From an early age we are taught that exercise leads to numerous physical benefits while lowering the risk for many life-threatening diseases. But, is this the real reason why most people exercise? Is it for the many health benefits or is there some other underlying reason that gets people off the couch and into the gym? Well, let’s be honest, most people exercise to look better.
“And the Survey Says….”
Physical appearance is hands down the number one reason people regularly invest their time, energy, and money into fitness. Personally, being in the fitness industry for seven years has led me to the understanding that people have a strong desire to look their best. Both men and women want to look good in their new jeans, they want lean arms showing from short sleeve shirts, and they want the type of swimsuit ready body they can be proud of. About seventy percent of the time when I speak to a new member of our fitness facility, the goal of “looking better” via leaned, toned muscles is at the top of the list. Thankfully, with know-how and dedication, everyone has the ability to improve on his/her appearance and make positive changes both physically and mentally.
The Grass is Always Greener on the Other Side
For many, the added confidence from a pleasing outward appearance makes exercise all worthwhile. Those who exercise regularly maintain a younger, more youthful appearance, a more appealing body, and have a higher sense of self-esteem as a result. Physical beauty may only be skin deep, but the positive mental effects of exercise go much deeper. So, if you are driven to look better and have a leaner, more muscular body in order to feel more confident about yourself—exercise may help you reach that place in your life where you are happy with your appearance, feel good about yourself, and don’t feel as though the grass is always greener on the other side.
Confidence is Contagious
Whether you exercise to feel good or to look great is a personal preference. The health benefits that come with exercise can lead to a more enjoyable life, while the aesthetic benefits can help with self-esteem, pride, and confidence. If you already exercise regularly, keep it up. If you have been thinking of starting an exercise program, today is the day to spring into action. In March of 2011, the Bradley Wellness Center will unveil a new training/coaching package developed to help all those who want to look their best. We would love to be a part of your exercise experience, so come by or call, 706-278-9355, and see all the excitement that we have to offer. Remember, confidence in the way you look and feel is contagious. Look your best and see what a difference it makes.
Written by: Jeremy Walraven, Fitness Consultant, Bradley Wellness Center