Motivation: Love Your Body
By RACHEL GRICE
I don't work out because I hate my body. I work out because I love it.
So many times our workouts become about bending our bodies to our minds' will. "Sweat off those last 10 pounds!" "Run that extra mile!" "Come on! One more set!" And then we get frustrated and self-critical when we don't achieve those results.
While it's important to push ourselves to be better and work harder, sometimes we just need to give our bodies a break and remember why we started in the first place. Our bodies are capable of incredible things! We run, jump, walk, skip, lift, throw, push, pull, drag, etc.
Exercise isn't a method of punishment because your body doesn't look or perform a certain way; it's a celebration of all the things your body can and will do.
Readers — Why do you work out? What are you proud of your body for achieving? Recently completed a race? Stayed active during your pregnancy? Leave a comment below and let us know!
Rachel Grice is an editor for Livestrong.com and certified yoga instructor who loves running on the beach, watching USC Trojan football and drinking red wine. Previously, she worked for Men’s Health, FitPregnancy and People. Read more about her running adventures at thesoleofarunner.com.