Why I REALLY work out–And why YOU should, too.
That moment when…you realize that doing ‘The Murph’ was the easiest part of your day.
This parenting thing is no joke.
I sometimes kid that I push myself so hard in workouts and choose physical challenge after challenge because it gives me the endurance, and keeps me mentally tough enough, to deal with the rigors of parenting, being an Army spouse, and living overseas.
I kid…except I don’t kid.
Really, over time, I realized that my running created in me an ability to endure and persevere, even when things were really painful and difficult.
I realized that pushing my physical abilities–how much I could lift, how many reps I could do, how many rounds of a conditioning workout I could take–created a trust in my own strength, my own ability to make things happen when I felt like there was nothing left to give.
And those things are huge.
This is why I speak so often about working out to get stronger, and not so much about working out to get ‘skinnier’ or leaner or shapelier. There’s nothing wrong with working out to achieve a different body aesthetic, but for me the real depth and power of exercise is how is builds your character. How it builds your self-trust. How it builds your ability to endure. Those, my friends, are worth working for.
While you’re busy challenging yourself to run a little farther, do a couple more reps, or take on a more challenging exercise, you’re also building the muscle of your character.