Do you want to know the number one secret of really, really fit people?
They all have a daily schedule. All of them.
This is because being fit and healthy is all about planning – failing to plan is planning to fail, and all that.
By having a definitive structure for each day – one that’s designed for maximum health and minimum fuss – you seriously increase your chances of staying on top of things.
I spoke to six different fitness experts to determine exactly what they do every day to keep themselves on the health and fitness bandwagon.
The best thing I discovered? None of them are superhumans – their schedules are achievable for the average person, and super-easy for you to take on in the week ahead.
Here’s who I spoke to:
Kirsty Welsh: Holistic health expert and personal trainer
Bondi Vixen: Personal trainer
Melinda Ayre: Communications Director of Damien Kelly Fitness
Jesinta Campbell: TV presenter, model and Miss Universe Australia in 2010
Erika Heynatz: Model, singer, actress
And here’s what they all had in common…
They wake up – and work out – early.
Personal trainer Kirsty says that her most successful clients are all up by 6am, and training in the morning: “You’ve got energy in the morning. And by working out first thing, you get more energy throughout the day. You get this addiction to getting up early and training ‘cos you feel so damn good.”
Can’t motivate yourself to crawl out of bed and do that workout? Kirsty says that you desperately need to change your mindset. “My fittest clients want to be fitter and want to be better. They’re happier in life, because they are the go-getters. They just commit to something and they do it, no matter. Nothing in life comes easy to anyone. Make you and your workouts the priority. Change your mindset. ”
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And don't worry - not every fit person is necessarily an early-morning person. Take, for example, Steph Prem, who only wakes up early because her job requires her to.
"I’m not an early morning person – never have been, even when I was a professional athlete I hated getting up early. I’m a night owl but I’ve had to retain my whole system, mostly by going to bed early," Steph says. "Now I have a morning ritual which I’m religious about. I get up earlier in the morning – at 5:30am - and do a little pilates routine and stretch in my living room on a mat. I follow that up with a hot shower and a glass of warm lemon water. Getting up early is atrocious but I’m such a better person when I do it."