With summer approaching quickly, I keep hearing the phrase I hear every year – “It’s time to get my summer body”.
Sure, summer is amazing and it’s personally my favourite season of the year – sun, sand and surf, what more could you want? But if we only focus on being healthy and working hard for one season of the year, are we really doing the best by ourselves and our bodies?
Are we really committing to our why…
“What’s your why?” is something I discuss a lot, in person and through my social media platforms. What’s my why is something I like to apply to all areas of my life. It helps me set goals, work towards them, keep me accountable and on track. It’s something I assess weekly and is a timely reminder of why I’m doing what I’m doing.
Think about it this way; your alarm goes off early in the morning, you feel like you have to throw your body out of bed and drag yourself to the gym.
If this resonates with you, then you’ve probably lost sight of why you’re doing what you’re doing – what’s your why?
If your alarm goes off in the morning, and you can say to yourself “I’m getting out of bed to go to the gym. I’m going to the gym because I want to be healthy, happy and the best version of me I can be” then you’re reaffirming why you are doing what you’re doing – that’s your why.
I’ve been working in the gym industry for more than five years now in different roles. The main position I held prior to becoming a personal trainer was a receptionist. During my time in this job I got to see the trends of members, hear about the goals of clients and learn, discuss and understand the lives of people.
From my experience, what stands out to me the most is that the people who are in touch with their why, who are motivated, dedicated, resilient and driven are the ones who have long term success.
The people who say, “it’s time to get my summer body” are those I have witnessed most often not achieving their goals, being inconsistent, and never seeming to be happy with their results.
Now don’t get me wrong, if you’ve just started getting into training to get that sexy, toned summer body you’ve always wanted then great! I congratulate you for that, because as we know the only type of training or goal that is bad for you, is not training, and not having a goal. But once summer is over, why stop there? What’s your why?
I work with a wide variety of clients with a vast spectrum of goals, of why’s – losing weight, getting fit, getting strong, rehabilitating injuries, preparation for parenthood, confidence, mental health management, lifestyle, etc. I love working with people who have a plethora of whys, because it’s inspiring and these are the people who have success. They set a goal, they work for it, and they remind themselves why they are doing what they are doing.
For my training, my why is simple – I want to be strong, healthy, fit and happy. For my business, my why is simple – I want to motivate, educate, inspire and help people to have a full quality of life. For my life in general my why is simple – I want to wake up proud, happy and a better version of myself than I was the day before.
My why’s are what keep me going, they help me to stay on track. If I lose track of my why’s, it is very easy to get lost and forget why I’m doing what I’m doing, and that’s the mornings where I wake up, throw myself out of bed, drag myself to the gym – because I’ve forgotten my why – my motivating factors, my goals and my drive.
My message to you is this: Think about what your why is; for training, for work, for family, for friends, for life. What motivates you, what inspires you, what makes you get up in the morning with a smile on your face and happiness in your soul? Write it down if you need, put in on the wall, in your diary, or as the screensaver on your phone. If you can remind yourself every day of what your why is, then your goals will come a lot easier.
My challenge to you is this: If you are someone who trains each year to look good for summer, think about what is your why for the rest of the year. Do you want to be strong? Do you want to be fit? Do you want to compete in an event or simply not have to train so hard each year to play catch up from months of hibernation. So, find a why to keep you active, fit and healthy year long and you will find this whole fitness, wellness and lifestyle journey will be easier, enjoyable and fulfilling.