Reflecting on our Why ūüí¨

I am currently writing this to you during an Excessive Heat Warning in Philadelphia with temperatures expected to be in the upper 90s, with feels up to 114 degrees! ¬†Eek!!!! ¬†So why are we small talking weather? ¬†Well, if you read my favorite quote from Nietzsche, “He/she that has a WHY to live for can bear any HOW”, it has me wondering if Nietzsche ever did any type of exercise in 114 degree weather?! ¬† ¬†Even before our brains had time to process the forecast, it gave us a gazillion excuses to not go to the gym or do anything that involves leaving our air conditioned homes. ¬†But, I have goals!

Earlier this week, I shared a Tip on our FaceBook page that I practice often as a form of self motivation and self reflection. ¬†This Tip was an exercise I refer to as ….”But Why? Why? Why? Why? Why?” ¬† I borrowed this idea from a technique for problem solving that I learned in a college course way back..way, way back, called The Five Why’s. ¬†I had to pull this out of my tool box today and probably again over the next few days as “bearing the how” may prove a little more difficult! ¬†So I figured you guys may need a little push to get those workouts in and stay the course too!

Take out a piece of paper or your journal! ¬†YES! ¬†I have some homework for you! ¬†Write down your goal, just one for now! ¬†It doesn’t have to be fitness related! ¬†This exercise can apply to any type of goal!

MY GOAL:  Workout 3-5 Days a Week CONSISTENTLY

Next, ask yourself Why you want to (insert your goal)?

MY WHY:   I want to workout consistently to be healthy and strong.

Next, ask yourself Why you want to (insert the answer to last question)?

MY SECOND WHY:   I want to be healthy and strong so I can feel good and               energetic.

Next, ask yourself Why you want to (insert the answer to last question)?

MY THIRD WHY:  I want to feel good and energetic so I can be the best version of myself, as a mother, as a coach, as a friend, etc. etc.

Now, I can continue to dive deeper and deeper into my WHY and really analyze why I set out on this journey, no matter the temperature!  Taking myself to that place that made me want to begin a consistent workout schedule is just the little push to get myself into the gym on a day like today!  This exercise helps put me into that mindset that drove me to this decision way back when!  Sometimes it takes a little more than just remembering your Why!  Remember your why, why, why, why!!!!

If you give this a try, I’d love to hear how it helped you out (or didn’t)! ¬†If it didn’t, you probably didn’t dive deep enough LOL

Before I end this blog post, and leave you to your self reflection, please know that I am NOT advising you to go out into 100 degree weather!  But if you do, Hydrate & rehydrate; sports drinks are great; wear light and loose fitted clothing and sunblock, of course; plan your workouts around the mid-day sun; know your fitness levels and pay attention to the signs.

OR pull out one of those bodyweight workouts & get it in at home:

  • For Time: 50 burpees
  • 5 rounds of: 10 push ups, 10 sit ups,10 air squats, 20 mountain climbers

Stay safe and stick to your goals, because we all have a why to live for!

Your Friend,
Jennifer

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