I don’t want to say working out regularly changed my life because quite frankly that’s cheesy, but in a way it has a little bit – and not always for the reasons I’d expect. Below I’m sharing ways my life has improved as a direct result of regularly working out. I hope you find some inspiration in the benefits of working out to get to the gym after reading this!
- My seasonal depression vanished. Like many people, I have issues with seasonal depression in the winter. The darkness, the cold, and the stagnancy usually makes me want to curl up into a ball. Like clockwork every year I get a little secluded, unmotivated, and mopey. It’s seriously so annoying. I recently realized – I haven’t had any issues with that this year. I don’t know if I’m releasing more endorphins or what… but it’s so nice to not have that feeling anymore!
- I stopped associating food with guilt. Food was a love/hate thing for me for so many years. I felt guilty eating sweets or treating myself or even ordering anything besides a salad. Too many calories or sugar or whatever. While I do generally eat pretty healthy, I don’t feel that sense of guilt anymore when I indulge (looking at you, bratwurst and chocolate croissants). It is honestly so freeing.
- My confidence increased. And not for the reason I thought it would. I always thought fit people were confident because they looked good – but I find confidence in powering through workouts. In doing things I never thought were possible, and constantly challenging myself. I always think “Well if I made it through that brutal workout, I can make it through anything.”
- I became a more productive person in life. Somewhere in between going to the gym, I realized I am someone who flourishes with schedules and routine. I always go in with a plan of what I’m going to do. I realize that makes me sound boring, but having structure to my day is really important to my productivity – otherwise, I get distracted. I don’t know how it’s taken me 28 years to realize this very important thing about myself, but it was a total game changer.
- I stopped impulse shopping. Truth: when I am bored I love shopping. Who reading this blog doesn’t? I specifically love killing time perusing places like TJ Maxx, Marshall’s and Nordstrom Rack. They have such great deals and you can pick though things forever! As a result, I would buy totally unnecessary stuff. When I started working out I started filling that bored-shopping time with going to the gym. My wallet and husband are so thankful.
- My gym wear obsession got SO REAL. Before regularly working out, my activewear drawer consisted of various free t-shirts, random old shorts, uni-boob bras, and super discounted gym tanks (because they were ugly). And honestly that was fine – I mean really, who cares what you wear when you work out? But what I discovered was that when I bought cute new things, I was putting in more effort at the gym. I felt confident and I preformed that way. Now I want all the gym things (including this tank in every color – it’s my absolute fave!). Send help. I’ve also noticed myself leaning more towards fitted pieces than loose – totally different for me.
Do any of these ring true for you? Tell me in the comments below!
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