When I was younger I wanted so much to be slim and petite. I tried everything to get there and nothing worked. When I started working out I thought that would work but instead of becoming skinny I became muscular. I’ll admit that at first I was really upset about this. Luckily I finally learned to appreciate my muscles and learned to come to peace with certain struggles. There are things only muscular women would understand.
Things Only Muscular Girls Would Understand
You will never find a pair of jeans that will fit both your thighs and your waist.
Jeans are a real problem. The jeans that fit my thighs are way too big in the waist. If I grab a pair of jeans with my proper waist size I can barely get my calves into them never mind my quadzilla thighs!
Boots are another issue.
Finding boots that will zip up over my calves is another issue I struggle with. Luckily they tend to stretch out a bit after a while.
People cautioning you not to get too muscular.
Never listen to these people! I used to feel so self-conscious about possibly looking masculine. After asking around a bit I was absolutely reassured by my male friends that a muscular woman is both feminine and sexy.
Boobs are basically made up of fat so when you lose fat you tend to lose some boobage as well. Many times in the past I’ve entertained the thought of getting a boob job. In the end though I knew that wasn’t for me and decided to own the fact that my boobs are really tiny. The upside? I never have to wear a bra if I don’t feel like it and I’m into my 40s with no sign of sagging.
The scale is the enemy.
If you’re weight conscious and you have a magic number you’re going to have to let that go. I wanted so badly to weigh less but as my body got more muscular I weighed the same if not a bit more. Here’s the thing though. Muscle weighs more than fat but takes up less space. Many times in the past people asked me if I’d lost weight when I hadn’t because my body had become more compact. That stupid scale still messes with my mind though – I stay off it as much as possible.
Be Proud of Your Strong Feminine Physique!
A muscular woman is still very feminine and sexy. Having muscle means your body will move with ease, your bones will be strong and you’ll be able to stay physically active well into your later years. If you’re a muscular woman embrace it and be proud!
I think when most people think about exercising and eating right they’re motivated by weight related goals. There is SO much more to it though. I used to punish myself with exercise trying to drop weight. My obsession with losing weight did nothing but make me miserable and frustrated. Here are some reasons to exercise that have nothing to do with weight loss.
Here Are Your Reasons To Exercise That Have Nothing To Do With Weight Loss!
Exercise fights depression.
When you exercise your body releases endorphins which make you feel good. Just 30 minutes a day can make a world of difference.
Helps you to deal with stress.
When you’re stressed about something go for a workout! Working out is one of the fastest ways to clear cortisol, the stress hormone, out of your system. Anytime I’m going through something stressful I use my workout as my little vacation from what ever’s bothering me. Since cortisol is cleared from your system when you workout, you’ll feel calm and relaxed after your workout.
It boosts creativity.
Got a report or paper due? Maybe you’ve been put in charge of organizing a function and you just don’t know what to do. Try going for a quick workout and just see how it gets the juices flowing.
It helps people deal with their addictions.
Whether you’re addicted to sugar, cigarettes, alcohol or drugs it’s been shown that exercise can help. Studies have shown that the endorphin rush released during exercise acts on the same neural pathways as addictive substances.
Exercise saves you money!
You might think it’s too expensive to join a gym or invest in an at home program but if you compare it to the cost of being sick you’ll see that everyone can afford to exercise. If your health deteriorates to a point where you need to spend a lot of time at the doctor’s and you have to take expensive medications in order to survive you’ll spend far more time and money than you ever would on exercise.
What Are You Waiting For?
These are just a few of the many reasons you should be exercising now. Don’t let yourself get to a point where you become dependent on medications. Don’t get to a point where you live in constant pain. Start exercising regularly now so the future you can be happy and healthy.
Next article will be non-weight related reasons to eat healthy!