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10 Things Every Fit Person Does

I'm aiming for fit, not thin or skinny, and found this article particularly affirming.

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Mon. Sep 10, 11:23am

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drink lots of water! (thirst can sometimes mask itself as hunger, also by the time you feel thirsty you're already dehydrated!)

Monday, September 10, 2007, 12:15 PM

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Thats a good article. There are some things I don't think I will ever do, like working out before work!

Monday, September 10, 2007, 12:21 PM

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Good article.

Monday, September 10, 2007, 1:24 PM

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Good Article. I think # 10. Set and accomplish goals... is extremely important. Thanks for sharing!

Monday, September 10, 2007, 2:07 PM

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here is the article in full.



1. Sleep well and wake up naturally. Many fit people arise without an alarm clock feeling energized, rested and hungry. They have set fitness goals and a plan to achieve them. People who are fit fall asleep easier, have more quality sleep and require less sleep than someone who is unfit. Lack of sleep is strongly associated with obesity. Sleeping helps the body repair, rebuild and recover.

2. Get prepared. Fit people pack their gym bags the night before, have clothes laid out for exercise, toiletries packed for a shower, clothes for work and an appointment in their planner for physical activity. They regard their workout appointments as highly as any other business or social commitment.

3. Exercise in the morning. Morning exercisers have the highest compliance rates and are more likely to stick to their program. As the day passes, they have a feeling of accomplishment and pride which is reflected in their food choices, behavior and stress management. Morning exercise is the best way to start your day and ultimately influence many other positive decisions throughout your day.

4. Plan meals. People who are fit and lean have set eating times, plan their meals around their workouts and know what they are going to eat and when. Initially it takes a little work to figure out healthy meals and snacks, but they do not leave eating to chance. Finding yourself headed to the buffet or driving through for fast food in a famished state is a formula for disaster.

5. Rebound from setbacks Fit people do not let one missed workout turn into two or three. They get right back to their next workout and use the added rest to work even harder. They also don’t let one slice of pizza or cake derail their efforts. They move on to the next healthy meal knowing they exercise, sleep and eat well so they can have the occasional indulgence or missed workout without it effecting them negatively.

6. Make lasting lifestyle and behavioral changes. Fit people have become fit over time, not over night. They empower themselves with information about fitness and eating, and adopt one new habit at a time until it's no longer something they work on, but instead something that is part of their daily routine.

7. Separate the psychology of success from self-help snake oil. People who are fit do not fall prey to the quick magical “solutions” to health and wellness. They know living longer, stronger, leaner years is a lifelong process, and they reap the benefits daily. They know if it sounds too good to be true, it is.

8. Lose weight and keep it off. Fit people know dieting alone is not enough to achieve long-term fat loss. Exercise plays a large part in keeping pounds off. With regular exercise, they are likely to keep the weight off for life.

9. Use positive self talk. People who are fit use positive self-talk. They don’t beat themselves up with negative sayings such as “I am fat” or “I am lazy”. Instead, they say “I am strong,” “I am powerful,” “I nourish my body” and “I am thankful to be moving my body.”

10. Set and accomplish goals. Fit people have a realistic goal in mind when they train. For some, it's being a certain size or having a particular waste measurement. For others, it's competing in an event or fund raiser that is near to their heart, like walking for breast cancer or cycling for leukemia. When one goal is accomplished, another is set and there is a deliberate plan to achieve the result.

Monday, September 10, 2007, 2:20 PM

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Holy smokes! I hadn't realized how far I had come or how much I've changed. A year ago maybe a bit of this article would have applied to me, now 9 out of 10 points do and I disagree strongly with that point that I miss - that one has to work out in the morning to be consistent. I work out every afternoon and have only missed when I'm sick or on vacation (which is usually active).

Reading this really made me realize that I do consider myself to be healthy and fit and that it's become who I am, not a bunch of things I do because I have to in order to lose weight. It's also made me realize how much better I've been feeling about myself these days and it only has a little to do with losing weight (although that was the catalyst) and alot to do with the fact that I'm becoming the person I want to be.

Thanks for that reality check. :-)

Monday, September 10, 2007, 2:39 PM

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