Reasons for Exercising
Hi guys! Hope everyone is having a fabulous Saturday so far :).
Let’s do a quick recap of yesterday-
I had a dentist appointment yesterday morning. Usually I don’t mind going to the dentist, but I was kind of dreading yesterday because I hadn’t had my teeth cleaned in a few year :oops:. I know, I know…shame on me. BUT, the good news is that my teeth look awesome! She said that whatever I’m doing is working because mine looked better than the woman who had come in before me- and she had just been in 6 months earlier. Boo ya!
My initial plan was to workout after my appt…but of course, I was super hungry.
This is how I approach every meal…naturally.
After eating and letting my food settle, I decided that using cardio equipment at the gym did not sound at all appealing. What’s a girl to do? Check out other blogs…duh!
I completed a cardio circuit from Julie. Holy crap that workout got my heart rate sky high! I did two rounds of it the way Julie described, and then the last time I cut my time in half- so 30 seconds of work and 30 seconds of rest. I also added squat thrusts in the mix! Sometimes it just feels good to do something totally different…and my body definitely felt the shock I gave it (it still does too haha).
Last night, Chris and I went out to a local pub for some drinks. I decided to be brave and try a martini. Big mistake. I got a strawberry flavored one and it tasted like I was drinking medicine. Ew. My tummy didn’t really agree with that beverage. Oh well, at least I got to spend some quality time with my handsome man :).
I can’t believe that Chris and I are moving him to Florida 1 week from today. Thank god I’m staying for a few extra days. I’m going to miss him like crazy!
I needed my workout this morning to clear my head and boost my mood. I woke up today feeling a little down about Chris leaving. I don’t want to be upset about it because then I won’t enjoy my time left with him- and that’s no good. And my workout did just what I needed it to. I feel so better now that I got my endorphins flowing.
Reasons for Exercising
When I went through my disordered eating period and even through much of college, I always worked out for the sole purpose of burning calories. I remember when I got my heart rate monitor that I became obsessed with getting to a certain amount of “calories burned” in every workout. Um, that’s not the way to be people. Trust me. I often hated working out because I was doing it for the wrong reasons.
I’m still not 100% free of viewing exercise as a way to burn calories, but I’m so much better than I used to be. Nowadays- I absolutely love working out. I don’t try to figure out how many calories I’ve burned…I base my “success” on how I feel afterward. That sense of mental clarity I get during and after I exercise is something I love. The physical fatigue after a workout, but also the strength that I feel is awesome. Exercise has become a powerful stress reliever for me as well. And, knowing that I’m helping to ward off so many chronic diseases and that I’m keeping my body/mind healthy is one of the best workout motivators ever. I now (mostly) view exercise as a way to stay healthy. Once I realized that exercise was so much more than burning calories- I truly was able to embrace it and develop a love and passion for it.
I think that so many people dread exercise because they don’t view it with the right lens. Exercise will suck and you probably won’t see the best results if you only see it as a way to negate the food and drinks you’ve consumed. It took me a while to figure that out. Now, some of my friends and acquaintances think I’m crazy for enjoying exercise, but I think that everyone can like it if they start appreciating how they feel after it, and seeing it as a way to maintain their overall health and prevent future medical problems!
How do you view exercise?
What is the thing you love most about working out?