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7 Top Secret Reasons People Exercise

Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA

Waaay back in January, we answered a question about why people should exercise besides having the goal to lose weight. Courtesy of the Mayo Clinic, we gave the top 7 scientific, “just the facts, ma’am” reasons. That got a few people asking us, “Come on now, what really motivates people, especially if they don’t check research to know why to work out?!” So we prepared our list of Top 7 Reasons People Really Exercise. Do any of these reasons get you going like an Energizer Bunny?

Energizer Bunny Loves to Exercise

Energize Me Into Some Bunnycises

Why People Really Exercise:

(based totally on random pseudo-science pulled out of our butts brains)

1. To look hot, awesome, available, Dead Sexy, tolerable (before 2:00 a.m. closing time), fine and bootylicious. If you don’t believe me, we did a search for “reasons to exercise” and got a link to an article that had an ad “Meet Fit Singles” right there! In bold! No, we are not sharing that link!
2. To meet and hang out with people who are not necessarily their partners, children, co-workers or peripheral relatives. Yes, I know we all love our families (Alexandra thinks her kids read her stuff so she had to say that; Kymberly knows her daughter can’t be bothered), but it sure can be nice to have like-minded adult friends, eh?
3. Flat Abs – This is, like, totally different from #1. Ask anyone. But not while they’re doing their ab exercises. Nor while they are reading our posts on Abs. Wait till they’re done. Courtesy and all.
4. To be stronger and physiologically younger. Personally, Alexandra would rather have a fit 60-year-old body than an unfit 28-year-old one. Either way, she’d send him home in the morning!

Bring on the Older Men Hotties

By "Older" we mean 60

Inexperienced Stinky Guys with Bad European Manfume

Will good Manfume help a 28-year old?

5. To be able to do stuff. Being limited physically is no fun. I mean, what’s the point of living if you can’t touch your toes? Or someone else’s?
6. To feel better about yourself. Oh, and fit into all that expensive stuff in the closet. (Psst, did you know men exercise to lose weight because they actually are overweight (health reason), while women exercise to lose weight due to body dissatisfaction (appearance reason) Ingledew and Sullivan (2002).
7. Bragging rights. Just between us, isn’t it sort of satisfying to share your exercise stories? By the way, have we told you about our 5-mile trek in the snow yet?

Whatever YOUR reason for exercise, guess what (Fun Fit Fact ahead): people who exercise for health reasons will stick with it a lot longer than those who do so for appearance. Use this motto in 2011 (you’re welcome): Come for the health; stay for the looks.

Readers: Why do you  exercise? No, really. We promise to keep it between us. All of us.

Photo credits: Photobucket

About Fun and Fit

Get practical exercise advice, your fitness questions answered, and cutting edge health edu-tainment that is accessible and doable from long time fitness experts, Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA. We have taught on land, sea, and airwaves for 3 decades on 4 continents. From writing to speaking, emceeing to hosting a radio show, reviewing products to teaching classes, we believe that little steps turn into big paths. Move a little more than the day before. FitFluential Ambassadors and award-winners both online and off.

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15 Responses to 7 Top Secret Reasons People Exercise

  1. Bill at Spynergy February 14, 2011 at 3:23 pm #

    For that “sparkly” euphoric feeling afterwards (that’s legal).

    • Kymberly February 15, 2011 at 8:46 pm #

      Who said anything about legal? Serious mood altering chemicals get blasted into our bodies when we exercise. No wonder you are sparkly!

    • Amy February 20, 2011 at 5:58 pm #

      I started to exercise, I mean, really really exercise – strength training with a personal trainer, strong workouts on my own, RUNNING!!! – to look better. Imagine my surprise that I lost 30 lbs without really trying! And I look better in my 6th decade than (maybe) I ever did before. And I am much less stressed. And I feel good. I don’t think I’ll ever stop.
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  2. LaShanda Glover February 15, 2011 at 6:37 am #

    I love this post! So many people cannot understand my love for working out. Everyday I work, I go on my lunch hour to various group classes. I absolutly love these classes, because I love the people I work out with, I love how great I feel physically and mentally afterwards. I also love that I can do things that I couldn’t do when I was 80 heavier. I also look better than I did in my younger years and I’m glad that I look good in my thirties and I want to look awesome in years to come!
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    • Kymberly February 15, 2011 at 9:13 pm #

      Hi LaShanda: I am willing to bet that the people who do not understand your love of moving are not active themselves. Do I win this bet? We love your attitude! When are you coming to our group fitness classes? We saved you a spot onstage with us.

  3. Ashley @ Nourishing the Soul February 16, 2011 at 7:00 pm #

    I was surprised my own reason wasn’t among those listed — to reduce stress! There is nothing I’ve found as powerful in regulating my mood and keeping me sane than regular exercise.

    • Alexandra February 17, 2011 at 8:04 am #

      Ah, great point. Stress was listed in the reasons people SHOULD exercise in the January post. But it wasn’t one of the top reasons why people say they DO exercise. I think the stress reduction must happen unconsciously for many people, so they don’t see the cause and effect.

  4. Susan@Home Workouts February 17, 2011 at 6:13 am #

    Personally, I exercise to look and feel the best I can. Obviously, we all know that exercise will make your body more appealing. But I really like to focus on how awesome I feel after I exercise. I wish I could bottle that feeling and sell it. If I could I would be a rich woman!
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  5. Calla Gold February 18, 2011 at 11:12 am #

    Interesting to see the “whys” instead of the “shoulds.” I’ve always loved getting out in nature and exploring all the nooks and crannies out there, and it is much easier to chimney up a crevasse when I’m in shape!

  6. David - Water Fasting February 20, 2011 at 8:57 pm #

    You’re absolutely right! Everything in your list makes sense. I started to go to the gym to look good and feel better every time I look in the bathroom mirror. The feeling after sweating like a you’ve never been before and taking a shower is priceless.

    Thanks for the awesome article.

  7. Nicki September 19, 2013 at 7:47 pm #

    Because I feel sassy when I’m done! Love this and spot on.


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