I get asked often why I workout. I hear “you’re already skinny, why do you do it?” I suppose it’s a valid question. If you think working out and fitness are only to “get skinny”, anyhow. I don’t see it that way. I see fitness and exercise as a way to get fit and find my happy. I know I’ve mentioned before that my workouts are my “me” time. A time to focus on me and my goals, relieve stress, and yet, workout and get sweaty. But that’s not all there is to it.
Yesterday, while spending quite a bit of alone time in the car to go meet my new niece, I thought more about my why and how I could share it with others. Let’s revisit my “why”. I know I’ve shared before that I workout to have the strength and energy to keep up with my 4 children, husband and 2 dogs. I work out so I can live to see my kids grow up. To see any children they may have. Maybe even live to see great-grandchildren. I want to be healthy and able to enjoy those grandchildren and great-grandchildren. But I also want to be healthier now.
For me, healthier means taking care of my body with fitness and nutrition. I can’t expect to be able to keep up with everything going on in my life if I sit back and eat junk and unhealthy foods all day and don’t get up and get active as much as possible. It just won’t happen. Eventually my poor life choices will catch up to me. I am working to stave them off and keep them from biting me in the butt NOW so I can continue to enjoy the health and wellness I have now for many, many, MANY years to come.
My maternal grandfather was diagnosed with Diabetes at a relatively young age. In his late 30s or early 40s, if not sooner He was not an overweight man, he was right at 6ft tall and maybe 160-170 soaking wet. He developed diabetes and was able to control it with diet. But years and years of living on too much sugar every day forced his body to begin rejecting it and the entire family had to make a lifestyle change to keep him healthy. He lived until he was in his late 70s or early 80s.
My paternal grandfather had a stroke in his 50s. He was told if he didn’t change his ways, he would have another and die. He had to change his lifestyle, cut out stress, change the way he ate, and get more active. He did. He is going to be 98 in a week. Up until a year ago, when a fall caused him to break his hip, he was still very active and spry. He uses a wheelchair now for mobility, but he still gets out there to do things. He was also diagnosed with diabetes, but not until he was in his 90s, and diet has helped control that as well.
My paternal grandmother died the year she would have been 84. She died of cancer to the stomach and Alzheimers. She broke her hip in a fall about 10 years before she died, but she used a cane or walker when she needed and was still active and volunteering in her community until shortly before her death. She loved to volunteer at the community thrift store, to visit with her grandkids, and kept up her house until illness made that impossible.
My maternal grandmother has had several strokes, all in her late 40s to early 50s. She will be 75 in a week, and after changing her lifestyle she has done amazing. She is a citizen patrol woman, does tai chi, volunteers at the senior citizen, and quite a bit more. I want to be like her when I grow up!
My Dad is going to be 60 this year. Up until about 3 years ago, maybe less, he was a volunteer fire fighter (after serving 21+ years in the military). Despite dislocating his shoulder so severely several times and being told if he did it again he would be medically retired, he maxxed out PT test after PT test. He was able to keep up and outperform the 20-somethings who volunteered at the Fire Department with him. Carrying and lifting kids bigger and heavier than him, to train them to be able to help others. He could probably still do it today, if he weren’t staying busy doing a myriad of other things to keep him going.
My Mom has been active, but illness has struck her. Her lungs aren’t as great as they once were, and headaches plague her. She’s a year and a half younger than my Dad, and she keeps up with him as much as she can. But illnesses love her. She still volunteers with the American Legion, but she’s not as quick as she once was. She has to take more breaks. And it frustrates her.
What do all of these people have in common? They are the ones who motivate me to get up and do more. I want to have the strength and drive my father has shown, the zest and zeal for life my 2 living grand parents have shown (and their longevity), and I want to live. I want to be here to see so much more! I want to share the love my Mom has shown, and be there for all of those I love and care for.
I can’t do that sitting on a couch, watching TV 24/7 and eating crap. So I get up. I work out. I eat healthy. And I share the heck out of what I’m doing to try to help others get up there and do the same. It is why I work out. It is why I provide that role model for my kids. It is why I created this Blog. And it is why I became a Beachbody Coach. So I can provide the tools to help others find their fit, their happy, their zest, their strength. It’s why I work so hard to help them find their why. Am I successful? Some days. Am I going to give up? Hell no!
So get up, get out there, and get active. Get off that couch, out of that chair, and get in 30 minutes of activity. Your heart will thank you. Don’t eat that fast food, don’t eat that candy bar, don’t eat that bag of chips. Find a healthy alternative. Your future you will thank you for it! And if you need help. If you need motivation. If you need me to. Ask. I’ll help you find the way to make it happen and work for you!
And now, I’m off to start Round 2 of 21 Day Fix! Total Body Cardio Fix is my activity of choice today. 🙂