Five Bad Reasons to Exercise and Eight Good Ones

While some people don’t need any reasons to exercise, because of their high metabolism, I’m not one of them.

If I didn’t put exercise on my weekly list, I’d probably sit all day writing at the computer, eating at the table, playing table games, watching movies, playing the piano, or knitting. If you take me to the beach, I’ll look for a log to sit on. If you take me to the zoo, I’ll look for a bench. Call me sedentary.

Who needs reasons to exercise?
Who needs reasons to exercise?

During my dieting years, I made discoveries about reasons to exercise. Bad reasons focus on body image and fads, and make exercise feel like drudgery. Good reasons focus on sensing what our bodies are telling us and turn exercise into play.

Discovery is one of the joys of life.
Discovery is one of the joys of life.

Five Bad Reasons to Exercise
1. To lose weight
2. To work on “problem” areas of your body shape
3. To get judgmental people off your back
4. To be part of what’s trending
5. To ease boredom

Good Reasons to Exercise
1. To take a break (from sitting or being cooped up)
2. To get recharged and refreshed
3. To limber up stiff joints
4. To increase the blood circulation to your brain
5. To stay flexible or increase your range of motion
6. To strengthen muscle groups
7. To prepare for a competition you enjoy, e.g. wheelbarrow racing
8. To sway, twirl, leap with the joy of life

Dancing with a Balloon
Dancing with a Balloon

Twirling
I hate exercise
for the sake of exercise
but I love dancing

Posted on March 22, 2016

4 thoughts on “Five Bad Reasons to Exercise and Eight Good Ones

  1. Norma, I had to chuckle at your header, which I read like this: “Do you multitask or just drink [during] exercise?”

    1. What a good catch! (For those readers who didn’t see my blog blurb on Facebook, I wrote, “Do you multitask while exercising or just drink in the experience?) Makes me laugh, too, Judy. Thanks for sharing your reaction!

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