Maybe we have been applying goals with the wrong approach this entire time. Maybe we have been asking the wrong questions. Instead of asking ‘what is my fitness goal?’ maybe we should be asking the question of ‘why’ behind the goals we set for ourselves. Let me expound…

January is a common time for people to decide that they need to exercise more and eat less. In fact, many fitness and health organizations plan much of their marketing and advertising budget for the first part of the year. However, we all sort of joke about how no one really sticks with their over used resolutions longer than a few months, but year after year we forge full steam ahead that this will be our year! 

If the definition of insanity is really doing the same thing over and over again hoping for a different result, why are we driving ourselves insane with setting superficial goals that are about as authentic as a Taco Bell drive thru? May I offer a different approach…

Rather than brainstorming fitness goals to achieve such as, ‘I’m going to exercise everyday’ or ‘I am going to eat more vegetables’, it may be beneficial to combine those goals with a definedpurpose of why exactly am I making this goal in the first place. For example, my two main fitness goals for the year are:

New Year Fitness Goals:

  • Qualify for the Boston Marathon (I’ve been working on this goal for many years now).
  • Drink more water (at least 64 ounces).

Now I’m going to include a purpose for why I have chosen these goals:

New Year Fitness Purpose:

  • I enjoy running, my ability to run at a high intensity is a gift from God that will eventually evaporate with increased age. Plus, it will be a big challenge that I know will strengthen me.
  • Water is one of the most important things my body needs to thrive. I do not drink enough of it on a consistent basis and if my body is well hydrated, there will be numerous benefits.

Now when I don’t feel like training or I would rather order a soda at a restaurant instead of water, I will focus on my goal and my purpose, to make this a long-term lifestyle change, not just a fleeting 2-4 week wonder that had no chance of ever coming to fruition.