Someone asked me the other day why I work out so much. I just turned and asked them why they didn’t work out more. It’s simple to me, everyone needs an outlet. Some people meditate, others go to church, I go to the gym. The gym is my sanctuary. For 2 – 2.5 hours a day, my mind is at ease in the gym. When I’m working out, the only thing I think about is challenging myself. In fact, I spend every single minute in the gym trying to overcome obstacles that I am encountering and working to becoming a better me.
Everyone knows the physical benefits of exercise but rarely do we think about the mental benefits. A year and a half ago I lost my dad. At the same time I went through tremendous stress levels on my job and some relationship strain. I gained a little weight that I had lost previously and it sent me into a whirlwind of emotional pitfalls. Unfortunately my dad and I weren’t the closest of people, but losing someone that you really didn’t get a chance to know brought stress that I didn’t know could exist.
Exercise helped me reclaim myself and with the help of like-minded friends, I found my way again. Nothing gives me joy like lifting weights and pushing my body to the limit. Nothing helps me clear my mind like a long, deliberate run on the trails or streets. Regardless of what city I visit, working out is always on the itinerary. Whether I’m going to a game with my friends, or to the spot with my lady, a workout is going down and a run is always on the agenda.
My life needs some constants and working out is definitely a big part of my mental stability. Honestly I can’t see myself associating with people long term who don’t share my views on exercise and good health. I hear people say all the time that they would love to workout but they don’t have time. I find it hard to believe that a person doesn’t have 90 minutes a week of free time. When you break it down, that’s 30 minutes a day, 3 times a week ,or 15 minutes a day, 6 times a week. The reality is that once you find that small amount of time, it will be easier to find more down the road.
Take heed to my words. Your body will thank you and the significant other will love you for it. So on your next date offer up the options of barbells and running trails.