Doctorate Housewife

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What’s your reason?

A few years ago, I decided I’d track the iron and protein in my diet (mine is always low – apparently I’m not very good at absorbing it) and I hit upon Sparkpeople. At first glance, it’s a weight loss site, but really it’s a get healthy and stay healthy site. Between the success stories, honest struggles, healthy recipes, and fitness news, I find it really inspiring. This week their newsletter had a list of 100 reasons to exercise today. I thought I’d share it with you, because sometimes we just need some extra motivation. I’ve highlighted my favourites. What are yours?

  • Because it makes you feel confident
  • Because it helps you get stronger
  • Because exercise helps combat depression
  • Because you’ll feel proud of yourself
  • Because you have goals you want to reach
  • Because you’ll feel bad if you don’t
  • Because you want to move forward, not backward
  • Because it burns more calories than not working out
  • Because it improves your heart health
  • Because you want a great butt
  • Because it prevents diabetes
  • Because you want to be a good example to your kids
  • Because you want to feel good in your clothes
  • Because it reduces your risk of cancer
  • Because your body was made to move
  • Because you want to be an athlete
  • Because you want to look better
  • Because it lifts your mood
  • Because you want to stand taller
  • Because it reduces back pain
  • Because it feels good
  • Because it makes you feel accomplished
  • Because you spend most of your day on your butt
  • Because swimsuit season is always coming
  • Because strong is the new skinny
  • Because dieting only works so much
  • Because it strengthens your bones, too
  • Because it helps you lose weight
  • Because it allows you to eat more food
  • Because it’s the best way to spend “me” time
  • Because it helps you de-stress
  • Because it’s cheaper than therapy
  • Because you want a strong core
  • Because you want to take care for yourself
  • Because you take pride in your body
  • Because it strengthens your legs
  • Because it helps your clothes fit better
  • Because you want to push yourself
  • Because you are capable of more than you ever imagined
  • Because moving your body feels good
  • Because it keeps your mind sharp
  • Because it helps you beat belly bloat
  • Because it helps you sleep better at night
  • Because it gives you energy
  • Because you want to stay healthy as you age
  • Because you want to look younger
  • Because you want toned arms
  • Because it improves your balance
  • Because it burns off last night’s dessert
  • Because it boosts your immune system
  • Because sweat is sexy
  • Because you want to live longer
  • Because you want to get better at your game
  • Because you want to catch someone’s eye
  • Because exercisers earn more money
  • Because you’re more likely to eat better when you exercise
  • Because you want to shave time off your running pace
  • Because you want to breathe easier
  • Because you want to see the scale drop
  • Because exercise improves your sex life
  • Because you are worth it
  • Because being fit makes everything in life better
  • Because you promised yourself that you would
  • Because you deserve a better life
  • Because it’ll help you drink more water
  • Because you want to do real push-ups (Upcoming post on this one…)
  • Because it reduces your health care costs
  • Because you’ll miss fewer days of work
  • Because you want to create a new future for yourself
  • Because it’ll help you like what you see in the mirror
  • Because it’ll makes clothing shopping more fun
  • Because you want to look and feel incredible
  • Because exercising can be fun
  • Because it’ll give your skin a glow
  • Because it’s a good way to spend time with your friends
  • Because it’ll help you prevent the middle-age spread
  • Because it reduces your blood pressure
  • Because you don’t want to let yourself go
  • Because you don’t want to squeeze into an airplane or rollercoaster seat
  • Because it strengthens your spirit
  • Because it’s a cheap way to entertain yourself
  • Because you’ll be able to reward yourself
  • Because you need a reason to wear those new workout clothes
  • Because you’re tired of being tired
  • Because not working out is not going to get you very far
  • Because it’s a great way to spend time outside
  • Because you made a commitment to yourself
  • Because you’re tired of starting over
  • Because there will always be another wedding, vacation or reunion
  • Because you’re not a quitter
  • Because it improves your cholesterol
  • Because it boosts your metabolism
  • Because it prevents age-related muscle loss
  • Because if you can do this, you can do anything
  • Because a fit body is a healthy body
  • Because it beats sitting on the couch
  • Because  everyone has at least 10 minutes to spare
  • Because you want to be stronger than your excuses
  • Because not working out isn’t working out for you
  • Because the only workout you ever regret is the one you skip

What’s your reason?! Leave a comment and join the conversation…
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6 comments on “What’s your reason?

  1. Julie R
    April 11, 2012

    There are a lot of good reasons in this list! I’d say my number one is that I want to take care of myself. I also love the fact that its a great way to spend time outdoors!

    • Jessi
      April 11, 2012

      Yay Jules – keep it up =)

  2. chatterboxkeen
    April 11, 2012

    What a fab list and it looks like it had most of my reasons covered, although similar to the push up one you’ll be posting about soon I want to do proper pull ups one day soon….. It’s always easier with a goal to achieve.

    • Jessi
      April 11, 2012

      Thanks! Good luck with the pull ups. That’s something I’ve never been able to do… maybe someday =)

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