As the year draws to a close and the festive season is upon us, many of us find ourselves reflecting on the year behind and the one ahead. This is an ideal time to reevaluate your current fitness routine. How did you do this year? If you feel you could have exercised more regularly and to improve that, this blog post was written for you! When asked, how do you stay motivated when life gets in the way? I reply, because I know WHY I exercise. Let’s first understand what is “your why” and how to find it then explain why finding it will play a major role in staying motivated to exercise when all these year end parties come in the way!
What’s your “Why”?
Your “why” is your personal motivation, in this case, the real reason why you exercise. You have troubles sticking to a regular exercise regime? The answer is simple: you have not found your why yet. It should be the driving force behind your commitment to exercise. The reason why you can’t stop and won’t stop no matter the time of the year!
How do you find your “Why”?
Find a quiet spot and answer the following 3 questions honestly. Here is an example:
Question 1 : Why do I exercise? Answer 1: Because I want to loose weight
Question 2: Why do you want to loose weight? Answer 2: Because my health is not at his best right now
Question 3: Why do you want your health to get better? Answer 3: Because I want to see my children grow and not be burden for them
Here you go! That’s your why: You exercise to maintain your functional independence and be able to enjoy your children’s company for as long as you can!
A few common “whys” are: to reduce stress, for my mental health, to keep functional independence, for my family or loved ones, for my self confidence, to be a role model for my family.. Take a break now and find yours!
How would your “why” change how you exercise?
- Clear Focus: Your “why” clarifies your fitness goals and keeps you focused. You are not just exercising because “you have to” you are exercising with purpose. Knowing that purpose helps you set clear intentions.
- Sustained Motivation: When you’re aware of why you’re exercising, you’re more likely to stay motivated even during challenging times. Your “why” serves as a powerful reminder of your commitment.
- Long-Term Commitment: Your “why” transcends short-term resolutions. It’s a deep-rooted reason that sustains your commitment to fitness throughout the year, not just when you list out your New Year’s resolutions.
- Improved Accountability: Knowing your “why” makes you more accountable to yourself. It’s a source of self-motivation that encourages you to stick with your exercise routine.
As we approach the year’s end, remember the reason “why” you exercise, and use it as your guiding light. It will ensure that your commitment to fitness is unwavering, even amidst holiday indulgences and busy schedules. Your “why” keeps you focused, motivated, and accountable, leading to a healthier and happier you in the upcoming year and beyond! Write it down, tell your loved ones about it, make it a big thing, and let it propel you towards a healthier, more vibrant future. Now is always the best time to invest in yourself, and the rewards will be worth every drop of sweat and every moment of dedication!