FITNESS TIP OF THE DAY:
Choose at least one MEANINGFUL reason to exercise regularly (and remind yourself every day).
Exercise isn’t something that most people prioritize or even include in their daily lives. We all know it’s good for us, and that it is the most effective way to prevent many of the chronic conditions that concern most of us, but that isn’t reason enough to make it an important part of our day. Most people need to set goals to stay motivated to get active and do what’s necessary to stay healthy and stay fit.
A goal, especially when it comes to exercise and physical activity, is USELESS without a reason for doing it. A goal is like a destination on a road map. You are in one city and your goal is to get to another one that is over a thousand miles away. The question is not what route to take, or your mode of transportation (ie. plane, train, car, bike). It’s knowing how to fuel the engine to get you from point A to point B. Without fuel (food or gasoline) … you aren’t going anywhere!
When it comes to setting any goal (and successfully achieving it), most people ask themselves, “How am I going to do this?”. Unfortunately, they don’t ask the most important question … “Why am I doing this?”.
Many people identify a specific fitness goal and find (or create) a program to follow in an effort to get there but they seldom take the time to understand what will motivate them to make it through the long journey. They don’t take the time to peel back the layers to uncover what is truly motivating them to make a change. For example, someone may have a goal to:
- Lose ten pounds
- Fit into the clothes in the closet (that are two sizes smaller)
- Eat healthier
- Quit smoking
Now, let’s take these goals (the “what”) and include a purpose (the “why”) to make them more compelling and a stronger reason to get to the gym to exercise. The new goals look like this:
- “I want to lose ten pounds because I want to look better, feel better, and have more energy throughout the day.”
- “I want to fit into the clothes that are currently too small because I don’t have the money to buy new ones.”
- “I want to eat a healthier diet because the doctor recently told me I am at high risk for coronary heart disease and type II diabetes.”
- “I want to quit smoking because I want to be able to play with my young children without huffing and puffing.”
Food for Thought …
Take the time to identify the specific reasons why you want to incorporate exercise and physical activity into your daily life. Knowing why you want to change will help you to be more accountable to your actions and make you more aware of the negative consequences if you don’t stick to the program.
By digging deeper and understanding the true motivations for your actions, you will be more successful in adhering to your fitness program and achieving your long term goals!