Why versus How

As a personal trainer and wellness specialist, I have had a lot of people ask me “how” to get fit.  They want a step-by-step process to follow in order to gain their goals.  And while this is practical, they are missing a step.  For me, the how is less important than the why.

I always want to know why a person wants to adopt healthier habits.  Is it for health reasons, to reach a fitness goal, to better their appearance?  Any answer is fine and completely valid, so don’t judge yourself when you answer the question: Why do I want to adopt healthier habits?

Then the next step is to figure out if your why is big enough to drive you to follow the how.

If you want to impress someone at a high school reunion, your why may be strong enough to motivate you through any struggles you may encounter in the how-to plan.

If your doctor said you should, so you are doing this just to appease him or her, then your why may cause you to give in to temptation and not follow through on the changes you need to make.

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The why needs to be personal.  You need to completely want to change your health for the better to fully change for the better.

This isn’t said to stop you from taking any steps if you are a bit wishy-washy about going on this journey.  In fact, I encourage you to go ahead and take steps no matter how much personal drive you have.  You may find the desire during the process and even if you don’t, the few steps you take towards better health are better than none!

This is said to open your eyes to how much the mental aspect plays into your health journey.  Many people think it’s genetics, fatigue, pain or even hunger that cause people to quit exercise and diet changes.  As long as you are making the changes correctly, then these things should never be a factor.  The cause of the quit is mental – the person doesn’t want to change as much as they thought they did.  They would rather not exercise, not eat well, not take care of themselves than achieve their why.

Are you wondering if your why is strong enough? Take this quiz to find out!  The great thing is, no matter your results, there are always things you can do to improve your health!

  1. I am currently physically active.  Yes/No
  2. I intend to become physically active with in the next 6 months.  Yes/No
  3. I currently engage in at least 30 minutes of physical activity at least 5 times per week.  Yes/No
  4. I have been engaging in 30 minutes of physical activity at least 5 times per week for the past 6 months or more.  Yes/No

If you Answered Yes to question 3 or 4, you are ready to jump in!  Start with the weekly challenges (first one published this coming Monday!) and keep your eye out for special programs and challenges to keep you moving towards your goals.

If you answered Yes to question 2, then you should take things a bit slower.  Keep reading the blog and try to follow along with the weekly challenges.  The more you do, the more you will increase your readiness score and will be able to participate in more special programs.

If you answered No to question 2, keep reading and take part in any challenge that interests you.  The more you try and learn, the more you will want to do!

So what is your why?  Let me know!

 

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