Why Do You Love Going to the Gym?💪🏼💦😍 .
The thing about the gym is that, in a world that constantly frames women's health around our need to get smaller, it's the only place I've found where goals are all about increasing. As women, we are bombarded with the message that we are too big. We need to take up less space, to make the numbers on the scale go down, to measure our waists with fewer inches. We are told to shrink. To me, that is not health, that's death. Making yourself lesser is just not an attitude I find appealing AT ALL.✋🏼🚫 .
But at the gym, unless you're focusing on decreasing what you see on the scale, the numbers go up, not down.📈 Your muscles get bigger. The weights you lift get heavier. The time you can hold a plank gets longer. The number of exercises you can master get more numerous. It's a way out of the thigh-gap, bikini-bridge, thinspiration death spiral.
It's also a chance to move your body in new ways. I'm generally of the opinion that whatever level of activeness makes your body feel best is how active you should be, but what I've discovered from my time in the weight room is that diversity of movement is important to. Personally, my body's happiest when I'm pretty active, which is why I've been a runner for a long time.🏃🏼♀️ But running, I've come to realize, is just one movement pattern. And being stuck in one movement pattern, whether it's riding a bike or sitting at a desk, is boring. The gym gives me the chance to move in all kinds of different ways which is awesome. .
And most importantly, it all makes me feel good. It's fun to move in new ways. It's fun to watch your progress. It's fun looking at the 2kg dumbbells I once used and thinking, "look how cute and tiny they are." And then picking up the 12kg dumbbells and feeling like a champ.💪🏼😛 That's better than nice. Because at the end of the day, bodies aren't for looking at they're for living in. So the real measure of how great they are is whether you can do everything you want in them. And the more stuff you can do, the more awesome that is. Because again, it's about more not less.🙌🏼💕 .
And you?? Why do you love going to the gym? 🏋🏼♀️💪🏼😍