Friday, May 18, 2012
Top 10 Reasons I Work Out...
For me, what it's coming down to is remembering why I do this in the first place. So I decided to write it down for myself...which is a great way for me to process things in my life.
Here's my Top 10 Reasons I Work Out...
#10 - I actually DO enjoy it. This wasn't always true, but it definitely is now. Even with the pain in my knees, I enjoy the feeling of making my body move.
#9 - It helps me lose weight when I do it consistently and at a high level. I love watching the scale go down, and it does when I'm working out hard enough and often enough.
#8 - I'm competitive and this lets me compete against myself. This is a great outlet for me to set and surpass goals. I love setting a fast time on a piece of cardio equipment....or lifting more weight for more reps than I have in the past. It's a challenge...and I never back down from a challenge.
#7 - I enjoy having better cardio fitness. When I walk up the stairs, my knees still hurt, but I'm not breathing heavily anymore. I can go for increased distances without being winded. That's a great feeling.
#6 - It's a healthy habit in a life that has had all too few of those! I don't enjoy eating healthy foods. But this is one habit that I've established that is truly healthy and positive. I feel like it helps me make up for the years and years of eating french fries and Doritos!
#5 - It makes me actually WANT to drink water. I drink water because I have to, not usually because I want to. But when I'm exercising, it's the only drink I want. I crave it, and that is good for me.
#4 - I like the way my body shape is changing because I exercise. Muscles are developing where fat used to reign. There's a lot more shaping and firming to do, but what's already happened makes me much happier when I look in the mirror. My clothes fit differently...and are much smaller. That's directly attributable to exercising.
#3 - Exercising releases endorphins and makes me happier - really! It's a great stress reliever to put the headphones on and block out the world for a half hour. I come off the equipment smiling and happier than I went on it, and the good feeling lasts quite a while.
#2 - I still have goals for my health that I won't hit if I don't exercise. And I'm a person who absolutely needs to hit her goals. I can't feel like I'm living the life I want and need to live if I'm not setting and achieving goals.
And finally...the one that never leaves my mind...ever.
#1 - I want to walk. Bottom line for me is that if I stop exercising, stop working out, I won't walk. It's the fact of my life. There is so much damage to my knees that isn't really reversible. But it's manageable when I do good things like exercise and use anti-inflammatory medicine and ice. I exercise because if I don't, I won't walk. That's a HUGE motivator for me.
So, there it is. For me, these are the top 10 reasons that I exercise. I needed to review these in my mind to remind myself why making time to workout is worth whatever it is I have to do to make it happen.
What reasons do YOU have to exercise? And more importantly, can you articulate them? What I've found is the more real I make this...the more I keep these things in the front of my mind...the more committed I am to actually working out. And the less likely I am to blow it off after a long hard day at work. Conversely, when I DON'T think about these reasons, I'm far more likely to head home and veg out after a tough day.
So, can you name your reasons to exercise? Sure hope so!