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What Motivates You To Exercise?

By Marc Perry / September 21, 2017

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.

So here are the reasons why I exercise:

1) Energy
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.

2) Aesthetics
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.

So why do you exercise?

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  • Robert Brooks says:

    The psychological benefits of a workout are very important to me- stress relief and so on. Plus the sluggishness and out of sync feeling that envelops me when I do not work out are strong movtivators to continue my routine!

  • Marc Perry says:

    @Robert Brooks - Totally agree! Thanks for sharing.

  • Aldwyn says:

    In general getting older cause me 2 lose muscle!So I don't want 2 be considered soft!and also 2 prevent myself from putting on xtra lbs because I love 2 eat fatty foods because they taste good!the old website looked fine! Haven't seen the new one yet!

  • martha says:

    when i first started working out, i only did because my daughter was and if she could do it so could i!
    i continue to work out as i love it! as you mentioned, ENERGY! for sure, love the way i feel energized after working out and sleep pretty darn good at night too.
    second, the SOCIAL! i have met some wonderful people at the gym, and our friendships continue to grow. we inspire one another and motivate each other and keep each other accountable, as well as just being friends and sharing our lives with each other.
    and yes, i like how i look, being toned and fit, physically, mentally, spiritually. working out gives me time to think and get PERSPECTIVE.

    • Marc Perry says:

      @martha - I think the social aspect is really important and something I don't think I listed in my 31 reasons to exercise article. Thanks for sharing!

  • Jessica says:

    I'm glad you listed aesthetics! Most like to deny this element since it sounds so insincere. But the truth is we are very visual creatures - both in what we see and what we display. I know you mentioned feeling confident in "Energy", but I like to give it it's own category. Nothing's more rewarding that feeling comfortable and confident mentally in what your body has transformed into physically after exercising: whether it's the muscles you've developed, they new way you carry yourself, or the techniques you have from an activity.

    • Marc Perry says:

      @Jessica - Thank for the comment. I definitely agree aesthetics are very important to many people. In fact, what's funny is that on multiple occasions both men and women in their 70's have gone up to me and asked how to get rid of their love handles, or their belly fat, not how to improve their health etc. Pretty hilarious.

  • Paul says:

    Because there is something very satisfying about increasing the max of a weight lifting exercise.

    • Marc Perry says:

      @Paul - Definitely agree. It's great to push yourself and see what you are capable of. Feels great.

  • BJ says:

    I have 2 ankle-biters (children) and when my youngest one (4 years old) actually beats me in a 25 metre race then asks me to play some more with him and I deny him of that because I was too exhausted from the 25 metre race I realised that I needed to do something about it. Since then I have worked very hard to the point where the tables have now turned where my son tells me to hold on whilst he gets his breath because his daddy is running rings around him. I stay motivated with exercise by reflecting back to that moment where I denied my son. I know that I NEVER want to ever deny him of that opportunity for us to play together because I was such a lazy, unhealthy person. I want my son to be proud of me and share any time I can with him and hopefully promote to him (and my other ankle-biter as well) good health habits from a young age.

    • Marc Perry says:

      @BJ - Thanks so much for sharing that! Everyone needs an motivational trigger to help them stay in great shape. Happy you've identified a source of motivation that will last you a lifetime.

  • Toni says:

    I want to be an inspiration to my children. The other day, my six-year old son starting jogging around our backyard and he proudly said, "Mom, I'm jogging just like you do." Enough said. Also, the vanity thing I'd most definitely agree with. When I went to my high school reunion awhile back, I was voted "most unchanged". Everyone wanted to know what I'd done to remain so youthful-looking. I just smiled and said, "you've got to move your body."

    • Marc Perry says:

      @Toni - Amen to that. Thanks for sharing.