We shouldn't exercise for weight loss!
Wednesday, February 01, 2017
I don't want to write a long blog here but I wanted to grab your attention on my latest epiphany. I probably should have realized this years ago but my attitude on the subject of fitness and weight loss were all connected.
Until my 30's I thought that exercise was only for people who were fit or trying to lose weight. That means I didn't know that people went to the gym for no reason other than they enjoyed it or that they genuinely want to improve their health.
And improving health may not have anything to do with weight loss or a number on the scale.
Also many people are patient about their results. They go to the gym and are willing to go for years without necessarily expecting noticeable results, they are ok with gradual ones.
Most of the time, the best results can't be seen. They are on the inside.
None of this registered with me until...well this year. I've always been one to start a program that I would either stop once I lost enough weight or stopped because I wasn't losing any.
This is the first year, I've set a goal to exercise for the entire year, regardless of the scale. I want to improve my blood pressure, and cholesterol. I want to improve my moods. I want more energy. I want to improve my mobility. Those are very very important to me. I should not have to struggle to get up and off the floor or struggle to walk long distances. I want this to come easy for me and I envy women who have a love for fitness and can run, play with their kids and do push ups and pullups and dance. That's who I want to be.