Mission Possible! What’s your fitness mission statement?


The New York Times just published a piece which advocates for mission statements over resolutions.

While it is common for businesses to define goals and values with mission statements, most people never take the time to identify their individual senses of purpose. Most focus on single acts of self-improvement — exercising more, eating more healthfully, spending more time with family — rather than examining the underlying reasons for the behavior, says Jack Groppel, co-founder of the Human Performance Institute, an Orlando-based coaching firm.

“A resolution is a well-intended action plan, but because a person hasn’t really connected to the ‘why’ behind it, the old way of life, the chaos, comes back into play and they can’t really sustain it,” says Dr. Groppel, who created the “Corporate Athlete,” program that uses the training concepts of elite athletes to improve personal and business performance.

This sounds right to me. One of my favourite activities in the Precision Nutrition lean eating for women program I completed was drafting a fitness mission statement.

If I were adding to it now I think I’d say something about environmental values, “living lightly on the earth,” and a few words about friends, family, love, moving with others, and dancing, especially dancing.

I like the idea of a new year mission statement rather than a list of restrictive resolutions.

What would your fitness mission statement look like?

17 thoughts on “Mission Possible! What’s your fitness mission statement?

  1. I love your mission statement, and this concept! I chose a verb for the year- “give”. I wonder how that could expand into a mission statement.

  2. My fitness mission statement would be: “To love eating with friends and family, to love being active more. To truly enjoy my life and be active daily enjoying the world.”

  3. Here’s the one I wrote a few months ago: I am an adventurous vegan feminist who just turned 50. My life is grounded in writing, physical activities I
    enjoy, meditation, and gratitude. I stand for compassion, commitment, creativity, balance, love and
    lightness. I value strong relationships with the people in my life, balance, good health (physical, mental,
    emotional, and spiritual), and personal integrity. Healthy choices in all areas of my life are my way of
    practicing self-care, self-respect, and gratitude for the life, body, mind, and spirit the Universe has given
    me. Healthy choices give me energy for fueling my passions and they set me up to be available for life. I
    want to continue in the direction I’m headed now, one day at a time, continuing to live an active, vigorous
    life that includes a mix of solitude, time with the people I care about, restful moments of quiet and calm,
    physical challenges, creativity, adventure, and opportunities to be of service. I aim to be tune with the core
    of my being and solid in my healthy habits. I will know I’m making progress if I feel connected to the Universe and comfortable with my choices.

  4. oh I like mission statements. My slogan this year is “go for it!”. My mission statement is…I move my body everyday, going the extra distance when I can and respecting when I can’t. I see every activity as a victory in my health and wellness. I commit to spending the money required to meet my goals. I engage the help of others to support my fitness literacy and only offer advice when asked. I support other’s goals and cheer on their accomplishments.

    I think that is my fitness mission statement.

    1. I like it! I love the commitment to not giving unsolicited advice. I like the idea of only giving advice when asked and will practice that too.

  5. My word of the year is love. For fitness, this means do what i love to do. What i look forward to all day. That which feeds my heart and soul.

  6. I just want to regain full functioning brain and body. On Jan. 1, 2015, I suffered a head injury in bike crash-collision when another cyclist ran into me on a bike path in Vancouver.

    I won’t be able to return to work just yet. I can only work for short few min. on computer before I have to rest my head/take a nap.

    Now my left hand wrist is affected..plus left abdomen.

    I lost 6 hrs. of my memory after the collision, crash and was admitted into emergency services by ambulance.

      1. Thx, Tracy for your good vibes. Fortunately my vision has not been affected so far…

        I have no memory of the accident itself, who the other cyclist looked like (it was a he), his bike and no memory of emergency responders helping me and ambulance transport. I even had my eyes open when neurologist tested me with some simple memory tests..but I cannot remember what she even looked like!!

        My emergency services doctor-sister (in Orangeville) deals with a lot of head injuries and said it’s not unusual for victims to ever remember the accident itself.

        But my partner is my witness to how I answered the memory tests from the physician and neurology interns. The memory return breakthrough was when I correctly remembered my father’s funeral on Dec. 20 and cried for loss of him.

  7. I’m working on this a little bit at a time. I think that as a person who is constantly changing as I grow older, that my mission statement needs to change with me. This year the main idea is to see myself differently….as stronger. Exact phrasing is still in production.

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