Reasons why I exercise

I like the way it makes me feel strong. Whether I’m running or doing weights I feel strong. I feel I’m making myself better, stronger and fitter. That gives me mental strength too. If I find something tough, I keep doing it until I can can comfortably do it. Then I challenge myself again. What […]

Sweaty but loving it and feeling the benefits
  1. I like the way it makes me feel strong. Whether I’m running or doing weights I feel strong. I feel I’m making myself better, stronger and fitter. That gives me mental strength too. If I find something tough, I keep doing it until I can can comfortably do it. Then I challenge myself again. What was once hard is now easy. I see progress, I see myself growing.
  2. I need the headspace. When I go for a run especially I think about everything that might be whirling (in my Wiltshire accent) around in my head. I get time to really think about it. Sort it out. Come back with a resolution. I think about so much on my runs and really do l sort my life out when I run. I do feel refreshed mentally after my gym sessions too and it provides me with me time. No matter how busy my day is I always feel boosted by an early morning workout.
  3. Exercise keeps me fit. My heart and lungs are strong. I know I can push myself if I need to, I have strong muscles to pull my body weight or squat or pick up something without my back going (pilates, weights and good form).  I have a low resting heart rate and I can face a bike ride or run with no worries about my fitness. I can go on  walks, rock climbing or just about anything I want. I can because I work out. I’m not huffing and puffing when I reach the top of a flight of stairs. My life isn’t affected by my lack of fitness. 
  4. It keeps me trim and keeps me body positive. Yes exercise is amazing for keeping fit, as above, but it also keeps me lean, and mean 😂 i have such a better body when I exercise. Fact.  I’m leaner, i appreciate what my body can do and how it looks. I don’t focus on the bits I don’t like, I look at what exercise has changed for the better e.g stronger arms and more toned back. My feet might be wrecked from running but who cares, I don’t. I think about how hard those feet work day in day out. I also chaff like most women so I just wear long shorts. I think about how I chaff because I have strong thighs, I sweat because I’m working hard and that’s makes them chaff but it’s sorted through longer shorts or my glide stick. I don’t think “omg my fat thighs chaff, how awful am I.” Neither should you. 
  5. Lastly I enjoy it. I bloody love exercise! I wake up and want to run, go train or cycle. I enjoy it. And although on a very rare occasion I might not feel up for it in the moment, I know I’m going to enjoy it when I’m doing it or when Iv accomplished it. I don’t always like my long interval run but my god the feeling I get when Iv completed the first long interval is amazing and I repeat it, knowing I’ve pushed myself and making it easier for future me. I like to start my day with exercise and I make sure each day I do something. Even if I do some core and stretch. Exercise has always been there for me. When I’m happy, sad or anxious. I can exercise wherever I am, it’s always with me. Whether I’m camping and running, visiting family and cycling, in a wood and walking or at home and lifting weights before breakfast. It’s free and it’s great for a mood boost.

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