Since I've taken such a keen interest in my health over the last couple of years, and particularly since I've adopted a Paleo lifestyle I've come to be surrounded by more and more healthy people. It doesn't take long to realise that these people have a lot in common. I've been trying to understand exactly what they do differently, so that I can try to adopt these habits myself.
1. View food as nutrition and fuel.
Healthy people see food purely as a means of providing their bodies with the fuel and nutrients they need – not for pleasure and enjoyment. They are never obsessed with where their next meal is coming from and with constant thoughts of their favourite type of junk food.
2. Prioritise healthy lifestyle above all other distractions
Healthy people have their health as their number one priority. This makes it easy for them to decline social invitations that they know will mean poor nutrition, poor sleep and a hard training session the next day. They constantly keep their focus on their health, instead of being easily tempted by distractions that go against these aims.
3. Consistently get adequate sleep & get up early
I’m realising more and more how crucial sleep is to leading a healthy lifestyle. Healthy people almost always seem to have a routine of getting up early and going to bed early (because they know they can’t burn the candle at both ends). Going to bed earlier means being more organised with evening meals and of course, not staying out all night on social events. Consistently having proper rest allows the body to recover and recharge ready for the next day. Sleep also seems to have crucial roles in how the body stores fat as well as willpower and concentration.
4. Surround themselves with healthy people.
Healthy people tend to have healthy friends. Having a circle of healthy friends means meals out and social events will be based around healthy food and activities. A group of friends with a similar outlook will also serve to inspire and motivate.
5. Seamlessly integrate fitness into their daily routines
Fit people don’t have to rearrange their day and cancel arrangements to squeeze some exercise into their day. They have established routines that centre around fitness. For example, getting up early every morning to get some training in before work or walking to work. They will routinely take the stairs instead of the lift – and perhaps even work at a standing desk!
6. Results not excuses
Successful, healthy people don’t make excuses. It might be raining, they might be tired, they might have an important meeting, or a friend visiting. It makes no difference. They will still eat well and exercise. They won’t allow these factors to impact their life. The motivation to stay fit and healthy is far more significant to them than the temptation to give into any excuses.
7. Healthy self image
Crucially, healthy people seem to visualise themselves as just that, fit and healthy. Those who are not yet there, may instead visualise themselves as unfit, unhealthy and overweight – all negative connotations that can only hinder their efforts.
Do you agree with my observations? Have you noticed any other traits healthy people seem to have in common?