7 THINGS TO DO FOR GETTING AND STAYING IN SHAPE
With quarantines going on and on and onnnnn... We’re craving for sunny and dreamy destinations. Going on holiday means “beach body ready”. But what does that mean exactly? At La Michaux, we embrace body positivity, so this means somebody who embraces their identity, is self-confident, and has a healthy/fit body-mind and soul attitude.
Do you know that a fit person doesn’t even seem to try to stay in shape?
The person who confesses to actually crave vegetables and looks forward to her daily workout, yet never seems to obsess about every calorie and eats dessert without even feeling guilty?
That person doesn’t just have really good genes. Whether knowing it or not, she has built up a set of habits over the years that allows her to stay in shape without putting in a lot of effort. And those habits can equal the difference between a really fit and healthy person—and a couch potato.
Here are 7 things to do for getting and most importantly, staying in shape:
Have you ever known someone in really great shape who was constantly trying out every new diet?
Yeah, I didn’t think so.
Because for the most part, fit people don’t diet—they make healthy eating a part of their lifestyle.
In life and nutrition, it’s all about finding a balance. For me works sticking to an ‘80/20 nutrition plan’ the best.
Because as much as you know that proper nutrition will get you the body you want, boost your performance and allow you to live a long, healthy, active life, you also want to be able to just live.
And the 80/20 principle allows you to do that.
Because while you should always aim to eat healthy most of the time, aiming for about 80% of the time gives you that wiggle room every sane person needs to still enjoy themselves.
Ultimately, the key to staying fit and eating healthy is learning to listen to your body. What makes you feel good? What keeps you feeling full and energized throughout the day? What helps you kick ass during your workouts? What keeps you feeling and looking fit?
If you learn to answer these questions for yourself, you’ll soon be on the road to embracing healthy eating as a lifestyle, not following every new diet that comes along.
THEY FIND A WAY TO ENJOY EXERCISE.
If you’re one of those people who absolutely dreads every minute of your approaching treadmill workout, and hate it even more once you’re there, it’s time to find a different approach to exercise.
Because more often than not, fit people find a way to actually enjoy—and even look forward to—their workouts.
And while that may not always mean they’re excited to lace up their sneakers and go for a run on a rainy day, it does mean that they like the feeling of being fit and value that more than their desire to sit on the couch.
If you really hate to exercise, the problem may be with your workout, not you. Everyone enjoys different things—I’m obsessed with boxing and Kundalini Yoga. I like setting a goal and getting better and better at a certain sport. Not only is boxing very cardio related, but it’s a mental game as well with improving your technique every training.
So find something you like—whether it’s HIIT, yoga, boxing, CrossFit, or something else entirely—and start looking forward to your workouts, not dreading them.
(Photo credit: Sarah Michaux)
THEY PRIORITIZE THEIR HEALTH AND FITNESS.
While most people let work, family, social engagements and other priorities get in the way of exercise, really fit people make exercise a priority, no matter what.
Yes, this may mean having to get up 15 minutes earlier when you’d rather be sleeping, working out on vacation, or fitting in a workout even when your life seems busier than you can handle. But once you build up the habit, it actually becomes harder to not exercise because you become so used to prioritizing it in your life.
DON’T EAT PERFECT 100% OF THE TIME.
Sure, there’s that rare person with 5% body fat that refuses even a single bite of chocolate and seems to be ok with it. But most of us need to cheat a little in order to keep our sanity.
Giving yourself a cheat meal or day every once in a while ensures you don’t feel bitter about your healthy diet and go crazy and binge on all the things you’re missing out on.
So don’t feel guilty if you enjoy a cookie, some dark chocolate or your favorite treat once in a while—just don’t let it become too frequent of a habit or you’ll end up losing all that hard work you put in during your workouts.
Balance baby, balance!
GET A LOT OF SLEEP.
If you still think being fit is only about how often you work out, you need to think again. Because one of the top things fit people do to stay healthy and fit isn’t exercise based at all—it’s sleep.
Not only does sleep give you the energy you need to be mentally productive and work out regularly, it also helps regulate your metabolism, repair your muscles, boost your athletic performance and more.
Aim for at least 7-8 hours each night, and you’ll be a healthier, fitter and happier person overall.
HANG AROUND OTHER FIT PEOPLE.
You know that saying, “you are what you eat?” Well, you are who you eat with (and socialize with) as well. Your inner circle determines who you ARE. Mentally, but also physically!
Think about it: if all your friends are constantly getting fast food and donuts for dessert, and always choosing sedentary activities like going to movies or sitting around for hours, what do you think you’re going to do? Probably eat junk and sit around all day too.
On the other hand, if your friends are into healthy cooking, or trying new recepies with local, fresh ingredients, and want to go bike riding or organize a tennis match for fun, you’re most likely going to join in and be more active as a result.
This may be difficult at first if you have old friends with unhealthy habits, but you can try and encourage them to be healthy too with small adjustments to your usual activities—and you can always try and meet some new more active, healthy friends as well.
STAY ACTIVE OUTSIDE OF THE GYM
While fit people always make it a priority to get in planned exercise regularly, they don’t limit exercise solely to the gym (or home gym)—they do all they can to stay active outside of their workouts as well.
So how can you start incorporating this into your own life? Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Walk wherever and whenever possible.
- Pick active weekend activities like bike rides, hikes, or tennis.
- Take the stairs.
- Choose active vacations: Hiking, kayaking, skiing, swimming, biking… there are so many possibilities!
- Get up and move whenever you can. Even walking 10minutes after dinner, can do your body so good, also for your digestion.
And most of all, believe in yourself. You can do it. Now go get started.