Sometimes I get in awesome grooves where I’m working out 5-6 times a week, I’m feeling awesome, and I feel like I finally have what it takes to really get toned and in the best shape ever. And then out of nowhere, something happens. I get a little burnt out. I get a little bored. I lose motivation. I’m making a ton of excuses for why I don’t need to work out. Before long, I’ve skipped not just one day, but a whole week of working out. Sometimes that one week even turns into a month.
I’m really good at convincing myself that I don’t need to workout. The reasons I’ve come up with are really quite ridiculous. Let me share a few:
* “My body is on it’s way to looking pretty good, so I can take a bit of a break. I deserve it for all the hard work I’ve done.” As if my body’s just going to maintain itself while I eat cupcakes.
* “It’s cold outside.” last I checked, working out warms you up.
* “I’d rather spend time with my family.” Family time is fantastic, but if you’re not exercising regularly, you will be decreasing your life expectancy, which in turn, means less time with your family.
* “I’m so tired. My poor body really deserves more sleep.” Yes, sleep is very important for optimum health, but let’s face it… I’m always going to be sleep deprived. I can no longer use this as an excuse.
So here’s all these excuses and reasons for why I’ve told myself I can’t work out. Today I want to discuss with you the reasons why you SHOULD be exercising on a regular basis.
Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Exercise
1. Exercise is a natural stress reliever. After a good run or several laps in the pool, you’ll often find that you’ve forgotten the day’s irritations and concentrated only on your body’s movements. As you begin to regularly shed your daily tensions through movement and physical activity, you may find that this focus on a single task, and the resulting energy and optimism, can help you remain calm and clear in everything that you do. For me, at the beginning of my eating disorder recovery, exercise was necessary for my stress-reduction as I was dealing with a whole host of new feelings and emotions.
2. Exercise releases endorphins that will make you happy. Physical activity helps to bump up the production of your brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters, called endorphins. This is often referred to as “runner’s high” but can be accomplished with any sort of cardio – a game of tennis, a Zumba class, or an invigorating weight-lifting session.
3. If you exercise regularly, you get to eat more cupcakes. Whether your treat of choice is ice cream, cupcakes, or chocolate, when you exercise often, you don’t feel quite as guilty for indulging in these treats every so often (moderation in mind, of course).
4. Exercise allows you to be more spontaneously active in your life. There are so many times that my kiddo wants me to get up and play with him. And there are times when we want to go on a family hike. When you are NOT exercising often, these activities can be quite a burden. With regular exercise, you are able to be spontaneously active in all aspects of your life.
5. Exercising sets a good example to your friends, family, and peers. When you are exercising often, the people around you will see the positive vibe surrounding you. Not only will you be in good shape, but your mood and attitude will be positive, and the people you are around will want to get in on the action!
6. Exercise gives you more confidence. There is something about walking out of the gym feeling as high as a kite! Your mood is way up there, and you just walk with an extra hop in your step. You feel like you could take your life and grab it by the horns after a good workout. You stand a little taller with your head lifted a little higher, and much of the time, it will last you the entire day.
7. Exercise improves your overall health. This is basically a no-brainer, but it’s worth mentioning still. Number one incentive: You will live longer. You’ll have lower blood pressure, lower risk of heart attack, lower chance of diabetes. You have a reduced risk of developing cancer. Reduces depression and anxiety. Helps build and maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints. The benefits go on and on and on. There’s no reason why you SHOULDN’T exercise!
8. Exercise is cheaper than therapy. When I’m running or lifting weights, I work things out, and not just in my body! But in my head. It is time for me to think about things. I work out my little issues. I brainstorm new ideas. I even come up with new blog posts. Sometimes I have major lightbulb moments! And all it costs me is my gym membership… no expensive therapy sessions.
9. Exercise can be a social activity. I don’t know about you, but working out with a group of people can be so much fun. Zumba with friends. Go on a run with friends. Play a game of football or volleyball with friends.
10. Exercise improves your sex life. Last but totally not least… You will have better sex. That’s right! For one, your libido will be increased, and I don’t know about you, but that’s a definite plus in my book. Also, your stamina will be improved. No more 10 minute deals here ladies! And if you’re into yoga, well, maybe you’ll be more bendy… just sayin’. And the biggest reason why exercise will improve your sex life is because you just feel hotter. You’ll be a better partner because of the way you feel.
So those are my reasons for exercising and for why you should too.