5 Things Healthy People Do to Stay in Shape

Have you ever looked at someone who has a super sleep physique and wondered what types of tricks they have up their sleeves? You’re working out and watching what you eat, but when you look at yourself, you don’t seem to look nearly as good as those perfectly trim people at the gym, at work, or walking down the street.

What’s their secret? Here’s a look at the top 5 things that healthy people do to get in shape – and stay in shape – and they really make a huge difference.

They Get Plenty of Rest

Believe it or not, one of the keys to staying in shape is getting an adequate amount of sleep.

If you’re sleep deprived, it doesn’t matter how many hours you log at the gym and how much healthy food you eat, you’re efforts to stay in shape will be for naught. It turns out that you actually burn calories while you sleep and lose weight (it’s true!) Plus, sleeping boosts your energy levels, so you’ll have more energy to power through your workouts.

If you have trouble falling asleep, trying going to be with a sleep mask. The problem could be that light is disturbing your slumber. With a sleep mask, all light is blocked out, so it’s easier to fall asleep and stay asleep.

They Never Diet

Diets don’t work. Well, they don’t work for the long-term, anyway. Sure, you might be able to shed a tremendous amount of weight by following a fad diet. The problem is that once you start veering away from the diet, it stops working and the pounds start creeping back on. That’s why healthy people don’t diet. Instead, they stick to eating healthy, well-balanced meals. Eating healthy is a part of their lifestyle; not something that they do on occasion.

They Enjoy Working Out

Exercise is a vital part of staying in shape, but if you hate it, you’re not going to do it. That’s why healthy people do workouts that they really enjoy. If you really enjoy running, instead of treating it like a chore, you’ll actually have the get-up-and-go and the desire to lace up your shoes so you can get out there and run.

There are so many different ways that you can work out; dancing, yoga, bike riding, swimming… find something that you really enjoy and working out will seem more like a hobby that you love than a chore that you loathe.

They “Cheat”

Sometimes, you just need to treat yourself to something that’s unhealthy – and people who are in great shape understand that and embrace it. They also don’t beat themselves up when they have a piece of cake or a few cookies. But the key here is this: they don’t indulge all the time. Once in a while is fine; but eating unhealthy foods on a regular basis will definitely throw your fitness goals off track and result in extra pounds.

They’re Active Even When They Aren’t Working Out

Healthy people stay fit by being active as much as they can be. Physical activity isn’t something that they only do when they’re at the gym or during the 20 minute period they reserves for a workout in the morning. Instead, they keep themselves moving throughout the day. For example, instead of taking an elevator, they take the stares, or instead of parking in the spot closest to the store, they park far away from the front door. Simple things like this can help to keep you active and burn more calories all day long.