What is Your “Why”?

One of my favorite New Years Day traditions that my husband and I share is taking down our goal board, reassessing the past year, and looking at the blank slate ahead of us.  And yes, we do have an actual goal board!  It is simple- a small cork board that we pin index cards on and keep in our bedroom.  We don’t really look at it everyday- like most things we see all of the time, it fades into the background, but it does catch my eye at least once a week.

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As we took down the cards with the things we had accomplished, assessed whether we wanted to keep up the ones we didn’t accomplish, and added brand new goals to the board, the word “WHY” started to come up a lot.

Why do we care whether we cook 80% of our meals at home, pay off that credit card, or do the Basic 10 every day?  Some of the answers were obvious, but we decided to go deeper.

Why do we want to be healthy? Why do we want financial freedom?  What will that give us in the long run?

As we came up with our answers, it became more obvious as to WHY we needed to strive toward these fresh new goals on our silly cork board.

So WHY Pilates?

A few months ago I stumbled into a conversation with two clients at the front desk- women in their 40s or 50s. They were explaining to me why they do Pilates: they use Pilates as their extra health insurance policy.  Now that is a great WHY!  If we move now, exercise our bodies and minds, we will hopefully be able to live longer and have better quality of life without having to rely as much on our more costly insurance policies!

One of my clients just turned 70 this week.  In her last lesson before the holiday and my last day with her before going on maternity leave, she wanted to do inversions.  Yes- the advanced exercise where you flip upside down on the bars of the Cadillac.  It wasn’t the first time she had done them, but we both felt like it was appropriate to celebrate this milestone birthday by flipping upside down as if on the monkey bars!

Why do I do Pilates?  Yes, to feel good about how my clothes fit and how I feel in my body, but more importantly…

  • To stay fit and active so I can play with my children for years to come
  • To breathe better and more freely
  • To manage anxiety with the control of my breath and mind
  • To keep my heart active and blood flowing!
  • To live my everyday life injury and pain free
  • To be more mindful and to have a sense of control over my body
  • To live a long and happy life with my physical and mental health in tact

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Oh, and I want to do Inversions on MY 70th birthday!  

Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness. Our interpretation of physical fitness is the attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body with a sound mind fully capable of naturally, easily, and satisfactorily performing our many and varied daily tasks with spontaneous zest and pleasure.
~Joseph Pilates
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