“It’s not what you do that matters, it’s why you do it.” – Simon Sinek
The majority of us believe we know HOW to be healthy: eat the right foods, regularly exercise, get sufficient sleep etc. The majority of us also believe we know WHAT we need to do in order to be healthy: go to the gym, eat more veg, cut out the junk, meal prep, say no to our favourite foods.
Sounds familiar doesn’t it? It also sounds incredibly restrictive and unsustainable.
Now, I’m not going to make my case against the flawed conventional approach stated earlier, which for the most part yields short-term results, and makes most of us worse off in the long-term.
This is about WHY. If we don’t know WHY we want to be healthy, then HOW and WHAT becomes irrelevant, in my opinion.
I have clearly defined my why:
I want to live in a world absent from preventable chronic diseases; I want to be functional and independent well into my 90s; I don’t want to spend a fortune on healthcare; and I don’t want to have a 7-day pill organiser filled with numerous pills that I have to take for the rest of my life.
In light of that, it makes the HOW and WHAT much easier for me to define. It doesn’t feel restrictive or unsustainable, because I know WHY I’m doing it.
Have I always known my why? No. There was a time when I was doing it simply to be in shape and look good, but once I’d achieved my goal, I would let it slip away, and repeat that process. Not only was this detrimental to my health, it also wasn’t any fun, and it felt like a chore.
However, with a clear sense of why, I am absolutely committed to my health and fitness journey, and best of all I’m enjoying it. Of course, there are times when I’m in the “pain cave” and I want to stop the workout and give up, but I know that regardless of whether I give up now or finish the workout, in 10 minutes time, I will feel just fine.
Have you ever considered WHY you want to be healthy and fit? And are you able to clearly articulate it? I can help you with the HOW and WHAT, but only you can tell me WHY you want it.