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Why Do you Exercise?

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Question of the weekIt’s 11PM and I’m getting ready to head to bed trying to mentally prepare myself for a morning run tomorrow. I want to go but I don’t want to go. It’s weird.

On one hand I’m EXHAUSTED and I’m wondering if I want to get up a half hour early just to run. On the other hand, I KNOW how great I feel when I start my day doing something for myself. Something that allows me to clear my head and set out on the right foot.

So as I listen to arguments from the little angel and devil on my shoulder I ask you this… Why do YOU Exercise? Is it for Weight Loss? Mood? Training? Toning? The way it makes you feel?



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    MIchelle

    November 11, 2009

    I used to excerise to lose weight. Then I loved then. Then I hated it. Then I exercised cause I was binging. Now I do it becuase I want to. It’s part of my healthy lifestyle and I feel better.

    Cynthia (It All Changes)

    November 11, 2009

    I exercise because I love it. It started out because I knew I needed to do it to lose weight and then to stay healthy. Now I do it because my mood is so much better when I do it and I just enjoy it. I actually go to the gym when I’m bored or for a run to enjoy the nice weather. It’s addicting :-)

    Katali

    November 11, 2009

    Guilt. I feel like I should because that’s what healthy people do. And then once I actually do get out there, I realise that part of me kind of loves it. :-)

    Jess

    November 11, 2009

    I exercise from a combination of training and desire. I don’t always feel like doing what’s on my training plan but at the same time I usually prefer running, biking and swimming to just about anything else I could be doing with that time (watching tv, reading blogs, and even sleeping). I don’t make exercise a choice – it’s like brushing my teeth for me, sure I don’t have to do it, but life sure is better if you do.

    Jennie

    November 11, 2009

    I love the way it makes me feel. I feel stronger each time and a huge rush of endorphins! It is also great as a stress/ anxiety reliever, I have even noticed I get antsy if I miss a workout. :) If I loose some fat and get toned I really wouldn’t mind.

    Tatum

    November 11, 2009

    I exercise for the feel of it. Nothing beats the feeling of sprinting out the end of a run. Living out the rest of the day knowing I did something good for myself. Also, I wanted to thank you for sharing your journey with all of us. I started reading your blog in 2006 when I began WW. I read everyday to see what you were eating and how things were going, and to just know there was someone else out there too trying to get things right healthwise. Thanks for all your openness. Oh and I lost 70+ pounds, and am maintaining now. I will continue to be a reader as long as you continue to write.

    Sana

    November 11, 2009

    For my sanity.

    linda

    November 11, 2009

    To feel strong.

    …but my body refuse to exercise in the morning so I’m always doing it late afternoon/evening.

    Andrea

    November 11, 2009

    I exercise for all the normal reasons: weight loss and toning, and to be healthy. But if I’m honest, they aren’t my real reasons.
    I know this is going to sound funny, and I don’t know if this is a BAD thing. My real reason for exercising is that I crave the feeling the next day of the lactic acid in my muscles making them ache a bit. It makes me aware of how much work I accomplished. It makes me aware of my muscles and makes me feel good and “tight”. On the other hand if I don’t exercise I start to feel bad because I feel jiggly and pudgy. Does that make sense? LOL. So I guess it’s to feel better about myself.

    MizFit

    November 11, 2009

    many days (ESPECIALLLLLY CARDIO) I do it because it is part of my m-f “job”

    for me when I decided to start a family I took on the commitment of staying healthy and sticking around for her (and the husband. who would groceryshop? :)) as long as I can and exercise is one facet of that plan.

    yes I feel better (stress) when I do
    yes I feel better (energy) when I do
    yes I look better in my clothes

    but when that isnt enough motivation (and there are many days like that!) I move…even a little…because I owe it to my daughter

    Melodie

    November 11, 2009

    I exercise for quite a few reasons, but the main one is so I don’t have to take depression meds. I have found that an early morning kick butt workout helps me more than a drug that has 100 side effects :)

    Bill

    November 11, 2009

    In the “big picture” I’d like to say I exercise for health reasons, but I don’t. I just want to look better. Or at least less schluppy. :)

    But what keeps me going on a daily basis is guilt. *laugh* Don’t get me wrong, I know I’ll feel better and be healthier because I work out, but I get off the couch (or out of bed early) because I know I’ll feel guilty all day if I don’t.

