I’ve come to realize over the years that a little more than saying, “I want to get in shape,” is needed to get me out of bed an exercise on a regular basis.
Making good choices about our health can get tiresome when those around us are living differently. It takes sacrifice and long-term commitment to reap the benefits.
Finding a good, solid reason for eating well and working out is one of the foundational keys to fitness. We call it your why.
Why are you exercising?
Why are you choosing home cooked meals over fast food?
The answers to these answers need to be close to your heart. Your why needs to be something that will sustain you when the going gets tough.
I’d love for you to think through the following questions, or better yet, grab a notebook and write down your answers. After some careful thought, write down your why.
Put your why somewhere visible so that you can be quickly reminded when commitment wavers.
Ten Questions to ponder in order to find your why:
1. How do you feel on a day to day basis? Physically? Mentally?
2. How would you like to feel on a day to day basis? Physically? Mentally?
3. What would your life look like if you were in better health?
4. If you keep living the way you are now, what do you expect your life to look like in 10 years?
5. If you could be in the best shape of your life, what could you accomplish? A dream realized? Desire fulfilled?
6. How would being in better health benefit your family?
7. How would being in better health benefit you personally?
8. Are there any diseases that run in your family which could be avoided by making healthier lifestyle choices?
9. Do you have a school or family reunion coming up 🙂
10. If you’re unhappy with where you are, how did you get here? What can you do to take the first step to a new life where you are physically and mentally in the best shape you can possibly be?
It’s easy to get caught up in the urgency of daily life and forget about these important things. It’s also easy to overlook the fact that much of our well-being is in our own hands.
Let’s take a hold of our health and suffer the pain of disciple. If not, we will face the pain of regret. Let’s not do that.
If you’re feeling brave, share your why in the comments below. We’d love to cheer you on!
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