What are the top 3 things you love about working out besides weight loss/muscle gain?



  • SezxyStef
    SezxyStef Posts: 15,270 Member
    See for me exercise isnt' for weight loss or muscle gain....as muscle gain requires more than just exercise and weight loss can be helped by exercise but that's shouldn't be the main driver. Exercise is for health and fitness.

    So it's easy to say why I do it. Mental health, I like being strong, to be healthy and fit.

  • mgfit2020
    mgfit2020 Posts: 10 Member
    1. The feeling of having accomplished something (especially when I work out in the early morning)
    2. Clears my head, improves my mood and my focus for the rest of the day
    3. I've always been an [over]thinker/planner/dreamer kind of person. Working out makes me into a DOer!
  • HCAs85
    HCAs85 Posts: 12 Member
    1. Me-time.
    2. Improved mood.
    3. I learn more about myself, my limits, and how strong I am mentally and physically, even though it doesn't always feel that way.
  • katsheare
    katsheare Posts: 1,025 Member
    - Knowing I'm being proactive about my long-term health;
    - Finding new things I like doing;
    - Progressively getting better.

    I'm a very solitary worker-outer, and need to squeeze that time into the rest of my family schedule (trust me, they do squeezing around me, too!). So knowing I've successfully done that in the day is deeply satisfying.
  • MaltedTea
    MaltedTea Posts: 6,287 Member
    1. Seeing tangible progress (lifting heavier, improved firm, etc)
    2. Benefits of added strength to other areas of daily life
    3. Extra energy #hulksmash
  • hesn92
    hesn92 Posts: 5,971 Member
    edited February 2020
    1. Getting to do something only for me
    2. Improves my mood and makes me a happier person overall
    3. Improved self image and body confidence (not from an outwardly perspective, it just feels good improving what my body is capable of)
  • springlering62
    springlering62 Posts: 5,432 Member
    Enjoying how *kitten* awesome my legs and pelvis look when I’ve got them over my head.

    I can remember when a shoulderstand meant gravity pulled a *kitten* load of weight down down down, until it collected on my neck and strangled me.

    And everything else y’all mentioned, too. I’m not completely superficial.
  • magnusthenerd
    magnusthenerd Posts: 1,207 Member
    1. Reduction in my depressive feelings
    2. Feeling stronger
    3. Being in physical instead of just existential pain.
  • Talan79
    Talan79 Posts: 782 Member
    1) decompression - love my alone time
    2) looking better
    3) compliments from baby muscle gains
  • i_fraser11
    i_fraser11 Posts: 35 Member
    1. Improves my mental health
    2. Can’t beat the muscle pump!
    3. My alone time, which is time to shine.
  • tcunbeliever
    tcunbeliever Posts: 8,272 Member
    more energy

    being able to do the things I want to do

    being able to mock the teenagers who struggle to keep up with the old broad
  • oceangirl99
    oceangirl99 Posts: 161 Member
    I can't decide if I love running or lifting more but either way:
    1. It makes me feel happy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    2. I love listening to my music loudly. No solving the world's problems or connecting with my inner self or nature type stuff from this gal...just loud music lol.
    3. Sense of accomplishment - I love self improvement!
  • Nanaluvs2sweat
    Nanaluvs2sweat Posts: 97 Member
    1. I get more energy
    2. It reduces my stress
    3. I have more confidence
  • NadNight
    NadNight Posts: 794 Member
    1. Lifting my mood and energy
    2. Feeling confident and powerful
    3. The social aspect

  • flynntrader
    flynntrader Posts: 210 Member
    There is nothing I love about working out

    It is a pain in the *kitten*

    I’d rather be on my chaise lounge couch watching tv
  • AnnPT77
    AnnPT77 Posts: 25,689 Member
    1. Improving my odds of staying out of assisted living for as long as practical (I'm 64).
    2. Not having to worry about doing routine home chores (snow shoveling, yard work, flipping mattress) or hire them out, as some of my less-active same-age friends need to do. Ditto for fun stuff involving being semi-fit, like going to art fairs/music festivals with lots of stairs/walking or taking bike rides and long walks.
    3. Being in a rowing shell, on a river, with my good friends around me, scenery, fresh air, wildlife, all that good stuff. (Sadly, only in-season. It's about 20 degress F here right now, and my river is crunchy. :( )
  • sdavis484
    sdavis484 Posts: 160 Member
    There is nothing I love about working out

    It is a pain in the *kitten*

    I’d rather be on my chaise lounge couch watching tv

    You don't experience a rush of feel-good endorphins at the end? This makes me sad for you. If I hated working out that much, I might be inclined to not workout at all lol!
  • JintheSouth
    JintheSouth Posts: 44 Member
    edited February 2020
    1) Anxiety relief. Exercise makes me feel good mentally and helps me relax.
    2) At 48, I’m single and will probably remain that way for the rest of my days. When I’m older, I want to be able to still get around and not have to rely on anyone. If I fall, I want to be able to get back up! I know exercise can’t guarantee that I’ll still be mobile, but I want to try and prevent immobility as much as I can.
    3) I look and feel great! Better than I did in my 20s.