5 Reasons I Exercise

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. 

Final Thoughts

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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37 thoughts on “5 Reasons I Exercise

  1. Love this post! I should sit down and write out the reasons why I exercise too, because to me it’s second-nature. But I’ve never actually THOUGHT about it! Truthfully, I workout to keep myself healthy, happy, and as an integral part of my cross-training for dance. If I’m not feelin’ it, I’m not feelin’ it! We’re all human! 🙂

  2. I 100% workout [besides because of the fact that I LOVE it] because it is my “me time”. I push everything else aside and only focus on my body, my breath and what I am doing in THAT moment. It’s such an essential part of my daily routine!

  3. I definitely love the feeling I get after exercise – it’s like a runner’s high, but I can get it after 30 minutes of strength training too, or just the calmness after yoga. I find that it 100% helps with my stress and anxiety.

    • Yes! I am way more anxious when I don’t exercise and feel stressed out much easier. It’s a life saver! Literally and mentally! 😀

  4. Strangely, sleep has been a consistent topic in all of the blogs I read everyday thus far. Is Mars in retrograde or something, ha!

    I work out so that I have the energy and capability to do all of the fun activities we have in Colorado. I love skiing and hiking and just generally getting outdoors. The more I workout, the more I have the energy to get up and out. The less I workout, the more lethargic I feel, which then starts the whole laziness cycle. Energy is where it’s at!

    Thanks for sharing! Now it’s time to get back to a workout routine after getting back from the mountains… ugh… : )

    XO, Jessica
    http://www.semisweettooth.com

    • That’s funny! Is it telling you to get more sleep? …or maybe it means that bloggers are on the same blogisphere 😀 haha!
      Thats a really good point–I definitely feel more fatigued and lethargic when I get out of my usual work out routine!
      Good luck! You got it!

  5. I love this post, Heather! For me working out is not enjoyable or second nature at all! It takes all of my will power to get myself to the gym. I don’t enjoy it while I’m doing it, but I am always glad I did afterward! Like you say, we’re still young, we need to invest in our health right now! I’m sure future me will be glad I made myself do it.

  6. I workout because I have goals! Goals to become more consistent, as well as appearance goals. I definitely consider healthy living to be an investment! I personally am so much happier when I’m taking my health seriously and working out consistently. When I stop that, I tend to get lazy, moody, and unhappy! I’m currently working on getting back into it after injuries that halted everything. I agree and love all your reasons as to why you workout!

  7. I workout a lot for my sanity, haha, as crazy as that sounds. Also, it’s time fully focused on myself. But I love your reasons. I haven’t paid attention to how it affects my sleep-other than knowing if I workout too late, I struggle getting to sleep. I hope you feel better soon! Have you looked into a chiropractor at all?

    • I’ve had that too if I work out too late–I have to find the happy medium. For me, that means right after work!
      I’ve thought about a chiropractor–thats a great suggestion, I’m going to give what I’m doing now another week or so. If I don’t see improvement, I think I’ll try out the chiropractor! For some reason, they scare me!

  8. I hope your neck and back feel better soon! I love working out because it’s really pushed me out of my comfort zone socially and physically. I’ve ventured out and tried workout classes, like spin and crossfit, and through those experiences I have bonded with some really awesome ladies. I also love how strong and happy working out makes me feel too…all those endorphins 🙂

  9. Good post, it made me think about why I exercised. I need to get back to that. One of the things that I liked was the feeling after you work out and it especially helps during the time of the month. It’s cool to see how far you can push your body.

  10. Working out has been such a part of my daily routine for so long now I guess I never really thought about my WHY. Literally all of your reasons are part of mine though. I just love the energy it gives me, and I kinda enjoy being sweaty and sore after a good session.

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