If you need some motivation on why you should even consider losing weight, then allow me to provide you with what I think are 6 reasons why you want to lose weight.
Read on, you may find one that is enough to shift your mindset and actually get started. Keep your eye out for my hidden benefit, you’re going to love it.
Here are the benefits of losing weight:
We all know this. It’s common knowledge that there are many benefits to losing weight.
Depending on your situation, you may be looking to tone up or build muscle, but it may also be that things have started affecting you medically,
i.e. if your doctor has mentioned losing weight, you know it’s time, and that it will be a lot of hard work.
The benefits of losing weight are definitely worth the effort.
The better you look, the better you want to look, the more you’re going to take care of your body.
Below are 6 reasons why you want to lose weight:
Love your body and cultivate a Positive Body Image:
So many of us struggle with a bad body image. It’s real and it’s a daily struggle.
Finding the perfect weight for you is one step further to accepting your body, pros and cons, goods and bads, and all that giving you the benefit of a happier you.
If you are unhappy with your figure, and want to end those negative mirror sessions, losing weight may be a good option for you.
Imagine feeling positive each and every time you see a photo of yourself!
That’s definite motivation to lose the weight and keep it off.
Get a boost in Self Confidence:
Not all of us have a healthy sense of self, some of us, dare I say most of us aren’t very self-confident. Adding extra things to worry about does not help when it comes to a healthy self-confidence.
If you struggle with self-confidence issues because of your appearance (i.e. a little extra winter weight), losing some weight can be a good way to start being proud of your body and achievements and come to terms with your body.
As you become stronger, fitter, as you get more energy and of course gain the benefits of being more healthy, you’ll become more confident, and this is what people really respond to. People respond positively to someone who is self-confident.
Increased Health and Strength:
It’s not only the mental aspects that you gain, i.e. body image, self confidence, but as you exercise, you’re going to become stronger. You’ll start losing the fat tissue in your body and replacing that with muscles.
Exercise, cardio and weight training will aid in making your muscles get much stronger. You might find you can do things you never thought possible.
Even something as simple as breathing will be easier. If you focus on aerobic exercises, where you get your heart rate up to burn the fat away, you’ll find you can run and walk for longer periods of time without the usual tiredness.
This is for the folks that have families, kids etc. But even for these folks, they’ll be able to be much more active with their children and grandchildren.
If you were looking for a better reason, you can’t beat that!
Dare we say that losing weight can be a life altering experience. so don’t delay, this is the time to get started.
You might also want to read a bit more on selecting the best exercise equipment for exercising at home.
Even something as simple as an inexpensive ab roller can provide so much to your health and strength and overall fitness, that one could almost say that we should all have one, even if it’s just to remind us to actually use it.
Increase in Energy:
As you get more fit and lose the extra pounds, you’ll soon start to notice that you suddenly have more energy.
You’ll find you’re not as tired in the evenings as you were before.
You may also find that you sleep better.
My attempt at an example:
If I can use an analogy to further illustrate the point. Imagine you’re actually a ferrari, but over the years, your engine has got blocked up, your pipes are a bit rusty, the entire car is a but sluggish.
With exercise, you’re replacing the old pipes, cleaning out the engine, and soon you’ll be purring like a ferrari again! 🙂
Decreased (or Improvement of) Health Problems
So far, we’ve covered the mental improvements, the physical improvements that exercise and weight loss provides.
Now we’ll cover the fact that a fit and healthy body offers benefits on the health side of things too.
Health issues such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, and diabetes are all possible afflictions when it comes to being overweight or obese.
If you have a family history of any of these mentioned above, then I’d say losing weight is something to start sooner rather than later.
My scare with high blood pressure
I recently had a bit of a scare with regards to high blood pressure. I joined a gym, and they did the usual measurements and also checked my blood pressure.
Of course, I was a little nervous and stressed, so needless to say, my blood pressure was really high, 155 / 89 in fact. That did not help matters, I got really worried.
So, I headed over to Amazon and got a blood pressure monitor, so that I could check again when I was at home, in a more controlled environment.
I’m really glad I did, because I checked again (a number of times) at home, and thankfully my blood pressure was ok.
Not perfect, mind you, but normal.
If high blood pressure is in your family, or if you’re worried, do get yours checked out too.
Exercise and I’m sure you’re aware, diet can improve your overall health.
Imagine the possibility of extending or adding to your life.
This can’t be a bad thing can it?
Last but not least, I thought I’d add a hidden benefit you may not have thought of.
Hidden Benefit: You can eat more!
This isn’t entirely a benefit in the strict sense of the word, but if you love food as I do, then by simply exercising and expending more energy and calories than what you use in a day…
You now have the freedom to spoil yourself every so often without worrying about putting it all back on.
Before we close, below I’ve listed again, my 6 reasons why you want to lose weight:
- Love your body and cultivate a Positive Body Image
- Get a boost in Self Confidence
- Increased Health and Strength
- Increase in Energy
- Improvement of potential Health Problems
- Hidden Benefit: You can eat more! (within reason of course)
If I haven’t convinced you of the benefits of losing weight before, I think this should do it. I could have provided more than just 6 reasons why you want to lose weight.
The list goes on and on, but I think we’ve covered the ones that should strike a cord and get you out there, spending energy and feeling better.