Beach Body Season - Motivations
What gets you to the gym?
We’re right in the middle of “Beach Body Season”, the time when everyone starts remembering to shave and stores fill up with swimsuits and shorts. Consequently, motivation to hit the gym seems to increase as everyone prepares to trade their coats and sweaters for swimsuits and t-shirts.
While we certainly don’t want to discourage anyone from going to the gym or finally buckling down on eating better, here at Swole.Catholic, we wanted to take the opportunity of the season to unpack motivations.
Why do you do what you do? Why is there a rush to get fit all of a sudden? What is it that drives you?
"Why do you do what you do? What is it that drives you?"
While many people are hitting the gyms in preparation for summer and trying to work on that “beach body”, we want to reflect a little bit, not only on the motivation that should drive you to the gym or to class or the trail, but also on what motivates some of our S.C team members individually.
Below, find a few “testimonials” from our Swole.Catholic team on what it is that keeps them striving for fitness and health.
"For me, working out has always been using the gifts that God has given me. If I use them in accordance with why He gave them to me, then I am participating in my relationship with Him. I accept and utilize that gift, either the gift of athleticism or just of the body in general. The body is built to perform great physical feats, like lifting and running. There’s a reason you’re healthier when you workout: it’s because you were made to do that kind of thing. Looking at what you’ve been given and acknowledging it for what it is allows you to enjoy what you can do for its own sake. Fitness becomes a lifestyle when you love what you’re doing, not purely for achievement but for being able to say that what you’re doing brings you a kind of joy. The Christian life should be one of joy, and living an active lifestyle in appreciation for your ability to participate fully can be a great source of it."
"Fitness becomes a lifestyle when you love what you’re doing, not purely for achievement but for being able to say that what you’re doing brings you a kind of joy."
"Working out gives me a physical outlet that gives me the time and space to mentally unplug. It's probably the longest chunk of time that I’m not by my phone other than when I’m sleeping. I can just tune out. It gives my brain the opportunity to process either what's going to happen or what has happened, even if it's just on a subconscious level. I get physically agitated and I get short and quick tempered if I’m not up on my workouts. On the other hand, physically, I love seeing progress. I love being able to see the weight of my lifts going up and being able to be strong. I’m not perfect, so in that way, there’s certainly a danger of pride, but I also know that opportunities for service really open up. I love being able to pick up some random grandma's suitcase and put it in the overhead bin on the plane. I love knowing that I can do things and that I’m capable."
"I love being able to be strong...opportunities for service really open up. I love being able to pick up some random grandma's suitcase and put it in the overhead bin on the plane."
"I initially started working out because the thought of being inactive and tired for the rest of my life was terrifying. I wanted to know that I could do and be better and, if I’m being honest, I mostly wanted to lose weight. Now, on the daily, I get out for runs and go to the gym because I want to keep my body healthy. I want to live to be 100 and see my kids, grand-kids, and great-grand-kids all live their lives and fall in love with Christ. I also want to be able to achieve my goals and enjoy life. I want to run a trail half marathon, participate in Golden Hell Week, and be ready to hike a 14er any old day. Trail running can take you so many places and it allows you to appreciate the beauty of the Earth in a way that is so much fun. It’s taken me a long time to get here and put some of the comparison and vanity to the side, but there’s so much freedom in being capable and in finding something you can pursue excellence in."