If you follow along, you've probably noticed that I'm a little bit of a work out junkie. We live in a fitness obsessed culture right now. Fitness bloggers/grammers are a dime a dozen, and with the exception of a few, you'll see very similar content. The type of workouts, the how, varies, but the why is largely the same. Lose weight, look good.
While that in and of itself is not bad...is that really our only WHY??? I've been thinking a lot about that, and how one dimensional that is as an end goal. After soul searching a little bit (whatever that actually means, it really just sounded good,) I came up with a few reasons that are my WHY. This list is what I try to remind myself of when I get caught up in the comparison culture. Because it happens to us all, right?
Reason 1 - Anxiety. I am a high stress person. You might not know it to look at me but I can literally stress about ANYTHING. You can pretty much bet that if there is a decision to be made, I'm stressing about it. One way I combat that, is that I make quick decisions, and go with my gut a lot. While it might seem like I'm decisive, it's actually just that I know I have no choice if I want to save myself a lot of headache.
The other way I decrease anxiety, is working out. Bet you didn't see that coming ;) The endorphins are a real thing y'all. If I have a bad day at work, I row it out on the rowing machine. Too much to do and too little time? Push up break. Pretty sure my family would happily attest to the fact that when I take a break from working out, I am really not the most fun to be around. So yeah, reason 1 is mental health for me, and by extension my family...win win ;)
Reason 2 - Health. While lots of workout fads come and go, I think we can all agree that getting up and moving around is good for you. Self explanatory on this one.
Reason 3 - Challenge and Discipline. I am a huge advocate of using sports properly to teach important lessons. Luckily for me, my parents instilled in me from a very early age to embrace challenges as opportunities for growth. I joke that sports taught me everything I know...and while that's an exaggeration, I do believe that the discipline I learned from them influences my desire to be the best I can be in every part of my life.
Reason 4 - For the Honor and Glory of God. Ok, that one might sound a little weird, but I try to let that drive my whole life. We don't own these bodies, they were given to us to take care of for a little while. If someone let us borrow something as freaking amazing as the human body, wouldn't we take the utmost care with it? Same idea here. We are temples of the Holy Spirit and we have a responsibility to care for ourselves.
Reason 5 - Fun. Ok, ok, it's not always fun. Honestly, some days I dread working out and I have to force myself to move at all. Every now and then I get super burnt out, and I've been going through that over the past month. To combat boredom and burnout, I try to mix things up. Last week I started going to a boxing class. I don't want to go overboard on saying how much I love it because that could potentially transfer into me sounding like I really like punching things but...I love it. Like, a lot. 10/10 would recommend.
So there it is! Those reasons are my WHY. Whenever I'm really lacking purpose, I read through that list. Also, I sit down and write out some new workout goals. This time, my big goal is to run the Spartan trifecta next year. And it's making me excited and motivated to work out again.
Your goal could be to do 20 pushups. It could be as simple as taking a walk every day. It could be as ambitious as running a marathon (in which case, you're clearly crazy.) But do it. Find your why, and get moving. I promise you it's worth it!