Hint: We set goals that have nothing to do with losing weight.
What picture comes to mind when I say the word fitness? Does your brain conjure up a muscle-bound woman or man in tight workout gear? Does the thought of what it must take to achieve that seem completely unrealistic to you? Do you feel pressure and worry and then just… cave and don’t do anything at all?
Fitness has a way of doing that to people. It’s stressful to think about how to get your body in a state that feels perfect for you. And this is why so many people don’t even give it a try at all. I mean, where to even start?
But let’s take a lesson from how we teach young kids about sports. I have two young boys, and a husband who was a star lacrosse player his whole life.
So I hear it all the time from him when talking about how to get kids interested in sports and make that interest stick for the long-haul.
If we can start out by making it FUN, then it doesn’t seem like WORK. And we don’t burn out as a result. The same goes for how we can approach fitness. Let’s make it fun!
But is that even possible? Oh, absolutely!
Speaking from personal experience…. in my early 20s (and beyond), I was a gym rat. I never skipped a day. Totally dedicated. And I had all the time in the world to devote to it, because I wasn’t married and didn’t have kids. Just me, my job, and my fitness goals (which at that time were very different from my now over-40 self).
I also had a general interest in how to keep my body in prime shape. I enjoyed how I felt when I knew I was putting in the hard work.
But over time, I got busier with life in general, and fitness started to feel like a chore. I didn’t like missing out on certain outings with friends because I felt I had to fit in a workout first.
So there were inevitably the days where I just couldn’t bring myself to get it done. But I realized I needed a happy medium so that I could have both a positive attitude toward my fitness level, and a fulfilling social life.
Then, I found something that worked. Basic accountability. My sister and I started working out together when we could. And it was FUN again!
As long as I live, I’ll never forget the fits of laughter we’d break into while lifting weights. Sometimes it wasn’t about anything at all, just a look we’d give each other while doing a rep. That’s just how sisters are! We had the best time, and we both have great memories from it.
Along the way, during those sisterly workouts, we came up with something else that made it really fun for us. We started an annual fitness challenge. Just the two of us, challenging ourselves and working through a goal.
The goals had nothing to do with losing a certain amount of fat or pounds or anything. Sure we had things we internally wanted to accomplish in that area, but that wasn’t our focus for the challenges. Why? Because that’s not fun!
Instead, we focused on challenging our physical limitations. The challenge I remember most – because I think I was really proud of myself for accomplishing it – was to be able to do a one-handed push-up.
I don’t know if you’ve ever tried that, but it actually requires a lot of diligence and training! It’s not something you can wake up one day, having never done even a real, solid, correctly-formed two-handed push-up, and suddenly be able to do it sans one hand.
These are the things I remember with fondness. It’s the most fun I’ve ever had working out.
Our Challenge To YOU
So I’d like to pose a challenge to YOU! What is one thing you’d like to challenge yourself to accomplish in the coming year?
Is there a physical limitation it would give you great joy to break? A feat you’ve always wanted to accomplish? Maybe you want to do a certain dance move, or run a mile in a certain amount of time. Maybe you want to learn a new sport or perfect a hole in one.
Either way, pick a goal that sounds like fun to you and that will make you feel proud once you accomplish it. Because you WILL!
Be sure to keep us posted! Tag us on Instagram and Facebook at @luxymomofficial and keep us posted on your progress. We just might feature you!