How was your workout today? I did a HIIT session complete with dumbbells and all. I’m raring to go this morning!
Last week I shared a few reasons why I love working out, and today we are going to pick up where we left off with part two!
Let’s get to it.
7. I’m in constant competition
So here’s the cold, hard, truth.
I don’t have a single competitive bone in my body.
This is interesting, especially since Will is one of the most competitive people I know.
Yet, when I step into the gym, a switch goes off.
I’m not competing with others in the gym as they bang out their own sets.
I’m competing with someone far more formidable.
I love beating my previous best, or pushing myself to go harder to do better than Yesterday Brittny.
The gym brought out a competitive side of me I never knew existed.
8. I’m capable of more than I realize
There have been times in the gym when I felt certain I couldn’t do another rep or set, and yet somehow and someway I managed to dig inside of me and get it done.
I remember the first I ever really lifted weights was in a military gym at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.
Two people I worked with took time to show me the ropes. I felt so helpless!
Nonetheless, I was surprised by my limits and what I was able to do, and I’ve been surprising myself ever since.
I love those moments. They’re so encouraging!
9. Mental Strength
I honestly feel my mind has become just as strong as my muscles from my lifting sessions.
That may sound silly, but studies have actually shown increased fitness improves mood and helps people cope with difficulties in life, and even help with depression.
I feel so much more confident in my ability to overcome and conquer things life throws at me.
Obviously, my faith in Jesus had made that a reality, but lifting sessions sure have helped my outlook too.
10. Empowerment (and endorphins 😊)
Little feels more empowering than conquering your workout. Knowing you left it all at the gym as you walk away.
Giving your all is a wonderful feeling, and helps with a variety of other areas in life, too.
Plus all the mood boosting endorphins don’t hurt either!
Finally, the people I’ve met from sharing this beloved hobby has been another high point.
We’re all different shapes, sizes, and have different goals, yet become united for our love of healthy living.
I remember Gary and Sue, an older couple that worked out at my gym.
They were always there. Sue with a smile, and Gary with helpful tips to correct my (at times) pitiful form.
A couple years ago he passed away, and I was surprised just how hard it hit me. I mean, it’s not like we all had a relationship outside of my limited encounters at the gym. Yet, he was part of my “gym family,” and impacted that area of my life.
The friendships you forge at the gym are definitely meaningful and lasting.
There’s probably a dozen more I could share, but I think you get the gist: I enjoy working out for lots of reasons!
That’s it for today. Girls, you gotta check in tomorrow. I’ve got a surprise for you. It’s a little zany, but hopefully you’ll find the information valuable.
More to come!