Why do people exercise?
Manly to lose weight right…
…but have you ever thought about exercising not to lose weight?
Losing weight is what most women focus on because they think they ‘need’ to weigh a certain amount.
Why do you want to weigh xxx amount?
I ask all my new clients that very question when they tell me that’s what they want.
What answers have I had…
… “I don’t know I just do”, “I used to weigh that”, “it will mean i’m healthier”, or, “it’s my optimal weight”.
Well the time to stop weighing yourself and to focus just on YOU is now here!
Of course exercising can dramatically help you to lose weight, especially when you are resistance training, but I say train not for weight loss, rather train to be a better, fitter, sexier, super charged you!
So whether you ARE or aren’t looking to lose weight, here are some fantastic reasons for exercising!
Improves Your Mood and Wellbeing
Exercise causes your body to release “feel good” chemicals (called endorphins), which explains that ‘high’ that you feel after you have exercised. I’m sure we can all recall that quote from Legally Blonde – “Exercises give you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy!” While the thought of doing burpees after a tough day at the office may not sound like your idea of a fun time, a workout (even a quick one!) can help you feel so much better after you are done.
Exercise can also help to alleviate stress. So if you are worried about that report that’s due, instead of sitting and dwelling on it, get your heart racing and watch your mood improve! Not only does exercise help to alleviate stress in the short term, but it may also help in the long term.
When we exercise, we place our body under a small amount of stress. Regular exposure to this low-level stress, may help to increase your ability to cope with much larger stresses that life may throw at you. Just remember not to go overboard as this can potentially result in burnout, so balance is key!
If you are feeling anxious or angry or just need a little pick-me-up, try going for a long walk out in nature or bust out a few body weight exercises in your living room and feel the difference!
There has been a lot of research that suggests that people who are more active generally live longer, as well as improving quantity of life. For example, weight-bearing exercise (such as resistance training) has been shown to help strengthen bones, which can help to prevent arthritis and decrease falls later in life. Regular exercise can also help to strengthen your heart, which may reduce risk of heart disease – which is one of the leading causes of death in Western countries. Even doing simple things such as going for a walk every day can make all the difference.
Not only is regular exercise great for your general health, but it may improve your ability to complete daily activities and prevent injuries. Things such as climbing stairs, doing the groceries or even playing with your kids are just a few examples. The list of benefits is virtually endless!
This is my most important point. I’m all about focusing on how you FEEL rather than how you LOOK. Whilst exercising to reach a desired goal for your body is fine, if it makes you FEEL bad when doing so then you may want to rethink your reasoning behind it. I think I can speak for most people who exercise regularly when I say, they do it because they love the positive emotions they get from it. If you are constantly focused on achieving a certain body type or staying under a certain weight range, you are inevitably going to harbour some negative feelings towards exercise at some point or another.
From my own experience, making it through a tough workout gives you a sense of empowerment like no other. It makes you feel like you can take on anything in the world. The feeling is honestly indescribable, and I’m sure if you have ever made it to the top of that hill on a hike or pushed through those last unbearable reps, you have some idea of what I’m talking about!
Exercising can make you feel good as a person. It can help to give you a sense of stability, a routine and the energy it can give you is amazing. I know what it’s like to have bad days where you want to lie in bed for hours, but that post-workout feeling can definitely make getting your butt in gear to go workout woth while.
I love that exercise is the one constant in my life that I can count on to help me feel better on the inside, help me clear my mind and be proud of what I have achieved.
Don’t worry about what others say. Do what makes YOU happy. Do what makes YOU feel good and watch as you get rewarded!
Of course if you need a helping hand, then the ladies at GPT and I can help you out. 🙂
Love, Michael xx