Trying to get into shape? One of the first things you need to do is change your mindset. That might be easier said than done, but it’s important to remember that it is possible. Over time, your healthy choices will turn into healthy habits. You can start working on that mindset today by applying these 12 healthy habits of a fit girl to your daily routine.
We’re not talking about a temporary diet and exercise plan; this is a permanent lifestyle change. When you start seeing this as a life-long journey, you will begin to think about these things as habits that will last a lifetime. Think about the fittest woman that you know. Does she have any patterns or things she practices regularly? I would guess she totally does! You can become the healthiest version of yourself by becoming a fit girl yourself and building your own habits, today!
12 Healthy Habits of a Fit Girl
1. She eats healthy (most of the time.)
Maintaining a clean diet is the primary goal of a fit girl, day in and day out. That means eating lots of lean protein, fresh fruits and veggies, and whole grains. With that being said, it’s perfectly acceptable to treat yourself every once in a while.
For instance, if you stick to your healthy eating plan for 2+ weeks, you should allow yourself to have that piece of cake you crave without feeling any guilt at all. Allowing yourself small rewards now and then will keep you from feeling deprived. More importantly, it will keep you on track!
So, how do you eat healthily? Check out these helpful articles:
- How to Eat Well and Lose Weight Fast
- 10 Ways Portion Control Can Help You Lose Weight Quickly
- 7-Day Busy Woman’s Meal Plan for Weight Loss
2. She drinks plenty of water throughout the day.
Staying hydrated is a top priority to any fit girl. The average person should drink at least eight, 8-ounce glasses of water each day. If you’re following a workout routine, you may require even more!
One trick to losing more weight is to drink a glass of water before each meal or snack. The water will make you feel fuller, so you’ll end up consuming fewer calories throughout the day. Water also keeps your digestive system active, your metabolism up, and your body full of energy!
If you struggle with drinking enough water each day, read 12 Easy Ways to Increase Your Daily Water Intake.
3. She never skips breakfast.
Fit girls know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Making healthy food choices in the morning will increase your chances of making healthier decisions all day long. If you skip breakfast, you’ll be prone to reaching for something quick and unhealthy, mid-day.
Set yourself up for success and eat a protein-packed, well-rounded breakfast. Try these 6 Scrumptious Make-Ahead Breakfasts. They are perfect options for busy fit girls like you!
4. She prioritizes sleep.
Fit girls do what they have to and get as much sleep as possible each night. More often than not, sleep is the last thing on your mind when you’re trying to tone-up and lose weight. But, it’s actually one of the most underrated factors of the fit girl lifestyle.
Sleep is your body’s primary time for recovery when most of your growth occurs. Your muscles heal, and your energy stores refill so that you can be at your best the next day! You should aim for a solid 8 hours each night. It might seem like that’s hard to achieve, but it’s one of the most important healthy habits of a fit girl.
Think about how much time you spend on your phone, computer, and television each day. How much time do you spend cooking your meals in the morning and at night? If you could spend less time with electronics and cut your cooking time by meal-prepping, you might be able to get a little extra shut-eye each night! If you want to live a healthier lifestyle, sleep needs to move up on your priority list.
5. She meal-preps each week.
Any fit girl will tell you that meal-prepping can save you an incredible amount of time. Not only that, but it also helps you stick to your healthy eating plan! Choose a day to meal prep (I like Sunday’s) and set aside an hour or two to cook-up and pre-package your meals for the upcoming week.
Spending the time to meal prep on the weekend will save you precious time on those busy weekdays. Furthermore, having prepared food in the fridge will keep you from making unhealthy choices. Grab it, heat it up, and eat it!
6. She doesn’t drink her calories.
Fit girls prefer to eat their calories instead of drinking them. Flavored coffees, fruit juices, sodas, and other sugary beverages are loaded with calories. They don’t offer any nutritional value whatsoever, either. These types of beverages can cause you to gain weight rapidly, but you don’t have to stick to water to be a fit girl.
Water should be your primary source of hydration, but black coffee and green tea can actually accelerate weight loss. Try drinking some black coffee before your workout or green tea for that midday lull. They can give you a much-needed energy boost to get through the rest of the day. Plus, they’ve been shown to increase your metabolism briefly!
7. She finds creative ways to get active.
Aside from her regular workout routine, fit girls try to go the extra mile–literally. Instead of taking the elevator, she takes the stairs. She doesn’t waste time searching for a close parking spot; she parks farther out to burn more calories. Even when she’s warming up her meal-prepped food, she’s doing body squats in the kitchen!
Get creative with your exercise! These things may not burn much fat on their own, but they can lead to significant results when you string them together.
8. She doesn’t compare herself to others.
Every fit girl has learned that she is unique in her own special way. I’ll be honest; this is a tough habit to break. It takes a long time to realize that other women are not your competition. When it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, all that matters is YOU.
You must understand that we all have different body types, shapes, and heights. We’re not all going to have “thigh gap” or a totally flat belly, and that’s okay. Focus on getting healthy, and I promise, you will be happier and more confident than ever before!
Yeah, there may be things that she can do that you can’t, but I guarantee you there are also things that you can do, that she can’t. Work on what you can do and run with it!
9. She has a morning routine.
Fit girls are dedicated to their morning ritual. The morning is a critical part of each day. It’s a fresh start, and making healthy decisions early on in the day will set you up for success all day long. While the routine may vary, every fit girl has one.
You should start by training yourself to wake up at the same time every day. Then, you’ll have ample time to do everything that you said you would! Drink some water. Brew coffee while you get a quick workout or stretching session in. While you’re heating up your breakfast, think about what you want to accomplish today (and, write it down to solidify it in your mind). All of these things will set you up for a smooth and successful day.
It may sound like a challenge (especially if you’re not a morning person), but–eventually–these choices will turn into habits that last a lifetime.
10. She schedules her workouts ahead of time.
If she can’t workout in the morning, she makes sure to set aside at least 15-minutes each day to get one in later. Scheduling your workouts will ensure that you never run out of time.
Keep in mind that you don’t even need a gym to break a sweat. Bodyweight exercises tone muscles and melts fat just as efficiently. You can workout on your lunch break, at the park, in front of the television, or in your dorm room… just make sure that you schedule it and follow-through!
Try the Busy Woman’s Body Weight Workout.
11. She looks for menu “keywords.”
She tries to eat home-cooked meals as often as possible, but being a fit girl also means believing in balance. If it’s not a planned cheat meal, there are still ways to eat healthy when you’re at a restaurant.
We’re pretty lucky these days: Most restaurants offer healthy options. Many even have calorie counts next to everything! And, if the restaurant you’re at doesn’t have either, have no fear! Search for words like grilled, broiled, and steamed. Stick with lean meats and fresh vegetables. Ask for no seasoning on foods like steak or chicken and just add salt and pepper at the table.
12. She listens to her body.
Every fit girl knows the difference between being tired and being exhausted. There are going to be days where you feel worn out. If your body is aching and your muscles are overly sore, it’s okay to take a rest day.
Pushing your body too hard can result in sickness or injury that can keep you out of the workout game for a long time. As far as diet is concerned: If you feel hungry all the time, you may need to increase your calorie intake. Fit girls don’t hesitate to properly fuel their bodies with healthy foods!
Follow these 12 Healthy Habits of a Fit Girl and you’ll begin to see results within a few weeks. Healthy choices will turn into healthy habits if you remain consistent!
Which one of these tips is your favorite? Do you have any fit girl tips you want to share? Let us hear them in the comment section!