3 Legit Reasons You Should Work Out
1. You should work out to make your life easier.
Being stronger, leaner, happier, and more capable can make for a more manageable life:
Your boss needs you to get that box? Yes ma’am, you can get that box.
Your neighbor needs you to rearrange his furniture? Damn right buddy, you’ll move that couch. Your homeboy needs you to carry him home from the bar? Saddle up, cowboy.
Training increases your capabilities. That’s the law of progressive overload — lift something a little bit heavier each day, get a little bit stronger. Run a little faster each day, get a litttle bit, um, faster. A body that is increasingly capable makes for a life that is increasingly manageable (read: awesome).
2. You should work out because it helps you win at life.
Setting and achieving goals inside the weight room helps you set and achieve goals outside the weight room. The goal-setting/goal-accomplishing cycle is a learned trait. From a very early age, winners start to reinforce this idea that if they set their mind to something and tirelessly work towards its accomplishment, the outcome will be positive. Initially, these victories are small. But eventually, the accomplishment (or foundering) of our goals comes to define our life. This same cycle repeats itself on a daily basis with our exercise. For example, if you’d like to be able to be able to do a pull-up you might:
Do seated rows.
Do inverted rows.
Do lat-pull downs.
Do assisted pull-ups.
DO A PULL-UP.
Set-work-achieve-rinse-repeat. The more you reinforce hard work with a positive outcome, the more you think of yourself as a winner. If we get good at winning at exercise, we can be good at winning at anything.
3. You should work out for your family and friends.
I don’t want to get too sappy (it’ll ruin my street cred) but the people closest to you rely on your love, energy, and compassion. Mismanaging your body is a disservice to them.
This holds true for young mothers, aging grandparents, or loving husbands. Taking care of your relationship with self is the first step towards taking care of your relationship with others. Making time for exercise is absolutely, positively, in NO WAY an act of selfishness. Quite the opposite: It’s an act of generosity. The people around you deserve your best. The best version of you is a version that is constantly challenged and improved with a kick-ass exercise routine