5 Reasons to go to the Gym that have NOTHING to do with Weight Loss!
1. Being Strong Matters- Imagine falling down and not being able to get up. Try to pick something up that's too heavy (that shouldn't be.) Get really sick and not be able to receive treatment (It's a real thing!)
2. Movement Is Life- The quality of your life is dependent on your ability to be able to move all your extremities whenever you want to, for however long you want to, and as hard as you need to. Good training programs take this into account.
3. Training Means Living- Countless studies have been produced and compiled to determine the effects of exercise on early mortality and cardiovascular disease. Turns out you have a MUCH better chance of not dying young if you exercise on a regular basis.
4. It Feels Good- Err...when you're done exercising. Yeah exercise is tough sometimes. And when you're done you feel good! The physiological process that occurs during exercise leaves you with an increase in feel good hormones! Feeling sad? Go to the gym! Angry? Try the gym! Unfocused? Exercise might help! You get my point!
5. Your Friends Are Waiting- Seriously! They're either at the gym waiting or they're at home wishing someone would wander down this path with them. Exercise is a universal process that EVERYONE needs and most people want. They just don't want to do it alone. Find a friend and get working!
Don't get me wrong! I think weight loss is important if you need to improve your health and you're significantly overweight. It's also a poor strategy to focus on only weight loss when you're trying to gain some traction on self care. Focus on the things that last forever. The greatest success stories I've been a part of typically come from people that started slow! They made small changes that they could sustain. No crazy diet or sadistic workouts. Not even a timeline. Just a commitment to doing something good for themselves. Eating better. Moving more. Making themselves a priority!
If you ever need help building healthy eating plans, great exercise programs, or a pep talk on getting yourself back in the self care game call me! 314-764-5406
P.S. Self care isn't selfish. Motivation is B.S. Discipline is king.