21DFC Day 13 – What Do You Love About Exercising?

This is Day 13 of the 21-Day Fitness Challenge (21DFC) for Feb 2012. View all posts made during the challenge: 21DFC Overview.

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Hello and welcome to Day 13 (Feb 15) of the 21-Day Fitness Challenge! :D

Day 13 - What Do You Love About Exercising?

Today’s question is: What do you love about exercising?

I love exercising because it invigorates me. Some may think that you feel more tired when you exercise, but on the contrary, I feel better after a great workout – not just physically, but mentally, emotionally, and perhaps even spiritually, because I’m aligned as one with my body.

I also love exercising because it keeps me in shape. Sometimes when I don’t exercise for a while, I’ll feel pudgy! Exercising is a great way to burn off those fats and get rid of love handles (nothing wrong with them of course; if you love them, by all means – keep them!).

Another thing I love about exercising are the subtle physical benefits which come by after a few days of consistent workouts. My posture is better – I don’t slouch as much in my natural posture. My breathing is calm, steady, and regulated. My ankles are stronger – I don’t feel tired as I would in the past, when standing, walking around, or wearing heels. I sleep better and more soundly – I fall asleep almost right away when I go to bed, and I wake up a short 6 hours later – well rested and ready to go.

Last but not least – this may well be a placebo effect, but I feel my exercising sessions in the past week have improved my mental focus. I’m definitely more alert than before – it’s like I’m operating on a higher mental OS (Operating System), in computing terms!

How about you? What do you love about exercising? And are you seeing these benefits manifest as you stay true to your daily fitness sessions?

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What is your intended fitness plan for today? What physical activities are you going to do, and how long do you want to do them for? Share with us!

Update your progress as you go along. At the end of the day, review your progress and share your learnings.

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  1. Celes says:

    Since I have a 1-hour kickboxing class later in the evening, I decided to opt out of my morning gym session – and instead use the time to get some higher level work done (been looking to hire a designer and a virtual assistant for some of my administrative tasks, and finally getting to it now!).

    Also, I had another idea to further streamline my daily (fitness) sessions. Since I walk to the gym by default now, I realized that I can just jog my walk to the gym. So instead of 30 minutes of walking, I can now get there in 10-12 minutes – not only do I have a workout in the process, I’m also shaving time off. And, instead of showering at the gym and having to carry a big bag of clothes/shoes/toiletries, it’s much simpler if I just get to the gym, get my workout done (while doing my morning emails/lower level work done), have lunch after, then return home to shower. Perfect morning routine. :dance: I definitely see myself comfortably doing this for the long term.

    Will report here on my kickboxing progress later at night. :D

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    • Celes says:

      Just finished my kickboxing session. It was hardcore!! Walking home now. Plans for tomorrow = gym as usual in the morning. :D

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      • ASLO says:

        Great Celes….
        Its awesome how this challenge has introduced all of us to so many new, unexplored fronts……
        :dance:

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      • Christine Aicken says:

        I would love to try kick boxing, just sounds awesome, i’ll put it on my to do list!!!!

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  2. Mandi Pullen says:

    Hi,
    I just wanted to let you know although I have not posted anything so far (sorry, no time and can’t seem to find the forum to do so). Started later than I the rest. Day 10 completed this morning. Loving every minute of it!!! My 4:30am alarm call is no longer a chore. Doing a combination of early morning runs (x3 a week and did my first 5km race last weekend – been 3 years since I last ran for fun) and the rest of the days I swim and do strength work at the gym before work!
    Thanks for the challenge. Will most definately continue after the 21 days.
    Mandi
    PS, Love your blog. Stumbled on it when researching some stuff for work and visit often. It is very inspiring.

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    • ASLO says:

      Better late than never….
      hope to see you find the tini-est bits of time, to come over to the forum and post up any bits or pieces from your days experience….
      good day….

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    • Celes says:

      Yep, like ASLO said – better late than never. ;) Congratulations on your 10 Day mark!! :D

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    • Linh says:

      Welcome back ^^ I totally agree with ASLO :D

      Exercising is really great so just be a bit more patient, a abit more determined :mrgreen: That’s all you need :dance:

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    • zingfairy says:

      4:30am – wow!!! Kudos to you for not only managing it, but getting on top of this as a routine – way to go!!

