Here are my favourite reasons for exercising that are nothing to do with calorie deficits, restricting what you eat, or toxic diet culture…
1) It makes you feel amazing. That’s pretty much it in a nutshell. I will never stop telling people how good exercise makes you feel. The runner’s high isn’t a myth or an urban legend, it’s the real deal, and that’s what drags me out of bed before 7am to get up and out there.
2) You get to see the world before everyone else has woken up. I love pounding along the pavements and seeing the sun light them up first thing while the streets are silent. You also get beautiful views of the waterfront near where I live. On a still day it’s just magical.
3) It can make you feel more motivated and energised. When I don’t work out I end up flopping around the house, scrolling on my phone, and generally doing sweet F all. However, if you exercise you come back feeling invigorated and ready to face the day. Even if you’re doing nothing at all you’ll be in a healthy, balanced head space to just chill. It’s powerful stuff!
4) It means you get to eat. I probably should have put that at the top because that’s basically the number one reason I exercise. Life is for living and my idea of hell is having to eat a really restricted diet. I know I have to fuel my body and so that means eating ALL the food groups – carbs, fats, everything. You’ve also got to treat yourself – life is for living!
5) You can get in touch with nature. If I’m lucky I might spot a rabbit or two in the park when I’m running first thing in the morning and they always make me smile. When we’re stuck in our houses like this for the time being there’s something reassuring about seeing little bunnies hopping around like they don’t have a care in the world.
6) It keeps you fit. Again, with everything going on with coronavirus at the moment I like knowing that all the cardio I do is is keeping my lungs healthy and making them function as well as they can. I know that’s a privilege to be able to say that so I don’t take it for granted.
7) It clears your head. I’m doing a lot more workouts in the AM at the moment, but before lockdown I would always exercise after work. I found that if I had a stressful day I’d bring it home with me and those thoughts would rattle around there all evening unless I went for a run. It’s just such a great way for processing thoughts without even really being aware you’re doing it. I often come back with lots of blog post ideas that I’ve dreamed up on the way!
8) It means you can buy lots of stylish activewear. I just had an email from ASOS land in my inbox featuring these gorgeous Adidas leggings that I really want. Working out regularly means I always need to be adding to my collection. It would be rude not to, right?
9) It means you can be lazy the rest of the time – totally guilt-free. There’s nothing I love better than working out on a Sunday morning, getting back, and knowing that all I have to do is eat nice food, watch my favourite Netflix shows, and chill out for the rest of the day. Heaven!