What's your reason?

AJ / 29 April 2019

I sometimes get faced with comments like “you don't need to exercise, you're already in good shape” or “you don't need to go to the gym.'' These always intrigue me as it gives a good indicator into the viewpoint that particular person has on exercise. A lot of people see it for one purpose, and one purpose only - to lose weight or get in shape. And yes these might be some byproducts of exercising, but in my personal opinion exercise/physical activity is so much more. It's time to yourself - time away from a desk, away from your phone/computer - it's a time where you can put yourself first. I'm not saying using exercise to lose weight or get in shape isn't a valid reason to exercise, it's usually why most people start to exercise in the first place. But there are so many other more important reasons to exercise that have nothing to do with how you look.

When you have a chance, I want you to think about the reason behind why you exercise. My personal reasons to exercise are because it makes me feel good, it makes me feel strong and gives me energy for the rest of my day. It makes me a better version of myself for those around me. It enhances my focus at work, and increases my productivity levels.

Exercise is much more than a weight loss tool, it may take a little time but try and slowly shift your mindset. One way to do this is to find a version of exercise that you enjoy and can sustain long-term then you're likely to keep doing. Consistency is key. If you resent your current training routine and it feels like a chore chances are you're not going to stick to it so your progress will eventually plateau.

It is worth remembering that how toned you are doesn't equal optimal health and fitness, it's about finding your balance between being in the physical/mental shape you want to be in and enjoying your exercise routine whatever that may look like. It's different for everyone. I truly believe that when we choose to workout it's a way of investing in our mind and body, not a way to punish it.

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