This week was the first time someone ever said to me: "You don't need to workout!"
I have said that very comment to many girls throughout the last 10-15 years and I finally could understand why they did not agree with my opinion. I used to assume that people who were thin did not "need" to workout. I've never been one for working out especially when I was thin in the past. Now, my perspective is completely different. The last year and a half has changed my opinion. People workout for many reasons... To lose weight, to train for an event, to relieve stress, to tone, to control a disease, to maintain a weight, to be able to eat more, to be fit and healthy, because they enjoy it.
Until I discovered how much I loved circuit training (Jillian Michaels style) I only worked out to lose weight. I could appreciate someone working out to train for a marathon or something but otherwise, I didn't really "get" it until last year. Now, I workout for many reasons...
1. I am trying to get toned and stay toned.
2. I like that I can eat out a lot and maintain my weight.
3. I enjoy the workout itself.
4. I feel good after exercising.
5. It's an AMAZING stress reliever.
When I say I need to workout, I don't mean that I need to lose weight. I mean that I need to fulfill one of the 5 reasons listed above. I get it now and I apologize to anyone I may have told that they didn't need to workout!