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Alright ladies, first of all, we need to top telling thin women that they don’t need to work out because they’re already skinny. For many women, it’s a frustrating thing to hear and makes them feel judged. After all, fitness isn’t just about looking lean; it’s about feeling strong and being healthy. Though there’s nothing wrong with wanting to look good (check out my article on “vanity muscles”), there is far more to fitness than losing weight.
This works both ways: women judge others for working out for aesthetic reasons, and then women judge others for working out when they already look good. It’s like no matter what you do, you can’t win. I don’t know why we sometimes feel that it’s okay to pass judgment at all but it needs to stop. No matter what side of the argument you’re on, fitness should be celebrated and encouraged (at any body size, too).
Here are five reasons to exercise that have nothing to do with weight!
1. Better Sleep
Sleep is SO important. First of all, it’s a basic human need. No matter what you say, we all need our 7-8 hours every night. Not only does it keep your stress in check but higher quality sleep can also lead to an overall better mood. If that wasn’t reason enough, better sleep improves focus and ability to concentrate on a task so if you have a massive final exam or important project at work, get in a good sweat sesh so you can sleep like a baby the night before.
2. More Confidence
In the age of body positivity, it’s getting easier to feel good about ourselves. But there are still so many issues with confidence that women can’t seem to get over. To some, the obvious reason that exercise is a confidence booster is that you’ll finally see that booty grow, or whatever your fitness goals are. Reaching a goal is a HUGE confidence booster. But to me, it’s that working out just gives you a glow. When you workout, endorphins are released and you suddenly just feel really good. You might feel proud of yourself for getting out of bed and out the door for a run, you might feel happy that you’re FINALLY done your workout, and if you worked out with a friend you’ll most likely feel thankful for that companionship. In all these scenarios, you’re probably wearing a smile, which automatically boosts confidence!
3. Longer Life
It doesn’t take a doctor to tell you exercise is good for your heart. No matter what your weight, you need to be doing some form of physical activity every single day. Even if you just walk around your neighbourhood or take the stairs instead of the elevator, you’re doing something good for your body by being active. Obesity rates still remain high all around the world. Though body positivity is great, some use it as an excuse not to exercise. Yes, you’re gorgeous no matter what you look like but you still need to workout to stay healthy.
4. More Energy
It seems like a contradiction that expending energy ultimately leads to you having more of it but it’s true. Seriously, ask anyone who regularly works out. They’ll let you know that a good workout will most often leave them feeling energized and “pumped up” instead of exhausted. Try it for yourself: workout at least 3x per week for a month and after at the end of that month you’ll feel better than you’ve ever felt before. Don’t knock it till you try it!
5. It’s Fun
Though starting a workout regime may require some motivation and dedication, you’ll soon start to enjoy yourself. Honestly, you’ll wonder why you didn’t start earlier. The term “workout” can apply to so many activities that it’s just not reasonable for you to say that you hate exercise. You simply haven’t found what you love yet. It took me a long time to realize that working out didn’t have to be forcing myself to go running or playing sports.
When I first started my fitness journey I used trackers to write down the exercises I did, if I enjoyed them or if I had to force myself to complete them. After a few weeks, I would look back to see if I had any results. If not, well then maybe that workout wasn’t for me used a tracker called Fitlosophy Fitbook. They sell at quite a few places but I got mine from Amazon. What I liked about it was that it not only had places to write down exercises over a 12 week period but that it had places to write rewards too. My favourite reward for completing a series of hard workouts is a massage. So go ahead and treat yourself! Fun exercise, fun rewards….there’s nothing to lose when you endeavour on a fitness journey.
Do you NEED a fitness tracking book to help you reach your goals? No! But for me, that’s the thing that FINALLY got me results. There’s real power in writing things down. So, if you’re going to get one, I recommend FitBook! (They even have one for kids!)Though being at a healthy weight is important, there are many more reasons to work out that have nothing to do with your size. Once again, please stop telling skinny people they don’t need to workout. EVERYONE needs to workout as part of a balanced healthy lifestyle. Just make sure you’re fueling yourself properly for your workout of choice. Nutrition is the key to fitness success!
Thanks for reading! If you have a reason to get moving that you want to share with other readers, please leave it in the comment section below. As always, questions are more than welcome!Follow Me: