I believe in the power of intention.
I look to my vision board as a source of motivation and inspiration.
I turn to my gratitude board as a reminder of what I’m thankful for.
I have a personal mission statement.
I’ve revamped my blog’s mission statement.
I possess a spiritual mission statement.
We’ve worked together to create a family mission statement.
The older I get, however, the more I’ve realized none of the above work if I’m not simultaneously healthy.
If I don’t concurrently have a FITNESS mission statement.
#wycwyc works…but I’m craving more.
Confession: I’ve neglected my Fitness Mission Statement for a few years.
I need one now. It’s time.
Recently, instead of feeling gratitude for the quick bouts of fitness in my day, I’ve begun to long for clear intention when it comes to healthy living.
A return to having a Fitness Mission Statement.
What is a Fitness Mission Statement?
A Fitness Mission statement is an announcement of purpose. It’s an answer to the questions why are we here? what’s the point? written with the backdrop of what you value in life.
A Fitness Mission Statement contains sentences which have a goal that is an action. A stringing together of words which are quantifiable not
A Fitness Mission Statement takes trial & error (like all aspects of healthy living, right?). Creating the perfect one (for you) can take time, but the result should be a group of sentences which motivate/inspire you *every time* you read them.
Is a Fitness Mission Statement a list of workout routines/competition goals?
A Fitness Mission Statement is not a workout plan. Nowhere in your statement are you committing to X race on Y day or announcing a plan to shed X pounds by Y date.
Fitness Mission Statements help us plan routines to achieve goals. The F.M.S. is the umbrella underneath which we place our specifics (goals/programs).
A statement might read: To live a long, active, healthy life extolling the power of play and practicing what I preach and from there one would choose the method/activity for achievement.
A statement should provide clues to answer the question: what approach to healthy living should I choose? Are your goals endurance? Does your statement mention flexibility? Do you choose to focus on gaining strength/power?
How do you create a Fitness Mission statement?
- Be brief. Mine is eight words. Some create acronyms. Others write 3-4 sentences. Do what works best for you and keep it clear, concise, and terse. Begin by brainstorming a list of words which describe how you like to move your body and how you feel when you do so.
- Explore core values. It can also help to reflect on where you’ve started and challenge yourself to (honestly and realistically) define where you want to go and what you’re willing to do to get there.
- Ask yourself: Why am I here? The next time you exercise (however that looks for you!) pose this question to yourself. Consider what prompted you to choose to move that day/what your end-goals are. Clarity about where you are going is the surest way to get there.
- Identify your focus (e.g: leadership, improved overall health, increased strength). Consider who you aspire to be in the fitness realm of your life. A lean, mean machine? A more calm, centered you? A role model? A coach? Be specific.
- What would the *ideal* end result look like? Remember, this is your ideal. Not the ideal society tells us we “should” have/desire.
- Be positive. Do not include anything you dislike about yourself. Take any negative urges (I hate my fat thighs and stomach) and turn them inside out (CrossFit will give me the sleek leg muscles I desire).
- Include how healthy habits/behaviors will impact relationships. Through the practice of yoga I will be more calm and far less tempted to rip the husband, children or coworkers a new one.
- Create a statement which is in harmony with your personal mission statement if you have one (I will walk consistently and through this grow more patient, have lowered blood pressure and be increasingly present throughout my day). Be certain all your values are in alignment.
The next step is to start writing and to give it time.
For me creating a F.M.S. required writing, putting away for a few days, rereading/tweaking and only then did I experienced my yes! this is it!! moment.
I’d created a phrase so ‘right’ it energizes me on the days Id rather slack than workout.
My F.M.S. motivates me on days when I look like this.
- Do you already have a Fitness Mission Statement?
- If not, what might your Fitness Mission Statement say?