My Way: Why I Love Fitness

tumblr_lni8t8GenD1qm5ebfo1_r1_500I was at the gym today and was in one of the zones you dream of. I was feeling good, looking good, and I had it in full beast mode. It was while I was in this zone that I thought of the idea for this article. I was thinking about how much I love working out and all the reasons why. The list was piling up seemingly with each set I performed. I initially had a different topic lined up to write about, but after today’s session I really want to bring this to the table instead. I have a feeling a lot of readers will relate!

There are so many aspects in life things don’t necessarily work out, no matter how hard you try. You may work harder than anyone at your job, but that doesn’t mean you will get that promotion you want, or that you’ll be paid accordingly. You can bend over backwards for other people, but they may still let you down. You may love someone with all your heart, but there is no guarantee they will love you in return. Hopefully these things aren’t happening to any of you, but I wanted to show how fitness is not the same way.

Fitness, when you are doing the right things, will pay off! Now, you may be thinking I just wrote an article on how fitness isn’t always fair and there is truth to that. However, just because it’s easier for some people to get fit than it is for others doesn’t mean it’s not still incredibly rewarding.

I love fitness because there is no cheating it, if you’re doing it naturally of course. Sure, there are plenty of variables, but bottom line is you get what you put in. Untitled-1If you work your tail off, eat right, and drink right, it’s going to pay off. Fitness will give you back what you put in. It’s not something that you can fake. You also get to wear your hard work everywhere you go. Your badge of honor is your body. Nobody can take away what you’ve done in the gym. You worked for it, you earned it, and you get to wear it with pride!

I love fitness because of the way it makes me feel. Not just physically, but also mentally. When I’m in the gym and I’m in my zone, I feel unstoppable. When I’m done with a great workout, don’t even bother trying to bring me down because I’m on an endorphin high that won’t allow me to do anything but feel fantastic. If I have a bad day and need something to pick me up, there is nothing better than a great workout to turn things around. This is why making the right food choices and putting in the work comes easy for me. Knowing how great I’m going to feel is all the reason I need.

I love fitness because it gives me more confidence with seemingly everything in life. There is something about walking around looking blog_confidence-road-signand feeling fit, that makes me feel like I can take on the world. There is this feeling that you get when you get yourself in good shape that you really can’t explain to anyone who hasn’t gotten themselves there. The only way anyone else will know what you are talking about is when they do it themselves. The really exciting part for me is though I feel like I have a pretty decent body already, I know I’m really nowhere near where I’d like to be. I don’t know that I ever will be, and that’s great because I don’t ever want to lose my drive to get better!

I love fitness because it makes so many other things in life easier. I can keep up with my 4-year-old son when he wants to run around and play. I can go outside and shovel snow without feeling the need to collapse. I can move furniture and load heavy bags of water softener in and out of my car so much easier because of the functional strength that comes along with lifting. I can’t tell you how often I’ll be done with some sort of manual labor that was tough and think to myself “Imagine how hard that would have been if I didn’t work out.” Oh yeah, and there is that whole I want to live thing. It helps with that too.

I love the Human hands together forming sign of unitycamaraderie that comes with the fitness community. I love that people who have the same passion about fitness like me come together to support each other. It is such an amazing thing to me, the way strangers come together to help, support and encourage each other. I get so excited when I hear about other people doing well with their fitness goals and especially when people finally get off the couch to take control of their lives. I’m finding these feelings are true for many people who are passionate about fitness too.

I started a fitness blog in June with the thought that it would be fun to talk about what I’m doing and to keep myself accountable. What I ended up getting out of it was a really fun group of people who are all in this thing together, helping, supporting and encouraging each other all the time. We are constantly bouncing ideas off of each other. I’ve not only gained some great friends from it, but I’ve also learned a lot and I’d like to think I’ve helped others learn a lot as well. The same thing goes anywhere there is a large group of people who all make health and fitness a priority. It’s a community that I love being a part of. Honestly, I never would have discovered this if I hadn’t started my blog, and even worse yet I never would have discovered Matt or Lifestyle and Strength, nor gotten the opportunity to write for it.