    Tammy

    November 11, 2009

    Mainly to lose weight…but, as you pointed out, I feel so good once a get started and afterward, I feel like I could move the earth!
    Like you, sometimes, well OFTEN it is hard to feel motivated to just DO IT. Yesterday was one such day as I set off on what I promised myself would only be a short 30 minute walk. Once I set off and reached the 15 minute mark, I was feeling so good that I continued on and made it a 1 hour walk! I talk myself through alot of things when I walk! LOL I remember thinking how GREAT I felt and ready to tackle the day as I walked up my driveway on the return. So, even though I have a long work day ahead today, I promised myself another walk after work. Even just a half hour! Who knows, one day I may motivate these old bones to run. (If the foot problem ever gets better!)

    Heather

    November 11, 2009

    The most obvious reason is for weight loss. For me it is kind of like a thing I have always done off and on! I worked at a health club through college and I learned alot more information. It really makes me feel great through out the day. I don’t know if I could ever workout at night, I don’t really have the energy.

    Erica

    November 11, 2009

    OMGosh, this is SO me this morning! To get myself motivated, I just think of how awesome I will feel AFTER I go for my run. That is easily enough to get me going! I have never regretted a run!

    joanna

    November 11, 2009

    You know how they say if you do anything for 30 days it becomes a habit. I’ve been exercising using 4 to 5 days a week for 10 years now. It def has become habit. If I start off my day with exercise I tend to eat better. If I skip the gym my eating through the day sucks. Now I just need to get the eating in order. It does make you feel better too.

    Allison

    November 11, 2009

    I am a naturally anxious person, and I find morning excercise helps alleviate that :)

    Anne

    November 11, 2009

    I started exercising because it was a way that I could eat more points on WW…and then I found myself changing.

    I now exercise far more because I *FEEL* better and more sane. When I don’t, everything feels out of sorts.

    My time spent running is a way for me to de-stress. It’s my time…to work through issues and to do something good for myself. So basically, my running time has taken the place of why I used to overeat.

    Wow. And I *just* figured it out just now.

    Weird.

    roni

    November 11, 2009

    LMAO thank you for reminding me why I ask questions of the week!

    Flávia

    November 11, 2009

    I have already incorporated exercising to my daily routine. I realized that one cannot live and eat the things one loves without burning the calories.
    Now I use that time to be by myself, turn off my cell phone and enjoy the fact that I’m doing something to better who I am.

    Sarah

    November 11, 2009

    I exercise because i sit at a desk all day at work. After going to Europe I figured out they were skinny people because they get out during the day and do things. We don’t.
    I also do it so I can run a half a marathon in May! :)

    amanda

    November 11, 2009

    I exercise to eat more food. :) I also love the feeling after a good hard exercise where I get my “rush”. Plus I like how exercise can make me look toner and lean.

    Rose

    November 11, 2009

    Stress reducer. And beyond that, I like to see how far I can push my body – how much it can do. (That said, I’m pretty good about not pushing it too far. I just like to achieve what I think is unobtainable).

    Carolyn

    November 11, 2009

    I exercise for my health and so I can feel strong. I try to exercise at lunchtime so I don’t have to dread getting up early or delay getting home. I am changing jobs in a few weeks, though, and it may be a little harder to go at lunchtime. :(

    Ami

    November 11, 2009

    I exercise to be strong and energetic. It fuels my body to live out my call in life.

    Now my husband has started exercising, and we’re going to run a 5k together on Thanksgiving Day. I never thought this would happen! I love the way exercise, even individual exercise, feels like teamwork and encouragement!

    Shannon

    November 11, 2009

    I used to exercise to remember what I felt like before I gained 60 pounds. I was very athletic (running, hiking). It helped me feel like that girl was still in there somewhere. Also to lose weight.

    Now the fear of getting that out of control with my weight gets me on the treadmill. The thrill of going harder, faster, longer keeps me on the treadmill. There is something so awesome about seeing my muscles and feeling my body work. And the great mood I have when I finally get off keeps me addicted.

    I have recently noticed that when I am grouchy, if I run, then I am calm relaxed and better company for the family.

    jessica

    November 11, 2009

    i started off exercising on the elliptical in my house to loose baby-weight, but then I kind of became…addicted? to it. I guess. i loved the way it made me feel – sweat and all. then I progressed to biking and running as a way to get myself OUT of the house for a little bit each day. Now I see it as MY time.

