Six fitness habits that could change your life

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In this article from the authors of Womens Fitness magazine, you will discover the little things that you can do every day that could make a big difference to your results. These are six habits that make up what the most successful people on the planet do every day to keep fit and healthy. And guess what? They are much more manageable than you think.

These six habits are what the most successful peolple on the planet do everyday to keep fit and healthy


Ritual 1: 7 minutes of yoga

This is the ritual of health guru and Emmy Award winner Dr Mehmet Oz. That’s right, the doc’s secret lies in daily flexibility sessions. He swears by yoga to reduce inflammation, reduce blood pressure and boost weight loss. If a few downward facing dogs and tree poses can do all that, we’re not complaining.

Adding any form of meditation to your daily routine is a great habit. While you are striking a pose, repeat these thoughts of positive affirmation.

Ritual 2: Micro workouts

This one comes from model Miranda Kerr, owner of one of the most photographed bodies in the world. ‘Even when I’m at work, if I’m in between takes waiting for the photographer to set up the shot, I’ll be like, OK I’ll do a few squats… because every little bit helps,’ she says.

This is great, how ever, sticking to it, making every effort to not fall off the wagon wheel or fall short is a challenge in itself. Making these Micro workouts a habit is great, be sure to hang onto this good habit once you get going.

Ritual 3: Jumping jacks

As soon as the sun creeps out over the horizon, personal trainer Ben Greenfield, who’s been voted one of the top 100 most influential people in health and fitness, can be found bouncing up and down in his shed. The reason? He’s kick-starting his lymphatic system, of course. How does that work? Well, think of the lymphatic system like a bin man. It goes around collecting metabolic rubbish and toxins then takes them to the dump – quite literally, the loo. However, the problem with the lymphatic system is that it gets blocked fairly easily unless you partake in vigorous exercise. Ben discovered this simple way to get things moving without having to tackle those hill sprints upon waking. We found jumping jacks were a quick and easy approach. 

Ritual 4: Morning mindfulness

‘It sounds cheesy, but I take five minutes in the morning to think about what I’m grateful for, and what I’d like to get out of that day – it’s really important.’ These are the wise words of, Katie Lowe, one of the country’s top wellness bloggers, with over a 250,000 clicks a year. We like to think of her ritual as ‘brain-ercise’. And the best part is it can be done anywhere – while you’re brushing your teeth or walking to the train.

The idea is to focus on the positives in life, listing them in your mind. Then be sure to have a journal, either your personal journal or your training journal and write down three things that you are grateful for. This is a great habit, and you will feel so good every time you write them down. Showing gratitude is one of the habits that will make you a consistent runner.

Ritual 5: Take control of your email

The average office worker spends 28 per cent of their day emailing, according to research. What a waste! However, Tim Ferriss, multiple New York Times best selling fitness author and tango dancing Guinness World Record holder has a clever fix: email auto responders. This system indicates that you check your inbox twice a day at specific times, letting customers, clients and colleagues know exactly when you will reply. Essentially, you are training others to communicate with you on your terms. With this nifty little protocol in place and a twice-daily 30-minute reply limit (we went for 8.30-9am and 3.30-4pm), we got to work. And the results were pretty impressive for such a simple switch up! Believe us, your emails become the most efficient words ever typed – not to mention, they often get tidied up by others who are cc’d into the group before you get a chance to reply. Jackpot.

Ritual 6: Eat lots of veg

Our final ritual comes from Keris Marsden, nutritionist, health seminar host and co-presenter of Fitter London podcasts.‘I aim to have around nine to 10 servings of vegetables across my day,’ she says. ‘My salads are epic, if I do say so myself! A salad should never just be a bowl of leaves. I top them with avocado, fresh herbs, nuts and seeds, olives, peppers, julienned vegetables, olive oil and apple cider vinegar

I want to reinforce the importance of adopting healthy eating habits. Not only will you slim down, you will boost your willpower and become the highly successful person you are capable of being.

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