Why Sensible Goals Suck

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Do you value your health?⁣

Of course you do.⁣

In fact, we’re all valuing our health and the health of our loved ones more than ever, right now.⁣

I’ve wiped down my phone with disinfectant more times in the last 2 months than I have in my entire lifetime.⁣

If anything, our current situation might be waking you UP to just how MUCH you value your health.⁣

Perhaps you’re even thinking:⁣

💭 “I should’ve been eating healthier. Exercising more.... taking better care of myself.”⁣

And when I ask you why you want to workout and eat healthier, the first answer that comes to mind is likely: “to be healthier”⁣

Then maybe, “to lose weight” follows shortly after.⁣

Those are sensible answers.⁣

But they’re pretty unhelpful when it comes to sustained behavior change and lifestyle modification.⁣

📊 In a study by Segar et al. (2011) we see this in action.⁣

226 people were asked about their reasons for exercising and then their amount of exercised was assessed over the next year⁣

Those that reported “quality of life” to be a main reason (a whopping 15% of people) ...⁣

^^ They exercised 𝟯𝟰% 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲 than those with reasons related to appearance and 𝟮𝟱% 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲 than those with reasons related to current health.⁣

What this really means 👇⁣

𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗺𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗺𝗼𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗰𝘂𝗹𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗮𝗰𝗰𝗲𝗽𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗲𝘅𝗲𝗿𝗰𝗶𝘀𝗲 (𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘄𝗲𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝗹𝗼𝘀𝘀) 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗼𝗰𝗶𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗲𝘅𝗲𝗿𝗰𝗶𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗟𝗘𝗦𝗦.⁣

What can you do with this information👇⁣

Seek intrinsic motivation for WHY you exercise.⁣

^ COACHES: guide your clients to do the same.⁣

🌟 How does exercise make you feel? Confident? Empowered? Capable?⁣

🌟 How does consistent exercise show up in other areas of your life? More energy? More productivity? Healthier relationships?⁣


NOTE: there’s nothing wrong with seeking health or body composition change. But if you’re struggling to stick with your healthy behaviors — your *WHY* might be bullshitting you.⁣