You should go to the gym and eat “healthy”. Everyone knows that right?
In 2019 surely that’s common knowledge- you’ll live longer, feel more energetic and be happier. At least that’s what all the gym adverts and supplement companies will tell you (And the good doctors- unless they have a pill for that).
So it’s safe to assume every gym in the world is at full capacity, and you can’t hit up a play park without bumping into an office worker pumping out some pull ups on their lunch break, right? Weirdly enough, no. So why not?
Why if it’s common knowledge that training makes your life better, would everyone not be doing it?
Because all the generic adverts and advice you receive in regard to it “improving your health“, and bland promises that you’ll feel “better” wont resonate with you, unless you understand your individual ‘Why’.
Discovering your individual ‘Why’ is the most eye-opening, and motivating moment a person can have in relation to their health & fitness endeavours.
If I told you you had to write an essay on cheese, simply because its ‘good for you’, the cheese article would probably never be written. However if I explained upon completion of said task, you would receive a lifetime supply of Brie, there’s a much higher chance of adherence.
In a similar fashion, if I were to instruct you to complete a set of ass-to-grass barbell squats, simply because ‘It’s good for you’, you’d be far less inclined to push yourself and complete the set.
However if I clearly explained that the barbell squats will increase the muscle mass of your ass muscles, and exponentially increase the attention you’ll be getting on the beach this holiday season, THEN maybe I’d get you motivated.
Figuring out your end goal not only dictates your path to get there (“Squats will get you attention on the beach”), it will also motivate you to stick to the path far better than a generic ‘one size fits all answer’ (“Squats are good, you should squat”).
Your personal ‘Why’ cannot be decided for you (And an attempt to do so inevitably results in a less committed attempt to realise the goal).
And the ‘Why’ should be regularly checked to avoid a lack of motivation as you travel towards a destination you’re no longer enthused to reach. For example my ‘Why’ has ranged from:
- Not being the skinniest kid in school
- Not getting ‘out muscled’ in Muay Thai
- Getting over 200lbs
- Getting my abs back (After ballooning over 200lbs)
- Getting ‘Powerlifter strong’
- Getting my mobility back after ignoring it to get ‘Powerlifter strong’
Your ‘Why’ is what encourages you to have one slice of cake, rather than the whole thing, and sip on water instead of milkshakes.
It can motivate you to get your ass up at 6am to get to a training session, not because ‘you should’, but because you have a reason to.
Your ‘Why’ is the very reason you make your way to the gym and push yourself as hard as you can every time.
If you find your ‘Why’ is simply you conforming to someone else’s expectations and goals then you’ll inevitably lose motivation.
Getting off the sofa to lift weights is a struggle at even the best of times, but doing it for your own reason is paramount to success- So ask yourself today, and everyday- Why?
And if you’d rather sit down with an experienced coach, and delve into that exact ‘why’ together, and craft a plan to establish the ‘how’? HIT THIS LINK and grab yourself a free consult, and our private studio in Milton Keynes