10 Awesome Reasons To Workout & 1 Terrible Reason

10 Awesome Reasons To Workout & 1 Terrible Reason

I was having a conversation with a group of people the other day, talking about exercise and why it's important. In our discussion we started listing of reasons why you workout. From that discussion I have plucked out 10 awesome reasons and one reason that isn't so good. 

10 Awesome Reasons

1. Because you enjoy doing it

2. You enjoy being stronger

3. You like having toned muscles

4. You want to support your weight loss goals with the metabolism boosting effects of exercise

5. Because it gives you confidence 

6. Because it helps you sleep better

7. Because of it's "anti-aging effects"

8. To be a role model for your children

9. To improve athletic performance 

10. Because it reduces risk of injury 

These are great reasons to workout, and it's important that when you embark on a plan to workout consistently that you acknowledge the reasons why and the benefits that have meaning to you. 

There is one reason to workout however that isn't so good. That reason is:

To punish yourself for overeating or eating "junk food".

Working out or movement in general can be and should be a joy. It's something that you do for yourself to feel better, look better, and perform better in which ever capacity that suits you.

It's something that allows you to get the most out your body so you can live a high quality of life for a long time. 

But when you start on the path of exercising because you were "bad" you associate exercise in a negative context making it darn near impossible to be consistent with... (unless self punishment is what you're into.)

You don't have to "earn" that family outing by brutal workouts that you do to offset your food choices, you can't win that game physically or mentally. It's a recipe for stress, anxiety and depression. 

Exercise is a celebration of what you can do, not a punishment for what you ate. 

I'll write that again:

Exercise is a celebration of what you can do, not a punishment for what you ate.

So what are your reasons to exercise? Send me an email I would love to find out and if you are struggling or exercising for the wrong reason, let me know I can help. 

 

- Robin Mungall NSCA CPT

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