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10 Reasons to Exercise (and 3 not to)

10 Reasons to Exercise (and 3 not to)

The sky over my morning run.

The sky over my morning run.


Besides food, exercise is the second most dreaded thing about the health conversation. But again, I’m here to help redefine that for you. I want you to have motivations that are sourced from self-love rather than self loathing. I want you to deeply understand how exercise makes your whole life better, rather than being just a path to being an acceptable human.

I would rather help you habituate liking exercise rather than habituating exercise itself.

So, here are ten real world reasons why moving is going to make you healthier, happier and full of new ideas and opportunities. And, for fun, three reasons not to.

1. Core strength

Core strength is more than tight abs, it’s about alignment. It is about having a strong center, and strong muscles around your spinal column — the freeway of your central nervous system. Keep your core strong and your whole body and all of its systems are protected. Keep your core strong and stay centered, aligned, and upright. Literally and metaphorically.

2. Exercise makes you kinder

I mean it. It gives you endorphins and gets the angst out, it gets the stuck stuff moving and helps you sweat out the literal and metaphorical toxins before you do something rash. Happy people don’t shoot their husbands. They just don’t.

3. You will be more productive

Really. You may think you don’t have time to exercise, but really, you don’t have time not to. Exercising will increase your energy so you can do more things more effectively. Plus, time will expand to accommodate your genuine intentions. Time is awesome that way. Read this about time.

4. Exercising saves time and energy

Seriously, the amount of of time and energy it takes NOT to exercise when you know it will serve you, is like a program constantly running in the back of your mental hard drive. It’s always on, draining your battery. And it takes a lot of your life force to resent and/or compare yourself to all the people you see exercising when you aren’t. Constantly feeling like you aren’t doing enough is exhausting. Go exercise for 15 minutes and save yourself all of that trouble. Go. Seriously. You can read the rest of this later.

5. Deeper sleep

Which means you get to feel rested and refreshed when you are awake. And, dreaming is cool. So is not going insane!

6. You will have great ideas while you are away from your desk and moving around

Platinum ideas. Money ideas. Life changing ideas. The world needs your ideas.

7. Exercise is an insurance policy for your creativity

A strong body equals a strong mind. You put a whole lot of your heart into your art, darling, and being a creative powerhouse who puts yourself so fully out there all the time can leave you emotionally drained and vulnerable. A strong back and body helps insure you from being crushed by the bigness of it all.

8. Better sex

Exercise makes you feel better about your body and better in your body, which makes you feel sexier, which will actually get you out of your knickers and into the sack more often. And once you’re between the sheets, exercise gives you the strength and stamina to make the earth move, fireworks ignite, blow minds, etcetera. More intimacy, more connection, stress relief, and good old fashioned hysteria prevention. (And then there is this study, which says some women actually orgasm during exercise. Just saying. That’s kind of like a reason #8b.)

9. It will heal your broken heart

That sweet heart of yours works so hard pumping blood all the way down to your toes and back. Do you realize that when you use your leg muscles rhythmically — for example, when you are walking, running or riding your bike — that those muscles become like extra pumping hearts sending blood back up to the big guy? Your calf muscles are heart conspirators! Who knew!? So do your part to cure heartbreak by giving your heart a little break.

10. You

No one else is this lovely iteration of you. And a powerful way to be really, truly grateful for living a life that offers the kind of wealth that yours does ( for real.)is to take excellent care of yourself. Exercising makes you more YOU. And that’s just good for everyone. Oh, and if you have extra weight to lose, you will lose it. But that can be a side effect of all of the other amazing things that happen to your life when you’re strong and healthy.

And, as Promised, here are three reasons not to exercise.

  1. You are torturing yourself for eating too much.
  2. Everyone else is doing it and they seem like they have life way more in order than you.
  3. You think that if you exercise you will be magically thin and therefore loveable, finally and forever. Blech. No.

So what are you going to do to get moving this week? Let me know. Email me. (Saying things out loud to another person makes them way more powerful, you know).


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8 Responses to 10 Reasons to Exercise (and 3 not to)

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    Putting on my coat and hitting the road for a brisk walk before this crazy Missouri weather sets in . And I will be thinking of long farm road walks with you and A. on our backs.

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