(By Larry Track)
“Put your walking shoes on if your destination is nearby. Whether you’re going to a friend’s house, the grocery store or to work, walking is very beneficial for your body. Fit people look at driving and taking a cab as second and third options. Exposing yourself to outdoor exercise also lowers levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, and improves your mental health.“
Fit is a lifestyle. It’s about making the right choices on a daily basis. As a fitness junkie and the owner of track fitness, I share a motto with my clients: “think naked.” Whether you’re looking for a parking spot, sitting at a restaurant or having an inner debate of stairs versus elevator, you should “think naked.” These seven tips fit people do will help you get on track. Shifting your mindset to make physical activity and healthy eating a natural choice will greatly affect your life. Here’s what fit people do:
1. We walk our kids to school.
Start your day off on the right foot. Incorporating exercise into your regular routine is the key to staying slim. A brief 30-minute walk burns approximately 140 calories. Walking your kids to school every day will put your entire family on the path to a healthy life. Spending quality time with them is just a bonus! Fit people know the importance of physical activity, and they make time for it every day.
2. We say no to the bread basket.
First order of business, when you sit down at a restaurant, is to remove the bread basket. Although carbohydrates are a great source of energy, it is important to know the difference between good and bad carbs. Processed flour products, like white bread, are turned into glucose and then stored as fat. Overindulging in the bread basket at a restaurant can add hundreds of calories to your meal. Just say no!
3. We don’t fall off any wagons.
Fit people don’t go on wagons in the first place. At track fitness, I encourage my clients to be consistent and make exercise and healthy eating a part of their lifestyle. Choose healthier foods and smaller portions if weight loss is your goal. Learn how to eat right and steer clear of fad diets and subsequent binge eating.
4. We ask: “Can we walk there?”
Put your walking shoes on if your destination is nearby. Whether you’re going to a friend’s house, the grocery store or to work, walking is very beneficial for your body. Fit people look at driving and taking a cab as second and third options. Exposing yourself to outdoor exercise also lowers levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, and improves your mental health.
5. We take the first parking spot we see.
You know that person doing laps around the parking lot in their car? Don’t be that person. Fit people take the first available parking spot, even if it’s far away. Spend your energy and time walking. The key message here is to fit in a little bit of exercise any chance you get.
6. We don’t take the elevator up one floor, or even nine floors
Adding extra steps in your day is simple — swap the elevator for the stairs. Fit people don’t even think about the elevator unless they have to go up 10 or more floors. With more exercise, comes more energy and more stamina. So start walking!
7. We eat breakfast within 30 minutes of waking up.
Not a morning person? Improve your mood and metabolism with a healthy breakfast within 30 minutes of waking up. If you skip breakfast, you will be more likely to overeat later in the day. Fit people make food a first priority. Skip the high sugar, processed items and opt for a balance of whole grain carbs, protein and healthy fat.
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