Do you ever feel like you are doing everything right to get in shape and you still don’t see the results you are looking for? We’ve all been there. And while you should never expect to magically see results and get fitter and healthier the second you start to eat right and work out regularly, there are certain things you can do to speed up the results and get super fit.
Keep in mind though, getting super fit is like you are building a house. You have to lay a solid foundation first and then work your way upwards, pay close attention to the quality of the work that goes in to build that house and make sure that you don’t skip ahead to build the roof before the floors and walls are stable.
It’s the same in fitness. You get super fit in stages. However, it’s not as simple as building a house and you don’t achieve one thing and then move on to the next. Instead, it’s a going back and forth between different levels while you work towards your end goal.
Of course, the process of getting super fit varies from person to person, but there are certain overall principles that apply to everybody.
Here are our TOP 11 secrets to get super fit and get the results you are dreaming about.
#1 Never Stop Learning
One of the biggest contributing factors to getting super fit is a never-ending thirst for knowledge. Don’t ever be satisfied with the information you already have, but know that there is always something new to learn. We have a world of information at our fingertips so use it and learn about our goal and what it takes to make it a reality. Find the best program that can help you to get to where you want to go and shows you how to beat the problems that you may have along the way. Follow in the footsteps of highly successful people and adjust it to your own needs. Keep in mind, your mind is your greatest asset so use it to your advantage.
#2 Know Your Body
Getting super fit means that you have to learn about your body and figure out what’s best for you. Keep in mind, what works for one person may not work for you and the other way around, so it is crucial to find out what’s best for YOUR body. Experiment with different workouts and diets and see how your body responds to different things. Pay attention to how your body feels after you’ve eaten certain foods. Are you energized or are you lethargic? A lot of people have food allergies, so it is detrimental to figure out what foods give you the energy to fuel your day and workout and which foods make you feel bad. The same goes for workouts. Some training methods will do wonders for your body, others will have a minuscule effect. Try and test different things until you have the perfect plan for you and your body.
#3 Stay Positive Through Adversity
Staying positive when things get rough is the secret ingredient to reaching the success you are looking for. Life always likes to throw us some curveballs, but it’s not the hard times that determine our success but rather how we are able to deal with them. A lot of people give up when the going gets tough, but it you want to get super fit, you have to change your perspective and see adversity through a positive sense because this way you are much more likely to grow and come out ahead. Instead of dwelling on the negative, think about how far you’ve come so far and all the positive things that will happen in the future and this positive outlook will push you to drive harder. And should another challenge show up in the future, you’ll know exactly how to move around it.
#4 Stay Focused on Yourself
Getting super fit means that you are completely focused on yourself and don’t compare yourself to others. Placing your focus on your own performance and efforts leads to a much more positive and goal-oriented mindset, which usually results in greater achievements. Keep in mind, when your attention is on other people and comparing yourself with others, your mindset is perpetually in a negative state and being stuck in negativity will make it almost impossible to put your best foot forward and give it your all when it comes to your training regimen and diet plan. The only comparison you should be worried about is where you were yesterday. If you are even the tiniest bit further ahead today, you are moving in the right direction and that’s all you need to do.
#5 Learn to Delay Gratification
We live in an instant gratification world and everybody wants everything the second they want it and this phenomenon also extends to fitness. People go to the gym for a week and if they don’t see results immediately, they fall off the wagon pretty quickly. But that’s not how it works. Results come from consistent hard work for months, sticking to your workout plan, eating clean and staying motivated. If you want to be super fit, you have to learn to delay gratification and recognize that the decision you make today will have an impact on your future self. So forgo the pizza and hit the gym instead of going to happy hour. The future rewards will be a lot more meaningful than the quick pleasures you receive from giving in to your instant gratification needs.
#6 Don’t Be Afraid to Push Yourself
If you want to get super fit and get the most out of your workouts, the key is to focus on intensity. Don’t wing it, but put every last ounce of effort you have into whatever exercise you are doing. A great option is to do HIIT-style workouts, where you push yourself as hard as you can for the high intensity part of your workout, combined with shorter, moderate periods. If you want the fastest possible results, you should be exhausted by the end of your workout. If you didn’t lose a drop of sweat, you didn’t work enough.
#7 Stop Making Excuses
You say you want to get super fit? Then stop making excuses and stick to the plan. You can eat healthy all throughout the day if you meal prep and plan in advance. You can work out as planned, even if you don’t make it to the gym or it’s raining cats and dogs and you don’t want to get out of the house. If you set your mind to it, you can work out at home or in your office without even needing a single piece of equipment. It’s all about your mindset. Stick to the plan no matter what and don’t get creative with your excuses. Like Jim Rohn already said: ‘If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.’
#8 Don’t Beat Yourself Up When You Slip
Even with the best of intentions, we all slip from time to time. However, in order to achieve your goals, you have to let go of your mistakes and move on instead of sulking in guilt. Remember, you are working on getting super fit and change your lifestyle, so give yourself a break if you don’t stick to every single one of your goals all the time. And it’s good for your mind to indulge occasionally or steer away from your goals for a minute. We can’t be perfect all the time and making mistakes is a big part of our learning curve. Find out what triggered the mistake, reassess your plan and get back on track. That’s the only way you will learn how to make the best possible, permanent changes that work for you.
#9 Eat Well
By now we all know that a killer physique is made in the kitchen, but eating well is still a major challenge for most people. We suggest to forget counting calories and instead focus on eating more healthy, fresh, high-quality foods that improve your digestion, give you energy and keep you mentally sharp. Generally speaking you want to avoid highly processed foods and base your meal around lean protein and a variety of different vegetables. Add some fibrous, nutritious carbs like quinoa, brown rice or sweet potato, legumes and good quality fats from foods such as nuts, seeds, avocados and coconut or olive oil and you should be good to go. Keep in mind that your body needs appropriate and adequate fuel for peak performance when you work out, so don’t count calories, but rather eat for optimal performance. And don’t forget to stay properly hydrated with lots of water and herbal teas and skip sugary drinks as well as alcohol.
#10 Sleep Well
While exercise is hugely important to get super fit, your body changes in the recovery phase of your training program. You may not think of sleep as a crucial part of getting insanely fit, however it is detrimental to achieving your goals. For one, if you don’t get enough sleep, you will be lethargic and fatigued during your next workout session, which won’t help you to push your fitness to the next level. On the other hand, if you don’t sleep enough, your body won’t have the possibility to recover correctly, build lean muscles and recharge your body. On top of that, lack of sleep throws your hunger hormones out of whack and with that you are more likely to reach for sugary, highly processed foods that are counterproductive to your goal of getting super fit.
#11 Never Stop Moving
You may think just because you work out six times a week you should be getting super fit. Reality is, even if you work out every day, most of us still spend the majority of their day sitting. To be exact, research shows that we sit on average about 63% of our day. So even if you stick to your workout plan, you are still sedentary. So if you want to be super fit, make sure that you never stop moving. Get up every time you are on the phone, do some bodyweight exercises every hour, perform 10 squats every time you go to the bathroom, take the stairs whenever possible, take walking meetings, go for a walk at lunch, skip the bus and walk home instead, tap your toes, squeeze your butt, pull in the belly button, do whatever you can think of to keep moving all throughout the day.
While it is important to have a great training routine, stick to your diet no matter what and keep your motivation high, getting super fit goes way beyond that. It’s the tiny strategies and habits that you utilize that will ultimately get you to where you want to go, so add our above secrets to your own fitness arsenal and get super fit in no time.
Joschi & Monika