Summer time is here and everyone wants to be outside enjoying the warm weather. With so many new recreation opportunities coming your way, it can really highlight whether or not you’ve been able to stay in shape during the winter.
While some might think fit and healthy people have some sort of secret, their patience and determination are typically what sets them apart. As the famous fable, The Tortoise and the Hare, so aptly reminds us, “slow and steady wins the race!”
At Vitality Fitness, we know how important it is to maintain a regular fitness regimen, even when you might not have so many fun options at your disposal. If you’re wondering what makes fit people so happy, you might consider some of their most well known habits:
Scheduling “Fit Time”
You probably maintain a busy schedule already, but it’s most likely full of everything except your important exercise time. It’s easy to schedule work, appointments, and dinner dates while fitness time is simply relegated to “whatever’s leftover.”
The problem with this approach, however, is that you’ll rarely feel like working out when you finally get a second to step aside from your schedule and find a moment of relaxation. You need that relaxation, and trying to force yourself to exercise in this time might not exactly be healthy either. Scheduling regular fitness time goes a long way towards helping you stay in shape.
Focusing on Fun
Working out really isn’t all that much fun if you don’t enjoy the activity you’re doing. There are many ways to go about staying fit and healthy, so you don’t necessarily have to jump into whatever’s popular at the moment.
Fit and healthy people are able to stay in shape largely because they find ways to exercise that they actually enjoy. If you get to the point where your workouts feel like a chore, you might want to change things up a bit. When you actually enjoy the exercise you’re doing, motivation quickly becomes a non-issue.
Planning and Preparation
Making a meal plan can help you stay in shape because it cuts down on the time you’ll spend prepping and cooking each day. The fuel you feed your body on a daily basis is just as important as setting aside time to exercise. If your fridge, pantry, and lunch box are continuously packed with healthy foods, you’ll be able to avoid tempting vending machine snacks and fast food much more easily.
Making Exercise a Priority
Scheduling your exercise time is an important first step, but seeing that you actually follow your schedule means mentally committing to your own health and wellbeing. It’s one thing to write down your goals and quite another to put in the daily work required to achieve them. Many of us find it much easier to use the excuse of being too busy to exercise, but if you’re too busy to care about your health and vitality, you may want to rethink your priorities.
We all have our weaknesses, but they only become severely detrimental when we are either unaware of their presence altogether or we fail to properly honour them. Fit and healthy people succeed because they know their weaknesses and are able to practice patient moderation.
At Vitality Fitness, we know you might not want to be in the gym during the summer, but staying active is still vital to staying healthy. Give us a call at 587-777-3378 to talk about some of our upcoming exercise classes today!