Find your “WHY”
When it comes to staying committed to your fitness regime, or staying committed to anything, you must have a “WHY.”
Your “WHY” is the reason, that underlies everything and becomes your main driver and motivator. When your “WHY” is strong you become unstoppable towards your goals.
I have a few different “WHYs.” They are my reasons and the backbone to my choices. They each bring a deeper purpose as to why why I choose to move my body.
Why #1: Exercise gives me a rush of endorphins and helps me to feel happy, accomplished and balanced. I’ve noticed that when I’m on edge, it changes the presence of my home and it sometimes it impacts my responses to life around me. I know I’m a better, happier person after I’ve gotten a workout in. I find that I’m more patient with myself, with my kids and overall, I feel less stressed once I’ve moved my body. I’ve had a crazy year and a half due to a few health problems with my children so working out is therapeutic for me.
Why #2: I have five young children so daily life is full! From the time I wake up till the time I go to bed, I’m pouring out of myself. I strongly believe in the daily practice of self care and I think exercise is a great way to show myself some extra love.
Mothers give so much of themselves all day long. It’s too easy to forget about our own health in the midst of the daily grind of motherhood. Carving out 30 minutes or so to move my body isn’t selfish or something to feel guilty about. I love that my children get to see me prioritizing myself and my health. Also, if I’m not taking care of my own heart, mind and body how do I expect myself to successfully care for five children?
Why #3: I’m only getting older and my body has been through so much. Everything from back to back pregnancies, to nursing and the craziness of life; I owe it to my body to take care of it. If I’m trashing my body with unhealthy food and neglecting exercise, my body is going to shut down and stop working properly. I can’t expect things from my body if I’m not going to treat it with the outmost respect and care. Taking care of your body is a form of self respect.
I encourage you to discover your own, personal why. Know your goals, own your reasons, and discover your “WHY”. Jot it down and post it somewhere where you are able to see it each day.