Lifting weights is often seen as something that will make you bulky and manly but that’s not always true. I lift weights for a lot of reasons but these are the the main reasons why I do it:
So why did I start lifting?
For me, lifting was something for me to focus on, a project. When I first started, I didn’t have much else going on in my personal life. So, it was a good way for me to get out of the house and do something positive.
I’ve also never been 100% happy with my body and lifting was a healthy way for me to do something about it. I didn’t particularly want to lose weight I just wanted to tone up and I wanted both my body and mind to be stronger.
For years I went to the gym between once and 5 times a week. I just did cardio but I always hated it. Going to the gym was a chore, something I dreaded and I knew that it wasn’t meant to be like that. A good friend of mine got me into lifting and I’ve never looked back!
Because I wasn’t doing much in my personal life when I started lifting, I was looking for something to commit to. Every hobby I had I’d dropped or lost interest in. I needed something to be passionate about again, for me it became working out.
And finally, I just wanted to be proud of myself. I wanted to look in the mirror and see something that I had accomplished. I wanted to feel the soreness in my muscles and know that it came from hard work. When I started to get that feeling it completely brought me out of my slump and gave me the drive and passion I was looking for.
So that’s why I lift. Why do you? Or why don’t you? I’d love to hear your reasons either way!