Why Do I Train?

Hello my dear readers,

When my clients and friends ask me about my training, I tell them that I train 6 or 7 days per week for at least an hour each session. They usually respond with “that’s alot! Isn’t that too much?” I am willing to bet that if another personal trainer looked at my training routine, he or she would argue that I need more rest in between sessions or that my own programming sucks. Indeed, these may be, but I am not about that life.

Here, I’ll describe my own reasons for working out. Some of the reasons may resonate with you while others may not. That’s alright because everyone has different reasons for exercising. Enjoy!

1. Stress relief.
Exercise gets me out of my head and into my body. The thrill of moving some heavy-ass weight, the accompanying sense of accomplishment, and the surge of hormones that lifting provides help me lose track of all the little nuances of my life that would otherwise cause me undue anxiety.

2. A stronger, leaner body.
Goku, super saiyan II. ‘Nuff said.

3. Release of emotional tension.
Related to stress relief, I find that I work out the best when there is a strong emotional impetus for doing so. Examples in my life include break-ups, exams, finishing a semester, seeing old friends at the gym, and a strong desire to kick ass.

4. To feel really good when I’m done
The release of neurochemicals and hormones induced by exercise can make you feel like a million bucks. Millions of people run for this reason. For me, “running” occurs via lifting weights with tenacity.

5. Me time.
Ironically, working out gives me more energy. I need some time alone to rejuvenate. Psychologically, working out with jams does just that.

I hope you enjoyed the read! What are your reasons for working out? Share with us in the comments section below!

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