The other day I had one of those long, tough days. I felt drained. The last thing I wanted to do was workout. I’m sure you know where I’m coming from.
But then I started thinking about the reasons why I workout and I realized that the discomfort of getting to the gym and working out paled in comparison to the HUGE benefits I would receive if I did.
The main reason why I workout is because I really enjoy how I feel when I’m in great shape. All my faculties are enhanced, I’m better at everything, whether it’s making business decisions, or being a better friend. I’m simply able to apply more of myself to everything that’s important to me. I have more energy to contribute and make a difference. I’m happier and more confident.
I’d be lying if I didn’t put this second! It may even be tied for first. How my body looks is very important to me. I like the look of a lean, muscular physique, even though it’s not easy to achieve, or maintain. I also understand that I can be as healthy as a horse without a six pack. Call me narcissistic, or vain, but I really like how my body looks when I’m get in great shape and it helps motivate me to get through a tough workout, or avoid unhealthy foods.
3) Not Exercising is Not an Option
While the benefits of exercise are very compelling, the downside of not exercising terrifies me. Getting tired all the time, not having enough energy, looking my worst, etc. I feel like if I don’t workout, I would be giving up on myself, or even giving up on life itself. Do you know what I mean?
There are a bunch of other reasons why I workout (girls, stress relief etc.), but the preceding are the most important to me.