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Why do I exercise?

Updated on June 16, 2017

How did it improve my life?

When I first started working out it was to attract women, which is every man reason for hitting the gym. As I progressed with my workouts, my motivation shifted from that to pushing myself as far as I could go. This new mindset leads me down the road of fitness in general. I began studying fitness from the basics to big league. This journey help me understand that there is more to fitness other than just showing up doing a few exercises and proper eating; I've discovered a lot of hidden physical and mental component that allowed me to reach my goal as well as live a happy more fulfilling life.


Nobody likes to admit it, but some of us may lack the confidence to live life; we don't take chances that we keep locked up in our minds. Even if the opportunity is looking at us in the face we keep our hands down in fear of rejection. Life is much safer in our minds, because there is no rejection just risks and a crowd cheering us on. Ever since I started going to the gym I notice a change in my behavior; whether its a little flirting at work or being more in control in everyday situations. I would go as far as to say that I've taken risk this year than I have in my entire life. This is no joke; Ive had people ask me "what's gotten into me?". Crazy thing is that you realize that everything you believe that will go wrong usually doesn't.

Better way of living

At first glance, you may think its all about hitting the gym and eating healthy, but it goes much deeper than that. I've learned that if you don't take care of the hidden components such as flexibility, you'll only limit your gains in the gym. This alone will lead people to give up, because they feel this is there limit. Truth is in order to take your workout to the next level you have to look at your mobility and flexibility. Great mobility is important in fitness and in everyday living. Understanding that many people suffer from stiff mobility due to your job makes more important that building muscles, toning up and looking good. When you lack mobility other parts of your body has to compensate and take on an extra load of work causing pain and discomfort. I recommend taking up yoga or looking in to stretching routines.

Dress better

They always say "the clothes make the man", but I make the clothes. I don't have to buy high clothes (I do like nice things) to look good. A good physic makes the cheapest and average outfit look expensive. I can buy a pack Hanes shirts for 14 dollars and a good pair of jeans and a I'm set. To be honest I don't remember the last time I went shopping for clothes (shoes maybe). Thats more money in my pockets, so I can count that as a win. I also realize how much women are not impress with how expensive your clothes, so thats a double win.

Sound mind

With all of the drama and chaos in the world, working out has gotten me through some tough times as well as gave me some ideas to promote an build my business. When my spirits are down, I turn to the gym to pick them back up. As soon as I step in the gym I leave my ego and my worries at the door and when Im done I pickup my ego and forget to grab my worries on my way out.

Valuable life lesson

Getting in shape has taught me some of life greatest lesson; it has taught me the importance of discipline and patients for starters. I've learned to surround myself with positive people who only want me to not only reach my goals, but to surpass them and make new ones. Along with positive people l've to ignore the nay sayers and go with what I believe in. Even when I hit a block I'm strong enough to admit that find help in order to reach the next level. In short I can say getting in shape has truly changed my life for the better and I'm enjoying every bit of the journey.


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      Saguren Redyrs 8 months ago from Johannesburg

      It's nice to read about benefits purely from an emotional/mental perspective. Nice post