5 Reasons to Work Out (That Have Nothing To Do With How You Look)

5 Reasons to Work Out (That Have Nothing To Do With How You Look)

I’ve been stuck in a rut recently where I’ve been going to gym and it feels like a chore. In order to motivate myself I came up with some reasons to work out that have nothing to do with how you look. I don’t really care about having that perfect summer body because my summer body is my all-year body and I’m happy with that. I don’t want that to be my only motivation to go to the gym because working out is very important for the general health of your body and six-packs and biceps can’t be all that it’s about right? Keep reading for my top 5 reasons to go to the gym that have nothing to do with how you look.

Challenges You

Working out is a way to set challenges for yourself and a way to compete with a previous version of yourself. Setting targets and working towards them is very good practice for other things in your life like work and personal goals. Also the sense of relief of achieving your goals is a great satisfaction and reward. By making working out into a set of challenges you can become more self-disciplined.

Improves Strength, Stamina and Endurance

Working out can improve you stamina, strength and endurance. Walking up that flight of stairs with time will become much easier and you’ll eventually be able to bring all the grocery bags into the house from the car in one go. Little victories. Also if we continuously work out throughout our life, when we eventually get old (hopefully not for a while) we will be stronger then. Developing good fitness habits can help maintain our health in our old age and keep us healthy at the moment.

Improves Your Mood

Exercising has been known to boost morale and increase your mood. Try working out for 20mins a day and see the difference in how good you feel afterwards. Your body might be in pain but your mind will be on a positive high. IT’s to do with the rush of endorphins in your body and literally makes us joyful. It’s a great stress relief as well and can help to clear your mind and organize your thoughts. Who would’ve thought, exercise, your own personal mental organizer?

Learn About Your Body

You will realise the magnificent things that the body can do. I have gone from only being able to squat 10 reps to being able to squat with a barbell my entire body weight. I was shocked at the progression and realised that over time your body can change can get stronger and can do a lot of things that you wouldn’t realise. If we can give birth to babies imagine what a bit of exercise can do. Knowing that we have the ability to push our bodies to the max is very fulfilling.

Personal Time

Working out is a great way to have some personal time with yourself. Stick on your headphones, maybe a bit of Shakira or Dr Dre, whatever floats your boat, and you are ready to enter your own little world. I feel like going to the gym is the perfect excuse to just have some time to myself and to take a breather from the other priorities in my life. Whether that’s taking a break from your kids or husband, or from studying or a really intense Netflix binge, personal time is important to have. Exercising is a great way to take this time.

reasons to work out that have nothing to do with how you look

So those were 5 reasons to work out that have nothing to do with how you look. Of course, not everyone can go and run mountains or lift weights but that’s the beauty of exercise! You can set your own targets for what suits you and your lifestyle (and let’s not forget that a gym is not a necessity to exercise). A target for one person will not be the same for another. I think that’s why it’s important to work out for reasons that are not just for your physical appearance, because that perfect, “slim-waist, big-booty” or “6-pack, huge biceps” is not attainable for everyone no matter how hard they try.

If you enjoyed reading please leave a comment or message me on Twitter. Do you work out at all? Do you have a particular reason for working out?

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18 Comments

  1. May 25, 2017 / 5:48 pm

    I always feel more positive about my body image after a decent work out!

  2. May 25, 2017 / 6:39 pm

    I must admit I am quite lax when it comes to fitness and that is something I need to work on.After all like you said it does improve your mood and stamina x
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  3. Dana Vento
    May 26, 2017 / 5:58 am

    Taking care of your relationship with yourself is the first step toward taking care of your relationship with others. Making time for exercise isn’t selfish. Quite the opposite: It’s an act of generosity. The people around you deserve your best. The best version of you is a version that’s physically and mentally strong.

  4. May 26, 2017 / 6:19 am

    GIving time to myself is the most important thing on my calendar whether it is my workout or my time to listen to music. It keeps me happy.

  5. VeggiesByCandlelight
    May 26, 2017 / 7:58 am

    I do something, work-out wise, every day. When I was younger, I was motivated by weight loss. Now that I’m in my 40s, I’m all about maintaining bone mass, and overall strength. I want to be as healthy as I can, for as long as I’m able and I know exercise is one of the keys

  6. May 26, 2017 / 11:15 am

    I need all the reasons I can get, I definitely need to work harder at getting fit.

  7. May 26, 2017 / 12:00 pm

    This is so true, people usually ask me why i do workout as i am already slim -fit. this is the post i need tot show them now 🙂 i am loving this!
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  8. May 26, 2017 / 3:21 pm

    I totally agree! I wemt thru a stage were I wemt to the gym every single day for seven months. I didn’t lose weight but my strength and stamina was amazing!
    Well done for improving your capabilities, I’m sure you will be able to squat even more soon! X

  9. Ali Rost
    May 27, 2017 / 2:24 am

    This past year I’ve really been focusing on short term goals. I’d like to run this distance, or bench press this amount. It keeps my workouts interesting and makes me feel like I’ve really accomplished something! x

  10. Kristina Maggiora
    May 27, 2017 / 12:25 pm

    I have really fallen in love with working out this year 🙂 It really does wonders for the mood x

  11. May 27, 2017 / 7:54 pm

    I work out quite often but need to try and improve my core strength. I think that area is something that has been lacking so needs a bit of work. Working out really does make me feel great!
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  12. Dannii
    May 27, 2017 / 8:51 pm

    I always say that working out does far more for my mental health. It’s my me time!

  13. May 28, 2017 / 3:39 pm

    I started working out (I’m not gonna lie) mainly for aesthetics however the way I FEEL is has been a much greater reward!

  14. June 15, 2017 / 9:35 am

    Hello Whitney, I love to stay fit and also point of attraction. I like to take care of myself. I always feel more positive about my body. It keeps me happy. You have described nice point that is new for me. I liked your blog. Thanks for sharing.

  15. June 26, 2017 / 2:29 pm

    I love these! So true 🙂
    I’m planning on starting to work out as I’m done with college year and I have the whole summer free so I hope I’ll reach my goals. I do have loosing weight and improving my body shape in mind, but more importantly, I need to take care of my spine problems and some other issues that are related to gaining weight…
    Human body is an extraordinary thing. I’m always surprised by how it works and how it can change 🙂

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