I have been working out on a regular basis for 15 years now. My body has had its ups and down’s during this period, one thing that remained was the effect exercise has had on my mental well-being and my spirit. I struggled in my younger years with my weight but I think the weight was just a symptom of the deep depression I was in. This became worse and worse over the years eventually culminating in my dropping out of high school. Nothing could get me out of this depression I was suffering from. One day tired of gaining weight I decided to start to work out at home.
The weight started to come off slowly. When this happened I started to build confidence. All of a sudden I wanted to go out more and started to come out of the dark. The physical changes were great but the best part was how I was starting to grow emotionally. I saw things in ways I never did before. This in part was due to the positive energy that I was putting into my alone time every day. I found my work outs to be a time to really reflect on my life. The harder I worked out, the more time I had to create dreams again. I had enough confidence to go out and actually get a gym membership, this was when I knew I was hooked and would never look back. I shocked myself when I had the self confidence to go back to school. I enrolled in college as a mature student and for the first time in my life I loved school. I had positive energy, which attracted new people into my life and helped me to start becoming more successful in my life. I know this sounds like I am trying to sell people on something but I honestly believe physical activity saved my life.
Years have gone by now and exercise has been the one consistent thing in my life. It is what I go to when I am stressed, when I need time to myself, and really something I look forward to everyday. I know some people do not love working out but I always try to convince them they have not tried hard enough. No one likes it in the beginning. It will grow on you. This is also how I felt about running.
If you still have not caught the bug I suggest you take another stab at it. Give it enough of a chance that it has become a habit. You will not regret it. My life would not be what it is today if it was not for exercise. Other than my husband, physical activity is the greatest passion in my life.