Work out Your 'Why'!
It’s no secret - working out improves our quality of life. The reasons are abundant - increases longevity, helps maintain a healthy weight, improves mood, increases energy, decreases stress, wards off viruses, strengthens memory, lowers anxiety, improves sleep……
So why, with so many benefits to working out, do we find it so hard to stick to a regular exercise program?
It seems the problem can stem from our reason for exercising. We are just too vague about what we are doing and why we are doing it. We need to make it more personal. Instead of deciding ‘I want to be fit’, dig a bit deeper and come up with a reason directly related to you and your situation of why you want to be fit. If you are motivated by something meaningful to you, working out becomes a part of your everyday life and not just a fletting fancy.
Last time Abby and I met for a chat and a cup of tea, we shared with each other our ‘whys’ for working out. Here they are:
Abby: “I want to be a good role model for my daughter. I want to stay healthy and strong to continue travelling. I want to be like Susan Lucci.” (72 and looks the picture of health!)
Ruby: “I want to have the healthiest heart I can.” (Heart diseease is one of the leading causes of death for Canadian women.) “I want to burn the calories I need to, so when I indulge in a treat I can do it gulit-free!”
The great thing about making the ‘why’ personal is there is no right or wrong. Whatever motivates you is right! We would love to hear your personal whys. Please share with us in the comment section below - we will read them all!