    I’m a SAHM, so I’m home, in the house 75% of my week and am rarely ALONE. Once thegirl wakes, that’s it for “alone” time for the day, basically. and at night, eventhough she’s in bed, I still want to spend some quality time with my hubby – so that left the early morning.
    Running makes me get out and do something that is GOOD for myself and it also makes me feel AMAZING and gives me the total alone time I need to be a happy person.

    So now I run more to maintain and train. ( I’m training for a 1/2 marathon with my eyes on a full this spring – You totally inspried that- THANK YOU!!!!) but I really like to do it in the morning. I don’t always like getting UP at 5:45, but I know if I DON’T run I’ll feel even more sluggish throughout the day. And I notice the stress gets to me more when I don’t run, or do yoga and toning on the days I’m “resting” from runs. I gauruntee that I get my ME time in that way, and I’ve noticed it gives me this awesome boost for the day. like I can tackle whatever comes my way. Plus, I’ve found running has replaced coffee which as oddly, helped me feel all kinds of better.

    DLAOKC

    November 11, 2009

    I exercise because I love it! I’m 54 and have excercised almost daily for all of my adult life. BUT – I get up and go early, before anything else can interfere with my day. (Nobody wants me at 5:00am.) My best trick is just to get up when the alarm goes off – don’t think about it, don’t argue/plead/petition/whine to self about it. Just get up and go.

    Erin

    November 11, 2009

    I’m not quite sure yet. Every day it is a challenge to do it. I think I have to just not think about it and do it like it is part of my routine. Thinking has always been the death of me.

    Marie

    November 11, 2009

    I started running because I needed to get healthy again, but now when i miss a day I feel icky inside and out.

    I agree with you, it’s tough to get yourself going, but once you you, it’d great!

    Bethlin

    November 11, 2009

    I exercise because:

    (1) when I row, it’s time spent with other people, concentrating so much on the technique and what I’m doing that I CAN NOT worry and stress over problems.

    (2) when I run, it’s time spent alone, doing something good for my body while I let my mind wonder, knowing that even if I don’t think through and solve all my problems, at least I’ve done one good thing that day.

    *I love the answer above, “I have never regretted a run!” I need to keep that sentiment with me on those days when I’m tempted to skip a run.*

    Alison

    November 11, 2009

    LOL I wrestle with that mental battle on a daily basis!

    I suffered from some pretty bad PPD several years ago. Then I went on medication which caused me to gain weight. Three years later I tried to wean off the meds and I didn’t handle it well. NOT until I started watching what I eat (by following WW) and exercising. I can honestly say that if I weren’t exercising, I would need medication.

    Beyond that, it helps me keep on track with my healthy lifestyle.

    Lastly, I rarely allow it to be an option. I try to get in my 5+ days a week and don’t allow myself to not do it. But I do procrastinate and I do tend to cut back when I have out of town visitors or when I go on vacation or visit family.

    Wildcat Kate

    November 11, 2009

    I think I exercise for a lot of reasons. The primary being that I exercise for me. It’s the only time I have in my day where I can just focus on how I’m feeling, what progress I’m making, etc. Sure, I started because I want to lose weight, and I think that’s part of what keeps me going, but it’s so nice to take that 45 minutes or hour to think through what I’ve done for myself. Because I deserve at least that!

    Totally great question, by the way.

    Jen (aka KUrunner)

    November 11, 2009

    Endorphins!

    Kelly

    November 11, 2009

    #1 reason – I have three dogs. One of which is a temper-tantrum, mess of a problem unless she runs EVERYDAY. We’ve found through careful experimentation that we only want to kill her once or two times a day if she gets her morning run as opposed to wanting to kill her 30+ times a day if she doesn’t get her morning run. It’s the BEST motivation I’ve ever found to keep running. Dogs don’t have bad days, PMS or anything like that. Nor do they accept excuses. They just bark, jump, nip and otherwise misbehave and pick on the cats until you take them outside and run them.

    Though, sadly, when I run her 3 or 4 miles, I’m well exercised and she’s ready to go again. And Again. I wish I had that much energy!

