“I never go to the gym and never exercise” is what this new acquaintance of mine said to me. It is something I actually hear pretty often and is usually accompanied by the person flexing or flaunting their body in person or on social media. It’s not the first time I’ve heard or seen it. I’ve seen it plenty of times. It’s almost as if exercise, health, and fitness are only about how the body looks.
Body image seems to be one of the biggest motivators and drivers for people working on their health and fitness, but there really are many more benefits to it without just the goal of looking good naked. A slim person who has a body that many people would spend hours in the gym trying to achieve can still benefit from exercise and fitness.
Wellness for one is something that exercise helps with. Aside from the endorphins, physical activity can do wonders for our overall physical and mental health. At some point, I will do a series of some of the benefits I have acquired from fitness and the life lessons I have learned and achieved simply from my health and fitness journey.
Quite simply, a slim body does not necessarily equal a healthy body. I always advocate fitness to people no matter what. Some may need it more than others depending on the state of their health, but everyone can benefit from some exercise and generally eating and living healthy.
I’m not talking about spending hours in the gym, heavy lifting, or even running marathons. A simple bicycle ride or walk a few times a week can do one so much good. Of course, if one has goals or needs to make bigger changes due to their health, then there’s different ways to go about it with often more drastic measures and training required.
Exercise comes in many shapes and forms, and almost always anything is better than nothing. It was this recent conversation with the new acquaintance that brought this thought back to me. Our mutual friend mentioned that I exercised a lot to this person, as I took my dumbbell from the room, to which he responded that he never exercises. Of course this got my attention and I responded that he should exercise, even though he was slim, at least a few times a week, nothing too much, just simple exercise for overall health.
He then says that He loves riding his bicycle and does this quite a lot, asking me if it counts as exercise. To which, I said of course it does, and that it’s great that he is exercising. I asked if he walked at all, and he said that he walks everywhere. Again, I said you see you do exercise and that’s good for you, your body, your physical health, and your mental health.
My point here is really that fitness and exercise can be really simple. It doesn’t have to be going to the gym every day or even at all or excessive training. Exercise in any form is good for you physically and mentally and we should celebrate it and promote it as such.