We are constantly being told we need to lose weight; by our family, friends, doctors, rude people on the street…and I don’t disagree with that. I can stand to lose some weight. BUT, that is not the only reason I take care of myself. Here are 10 reasons I exercise and eat healthy that AREN’T to lose weight.
1. Eating healthier keeps me away from bad stuff.
One of my biggest addictions is SUGAR! I find myself in a candy aisle more often than I wish to admit. Snickers, Hershey’s, Twizzlers, Kit-Kat, Sprees, Bubble Gum…you name it, I probably have a bag of it. But I’ve been trying to do better.
Because my job allows me to sit at a desk for eight hours a day, I have what seems like unlimited opportunities to sneak a few pieces of candy. Eventually, I realized this habit was one I couldn’t risk keeping around. The first thing I did was buy a large supply of sugar free mint flavored gum. It doesn’t seem that sweet and tasty, but it fills that need for a treat while I’m typing away at work. Less calories, no sugar, and I still have something to snack on.
According to Harvard Medical School, “Consuming too much added sugar can raise blood pressure and increase chronic inflammation, both of which are pathological pathways to heart disease”. Read the article here to learn more about safe sugar consumption.
If you have a similar issue, try a healthy trail mix, your favorite dried fruit, or start small by limiting your intake of sugar and other unhealthy foods per day.
2. Exercising helps with chronic health.
PCOS, or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, is a hormonal disorder that “is a leading cause of female infertility and is responsible for a number of symptoms that can affect the body physically and emotionally” (PCOS Awareness Association). I have found that eating right and exercising has decreased the amount of physical and hormonal side effects I experience.
My exercising regimen consists of a 1 to 2 mile walk with brief jogs on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. On Tuesdays, I work my lower body with squats, leg stretches, and lunges. On Thursdays, I work my upper body, specifically my neck, shoulders, and biceps because I have inflamed muscles and hurt in those areas quite a bit.
Exercising helps with both the physical and mental sides of chronic health. Like many people in this world, I have episodes of anxiety and depression. This can effect everyday life and relationships. While therapy and medication are great starts to treating the frustrating disorders, I have found that adding exercise onto that has helped immensely. My workouts bring me pleasure, which releases dopamine, a compound present in the body as a neurotransmitter to regulate movement and emotion.
3. Healthy eating and exercising will help me become pregnant.
Yes, I hope to start a family. Even though PCOS is a leading cause of infertility, that does not mean it is impossible. I feel that taking care of myself will better my chances in one day having a little one running around the house one day. It is a big goal of mine, and so I work hard everyday to see that I succeed.
4. I want to set a good example.
When I finally do have that little bundle of joy, I want to teach them how to take good care of the body they have. Good habits start young. I want to instill great thought and understanding into my offspring, making them a treasured part of humanity and can one day pass on those good habits down the family line.
I want to be an inspiration to the people I work with and to the people I meet everyday. Never give up and it’s never too late to start. As George Elliot (pen name of Mary Ann Evans, 1800’s writer) once said:
It is never too late to be what you might have been.
5. I would like to live longer with the people that I love.
There is really not much to say about this reason. I want to live along side the people I care about and make as many memories as possible.
6. Exercising motivates me in other areas in life.
I have other goals in life besides to be healthy. I want to publish a book one day. I want to have house and a family. I want to get my Master’s Degree in Library Science. I want to travel and see the world.
When I accomplish my fitness goals, I feel more motivated to accomplish my other goals in life. In addition to setting up my fitness regime, I have also studied the publishing practice, started the process of buying a house, and have begun my studies in order to apply to a library science program.
7. It just makes me feel good.
I feel happy with how much I push myself to be better. After eating a large meal, you feel heavy and tired. You just want to lie down and sleep. Our food should not make us feel worse. Eating a good meal should make you feel light and energized.
8. I can share my story.
Just as I am doing now, I want to share that eating healthy and exercising, although not the easiest thing on the planet, can be fun. Everyone enjoys a good success story; especially, when they are the a main character.
9. I want to be strong.
As a woman, I’m sick and tired of being seen and sometimes treated as weak. I am in fact very strong, physically and emotionally. Why not show it? I feel that I can always be stronger than I am. I have to find my limit and will keep searching until I find one. And when I do find my maximum strength, I will continue to grow stronger.
10. I enjoy it.
After working hard on my health, it has become not only a great habit, but a hobby. I enjoy looking at the foods I’m eating and tracking my exercises. It’s fun.
I never thought it would be something I would be good at. But it is.
So, I’ll continue to roll with it.