7 Reasons to Workout That Have Zero to Do With Fitness
So you think that getting fit and looking sexy are the best reasons to work out? Or are you doing it for your health? Well, there are tons of other reasons to work out, that ironically have nothing to do with getting fit (or looking fit).
Here’s how I see it.
1. The Nuclear Energy Effect
Even if you hate exercise, it’s hard to avoid the obvious facts – almost everyone feels amazing after exercising.
There’s nothing like busting yourself in the gym, whether it’s in the morning or the evening, getting out, and feeling like you can take over the world. This is the reason why I’ve always done my workouts after my workday – it hits the reset button on my life and gives me energy for the second half.
2. It’s a Discipline Multiplier
One of the most interesting aspects of psychology is that when a person begins to exert discipline in one aspect of their life, they also begin to exert discipline in other aspects of life.
What tends to happen is that, as we end up exercising regularly, we start off by forcing ourselves to do something we don’t want to do, for an outcome we do want. Later, that happens at home – with cleaning dishes, with working on projects at work, with going out of the way to do something for our spouse and for cleaning the house.
Once the snowball starts, it keeps rolling.
3. The Spillover Effect
Another interesting thing starts happening when you begin working out religiously. You start feeling better about yourself, and it’s neither physical nor emotional. It’s something that happens deep in the psyche.
You begin to feel like you are actually capable of changing things in your life, and that your life can change.
There’s an interesting book called, “Make Your Bed” that talks about the little things in life. Specifically, the power of focusing on just changing small things, which lead to bigger things in your life.
One interesting thing that happened to me as I started working out, even just a little bit, was that I started focusing on “a little bit” in other parts of my life.
For example, I started a habit where, every time I left my car, I would have to bring out a handful of garbage or stuff from the center console. Within a week, my car was almost spotless.
I had never been a regular flosser, and within a couple weeks, I was flossing at least half my teeth, nightly.
Meditation had been an important habit to me, but I had never been a regular meditator. For the first time in my life, I went thirty days straight meditating.
Once something little happens in one part of your life, it often happens in another.
5. You’ll Seem Like Someone Who Has Their Stuff Together
Look, we all admire the people who are religious about eating right and exercising – whose body looks the same at 55 as it did at 25.
And honestly, isn’t there a tiny part of you that wants to be respected and admired for not only being healthy and looking good, but for walking the talk?
6. It’s The Reset Button on Life
Everyone used to tell me that I was “supposed” to work out first thing in the morning. I always hated working out in the mornings.
My favorite time has been right after work – and later, as my work got more stressful and the stakes were higher (as an entrepreneur), I needed this time.
I later realized that an interesting thing started happening. I could be stressing to the point of a nervous breakdown by 5 or 6 pm, but by the time I left the gym an hour later, everything was all good. Gravy. No worries.
It was like I had hit the “purge” button on my life, and I was back to being a clean slate.
Working out often has that purge-button effect, where it purges emotions, stress, anxieties, depression, and more.
7. It’ll Calm You Down
If there’s one quality that most of us need in this 24/7, neurotic, Instagram world, it’s one thing: calm.
Now I know it sounds cheesy.
Inner peace, really?
There has never been a human society exposed to more bits of information, a more rapid lifestyle, more connectivity, and less disconnecting (in calm), than ever before. Never in human history.
The gym for me is my church. I go to cleanse. I go to purge. I go to reset. I go for me-time. When I leave, I’m reborn again.
When I walk out those doors, back into the non-stop world of 2018, I’m internally calm, focused, and ready for the next thing.