Anyone who's ever made a New Year’s resolution to get in shape knows, developing and maintaining a sustainable fitness regimen is much easier said than done. And the key to doing so is to develop the habit of fitness. When a habit is ingrained, we are more likely to throw a leg over the bike, get out and run, drive to the pool, go to the gym, or unroll that yoga mat in the living room, regardless of the circumstance in which we find ourselves. But again, we all have the best of intentions, but the grand majority of us tend to fall short. However, there are that small percentage of people that seem to never miss a workout or skip leg day- they are constantly eating healthy, and always look fit!
So what makes those weekend warriors able to develop a sustainable fitness regimen? How come they never seem to lack motivation, are able to navigate hectic work commitments, the kid’s carpool schedule, and still keep those abs looking good and the run times dropping?
In working with literally hundreds of clients over the years, there are 5 critical elements that fit people do and are essential in developing and sustaining the habit of fitness throughout the new year, and beyond. These 5 critical elements have one thing in common- they include a certain amount of specificity:
So, for those of you struggling to meet those New Year’s goals (and it’s only February), try doing what the ‘fit people do’. These 5 key elements are sure to help you stay on the path to being a healthier, fitter, you. Set a specific time, place, and system that makes the ‘habit of fitness’ easier, eat in a way that supports your goals, then, find a support system - a person or group- committed to the same goals, and to your achieving them.