Exercise Longevity: What’s Your ‘Why’? (#8)

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Years ago I was at a place in life where I completely lost the motivation to exercise regularly. Thankfully, it didn’t take long for me to bounce back and start tackling the weights again as ever before! However, this presented a key opportunity for me to figure out ‘why’ exercising was important to me.

 


Like most things we commit to in life, it’s important to figure out the ‘why’ in what we’re doing.


 

Since I decided to take ownership over my health and well-being again, I had to figure out why I wanted to get back into my workout routine again.

 

My reason?

 


I knew that regular exercise kept me balanced in other areas of life, and helped me to become a better person.


 

Yes, setting goals for your exercise program is important, but assessing the WHY for your goals takes things a step further.

 

Over time, I’ve learned the importance of keeping my ‘why’ at the forefront of my mind. I came to the realization that life has its ups and downs and that no one feels “charged up” to workout all the time. 

 

However, the reason for your goal is a lot more stable than the feeling associated with your goal. Chances are, you’re not going to feel as motivated at the gym on “Day 56” as you did on “Day 1”, but the reason for why you’re working out should remain the same on both days.

 


Feelings of motivation ignite the flame, but your ‘why’ keeps the flame going.


 

In order to get the most out of your wellness experience whatever you’re doing has to be meaningful to you. A good way to begin is by identifying your personal desires. Furthermore, activities such as writing things out and daily meditation are powerful tools to use as well.

 

Key Takeaways:

  • Take ownership over your well-being
  • Figure out the reason for why you’re committing to your exercise routine
  • “Motivated feelings” change far more that “meaningful reasons”
  • Make whatever you’re doing become meaningful to you

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