If you’ve been trying to get in shape for years and still haven’t succeeded, you need the Forever Fit Mindset.
I can’t tell you how many times I see the same people still trying to lose that 30 lbs they’ve said they were going to lose for years and years now — and they still don’t lose it.
Just like everything else in life — fitness requires the right mindset.
The mind and body are one, so when you exercise your body, you are exercising your mind.
You can’t expect to have a Forever Fit Body without the Forever Fit Mindset.
In this article, I’m going to share the three keys that have helped me develop the Forever Fit Mindset.
1. Think of Fitness as a Lifestyle
The biggest difference between those who get the fitness results they want and those who continue to struggle year after year is consistency.
If you want to be forever fit, you have to realize that fitness is forever.
You can’t get a six pack and then call it quits on exercising and eating healthy because you got the abs you wanted. As soon as you stop working out, your abs will slowly start to fade away.
This is absolutely crucial — the only way to stay fit forever is to view fitness as a lifestyle, not a goal or a phase.
What blows my mind is that people think they can possibly look and feel their best without exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet.
It’s not possible. There are no drugs or secret tips to look and feel your best without exercise and nutrition.
Exercise and nutrition are fundamental requirements to being a healthy, functional human.
There’s no need to overcomplicate this either.
You don’t have to live in the gym to stay fit forever.
The simplest effective approach you can take is to commit to breaking a sweat every day. You can walk your dog, go hiking, play tennis, ride a bike, or anything else you enjoy that forces your body to break a sweat. It all works!
Break a sweat every single day while eating a healthy diet for six months and see what happens.
2. Understand That Fitness Gets Easier Over Time
Getting in shape can be fucking difficult at first, depending on where you’re starting from.
You are literally forcing your body to rewire brain signals (changing your habits) that you have strengthened for years.
If you’ve never lifted weights before, you are going to be extremely sore after each workout for the first year or so.
And here’s what the fitness gurus will never admit to you — losing weight is uncomfortable because you have to actually feel hungry.
GASP! I know you aren’t allowed to admit that in our fit-shaming society, but if you aren’t feeling hungry throughout the day you probably aren’t losing any weight.
However, the good news is staying lean is pretty easy after you’ve lost the weight.
The same goes for building muscle — it’s so much easier to maintain muscle after you have built it, but for most of us it is challenging to build in the first place.
When you adopt the Forever Fit Mindset, you accept the fact that you are going to do more work upfront so you can live the rest of your life with a great body that’s easy to maintain.
This is important because people who are new to fitness often feel discouraged by all of the discomforts of feeling hungry, feeling sore, and trying to figure what to eat to fit into their diet plan.
Don’t worry — you get stronger, and fitness gets easier.
Before long, people start to look at you like “How do they make it look so easy?”.
3. Create a Permanent Daily Routine
Now you realize that fitness is a lifestyle — but how do you actually create that lifestyle?
You create a permanent daily routine.
This process starts in your mind before you take any action.
Right now you probably think of going to the gym as something that you will add to your daily routine when you find time.
That’s not going to cut it.
Let me ask you this — would you leave the house for work in the morning without brushing your teeth and putting on deodorant?
Would you go several days without showering because you just couldn’t find the time?
No, no, and no!
We always make time for the things that we view as mandatory tasks — the things that are part of our daily routine.
To me, going to the gym is no different than brushing my teeth or taking a shower.
I wake up earlier than I need to for the sole purpose of making time to workout before I start my day.
There’s no way I’m going to skip brushing my teeth, and there’s no way I’m going to skip going to the gym.
“Not having time to workout” is a bullshit excuse to be lazy.
We always make time for the things we view as important or mandatory.
Exercise is mandatory if you want to have a body that makes people do a double-take. It’s also important if you have the desire to feel your best.
It’s time to give fitness the priority in your daily routine it deserves.
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