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  3. Tina Davis says:

    45 minutes of biking and 10 minutes of stretching. Had a rough day yesterday, can’t seem to meditate.

    As Celes mentioned above, I love how I feel after I exercise and I use it as a way to combat my anxiety and sleeping problems. It improves my overall well being.

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  4. Lina says:

    Exercising makes me feel refreshed after each workout session.
    Although in general sweat is unpleasant, when I exercise and feel the sweat coming out of my pores I know I’m eliminating toxins which is great for my organism. Also, my posture has improved, my resistance to effort, even my acne has ameliorated :D Besides, I’ve lost a bit of weight so I feel more confident about myself.

    I’ve just finished my 30 minutes workout routine and I did some stretching exercises after :)
    Hope you’re all having a nice day! :dance:

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    • Celes says:

      Congratulations on the improvement of your acne condition, Lina! :D (I had to look up the meaning of the word “ameliorate” o_O) Might be all the exercising I’ve been doing which is sealing in the merits of fitness for me – I actually associate positive intentions now with the process of sweating while working out. Like you said, it’s the toxins being eliminated. Also, fats being burned, muscles being built, limbs becoming leaner, body becoming stronger. Bring it on, sweat!!!! :twisted: :lol:

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      • Lina says:

        Thank you, Celes! :D Haha, I just wanted to avoid using “improve” again xD So I used the synonym for it.
        Who would have thought there would be a day when we’d actually feel happy about sweating in a certain context? :lol: Seems that 21DFC really got to us and changed more than just our bodies – our mentalities and moods.

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  5. ASLO says:

    Mirror on the wall, here we are again
    Through my rise and fall
    You’ve been my only friend
    You told me that by looking at me you can see
    the reflection of hard word, determination and willpower exulting from within thee
    That’s what i love about exercising, seeing positive results….I can not just see but also feel lighter….by lighter, i mean not just in terms of weight but also in terms of mental postures…exercise is a perfect stress-buster….it lets you untie the suffocating tethers of tension and stress and fly out with the wings of endorphin….so in a nutshell, seeing positive results from exercise is what i love most……
    If you’d ask me, where is exercise taking me? i’d say, NOWHERE……by that i mean, exercise doesn’t take me anywhere but instead brings me NOW HERE…..making the most of the best day, thats today….good un Bette….
    Today i got underway the routine, but in the core, everyday more different and new-teaching 35 minute walk….later would want to get underway with cycling…..
    BTW, had this poem from longoes…..“Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream, merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream……”
    Uh huh, all of us are meant to persevere our interests, passions, dreams, ambitions….yet never forget, the best thrills of reaching a destination do not only lie in actually reaching there, but the journey to getting there has its own share of memorable sights…so gently row to your dream….after all, all you dream for is to turn to the reality of life…….
    A bit to far-fetched perhaps?
    Love, peace and fitness to all :heart:

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    • ASLO says:

      Today managed to hit the 1 hr mark….got in 25 minutes of cycling (plus the initial 35 mins of walk)……
      really proud of myself, wouldn’t have been possible if i wouldn’t have felt inspired by y’all’s truly amazing and dedicated hard work, fuels me to try to work harder on my side too…….yipeeee :dance:

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    • Bette says:

      BTW, just so happens that the little “Row, Row your boat” is one of my favorite little songs!
      That was a lovely surprise to see here, all comforting with all your gentle words that go along with i :heart: Not too far-fetched for me, ASLO… :D

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  6. Brian says:

    Hey everyone, turns out that interval workouts work just as well if not better than hour long workouts!! was just reading this over at NYtimes. http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/

    thought it may be helpful if you are finding the challenge to take up time when you don’t have it.

    -Brian

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    • cloudio says:

      it’s the same concept of “body of science” or “4 hour body” I was referring in a preovious post.

      And why it’s not good multitasking. If you do..as example 10′ intense cycling + 10 minutes checking e.mails, than it’s much better than 20′ checking e.mails while cycling slowly ;)

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      • Celes says:

        That’s under the assumption that ‘multitasking’, or doing other things while doing the desired activity, has a detrimental effect on the activity itself. I can’t say I agree with it – it depends on the activity in question. Not all forms of multi-tasking is bad. Likewise, not all forms of single-tasking is good. And vice versa.

