By: Quinton de Bruin

There are so many directions a topic like that can take you in the health and fitness industry. Today however I would like to talk about the reason people make decisions about their health, their shape, their fitness and so on. We see people out running in the summer, others pounding the treadmill or spin bike next to us in the cardio space and the vast array of reasons for being there in itself is motivational!

I was training next to a young lady this morning at 6.30ish. I was on the trusty Cybex Sparc and she was across on the eclipse trainer. I recognised her, have seen her there probably 5 out seven mornings and even over the Christmas and New Year's break. This morning I asked her what she is training so hard for and the response was that she had a baby 8 months ago. As I listened the thought came to me about why we do what we do and make the sacrifices we make. Like this young lady, everyone who is embarking on a challenge to improve their body has a strong reason, a solid "why", something that motivates them to take action.

In summer the options, when it comes to exercise, are endless. As we mentioned yesterday you can get out with the family and have fun. As nice and satisfying as that is though, there is a level of training you want to do and having the family around at that time is not conducive to hitting that mark. While the rest of the country is still sleeping, there is an army of fitness loving, sweat pouring people throwing weights around and killing cardio having a great time!

I thought for a bit of humour, I would see what came out as the top reasons people go to the gym on Google:

  1. It's plain and simply healthy – there is so much research out there that demonstrated the benefit of regular exercise – Motion creates emotion – so if you want to improve your state of mind, improve your activity level.
  2. You feel better about yourself – One gains a sense of accomplishment when exercising regularly and moving towards your objectives.
  3. My personal number 1 – Great way to release stress – Nothing dissolves stress like a great workout. There have been times where I have gone in an simply trained till I was too fatigued to think about what was stressing me out, the realisation that you can always be in more pain (haha) soon helps with perspective.
  4. Having a nice body. Wow how's that for overselling the concept – for the record, going to the gym by itself will not give you a nice body. The quality and appropriateness of the activity you do there will help and then when you leave, the food you put into your mouth will have the final say on your body shape.
  5. Getting away from the elements – summer is a great time to explore the great outdoors while training. It is worth remembering that in our lovely country, the weather is unpredictable and in winter even the fitness army prefer the warmth of the gym.
  6. Seeing friends – there is a large segment of the gym goer's population that do so for the socialising aspect – working out with mates, why wouldn't you!?
  7. Improving athletic ability – yes it is a bit easy to forget that gym training forms part of the daily lives of all our top athletes.
What was the reason you decided to join the gym? Or in terms of this challenge, on day 10 it is worth recalling why you agreed to challenge yourself or accept the challenge from someone. Why was it? Once you have this in mind – do yourself a favour and close your eyes, think for a minute what life would be like in a year from now if you did nothing different – if you failed to do what you know you need to. How would you feel? What about in 5 years? Would you be happy within yourself? How would your lack of taking action effect those people you love? What about 10 years from now? What would your relationship with yourself be like? The consequences are very often challenging to face yet, when considered, become a driving force behind some of the boldest changes at a personal level.

From the challenge perspective, today was quite straightforward. Training was great, I had energy thanks to a great night's sleep and meals were planned which makes it easy to win! Tomorrow is my weekly challenge disruption with an early trip to Tauranga yet I would have it no other way. I am clear on what impact failing to act will have on me and the people around me. It is far too common to hear about people in the 20's now dealing with cancer diagnosis, in their 30's having heart conditions. I am not for a minute suggesting that choosing to live an active lifestyle, fuelled by good old natural foods protects me and gives me amenity from any of these metabolic lifestyle diseases. What I am saying is that like the well-prepared athlete, I want to give myself every chance to be successful.

The small print: now is probably a good time to encourage you to have a discussion about your personal situation with your doctor, a nutritionist and the Body and Motion trainers to work out how best to achieve any challenges you have in mind. The thoughts in these blogs are my own personal opinion and shouldn't be taken as direct advice. Some of the choices around what I consume or what activity I partake in may not be endorsed by Body and Motion. However, the team will always be keen enablers of your fitness goals! Talk to us today.


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