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For the gym-goer without a goal

Whether you are part of a commercial gym or a private gym; goal setting is always a topic in your ‘orientation package’. Some gyms may have a body composition machine that will humble you in more ways than one, and others may preach an ideal physique you should strive for (don’t go to those gyms). In short, going to the gym and exercising have been associated with goal setting. But hey, maybe that’s not for you.


In an older blog ‘ex-varsity athlete vs commercial gym’ I touched on how I first struggled with finding a goal for myself when it came to training. I later found one, actually a few goals, but again, that may not be you. And to be honest, I don’t really think it is me anymore either.

I think we have been conditioned to goal-set for every little thing in our lives for motivation to do something; and frankly I think motivation is a lie (Rant coming soon!). Like, you shouldn’t have to set a goal of losing ten pounds to step into a gym. But I understand how you may feel lost without a goal. You’re not obese, you eat well, feel good, move good and are overall healthy. There isn’t really anything in your mind to “train” for per se, or is there?


I get the “what are you training for” a little too much for my liking. I’m not prepping for a show, I don’t compete in sports, I’m not really trying to be the best in anything if I’m honest. So, my answer to that silly questions is always “life”. Simple. I train for life. I train so my body doesn’t hold me back when I want to do something. I train to minimize my health risks. I train because my diet is not impeccable and having a higher muscle mass and getting my heart rate up consistently helps with that (just a little). I train because I’m legit curious of what my body can do. I train my body so I can also train my mind.


So, it’s okay if you don’t have a clear goal in mind. I’m just happy you’re active! You may get bored though so maybe challenge yourself to something? Like a mile a day? Idk, what do I know?


Just remember fitness is a journey that you’re on for life. It’s something you’re doing for you and that should be enough on its own.

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Take care,

Joy