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06-28-2010, 12:43 PM
I've had a mindset change when it comes to exercise. While I still don't like it :p I've come to realize the benefits. What keeps me going? The feeling of growing strength and endurance; the knowledge I'm doing good things for my body; the increased flexibility and stamina; the increased energy I feel during the day. :running:

What keeps you going?

Slim CB
06-28-2010, 12:48 PM
Oh yes...I agree. Plus I feel really guilty when I dont :-)

06-28-2010, 12:50 PM
For me, it definitely has to be the energy I gain after I do the workout! My energy is so much less when I don't get my workout in!

06-28-2010, 12:51 PM
The fact that my boyfriend and everybody I love keeps telling me how everyday something is changing and they could tell.

And also the fact that when I jog, my legs don't jiggle anymore and how toned my thighs/butt look. I'm starting to get my old "cheerleading" body back and I'm loving it.

06-28-2010, 12:51 PM
I read about a study that perimenopausal and menopausal women who exercise 3 hours a week get 75% fewer hot flashes! Worked for me!

My other reasons:
-I like being able to get up and down off the floor.
-I love feeling more flexible when doing ordinary things like loading and unloading the dishwasher.
-I love that I rarely feel injured after yard work, and that on the rare occasion when I get a twinge of pain, I recover more quickly than I ever imagined was possible.
-I like feeling like I have actual muscles -- and that DH can feel them, too!

06-28-2010, 12:53 PM
Being able to do things I couldn't do before feels like a huge achievement.

06-28-2010, 12:55 PM
Well for starters I think it helps me sleep better at night, actually. And that's a plus because I use to have a horrible sleep schedule. And I also like the benefits that it carries. That's always a plus.

06-28-2010, 12:58 PM
Because the rewards of exercise are so concrete, over time, anyway, if not immediately. You can actually see your progress, as with weight loss, all summed up in a bunch of numbers: You can go longer, faster, add more resistance, handle higher weights. That is so satisfactory.

Because it finally sank in on me that gym-going wasn't the humiliation of high school gym class all over again (not unless I actually wanted to take a class, which in the beginning, I didn't -- I lacked the self-confidence). It was just me, alone with the machine, working at my own pace on doing my best, and I saw my best gradually getting better.

Because it puts me solidly back in my body. Me & my body, we have not been the best of friends over the years. (Sometimes not on speaking terms or trying to ignore each other.) I liked to pretend it wasn't there sometimes. I could barely recognize it in mirrors. I was sorry I had to drag its sorry butt around after me. I felt like I'd been given the wrong one, that there was a mixup somewhere, and someone else had gotten the body I deserved & would have appreciated. I did not take good care of it. When I started taking care of it, it responded by showing me the things it would now be able to do. And it keeps showing me more & more, every few days. This is very exciting to see. I don't want to miss a day of it.

06-28-2010, 01:21 PM
I definitely echo what everyone else said as well.

Another thing that really got to me the other day was when I very first started my journey in March I tried starting the C25K, and could not jog half a block. I have since incorporated some other exercises over the last several months and could notice a change. Well, Saturday I thought I have lost some weight I am going to try to jog again. Low and behold I was able to do 5 blocks at a time! So apparently my endurance is one thing I truly did not realize had improved until that happened. It was truly an aha moment. :)

06-28-2010, 01:32 PM
Actually although sometimes it takes me a bit to get motivated to start, I love the various exercises I do. I love hiking, biking and kayaking as they all allow me to be outdoors and see various things. I also really like running outside BUT I've been having difficulty motivating myself to start running again. I also do karate which is very fun and I like learning new things. I also started a fitness program that is group based and very challenging, it is exciting to see what techniques I'll learn as well as see the improvements in endurance and strength my body makes.

So I like being active and I think there are lots of benefits to being active such as improved cardiovascular health, increased bone mass and such.

06-28-2010, 01:45 PM
It has so many benefits, I love every moment. I want to be 90yrs old and in the best shape of my life, exercising now is what will benefit us when we are 70-80-90 and will help prevent many diseases.

06-28-2010, 01:58 PM
Flexibility, endurance, energy, health and general well-being are among the many pluses to exercise. I don't particularly like it, but I am glad I continue to do it.

06-28-2010, 02:25 PM
I started at 240 lbs and exercise was so difficult. Now at 192 lbs, I love the feeling of have finished what I started. The rush of knowing that I am no longer held captive in a body that felt worn out most of the time. The feeling that comes from knowing that my only limits are those which I impose on myself. :cp:

06-28-2010, 02:38 PM
It makes feel so much better!

Beach Patrol
06-28-2010, 02:39 PM
Even if it had nothing to do with losing weight, I'd still exercise - mainly because I ENJOY movement. And my mom. You see, my mom had a 100% physical labor job ALL HER LIFE. 8 hour days of walking, lifting, bending, etc - per the job requirements. She never exercised. NEVER. Didn't really need to with all that job stuff!

