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9 Habits that All Fit Girls Follow

by Laurence-Emmanuelle Bédard Published on April 8, 2015

We all know that girl who is in great shape and has cravings for vegetables. But what is her secret? No, it's not just genetic. In fact, fit people have developed, over the course of years, healthy life habits that allow them to stay in shape (almost) effortlessly. Here are 9 habits of all girls in shape.

They exercise early in the day.

One of the best ways to never miss a workout is to exercise in the morning! That's when cortisol levels are the highest, which allows for maximum energy consumption. By exercising early in the morning, you will burn fat quickly. Another positive point: playing sports will help you to sleep better and therefore to be in top shape the following day. In summary, you create a virtuous cycle, which is to say that you are always ready to start each day off on the right foot!

They never miss breakfast.

You want to be at the top of your "intellectual power" in the morning? Then eat breakfast! After eight to twelve hours of fasting, your reserves of glucose, the basic brain fuel, are at a minimum. So, you need to fill 'er up! According to a number of studies, people who eat breakfast are better focused and perform better mentally. Moreover, they are less irritable than those who skip breakfast.

They go to bed early.

The body has to sleep 7 to 8 hours to stay healthy. Sleep seems obvious when it comes to being more fit. However, an adequate amount of sleep results in many benefits, both physical and psychological. Sleep keeps your heart healthy, helps with weight loss, promotes body rejuvenation, reduces stress, and allows you to be more alert!

They drink lots of water.

Since it contains no protein, carbohydrates, or lipids, water is not categorized as a food. It does not provide raw energy. On the other hand, water is essential to life. It is through water that the body can make use of the energy in food. Each person has her own water needs, according to her size, the climate where she lives, and her lifestyle. Ideally, we each need two litres of water a day. If you work, always keep a bottle of water handy to stay hydrated... and avoid soda pop or sugary liquids.

They always have healthy snacks.

Between meals, we can get the munchies. By replacing chocolates and biscuits in your lunch box with some fruit to satisfy your hunger pangs, you not only maintain your figure, but also have more energy. Eating nutritious snacks actually satisfies a hunger pang, whereas munching on empty calories is unsatisfying and makes us want to eat even more junk, all against the logic of good nutrition.

They are active.

Although sometimes you may want to nod off while watching a movie, try to stay active as much as possible during the day. Take a walk in the park or play a sport when you can. Physical activity is not just about sports. It may include daily activities, like walking the dog, gardening, playing tag, building a snowman, or tobogganing. Physical activity even includes household chores like raking leaves or sweeping the garage floor.

Their fridges are full of healthy food.

Eating healthy means having a balanced diet, consuming essential nutrients, but also avoiding toxins, pollutants, and the risks of infection as much as possible... One objectives is to protect our health... while eating well and good! When shopping for home, avoid buying lots of fatty foods and stock up on what is healthy and natural. You will be forced to eat well, when that is all that is available in your home.

They avoid drinking and smoking.

Alcohol and tobacco do not promote the health of your body. To stay in shape, you need to avoid those vices. Alcohol spreads throughout your whole body through the blood. Drinking to excess, even on one occasion, can have all sorts of negative effects on the entire body. Moreover, it is no longer a secret that smoking is very harmful to your health. In the short term, it dries hair, yellows hands, and accelerates aging of the skin.

They keep themselves motivated!

You get off work and you have one thing in mind: decompress! It's easy to stay at home after a day's work. However, to get into shape – and stay there – you have to remain motivated and organize your schedule effectively! That way, should you miss a workout session for one reason or another, it's not the end of the world – you just get back on schedule as soon as possible.

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