Looking good in a bikini 5 months from now is not a good enough reason for me - mostly because 5 months and sunshine-y weather seems lightyears away. I need more instant gratification and more right-now reasons why I should do that arm workout or get on the stair-stepper. So I've decided that this is why I do it:
1. It keeps my skin looking good.
When I exercise regularly my skin naturally stays healthier. I think it's partly due to sweating out all the bad toxins and partly due to the healthier food choices that result when I do regular exercise. Either way, I have less breakouts and more glowing skin which does wonders for a woman's attitude.
2. It gives me more confidence.
Even if my body has not physically changed in ways that other people can see, feeling the sore arm muscles or tight hamstrings makes me feel so much more toned. Add that feeling to the healthier skin and I feel like a much more beautiful, confident person.
3. Workout clothes are cute and shopping is more fun.
I love clothes, shoes, headbands, socks, or really any other accessory so I love to treat myself to new workout attire. I also love shopping, but shopping and trying on clothes is only fun if I feel good about how I look. Just knowing I've been maintaining healthy habits makes me feel that much better when I'm standing in a fitting room or looking at myself in the mirror.
4. It prevents stomach-aches and headaches and I have more energy.
I am a person who gets stressed out fairly easily, which oftentimes results is just not feeling well in general. 60 minutes at the gym really helps me relieve stress and stop worrying. I notice a huge drop in daily headaches when I exercise each day. Plus, I catch myself walking faster or running up the stairs just from starting my day at the gym.
5. It makes me happier.
That one doesn't need much explanation. I just feel happier.
I think it's good to remind ourselves why we do it, outside of losing weight or looking good, in order to stay motivated. I hope these thoughts can help me this week to reach my goal of getting to the gym every morning.