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The Worst Reasons to Work Out

Stay Motivated by Exercising for the Right Reasons

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  • QUIXOTICLIKE
    I think the risk of exercising for the "wrong" reason is that some people may be inclined to overdo it, which could lead to burn-out or injuries. It's great to be motivated, but it is possible to have too much of a good thing. - 6/20/2016 9:00:20 PM
  • I think any reason to exercise is a good one, even if it begins for selfish reasons. My boyfriend has gotten in better shape from going to the gym with me, but he admitted his main motivation is being able to eat what he wants and not get fat lol. Getting healthier was basically a bonus for him. I should mention he's actually trying to gain weight (muscle) but he eats fast food almost everyday and is still underweight because he can't eat much at one time. I can't lose weight, but am also more fit than I used to be. - 6/20/2016 11:21:29 AM
  • I can see the author's point, but I don't think it needs to be published, since it's simply her opinion. IMHO, any reason a person has that gets them to exercise is a good one. Any motivation to get off the couch and turn off the TV to get moving is good.

    I really don't like focusing on the negative, and telling people why they shouldn't exercise is a big negative for me - and it's DEMOTIVATING!!!!

    There are some days that I don't want to exercise, but I force myself to do it. So, I don't need another person telling me that I am exercising for the wrong reasons. - 12/3/2015 2:14:53 PM
  • BIG_LOSER_DAWN
    I say so what if I started to exercise for the wrong reason, at least I am exercising and may change my reasons to better ones as I feel better and look better. - 11/23/2015 9:49:03 AM
  • Didn't find this very motivating, but then not sure that was the point. I work out b/c it gets my mind off other things. I exercise to find some time alone to process. I exercise to lose weight. When playing the guitar burns as much calories as traditional exercise, I'll do it for other reasons. - 11/13/2015 9:22:40 AM
  • I do wish people would stop saying "find an activity you like and do it". The activities I like are reading, playing the piano and singing. I don't enjoy exercising. I do it because I have to and I loathe every minute of it. - 7/6/2015 10:39:28 AM
  • I would counter that there's no such thing as a bad reason to exercise. - 2/23/2015 8:40:17 AM
  • While I agree that these shouldn't be long term reasons to exercise - in the begining any reason that gets you started is worth it! - 5/13/2014 9:35:54 AM
  • Wow, I think I'm guilty of pretty much all of those ... - 7/23/2013 9:12:41 AM
  • Well, there go all my reasons to work out. - 7/19/2013 1:05:47 AM
  • ANNAHEMMATI
    I completely agree with this article. Superficial reasons have never really motivated me to keep up a long-term workout routine. Knowing the positive feelings that it brings me and how it affects my health is what keeps me going.

    I used to work out to look good, but if that was my true motivation, I would not have stopped exercising and let myself gain weight. It wasn't until I noticed how it improved my posture (I have scoliosis) and had less back pain that I knew how important it was for me to continue working out.

    Give yourself positive reasons to exercise instead of negative ones that only motivate you by instilling fear within you. You will find that you look forward to your workouts instead of feeling like it's a chore that you have to get over with.

    Pick an activity that you actually enjoy doing. Don't go running just because someone tells you it works for them. Ask yourself....what works for me? Pick an activity you love to do and will look forward to doing it. If you don't enjoy it, you will not stick with it! - 3/16/2013 2:15:44 PM
  • MMBELLE02
    This was the least motivating article I could read after waking up early on a Saturday morning for once. Every reason is a good reason to better yourself. - 3/16/2013 7:57:29 AM
  • FREEBASS
    OMG! Those are primarily the reasons why I exersize! I'd only add one more.....to maintain some semblence of sanity. - 3/16/2013 6:44:25 AM
  • Funny - I do use almost all those excuses/reasons. About the only one I don't use is the one about 'burning off Big Macs" ... though I might exercise, or at least walk, after eating something greasy and heavy just to help digest it. But it is one of my go-to choices whenever I need to make a change in the now. - 3/16/2013 6:01:13 AM
  • KRS1984
    If people are exercising for the "wrong reasons", at least they are exercising! I agree that it needs to be done for yourself and for your health, but it is also nice to do it for other people too. If you are married, I know your spouse would like a fit body to look at rather than a butterball. (Just saying. BTW, I'm a little on the round side too, so don't think I'm being judgmental.) - 8/9/2012 11:01:58 PM

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