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

This is Day 13 of the 21-Day Fitness Challenge held in Feb 2012. The challenge is now over but you can do the tasks in your own time. Visit the overview page for all the challenge tasks.

Lifting weights

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?

Share Your Plans/Progress for Today!

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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(Image: Lifting weights)