Fifteen reasons why working out is the bomb!!!

You know that feeling after you have completed a work out??  That feeling like “why the heck don’t I do this more often!”  We all need reminders why we should get up at the crack of dawn, or head to the gym after work instead of to our couch, or use that golden nap time to squeeze in our exercise.  Here are some reasons why working out is the bomb!

  1. You prove your ability to yourself
  2. You can set goals and experience achievement
  3. You release stress relieving endorphins
  4. There is no feeling like the feeling of a completed work out!
  5. You get stronger
  6. You crave healthier foods
  7. You sleep better
  8. Your heart is healthier
  9. You have energy
  10. You will never wish that you didn’t work out
  11. You burn calories!
  12. You get sunlight (yes to vitamin d!)
  13. You are happier
  14. You are proud of yourself
  15. You inspire others

 

What makes YOU put on those running shoes??

 

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Choose the Four Quarters – Having Quality in Life

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Think about those people in your life that are truly by your side.  Those people who you know have your back no matter what, and you can completely be yourself around.  Those are quality relationships… and yes, I’ll take 4 quality relationships over 100 acquaintances any day!

This got me thinking about quality in life and how much more fulfilled we are when we have it in our lives.

I have recently made a huge change in hopes to simplify and find more quality in my life.  I was in a well-respected position at work.  This was definitely satisfying, but it left me with a shortage in time and energy for the things and people who really matter. Once I really realized this, I decided to focus on simplifying my life and I ended up quitting that job.  This has helped me to seriously realize how much more fulfilling a day is when it is filled with quality things (like snuggling and singing songs together outside with my 4-year-old unexpectedly in the backyard) rather than quantity (like getting my whole to-do list complete in one day).

Believe me, I feel pretty dang amazing when my to-do list is complete, but at the end of the day, it’s those quality things that bring joy.

I’m not suggesting anyone quit their job.  That was a necessary step for my path, but what are steps towards more quality in your life? This can be applied to so many aspects and scales of life.  Think about the quality of your relationships, your food, your time spent, your exercise, etc.

 

Some examples of ways (big and small) to add more quality in life:

Make quality food choices:  Make your food enjoyable!  Skip the calories on the food you may eat just because it’s there.  Choose nutritious foods that your body needs.

Get quality exercise:  Do exercise you really enjoy.  Twenty minutes of bust-your-butt exercise can be better than an hour of lollygagging at the gym (we’ve all seen it)

Have fun: Build a fort with your family in the living room rather than having a perfectly clean living room.  Who remembers a perfectly clean living room a week from today… but you and your family will remember the fun you had building forts together.

Spend your time wisely:  We are not promised tomorrow.  Choose what you do with your time today doing things that matter with people who matter.

 

Consciously choose the paths that bring you true fulfillment and joy.

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