People are always talking about the habits that you have to form to get in shape. Well, I think we also need to look at what bad habits we need to break if we want to get fit. After All, just one or two bad habits can ruin your newly established three or four good habits.
Here is a list of the bad habits I think are most important for you to get rid of before you can get healthy.
1. Self Defeating Attitudes
If you look in the mirror and you tell yourself how fat you look or you simply don’t look in the mirror at all because you know you’ll be disgusted by your appearance, you need to lighten up a little.
It’s okay to recognize that you’re out of shape – it’s not okay to beat yourself up over it. So, you let yourself go a little…or a lot. Berating yourself isn’t going to fix anything – action will. So, stop wasting time putting yourself down, and instead, sit down and write out a plan.
2. I’ll start on Monday
Hello, if it’s Tuesday afternoon and you decide that you need to get in shape – why in the world would you wait until Monday to start?
Okay, I know why because I use to do the same thing – it just feels right to start a new program at the beginning of the week. However, just because it feels right doesn’t mean that it is right.
So, if you know that you need to get in shape – do it now. No excuses, just jump in with two feet and commit to it today. Just think, by Monday you’ll already be almost a whole week fitter than if you had waited.
3. Putting Everyone Else in Front of Yourself
As a dad of two, I understand this concept all too well. In fact, I feel a little guilty as I’m writing this because I haven’t worked out in a few days because my kids come first and then my wife and then my job…you get the picture.
So, I guess this is one habit that I need to break as well. We all need a little time in our days for our health. If you’re always last on the list, you tend to neglect proper eating and regular exercise. But, as we all know, our bodies will only take that for so long before they turn on us and we get sick.
I guess I’ll take this little vow with the rest of you. I’m going to start making at least thirty minutes a day for fitness no matter what else is going on. If not, I know that I won’t be able to stay fit and healthy.
4. Excuses, Excuses, Excuses
Whenever I complain to my wife that I’m gaining weight or losing muscle she looks at me and simply states, “so do something about it”. While this is infuriating at the time she says it, it’s actually a piece of great advice.
This goes along with making time for yourself. You have to stop making excuses as to why you can’t workout, and make a plan so that you can workout. Fit in 10-minute chunks throughout the day if you have to, just start somewhere.
5. Stop Drinking Your Calories
Okay, this one’s a little less philosophical than the others, but it’s a huge problem for so many people.
For losing weight you have to burn more calories than you consume. Well, if you’re drinking a few thousand calories worth of beer and soda every week, that’s a whole pound of weight that you’re not going to lose, or even worse, that you’ll gain.
So, stick to diet soda, water and coffee, and tea. Avoid high-calorie beverages whenever possible. Depending on how bad your soda habit is, you may lose weight by breaking this habit alone.
Apart from that, if you are serious about losing weight then you must take gym membership. However, if you are a busy person and don’t have time to go to the gym then most likely you should get home exercise equipments such as a treadmill, elliptical or indoor exercise bike. Now all you have to do is start sweating.
Take a look at your life. Figure out what you can change to become more healthy, physically and mentally and then make one change at a time. With some time and persistence, you’ll find yourself back in shape in no time at all.