This is why I love fitness. It never lets me down and is always there for me. I know if I treat fitness well it will treat me well in return. If you don’t think fitness is giving you much love, chances are you aren’t showing it enough love! It seems like the list of reasons to love fitness is I-love-fitnessnever-ending. I feel like I could go on and write about this forever. What do you love about fitness?

Happy Lifting!

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15 comments for “My Way: Why I Love Fitness

  1. January 20, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    I agree. First the blog world is a huge incentive to me personally. After all, just seeing and reading others stories is inspiring. Second the whole concept of working out gives back so much to me….mainly confidence in myself and energy to keep up with 2 small boys.

    It is the gift that keeps in giving.

  2. January 19, 2013 at 12:07 am

    Regular exercise is a critical part of staying healthy. People who are active live longer and feel better. The key is to find the right exercise for you. If it is fun, you are more likely to stay motivated. You may want to walk with a friend, join a class or plan a group bike ride. If you’ve been inactive for awhile, use a sensible approach and start out slowly.

    • January 19, 2013 at 2:45 pm

      Definitely finding something fun is big to staying at it. What I’ve actually found in doing this a long time now is after seeing results and always wanting more more things become fun. At first I just loved lifting weights, and while that’s still my favorite thing to do I know enjoy all kinds of different things and there is very few that I don’t like! Motivational changes is something I’ll actually be talking about soon. Thanks for the comment!

  3. Nathan Hess
    January 18, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Just knowing Im on the way to workout puts a big smile on my face before I even walk thru the doors. One of the few addictions a person can take extreme pride in. Knowing you’ve puts hours of hardwork into achieving your goals. You learn to love the lifestyle and realize that no matter what life throws at you. Fitness will always be a priority because nobody throws away a priceless work of art. I love the feeling your talking about, god forbid I have to miss a workout tho. It could get a little nasty,lol.

    • January 19, 2013 at 2:42 pm

      I know what you mean Nathan! Thanks for the comment, well said!

  4. January 18, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Feeling “right” is a very accurate description… when you miss a workout for one reason or another everything just feels wrong. Nothing feels (or tastes for that matter) as good as feeling fit does! Thanks for another great read Colin!

  5. JC
    January 18, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Amen! Nothing can right the wrongs and woes of a day better than a great workout. I recall touching on this subject in one of my college psych classes – apparently studies were done that found people can experience withdrawal from working out just like they can from drugs. Symptoms of depression, anxiety, stress, irritability etc. all start to show when the stimulus is removed.

    • January 18, 2013 at 10:58 am

      I’d believe it! When I got without working out for a bit I’m definitely not myself at all!

      • January 18, 2013 at 11:23 am

        That makes sense JC. It’s like our own version of a natural high, minus all of the negatives that come with a synthetic high…

  6. January 18, 2013 at 7:21 am

    Great read! Thank you for the grin this morning! I love to work out to keep my inner balance focused and full of energy. A healthy sweat and smile ends every strength and conditoning session for me!!

    • January 18, 2013 at 11:02 am

      Thanks! You got that right. Last night I got done with legs and just the fact that I could barely would had much in such a great mood. Whodda thunk??? 🙂

  7. January 18, 2013 at 7:14 am

    Awesome read Colin! I think the reasons to love fitness are never ending as well. If I had to say one thing that fitness does for me is it just makes me feel ‘right’. I just feel like me when I’m training every day. It’s hard to explain. Does anyone else know what I mean?

    • January 18, 2013 at 11:04 am

      Definitely know what you mean Matt! We talked about that last week a bit when I was out from being sick. I just wasn’t myself at all, not just physically but mentally. I didn’t have the same drive to do anything even when feeling better just because I hadn’t gotten my training in. As soon as I got back after it I started feeling way better!

      Thanks!

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