Habits and Routines of Healthy Fit People. Have you ever wondered how certain people always look amazing? How they are always skinny and tone? How they seem to lose weight effortlessly? What about how they build muscle and stay in shape? Well, the big secret is that there isn’t really a secret at all. There is no magic pill or miracle cream. All it really boils down to is hard work, dedication, and habits or routines. Follow along as we explore the habits of healthy fit people.

These positive habits and routines will help you achieve your goals. They will help you improve your lifestyle. They will help you love yourself more and get down on yourself less. Feel good when completing a workout or exercising no matter how big or small it seemed to be. You’ll always feel better when you focus on yourself and your feelings rather than focusing on others or your looks.

How to Lose Weight, Get in Shape, and Build Muscle with Healthy Habits and Rituals

11) Start each day by waking up and getting out of bed at the same time

This first habit is easier said than done. It can be a pain in the butt to stick with this routine because late nights happen and you may really want that extra 30 minutes of sleep.

Well, just don’t. Make sure you’re waking up to your alarm, set for the same time each day. This whole healthy, fitness game is about creating a routine so you should start first thing in the AM.

Routines and habits are formed neurologically when repeating tasks. This applies to waking up and getting out of bed.

The good news? Yes, there is good news. It will get easier and easier to get up each day as you reinforce this healthy habit.

10) Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning

The jury is out on whether the water should be warm or cold, but one thing nearly all experts agree on is that you should drink the water.

Informal studies have shown that warm water can help with digestive issues and ailments, improves circulation and helps force out toxins.

Some claim that cold water helps to jumpstart your metabolism into burning calories.

The general consensus is that warm or cold, it’s the water that matters — not temperature.

Make this part of your daily routine and you’ll be thanking yourself later.

9) Exercise, even if you only have 15-20 minutes

Moving away from morning specific habits, you should exercise sometime during the day, even if you only have 15-20 minutes.

You don’t have to make a commitment to get to the gym each day since as we all know, life can get in the way. Well, surely you can find 15 minutes to fit in some aerobics.

Try doing some jumping jacks to your favorite band before you hop in the shower. This 15 minutes can be spent doing resistance band workouts in your living room.

This habit is even more important if you spent all day at the office trying to convince yourself to go to the gym but never made it.

Reinforce this habit to avoid the feeling of knowing you should be at the gym or going for a run, but sitting around watching tv instead. Cut this guilt and make it happen.

8) Get a fitness tracker

Fitness trackers have become all the rage in the last few years. So much so, that everyone probably already has one. If you do, count this as one step up on your journey to healthy fitness routines.

If you don’t have a tracker — get one. They are worth the investment.

For somewhere around $100, you can get a step counter, heart rate monitor, exercise reminder, and maybe even a challenge. Connecting your tracker to your friends allows you to have mini competitions for steps walked or calories burned.

You would be pretty surprised if you found out how little you actually walk by working at an office desk job. These trackers encourage you to get up and move around.

You can get a Fitbit, Jawbone, or Apple watch and they all function pretty much the same.

7) Focus on the feeling

Focus on the feeling you get after working out instead of how you feel before or during.

Feeling guilty before working out, because you feel like you should be working out, sucks. Doing squats, lunges, or curls feels pretty bad too. Your muscles are sore and you’re ready to be done. But that feeling when you’ve completed a successful workout is amazing.

The endorphins coursing through your body or simply knowing you’ll sleep well tonight is what you should focus on.

Let this push and motivate you the next time you don’t want to exercise.

6) Don’t wait for a special occasion to work out or get in shape

This happens all too often. You haven’t been working out for a while when your friend calls and invites you to go to the beach in a few weeks. Or maybe invites you to be a bridesmaid. Or maybe you have a vacation coming up and you want to feel and look good.

Don’t do the two-week crash diet and exercise madness. This will lead you to despise working out.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Building these healthy habits and exercising regularly will help keep you in shape so you don’t have to cram. At the very least, you’ll be in better shape when you start the frantic exercise plan. Your body will handle it better and you’ll likely see better results — both immediately and long term.

The last thing you want is to bounce-back after the special occasion.

5) Choose food battles wisely

Eating healthy and right is essential for creating good habits and routines, which means that you should consider a meal prep plan or see how you moderate certain ‘bad for you’ foods.

What it doesn’t mean is completely cutting things out such as alcohol, bread, or sweets. More than likely, you’ll end up craving those things and give in to temptation. After which, you’ll feel guilty and get down on yourself. Then you’ll swear them off again. See a pattern?

Instead, keep those things in your life, but moderate your intake.

You need to indulge yourself now and then. It actually increases your willpower.

Think of willpower like a gas tank in your car. You fill it up by setting a goal. Maybe it’s to cut out alcohol. Well, as your day or week goes on, your “gas gauge” or willpower gets lower. Soon it’ll be empty. And that’s when you can’t keep yourself from grabbing a glass (or bottle) of wine. If only you had filled that tank and replenished your willpower, you might have held off of the larger vice.

Allow yourself to gratify your needs in moderation, and your willpower will stay fuller, longer.

4) Embrace active recovery

After an intense workout, you’re going to feel sore all over. Part of the recovery process is called active recovery. Essentially it means working out when you’re sore from a previous workout.

This does not mean jumping right back into a weightlifting session or hardcore cardio exercise, rather some light exercise to get your muscles moving and blood flowing.

Go on a brief walk or gentle run. Maybe do some yoga and stretch those sore muscles.

As always, if you have concerns, consult your physician or a personal trainer for exercise advice.

3) Don’t focus on how you look, only on how you feel

You’ll feel MUCH better if you focus on feeling good and not on looking good. But make sure you dress appropriately and that will help you in feeling good as you’ll feel more comfortable overall.

It’s a little psychological hack to trick yourself into the next workout the next time you don’t want to exercise. The results from working out show after time. You likely won’t see immediate results and this can discourage you. Just remember to pay attention to feeling good and you’ll get there.

When you’re focused on how you feel instead of how you look, you’ll be more inclined to want to work out.

2) Remember your goals

Your goal should be to form healthy habits and routines.

Sure, you can have goals to run a certain distance, lift a certain amount, or fit into that dress, but keep in mind that developing positive habits will naturally lead to achieving your other goals.

With this in mind, part of the process should be to do some kind of physical exercise every day. When you can’t stand the thought of the gym, find some exercise you can do at home. Even if its something small, it’s better than nothing.

1) Make a plan, stick to it

Forming healthy habits and routines can sometimes come down to scheduling.

Your schedule can be simple and doesn’t need to be followed strictly. In fact, just adding”suggested exercise times” to a calendar can be a great motivational tool.

Don’t feel bad if you miss a scheduled exercise time, just know that you’ll want to fit it in later. Or that you’ll want to take the stairs on your way back from lunch instead of the elevator.

Count those missed events as wins if you’re able to work out another way.

Let us know in the comments below, which healthy habit you think you might have trouble with this year.