Why I Workout
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I am 53 years young and continue to make working out a priority for me. Why? There are many factors that come into play and hopefully some of these will resonate with you as well. First some background on my workout focus.
I began working out at a young age when I was in middle school with the focus 100% on lifting weights. I was a boy and of course you needed to lift weights if you wanted to get stronger and bigger. Running? Not something I really cared about or did much of. I lifted like many other boys my age. I wanted muscles and to get stronger so that is what I did. During my high school days the results came and I did build some decent strength and muscle definition but was also always a little thick in the middle if you know what I mean. That is due to genetics but also my focus on pure lifting with no cardio or even focus on eating healthy.
Fast-forward to my late 40’s and I was still lifting but doing a ‘little’ cardio on the treadmill or running outside. Eating became more important to me as well but my main focus continued on weight lifting.
Why? Because I enjoyed it and I also really didn’t know any better to be honest.
When I hit my late 40’s it was like a lightbulb went off in my head that I needed to do something different and while lifting was still going to be part of my workout routine it should not be the only thing. I also knew I needed to really focus on eating better as I got older.
I saw an infomercial for Beachboy’s P90X and decided to give that a shot. I was then hooked after the first week! Look what I was missing. I could still lift but also burn many more calories by doing things differently and smarter. Ever since, I have been doing Beachbody programs, focusing on my eating and getting the needed support system in place to keep it going.
Now – back to my WHY. There are a number of reasons I personally continue and will always do some form of workout. See how many resonate with you. These are not in any particular order:
- Look good for my age
- Feel younger than I really am
- Live longer for myself and my family/friends
- I actually enjoy it
- Hopefully be a role model for others
- Share my experiences with others (also helps keep me motivated)
- So I can indulge myself at times with non-healthy eating and drinking
- Live life to the fullest
I am a huge believer that you need to find the right balance of being focused on your workouts and eating habits, and enjoying the better things in life. This is a continuing battle to find that right line and it will be different for everyone, but I have found what is so far working for me. I am sure I will need to adjust it as time continues to pass and that is fine. A moto I love is: work hard/play hard – works for me!
So in summary my WHY has many components as there is not a single one.
What are yours?
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