100 Reasons You Should Work Out Today


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4/8/2013 6:00 AM   :  303 comments   :  958,298 Views

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We all have those days that we don't want to work out even though we know we should.

When you need a little motivation, look no further.

Here are 100 reasons you shouldn't skip your workout today.

Print, save, pin or "like" this post so you'll have easy access to it on the days you need it most.

100 Reasons to Exercise Now

  1. Because it makes you feel confident
  2. Because it helps you get stronger
  3. Because exercise helps combat depression
  4. Because you'll feel proud of yourself
  5. Because you have goals you want to reach
  6. Because you'll feel bad if you don't
  7. Because you want to move forward, not backward
  8. Because it burns more calories than not working out
  9. Because it improves your heart health
  10. Because you want a great butt
  11. Because it prevents diabetes
  12. Because you want to be a good example to your kids
  13. Because you want to feel good in your clothes
  14. Because it reduces your risk of cancer
  15. Because your body was made to move
  16. Because you want to be an athlete
  17. Because you want to look better
  18. Because it lifts your mood
  19. Because you want to stand taller
  20. Because it reduces back pain
  21. Because it feels good
  22. Because it makes you feel accomplished
  23. Because you spend most of your day on your butt
  24. Because swimsuit season is always coming
  25. Because strong is the new skinny
  26. Because dieting only works so much
  27. Because it strengthens your bones, too
  28. Because it helps you lose weight
  29. Because it allows you to eat more food
  30. Because it's the best way to spend "me" time
  31. Because it helps you de-stress
  32. Because it's cheaper than therapy
  33. Because you want a strong core
  34. Because you want to take care for yourself
  35. Because you take pride in your body
  36. Because it strengthens your legs
  37. Because it helps your clothes fit better
  38. Because you want to push yourself
  39. Because you are capable of more than you ever imagined
  40. Because moving your body feels good
  41. Because it keeps your mind sharp
  42. Because it helps you beat belly bloat
  43. Because it helps you sleep better at night
  44. Because it gives you energy
  45. Because you want to stay healthy as you age
  46. Because you want to look younger
  47. Because you want toned arms
  48. Because it improves your balance
  49. Because it burns off last night's dessert
  50. Because it boosts your immune system
  51. Because sweat is sexy
  52. Because you want to live longer
  53. Because you want to get better at your game
  54. Because you want to catch someone's eye
  55. Because exercisers earn more money
  56. Because you're more likely to eat better when you exercise
  57. Because you want to shave time off your running pace
  58. Because you want to breathe easier
  59. Because you want to see the scale drop
  60. Because exercise improves your sex life
  61. Because you are worth it
  62. Because being fit makes everything in life better
  63. Because you promised yourself that you would
  64. Because you deserve a better life
  65. Because it'll help you drink more water
  66. Because you want to do real push-ups
  67. Because it reduces your health care costs
  68. Because you'll miss fewer days of work
  69. Because you want to create a new future for yourself
  70. Because it'll help you like what you see in the mirror
  71. Because it makes clothing shopping more fun
  72. Because you want to look and feel incredible
  73. Because exercising can be fun
  74. Because it'll give your skin a glow
  75. Because it's a good way to spend time with your friends
  76. Because it'll help you prevent the middle-age spread
  77. Because it reduces your blood pressure
  78. Because you don't want to let yourself go
  79. Because you don't want to squeeze into an airplane or rollercoaster seat
  80. Because it strengthens your spirit
  81. Because it's a cheap way to entertain yourself
  82. Because you'll be able to reward yourself
  83. Because you need a reason to wear those new workout clothes
  84. Because you're tired of being tired
  85. Because not working out is not going to get you very far
  86. Because it's a great way to spend time outside
  87. Because you made a commitment to yourself
  88. Because you're tired of starting over
  89. Because there will always be another wedding, vacation or reunion
  90. Because you're not a quitter
  91. Because it improves your cholesterol
  92. Because it boosts your metabolism
  93. Because it prevents age-related muscle loss
  94. Because if you can do this, you can do anything
  95. Because a fit body is a healthy body
  96. Because it beats sitting on the couch
  97. Because  everyone has at least 10 minutes to spare
  98. Because you want to be stronger than your excuses
  99. Because not working out isn't working out for you
  100. Because the only workout you ever regret is the one you skip

Which reason resonates with you? Do you have any reason to work out that didn't make the list? Share yours in the comments below!

