12 good reasons to exercise

Hannah Gets Hench reasons to exercise
At 11:11 am today I made a wish (I know, I’m 8) that I would rediscover my fitness mojo and get back to the gym. As much as I loved my holiday, a lack of exercise and a rediscovered admiration for starchy carbs has provided me with a first class ticket to lazy town. 

I’d love to admit that I have only been lagging post holiday, but the truth is I haven’t been as dedicated to the whole healthy thing for months. I always thought that I was the kind of person who comfort ate when they were sad, but it turns out a bag of cookies and a lasagne are my number one companions when I’m chuffed too. I’m literally like a happy little pig rolling around in chocolate wrappers.

Aside from the snacking, my gym attendance has also been very poor. Or more to the point – non existent. I’ve gone from the ‘Oh I’ve been to the gym once this week, but it was a HIIT session so it counts as two times!’ to just not going at all. Sometimes I’ll make really good excuses up, like: ‘I can’t go to the gym because I’m wearing my glasses. They might steam up and I might drop a weight on someone’s foot and then they’ll sue me for sure; because that’s what everyone does nowadays.’

Let’s face it – staying in and watching the telly and eating rubbish is FUN. It’s a lot more fun than sweating away in a busy gym, and measuring out broccoli, and constantly eating out of tupperware boxes that used to contain delicious things fried in oil and grease, but now just contain spinach. Once in a while all you need to do is just put something rubbish on the TV, and eat something even more rubbish, (preferably from the American aisle in Tesco), and just enjoy being in your own lazy bones. ONCE IN A WHILE.

Instead of dwelling over the negatives that will happen if I DON’T exercise, I’ve decided to focus on the positive benefits that will happen when I DO exercise and eat super duper healthy – after all no one wants to be a negative Nelly, do they?

So without further ado, let’s look into the light and discover the benefits of going to the gym!

You can eat what you want

Exercising burns more calories – especially if you are doing high intensity shiz – so you don’t have to worry as much about how much you eat.

It makes you really happy

When you exercise, your body releases happy hormones called endorphins, which fill you with calm and positive feelings.

It’s a great way to unwind

If you’ve had a tough day, sweating it out in the gym can be a great way to relieve stress and clear your mind.

You get addicted to endorphins

Once you get used to those endorphins, you start to get a little bit addicted. Missing a workout may make you a little techy so you’ll end up getting your happy fix at the gym more than before.

Raining again in Manchester? Who cares, I can hide my sweaty hair!

Unless you do your workout in the mornings and wash your hair afterwards, the sweaty bun will dominate most of your evening looks.

You develop muscles really quickly

After only a few sessions you’ll notice your body change and muscles appear in places you never knew existed! Feeling strong is the best motivation.

Rocking the ‘au natural’ look gives your skin a break

After a few weeks of getting used to going fresh faced in public, you realise it’s ok not to wear makeup all the time and your skin will thank you for it too.

You can accept compliments like a boss

There’s nothing arrogant about knowing that you look hot after literally working your arse off for 4 days every week, on top of everything else you do. You go Glen Coco!

Gym gear is totes flattering!

Gym leggings are made out of a magical material that somehow makes you look like you don’t even need to go to the gym! Plus you can pull them all the way up to your belly button!

Sassy workouts = sassy life

Exercising always gives me more confidence, especially when I am improving and pushing myself. This sense of achievement helps boost my own self worth in the rest of my life.

Food tastes SO good after a workout

I love food so much I can never ever stick to calorie controlled diets, I love exercising in the morning and knowing that I can eat normally for the whole day without worrying too much.Your body also burns more calories after a workout than any other time of day.

You will make healthier food choices

After a workout I don’t want to feel like I’m ruining my hard work, so I’ll make healthier eating choices, or try to.

So there you have it, 12 positive reasons to get moving and get out of the slump!