        For example, I’ve actually been doing an astronomically higher number of consecutive reps for my leg curls than I’ve ever done before since I started syncing my work with fitness sessions (like over 200 at one go type of thing). And on a higher weight load too. Where work/article writing is concerned, I’m getting a fluid flow in my ideas and thoughts as I do it while working out. It appears that by combining my work/email/etc activities with my workouts, I’m actually gaining in both areas – creating a synergistic effect.

        That’s only the case though because I’ve intentionally picked/combined certain work and certain fitness activites which, when done together, creates a synergistic/bundled result (for me). For example, it’s definitely not going to work if I choose to do video editing (which can get quite intense) while I’m at the gym. Neither is it of any benefit for me to try to check emails/surf the web while jogging/using the treadmill – I’ll probably trip and fall, very badly too at that. And so on.

        My recommendation is just do whatever makes you happy, whatever will ensure the continuation of the habit, be it multitasking or focusing solely on the fitness activity itself. Whatever rocks your boat. ;D The end goal here is to cultivate fitness as a lifelong habit via taking the path of highest enjoyment, not to see how we can squeeze the most out of our fitness sessions, IMO – which may sometimes backfire and lead one to resist the exercises, instead? I’m sure some people can relate to this phenomenon. The ironic thing though, is that as we associate higher and higher levels of enjoyment in our fitness/activities, it will naturally result in higher performance. Same thing for any other area in our life, really (be it career, relationships, etc).

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  7. Christine Aicken says:

    I love the way it makes me feel, when I am so tired from excersise I still feel so energized & alive

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  8. Christine Aicken says:

    Another great day on holidays, so easy to consentrate on exercising as you can vary it so much while enjoying it, today I walked over 2 hours around Georgetown Penang Malaysia weather perfect, got back to the hotel went swimming for 30 minutes followed by more walking through the night market on the street.

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    • Jaleen says:

      Wow~~ Are you from Penang? I’m from Penang too! ^^

      It’s been long time that I didn’t hang around in Georgetown. Keep it up! :)

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  9. Jaleen says:

    Honestly, I seldom exercise in the past, should say, I didn’t practice exercising weekly until last October. I’m still in the progress of embarking my interests towards exercise, so that I have full zest on it. :)

    I remember, when I first decided to exercise 3 times a week, I noticed that I always feel tired after exercising, my eyes got smaller and smaller and I always yawn. So I slowly drop the practice. =.=”

    Recently, I returned to the exercise practice. At first, I still feel tired, but after a month, I started to feel that I’m still fresh after exercising~~ ^^

    However, today, still I did only 10 minutes stretching because of the internet connection issue at my home. When I was about to start to exercise, my house’s internet connection dropped, so my brother and I were trying to fix it. After one hour only we managed to fix it. :(

    Tomorrow, I have the plan like last Thursday, go for gym after my class, then continue to my zither class. ^^

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  10. Raymond says:

    I like exercising because it makes me feel better. I notice I have less energy dips.

    Today I spent an hour in the gym http://www.enjoyfitness.nl/ on a treadmill. :D

    Tomorrow yoga and more running.

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    • Celes says:

      Hey Raymond, are you on a gym membership? :D

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      • Raymond says:

        I indeed have a gym membership. Together with my wife. She goes spinning twice a week. Never got the hang of that.
        During summer, cycling outside is our favorite activity. Last year we cycled to Paris (550km) and back. But not in one day ;-)

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        • Celes says:

          I never tried spinning before. I think it’s more of a western thing – When I was in the West, I noticed spinning classes in the gyms I went to – but here they aren’t that common (if at all). That said – They look really intense! Definitely for those who want a *serious* workout. :D

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  11. Monisha says:

    What Do You Love About Exercising?

    Some of the benefits I think I gained through exercise:

    1. Being more alert
    2. Getting fast results
    3. Body feels better and lighter

    Physical activities I did, and how long I did them: I did chair squats, chair dips, the plank and skipping. Total time taken was 12 minutes or more.

