As much as I’d be willing to give up an organ before having to give up working out, I wasn’t always all that keen on exercising.
In fact, the first few times I started exercising, I hated it. I detested the whole idea of having to sweat so much and then spend the next two days in pain.
I truly didn’t start enjoying fitness and exercise until 2000. That’s when I got laid off from a corporate job and found myself with about 25 lbs extra from all that office food that is everywhere (you know what I’m talking about: huge muffins for morning meetings, catered lunches, candy/chocolate at every desk, Beth’s homemade peanut butter cookies that she brings in every Friday and all those cakes for birthdays).
Since I was off for the first time over the summer, I decided to hit the gym to avoid boredom. It took me about two months of training five days a week to start noticing that my clothes were fitting differently. It’s only when two other gym-goers who had not seen me in months rejoiced at my slimmer body that I realized this workout thing makes sense.
Because I had become a regular at the gym, I was no longer in so much pain because my body was able to recover quickly from strenuous exercise. My clothes were getting loose and I really started feeling very differently about my body.
An acquaintance of mine expressed her amazement at the fact that I had the discipline to stick to working out on a regular basis and she asked me what motivated me to never falter (she hated exercise and she just couldn’t wrap her head around the fact that I had been so regular for such a long time). That was such a good question that I decided to write a post about it because I truly had never thought of the “why” until she asked the question.
Subconsciously, I knew what kept me challenging my body like that, but consciously, I had never expressed it.
>>> So here are my 10 reasons why I keep exercise at the top of my list:
1. I truly enjoy how I feel after a workout … it’s such a sense of accomplishment.
2. I love how fitness boxing and weight training make me feel strong.
3. I love how spinning has sculpted my legs.
4. I love that my abs are flat and firm.
5. I never fear having to put on a swimsuit.
6. I have a lot of energy all day long.
7. I am showing respect for myself because I’m talking care of my body.
8. I feel that I’m doing everything I can to lower my risk of serious diseases associated with obesity and aging.
9. It makes me feel sexy because I’m always pleased with the image I see in the mirror.
10. It’s the best de-stressor I know of.
I’ll have to add one last reason: I want to ensure that I have a strong body even in my 90s and that I never end up feeling or looking frail.
I’d love to hear from you if you are engaging in a regular fitness activity.
Can you tell me why you keep training? What keeps you going? You can leave your message in the comment box below!
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