    Georgia

    November 11, 2009

    Weight.. I ain’t gonna lie.. I’ve gone through a “for my health” stage.. (when my clothes fit)… but really.. it’s so I don’t wake up feeling like there’s styrofoam strapped around my stomach and heart… So i fluctuate… right now I’m in a valley of no exercise… :(

    Jamie

    November 11, 2009

    Roni, I have followed your blog for over a year and enjoy your posts. I truly appreciate this question that you posted. I have slacked off the exercise claiming I don’t have any time in the day, but thanks to reading this I will set my alarm 45 minutes early and run in the morning. THANK YOU! I needed this so bad! :0)

    Kay

    November 12, 2009

    I need this time for me. I wake up at 5 am for time to myself and I do not want to me on a long list of meds.

    I love my family so much I want to be able to enjoy them.. fully.. without being winded and grumpy.

    Brittany

    November 12, 2009

    I really love to pole dance as a hobby (for me and my hubby in my home… not for anyone else :P). I find that gives me a lot of motivation to exercise to lose a bit of weight (so I’m lighter on the pole, less to hold), gain strentgh and just feel better! Pole dancing is so much fun, I really don’t mind the less fun gym workouts because I’m looking forward to when I get a moment to myself to dance. I have to wake up an hour and half earlier to get it in before the kids wake up, but it makes me feel accomplished!

    Found you from CNN, now I’m hooked. :)

    Mrs.Ballou

    November 12, 2009

    I think it started for me as a way to lose weight, I HATED it. I would do the minimum amount I could do to sweat and then would complain about being sore for 2 days. Then, sometime clicked and it became something I did for me. I enjoyed the time to myself, I enjoyed not having my cell phone with me (as a rule, I leave it at home and walk to my ammenity center) so I went to get away. Then, I discovered the running high (or at least, jog a lot/walk a little high) and it because a way to give me energy, make me feel great and give me “my time”. It’s like the perfect trinity!

    Adam @ turnupmyworkout.com

    November 12, 2009

    Why do I workout? I workout so I can eat, plain and simple. I like eating too much to not workout, because when I wasn’t working out I was gaining weight faster then you could say McDonald’s. Now I workout and I can eat just about whatever I want and it’s yummy!!

    Adam @ TUMW workout music

    Tabby

    November 12, 2009

    I work out to lose weight and feel good about myself. It’s so hard to to do it some days but after I do it I’m glad I did! :)

    Rebecca

    November 12, 2009

    When I started? To help in weight loss. Now, 60lb and 4years later… (no particular order) maintenace, habit, so I can eat more, feels good, my time, I like the way my body changes, I know it is good for me, I can eat more, my clothes look better, I can eat more, habit. Did I repeat a few?
    Great Post
    Rebecca

    Jennifer (Running With Cake)

    November 12, 2009

    I run mainly to maintain my weight. But it also helps me relax and stay in control with my hectic life. I’ve played basketball, volleyball, fast-pitch softball, and have been a cheerleader in my previous lives. But, running is by FAR the best sport/activity I have ever engaged in. You’ve got to stick with what feels right to you.

    Blake

    November 12, 2009

    Because I feel better when I work out. Starting the day off with physical activity is awesome for me. Day just feels better and I feel like I accomplished something, even if nothing else got done that day. The bonus is I love participating in triathlons and if I don’t train, I won’t perform my best.

    Bret

    November 13, 2009

    I execercise to feel better. However, I exercise at 5:00am because I have a god send for a running partner, my mother. If it weren’t for the quality mother/daughter time I seriously wouldn’t get my butt out of bed.

    I realized in college I’m simply not self motivated to rise at 4:30 but if someone is waiting on me – it makes all the difference in the world. I formed a running group in college and now that I’m all grown up, my Mom is my running group. Funny huh? Gotta say I love it though!

    Tim

    November 15, 2009

    I Exercise because of the Challenge , knowing that if I don’t I may become a huge and unhappy person and honestly I like other people would hate that for around 5 years know I have done research on weight loss and the most success stories come from the ones who can take over there mindset.

    I say this because your mind is what makes you get up in the morning and exercise, I love some of the reason they get up, in the end its all up to your mind if you can’t control your mindset you will never control your life!!

    for more check out my article
    “New Way to Weight Loss”

    GIGI

    November 28, 2009

    Ugh, you think getting up a 1/2 hour to work out is tough… try getting up at 4am to work out! Yep, that’s what I do – the night before I have to do that, I literally DON’T sleep because when I “wake up” every hour I am constantly telling myself, ok, 5 hours until I have to get up…. and the count down begins!! Luckily, after that early-ass work out I feel WONDERFUL and can take on the day without any problems!!