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Should vs. Want

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By: Morgan Paris, Certified Personal Trainer

Exercise is important.

Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know you have heard it all before, in one hundred different ways. But what you may not have heard is that it doesn’t have to be hard!

If you are anything like me, you’ll start an intense new workout program, get really into it, and then about a month later, you’ve completely forgotten about it. This applies to other areas in your life, too! If you think about all of the things in your life where this pattern occurs, what was the common thread? My assertion is that they are all things that you felt like you SHOULD do, not what you actually truly WANTED to do.

Warning: ‘shoulds’ can sometimes feel like ‘wants’. We are pretty good at convincing ourselves of this.

“I should be thinner, so I want to work out”.

Sound familiar? The first part is you ‘shoulding’ yourself. Let’s dig a little bit deeper into what you really want with that statement.

“I want to be fully expressed in my life. I believe that losing weight and being healthy will help me achieve that.”

This statement is so much more powerful because you are getting to the root issue of why you WANT to work out in the first place. With this in mind, think of all of the things you have wanted to do – you bend over backwards to make them happen, right?

There’s the secret to getting exercise into your life – pick something you WANT to do!

For some, that may be riding their bike, taking a Zumba class, going to yoga, or running. For me, it’s walking. I live in a neighborhood with lots of gorgeous trees and flowers with very little city noise. Going for a long walk feels like an active meditation – it is so relaxing, gets my body flowing and gives me clarity.

And that’s the point, right? We exercise so that our bodies will support us and so that we can clear away the physical distractions that keep us from living the lives we want.

So here’s your task – go try a few things until you find something that you really like. Do that for awhile, and once that is no longer fun for you, try something new.

Here’s to You and the Life of your Dreams!


Want individual support? Contact Morgan at www.morganparisfitness.com for a complimentary training session!

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