Wellness Wednesday: 6 Reasons To Work Out That Have Nothing To Do With Looks by Morgan Smith

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6 Reasons To Work Out That Have Nothing To Do With Looks

Finding reasons to work out that have nothing to do with looks will ultimately lead to the change we are all seeking when we start exercising. I won’t pretend like how you look isn’t a motivator to work out, it definitely is. It’s usually the first motivator for women, but it’s just not enough. There, I said it. If it was, way more people would be pursuing fitness consistently.

Wellness Wednesday: 6 Reasons To Work Out That Have Nothing To Do With Looks by Morgan Smith

When I first started this whole fitness thing (make sure to read about that here!) I was a treat yo’ self, couch potato. All I wanted was to lose a little weight and gain some booty along the way. But I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the actual change happened when my goal shifted from losing weight to following through on a goal and keeping a promise to myself. That’s where the consistency –and ultimately the physical progress, came from. 

When I started, I had no idea of all of the other amazing reasons to workout besides not hating the way I looked. And now that I’ve made quite a bit of physical progress, those reasons are the things that keep me coming back day in and day out. Physical progress takes consistency over a period of time and that’s why it’s not a strong enough motivator. But if you can embrace the other reasons to work out while you’re working towards the physical progress, the journey will be a lot easier and more enjoyable. 

1. Feeling Strong

Wellness Wednesday: 6 Reasons To Work Out That Have Nothing To Do With Looks by Morgan Smith
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Don’t underestimate the pure bliss of feeling like a badass. My preferred form of exercise is weightlifting. You have to find something that you enjoy –or at the very least, you don’t hate. Don’t let fear or anxiety keep you from lifting. Truthfully, I think everyone enjoys it once they get comfortable. Do not do the treadmill for an hour and hate every second of it because you’re nervous to try something new. Whether it’s lifting heavier weights or shortening your time (if cardio is your jam), crushing a workout is one of the best feelings. Feeling physically stronger will absolutely make you feel mentally stronger.

2. Sense of Accomplishment

This is probably #1 on my personal list of reasons to work out that have nothing to do with looks. There are few better things than feeling accomplished, at least in my world anyway. The feeling you get when you finish a work out, ESPECIALLY when you really didn’t want to go, is unmatched. Remember, you never regret a work out.

3. Relieve Stress/Endorphins

Before I started working out consistently, I hated when people said anything about endorphins. Endorphins my ass –I had never experienced actually enjoying the gym. I was sure they were wrong… Oops. It is so real, y’all. Putting headphones in and focusing in on your work out allows you to shut out the outside world. For however long you work out for, you can shut off your brain from work, kids, to-do lists, etc. It’s a truly underrated benefit.

4. Sleep

You sleep better. I noticed this the most when I first started lifting consistently. Now it’s become more standard. Physically exerting energy in a work out helps you fall asleep faster and sleep better throughout the night. I think we could all use more of that.

5. Other Aspects of Life Benefit

Fitness and nutrition were the first steps to this personal development journey I now find myself on. When you show up for your health consistently, you feel empowered for achieving such a difficult goal. For most of us, a fit lifestyle is something we’ve been wanting for awhile. Once you achieve it, you don’t want to stop. All of a sudden you start reaching for more in other areas too. I started setting goals for an exceptional relationship with Matt. Personal goals like becoming more patient. Working harder towards financial goals and pursuing a passion.

6. Be a Role Model

Yes, I am talking about the tiny humans. If you don’t want kids, go ahead and keep scrolling. If you don’t have any tiny humans right now but want them eventually… me too, so stick with me. It’s really hard to get started with anything new as an adult, right? Have you ever wished you had just always been active and therefore wouldn’t have to “get started” now, as a grown up? I know I did. Imagine you set your kids up now so they never have to feel like you do, overwhelmed with even starting. If they watch you make your health a priority, they won’t know any different than making their own health a priority too.

In my case, I want this lifestyle so habitual that it is down pat before the tiny humans are even a a real consideration. I am hoping that my kids will never know a world where their parents didn’t make their health a priority. They won’t worry for my health (god willing) when they’re in their teens and 20’s because I made working out/nutrition a part of my life.

I know it’s not easy y’all.

I am still a work in progress. But let me let you off the hook… we always are! Fitness is a lifestyle, not a means to an end. When you start reaping the benefits of feeling good, physical progress comes next. These are just 6 of my reasons and I know there are tons more. If you found reasons to work out that help you show up every day, leave me a comment and let me know! I am always interested in what inspires people to take the leap and what keeps them coming back.

