A few years ago, I found myself glaring at my untouched running shoes, a pair of now-dusty dumbbells, and a yoga mat that was starting to forget what it felt like to be unfurled. The novelty of my new year’s resolution to become ‘Fit Dad of the Year’ had worn off, and my motivation was on a one-way trip to nowhere. I wondered, “why did I even start this fitness journey in the first place?”
It’s like you’re rowing a boat without oars. You started your fitness journey with enthusiasm, only to find that initial spark dimming, especially when the progress is slow.. It’s like an uphill battle with yourself every day, and every piece of sugar is a persuasive enemy.
Picture this. You’re killing it in the gym every day, sweating buckets and sore in places you didn’t even know existed. But your mirror doesn’t seem to acknowledge your hard work. It’s as if it’s conspiring with your weighing scale to make you believe that your efforts are in vain.
The Lure of Instant Gratification
Then there’s instant gratification. The constant advertisements of before-and-after photos promising miraculous transformations in just six weeks. It’s hard not to fall for it. It’s human nature to crave quick results. But you and I both know that sustainable health and fitness is a marathon, not a sprint. And marathons require one thing above all: persistence.
Unearthing Your ‘Why’
What if I told you that your ‘why’ is the torch that can light your way through this marathon? Your ‘why’ isn’t about fitting into those old jeans or flexing biceps that could rival Arnold Schwarzenegger’s. It runs deeper than that. It’s the core reason that aligns with your personal values and aspirations. Maybe it’s about living a long, active life so you can keep up with your kids (or grandkids someday). Maybe it’s about proving to yourself that you can stick to a commitment. Or maybe it’s about the simple joy of being able to do everyday tasks without feeling like you’ve run a triathlon.
Consider Mike. Mike’s ‘why’ was to reduce his risk of heart disease that ran in his family. He wanted to be there for his kids as they grew up and not be just a picture on a mantle. This ‘why’ became his anchor. Each workout was no longer a chore but a conscious choice for his family and himself.
Your ‘Why’ – The Fuel to Your Fitness Journey
Every time your motivation wanes and you’re tempted to end your diet or skip the gym. Remember your ‘why’. It can pull you back from the brink and remind you of the bigger picture. Your ‘why’ isn’t a magic wand that will transform your fitness journey into a walk in the park. But it sure can make the path seem less daunting and more meaningful.
I encourage you to write down your ‘why’ and stick it somewhere you can see daily, like your bathroom mirror or refrigerator door. Let it be a constant reminder of what you’re fighting for.
In the end, remember, fitness is not just about how much you can lift or how fast you can run. It’s about enhancing the quality of your life and living it to the fullest. The power of a strong ‘why’ can make this journey seem less like a battle and more like an adventure. Embrace your ‘why’ and let it fuel your path towards a healthier, fitter you.
Stay strong, dads! Remember – our fitness journey isn’t just about us. It’s about setting an example for our kids, being there for our family, and most importantly, living a life that’s true to our ‘why’.