5 Good Reasons Why You Should Workout

April 25, 2019
A woman is working out on a mat outside.

While working out daily may be easy for some people, it can be quite challenging for others. I personally don’t need much motivation to get me to workout because I just enjoy doing it. More than a daily habit, it’s a hobby for me. However, there are days where I need to remember my whys. Why do I workout? Knowing why you should workout is necessary to not only get you to workout but to keep you working out, even when that’s the last thing you want to do. So, if getting a six-pack and toned arms doesn’t do the trick for you, here are 5 fundamental reasons why you should workout.

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FINDING A PURPOSE BEHIND EVERYTHING

Everything you do in life has to be done with purpose, otherwise why would you care to do anything at all if there would be no purpose behind it? For example, if brushing your teeth wouldn’t help protect or improve your dental hygiene, why would you do it? Would you brush your teeth if you knew that it had NO effect whatsoever on your teeth? Probably not. However, because you know how helpful and IMPORTANT it is for you to brush your teeth, you just can’t help but do it – everyday. It just comes naturally, doesn’t it? Well this same concept can be applied to other aspects of your life. 

THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING A WHY

There has to be a WHY behind everything you do! When you have a “why”, you automatically have a reason to do something consistently, whether it’d be something easy or challenging to do. The WHY gives you the strength to not only do the possible and the easy, but the impossible and the challenging as well. 

WHY DO YOU WORKOUT?

If you workout, why do you do workout? If you don’t workout, why do you think you should workout? Take a moment to reflect on the question that pertains to you. Do you have a why? or do you still need to find a “why”? If you haven’t come up with an answer yet, it’s okay! Today, I’ll be sharing 5 reasons why you should workout! So, let’s get to it. 

5 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD WORKOUT:

1. WORKOUT FOR A HEALTHY YOU

YOUR PHYSICAL HEALTH IS IMPORTANT

The most important WHY of them all: your physical HEALTH. Did you know that the majority of all leading death causes (excluding accidents) are linked to physical health? And did you know that physical activity can help reduce the risk of numerous diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and strokes? The beauty about our body is that it has the potential to prevent and heal itself from most diseases – given the correct treatment and care, of course. 

TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY

You were only given one body on this earth. So, why not take care of it? How can you take care of  your own health, you may ask? By adapting healthy habits that will help you remain healthy or get healthier. Now, when I refer to adapting healthy habits, I’m not only referring to adapting a healthy diet, but adding physical activity to your daily routine, as well. Exercise and a healthy diet come hand in hand. Although both possess different qualities and benefits, they work side by side in order to produce a healthy YOU. So, don’t just rely on your “healthy diet” to live a sedentary lifestyle. A sedentary lifestyle is unhealthy – regardless of how well you eat.

ACTIVE YOU = HEALTHIER YOU

A healthy you is an active YOU. With that being said, if you don’t really like to exercise, let this why be the reason you choose to workout. If not for you, for your body! Your body matters. Your health matters. 

2. WORKOUT FOR A HAPPY YOU

Not to sound cliche, but mental health should be treated just as serious as physical health. Mental health is no joke – it is real, serious and crucial to one’s well being. 

EXERCISE HELPS YOU IMPROVE YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

If we already work hard to ensure that our physical health is at its best – why not do the same for our mental health? Now, I am in no way saying that exercise will cure mental health diseases. I wish. The point I am trying to make here is that exercise (physical activity) can potentially HELP improve your mental health. 

(Pssssst……I previously wrote a post on 10 daily habits that help improve mental health (exercise being one of them), click here to read)

YOU’LL NEVER REGRET A WORKOUT

Exercise can help reduce feelings of sadness, depression and stress. A good workout will make you release all kinds of endorphins, providing you with an ‘euphoric feeling’ sort-to-speak. I haven’t met a person yet that hasn’t felt happy and accomplished after a good (keyword: good) workout. When you have a successful workout (and you’ll know it when you do) – you can’t help but feel happy, even if that is the only thing you have accomplished all day. 

So, if you can’t find a reason to workout but would like to give yourself the chance to try to improve your mental health  – here is your WHY. Exercise for a happier you. 

3. WORKOUT FOR A FIT YOU

This is probably one of the most popular reasons why most people start working out. It’s probably my #2 reason why I personally workout. Being, feeling and looking fit is the ultimate GOALS.

WORK FOR YOUR DREAM BODY

Who doesn’t want to have a somewhat perfect body (if those even exist)? Let’s be honest here, we all do. I mean…honestly…who would pass up on the opportunity of having toned arms, beautiful abs, slim legs and a round booty? NOT ME! But, guess what? Nothing worth having in life ever comes easy. So, if you want to look and feel fit, you have to work for it. In this case, regular physical activity may not be enough for you. You will need to exercise consistently and hard to tone your body. 

If being, feeling and looking FIT is the reason why you workout, don’t ever forget it! No matter how hard or exhausting it gets, think about why you started and what you’re working for. Keep working towards that ideal/dream body. 

