- To be more attractive.
- To feel more confident.
- To know if my day goes to shit, at least I’m still shredded.
- To be competitive in any physical activity.
- To build a body to match my confidence.
- To learn how to use my mind to push my body.
- To set an example for what others can achieve.
- To inspire others to improve themselves.
- To inspire myself.
- To remind to myself you can make a massive change one little action at a time.
- To challenge myself every day.
- To defeat my inner bitch who tells me I can’t do things.
When I first started working out I wanted to get girls. I didn’t know how to talk to them so I figured if I had a good body I’d at least attract them.
Sure, girls may have been attracted to me physically but there’s only so much that’ll get you.
After working out for 7-years it’s turned into something so much more than trying to get girls.
Being in the gym or on the track has taught me many of life’s biggest lessons.
When I first started working out, I thought the guys on the posters must have been aliens.
I’d say to myself, “There’s no way I could ever get a six-pack.”
After years of work, I’ve got a six-pack. I’ve got toned arms. I can run 10km whilst holding a conversation.
I’m not special. I just keep showing up.
But the journey isn’t over.
This is akin to life. With every achievement, there’s always the next thing. The next goal to reach. The next item on the to-do list.
Now I realise there is no finish line.
Life is a marathon and a sprint.
Each and every workout is a sprint, it’s a short outlay of effort for an incredibly satisfying feeling. But the biggest transformations happen when you add thousands of those short sprints together.
In life, every day is a sprint. It happens quickly and it’s over quickly. But the biggest changes in life don’t often happen in a single day. They happen over years of sustained effort.
I’ve read this idea hundreds of times over the years but working out has branded it onto my mind.
I knew it. I had the knowledge. But there’s a difference between knowledge and understanding.
You can know something but you won’t truly understand it until you put it to the test.
Working out has been my biggest teacher.
A $13.95 gym membership is the best investment I’ve ever made.
You can fake being rich. But you can’t fake being fit.
This post originally appeared on Quora as my answer to "Why do you workout?".