1. To keep my sanity! Exercise releases feel-good endorphins that help me get through the tough days.
2. For the same reason I vacuum the house or wash my clothes, to take CARE of something that’s important to me; to take care of ME.
3. So I can enjoy an ice cream from time to time
4. Because I would lose 5% muscle mass per decade if I didn’t
5. So I can still walk, stand on my own, chase my grandkids, and challenge people to push-up competitions when I’m 80.
6. Because I’m afraid of getting out of shape
7. Because hard work does pay off at the gym
8. It’s fun. Perhaps not all the exercises start out that way, but challenging yourself and beating your goals feels good.
9. Because it keeps me focused on other areas in my life. Having a daily exercise routine can help me stay more consistent about other healthy habits, like eating right and taking my vitamins.
10. Because I feel better on the days I exercise when compared with the ones where I don’t
Have fun & Be Active,
We have all been there. We beat ourselves up. “Jeez, my stomach looks big in this top…” “I can’t wear that, I’m too fat.” “If I were just a little thinner, I bet I would get that girl/guy…”
We are being bullies…TO OURSELVES. We won’t get anywhere if we do that. Even if we make it to our goal weight, we will still feel small and defeated, and not good enough if we are constantly bullying ourselves into those thoughts.
So, how do we stop? Every single time you have a negative thought about your body image, fill it with a positive one. One that you ACTUALLY believe. Take a moment, right now, and write down five things you like about yourself. “I have nice eyes” “My fashion is always on fleek.” “I can rock a good stiletto” “My ass is bigger and better than anyone in this office.” “I have a nice collar-bone.” Post those self-compliments anywhere and everywhere you can….and when that negative thought rolls around, repetitively go over your compliment.
Why should we bully ourselves? Let’s instead be our biggest cheerleaders.
Have fun & Be Active!
Your Friends at Build it for Life