Why Sensible Goals Suck
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.