I know, a very basic question, but I'm perhaps looking for some motivation/inspiration to kick-start some sort of regime. I don't quite know where to start, or even WHY to start, other than I SHOULD.
What gets you up exercising every day?
A few reasons for me:
1) saw two crows dive-bombing and otherwise harassing a red tail hawk mid air
2) saw a bunch of turtles sunning themselves on a log in the lake
3) saw a youngish male deer, antlers were about a foot long
4) saw a bunch of little bunny rabbits scurry away from me on the trail
5) saw a mom wild turkey with 5-6 tiny baby wild turkeys following her on the trail
6) got an amazing, clear view of the east bay and san francisco from wildcat peak
This was all on a ~50 minute/~4 mile trail run this morning. I have plenty of other reasons, but these were the freshest in my mind.
Why do I exercise?
Because I can't pummel my boss's face in, and all that rage has to go somewhere.
(Mostly) kidding. ;-) I'll post a real answer later, when I have more time to speak from the heart.
My wife is 46. She looks 26. Her favorite "exercise" is Zumba. She puts great feeling into it. Her instructors say that she is their favorite student, partly because she smiles so much. She also does ballroom dancing (mostly Salsa) about twice per week. I encourage her. She also does weights and cardio, but dance (and Zumba) come first. Music and harmony are important in life. She has to be careful about dancing in front of me or else we will have more children. (:->)
This is a secret that not a lot of people know, only those that exercise long and hard.
If you train hard for 45 minutes (or more) your body starts releasing endorphins that feel so good... you get addicted. Yes, the natural highs. This is the best feeling/drug ever (besides sex).
I understand people who overtrain and over exercise. It is hard not to when you feel so good.
I hope you are reading it while running to the nearest gym! :)
I enjoy the feeling of accomplishment I get from squating 350+ pounds or banging out 20+ pull-ups at one time. I discovered strength training about 8 months ago (not the same as lifting weights) and have found a new passion in fitness. I enjoy the progression of lifting heavier and heavier weights, the changes I see in my body, and the way I feel. It's nice/annoying when anyone needs something lifted or moved, they come to you. :)
I would like a shape other than round. I've started doing DDP Yoga (described as yoga for Marines) to try to tone up, lose fat, and get rid of the flags that wave under my arms everytime I lift them.