Why Do You Do It?

Today I ask you WHY?

Why do you workout? Why do you choose to take the time out of your day to feel the beads of sweat roll down, feel your heart race, and feel your muscles pump with each rep?

It’s not easy… so why do you choose to do it?

Here’s why I workout:

1. It boosts my mood. 

Honestly nowadays I can’t remember the last time I’ve said “ugh I don’t want to go to the gym“. It has become such a huge part of my life that it is routine to me. If I’ve had a really hard day I know some cardio and a lift will even it out. I’ve also been using the sauna at my gym after workouts as my “meditation” time. I don’t sit in there very long, maybe 10 minutes. Half the time I barely sweat. It’s just a few minutes to close my eyes, rest my mind, and let things be at peace.

2. Leader not follower.

I like to think of myself as more of a leader, not a follower. I’ve always done “my own thing” so to speak. I’m not into rushing with the girls to go to this class or that class. I like to show people a great workout can be done on your own when you have time. I like to give ideas. I like to give inspiration and motivation to get off the couch. I like to be my own motivation for that as well.

3. Healthy parent.

Although I am NOT a parent other than to a giant fur ball, I hope to be one day. I want to be a healthy mom and show my kids an active lifestyle and balanced diet is best. I will never be one of those mothers who deprives their children of cookies here and there or snacks. I was not deprived of that as a child and I turned out fine. In fact, the kids that WERE deprived would gorge when their parents weren’t around. I hope to be the cool, fit mom one day.

4. Look good. Feel good. 

Obviously there is some vanity to working out regularly. When you see change and progress it makes you feel good right? If I sat here and said I worked out solely for the cardiovascular benefits I’d be a big fat liar. We all have a little bit of ego in us and that’s perfectly okay. You work hard for that body, you enjoy it! When I look good, I feel better about myself and my confidence sky rockets. I’ve dealt with low self esteem my entire life, so whatever helps right?

So what are your reasons? Everyone has a different agenda in life. I’m over here just trying to make myself better than I was yesterday!


Have a great day!

XOXO With a Cherry On Top,


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  1. ariel@HHF

    I workout because: (a) The endorphin rush never fails to turn my frown upside down. Keeping a workout regiment has proven to be a great way to fight off the blues. (b) And it keeps everything working and functioning properly, stomach wise. (c) It gets me moving. Perfect for someone with restless, fidgety limbs.

  2. Alisa

    Hey Katie! I have a question 🙂 For the past year or so, I have been going to the gym with friends. They were my motivation to go and we always had a blast working out together. Recently, however, we have all had different schedules and haven’t been able to go together so I have been going alone but my workouts definitely are not where they used to be. I always feel so (to be honest) self conscious when I’m on my own at the gym recently, do you have any tips for working out alone and keeping that confidence that I had when I worked with my friends?

  3. amyt

    I love the way it makes me feel 🙂 And I like to see the muscles….. and I like to eat LOL

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