Why do you workout? Is it to stay healthy? Is it to get in “good shape” so that you feel comfortable in your own skin? Do you eat so much throughout the day that you just feel the need to burn off some calories? Does it calm you down or boost you up? Do you exercise to stay focused or to let your mind wander? Do you do it because you have to or because you want to?
I work out for all of the above reasons, and more. It keeps me sane, it keeps me comfortable, it keeps me enjoying life. (Enjoying the workout is a different story..:))
I love the feeling of a good-paced run. Running outside invigorates my senses and makes me feel alive. Breathing in the fresh air, feeling the warmth of the sun beat down on me, the smell of the blooming trees, freshly cut grass, or calm ocean- every step I take feels like I’m bouncing on clouds and flying with birds.
Lifting weights is more of a testament to my strength. I like to see how much I can lift and for how long I can do it; it excites me and reminds me of how strong I truly am. No matter what muscle group I’m working on, I always feel strong throughout my whole body- I push until I reach my limits, and I know I’ve reached my limit when I feel weak all over.
It’s Monday afternoon and I’ve had a long day. I still have some school work to finish up and I know I have laundry and dinner waiting to be done at home. But I have the urge and desire to get to the gym. It’s time to myself that I get to work on myself. I’m in control of what I’m doing and for what reason. Maybe it’s because I ate 6 Hershey kisses today. Maybe it’s because I remembered I’ll be on a beach all summer and am no where near comfortable to be out there yet. Maybe it’s because of my long day and I need some time to let my mind dance to the sound of the music in my ears rather than run frantically with the thoughts in my head. Maybe (probably) it’s all of the above. Whatever the reason, I’m making my way over there and I’m dedicating some quality time with the treadmill (GROSS. Can it be warm enough yet?!) and the free weights. Will you today? Tomorrow? Remember, working out isn’t always for your body, it’s also for your mind and soul.