It happens often as I am getting ready for another workout. That nagging voice saying, why do you workout?
It sometimes even happens as I am walking away from a workout. Especially if it has been a bad one (aka, I didn't do enough/didn't push myself hard enough/wasn't feeling good/etc). Why do you workout?
Why do you workout? It's painful. You get sweaty and stinky. Results take a long time in coming. It's hard. It takes to much time. Blah, blah, blah.
I have several reasons why I workout. And when I start hearing that nagging voice, I have to remember them.
Number one is that I like feeling strong. If you know me, or anything about me, you will know that I admire strength. Physical and mental. I wrote a post about strong women a little while ago. Any weakness, in me or anybody else, makes me want to puke.
Number two is that I know it is good for me. Just like all families, mine is not without its health problems. Thankfully, I still have both sets of grandparents (and all my uncles, aunts, and cousins). All four of my grandparents have been a huge influence on my life, and I know that I would not be the person that I am today if I didn't have them. (I am picking on them because a lot of times grandparents are the first to die). So the moral if that little story is that I want to be there for my grand kids someday. And I don't want them to remember me as a shriveled up old lady with the white hair who sat in a chair in a smelly room in a nursing home. So, I workout to keep my heart (and everything else) healthy.
Number three is that I like how working out makes me feel. When I workout, I sleep better, and so therefore, I do better. Aka, I am not as grouchy. And I also really like that sore feeling that you get the day after a good workout. Call me weird, but it's true.
Number four is that I am competitive. Very competitive. If my best friend can do 15 push-ups, I have to do 16. It's just how I work.
Number five is that working out is a great way to let off steam. It's true. Next time you are all worked up about something, try doing 50 jumping jacks, 25 squats, 25 bicycle crunches, and 15 push-ups. I guarantee it will help.
So that is my list of the reasons why I workout. I don't know what yours are, but I would encourage you to think about it.