Hiii friends.

Happy September!

I spent last weekend (Labor Day) relaxing on the beach, spending time with my BF, and catching up with friends.

Oh –

And baking in this humid AF weather we’ve been having.

What gives, San Diego?

Usually, around this time of year, SD is hot enough, but for some reason the humidity has been out of control lately.

Not pretty.

Anyway, I wanted to write a post on fitness and my workout inspiration, because it has become such a big part of my life for the last couple of years.

If you knew me growing up, I was always just the skinny girl.

Could eat whatever I wanted, never-had-to-work-out-a-day-in-my-life kind of girl.

Aside from school P.E., I was never active.

It wasn’t until senior year of college that I started on ClassPass and tried out a bunch of different workouts.

But I’m not going to talk about my full fitness regime on this post (that’s for another time 🙂 ).

I wanted to share why I work out.

I don’t work out to lose weight (because I don’t need to) or because I think it’s the right thing to do.

I work out because of the way it makes me feel.

 

Healthy Body = Healthy Mind = Healthy Life

It is SO true when people tell you that if you change one thing for the better, other aspects of your life will follow.

This is the compounding effect at its finest.

I loooove working out in the morning (early bird here) to jumpstart my day on the right foot.

After my 6am workout, I’ll make a super-healthy breakfast (my go-to smoothie) because I’m already in that mindset – why not keep the healthy living going throughout the day?

I make better, conscious decisions about food when I start my day off on a good note, like with a workout.

 

Being Strong AF

 

why I work out - field workout

 

I cannot tell you how good it feels to be able to keep up with my boyfriend (aka Mr. Super Fit Person) on long, hard hikes (SD peeps – Potato Chip Rock, anyone?) or workouts.

And by keep up, I mean:

NOT wanting to keel over and die because my endurance is the worst.

Because I was never super active growing up, it took awhile to establish that baseline of good endurance and strength.

But now, I feel SO strong.

I look in the mirror and love what I see (really and truly).

Every time I look in the mirror, I’m reminded of how hard I work for this strength.

And by no means am I lifting 100 pounds or anything, but it works for me.

 

It Feels Amazing…and Badass

Kickin’ it back to a couple posts ago when I gave you guys my workout playlist

I feel like such a badass in the gym listening to my gym playlist.

It motivates me to keep going when I feel like I can’t go anymore (that sounded so dramatic, but whatever).

Also, when you’re in the gym next to all the gym-rat guys, lifting weights feels real badass.

This comes with establishing a routine –

You can start to tweak things and make your workout harder as time goes on.

 

Mindset Equals Magic

 

why I work out

 

I can honestly tell you that when I start my days with good workouts, I feel like I have my life together.

It sets the tone for the rest of the day and makes for a great start to your morning.

Before I started going to the gym regularly, I used to be nervous working out in front of people.

I didn’t know what to do at the gym, so when I actually went, I wouldn’t be confident enough to do anything substantial.

I would run/walk on the treadmill for 20 mins, do some half-ass ab exercises and call it a day.

Every time.

The confidence has developed over time, and once I got over that whole anxious mindset, it’s like second nature to me.

Plus, you’re in your own zone when working out –

Everyone just kind of worries about themselves.

I’ve been learning more and more in my life that mindset is the backbone of everything you do.

How many times have you been so scared to do something, and then it wasn’t even bad in the slightest?

I feel like this happens to me constantly.

The same thing with the gym or getting into a workout routine:

When you go into the day thinking, “I am going to the gym today,” instead of “Maybe I’ll go after work,” you become so much more successful.

And you reduce the amount of time wasted in your decision-making.

Long story short, there are a hundred excuses I could come up with to not go to the gym, but I don’t (most of the time).

Having a productive mindset is one of the main reasons I stay active.

 

Why do you work out? Let me know in the comments!