Fresh off of the Zouk 30 day Challenge i'm sitting down to write this. Is it worth living a fit life over a flab life? Let's take a moment and hash it out right here, right now. There’s a perfectly sane explanation as to why most people say they want to be fit, and yet only a very small percentage actually are fit. Most, instead, are firmly cemented in the Flab Life rather than the Fit Life.
Why is this? Because the Fit Life takes dedication and can easily feel like it's hard.
Want to know just how hard it is to lose the flab due to full immersion into the Fit Life? Here’s a glimpse into the Habits of Being Fit:
Fit Habit#1: Exercise(move) Daily
The truly fit among us choose to prioritize movement, hit the gym, go for a run, do yoga, etc instead of watching TV or doing whatever else it is that you’d rather be doing. Exercise is a daily habit that simply becomes a way of life, rather than a task that’s begrudgingly undertaken on occasion. Those who adhere to the Fit Life incorporate challenging movement into their lives so often that – gasp – they begin to enjoy and look forward to it!
Fit Habit #2: Eat Clean – All The Time
In the Fit Life you choose your meals based on the nutrition will serve you rather than desire. This means plenty of veggies, lettuce wrapped sandwiches and quality protein at most meals. Being fit means making it a habit to limit your intake of simple carbohydrates and get lots of protein, quality fats and fiber.
Fit Habit #3: Little Room For Junk
Truly fit people turn down synthetic junk foods –even when they really, really want it. Treats and indulgences are saved for special occasions, and the fact that it’s Monday or that there’s traffic doesn’t count as a special occasion (nice try though!). The Fit Life means cutting out simple sugars and harmful, processed fats out of your nutrition choices.
Fit Habit #4: Push Harder
Living the Fit Life is a constant progression. You push your body to be stronger, faster and better during each training session. There’s no such thing as simply going through the motions of your routine – instead your focus is to consistently to challenge yourself to do more each day.
Fit Habit #5: Control Empty Calories
Forget the unlimited buffet line. The Fit Life requires that you limit your total calories to within an appropriate range for your size and goals. Remember, even healthy calories can add up to weight gain when you’re not careful, so calorie control becomes a way of life.
That’s just the basics to living the Fit Life and some of the work that it takes to enjoy a
fit and healthy body. Pretty hard, right? If you make it a practice it becomes a craving. It's also the best preventative medicine for well, just about everything!
So let’s check out what the Flab Life looks like…
Flab Habit #1: Forget Exercise
Your focus is to spend your spare time being as relaxed as possible. This means plenty of kicking back on the couch. The less that you use your muscles, the more aches, pains and mobility limitations you’ll experience. Oh, and if you’re consuming more calories than your natural metabolism burns then you’ll steadily gain weight. Side note: Something that isn't mentioned often is that if you exercise you're sore. So yes you feel pain, but it's a hormedic pain. Or Pain that builds you. The dirty secret is that if you're sedentary you still end up in pain, but its a pain that doesn't serve you. Next time you have that back pain from tieing your shoe, ask yourself, which pain you'd rather have?
Flab Habit #2: Eating Addictive Synthetic Foods
Adhering to the Flab Life means that you get to eat whatever sounds and tastes good. Our human palate is naturally drawn to items that are high in sugar and salt. Your eat-whatever-diet will naturally be filled with these hormone disregulating foods that will be lacking in protein or any actual nutrition. After all they do design junk food to hit your dopamine receptors to make you want more and more of it. in no time you’ll find your weight increases, and your energy levels plummet, accordingly. #flablife
Flab Habit #3: Indulge Often
The Flab Life says YES to junk food. Snacks and meals purchased at convenience stores and fast food restaurants are a staple in your diet. And as I mentioned above, your favorite foods are likely high in sugar, salt and trans fat. Your indulgent eating is going to raise the number on your scale higher, and higher, in addition to putting you at risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, dementia and other weight related ailments.
Flab Habit #4: Stay Comfortable
The goal of the Flab Life is to be comfy. This means use as little muscular strength as you can on a daily basis. When you don’t use your muscles they begin to atrophy (shrink!), leaving you with less lean tissue. Since lean tissue raises your metabolism, a drop in lean tissue means you’ll be burning fewer calories at rest than ever before causing fat gain to be automatic. You would never challenge yourself to anything therefore not enjoy any experiences that would have you overcome, such as the 30 day challenge That I just finished
Flab Habit #5: Pile It On
In the Flab Life there’s no limit on how much you eat – in fact, more is better. As a result you often feel sluggish from your overloaded digestive system. And your motivation to exercise and turn your Flab Life into a Fit Life gets dimmer and dimmer.
So which life is harder? The Fit Life? Or the Flab Life?
Turns out that both of these lifestyles are hard. Just depends on which hard you’d rather make your practice.
The Fit Life’s hard has to do with discipline, motivation and determination, which counter intuitively will bring you a freedom you would have never thought of. It’s about doing the right thing rather than the easy thing. Most of all, the Fit Life is about constantly striving to be a little bit better everyday.
The Flab Life’s hard has to do with excess fat, aches, pains, inflammation that will inevitably lead to physical/mental limitations. It’s about avoiding doing the hard thing now and ending up with a body that’s just plain chaos to live in. Most of all, the Flab Life is about NOT taking action, not being in control and becoming a slave to circumstance.
Which hard do you choose?
You get to renew you choice all day every day. If you’d like the Fit Life then take action. However the Sweat Nation Community can be here for you we will. Please engage. I for one would love to a if only a small part in your success story towards becoming the best you that you can be. You are #SweatNation #PhysicallyInfiniteGet after The best kind of hard.
Get after The best kind of hard.