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    • zingfairy says:

      Wow, those exercises will get you fit in no time! I’m not sure I could manage a combination of those for 4 minutes, let alone 12! Keep up the great work – and glad you’re seeing results quickly :)

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      • Monisha says:

        I am not sure what to say, you flattered me, zingfairy! :heart: :hug: Thank you, :hug:

        AND GOOD LUCK!!!!! :dance:

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  12. cloudio says:

    Today 30′ yoga in the morning.
    In the afternoon 33′ running (actually 25′+ 8 walking to recover and take pict of the park). There were 5-6 C, I had new running shoes and shirts and I was rested because I didn’t run in the last 3 days, and I manage to do my usual park lap in 35′ instead of 30+ as usually, despite I still had some food on my stomach that made me difficult breathing.. and I didn’t feel really tired afterwords!..really happy with my progresses..I love this new app which give me some info on my workout

    I always loved team sports because it’s playing, it’s funny, the camaraderie with teammates, the competition..the list is too long

    I use not like “exercise” just for fitness. As I said in a previous post, in my teens and over I could play sports for hours at high intensity without getting tired, but put me in a gym or running alone and after 15′ I just want to do something else.
    But thanks to yoga I found a way of physical exercise as a way to listen to my body. Not just feeling my muscles, but my internal organs, and more important, my mind.

    i love going beyond my limits, I love also feeling tired after the workout, it’s “good” tired, like spaced, in another dimension. And of course I love feeling stronger, calmer and more present to reality when I recovered

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  13. Mike says:

    I love exercising because I know that it let’s use lead a more healthy lifestyle and my body will be better for it. Part of my dream ideal of myself is to be a fit, healthy, and active person, so when I’m not exercising or living a healthy lifestyle, it kind of depresses me and makes me feel unfulfilled.
    I also love exercising because most of the time when you are done you feel really good. Your mind is clear, your body can feel tired and therefore you avoid the problem of going to be when your mind is super tired, but your body isn’t ready for bed yet and staying awake for a long time.
    Another part of exercising that I love is that it helps in your appearance and energy level. When you are fit, you feel better about the way you look and your energy level is normally quite higher. You feel ready to take on the world.

    My exercise for the day was walking for 20 minutes. I didn’t have time to do much else, so I just decided to actually go out and do something compared to not doing anything for the day.
    Keep at it!

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    • zingfairy says:

      Hi Mike!

      With 20 mins exercising today you are taking the steps towards your dreams!! Go for gold!! :)

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  14. Linh says:

    :dance: :dance: Woohoo I can’t stop my contentment
    Today is surely a great day :mrgreen: My school has cross country and we have to run 3.5 km ( for girls)
    It was so refreshing. I went 30th out of 140 or 150 girls. :p It was so tiring during the run and the weather was so so so windy @.@. It likes my mind was blown away :lol: But the only thing I could think of, was ” keep running, you can do it and you have to try your best”. Seriously, that’s the only thing to pop up in my mind @.@. To be honest, I’m satisfied and proud of myself because I did my best and didn’t give up easily. Last year, I was so lazy and I choosed to walk instead of running =.=”

    Another exciting point is I can confidently say that my strength is improved. Thanks to all exercises I’ve been doing these days, I felt absolutely okay after the run. If it was before the challenge, I would literally collapse with numb legs. :lol: So I’m so happy now :dance:

    >>>> What do I love about exercising : There are so many reasons now :p I love the feeling after workouts. It’s like a wave of freshness and coolness. And doing exercises is quite relaxing because I get rid of all the random and trivial thinkings. It clears my mind ^^
    Like I just said earlier, my health and my posture improve a lot . Oh, doing exercises in the morning is truly a good start for a new day, I suppose . Last but not least, I just notice that I smile more recently. :) Since I don’t feel tired and sleepy all the time, I enjoy my classes and my school more. :dance:

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    • Bette says:

      That is exciting, Linh!
      Doing your best and not giving up is a great mindset! I am so glad you are reaping the rewards of this 21DFC!
      I enjoy the way you describe the many reasons you love exercising.
      Love the smiling more recently one :D
      Surely sounds like you have so much to smile about!
      :heart: Bette

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  15. Ahmed says:

    Hi,
    During these days, I feel myself more active due to exercising.. my stamina is improved .. due to past 30DHL challenge, the food intake is also improve and due to exercising the energy consumption is improved and I feel myself and my stomach much lighter …

    Today carried out regular exercise for 1 hour..

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    • zingfairy says:

      well done on continuing your routine! as I think I may have commented before, 1 hour is great stuff :)

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