This question is a simple one, but has many responses and opinions…. When you are working out you: keep your head up, stay aligned in the feet and hips, tuck the ribs, bend the knees, BREATH. But I have been thinking about this question lately because I am currently unable to workout: “Why do you workout?” is a loaded one. Often, people begin workout routines because they want to lose weight, or they feel guilty for eating a high calorie meal, or they have an upcoming event that they want to lose weight for, or they simply have an ongoing goal to look better. But the benefits of exercise run so much deeper than these reasons.
Working out gives me energy, puts my in a better mood, and makes my body feel fresh! I feel there is a mental connection to being physically active. Through exercise, I have gotten stronger, more confident in my physical capabilities, more serious about my muscle and skeletal health, and I look toward a future of flexibility and strength in my older age. With going to the Chiropractor this has really made me see how working out with proper form makes your whole body work they way it was designed! If your alignment is off, then you are off. I used to agonize over a missed workout, because I thought that taking a day or two off for some rest meant I was lazy. Now I realize that rest is extremely important and valuable to both our physical and mental states. Your relationship with exercise, just like your relationship with food, is an important place to explore your relationship with yourself. Your muscles grow when they are at rest, so TAKE YOUR REST DAYS SERIOUSLY!
I treat working out in like a sports team practicing, because each week I build on my skills and challenge myself a little more. And even if I take a break or don’t do as many reps as my last workout, I push harder the next time until I master it. And that’s what working out means to me: To challenge my body, my mind, and my confidence. It’s all about how YOU make the workout control you… you can CONQUER ANYTHING you PUT YOUR MIND TO! A Healthy you is a HAPPY you!
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