Too often, we voice goals based on recent experiences or promotions meant to draw our attention towards something that we’re intended to buy or consume in some way. Too often, we set our intentions by the compass of what we see that looks interesting, but that’s not necessarily in alignment with who we are or how we truly want to live. Too often, the difference between the goals we set for ourselves and the ones we actually put consistent effort towards achieving is so large that it’s no wonder we feel unsuccessful at managing our fitness at times.
When you can identify the values that you’ve chosen to live by (see Myth 2 here), you can use them as a litmus test against the things you’re exposed to each day that pique your interest. When your set goal is able to check all the non-negotiable boxes that are a part of your values system, you can be more confident that you have enough reasons to remain motivated when your progress slows and the journey gets tough.
Think of fitness as the process to help you reach your goals in life. Not the end goal. Each workout you see online or in magazines isn’t designed to help you achieve your specific goal. Workouts can all move you from wherever you’re starting, but until you have a solid picture of where you want your fitness to progress, you’ll continue to be disappointed in the results.
Do you have persistent back tightness that affects how you walk? Do you have painful knees that limit how comfortable you are in a squat? How much you can press or squat in the gym won’t matter if you’re hobbling around the rest of the day. Trust me, I know from experience.
How do you want to live? Do you want to run around, play games with your kids and feel ready to do it again the next day? Your training needs to focus on ways to help you feel better as you go on living your life.
Don’t accept the way you feel today as the best it’s gonna get. Believe in yourself and you ability to work through your physical challenges. Not to live pain-free. But to truly live, free.
As always, stay safe, stay moving, and remain intentional.