It’s the million-dollar question: How do the fit stay fit?
At Bodybuilding.com, we’re uniquely qualified to know the constellation of factors, which separate the successful from the unsuccessful when it comes to fitness. That’s because we have BodySpace, with 8.2 million registered members, it’s the largest social media site in the world. It’s also a vast data pool that amounts to the world’s largest fitness study, a research effort that we refer to as the Strength in Numbers Study.
Our Strength in Numbers findings are based on BodySpace members who actively make progress toward their stated goal, whether it’s weight gain or loss. If you move toward your goal on BodySpace, we consider that fitness success.
The majority of fit individuals don’t spend hours in the gym, live on a diet of cabbage, or nit-pick the optimum amount of holy water to achieve immortality. Instead, fit people share a set of outrageously simple and positivity-reinforcing habits. These are the eight habits of highly successful fit people, according to the first major batch of our Strength in Numbers data:
* Highly successful fit people track their workout – Research says that people who track their workouts are 3.7 times more likely to have success towards their fitness goals.
* Highly successful fit people find a plan and stick to it – Research says that once a person completes week 6 of a 12-week program, they are 47% more likely to finish the trainer than when they’ve only completed up to week 5.
* Highly successful fit people post progress pictures – Research says that people who post progress pictures are 3.2 times more likely to have success towards their fitness goals.
* Highly successful fit people seek and share motivation – Research says that 50% of people who posted to fitBoard have success towards their fitness goals.
* Highly successful fit people make fitness social – Research says BodySpace members with 10 to 30 friend connections find success toward their goals 37% more than members with only 1 to 9 friends.
* Highly successful fit people constantly learn – Research says people who have success toward their fitness goals read an average of 7 Bodybuilding.com articles per month.
* Highly successful fit people regularly visit fitness sites – Research says people who have success toward their fitness goals return to Bodybuilding.com an average of 8 days per month.
* Highly successful fit people take supplements – Research says the most successfully fit people take foundational supplements to keep their bodies at peak condition.
New habits must be formed, changes must be made, and reproducible motivation must roar to life. Everyone walks their own path toward their goals, but simple daily habits that reinforce eating better, exercising regularly, and sleeping more still lay the groundwork for a fit life.
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– Submitted by Allison Kim