-The Relatable Red

About the Author:

Wellness Wednesday: 6 Reasons To Work Out That Have Nothing To Do With Looks by Morgan Smith

Morgan Smith is a social media manager and writer for her lifestyle blog, The Relatable Red. Her dream is to show up for women authentically by offering real and relatable life advice, just like your best girlfriend would. Morgan lives in Florida with her fiancé, their two dogs, and two cats. Morgan enjoys spending time with family, weightlifting, and reading.

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Wellness Wednesday: 6 Reasons To Work Out That Have Nothing To Do With Looks by Morgan Smith

What are Your Reasons To Work Out That Have Nothing To Do With Looks?

Hello, I’m Thuy of honeybunnytwee. I write a Wellness Wednesday guest bloggers series. Send me an article or link to a blog post about health and wellness, self-care, fitness, or mental health at honeybunnytwee@gmail.com. Upon review, you’ll have a chance to be featured! I’m always looking for more Wellness Wednesday submissions.

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sjd68
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sjd68

at 51 years old I’m not as concerned about looks or being “jacked” as much as I am feeling strong and taking advantage of the health benefits. I do find that exercise does a lot to clear my head. It is a great way for me to start the day and I consistently do it 6-7 days a week. Weekends I usually take time off from weights and just do cardio just to keep moving. It is also a great stress reliever. There is no doubt of that for me.

Deb Lee
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Deb Lee

These are great reasons to workout. I’m a big fan of #1. When you feel strong, it can change the whole complexion of your day. That feeling can make the number on the scale (no matter what it is) obsolete. #IMHO

Dreams Abroad
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Dreams Abroad

Amazing post about reasons to workout. #1 to me is relieving stress and because of this you sleep better. Thank you for reinforcing these before the holiday season!

Nicole Anderson
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Nicole Anderson

I agree that if your only reason to workout is to look better, then that’s likely not going to be enough to keep sustaining that effort over the long term. These list of other considerations you have shared here form a much more comprehensive picture that is more likely to provide ongoing motivation to keep going. As a result you will see the benefits of working out as part of your lifestyle.

Kelly Martin
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Kelly Martin

These are great reasons to work out and keep active. I find that exercise is great for reducing stress and anxiety while also helping me sleep better.

Norma
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Norma

Great reminder of all the health benefits of exercising. I feel so much better after exercising but I don’t always schedule time for exercising.

Gabi
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Gabi

Great advices! It’s true that work out help to sleep well! I noticed it on myself 👍🏻

Jo Robinson
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Jo Robinson

I love this! I work out to get strong and stay healthy, not to look a certain way, as I know I’ll never be like a model in a magazine and that’s OK (because the model doesn’t even look like the model in the magazine, thanks air brushing!) x

Shibani
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Shibani

Better sleep is definitely my reason!

Subhashish Roy
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Subhashish Roy

As we grow up and age, the prime concern area is to keep healthy and fit. And so that itself should be motivating enough to exercise. Thanks for the post which also serves as a reminder.

therelatablered
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therelatablered

Unfortunately health in and of itself isn’t always enough to keep us working out. It should be, but we tend to think the consequences “won’t happen to us”

Sonia Seivwright
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Sonia Seivwright

FACTS!! I made a decision to change my lifestyle, and started going to the gym, unfortunately i didn’t have the confidence to carry on. However I am looking to get back to it in 2020.

Lyosha Varezhkina
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Lyosha Varezhkina

I couldn’t agree more: when I confident about my looks I feel 100% more self confident in any field. and yes it does help sleep better

Kara
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Kara

Working out definitely helps me sleep better. My body is exhausted after a good workout.

daphne takahashi
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daphne takahashi

working out consistently is definitely not easy at all! but starting this end of year i want to feel more strong! and that’s the motivation i’m looking plus being more healthy!

Matilda
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Matilda

I’ve been having an unmotivated week and I really needed to read this post to feel like I might get back on track. Loving it!

Angela Ricardo Bethea
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Angela Ricardo Bethea

Those are some great points and I totally agree with you on that. Working out doesn’t have to mean you wanna look good.

forkwardthinkingfoodinista
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forkwardthinkingfoodinista

I love this. such an empowering and positive post for sure. Working outs are not all about looks, I agree x

Xoxocb
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Xoxocb

It is so hard for me to get into a good workout routine. I was walking everyday with my dog but with the weather being all crazy we have stopped doing those long walks. Hopefully I can get back into the groove soon!

Albany Chanel
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Albany Chanel

So glad you shared this! So many people can benefit from reading this. I work out mainly for what you stated above. I love the way I feel (energetic, excited, accomplished) especially after exercising in the morning.

Rachel Gerard
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Rachel Gerard

Love this article! Fitness is about so much more than aesthetics!

Human Performance Psychology
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Human Performance Psychology

Very helpful and healthy point view! ❤️👍