4. WORKOUT FOR AN ACCOMPLISHED YOU

ANALYZING MASLOW’S HIERARCHY OF NEEDS

As human beings we are always looking to fulfill the need of feeling accomplished. In Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs, Maslow describes through a pyramid the five needs we have as human beings: physiological needs, safety needs, belonging and love needs, esteem needs and self actualization. The need of achievement/accomplishment falls under the “Esteem” category in the pyramid. As you can see (by looking at the pyramid), this part of the pyramid is beyond essential. 

THAT FEELING OF ACCOMPLISHMENT

When you complete a successful workout, you can’t help but feel accomplished. Regardless of how often you have been working out, you know that a good workout is never truly easy. It takes a lot of effort, strength and will to do. So, when you are able to survive and fight against all the pre-workout obstacles – you feel ACCOMPLISHED and proud. You definitely should.  

That feeling of accomplishment can really turn your mood around. So, if you need to fulfill this need (we all do) – this is your WHY! Workout for this need. 

Maslow's hierarchy of needs

5. WORKOUT FOR A CONFIDENT YOU

Another human need belonging to the “Esteem Category” in Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs is the need of CONFIDENCE. 

BOOSTING YOUR SELF ESTEEM

Exercise provides you with external (I look amazing) and internal (I feel amazing) self-confidence. Being able to complete exercises or workouts that you’ve never thought possible will have you feeling powerful, accomplished and confident (not arrogant, don’t ever mix those two up). That confidence you feel after successfully being able to complete a workout is one of a kind. It automatically boosts your self-esteem and makes you feel like the best version of yourself. 

So, if self- confidence is what you’ve been looking for – here is your WHY. It won’t come easy, but it will surely be worth it. 

“Self confidence is the best outfit, rock it and own it.”

Well, there you have it. After giving you 5 reasons why you should workout, you shouldn’t have any more doubts as to why exercise is essential for your well being. 

I hope these 5 fundamental “why’s” become your reasons to workout if they aren’t yet. If you workout, let me know in the comments below what your #1 WHY is. Why do you workout? However, if you don’t workout, but would like to start working out, tell me what are some of the reasons you should workout. 

Until next time,

GABBY

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Comments (15)

  • Tamra Elizabeth Cater

    April 25, 2019 at 11:48 am

    I have to say that exercise really does help with mental health. I love to exercise, because it does help me feel better, and it does help me feel more confident! Even if I just take a short walk when I’m stressed, I do feel a little better when I’m done.

    Good post! Thanks for sharing!

    1. admin

      April 25, 2019 at 4:07 pm

      yes, that’s what I love about working out. Any activity helps! Thank you for reading! xo

      Gabby

  • Chantelle

    April 25, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    I couldn’t agree more! Honestly when I go to the gym I feel so much healthier and better about myself!
    Chantelle
    xoxo
    https://thatyorkshiregirlchantelle.com

    1. admin

      April 25, 2019 at 4:08 pm

      right? and who doesn’t want to feel better about themselves? (:

      Gabby

  • Fanuel

    April 25, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    Great article! I recently started going to the gym regularly again after 3 years of virtually non training whatsoever caused by excessive amount of work, which led me to being too tired physically to do anything else.
    The reasons you mentioned are all the very reasons why I’ve decided to prioritise training again. I feel great now!

    fournomadics.com

    1. admin

      April 25, 2019 at 8:53 pm

      Thank you so much! (: I’m glad you can relate to this post and are feeling great again.

      Gabby

  • Sarah Winton

    April 26, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    I find that exercise is the best thing to do for anxiety management, but these are all good reasons to work out!

    1. admin

      April 29, 2019 at 8:19 am

      Absolutely, thank you!

      Gabby

  • Sarah

    April 27, 2019 at 10:47 am

    A great article! I think I should print it and keep it on my treadmill for inspiration a d motivation when I need it!

    1. admin

      April 29, 2019 at 8:20 am

      Thank you so much! That’s so sweet of you. (:

      Gabby

  • The Newbury Girl

    May 1, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    Girl, I LOVE how you broke down all of the great reasons as to why everyone should workout and the reasons emphasize a whole picture of the benefits (health, happiness, confidence, achievement, etc). These are the reasons why I enjoy working out as well – I love the feeling of stress relief and achievement that I get from working out. I hope others will read this post and feel inspired to start or re-ignite their fitness journeys. <3

    1. admin

      May 2, 2019 at 4:34 pm

      Ah, thank you so much! SO happy that you enjoyed this post. Working out is so so important for our mental and physical health. If only more people would give it a try! xo

      Gabby

  • Ashlee

    May 8, 2019 at 11:11 pm

    I suk at dieting, but I do know that when I go to the gym, after every time, I feel so releaved. From anger, stress, hormones, etc. It makes you release toxins, too! Your right, great post!!

  • Tammy Miller

    September 2, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    I could not agree more with this blog post. I like number one. Also, I like that you pointed out that one is for a healthier you. I agree especially if you are working a 9-5 job in the office and not moving as much. Lately, I have been taking breaks just to walk outside.

    1. admin

      September 3, 2019 at 1:11 pm

      walking can make a huge difference! It’s definietly important to get some kind of activity in.

      GABBY

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