Why do I workout regularly?
I get teased and stuff from people because I talk a lot about working out. So why do I put myself through this punishment? Is it because I am vain (I am a little), because I want to look good (I do), or am I just a bit of a freak (probably more than just a bit)?
There are many reasons I try to keep up with this and below are a few.
I could not run once around the block!
I have always considered myself to be fairly active and healthy. But a number of years ago, somewhere around 35 years old, I decided I needed to step things up a bit and since I had been a runner in my youth I decided to start there. What surprised the hell out of me is I hit the street in my neighborhood and could not even run all the way around my block! Interestingly enough I think my goal was like 10 times around the block to start. At any rate it was an eye opener for me.
Looking good helps you get laid!
At first working out for me was motivated by the physical attributes that could be obtained by doing it. I think a lot of people do it for the same reason. We want to get laid and to get laid we need to look hot.
Workouts help fight stress
I quickly discovered other reasons for working out as well. I discovered that it helped reduce stress and I discovered that it greatly helped me fight depression. I don’t struggle so much with depression like I once did. Maybe it’s life in Hawaii or maybe it is years of working out. Who knows?
There is more to this working out thing though…
I am not exactly an old dude but I am not a spring chicken anymore either. And like it or not I have creaks and back issues and snowboarding injuries and shit that causes issues. If I do not maintain at least a semi-regular workout routine my body starts to ache and I almost become a cripple. Keeping my body strong and flexible helps me from being that old dude that is always in pain and never does anything but grumble at the world.
In the P90X workout Tony Horton says something like “Having an injury does not mean you sit around and do nothing, it means you modify the workout to what you can do and just do it.”
I also like being active and doing certain sports. I could not get out on the water on my board like I do if I did not work my legs and core. There is a reason athletes from surfers to BMX bikers and ice skaters do supplemental workouts. It build strength where they need it so they can perform at their best.
And other healthy (and not so healthy) habits…
I am surprised how many people still do not drink anywhere near the recommended amount of water they should in a day. It is really not a hard thing to do and the benefits are huge. Sure you gotta take a lot of piss breaks but such is life. My receptionist can see me head for the little boys room 3 times in a 4-5 hour period. LOL.
Making an effort to eat well is also important. It surprises me how much our habits have changed over the years towards healthy foods. I still love burgers and fries and I’m going to chow down on them sometimes but we make daily efforts to get down all of our veggie and fruit servings and honestly we tend to crave them these days.
Now I can hear some of you saying “But Blake… You drink like a fish and I have seen you smoking.” Yep I have some bad habits as well. Just more reason to try and balance them out some with the healthy ones.
Anyway… off the soapbox and onto other things. Thanks for reading. Love you guys!