Why Working Out is About More Than Losing Weight or Gaining Muscle

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Whether it’s the woman who actually wants to put on muscle and see the number on the scale go up or the guy that wants to run a 10K in under 40:00, there’s so much more to fitness than just losing weight!

No matter what your goal may be — this is a universal truth:  it’s really important that you feel good in your skin, you feel energized and empowered, and you’re waking up every day putting your best self forward.

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A healthy lifestyle is more than just the physical changes

Physical activity and a healthy diet (and ultimately feeling your best) influence so many other areas of your life. It’s not just about how you look in the mirror; it’s more about the confidence you have at the workplace and in your relationships. It’s about the courage and perhaps a bit more power you have ignited to share ideas, speak your mind, and go for the prize.

According to the American Psychological Association, Jennifer Carter, PhD, counsels patients in a walk and talk format. Dr. Carter has found that movement (walking in particular) is helpful in getting people to open up and explore their feelings and iron out their issues. She really emphasizes the importance of exercise in her field of work.

Physical activity…

… boosts endorphins and gives you a sense of accomplishment that inevitably comes with exercise — this cannot be ignored. And we all know how amazing we feel after a great sweat session, right?

It’s all about getting the workout in

In fact, research has shown that it’s not really even about how fast or how far you ran, how long your session was or how much weight you lifted or push-ups you completed, it’s more about finishing a workout in general (or not) that gives these feelings.

Tip:

Whenever you think you don’t have the energy or time to get in a workout – think again and make something happen!

Body confidence is powerful

We talked with Sarah Dussault on the Runtastic Fitness Channel regarding the topic of body image and fitness and why it’s important and healthy to look at your body in a different light aside from some number on a scale or what you see with your eyes. For her, as a woman, giving birth was more of an eye-opener as to what the female body was capable of than any exercise accomplishment.And now her passion for exercise has shifted a bit into being healthy for her son (versus for nice abs) and to give back to her body. Now Sarah just wants to feel strong, healthy, and happy with who she is.

It’s really important to focus on a “why”. This goal should be  less physical and more emotional.

Dive head first into your goals

However, it’s not to say that losing weight or burning fat are not valid goals or should not be your focus. Ultimately, having the whole picture in perspective is key.

In order to make health and fitness a part of your life, it has to be about more than what you look like or the number on the scale, period. That’s the only way to keep moving forward. This might sound corny, but it’s true: “Work out because you love your body, not because you hate it!”

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Altering your perspective can make it much easier to stick to your goals, get excited about making progress and feel confident in your ability to conquer future obstacles.

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Lunden Souza Lunden is a Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Coach. She inspires sports enthusiasts around the world with her fitness & nutrition tips and workouts on YouTube. View all posts by Lunden Souza »

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