Well hello there friends. I am so excited about this post I can not even tell you!!!! I should have posted a video of me jumping up and down…just for effect. But I stink at video’s. So there’s that. Anyway girls…today’s post is for you. But first…
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Ok ya’ll, on to the good stuff.
I’ve always been active. Well, almost always. Minus the first 5 years of our marriage. I had a bit of a slump. But, after I had my first son I realized I needed to get serious. At the time, it was about weight loss. I had a good 75 pounds to shed. I was tired of carrying around extra weight, feeling tired and self conscious. So I lost the weight. But something happened to me along the way. I realized that being active and fit is so much more than weight loss. “Exercise” wasn’t just exercise anymore. It meant something to me. It changed me.
After I got to my goal weight I felt a little lost. What now? That’s where running entered the picture. I had found a love of running on my weight loss journey that I never expected to find. Running made me want to cuss. And cuss loud. Still does sometimes if I’m being honest. Then, over a period of time, I learned to love it and love it well. So, it was no longer a focus on how I looked, but rather what I loved.
I think about my appearance some as I’m working out or lifting. I think we all do to a certain extent. But I can honestly say it’s not my focus. I try to focus on doing things I love or things that are hard and push me. To make me feel strong just by doing something hard. I don’t want all my focus to be on how I look. Or how many calories I burn. Or running because I ate something I shouldn’t. That would become exhausting over time. It’s so much more.
I have so many other emotions and feelings and reasons why I lift and run and move. I truly love it. I enjoy it. It’s a sport to me and allows me to be competitive with my self. It gives me an outlet for my emotions and feelings and frustrations. It gives me space. Alone time. Time to reflect on deeper thoughts that don’t always have time to float to the surface. Or time not to think at all. To escape and shut it all out.
It allows me time to cry. Yes, I cry on runs sometimes. You should try it. It’s amazing. Albeit slightly hard to breath but its’ cool. Find a tree and camp out for a while and let it all out sister, we all need it. So many reasons why I have stuck to this fit life well beyond the weight loss year. So, I wanted to give you a list. A big list. Filled with physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual reasons why exercise will benefit you, a woman. This is not a strictly scientific list or a top 5. It’s for women, by women.
I asked some of my girl friends who have made fitness a lifestyle why they work out. I didnt’ tell them what to say or give them any boundaries. I just asked for one word. Or maybe two. Because what woman can stick to one word? None of us can. Their responses were so moving and amazing to see. It’s more than physical ladies, so much more. Yes, it will change you on the outside, but it will also change you on the inside.
As I get closer to starting my new job as a trainer and boot camp instructor, I have rolled all of this around in my head, because I’ll be working only with women. This is my heart ya’ll.
To reach through the computer screen and hug you, to high-five my ladies at camp and cheer them on. To tell you all that you are valuable and worthy and that taking care of you is a precious thing to do. That being able to move is a gift. Life is so stinking short. Each day we have on this earth is a tremendous blessing but we have to choose how we’ll spend it.
You don’t have to have a six-pack or a thigh gap. You don’t need to compare yourself to that girl next to you or across the room. You do your thing. So here it is ladies….why you can and should get moving.
Affect your mood/emotions in a positive way(decreases stress and anxiety)
Happier and more energetic
Reduces risk of cancer
Reduces risk of heart disease
Reduces risk of osteoporosis,
Lowers blood pressure
Lowers risk of stroke severity
For my kids/family
Improves self worth
To get out of my comfort zone
Do something hard
Set a goal and finish it
Help Fight Addiction
For a Pet
Prevents Muscle Loss
Improve Pregnancy health
Post Partum recovery
Change an unhealthy family history
And this is only scratching the surface ladies. It will change you from the inside out. So, go move today. 30 minutes. Start there. Find something you love to do and go do it. Make yourself move and make moving and exercise a normal part of your life. Like brushing your teeth or sweeping your floors or doing laundry. I promise you won’t regret it.
“Never give up on a dream because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” ~Earl Nightingale
Why do you work out?
What’s one word, even if it was listed, that working out makes you feel or something it gives you.
*this is not an exhaustive list. Some came from women’s day magazine website. Some from personal experience, and other’s from trainer’s and other women who move.