My fitness journey began several weeks ago, and I just realized that I never mentioned why I wanted to get fit and healthy. Reasons are everything because they are the motivators that keep me going. (Blogging is also one of my motivators. You can read more about that here.)
Most of my reasons for trying to get fit and healthy involve my children. It’s weird how you start to close in on thirty and all of the sudden you realize you won’t be around forever. My husband experienced that a year ago, and now, I can relate. It’s disheartening, but it’s a reality that I have to face. My kids will outlive me I hope, but I have to get healthy now so that I can be around as long as possible. That leads to my first reason for getting fit and healthy.
- Desire to Watch My Children Grow Up
My children mean the world to me. In my current state, I would consider myself unhealthy, and I don’t know how long I will have without some major medical event happening. I am choosing to better myself by becoming a happier and healthier individual so that I can be there for them.
Age is merely a number until you realize you’ve messed up your health for the last ten years. I can’t imagine the damage I’ve done to my body by barely working out and eating only foods that lack nutritional value. If I want sixty more years with my kids, then I must change.
- Get Off the Sidelines
If I’m going to be around for my kids, then I have to be able to keep up with them! I dream of living life fully and taking my children on adventures or just simply playing soccer at the park. I don’t want to live life on the sidelines like I do now.
The summer months are closing in, and I know my kids would love to go swimming. They are too young to swim by themselves so that requires me to get in a bathing suit. I think it has been at least five years since I’ve put on a bathing suit, which is really a feat because I live in Texas. Our summers are HOT and long. Getting fit and becoming a healthier person will help me to feel confident when I do put on that swimsuit. I am telling myself that I will! I owe it to my kids to help them enjoy life!
- Heart Disease is a Reality in My Family
My family has a long history with heart disease. My grandfather had four heart attacks and two open heart surgeries. My father had a heart attack in his mid-forties. My aunt had two heart attacks, the first in her thirties, and eventually died from heart failure. This is a scary reality for me. I have to do something to change things NOW! Being proactive has to be a large part of my health picture.
- Pregnancy Took a Huge Toll on My Body
First off, I love my kids, and I would do it all over again if needed (and might again someday). They are the greatest blessing in my life! Pregnancy, however, did not suit me very well. Between having hip issues, sciatica and anxiety, it was difficult. Top that off with left over excess skin, weak abs and a very large scar (x2 in the same spot), and it had a damaging impact on my body. I’m ready to give my body the love it deserves!
- Regain My Passion for Exercise
It has been a while since I have really focused on myself, and trying to get healthy gives me a sense of purpose in addition to my roles as wife and mom. I strongly believe that every mom and parent needs something that is solely theirs that allows them to remember who they are, and fitness does that for me.
I have always loved fitness. I participated in many different sports all through school and exercised consistently until I got married and entered the business world. (You can find more about my story here.) Life tends to get in the way a bit so after years of missing my love of exercise, I am ready to finally get back at it.
- Starting to Feel My Age
‘You only live once’ is a saying that I’m trying to live by these days. I am about to hit thirty, and I am beginning to feel the effects of my age. Certain parts of my body ache and pop more than they used to, and my body doesn’t respond to exercise in the same way as before.
I want to stay healthy and active as I get older so I know I have to make it a priority if I want to stick with it later. Ten years from now, it will be a lot harder for me to begin this fitness journey than it is now. The effort I put in today will help me as the years go. I know I have to focus on my health and fitness right now. YOLO!
- Regain Confidence in My Body
This one is a little vain in nature, but it is a reality so it’s important! The more I work out, the better I look. The better I look, the more confidence I have. Confidence is key to enjoying life for me because the more confident I am, the more risks and adventures I’m willing to take on. I am an introvert so, by nature, I tend to shut the world out. I do this more when I lack confidence in myself.
I realize that confidence comes from within, but anything that can help me gain more confidence is a great motivator. When I’m fit and healthy, I am a much happier, healthier and more confident person. That’s the person I want my kids to model themselves after. As I mentioned earlier, I will put on a bathing suit this summer because my kids deserve a mom who is confident enough to do so.
Any reason for wanting to get fit and healthy is a valid one. In my experience, life improves when I set my sights on a goal and stick with it, and that’s just what I’m doing.
I would love to hear about any reasons you have for wanting to get fit and healthy! Leave it in the comments below!