So you want to lose weight or get in shape. But you can’t seem to stay motivated, and regularly fall off the wagon. Sound about right?
If so, you probably aren’t tuned into what we like to call your "why" – the deep-seeded reason for your fitness goal. Here's what we mean and how to discover it.
In our experience, it is the people who really understand their why – not what they want to achieve, but their core motivation for wanting to achieve it – are the ones that see long-term sustainable success. So when we encounter a client who is struggling with motivation and consistency, we’ll often take them through an exercise to help them discover their why.
Basically we’re asking: if you peel back that top layer of wanting to look better or feel better, what’s underneath it? You may not know right away, and you may have to peel back a few (or many) layers – and it can sometimes get uncomfortable - but it's in there.
We have a process for taking our clients through this exercise but it can be done without a fancy framework. How? Well, here are the simple steps:
If you’re honest with yourself, you’ll get there! And if you don’t – try again. Sometimes it takes a while. But it’s worthwhile – understanding your WHY can be the difference between struggling to stay on the wagon and seeing real and lasting results.
Goals change from time-to-time so it’s good to revisit this exercise every so-often. Also, it can be used for other areas of your life also – including career-related goals, personal development goals, and personal/family goals also, so it’s a great one to have in your back-pocket.
Poul Nielsen is the owner and operator of Nielsen Fitness, Toronto's leading team of in-home personal trainers. He has 18 years' experience in the fitness industry and has taught courses in Fitness and Lifestyle Management at George Brown College.
In addition to exercise (obviously), he loves spending time with his family, playing the guitar, strong coffee - and dark chocolate!