Mind or Body, Why Do You Go to the Gym?

I have a regular routine every morning that I find helps me start my day in a positive way and gets the juices flowing. All the experts tell us that exercising early in the morning is the best way to make you feel better during the day and keep our exercise program the most faithful. I find that to be true so it got me to thinking the other day as I was on my walk, why do people go to the gym?

The reason I was thinking this is that I often enjoy my walk because it helps me clear my mind, not necessarily my body. As a cartoonist and entrepreneur my mind is what is worth more to me as that is where the ideas come from, the motivation to pursue other avenues in my business, and the refining of the processes in my business. So my motivation to get out the door each morning isn’t necessarily to get healthier, but to clear my mind and fill it with the next best thing.

The reason I bring this up is that I see many people miss the mark with their exercise programs. They go to the gym because they are told they should, or they go to the gym to lose some weight. All fine goals but many people miss the fact that the mental side is really what makes everything work. Take this example, when most people are feeling low what do they do, they eat! So the best way to combat that is to keep your motivation up by keeping your mind in a good space. I notice the mornings that I have early meetings and can’t get my walk in that I feel very different from the other days when I walk in the morning. Try it for yourself, build it in to your daily routine. You may find it sparks some new ideas for your business or career. If not you can always go to the gym.

About the Author

Bruce Outridge is a cartoonist, consultant, and entrepreneur from Southern Ontario Canada. More information can be found on his websites at www.bruceoutridge.com and www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com

If that doesn’t work you can always go back to the gym with this workout.

The Workout
The Workout by Bruce Outridge

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