Are These Bad Habits Keeping You From Getting Fit?

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Fit people aren't born, they're made. Their the hard bodies that get up early, hit the gym, work full time, and still have the energy to volunteer at the animal shelter and make Pinterest-worthy fruit cups for the PTA meeting. You see, millions of small, healthy choices can result in big healthy habits. Everyone has the same 24 hours in a day, and here are 3 habits that suck up time and keep many people from getting fit.

1. "I only work out when I feel like it."
You just got home from work. You feel sick, you didn't get much sleep last night, you're tired. If these excuses sound familiar, it's time for your wake-up call. The more you do something, the more you'll feel like doing it. It's how you build a good habit instead of a bad one. If you think working out when you're tired will only make you more tired, think again. In a study published in Psychology Bulletin, researchers found that over 90% of people who completed a regular exercise program reported improved fatigue and focus. In fact, the average impact of exercise on a person's focus was comparative to stimulant medications, like those used to treat ADHD. If you keep missing your late afternoon workouts, try exercising earlier in the morning, before work or school. You'll be amazed how much more focused you are. Try some of these tips to find the time to workout.

2. "Weekends don't count."
If you've been good all week, working out and eating clean, doesn't that make up for a few lazy days? News flash: Everything counts. Yes, a cheat day can help your overall program, but there are limits. Fitness should be incorporated into your everyday life. Yes, that means weekends, but it doesn't mean you have to spend every sunny Saturday afternoon in the gym! It means that instead of relaxing by binge-watching Arrested Development on Netflix, go explore a new park, get a Groupon for a new kayaking place or take a bike tour of your neighborhood. Being fit and active will open up new weekend activities that you'll end up loving, plus they'll help keep you on track to your weekday fitness goals.

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SOURCE: The Huffington Post
Jennifer Cohen
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