I made it through Thanksgiving but before Christmas I did a bit of a backslide in regards to fitness. My eating went arye as my schedule got busier and busier. Once the New Year started, like everyone else, I recommitted to my healthy habits of meal prep, workouts and motivativation. I got my healthy eating in-line with a pantry clean out and Crockpot bonanza.
However, I have had a harder time jump starting my workouts. The Fitbit got me going by tracking my steps, but I have been struggling to get my butt in gear for my morning workouts.(Insert bleary-eyed confusion…5:30 am is just so early.)
Last night I finally got with the program and what started out sluggish and slow-moving became one of the hardest, best and toughest workouts I have ever done. It was also so much fun! With that I decided to list the reasons I workout since it is more than just vanity. So maybe next time I want to skip a workout I will remember why it is so necessary for a balanced life.
–Helps my back and body stay limber.
After years of martial arts and being thrown on my back, I developed budging disks. I have found that regular exercise (with proper form) helps keep my back from getting stiff and prevents the pain from returning. Also having strong abs, arms and legs do a lot to support lifting and straining in my lower back. If these parts aren’t kept strong my back gets the additional burden.
–It helps me calm my emotions and mind.
This is true for anyone. It could be the endorphim factored, but I always feel calmer, more in control and stronger emotionally after I have worked out.
–It gives me increased energy.
I know it sounds weird to have more energy after a workout, but that lazy, sluggishness and foggy head seems to lift when I workout regularly. I find that I am more alert and clear-headed if I am working out regularly.
–It helps me sleep more restfully
Because I have given my muscles a reason to work and grown (instead of sitting on the coach.) I find I fall asleep much faster and wake up feeling better rested. I will have to track this more using my Fitbit and see if the number of restless periods of sleep goes down.
–It gives me the motivation to continue healthy eating
Well, sometimes…to be honest I use to use working out as an excuse to eat poorly or overeat. “Well I worked out so I can have the extra calories.” It is only recently that I have put the workouts and clean eating together to see the whole picture of health. I think the main difference is that I have been prepping healthy meals. So this leaves me with food ready-to-go. Instead of reaching for a high calorie protein bar or carb-filled goody. I’m finally getting the concept of fueling my body.
–It sets a good example for my children
This is the most important reason in my book. It is often a side benefit that is overlooked when we think of health and fitness. Little eyes are watching. If you hate your body and mistreat it, they will learn that behavior from you. I can’t say I have always had this in mind, but as my daughter has gotten older I realized how key body image is to a little girl. I want her to grow up strong, confidant and know she is beautiful. I don’t want her seeing me diet all the time and think that is normal. I don’t want her to learn from magazine’s and TV that she needs to be anything other than who she is in the form God gave her. I need to workout to show her that a strong, healthy, confidant woman is a beautiful woman.