This is such a personal question for each of us and our answers are all going to be different. That's the point. The reasons could range anywhere from strength goals, weight goals or more arbitrary like helps with my stress or makes me feel more confident. There are so many reasons we exercise and all of them are valid. There is so much more to fitness than physical changes and I would like to explore some of those today.

We live in a technology driven world and the fitness space takes full advantage of that. We us smart watches to track our steps, see how well we sleep, how many calories we burn and on and on. We step on scales that track our gravitational pull and can tell us how much body fat we are carrying around. There is so much more to fitness and those things you cannot measure from a smart phone.

Do you use fitness for different reasons? Does it make you feel more confident moving around in your life? More stable on your feet? Feeling strong and capable in your everyday life is so important! Being able to take care of our houses and yard, doing laundry and carrying it up the stairs, shoveling snow caring for grandchildren. Think how much harder these things would be if we weren't physically fit and these are important things and there are so many more! As we age it is crucial that we show up to our lives and live it the best way possible.

What about stress? Exercise is a great way to help lower our stress levels. We all have stress in our lives and, actually, exercise is a form of stress also. We need that kind of stress to get strong and adapt to harder or heavier exercises. The worldly kind of stress can cause problems to our health. We can always be in that flight or fight mode and that takes a toll on our body. Exercise can help lower those stress hormones and make us feel so much better. We do owe it to ourselves to feel good.

I start almost everyday with exercise. It is such a huge part of me and my life. I honestly don't know where I would be without it. It has helped me through some difficult times in my life and has shown me that I am capable of so much more than I gave myself credit for. I am so much more confident in my abilities as a human and i love how it helps me manage stress and get better sleep. one of my favorite things is that my husband doesn't need to call anyone to help him move or lift things. I am more than capable and that makes me proud of myself and I will own that.

Please take a few minutes and reply to this blog and tell me what exercise has done for you beyond the measurable stuff.

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