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Top 5 Reasons I LOVE Exercise

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Friday, February 17, 2012

When I started my Spark journey 412 days ago, my fitness level was nearly nonexistent. But I was committed to adding regular exercise to my new-and-improved lifestyle.

I began with just 10 minutes of marching in place while watching the morning news. More recently, I finished my first half marathon. Of course, there were several gradual changes in between.

Throughout my evolution, I went from dreading exercise to absolutely loving it! And here are my TOP 5 REASONS I LOVE EXERCISE!

#5 CHALLENGE - I love a challenge, and exercise is a way to continually challenge myself to grow and improve. My new passion is running, and each time I run I strive to run faster, run longer, or run farther. Achieving a new personal best feels incredibly rewarding.

#4 REFLECTION - During exercise is one brief period in my day where I am not being pulled in a million different directions at once. Exercise is my true "ME" time--a time to relax and reflect, and to just get lost in my own thoughts while listening to my tunes.

#3 DE-STRESS - Nothing relieves my stress more than exercise. Running, in particular, really relaxes me. Something about the rhythm of my feet hitting the pavement or the treadmill is quite therapeutic. My stress literally melts away as I work up a good sweat.

#2 MORE CALORIES - The more calories I burn, the more calories I can eat. Now that is a nice perk.

#1 MOOD - The number one reason I love exercise is because it just makes me happy. Exercise elevates my mood. I am more congenial and have more patience after working out, too. Those little endorphins are real mood enhancers, and I love 'em!

What is your favorite way to get in your fitness minutes?
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