The best way to help someone is to first learn what their goals and motivations are. In my journey towards becoming a personal trainer, that means it’s immensely helpful for me to know what motivates someone to be or become fit. But what does “fit” mean exactly? And is it the same as “health” or “wellness”?
Seems like there should be a straightforward answer for these terms. If that’s what you want, you can go consult a dictionary. But in my opinion, every person is unique and multidimensional, so I can only assume that each person’s definition is equally unique. It’s important to keep in mind our own definition as we establish and work towards our goals.
I tend to use the terms fitness, health, and wellness, interchangeably because my goal is to address a person as a whole: incorporating the mental, emotional, social, intellectual, and physical aspects of my life. The good news is that a lot healthy habits can address several aspects at once. Exercise, for example, not only helps physically, but it also helps alleviate mental or emotional stress. There certainly are a lot of benefits to maintaining healthy habits, but knowing these benefits isn’t always enough to motivate us. That’s why it’s really important to focus on the (more personal) things that ultimately keep us going. For me, I want to be fit for my friends and family so I can be my best self with them for as long as I can. As a (soon-to-be) personal trainer, I also want to be a positive example and useful resource for the clients that I work with.
Whether it’s a love for the outdoors, the approach of swimsuit season, or socializing in team sports; motivation is the key to being healthy, happy, and whole!
What does fitness, health, and/or wellness mean to you, and what motivates you to achieve it?