What are your fitness habits???… You probably already know that fitness is important and the earlier you can start the better.
Not only will you have more energy and lower stress levels, the earlier you start the more time you have to build solid fitness habits that are much harder to break.
So, what kind of fitness habits are we talking about? Read on to find out!
Habit #1: Learning About Fitness
It may sound cliché, but when it comes to fitness, knowledge is power. Now, we don’t know if you’ve already noticed, but there is a lot of BS going around in this industry.
From get-ripped-quick programs and diets to magic supplements that can supposedly help you lose a ridiculous amount of weight in only 30 days, there are just too many things that can derail your progress if you don’t know what you’re doing.
By learning as much as you can about the science behind health and fitness, you’ll be able to easily spot BS claims and only stick to what you know would work.
Habit #2: Starting Small
One of the biggest things that keep people from realising their fitness goals is their tendency to do too much too soon. Instead of making small, sustainable lifestyle changes, they go for things like seven-day challenges, crazy fad diets, and ridiculous workouts.
The problem with these things is that while they may work in the beginning, they’re impossible to stick to for most people because they’re almost always centered on deprivation and killing yourself in the gym—even if you’ve never eaten healthy or exercised in your life before.
If you want to succeed, your focus should instead be on making small lifestyle changes that you can build on over time. For instance, instead of drinking four cans of soda per day, maybe you can cut it back to two. Instead of always taking the elevator, maybe go up a couple of floors via the stairs. Instead of not working out at all, maybe do a couple of five-minute bodyweight workouts per week.
The idea here is that because the changes you make are so small, there’s a much bigger chance you’ll be able to stick with them. Eventually, you’ll find that you’re able to make more significant lifestyle changes much more easily because you’ve given yourself time to get used to making healthy decisions first.
Habit #3: Strength Training
Another important habit you should get into in your 20s is strength training. Not only is it easier to get stronger while you’re young, but building muscle in your 20s would also help you keep problems like fat gain, bone density loss, and limited mobility at bay as you grow older.
Also, the stronger the foundation you build early on, the easier it would be for you to stay fit and healthy as you reach your 30s, 40s, 50s, and beyond. You’ll not only be able to maintain your physique more easily, you’ll also be less likely to develop medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and hypertension.