Think being healthy takes too much time, money or effort? Think again, here are 12 ways to be more fit and healthy:
1. Being healthy is easier than we think. It actually takes less time and money to be healthy. Start every day with a protein shake. Eat lean protein, healthy fats, lots of fruits and veggies, and healthy carbs with your meals. Don’t over complicate nutrition.
2. Focus on being healthy. Optimal health can truly be the difference between a person living or dying, or getting that great opportunity or not. You’ve got to be ready, which means it’s not tomorrow when you start; it’s right now. The type of fuel you put in your car dictates how well it runs and same goes for your body.
3. Exercise helps everything. Exercise helps you handle stress better, feel better, look better and boosts your immune system. Basically, everything gets better, and you don’t need to spend hours doing it. Try high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and you’ll be sweating in just minutes. Plus, it’s a more challenging workout.
4. You can’t out-exercise a crappy diet. I’ll be the first to admit I tried to do this for years. I used to think, “I play college sports and workout 6-7 times a week. Therefore, I can eat whatever I want.” Sad part is, it doesn’t work. Nutrition and fitness go hand-in-hand. Can’t have one without the other and expect results.
5. Ignore the haters. I’ve been experiencing this one a lot lately. The more I share on social media, the more I notice “haters” or people who don’t want to see you do well. Truth is, most others don’t want to see you do better than them, because it makes them feel insecure. However, true leaders and motivators cheer others on and lift others up to their level. Ignore the haters, nothing you do will impress them anyways and it’s not about them, it’s about you. Stand up for and stand by what you believe in. What others think is none of your business anyways.
6. Challenge yourself. Successful people, those who have really affected the world, have all gone through challenges. And typically they have faced more challenges than most can comprehend or imagine. Challenge becomes an opportunity to get stronger and better, because we don’t grow when life stays comfortable and easy. So push yourself. Get outside that comfort zone.
7. Find your “why.” People say this all the time and I hate that it’s trendy, but it’s true. What inspires you? When I was stuck behind a desk and working 9-5, day-in and day-out, I was miserable. I had to find my “why,” and that was teaching and training others on health and fitness. Your “why” must be big enough for you to get off the couch and take action.
8. Small hinges move big doors. The smallest things like starting the day with a protein shake, getting eight hours of sleep, and burst (or HIIT) training can yield big dividends. You start one good habit; the next one rolls in.
9. How you do one thing is how you do everything. When you care about yourself and prioritize yourself as number one, great things happen. I don’t know why we feel guilty about things like extreme self-care, but that’s really what we need to be practicing. That rolls over to every other area of our life. If we don’t take care of ourselves, it affects work, relationships, our attitude, motivation, etc.
10. You’re worth it. You matter. If you’re eating junk food, you’re sending your body the message of, “I’m a trash can. I don’t matter.” Treat your body right and it will treat you right. So when you “don’t feel good,” think of what you’re putting in your body and that’s usually why.
11. Set a daily intention. Every morning I focus on what my big goals and dreams are right now. I write them down and do the little things day-in and day-out to get me to them. Remember when I said, “Small hinges move big doors.” Success truly is the sum of small efforts repeated daily.
12. Be scared. Figure out what you want and how you’re going to get it. Make it a little scary, make it a stretch and make it something that seems “impossible.” You want to go for that thing that inspires you, scares you, and makes you get off the couch and think, “Can I really do this?” That’s when you know you’ve got the big goal and whether or not you can do it, is up to you.
My dad used to always share this cheesy Airborne Ranger quote with me, but it has stuck after all these years and is really true. “If it’s to be, then it is up to me.” You’re in control.