Why do you train? Or if you currently don’t exercise consistently, but are thinking about starting, have you asked yourself why? Having a purpose for training is critical for you to remain consistent in the long game of things. People begin training for a variety of reasons: to look better; to improve health markers, such as blood pressure; for more energy; to perform better in a sport; etc. All of these reasons are important.
I want to encourage you to dig a little deeper. Why do you want to look better? What will having improved blood pressure do for your life? If you had more energy, how would your life be different? The answers to these questions are the real WHY. They will uncover greater truth’s and motivations and push you.
Here are the 5 Why’s:
What do you want from your training/fitness and Why?
Why is that reason important to you?
And Why is that important to you?
And what difference will that make in your life?
And Why will that previous thing matter?
I am going to go through this exercise myself. I encourage you to do this as well, whether you have been considering beginning a new fitness journey or if you have been physically active for some time. It will help you stay focused and disciplined when life gets in the way.
One of the primary reasons I train is to be able to do any physical task that my family and I decide to do. I want to be an example to my children that they are responsible for their own health, happiness, and success.
This is important to me because I don’t want to be unable to do something with my family because my fitness was lacking. I am okay with not being skilled enough at a task (I can always learn new skills) but I don’t think it’s okay if I am simply not fit enough to do something. If my fitness was lacking then I would miss out on experiences that could challenge me, provide joy, and push me to improve who I am.
This is important to me because I really want to be an active participant in my children’s lives and I want to LIVE! I want them to always push their boundaries and not settle for the status quo. I want my children to know that being active and physically fit is a responsibility they have to themselves and to those around them. Unfortunately, I grew up with zero example of being in nature, travel, exploring. My parents both worked really hard to provide for our family and that effort left no time for leisure activities. Much of their lives has been about living to work at their job. It did instill a work ethic that may have been missed otherwise so I am grateful for that.
The difference that this will all make in my life is that, I hope, it will be far more enriching. That my children will have a strong bond with me and feel as though they can always communicate with me. That as a family we will explore and get off the beaten path. In addition, I hope we can be an example for others to also take more responsibility for their own health and fitness and do more with their lives. To take on more adventures.
If I am able to get more from my life, teach my children that they can get more from their life and maybe help a few others also get more from their own lives..then my own life will be far more satisfying.