I shared this on social media the other day, but I had every intent of sharing it on here and writing about it!
This conversation happened last week. I was out in the back yard kind of throwing together a work out with whatever I had to work with:
While I was doing my best to squeeze muscles for better work and count reps in my head and decide what to do next, my daughter was out hanging with me and playing. I think she asked me why more because she was bored and wanted me to play with her than genuine curiosity, but it did make me stop and think for a moment:
Why do I like to work out so much?
I don’t think I can narrow it down to a single answer, so here’s a list of some of the reasons I like to workout so much:
1) It really does make me feel good. Yes, I get tired and sore and sometimes I complain, but when it comes down to it, it really makes me feel good!
2) Stress relief. I can’t count how many times I could feel the stress building up and just feeling that need to move. Wether it’s throwing weight around at the gym or going for a quick run, I can usually count on exercise to siphon off the stress, calm me down, and make me feel more sane.
3) It helps my anxiety. This kind of goes along with #2, but sometimes when I’m feeling anxious about something, something as simple as going on a walk helps calm me down. It helps me kind of work through things and helps me think a little more rationally.
4) I love the feeling of accomplishment. I love when I can finally lift more weight, or run farther than last time, or just feel myself getting more fit. Over the past year or so I’ve felt myself getting more competitive, but really, I’m not competing against anyone but myself. I love beating myself. Sometimes, all it is is shutting down the negativity, sometimes it’s a new PR.
5) I love being an example to my kids. I miss the days of doing CrossFit in my friend’s back yard. When I hit my deadlift PR of 205 lbs, my kids were the ones to witness it. They cheered me on and thought I was pretty awesome. My kids aren’t in sports (yet) but I want them to see what’s possible. I want them to have a good example of what healthy is and what it can be. I want them to have confidence in themselves. I want them to learn how to set goals and work towards those goals.
6) Vanity. Let’s be honest, vanity is a big motivation. I love looking in the mirror and seeing how my body has changed. I have a lot of work to do still to get where I want, but I’m a little farther than I was a year ago. I have a lot more confidence now. When I’m at the pool with the kids, I feel like I can walk with my head high and with a bit of a strut, instead of ducking my head and trying to hide like in years past.
There is so much more I can say, but now I want to hear from you! Why do you like to exercise? What do you get from it? Share your thoughts!!