When most people think of working out, they automatically think of the words “lose weight”, “skinny”, “diet” or “torture”. I know a lot of people that work out solely to look a certain way, or don’t workout because they think it’s torturous. I also know people that think you are vein or stuck up if you do workout consistently.
Sure, working out leads to a fitter looking body, but to me it is so much more than that. I workout consistently to feel stronger, happier, and healthier in every part of my life. For me, working out is the best form of therapy; it helps me relieve stress, helps me keep a stable and healthy mindset, helps me conquer any laziness or any self doubts and keep pushing towards my goals, helps me feel confident, helps me feel naturally energized throughout the day, helps me combat depression and sadness, and just makes me feel like I can conquer the world!
Working out can seem torturous if you are doing it just to lose weight or look like a model in a magazine- believe me, I’ve been there! I used to spend hours on cardio machines just so I could be “skinny”, and every time I worked out I only thought about being skinnier- never about feeling stronger, happier, or healthier. I dreaded the days I had to workout and never loved my body, even after hours of walking on the treadmill.
Now, I look forward to my days at the gym; in fact, you can find me at the gym almost every day! I have learned over time to truly love my body, and I workout because of it. I workout so my body can function at its best and feel its best. I only do workouts that I actually enjoy and challenge myself every day. I don’t exercise because I’m vein and want to look a certain way, I exercise because I love my self and want to feel a certain way.
So next time you hit the treadmill or the weight racks, make sure you are doing it for the right reasons!