Monday, 31 August 2015

Gym Rant

Recently I have had a lot of people ask me why I go to the gym. 

Here are a few examples:

Aunt: "So are you still going to the gym?"
Me: "Yes"
Aunt: "So you're on a diet?"
Me: "Umm... No"

This is a conversation with a guy I went on a couple of dates with.

Date Guy: "You ever heard of that Tess Holliday?" 
Me: "Yeah"
Date Guy: "I don't get why she goes on about how she loves her body and is happy with herself but then she posts photos on Instagram of herself in the gym"
Me: "I don't get what you're saying"
Date Guy: "Well I don't get how she can say she loves herself if she goes to the gym"
Me: "yeah, still don't get what you mean"

Safe to say I didn't go on another date with him! 

Now usually it doesn't bother me. People are dumb. I get that. 

However it's really starting to annoy me that people assume that if you're going to the gym, you simply must be going to loose weight. Or maybe it's that they think that's what would SHOULD be going for! 

Those of us with bigger brains and bigger bodies know that size IS NOT an indicator of health. We know this because we live in bigger bodies and we experience it everyday. Yes SOME people are overweight and unhealthy but so are SOME smaller people. 

Exercise is one of those things that makes a body healthy and it has a whole load of benefits, of which one is weight loss.

Personally I do it for many other things like:

Improving my strength - doing weights builds muscles - bigger muscles = improved strength.

Improving my mood - exercise releases chemicals in the brain which make you feel happy.

Improving my skin - exercise improves circulation and makes you sweat! Both of these things improve your skin. 

Okay so I know i’m ranting now but I just feel that this kind of intimidating behaviour puts a lot of people off of going to the gym or working out. 
If everybody assumes that you’re working out to loose weight then they will also be expecting results. 

However, if you're working out for any one of the other benefits you may not have those results and then will ultimately be judged by those people. Just remember than it is none of their business why you work out and what ever your goals or reasons for doing so they are personal to you. 

So whatever reason YOU choose to work out - own it and make it yours!

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