I was in a fitness class the other day and at the end of class, the instructor said something that I haven’t been able to get it of my mind. She said, “Often times we workout for aesthetic reasons, but we don’t think about the good it’s also doing for the future health of our bodies.”
Well, she kinda’ said that. She actually said we workout for “anesthetic” reasons, but, I knew what she meant. 🙂
But seriously, that one little sentence has really stuck with me.
She went on to say how what we do during our workouts helps to make sure that we can do things like take our shoes off when we’re 80 and allow us to play with our children and grandchildren when we’re older.
Wow. That’s deep.
I’ll be be first to admit, I’m as vain as the next person. I like the look of my booty in my little black dress and I want to feel good in my bathing suit just as much as anyone else. It’s silly, but I sometimes overlook or even forget the bigger, more important reason for exercise – our health.
I didn’t have my daughter until I was 31. Yowza. That makes me the “old mom” in preschool. And when I had Elinor, I decided I was not going to allow myself to miss out on things because I was older when I had her. I want to make sure that I’m in great shape so that I can help coach Elinor’s soccer teams, run in a 5K with her and (hopefully) play with my grandkids one day….instead of missing out on all of that because I neglected my health.
So today, I hope that you take a minute and think of what you want to be healthy for. Take time to consider that your workouts aren’t solely for sexy legs and six pack abs – your workouts are for soccer games, underdog pushes on the swing set and tea parties on the kitchen floor. Because that, my friends, is what we all should really be exercising for.
I hope that quote sticks with you today, too. Give it some thought. Think about it in the shower (I do my best thinking in there…) And let that be something that makes you go, “hmmm.“
Stay strong and healthy!