I always want to see what people like about working out but not the classic "it makes me feel amazing" or "it's healthy" because to be blunt, that doesn't impress me. So I'll create the content I want to see.
Things i like about working out
Warning: mention of food
I started working out in February and i didn't expect to keep going for long. It's been 8 months and the realization that i kept paying attention to move and eat in a balanced way really excites me. That feeling of caring about yourself enough not to give up on this is amazing and I'm actually thinking of investing in some workout equipment like bands and weights.
Another thing which i enjoy is learning more about this. In the past i tried to pick up working out as I thought it is (basically eating fruits, veggies and running around) but unlike my past attempts, this time I learned to see behind the "facade" that i thought i see. Those fruits and veggies need to be cooked in such a way that you make sure you get enough nourishment. It's not "eating veggies", it's making sure you're fulfilled for the day and you get your 5 a day.
Talking about cooking, it's very enjoyable to figure out new ways of cooking the same stuff, very creative. You can also try out new things constantly like quinoa, bulgur, buckwheat etc.
Getting rid of misconceptions is another thing that happens with time. You realize that no food is actually off limits. I think because I kept seeing fancy dishes with veggies i started to assume that's the "aesthetic" you have to follow but that's not true. It really feels nice to realize this.
So many ways of working out! Really, before there was running or the classic squads, planks, sit-ups etc but there's more than that! You can do dumbbell curls with a water bottle. You can do aerobic, pilates, shadow boxing or just walking.
The first thing I've noticed was the change in energy because when you start paying attention to food, water and exercise, your energy and sleep improve too.
Learning to read labels is another thing that fascinates me now. I never really understood the back labels of things but by learning there are different types of fats and cholesterolsl, learning the macronutrients and so on, i realized that many things which are labeled as good for you, are actually filled with processed things.
Salads aren't the only food you'll get. There are weeks or months when i don't get any salad at all. I always thought salad is a must but it's not. It is a very versatile dish but you can still get bored of it very fast.
After working out, there are a few minutes when you feel exhausted but somehow you feel energized too? I think that's when the endorphins kick in but i like that moment.
The mindset improvement! In the beginning i used to hear my narrative voice trying to convince me to give up because it's too difficult and so on. Now i don't feel discouraged. Doing anything is better than doing nothing. If i can't do an exercise, I'll do another one or an alternative of it.
The pretty pictures~ i like looking at pictures of nice meals and for some reason, i always get motivated to make my meals look nice too.
This one is probably very specific to me but i get excited when i see fictional characters work out! I feel like i have someone to workout with. That's why I binge watch or read "dumbbell Nan kilo moteru?" every once in a while.
Last but not least, i have a better relationship with food. I don't eat something just to finish it or because it's good for me. I also don't avoid certain things and learning that balance is giving me this peaceful feeling.