June Fitness Recap + Why I Work Out

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I wish I could say that June was much better on the fitness front than May, but it wasn’t. I talked about my knee issues in May – my kneecap isn’t tracking correctly, and it is causing me a lot of discomfort. I’ve been doing exercising the physical therapist gave me but I was still having problems. So I ended up getting a different brace, but it still isn’t right.

 

Oddly enough, I had zero pain while we were on vacation. The only thing I can figure is that there weren’t any stairs on vacation, and stairs really bother me. Other than that, I don’t know.

 

If things aren’t better soon, I am going to get back with the physical therapist and see what else needs to be done. Not being able to work out is making me crazy. So since I can’t talk about my month’s fitness (since there wasn’t any), today I am talking about why I work out, and it has nothing to do with the scale.

 

When I was in high school, all I really cared about was being thin. I didn’t care about being strong or healthy. I just wanted to be thin. As I have gotten older, it has stopped being about being thin. I don’t even weight myself. The only time I see my weight is when I go to the doctor. It doesn’t really matter to me what the scale says. As long as my clothes fit, I am OK.

 

Health

Health is the main reason I work out. And I don’t just mean physical health. Exercise is so essential to my mental health. I have dealt with depression and anxiety since my freshman year of college, and even before then. I (very very slowly) stopped taking my medications about a year and a half ago (it took me a year and a half to get off of them, and did so with my doctor’s approval and assistance so please do not try it yourself). The more that I exercise, the better I feel mentally. You know, endorphins make you happy, and happy people just don’t kill their husbands (name that movie!). But seriously, it is especially important for my anxiety.

 

Stress

When I get stressed, the best way for me to de-stress is working out, especially running. The more I run, the more I am able to de-stress. I have tried to convince Charlie that his stress would be a little more manageable if he would work out (regularly), but I have yet to convince him.

 

Clearing My Head

This may sound weird, but I have my best ideas when I am exercising. I think it is because I can just focus on whatever it is without any other distractions. I am able to think so much more clearly when I am on a run, or even doing my BBG workouts.

 

SleepĀ 

I sleep so much better when I am working out. Maybe it is because I am so exhausted from the workouts, but I sleep so well!

 

So there are 4 reasons working out is so important to me that have nothing to do with the scale. Hopefully, my knee will get better soon so I can get back to it!

 

Why do you work out?

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Comments

  1. says

    I’m sorry your knee is still bothering you! That stinks!

    I workout for a number of reasons, but one of the biggest is self confidence. I saw a photo of myself in a bathing suit the other day and was like “Oh, so this lifting stuff really does work.” I tried to remember that this morning when my coach was all “again, again, again, this time for time…” with the damn atlas stones!

  2. says

    I thought I was the only one who is into sports because it helps mental health! Been starting with long walks to lower the anxiety and to calm down. It took me a year to fulfill the 10000 steps. Happy walking steps! Keep going, girl!

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