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  • 303
    I printed it and will highlight my "favorite" reasons! Thanks! - 3/18/2016   10:23:10 AM
    Right now I cannot exercise due to having arm surgery. - 2/4/2016   11:27:23 AM
  • 301
    Because you want to be an active part of your grandchildren's lives. - 1/21/2016   8:45:11 PM
    I like #51! LOL I love exercise so I never need reasons, but I still read them all, and they are very good!! - 1/14/2016   5:54:40 PM
  • 299
    Because being fit matters and STRONG is hot! - 1/13/2016   6:30:12 AM
  • 298
    Keeping the Spark! - 1/12/2016   9:15:33 PM
    and when you're done with whatever you do, you'll never regret it. You might even try to make it better. I'm still trying to prove that wrong. - 1/12/2016   8:18:49 PM
  • 296
    This list actually did motivate me! - 1/12/2016   3:20:37 PM
    Thanks, need the motivation to get off my rear and exercise more. I spend too much time reading the articles. - 1/12/2016   12:13:49 PM
  • 294
    Exercise is my one biggest hurdle. This list will help a lot. - 1/2/2016   8:09:03 PM
    I really like this list, but I think I'm going to change the statements to positive self talk points, i.e. "I will feel more confident". - 12/29/2015   8:49:15 AM
  • MAS1216
    Number 11 is my ultimate goal but I also have another....To be able to get into the clothes that are sitting idle in my closet again! - 11/16/2015   1:55:35 PM
  • 291
    Will post where I will see it every am. - 11/8/2015   3:29:58 PM
  • 290
    I love these. Little reminders to help keep us motivated. Great blog! - 11/8/2015   10:34:57 AM
    The one that resonates with me most is #41-- so many people forget about the mind/body connection. Doing a 10-20 minute workout has more than once lifted some "brain fog". - 11/8/2015   10:27:08 AM
    number 80 , strengthen not only body but soul
    - 10/22/2015   8:40:34 PM
    Very motivating! Love #98 - 10/13/2015   7:56:38 AM
    Number 13 is the one that hits home the hardest. I not only want to feel better in my clothes - I want to feel better out of my clothes. - 9/23/2015   2:02:04 PM
  • 285
    Almost all of the above!!! - 9/23/2015   9:52:46 AM
  • 284
    Love these reasons, so many so true! So motivating ! - 8/25/2015   10:07:15 AM
  • 283
    I am going to print off this list and everyday pick one of the reasons I need to exercise and think on it and write down what exactly it means to me and how it motivated me to work out that day. What a great list! - 8/21/2015   10:45:08 PM
  • 282
    WendyNotes, your post touched my heart today. - 8/14/2015   11:18:37 AM
  • 281
    I printed out these items (or the ones that most speak to me) and put them in a jar...I'm going to grab one each morning...and recycle them over and over :) - 8/14/2015   10:35:42 AM
    Thanks for the list. GREAT way to find just the right phrase to bring me to the gym. - 8/14/2015   9:20:25 AM
  • 279
    I needed this today. Thank you! I am going to print it out and put in my purse, on the treadmill, etc. - 7/24/2015   5:06:36 PM
  • 278
    Just printed this to post on my bedroom wall. - 5/16/2015   1:54:01 AM
    Definatly i Will try
    and its Awesome - 4/17/2015   12:26:14 AM
    11. I found out in July 2013, I had a 80 % chance of becoming a diabetic. I was recovering 8th bout cellulitis in 5 years. But most importantly I was convicted by the Holy Spirit that I was not taking care of the gift he gave me my health and body.
    I have lost 103 pounds and building muscle working on my core strenth. I still have 27 to lose per MD but I am smaller now since 5th grade (44 years ago) yep I am 54. All new cloths and not done. But could not do this without the help of my Lord and Savior. - 3/30/2015   11:38:32 PM
  • 275
    It is always necessary to review our motivations, and consider new reasons. I know renovating our thinking or jump-starting it is vital to being truly alive.

    Thanks. - 3/30/2015   7:57:47 PM
  • 274
    I saved a copy of this list. Great for motivation. - 3/30/2015   3:50:51 PM
  • 273
    Today I want to work out because . . . #4) I will feel proud of myself! - 3/30/2015   9:47:34 AM
  • 272
    Great list! I shared it on fb so I can see it daily :) - 3/11/2015   9:29:30 PM
    Love it
    - 3/5/2015   2:05:34 PM
    Great list!! More than I can think of! - 3/1/2015   5:05:21 PM
  • 269
    Well said - 1/3/2015   10:11:11 PM
  • 268
    Combats depression especially during Winter - 1/3/2015   2:56:17 PM
  • 267
    Counteracts genetic predispositions for Alzheimer's disease! - 1/3/2015   11:20:31 AM
  • 266
    No excuse is a good excuse! When I exercise, it truly makes me feel like I accomplished something important, and that is because I have! - 1/2/2015   8:03:51 PM
  • 265
    Reading this made me get up and use my treadmill. Thanks for sharing! - 12/28/2014   9:15:24 PM
  • 264
    Not working out is not getting me ANYWHERE. - 11/21/2014   9:29:49 AM
  • 263
    To save list, highlight, copy; paste into a word document save and presto it's yours.
    - 11/8/2014   10:22:22 PM
    I don't see a print or save button. - 11/8/2014   4:16:35 PM
    I don't see a print or save button. - 11/8/2014   4:15:36 PM
  • 260
    EXCELLENT, Motivating list. Made a copy for reference. - 11/8/2014   4:11:44 PM
    Why don't you have a print version button so people can print these things more easily? - 11/8/2014   1:54:05 PM
    I will definitely save this to my favorites - 10/30/2014   10:11:51 PM
  • 257
    #88 for me. That's pretty much what keeps me going, the dislike of having to start over.

    #100 is the opposite of true for me. There are some days where I just don't feel like exercising, but I do it anyway because I know that if I skip one day, I am more likely to skip the next day. Rather than feel satisfied or proud of myself for doing it, I just feel drained and it puts me in an even worse mood than before... That is, until the next day when I'm glad that I haven't quit yet. - 10/21/2014   9:30:10 AM
  • 256
    #61 - I am worth it, and I need to remember that. - 10/7/2014   3:02:08 PM
  • 255
    Interesting. A lot of them are good, but I do not like exercising. I used to be able to walk for extended periods of time. Now I can't because of back problems. 15 min is the max, and that's not pushing it. The recumbent bike is my main source of cardio. Boring!!!! I exercise simply because I know I have to, but it's a chore and not something to which I look forward. So I'm nowhere near consistent. - 10/7/2014   10:48:15 AM
  • 254
    I am learning to like exercising because it's moving me towards my goals of losing weight and being healthy but my main motivating reason is ....because I can. Too many of my friends are in such poor health that they literally CANNOT exercise or do more than chair exercises! - 8/7/2014   9:54:46 PM

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