Working out is totally misinterpreted in today’s world. Once considered a way to keep the body strong and healthy is now only focusing on keeping you skinny and sexy. Everywhere you turn you see ads and billboards that promise to eliminate fat, flatten your tummy, and minimize your waist. This way of tackling exercise is highly damaging and alienating. Anyone who doesn’t agree with the philosophy or fit the beauty standards set by the media, is excluded. Luckily, there are so many body-positive reasons why you might want to hit the gym that has nothing to do with numbers on the scale!
Here are just a few of them that will inspire you to take up exercising for all the right reasons.
Accepting your body:
Some workouts like yoga, controlled weightlifting, and body weight exercises require you to focus on the moves, your posture, and your muscles which pushes you to stay mindful and engaged mentally. It helps tremendously with building a good relationship with your body. Mindful exercising will make you more comfortable in your own skin, improve your mind-body connection, boost your confidence, and allow you to become super Zen. So, while you’re training your thighs, you will also train and improve your mind. It will impact the way you carry yourself, the way you walk, stand, and feel about your physical appearance. Once you accept your body, it will be a magical day that will affect your present and future in the best way possible!
One of the best reasons to take up exercising is to feel stronger, safer, and more independent. No matter if you’re trying to beat your previous lifting record, improve the number of reps, or pull off that hard yoga pose, the more you push your body the stronger and more powerful it will get. Strength exercises can be done practically anywhere, the gym is not the only place to workout.
There are so many great home workout tutorials and Pilates or yoga routines you can do in the privacy of your home. Even weightlifting can be done from home with a few helpful weightlifting videos that explain and demonstrate the right techniques, postures, and footwork. These videos are easy to follow and require only minimal equipment such as bars and weight plates. As you get stronger, you’ll feel amazing knowing you can carry groceries, move furniture, and handle jar lids on your own. It’s a super empowering feeling.
Dealing with pain
If you suffer from any sort of chronic pain, especially back pain, exercising can change your life. It might be the last thing you want to do when you’re in pain, but it will help you in the long run. Making your core and back muscles strong will do wonders for your pain levels and even improve your posture and mobility. Working out will also improve your balance and flexibility and reduce the possibility of injury, which can make your existing pain more severe.
We all have those nerve-racking work days and particularly demanding days at college. Other times we just need to blow off some steam. Instead of venting on our friends and loved ones, you can de-stress and decompress by moving your body and sweating it out. Physical activity is one of the best emotional outlets that allow you to release tension in a highly beneficial and healthy way. It’s a great way to clear your head and focus on your own well-being.
Regulating mental health
According to science, exercising floods the human body with endorphins, which make us feel happy and rejuvenated. But, the entire process is so much more powerful and meaningful than that. Every time we make an effort to do something good for our body, we break the old patterns of harmful behaviors. We begin to create new and better patterns. Mental health and exercising have a beautiful relationship and some medication effects are even enhanced with regular physical activity. The feeling you get after a hard but successful workout session can be life-changing and even life-saving.
Wanting to look sexy when you take off your clothes is a totally valid reason to exercise. There are no issues in wanting to show off your body, especially if you worked hard for it. However, looking sexy is not the only reason to take up exercising. And what does sexy even mean? It’s a subjective term and should be defined by you and you only. So, as long as you listen to your body, stay mindful while exercising, and practice self-love – you will reap all the best benefits of exercise and feel truly amazing about yourself.