“You don’t need to workout”

I’ve mentioned before that I wouldn’t say I’ve ever had an actual issue with my weight. I’ve always been within my BMI and when I do decide to lose weight it is usually due to vanity. I look in the mirror, don’t like the way my arms or abs look and I decide I need to lose 10 pounds or be more toned. Or I buy an outfit, try it on and it’s a bit snug and I make it my goal in life to make sure it fits. I started exercising because I wanted to make sure I stayed the same size, because again, I’m too vain to have a bigger dress size in my closet. Say what you want about my confession about being vain, but my vanity is what motivates me to wake up at 4 a.m. and workout and push myself to my max.

I get different reactions when I tell people I exercise six days a week and live a healthy lifestyle. Some people get motivated, ask me a ton of questions and resolve to follow in my footsteps, some people look at me like I’m a mad woman and then there’s the group of people that look at me scornfully and say “you don’t need to workout”. Why don’t I need to workout I ask, and the response invariably is “because you are slim already, you skinny people make me sick, you are always trying to be more skinny”.

20180302_050658I’m sure I’m not the only one that has heard this comment from someone and I am here to say that it does not matter if you are slim or skinny already or if you aren’t slim and are trying to get slim. Everyone has or should have their motivation for working out and being healthy and no matter what that motivation is, if it makes you push yourself and it makes you feel better about yourself and happy with what you see in the mirror, that is all that matters. There will also be negative people in your life that would make you doubtful of what you’re doing and make you tempted to abandon your goals but those people are just that– negative! There is no rule that says slim people shouldn’t workout.

Working out isn’t just for losing weight, in fact there may be times when the results you achieve at the end of your workout are more muscle definition or better cardiovascular endurance all of which result in you being a healthier person.

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So, I drag my “too skinny to workout” body out of bed every morning and I do my workouts and feel awesome and accomplished afterwards. It doesn’t matter what anyone thinks of the reasons for why you exercise, as long as you are fulfilling your goals and you feel healthier for your efforts, that is all that counts.

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