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100 Reasons You Should Work Out Today

By , SparkPeople Blogger
We all have those days that we don't want to work out even though we know we should.

When you need a little motivation, look no further.

Here are 100 reasons you shouldn't skip your workout today.

100 Reasons to Exercise Now
  1. Because it makes you feel confident
  2. Because it helps you get stronger
  3. Because exercise helps combat depression
  4. Because you'll feel proud of yourself
  5. Because you have goals you want to reach
  6. Because you'll feel bad if you don't
  7. Because you want to move forward, not backward
  8. Because it burns more calories than not working out
  9. Because it improves your heart health
  10. Because you want a great butt
  11. Because it prevents diabetes
  12. Because you want to be a good example to your kids
  13. Because you want to feel good in your clothes
  14. Because it reduces your risk of cancer
  15. Because your body was made to move
  16. Because you want to be an athlete
  17. Because you want to look better
  18. Because it lifts your mood
  19. Because you want to stand taller
  20. Because it reduces back pain
  21. Because it feels good
  22. Because it makes you feel accomplished
  23. Because you spend most of your day on your butt
  24. Because swimsuit season is always coming
  25. Because strong is the new skinny
  26. Because dieting only works so much
  27. Because it strengthens your bones, too
  28. Because it helps you lose weight
  29. Because it allows you to eat more food
  30. Because it's the best way to spend "me" time
  31. Because it helps you de-stress
  32. Because it's cheaper than therapy
  33. Because you want a strong core
  34. Because you want to take care for yourself
  35. Because you take pride in your body
  36. Because it strengthens your legs
  37. Because it helps your clothes fit better
  38. Because you want to push yourself
  39. Because you are capable of more than you ever imagined
  40. Because moving your body feels good
  41. Because it keeps your mind sharp
  42. Because it helps you beat belly bloat
  43. Because it helps you sleep better at night
  44. Because it gives you energy
  45. Because you want to stay healthy as you age
  46. Because you want to look younger
  47. Because you want toned arms
  48. Because it improves your balance
  49. Because it burns off last night's dessert
  50. Because it boosts your immune system
  51. Because sweat is sexy
  52. Because you want to live longer
  53. Because you want to get better at your game
  54. Because you want to catch someone's eye
  55. Because exercisers earn more money
  56. Because you're more likely to eat better when you exercise
  57. Because you want to shave time off your running pace
  58. Because you want to breathe easier
  59. Because you want to see the scale drop
  60. Because exercise improves your sex life
  61. Because you are worth it
  62. Because being fit makes everything in life better
  63. Because you promised yourself that you would
  64. Because you deserve a better life
  65. Because it'll help you drink more water
  66. Because you want to do real push-ups
  67. Because it reduces your health care costs
  68. Because you'll miss fewer days of work
  69. Because you want to create a new future for yourself
  70. Because it'll help you like what you see in the mirror
  71. Because it makes clothing shopping more fun
  72. Because you want to look and feel incredible
  73. Because exercising can be fun
  74. Because it'll give your skin a glow
  75. Because it's a good way to spend time with your friends
  76. Because it'll help you prevent the middle-age spread
  77. Because it reduces your blood pressure
  78. Because you don't want to let yourself go
  79. Because you don't want to squeeze into an airplane or rollercoaster seat
  80. Because it strengthens your spirit
  81. Because it's a cheap way to entertain yourself
  82. Because you'll be able to reward yourself
  83. Because you need a reason to wear those new workout clothes
  84. Because you're tired of being tired
  85. Because not working out is not going to get you very far
  86. Because it's a great way to spend time outside
  87. Because you made a commitment to yourself
  88. Because you're tired of starting over
  89. Because there will always be another wedding, vacation or reunion
  90. Because you're not a quitter
  91. Because it improves your cholesterol
  92. Because it boosts your metabolism
  93. Because it prevents age-related muscle loss
  94. Because if you can do this, you can do anything
  95. Because a fit body is a healthy body
  96. Because it beats sitting on the couch
  97. Because  everyone has at least 10 minutes to spare
  98. Because you want to be stronger than your excuses
  99. Because not working out isn't working out for you
  100. Because the only workout you ever regret is the one you skip

