Today we are wrapping up our Core Value Series where we’ve been diving a bit deeper into each core value of Worth the Work Fitness in order to help you get to know us better, and to help encourage you towards a healthier mindset with your health and wellness journey. Each week we've been sharing one of our nine core values that are a part of the foundation of why we do what we do, and expanding on why each one is so significant to us and why we believe each can be significant to you as well.
We believe in being fueled by a big picture ‘why’. Whether it is overall long-term health, feeling great physically & mentally, keeping up with your kids or grandkids, preventing health issues that run in your family, or whatever it is that motivates you - identifying and remembering your ‘why’ gives you the ammo to keep fighting if you ever feel like giving up.
Last week we discussed how it takes hard work to get the results we want when it comes to our health, but today we’re going to talk about the ‘why’ behind that work and those desired results, because in that end that’s what makes it all worth it.
If you head off aimlessly into a journey towards health and wellness, it’s very likely that your journey is going to be short lived. You’ll likely derail, run out of gas, or simply give up and return to your starting destination if you don’t have a reason to keep going when things get tough. And doing so keeps you stuck on a cyclical track that never progresses you anywhere towards a better way of life. So instead of wandering aimlessly, we want to guide you with a ‘why’ that means something to you and keeps you focused on the lifelong journey ahead of you. Because that will ultimately root your work into something worthwhile.
A very relevant analogy of having a ‘why’ is a company’s mission statement or core values (kinda relevant, huh?). A mission statement can help direct work, guide decision making, and fuel day-to-day tasks with defined objectives. It helps keep the main things the main things. Similarly, these core values we have been sharing lead us as a team and company to serve our client’s with the right focus in mind. Otherwise it could be really easy to detour off into areas of health and wellness that we aren’t really all about. So we created our mission statement and a set of core values to keep us aligned with the goals we set out to accomplish.
And you can do the same thing with your life, and with your health, by honing in on your ‘why.’ Doing so can give you purpose. It gives you something to work towards and focus on, especially when it gets hard. It can be a guiding force to help you continuously put one foot in front of the other, which is going to help you establish those sustainable habits that we talk so much about. It will help you embrace the process rather than resent the work.
So what kind of ‘whys’ are we talking about? Well, it’s the big picture ‘whys.’ The ones that get to the root of why you want to live your life a certain way. Losing weight is often a ‘why’ that people give when they decide they should work out. But that’s miniscule in comparison to what can really fuel you. Partially because there’s always a deeper reason behind it, and partially because it’s more of a goal than a ‘why.’
Your goal might be to lose 20 pounds, but the real ‘why’ could be because you want to feel more comfortable in your own skin. You might have a goal to run 1 mile without stopping, but the ‘why’ behind it could be so you can have more endurance to keep up with your kids. You could be setting out to eat more leafy greens because they’re supposed to be good for you, but your real ‘why’ could be because you want to lower your blood pressure and get off those medications you’ve been chained to for years.
Do you see the difference? Do you see how it goes much deeper? I know it feels a little therapy-like, but considering how intertwined our mental, emotional, and physical health are, this is incredibly important work to consider.
So. It’s time for us to ask you: WHY do you want to make changes to your health? WHY do you want to live a healthy life? WHY do you work out?
Is it to feel good instead of settling for the typical lethargic feeling you carry?
Is it to gain strength in order to eliminate pain and make every day activities easier?
Is it to have the stamina to keep up with your active kids, or grandkids?
Is it to sleep better so you stop feeling so groggy all the time?
Is it to improve your mental health by managing your stress?
Is it to avoid and prevent the health issues that run in your family?
Is it to set a good example of healthy living for your kids?
Is it to seek mental clarity so you can have better focus on what matters to you?
Whatever your ‘why’ is, put words to it for yourself. Write it down on a post-it note and stick it somewhere you will see often. Remind yourself of it each day to keep making the mental connection between the work you are putting in and the purpose behind it. We can even help you uncover your why through an initial coaching contact when you sign up for a Worth the Work Fitness membership, and then we will remind you of that ‘why’ often during your workouts to reinforce it. We want you to keep going. And keeping your ‘why’ front of mind is going to help do that.
So when you’re losing stamina during a workout, think of your ‘why.’
When you’re trying to push for one more rep, think of your ‘why.’
When you’re tempted to eat a second helping when you’re already full, think of your ‘why.’
When you just want to hit snooze instead of getting up in time to workout, think of your ‘why.’
It’s going to be that reminder of why you are making the changes you are, and why you are putting in the work. And it’s going to make all of it worth it in the end.
Thanks so much for joining us for this 9 week series about the Core Values that help define our ‘whys’ as a company. We hope it helped you get to know us just a little bit better, but more importantly we hope it has provided you with some inspiration and motivation to make small shifts in your mindset when it comes to your health and wellness. Feel free to revisit any of the blog posts in this series whenever you need a pep talk!
Written by Kelly Pruim and Brett Henderson