How Your ‘WHY’ Keeps You Healthy
Do you want to be a healthier version of yourself? If your answer is yes, then why?
Motivation is different for each individual, but if your reason for a lifestyle change is stronger than your excuses, you will make it happen. Most people don’t ask enough of the why questions before starting a workout routine or health-related lifestyle change.
If you want to make healthy changes, start visualizing the improvements you want to make while exploring – exactly — why you want to make them. This should be done regularly, even daily. As you reflect on your reasons, make sure your why aligns with your emotions. Ask yourself what makes you happy, and what your future will look like when you are feeling like the best, healthiest version of you. Then start with some practical steps to keep yourself motivated for your workout routine.
Being body-positive, no matter where you are or what size you happen to be, in my opinion, is the number one tool to overall wellness. Let’s just say being body-positive is the new beautiful! What you give power to in your mind is what will have power over you. Thoughts generate feelings, and if your thoughts are positive and supportive, you will feel strength to accomplish the extraordinary things you are capable of doing. That mindset is vital when it comes to change and moving into action.
It also helps to begin with a focus on fun. Ask yourself what your idea is of fun. You will need to add FUN to a workout routine or fitness resolution if you want it to last as part of your lifestyle.
Don’t make change too complicated. Progress is already change, and that is all you need today. Just start!
Get an accountability partner
This is a new concept that took my own fitness level up a notch or two. My husband went through some health challenges in 2015 leading his why to become much stronger than his how. We started working out together and, presto! Staying motivated on my own was no longer a problem.
Having someone else to encourage and challenge you is a great way to stay consistent. I suggest finding a trainer for yourself and/or your fitness partner because scheduled workouts are workouts that actually happen when there’s a third party involved.
We have been fortunate to have an additional accountability partner in a common friend, Marissa, who has recently been working to meet her own fitness goals. She has inspired us as we have watched her become not only a different body size, but more importantly a happier, healthier, and stronger woman.
Marissa tracks her progress with photos and inspiring quotes through a public account on Instagram (@fit_mariss), where she presents the real-life challenges we all have and takes followers along her journey as she stays determined to overcome the mundane part of fitness.
This is a great way to hold yourself accountable for your healthy progress. Create your own story while taking photos of anything you do that requires active movement, or even eating habits you may be improving. You can mark your progress as you keep them on a blog, Instagram, or other memory-logging social media account which you can keep private, or invite friends to follow and cheer you along.
I also keep a private Instagram account just for postings about fitness with my family. My kids are one of the biggest reasons why wellness is such a priority for me. I want them to see me working hard and progressing. We keep our family activities fun. Most of our pictures are of us just playing outdoors while exercising and enjoying nature. Kids notice when you make fitness a priority and they will often join in, or at least count for you while you do all the work. Sometimes we end up exercising just to get a great picture. (Hey, whatever works, right?)
Change it up
There are sunsets and rainbows to be captured, so why not climb a trail to see them? You’ll find it easier to consistently stay on track when you work your workout routines around things you already enjoy. Ironically, adding variety has been the one thing that keeps my fitness lifestyle consistent for me.
If you need ideas of activities to throw into the mix of your regular workout routine, try looking for exercise videos and classes that you will enjoy. I can always find time for yoga because I enjoy and rely on the mental clarity and stress relief from my yoga practice. That mindset brings me full-circle, helping me fixate on my own vision of better health, and those whys that keep me going. | iH