Like so many people, when I first started my fitness journey, I worked out solely because I wanted to lose weight, get leaner, and feel better in my body.
And while there’s certainly nothing wrong with wanting to feel confident about how you look, in my experience working out for looks alone has several different issues with it:
- Every time I would miss a workout, “cheat” on my diet, or eat dessert, I felt like a failure.
- It wasn’t very easy to track my progress, since stepping on the scale alone isn’t a reliable measure of weight loss progress.
- Working out to “look good” didn’t motivate me in the long-term, so I constantly struggled with consistency.
It wasn’t until I found other intrinsic reasons to work out that had nothing to do with my appearance that I was finally able to develop a lifelong fitness habit and become the become the athlete I had never before believed I could be.
Here are some really good reasons to work out (that have nothing to do with your appearance):