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JCARR855 10/20/2020
I'm saving this list, Thank you! Report
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LTKENG 9/14/2020
Probably 30 of those don't apply to me. Report
Plenty of excuses to skip a workout. It's great to see excuses to DO the workout! Report
MILPAM3 8/2/2020
If one reason doesn't resonate with you, try the 99 others. Report
FERRETLOVER1 7/17/2020
Thanks. Report
GETULLY 7/14/2020
Did not 'work out' today but was on my feet and moving from 9:30am - 5pm with 30 minutes of sitting at lunch! Report
MNABOY 7/5/2020
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CECTARR 7/2/2020
Thanks Report
NEPTUNE1939 7/2/2020
ty Report
CD24859788 7/2/2020
Thank you for the motivation Report
KITTYHAWK1949 7/2/2020
I'm trying but not a lot done Report
CD25985725 6/22/2020
thanks Report
SHOAPIE 6/18/2020
Needed this today. Report
PWILLOW1 6/18/2020
Great list. I am going to print it out so I can read it any place, any time. Report
TURQUROISE 6/16/2020
love the list! I need the exercise Report
ATHENA2010 6/13/2020
Love the list - keeping it to refer to since there is going to be at least ONE on it any given day that will be motivating and what I need to get going! Report
HOLLYM48 5/31/2020
Delicious recipes! Report
ARNETTELEE 5/30/2020
thanks Report
_CYNDY55_ 5/26/2020
Thanks Report
KOALA_BEAR 5/7/2020
Pinned so no excuses! Report
SCHECK5 4/9/2020
Thank you...got my workout in!! Report
MUGABI123 4/6/2020
Never knew there were so many reasons! Report
ROCKRS 3/18/2020
Thanks Report
MUGABI123 3/12/2020
now that's a lot of reasons! Report
NUMBRSLADY4U2 2/7/2020
thanks for the tips Report
KOALA_BEAR 2/5/2020
These are good motivating reasons for times when you need a boost. However there are also valid reasons to not work out: Rest days, illness, injury, major life obligations like funerals, weddings, travel. Workout 5 days, maybe 6 but not necessary to feel guilty about a planned day off. Report
DEEBEE39 2/4/2020
There's a lot of great ideas in this 100. AND it would be great if Sparkpeople did not advocate diet culture with suggestions like:

you’ll feel bad if you don’t
Because you want to great butt
Because you want to look better
Because swimsuit season is always coming
Because it helps you lose weight
Because you take pride in your body
Because it helps you beat belly bloat
Because it burns off last night’s dessert

All of these “reasons to work out” may be true, but not necessarily true. They play into fears that if we don’t work out we will get fat. That looks matter more than health. Come on SparkPeople, you’re better than that. Report
CD18062374 1/6/2020
need to print out and post where I can read then daily. Report
CECELW 12/29/2019
ok. if you say so Report
HOTPINKCAMARO49 12/20/2019
Great ideas! Report
MSROZZIE 11/8/2019
Good need-to-know information! Report
TERMITEMOM 11/8/2019
Great list! I printed it and put it on my refrigerator. Report
GRNMOM 11/8/2019
This is such a great article! I had a hard day subbing in a middle school and just wanted to zone out when I got home. Instead I went for a very brisk walk for 38 minutes and was energized, my mood improved, and then I read the article. I agree with all 100 reasons! Report
re #18, I have never, **ever** gotten a mood lift from exercise. Report
SHERYE 11/8/2019
WOW what an amazing list Report
LIDDY09 11/8/2019
Thanks great list Report
CLAINA 11/8/2019
Thanks for this awesome motivating list. It cover everything. Report
JHOLMES614 11/8/2019
These are a lot of good reasons, but better health is my main reason. Report
PLCHAPPELL 11/8/2019
Only need one - health Report
So true. I always feel better after Dearly Beloved and I have an early morning walk. Report
This is an awesome list! Thank you for the motivation!! Enjoy your day everyone! Report
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