When she retired about 10 years ago, she STOPPED moving. She just got lazy & didn't DO anything. Now she can hardly move AT ALL. I mean it takes SERIOUS EFFORT just to walk outside to the mailbox & back! - and her life expectancy is not very long (she does have other health issues).

So you see... I don't want to end up like my mom. I want to be able to move well into my 70's 80's and goddess willing... 90's.

06-28-2010, 02:41 PM
The way my body feels when working out and getting fit is probably the number one. When I slack off on working out, I feel it in aches and pains in the body. Muscle soreness and overall fatigue. Granted, I'm tired and sore from exercise - but its a different tired and sore. Its a feel good tired and sore.

Another benefit is being able to keep up with my teenage son who is very physically active. (well, I can't keep up with him - but I impress the heck out of his friends with my abilities, as there aren't many other moms that can do what I do).

And with my most recent renewal of exercise and diet - seeing progress. This weekend I was able to climb out of the boat after diving and pull myself up to standing with full gear on and in ruff seas. The dives earlier this season, I didn't try to stand, just crawled on my knees into the boat.

06-28-2010, 02:46 PM
I continue to workout because I see the results & I like them. It's so much easier running up & down stairs and getting up off the floor.

It also helps keep my eating in check. If I work out, I'm likely to eat better during the day rather than "wasting" the workout. The days I don't exercise, I tend to be more of a "grazer" and while not eating horribly, it's not as in line as I know it should be.

06-28-2010, 03:25 PM
Exercise keeps my weight under control. I'm small, so if I didn't exercise my daily calories would be a very low number. With exercise, it's much easier to stay on plan because I have a little wiggle room.

I also exercise because of how much it improves my moods. My husband has learned this too. When he says "Why don't you stay out and run an extra mile today" it isn't because I'm gaining weight. It's because I'm being .... grouchy, to put it politely :)

06-28-2010, 04:02 PM
Exercise keeps my weight under control. I'm small, so if I didn't exercise my daily calories would be a very low number. With exercise, it's much easier to stay on plan because I have a little wiggle room.

I also exercise because of how much it improves my moods. My husband has learned this too. When he says "Why don't you stay out and run an extra mile today" it isn't because I'm gaining weight. It's because I'm being .... grouchy, to put it politely :)

This is so true... I get pretty grouchy and moody when I don't exercise.

I workout to get those endorphins!

06-28-2010, 04:04 PM
It makes me feel better and it is helping my health and body.

Fat Pants
06-28-2010, 04:07 PM
So I can EAT.

I'm only halfway joking. ;)

Desert Agave
06-28-2010, 04:15 PM
I exercise because I feel like no matter how clean and on plan I eat, I have a limited amount of control over how fast I lose weight. Exercise helps keep me from getting obsessed with and frustrated with the scale. Instead I can obsess over how far and fast I can run and bike, how many push ups I can do, etc. And I feel I have more control over those things. If I work hard, I will improve.

I also exercise because it is good for my head. I'm bipolar and while the medications I take are necessary and fairly effective, I still have mood swings and anxiety to deal with. My mood has been much more stable since I started exercising and I've been able to manage my anxiety much better.

06-28-2010, 04:17 PM
So I can EAT.

I'm only halfway joking. ;)

LOL That is a GREAT reason and I agree with it :D

06-28-2010, 05:36 PM
I agree with a lot of what has been posted.

I also like that exercising creates ability/transferability. I bike lots, lift weights, swim some, run a little, etc. However, I know that if I decide that I want to do something different - say, kayaking, which I've never done - I'll be able to do it physically. What confidence that creates!

06-29-2010, 12:48 AM
It makes me feel so much better physically and mentally. I love the way my body feels after a workout and I feel like I've accomplished something great.lol. It gives me so much energy and stamina. I love that I am becoming more flexible and when I see new muscle definition that I haven't seen in awhile, I get really excited and that definitely keeps me pumping harder.
When I don't exercise, my body feels sluggish and I don't like that feeling. It reminds me of being back to 293 lbs and I don't want to have those feelings again.lol

06-29-2010, 12:53 AM
theres a guy at the gym that i hope to see everyday that i go ahahah but really though i enjoy it because it passes time for me and at the end of my workout i go into the sauna and just sit there and it feels so relax then i go home and shower then sleep sounds good doesn't it? lol it is good!

06-29-2010, 01:54 AM

i"m DARN IF i KNOW LOL BUT I is still breathing , and that's always a good sign huh?

06-29-2010, 01:23 PM
Going to the gym everyday keeps my mind in the right place as far as eating healthy goes. Seeing myself in the mirrors reminds me how far I have come and that I do not want to go back. I have a tendency to live inside my head and forgot all about my body so working out reminds me how important this journey has been for me and that I want to stay on it.


06-29-2010, 02:46 PM
My play/social activity is ultimate frisbee. I exercise so I can be a better ultimate player and play as well in the last game of a two-day tournament as I did in the first.

06-29-2010, 04:30 PM
1) It makes me feel better
2) I sleep so much better
3) My clothes are falling off of me ++
4) I have tons more energy now
5) I used to hate it now I love it :D lol