When most people start an exercise program, the reason they give is “to lose weight”. It’s no wonder. Our culture is obsessed with thinness and equates being thin with being happy.
If you ask someone who has made exercise and fitness a part of their lifestyle, you will get a very different answer. Did you know that money, looks and status contribute to only 10% of our happiness? (Idea Fitness Journal, “The Skinny on Happiness”)
A long-term exerciser will have other reasons as to why they continue to work out. They feel healthier, more relaxed or less stressed. They have more energy, more focus, are more productive at work. They can keep up with their kids or grandchildren. They experience a reduction in chronic pain. They are training for a future fitness event. They have made a new set of friends they enjoy. And the list can go on.
Here’s just one example of the reasons I exercise almost every day. On October 18th, my oldest daughter got married. We have been planning and preparing for this day for almost a year. The weekend involved a trip to Pittsburgh for my side of the family. On Saturday morning, I woke up with an overabundance of energy. I’m not one to show my excitement on the outside. It all builds up on the inside. By 7 a.m. I felt like I was about to jump out of my skin.
Thank goodness the hotel had a nice size gym. A half hour on the elliptical and the stationary bike and I was much calmer. Good thing..as later in the day we were stuck in a traffic jam getting back from hair and make-up and it was touch and go on the decision about an outdoor service. Thanks to my workout, I was able to stay much calmer and really enjoy such an important day.
So what are YOUR reasons for working out regularly? If you haven’t started yet, why do you want to get started? #notjustweightloss