You can’t use that word in a post title or you get a lot of traffic and comments that … well. NO!
So I’m reading an article by Rob Sulaver at Greatist.com called 6 Convincing Reasons to Start Working Out Immediately. Sounds good I have trouble convincing myself that there are rewards other than sore muscles for working out much of the time. Educate me Rob!
So the 6 reasons are; Drum Roll Please!
1. You should work out because it makes you happy.
“You’ll feel awesome after you exercise. Immediately. Intensely. Unequivocally.” Uhm, well I have already discussed the fact that my Endorphins machine must be broken. I suspect the “serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine” are also broken. Maybe it is an obesity thing but I get no high and I am really mad about that. I feel proud of myself when I have worked hard. I feel happy that it is over. Sometimes if I have worked very hard (hiking, X-country skiing or snowshoeing) I don’t have any time for even that because I am in a mad stumbling race to get someplace I can safely collapse and stay down.
2. You should work out to make your life easier.
Ok I totally agree with this. Having muscles and flexibility and courage that I didn’t have before has made a big difference in my life. I am much more capable of dealing with physical and emotional tests than I have been in the past. Working out has changed who I am for the better!
3. You should work out because it helps you win at life.
“Setting and achieving goals inside the weight room helps you set and achieve goals outside the weight room”. I would agree that this makes sense to me. I’m not experiencing much of that yet as I am still a novice at all this and I have never been much of a goal setter or rule follower. Trying to just meet my daily goals is very hit and miss.
4. You should work out for your family and friends.
“The people closest to you rely on your love, energy, and compassion. Mismanaging your body is a disservice to them.” If I was a parent or a spouse I am sure I would get this one completely. I’m a person that craves solitude and often puts distance between myself and other in order to get the peace I need. I have people I care about but do I owe them my good health? I owe myself good health! I’m going to have to think about this.
5. You should work out because you can.
Yep! I often feel like a whiny ingrate when I see somebody with more limitations than I have. I have a gift and I should be using it and grateful for the opportunity!
6. OK, you can work out to be sexy, too.
Yep! At least in my head I rock sexy like nobody’s business now! Imagine if the walls came down and the general public started seeing it. Yikes! I don’t really want that much attention thanks!
I think the most powerful motivation for me is feeling more in control of myself and capable of handling challenges. Every so often I deal with a tough situation that I would have avoided in the past or I pull out a ninja move without thinking that I had no idea I could do. That is powerful stuff that I will fight to feel again.