There are lots of reasons we exercise and some are definitely healthier reasons that others - that being said, it took up exercising and 'jogging' to deal with the dairy withdrawals when I gave up dairy products 20 + years ago.
The main reason I run/exercise/lift weights is to feel strong in body and mind - mine isn't about losing weight but I think you would agree that, regardless of what 'size' we are, if we are fit and healthy we feel good about our body shape and most importantly ourselves.
This is such a precious thing to feel when you take into consideration all the media that surrounds us talking about what we 'should' look like & it is a underlying message I want my children to get, not because I'm preaching but because they see me (& my husband) do!
I thought I'd include some science too :)
- Exercise benefits every part of the body, including the mind. Exercising causes the body to produce endorphins, chemicals that can help a person to feel more peaceful and happy. Exercise can help some people sleep better. It can also help some people who have mild depression and low self-esteem. Plus, exercise can give people a real sense of accomplishment and pride at having achieved a certain goal — like beating an old time in the 100-meter dash.
- Exercising can help you look better. People who exercise burn more calories and look more toned than those who don't. In fact, exercise is one of the most important parts of keeping your body at a healthy weight.
- Exercise helps people lose weight and lower the risk of some diseases. Exercising to maintain a healthy weight decreases a person's risk of developing certain diseases, including type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. These diseases, which used to be found mostly in adults, are becoming more common in teens.
- Exercise can help a person age well. This may not seem important now, but your body will thank you later. Women are especially prone to a condition called osteoporosis (a weakening of the bones) as they get older. Studies have found that weight-bearing exercise — like jumping, running, or brisk walking — can help girls (and guys!) keep their bones strong.
enjoy lovely nourishers xx