32 Tips to Improve Your Health and Fitness
#30. Start With “Why?”
When we understand why health and fitness is important to us we are more motivated to prioritize it over other things.
The 5 Whys
The 5 Whys is a simple practice to get to the root of a problem, or in this case to gain a deeper understanding of what motivates us. It is one part of Kaizen: a Japanese term for the art of constant improvement.
It goes something like this:
Why #1: “Why is eating healthy & working out important to me?”
Answer: “Because I want to lose weight, and more toned.”
Why #2: “But, why do I want to lose weight, be fitter, and more toned?”
Answer: “Because I want to look good and be fitter and healthier.”
Why #3: “But, why do I want to look good and be fitter and healthier?”
Answer: “Because when I look good and am fitter I have more confidence.”
Why #4: “But, why do I want to have more confidence?”
Answer: “Because I want to be confident around my friends, family, and co-workers.”
Why #5: “But, why do I want to confident around my friends, family, and co-workers?”
Answer: “Because when I am confident in my relationships I will be the best parent, the best spouse, the best co-worker I can be. I will be able to live into the truest expression of who I am capable of becoming.”
Why do you want to lose weight, build muscle, and be fitter? We need a reason that will help us get up for our early morning workouts, resist the office donuts, and make some changes that are difficult but necessary for us to thrive.
When we have a why that is compelling enough, we will be more motivated to make healthy choices so that we can live into out best self.