I’ve been immersed in the fitness world for so many years now that I often forget some are just entering—jogging their first jog, pushing through their first push-up, and stretching through their first yoga class. I feel that nearly everyone wants to work out and knows that they should work out, yet for some, those first steps through the doors can be excruciating! The good news though is that once that first step is complete, the second step is easier, the third step is even easier, and the fourth step is not so much a step as it is a run to the gym doors because you can’t wait to work out!! (Don’t roll your eyes at me…it really happens!! 🙂 ) Though most know they should work out, some still may need convincing. Here are the three main reasons in my opinion of why you should work out on a regular basis…
1. Mood- A runner’s high is a REAL thing! The feeling of accomplishment after a long run or a super intense workout is one of a kind! Sometimes even during a long run, a moment comes out of nowhere, a rush, and you just know what everyone has been raving about all this time! Punching out anger is a wonderful thing that I totally recommend for anyone managing every day irritations! At the end of a workout, there are few who are disappointed or sad. Sore maybe; sad no; regretful definitely not. 🙂
2. Energy- It seems counter intuitive, but yes! Although you expend tons of energy and push through difficult workouts, oftentimes you come out of exercise with more energy. Ever notice how those annoying people who practically workout every single day of their lives have that certain bounce to their step?!? 🙂 That’s what I’m talking about! It’s a cycle just like anything else! You put your energy into the workout, your body feels the release of endorphins, you have a pep to your step, you want to work out more, and it just continues on and on forever! 😀
3. Health- And then of course there’s the obvious outcome—improved health. Cardio activity improves your breathing. Strength training builds your muscles. Stretching advances your flexibility. Certain moves improve your balance and other workouts increase your agility. The list goes on and on! The good news is you don’t have to (and shouldn’t) start with anything of an extreme nature. Start small and progress your overall health little by little…baby steps!
So have I convinced you yet?! It’s easy to put it off till next Monday, next month, and next year, but today is the perfect day! There’s ALWAYS a way to incorporate some aspect of fitness into your daily life. And if you need help, you know where to find me. 😉
May you live in harmonious health!