Values: What’s important to you & why our values matter?
Values & Principles
What is most important to you in your life? What guiding principles do you wish to live by? These might seem like strange questions to ask here, but they’re hugely important to the lifestyle changes that you are considering making when committing to a health and fitness journey. Having a clear idea of what is important to you enables you to prioritise those things, and make daily choices that are in alignment with those things.
These are just a few examples of what values you may hold:
- Being fit enough to play with your grandchildren
- To have a successful business / career
- Family time
- To feel confident in your relationships
- To maintain a certain physique
When it comes to your heath and fitness, it’s important to have a clear idea of what’s important to you and understand how these things might be problematic or beneficial for your wellbeing.
Take the time to really think about what is important to you
Some of the values that may come to mind may be ‘maintaining a healthy weight’, ‘getting enough sleep’, ‘setting a healthy example for my children’ … But do your actions back that up? What are you doing on a daily basis to evidence these values? Perhaps not as much as you think? We are living, breathing manifestations of our values and the way we behave, interact and respond is completely based around the values we hold.
Values are something we can choose
Twins can grow up with the same birthday, DNA, address, parents and environment. However, as they grow older, it will become apparent what those individuals value. Whether that’s accomplishments, mental health, physical health, nutrition – what they valued most highly will be clearly apparent in their behaviour and daily routine.
Not everyone places health high up their values list
Your values are unique to you; they began forming at an early age through life experiences and the influence of those close to you, changing them takes deliberate effort. The good news is, you don’t have to change them completely, all you need to do if you want to get fitter and healthier is find a way to balance the changes you feel you should make with your values.
For example, if relaxation is an important value for you and you currently smoke to help you relax when things are stressful at work, giving up smoking may not work unless you find an alternative way to unwind and therefore maintain your value of relaxation. Equally, if career success to ensure you can look after your family is your most important value, it can be hard to find time to fit exercise and healthy eating into your daily routine.
Recognising that being fitter and healthier can help you achieve career success through increased energy, concentration and motivation is an important step, as is making changes that still allow you to work as hard as you feel is needed.
When you take time to really think about it, you may realise what is important to you and ultimately, what isn’t.
Look at your five most important values. Might they in any way negatively impact your health, fitness and wellbeing? Do they positively impact your health, fitness and wellbeing at all? How might being fitter and healthier help you to live more in line with your values?
Being able to link any lifestyle changes back to your personal values can be a fantastic tool to motivate you to stick at them and maybe even make more changes in future.
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