The 8 Reasons You Should Train For More Than Your Health

Everyone knows how important it is to work out, stay in shape, be healthy, lose weight.

Tone up, trim down. Whatever terminology you use doesn’t really matter.

And, for somewhere like Athlete On Fire that truly believes that everyone is an athlete even if it is buried deep down, we would never use that terminology. You should be moving your body for far better reasons.  You should be training for something bigger.

Those things that the industry and magazines and pop culture use for you should be thrown out the window because if you train for something more than just your health, the byproduct will be what you have been looking for all along.

The why…

This thought is not new but it has been more and more apparent.  I have been getting in front of people fairly often lately and speaking on health and fitness, my career path, running efficiency, and goals.  I’ve had these ideas about training for things being the glue that keeps people accountable forever.  It’s how I work with clients, reverse engineering their goals from a specific goal to where they are today and moving forward. I wanted to know how much experience I really had.  12,000 sessions. At the low end I had put my clients and athletes through at least 12,000 one on one sessions.  The ones that failed.  They were the ones that came in and slogged.

They only thought about what their doctor told them they had to do “or else”.

Lose 50 lbs. or your blood pressure will be out of control.

I need to see you BMI under 25.

You are at risk for osteoporosis, get to the gym.

What?  Well those are all important but have you ever been more bored or scared in your life.  The stress alone would paralyze the most well intentioned.

These are just the extreme cases.  If you are reading you know what it feels like to desperately want to lose the extra belly fat, or finally build some definition in your arms.  These aren’t goals.  They are byproducts of an active, goal filled life.

Pretty early on, I started attaching big goals to my clients.  As long as they were healthy enough to reach for a goal, I would force them to find one.  These are typically people who would never see themselves as athletes to “train” for something.

Here are some of the goals they came up with:

  • Do an Ironman
  • Hike up a 14er
  • Run a half marathon
  • Run a 5k
  • Do a sprint triathlon
  • Train to play in a hockey league
  • Do a pullup

There are a tons of others but they weren’t all “events”.  Some were just personal goals they really wanted to be able to do.

The recent inspiration…

Two women I have been working with are probably the biggest inspiration for this post and podcast.  In one day last week I had both of them, one with cerebral palsy and mastocytosis, the other with MS and a recent 150 lb weight loss, sign up for events.  The ramp up to a stable place where signing up for something was reasonable was over.  They threw their hat in the ring and now, I have no doubt, will learn more about themselves then they ever thought possible.

Now for you…

So what are you training for?  Why?

Don’t go slog on a treadmill.  Train for a 5k.

Don’t lose weight. Get more efficient climbing that wall at the obstacle course race you just signed up for.

Don’t stress about your fitness, have fun moving.

The byproduct of a life of moving is a life worth living.  In my humble opinion!

And yes, there are 8 reasons we put together in the podcast.  You can listen to it below but to honor the title, I’ll list them here:

  1. Your training has meaning
  2. You coach or training plan has purpose
  3. It’s measurable
  4. You learn new skills
  5. You get out of your comfort zone
  6. There is no guarantee of success
  7. The accountability is built in
  8. It’s more FUN

The audio (AOF:152) dives a bit more into every one of these.  Get out there and train!


Everyone truly is an athlete.

Everyone truly is an athlete.

Scott Jones is the founder of Athlete On Fire and still trains a handful of clients one on one in his hometown in Colorado and virtually. Athlete On Fire was founded to inspire 1000’s every hour instead of just one every hour! Reach out, always. scott (at) athleteonfire (dot) com

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