Reason #1: It’s plain healthy
I’m just going to go ahead and state the obvious upfront. Going to the gym is healthy. If you’re just starting and feel like you aren’t making progress, give yourself a pat on the back for at least making the effort. Going to the gym is just the first step. A gym is a magical place, but it’s not mystical. You can’t just sign up, walk in the gym and have the gym gods grant you a healthy body. It’s going to take work and dedication.
However, as I just said, going to the gym puts you on the path to a healthy lifestyle and that’s what our end goal is. It’s your path to success, you just have to work at it.
There’s no question that there is a direct correlation between healthy active individuals and gym going. It’s a simple as that.
Reason #2: Feel better about yourself
I don’t know about you but I feel pretty damn good about myself after I leave the gym. It just feels good to be healthy. I think this is one of the most important reasons to go to the gym.
A lot of people overlook this aspect of lifting and fitness. If you look good, you are going to feel better about yourself. It’s like a chain reaction, you start lifting, you start to look better, you start to feel better, and when you start feeling better about the way you look you’re going to gain confidence. A lot of confidence.
More importantly, though, this confidence you’re going to gain has direct real-world benefits. It can help you in your relationships, your job, your friends and just your entire social life in general.
I’ve said before fitness is a lifestyle and that is exactly what I mean. When you feel better about yourself and your living that healthy lifestyle the rest of your life just falls into place. You’ll have a sort of confidence you didn’t have before. It will change your mentality. There are not many other activities that can change so much in your everyday life.
Reason #3: Great way to relieve stress
Does your 9 to 5 have you feeling down? How about that nagging girlfriend or wife? Hitting the gym is one of the best stress relievers you can find. For me, the gym is my getaway, it’s my place to forget everything that’s going on in my life and focus on myself.
So hit the gym, turn that phone off and do your body some good. By treating your body right you’ll start to feel better mentally. Suddenly after you’ve killed your workout for the day you’ll walk out of the gym with this euphoric feeling and feel like nothing can stop you. All that stress you came to the gym with has likely disappeared.
It’s just like punching your pillow when you were a kid, only this time you’re throwing up weights and gaining some muscle mass. You’ll work towards your goals and get rid of that annoying stress. Sounds like a much better deal to me.
Reason #4: It’s something to do
Here’s a thought: why not go to the gym? Ever have some free time and really wonder to yourself what you could be doing at that very moment? Why not just go to the gym? Now there’s a thought. The gym can be a great “getaway”. It’s a place you can go to better yourself. In short, it will give you something to do; something to look forward to.
Hitting the gym will not only keep you entertained but also keep you from doing things you shouldn’t.
It can easily set the precedent for the rest of your daily life. Your far less likely to hit your local Burger King after sweating it out in the gym. In other words, it can put you on the ‘health train’ as some like to call it. And once you get on, it’s pretty damn hard to fall off.
Reason #5: Live Longer
I’m not sure about you, but I want to stay on this earth as long as I can. That’s perfectly natural, it’s ingrained in our DNA as humans.
Well, let me let you in on a little secret, to live a long healthy life you need to first be healthy. It may seem obvious, but I am often shocked out how many people just stand by idle why their life slips between their fingertips. They often think “Oh, I’ll start eating right next week.” or “I’ll go to the gym tomorrow”. I find so many people who have that “tomorrow is another day” attitude.
That’s not good enough. If you want to live longer, exercise on a daily basis and eat right. The time to get started is now and any other excuse you might have is not good enough. Sorry not real.