What’s the definition of “fit”? It’s a state of physical and mental well being with the ability to perform daily tasks without fatigue and for some people, it’s about looking and feeling good. For some others, being fit is not spending long hours at the gym, it’s the ability to move well with sustained energy. Though there are different definitions on what exactly does it mean to be “fit,” there are some common things that fit people do to stay in shape and in this post, we list out these common factors so that you can also incorporate them in your routine. So, let’s begin:
1. They Practice Clean Eating and Eat Right: If you want to look and feel healthy and fit, the first thing to do is to follow a healthy diet and eat clean. If you are confused what healthy diet looks like, check out various weight loss diets on the Rati Beauty app that help you drop extra weight by putting you on healthy food. A healthy diet sets the road for a healthier, fitter, and happier person.
2. They Are on Their Feet For Most Part of the Day: Being on your feet throughout the day, helps in burning calories and keeps metabolism high. In fact, fit people never feel one hour of workout in the gym is enough, they keep moving throughout the day and practice NEAT activities. NEAT stands for non-exercise activity thermogenesis and is the energy we use for everything we do in our day-to-day life except for when we are sleeping or exercising. Using the stairs instead of the lift, squatting on the floor to lift something up, walking while talking on the phone, every activity we do while being on our feet, comes under NEAT. All these activities help to burn some amount of calories and these bits of calories spent here and there, add up to a considerable amount when you are trying to lose weight. Read more about how you can include NEAT activities in your daily life here.
3. They Have Given up on Added Sugar: Added sugar is probably the number #1 roadblock preventing you from getting fit or losing weight for that matter. Sugar spikes insulin levels, which is a hormone that not only regulates blood sugar, it also triggers fat storage and raises inflammation in the body, increasing the risk of developing life-threatening diseases. Refined sugar is the biggest offender when it comes to adding calories without providing any nutritional benefit. So, the first step to getting fit is giving up on added sugar. Now, here’s how you can “How to Cut Back on Added Sugar to Lose Weight.”
4. Do Not Compromise on Sleep Quality: Sleep deprivation, weight gain, stress, bad health are all closely tied. When you compromise on sleeping hours (less than 7 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night), you are not allowing the body to recover and rejuvenate. In fact, poor sleeping habits are a precursor to many diseases. To prevent weight gain, to reduce stress, and to wake up full of energy, sleep like a baby for 7 hours or more.
5. They Stress Less: Just like sleep, stress levels also determine how fit you are. Chronic stress can raise inflammation in the body, which in turn increases the risk for a lot of lifestyle diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and even stroke. So, stress less and feel fit!
6. They Find Ways to Lower Inflammation Level: Chronic inflammation is the reason for increased risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and even cancer. It is also the reason one puts on weight and finds it difficult to lose weight. Since inflammation is mostly diet and lifestyle related, it can be controlled if one wishes to by making necessary diet and lifestyle modifications, and get fit in the process. Follow these tips to lower inflammation and get fit in the process.
7. They Drink More H2O: Fit people never compromise on their water intake and do not stop at just 8 glasses of water, they sip water at regular intervals and keep themselves hydrated.
8. They Workout for At Least 40 Minutes Four to Five Times a Week: A combination of healthy diet along with regular physical activity will make you a fit person, and help to trim the waistline and tone the body. Doing regular workout and giving body rest for two days is what a fit person never compromises on.
9. Refined Carbs: Food items such as sugar, candies, white bread, pizza, donuts, cookies, burgers, chocolates, etc. have refined carbs that spike insulin levels and add loads of calories that quickly add up and get stored as fat in cells. Refined carbs can leave you fatigued, cause digestive issues, and prevent one from getting fit and that’s why it’s important to give up these carbs. However, we agree that fighting off carbs cravings is not an easy task, and that’s why we have explained in detail how to break carb cravings once and for all in this post here.
10. They Eat Mindfully: Eating mindfully is one of the prerequisites to getting fit. We cannot stress enough about the way eating mindfully can help you lose weight by being aware of the food that you are consuming and eating it without any distraction. Paying complete attention to the taste, look, smell, and the way it makes you feel is a part of mindful eating and that’s why, in this post, we have listed out 9 mindful eating hacks to eat right and lose weight.
Additionally, fit people stay active outside of the gym and stay on their feet whenever possible, doing household chores, taking stairs instead of the elevator, performing stretches and practicing yoga, and finding time to pursue hobbies and activities that they enjoy doing.