The other day someone asked me how often I worked out and when I answered, she responded with “You’re so lucky exercising is easy for you”. Sure I do it and I love it, but getting up every single morning is anything but easy. I routinely snooze my alarm multiple times before rolling out of bed and I sometimes debate whether to skip my planned workout. It’s not easy but I do it because I’ve found my why.
We all know that exercising is “vital for good health” and it’s something “we should do”, yaddy yada yada but in the big picture, what does that even mean? These reasons are too broad to drive us to exercise regularly. It’s so crucial to establish your WHY, as this is you’re the root of your goal and is what will keep you focused when motivation dwindles. As for WHY I set my alarm every single morning to work out and WHY I will rarely give into the urge to skip a workout, here are my reasons:
- I like to eat…mostly healthy but sometimes not. Ultimately it all comes down to calories in versus calories out. If I indulge regularly, it will eventually translate into weight gain. Exercise provides me with the leeway to indulge more so than if I weren’t working out.
- Because I can: Working in an office job 5.5 days a week limits my opportunity to move. My source of activity merely extends to walking up & down the staircase a few times a day and getting up to refill my cup of green tea. I am fit and blessed with the ability to move and hence have no excuse to lead a 100% sedentary lifestyle.
- Peace of mind: Life is busy and we’re constantly interacting with other people, be it face-to-face, over the phone, via email, etc. My workout is my ‘me time’ to stay out of reach and just zone out mentally. Consider it a gift I give myself every day.
- Sense of accomplishment: Each day that I make it to the gym is an achievement in itself. Running at speeds beyond my imagination or lifting weights which would have previously been unmanageable motivates me to keep going back. There’s always room for improvement, and seeing what my body is capable of continues to make me want to put in the hard work.
- Vanity: I am almost certain that everyone is motivated by their physical appearance to some degree. When I exercise, I look better & more toned, my clothes fit better, my posture naturally improves and overall exercise boosts my confidence.
- Health: Exercise is like a long-term health intervention. I am perfectly fine now but abuse it and I lose it. While being an “adult” still seems like years away, it’s assuring to know that I am reducing my risk of common diseases related to cardiovascular health, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes. This also why I never disregard low-intensity workouts: whether or not you give it your all or work up an impressive amount of sweat, every workout provides benefits.
Most importantly, I do it for the
- Psychological effects: I do it for the effect which motion has on my eMOTION. There’s nothing like a good, sweaty workout to clear my head, calm me down, send me on an endorphin high and boost my energy levels. It sets the tone for my day and makes me want to continue having a productive day.
Together, these are all far more important to me than an extra hour or so in bed. Don’t exercise because people tell you to. Find the reason(s) important to you and that alone will ensure it’s a regular fixing in your life.
WHY do you exercise?