I Actually Like Working Out

Thursday, September 16, 2021

I didn’t think that I would fall in love with working out in 2021, but here we are. I’ve always known that working out is good for you, but forcing myself to take better care of myself truly changed how I felt.

Going into working out regularly, I had to take the focus away from the numbers. I didn’t want to look at a scale and see if I lost weight. I didn’t want to work out to change my body to fit a certain standard. Body size doesn’t determine if someone is healthy or not. The only focus I wanted was to simply move my body and make it stronger.

1. I feel good emotionally, mentally, and physically
Aside from having more energy on a regular basis, I found that I was happier and calmer than ever before. The time I took everyday for working out allowed me to destress in a way I had never done before. This was especially helpful on days I had a rough workday. I began to use working out to release the tension stored in my body which was an amazing feeling.

2. I sleep better
I was initially nervous about working out at night since I’m not a morning person. But I didn’t have anything to be worried about. I began to sleep extremely well on the nights I worked out right before going to bed. My body felt good, but the tiredness really helped me relax.

3. It’s time just for me
There is nothing I hate more than when people try to talk to you when you’re working out. I am the kind of person who needs her phone and headphones to get through a workout. I want to watch a show or catch up on YouTube videos and forget about the world. It’s actually amazing to take time out of my busy day just for me.

Again, I want to make it clear that I am not working out to lose weight or to change the shape of my body. I am truly doing it because I'm a lot more stationary than I should be. Any and all of the changes that I am taking note of have nothing to do with how my body works.

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