9 Things Perpetually Fit People Do Which Unhealthy People Don’t

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These 9 things separate the fit from the unfit.

Fitness is a lifestyle and not something you can do for a couple of days and expect to see results. There is a stark difference between the lifestyle of a fit and an unhealthy person. There are a few things which the fit people do that the unfit don’t which make all the difference.

The term ‘fit’ is subjective and can mean different things to different people. In this article, we will be talking about how to stay in good shape and health for life by making small changes to your lifestyle. For some, fit means just staying active and healthy, eating right, and living an all around good lifestyle. For others, fit could mean marathons and lifting big weight, putting an emphasis on fitness and feeling incredibly accomplished. Whatever you definition is, don’t let anyone steer you wrong. Like we said, it is subjective. As long as you stick to the process, you will be able to tackle all those goals no problem.

Let’s take a look at the 9 things that perpetually fit people do which unhealthy people don’t. Knowing the right approach can better put you on track and defining your definition of fit will help greatly as you now have a goal to aim for.

9 Things That Separate The Fit From The Unfit

When it comes to the fit vs. the unfit, these 9 things are really what separate people. Having a right mindset and wanting to make a change is the first step ultimately, for once you get going, stopping seems to be quite challenging. But at the end of the day, what you really need most is the right approach and knowing these 9 important steps to staying fit can make all the difference in the world as you seek the best for your gains.

1. Workouts

If you want to stay in shape, you have to get your body moving. The human body was made to hunt and gather, and yet most of us use it to sit on a chair and order food online. Do a 30-45 minute workout daily. You don’t have to hit the gym to do this workout. Go for a walk, hike or a swimming session.

For those who do work at a desk most of the day, standing up and alternating time sitting can be a game changer for your posture, flexibility, and mobility. But nothing beats a great workout. Whether that be HIIT work, resistance training, or even a lighter recovery workout with bands, you need to stay moving so you only see the best gains.

2. Diet

Planning your meals can make a big difference in how you look and feel. Eating 4-6 small meals a day will keep your metabolism rate high and will help you burn fat even when you’re sitting. Your diet is everything. People will tell you that the shredded aesthetic you desperately seek is made in the kitchen. There is truth to that. With a proper training plan, you are on your way to gains, but it is also important to remember that your diet needs to be on point if you really want to maximize all things gains.

3. Sleep

Sleep is where all the magic happens. If you are working to build muscle or lose weight, you need to give your body time to rest and recover from your workouts. You should be sleeping for 6-8 hours every night to see the best results. Plus, who doesn’t enjoy sleep? If you are productive during the day then you won’t feel the need to not want to sleep. This is the time you get to rest, recover, and feel great about starting the next day. Don’t neglect sleep for you ultimately sacrifice gains.

4. Discipline

Transforming your physique and staying that way needs military-like discipline. You need to be working out, sleeping and eating at the same times every day. Following a disciplined approach helps your body to subconsciously get ready for what you’re about to do. And on top of that, we love routines. We are creatures of habit. Sticking to a good routine is something that you will absolutely want to do not just for gains, but for better productivity in all areas of your life.

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5. Tracking

Most fit people have a habit of tracking their workouts, diet, sleep and many other things. The habit of tracking helps in setting targets and comparing them with the final results. Apps on your phone make it easier to track your most important metrics. Keeping tabs on your training and diet better allows you to look back and correct any mistakes. Plus, for training, you can track your progress and see how far your strength goals have come.

6. Planning In Advance

If you’re failing to plan, you’re planning to fail. Planning your workouts, meals, rest and your day in advance will make you more productive. You might be a spontaneous individual but planning in advance will pay its dividends in the long run. This doesn’t mean you have to plan your day down to the second, but it does mean you should at least make a list and have a rough idea of what is to come. That way you can plan accordingly to better help structure your day. If you live and die by a list, then those spontaneous things may seem like a nightmare. Just be flexible and it will all work out.

7. Visualization

Arnold Schwarzenegger made the technique of visualization popular. You should visualize having achieved your goals even when you’re just starting out. Visualize your days, workouts, and you will eventually turn thoughts into things. Quiet sitting or meditating is a great way to do this and you will find success if you see success before you even start.

8. In It For The Long Run

There are no overnight successes, especially in the world of fitness. If you’re looking to transform your physique, you need to commit for the long run. There are no shortcuts, hacks or cheat codes. You will need to put in the hard work. Setting a goal, that is attainable at that, is important and this will work to give you the best outcomes as you enjoy the process. The process will take time, will have setbacks, and won’t be easy, but you will see amazing gains when you put your mind to it.

9. Accept Failures & Setbacks

You will face failures and setbacks as you get on the journey of transformation. There might be days when you don’t feel like working out or following a routine. You might incur an injury and be out of the game for weeks. No matter what happens, you should never think about giving up. Keep pushing and be accountable to yourself. You need to trust yourself and commit to that end goal knowing there may be some hiccups. Don’t be discouraged and just keep pushing ahead.

Supplements, Nutrition & Training

Along with these 9 things comes the structure of supplementation, nutrition, and training. Knowing the right steps and the best ways to approach these three key things is important as you seek the best for all your gains. Premium supplements will give you a great boost while nutrition and training will keep you on track as you look to maximize growth and recovery. Staying fit is a process so remembering what you need to do and staying on track takes discipline as well as knowing how to approach a good routine.

Wrap Up

These 9 things can help you stay fit and are key in separating those who are fit and those who are unfit. Knowing the right steps and the right approach can better help you tackle those fitness goals so you only see the best gains for yourself. While being fit is subjective, staying healthy and taking care of yourself is key in feeling good and operating at full capacity. Follow these 9 things and you will be well on your way to seeing great gains.

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