity increases and, you will start to view yourself in a much more positive light.
So, how many of things do you think you can incorporate into your daily habits? Sometimes it takes just starting one new daily habit to help adopt the others. Before you know it, you’ll be levitating on a whole other level! Share with us your daily habits by tagging us on Instagram @TotemFitnessAU!
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