10 Motivations Real Women Have for Working Out
Getting off the couch and making time for a workout is a challenge for so many of us every day. But it certainly helps if we have a clear objective, an inspiration, a motivation that continues to drive us even when the weather's crappy or we're feeling tired or out of sorts. Sadly, the ridiculous "motivations" we hear all the time aren't at all realistic enough to keep anyone engaged! Women rarely stick with a workout if they go into it looking for that "bikini body," perfect post-baby body, Michelle Obama's arms, or Jen Aniston's abs. It's gotta be about more than that.
That's why we asked 10 real women to share with us what drives them to work out -- to do yoga, go to Zumba classes, run marathons. And their poignant and meaningful reasons for getting and staying in shape are so much better than wanting to look like a celebrity! Check 'em out ...
"It feels so good to run outside! The fresh air, the breeze, scenery." -Emaline
"Planning on trying again for a baby and not repeating past mistakes. ... I can control how healthy I am." -Alexandra C.
To set a good example
"I run to set a healthy example for my kids." -Julie
Feeling in control
"The thing I love most about running (and this exhausting, time-consuming training for a marathon) is the control it gives me. Life is so hard to manage -- work and friendships and commuting and love can all be so unpredictable -- running just is." -Jean
A mood lift
"I work out to get the mood boost I need as a single mom!" -Adriana
More energy & accomplishment
"I work out because it makes me less tired and lethargic during the day. I feel like I can make more of my time!" -Bekeela
It's better than medicine
"I ditched the gym for Moksha, which is yoga in a hot room. My stress headaches are gone. I sleep better. It makes feel good to the core." -Alexandra L.
Having fun at any age
"Zumba lets me respectfully dance to music my kids dance to!" -Jaime
"I work out to be healthy and (hopefully) live a long life." -Nicole
"I want to be able to tie my shoes, get my own mail, climb stairs, walk to the grocery store, and maybe even do a backbend when I'm 80!" -Kiri
What motivates you to work out?