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Part One: 10 Secrets of Fit People

We were all curious to learn the eight secrets of naturally thin people, but what about those that are not naturally thin, but those that are fit?

They have their own secrets too, and eDiets made a list of the ten things every fit person does -- So here are the first five:

  1. Sleep well and wake up naturally. Many fit people arise without an alarm clock feeling energized, rested and hungry. They have set fitness goals and a plan to achieve them. People who are fit fall asleep easier, have more quality sleep and require less sleep than someone who is unfit. Lack of sleep is strongly associated with obesity. Sleeping helps the body repair, rebuild and recover.
  2. Get prepared. Fit people pack their gym bags the night before, have clothes laid out for exercise, toiletries packed for a shower, clothes for work and an appointment in their planner for physical activity. They regard their workout appointments as highly as any other business or social commitment.
  3. Exercise in the morning. Morning exercisers have the highest compliance rates and are more likely to stick to their program. As the day passes, they have a feeling of accomplishment and pride which is reflected in their food choices, behavior and stress management. Morning exercise is the best way to start your day and ultimately influence many other positive decisions throughout your day.
  4. Plan meals. People who are fit and lean have set eating times, plan their meals around their workouts and know what they are going to eat and when. Initially it takes a little work to figure out healthy meals and snacks, but they do not leave eating to chance. Finding yourself headed to the buffet or driving through for fast food in a famished state is a formula for disaster.
  5. Rebound from setbacks. Fit people do not let one missed workout turn into two or three. They get right back to their next workout and use the added rest to work even harder. They also don’t let one slice of pizza or cake derail their efforts. They move on to the next healthy meal knowing they exercise, sleep and eat well so they can have the occasional indulgence or missed workout without it effecting them negatively.


cwhitt4325 cwhitt4325 10 years
I do most of those thing but mostly because my job allows me to. I am a personal trainer and am in the gym already so for me to get workouts and healthy eating in are very easy. I tell most of my clients to make sure they have healthy substitutes around when the urges hit. The 100 calorie packs are great. Also,eating a lot of fruits in a diet can make you gain weight or keep weight on. Fruits are high in sugar. Stick with veggies and lean proteins. I'm a mother of two and have lost all my baby weight both times doing these things!
tidesong tidesong 10 years
Well I am not a morning person so I just work out in the evening after work, I usually do ballet and figure skate and love to bits so having them in the evening don't stop me. But I still don't eat enough fruits although I try really hard, its easier to find veg here somehow.
razzlemoon razzlemoon 10 years
can't wait for the other half
music10v3r music10v3r 10 years
Thanks!! Me and my sister have been going to our track that is near by and are running every morning..... I am still working on eatting healthier and getting more sleep! I need to lose alot of weight so i can look ok in my bathing suit for the bahamas!!! im leaving on the 29th!
JTRN JTRN 10 years
Good advice
krisua krisua 10 years
The rebound part is the most essential one.
nycgirl nycgirl 10 years
I dread waking up in the morning! 9PM gym time is best for me :) Almost everyone is finished and the gym is not crowded, quiet, and all mine.
demily demily 10 years
To be fit, I would recommend that you never use the word "diet." It sets the wrong mindset - that you will deprive yourself of something for a short period of time. It never works in the long-term, and I think it is destructive for a person's motivation. Better to make a "lifestyle change" or make a conscious decision to "be/eat healthy." That way, you adopt positive attitude, and it is all about the good things that you are putting into your body, and not the stuff you are depriving yourself of.
ktownpolarbear ktownpolarbear 10 years
personally, i like working out in the morning but it's so hard to wake myself up. however, i find working out after work even more difficult b/c i'm just so tired by then.
AmandaG AmandaG 10 years
I work out in the after work around 5:30 P.M. like page6lovers I tend to get really snacky at the end of the day, and a good work out keeps me on target and also reduces the amount of time I sit around in the evening!
phatE phatE 10 years
i consider myself pretty fit, but I feel the waking up without an alarm is crazy. if anyone here is able to do that at 6AM, i commend you.
Swangeese Swangeese 10 years
I do all of them except for exercising in the morning. There's no way I would be able to function!
page6lovers page6lovers 10 years
i've just recently started exercising regularly and i've found its best for me to hit the gym in the afternoon. its a nice way to get re-energized and it motivates me to eat less at night, which is when i normally slip from my diet
Pink_Lipstick Pink_Lipstick 10 years
I can't find it in me to exercise in the morning...but I enjoy working out at the end of my day, when I get home from class. Being a full-time college student, I'm definitely lacking in the sleep area and sleep trumps all in the mornings. Exercising relives the tension of the day for me.
melda melda 10 years
great! thanks..
meganekko meganekko 10 years
I find it hard to do any of these things because I work over night. Not every night, either. So some days I go to sleep at a natural time, and others I don't sleep until 8 AM. As far as eating breakfast, what is breakfast to someone who works all night? It's a lot harder than it appears =(
Anais18 Anais18 10 years
I apply those tips myself. I always try to plan my meals ahaed, get 7-8 hours of sleep at night, exercise in the morning since it energizes me throughout the day and will NEVER let a missed workout turn into a lazy routine. Fitness and Health have been a crucial part of my life for 2 years now and I love every minute of it.
pinkflats pinkflats 10 years
Great post, Fit. I'll add it to my favorites.
muchacha muchacha 10 years
Best post. I am going to print this one out to keep around for times I am feeling like slacking too much. I like the last one especially. I want to see the other five!
sinsational sinsational 10 years
That is so true Fit, actually you get so used to it that when something pops up in my day not allowing me to go to the gym it changes my mood, my energy, everything.
backnskinnyjeans backnskinnyjeans 10 years
I think it's important to note that fit people are both disciplined and committed to their fitness, year after year.
spacebear spacebear 10 years
I do agree with the getting adequate sleep. I have been sleeping less and less and the pounds keep coming on!
atoxicsparkle atoxicsparkle 10 years
Awesome! Thanks fit, can't wait for the next 5 :D
Nutmegs Nutmegs 10 years
Woohoo! I meet 4 out of 5 of these!! Working on getting more sleep.
Basma Basma 10 years
Great post , thanks for sharing :) , I've started working out lately but this time I'm commited to losee the extra fat andto get in shape and stay fit :) im doing fine so far ... keep sharing fitsugar ;)
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