and i said to my body. softly. ‘i want to be your friend.’ it took a long breath. and replied ‘i have been waiting my whole life for this.’
– Nayyirah Waheed
So, the other day, as a friend and I walked to the gym, she asked me why I bothered going to the gym. Perplexed, I asked her what she meant and she replied “ well, you’re already fit and you have a great body, so why do you still go to the gym?” First of all, I was like “aww girl, thanks!” But then I had to answer her question.
Before I go into the reasons why I exercise consistently, I would just like to point out that being small doesn’t necessarily mean that a person is healthy or fit. People exercise for different reasons. Some people do it to lose weight, some people do it to get back at their ex who dumped them for that girl who squats. This post talks specifically about why I do it.
After thinking about it, I would say that the main reason I continue to exercise is because of the feeling I get after a good session. I’m not joking when I say that I walk out of that gym feeling like I can handle anything. But obviously, I wouldn’t know that feeling unless I exercised in the first place. So, how did I get to the gym in the first place?
Firstly, I LOVE my body.
I would like to take a slight pause here and just emphasise how important this statement is. Loving yourself means realising that you’re important enough and that your body is also a priority. Once you come to this realisation, everything else becomes a little easier. I am always looking for ways to improve it and make it the best it can be. It sounds vain, but I am that girl who checks herself out in the mirror while she’s getting dressed. I literally get dressed in front of the mirror. I would like to point out that this has not always been the case and saying that I love my body does not mean I do not have any insecurities. It just means that I have accepted those insecurities. Exercising helps me improve my body, moulding it into the best it can be. It gives me control over my body. It makes me feel in charge.
My first and second reasons are linked. Exercise is one of those things that simultaneously enriches your body and mind. From reading my posts, you should know that I am big on anything that improves your mind and the way one thinks of themselves. Exercising helps to improve my appearance, which then improves my confidence. Although, you don’t see immediate results in your body, the effort you put into it makes you feel better. I generally go to the gym after work. I start work quite early, so hitting the gym before work doesn’t suit. Going to the gym after a hard day’s work doesn’t exactly scream fun. However, knowing that I have just killed a 2 hour session after working all day, makes me feel like I can handle anything. I’m usually dying after it, but at least I’ll die smiling. However, I have to say that nothing improves my confidence better than seeing that tiny little change in my body. Or when somebody else sees it. Sometimes, you’re the last one to see it.
Thirdly, I exercise because I want to be healthy. It is no secret that being healthy keeps you alive longer. I genuinely feel stronger and happier. Knowing that I am constantly doing something to improve my health and body makes me happier. For me, It’s a lifestyle choice. I think before I put anything in my body. I do not diet. However, I do pay attention to how I treat my body because it is quite important to me.
I hope this answers your question 🙂
Till next time