Happy Monday! I hope that you are all doing well. I had a lovely Saturday at the beach with my cousins, sisters, and my niece. I’ll be chatting more about Saturday (and what I ate at the beach) for Wednesday’s post! Today I wanted to pop in and talk about the privilege that exercising is. Lately I’ve been struggling with back and neck pain and have been unable to do any of my normal exercising. I hope that with deep tissue massage, rest, and stretching I will be back on track soon.
I definitely overworked my body and pushed myself too hard and now I’m paying for it! Lesson learned: pushing yourself through a workout is great but you must remember to listen to your body and rest when it needs rest! With my injuries, it has made me think about the reasons I exercise. I’d love to hear your reasons in the comments below!
5 Reasons I Exercise:
- Helps Me Sleep: Whenever I stop with my usual exercise routine, I always notice a difference in my sleep. Regular exercise helps me to not only fall asleep faster, but stay asleep and wake feeling more rested.
- Shakes Off Stress & Anxiety: I enjoy working out after work as a way to shake off any stress and anxiety from the work day. It’s a nice way to unwind and set myself up for a relaxing evening. Also, a nice cardio workout after an annoying workday=amazing!
- Helps Promote My Digestion: Since I’ve made working out a priority, my digestion has improved a million times! Of course eating a plant-based diet and minimal processed foods has also done wonders, but working out has been a huge part of healthy digestion. Whenever I feel bloated, unsettled, or have indigestion, a workout always helps me to feel better.
- Builds self-confidence: I have definitely struggled and continue to struggle with low self-esteem/body image issues. However, it’s gotten a lot better since working out. I don’t mean this in only a physical sense; of course we feel better about our bodies when we are looking stronger, leaner, etc. I mean this in a mental sense. Rather than thinking negatively about my body, working out has taught me to see what my body can do and I appreciate it so much more.
- My Health is a long-term Investment: This is probably my number one reason that I work out. Keeping as healthy as I can now as I am still young is a long term investment for down the road. I want to continue to be the healthiest I can at all stages of life. I invest in my health by making working out a priority and eating nourishing and healthy foods on the regular.
I hope this gets you thinking about why you exercise. Maybe if you’re new to exercise physical motivators are all that’s keeping you going, and that’s okay to an extent. I challenge you to keep to your own goals while listening to your body. We have one body and we need to care for it. For me, this means I need to rest and heal right now and that is hard for me. But, like I said, my health is a long-term investment and my back needs to heal!
Why do you work out? Do you consider healthy living an investment?
Tell me in the comments below!
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