I want to take a minute and ask you, "What's your 'why' when it comes to fitness?" According to a poll done by Statista in 2016, there were 57 million people in America who owned a gym membership. I can't even begin to imagine how many people own gym memberships now in 2018. Here is the funny thing though: even though 57+ million people own gym memberships, 80% of Americans DO NOT get the recommended amount of exercise to live a healthy life style. This was discovered through a governmental study reported by CBS. (Click here to read the study https://www.cbsnews.com/news/cdc-80-percent-of-american-adults-dont-get-recommended-exercise/). If you ask my opinion, I'll tell you it's because most Americans don't have a strong enough "why".
First off, lets start with what a "why" is. A "why" is the purpose or motivation which drives you to be successful at something. If you ask any successful entrepreneur, they will have a "why" for their business. People ask me all the time, "What's your why for owning a CrossFit gym?" My "why" is helping people get to a place where they can change their lives! I want people to love themselves so they will in turn be better wives, husbands, mothers, fathers, co-workers, parents, etc. When people ask you why you do something, it should cause you to stop and have an internal gut check. For example, "Why do you love him/her? Why do you work there? Why do you support this person? Why do you discipline your children that way?" Those are all questions that should make us stop, think, and evaluate why we do what we do. Your internal answers to those questions are what drive you to be successful at them or not. People who have a strong why don't view a failure as absolute failure. In regards to developing the light bulb, Thomas Edison once said that he didn't fail, he just found 10,000 ways to not make a light bulb!
All of that being said, I want to challenge you to think about why you workout. What's your why and is it truly strong enough for you to see the results you so badly want? Is your why for being in shape stronger that your why to sleep in for an extra hour and skip the workout that day? Is your why for being mentally healthy stronger than your why to sit on the coach and not go for that run? Is your why for not being pre-diabetic stronger than your why to put bad food into your body? I know those can seem like harsh questions, but the latter of all these seems to be stronger for a large percentage of us. If fitness, health, and well being really are something you want to strive for, then find your why and make it so strong that it pulls you to continue!
I will end with this: My why for fitness started out because I struggled with anxiety and panic attacks. Exercise helped to calm that beast. My why then turned into wanting to share that with other people. That why became so powerful that I wanted to open a business. Five years later, I can't imagine doing anything else in life. Your why could lead you down a path you never imagined and will hopefully change your life for the better. Ask yourself today, "What is my why?"