We’re excited to kick off a series today on our blog to do a bit of a deep dive into our core values. Each value is a part of the foundation of why we do what we do, so we think it will be helpful to explore them a bit further with you in order to 1) help you get to know us better and 2) help to encourage you towards a healthier mindset with your health and wellness journey. Each week you can expect us to share one of our nine core values and then expand on why they are so significant to us and why we believe they should be significant to you as well. So without further ado, here’s our first core value…
We focus on overall health & wellness with a long-term vision. We believe in creating sustainable habits instead of offering short-term programs. No quick fixes here. Even though 6 week challenges, 21 day fixes, 50 day shreds, or bikini body summer challenges sound appealing, from our experience, we have seen that short-term programs foster a short-term commitment. We focus on consistency and sustainability over the long run when it comes to both exercise & eating habits.
Let’s be real, the word ‘commitment’ can feel a little daunting. I mean, it’s a rather serious thing to be in a committed relationship. So to make a commitment with our health can be a little overwhelming and scary - especially if we’ve had a rocky relationship with it in the past. That’s a big reason why the fitness industry often focuses on the short term as a marketing approach. What sounds more appealing: health & wellness is a forever thing and something that you must focus on every day for the rest of your life, or just buckle down for 30 days to get your body where you want it, and then all you have to do is maintain? I can bet that most people would probably lean towards the latter, and I get it. Quick fixes sound great. We all want them. We’ve all let ourselves believe that they’re possible. But I’m going to be completely honest here: unfortunately, the quick fixes don’t produce results, habits, or mindsets that last. It’s all short term. You can only maintain what you get from something if you continue with it.
While it might sound intimidating, your health is something that you should have a long term relationship with. But you have a choice in how healthy of a relationship that is. Because in reality, either approach you take is a forever thing. If all you ever do is that one short term challenge every year, you will continue to cycle back to it over and over again. You do the challenge, you get some results, you return to your habits, you lose your results, you return to where you were before you started (or worse), you do another challenge to try it again (because surely this time it’ll work) - wash, rinse, repeat. But rather than only getting serious and strict for a brief period, what if you found ways to take your health seriously every day throughout the year? It won’t be as intense as the short term programs. It probably won’t get you dramatic results as quickly as the short term programs promise either. But you will create habits and achieve results that improve your health in a lasting way without the added stress of a timeline. At Worth the Work Fitness, we aim to help you make a few small changes at a time that you can keep adding to along the way, and those small steps and small changes will add up to lasting results over the long run.
Think of it like learning to walk. It first takes babies some time to learn to stand and find out that they have strength in their legs to hold them up. Once they master that, they start to figure out how to move their wobbly legs while hanging on to something. Then they start to find their balance. Some time after comes one or two steps. Over and over again a baby will try, fail, and get back up again, until eventually that one step turns into five steps, which turns into ten steps, which turns into a full blown walking toddler. No one ever expects a baby to go from crawling to walking immediately. It takes time to learn. It takes time for the body to adjust and get comfortable. Just like any skill or habit, a step by step approach helps build a better foundation for the skill or habit to stick.
And oftentimes with our health it’s not just about learning a new skill or habit - it’s about changing a habit. Which means we likely have some unlearning to do as we go. That’s even harder. And so there is grace. No one is a fitness guru after one workout. No one loses those 20 pounds they’ve been wanting to after one salad. I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but achieving your goals will take time. It’ll take effort. It won’t always be pretty. It won’t always be linear. Just like a newly walking baby still stumbles and falls after they’ve been walking for weeks, we’re going to fumble a bit too. And that’s OK. It’s a journey. We get it. We know it’s hard. We know it’s overwhelming. But that’s what WE are here for. To help you in this journey. To offer you guidance and a plan that you can follow along with - which takes the pressure off of you to learn all the things. To offer you support - which gives you accountability and affirmation to stick to the habits you are building.
So, what kind of relationship do you want to have with your health? The rocky, “it’s complicated” kind that - let’s be honest - never really does us any good? Or the healthy, committed relationship that brings joy and fulfillment that lasts?
Written by Brett Henderson and Kelly Pruim