Love it or hate, going to the gym has become a regular activity for many but our reasons for going tend to differ. My Protein recently started the Twitter hashtag #MyGymReason to look at the many different motivations for working out and as you would expect, British fitness devotees are quite a varied bunch but My Favourite Voucher Codes has collated the top 5 reasons why we bound the treadmill, lift the weights and plough the pool.
As we’re slap bang in the middle of summer, it’s not that surprising to find out that by far the most popular reason seems to getting fit for the holidays. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that! Short term goals can provide many people with the impetus they need and are an excellent motivation. We wouldnt be helping if we didnt suggest you check out some of the saving at TUI Holidays with up to £100 per person off. Let’s just hope that all these new-found fitness habits are kept up post-holiday too…
Exercise and dieting used to centre around the concept of losing weight, but these days we’re a bit more aware of the long-term health benefits of regular exercise too. In fact, the NHS site cites it as a ‘miracle cure’, something that can reduce your risk of developing major illnesses such as heart disease or a stroke, cuts down your chances of developing Type 2 Diabetes by a huge 50%, and lowers your risk of an early death by 30%. If you are looking for additional help with keeping your body healthy you can save with our Holland and Barrett page and their great buy 1 , get 1 for 99p offers
3) Body Confidence
Body confidence comes in many shapes and sizes, and of course you don’t have to visit them gym to be comfortable in your own skin. But for some people, regular gym or exercise sessions give can their self-esteem a much needed boost, whether it’s just from completing regular workouts, or having an end goal in site. Research has also shown that regular exercise can also improve the quality of your sleep and energy levels as well as help combat stress, depression and illnesses such as dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. Although it might sometimes feel like exercise goals are all above the surface, it’s benefits can be felt deep down too.
A healthy diet and regular exercise often go hand in hand, but for some people it’s not like that for all - scroll through the #MyGymReason hashtag on Twitter and you’ll see that many go to the gym for precisely the opposite reason – so they don’t have to eat healthily! From enjoying sweets a bit too much to steering clear of vegetables (the latter is not recommended by the way), regular gym activity clearly helps burn out a few of these unwanted calories while still leaving people free to enjoy the foods they want. But remember guys, everything in moderation and all that…
5) Personal Goals
As well as the above reasons, there are many other different motivations for going to the gym. From training for a triathlon to fitting into that wedding dress, regular exercise can help with so many aspects of our lives, no matter how personal your goals are. Shop around and look for some hot new trainers, some new yoga gear or just holiday essential clothing at Sports Direct
So whether you already have some set fitness goals, or are looking for some extra gym motivations, the #MyGymReason hashtag could offer that extra bit of gym inspiration you’ve been looking for.
By Anna Scott, 21st July 2016