Everywhere I look I see “motivation”to be active with the primary focus being on looking great:
“You should run to have a sexy ass, flat stomach, beautiful thighs and hips etc”
“Do this to make your guy want you.”
“Do this to make that little black dress look great on you”
I don’t know about you, but statements like those drive me bonkers!! Unfortunately they are literally everywhere. Heck! I’ve even heard fitness instructors in my classes motivate us to keep working hard with promises that this will get us the aesthetic results we desire. But yanno what? I don’t go to Spinning or BodyPump classes to look awesome I do it for all the other less talked about reasons:
- Exercise especially core strengthening exercises, improves your posture and prevents back and neck pain.
- Exercise improves your mood – I can deal with my kids whining so much better after I’ve had an epic, sweat until I drop workout.
- Exercise helps your body to deliver oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and helps your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. And when your heart and lungs work more efficiently, you have more energy to go about your daily chores
- Exercise helps you to think – want some anecdotal evidence? I drafted this post in my head while I was running.
- Exercise improves your sleep – I love my sleep, so this is big for me.
- Exercising regularly will help you live longer – I don’t know about you, but I definitely want to live as long as I can to enjoy my daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
- Exercise gives you self-confidence – feeling good about myself because I’m doing something good for my body gives me the self-confidence to do things I probably wouldn’t try like when I went country line dancing with my friend last year (since then that’s become a once a month activity for me)
- Exercise helps you to maintain or even build strength – It’s always great to be able to have the strength to act in a moment of emergency, you never know when you may have to carry someone you love.
- Exercise gives stress relief – this goes back to point #2, when my kids have had a bad, whiny day, a good workout helps me to shake that stress off.And last , but not least….
- Doing exercises that you enjoy is FUN!
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