Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Why Do I Workout?

I have worked out for a lot of different reasons along the way. I think my first reason was for basketball. I have always wanted to dunk, I still want to dunk. I want to be quick, I want to be strong, and I want(ed) to be the best. When I got to college I wanted to workout to get more girls. At all times I am pretty sure I wanted a six pack, but I don't think I have consciously thought that's what I wanted until maybe my junior year of college.

I am a little older now, at least out of college for a while, and now I am not sure any more what I workout for. I can only assume that I want to workout because I don't want to feel like a slug and because I want to have a six pack. I am running out of things I want to workout for. I don't play ball any more, not by choice, I just don't have anyone to play with. I am not trying to pick up girls any more. So all I have left is my six pack dreams, my want to dunk, and not being a slug.

I'll start with the dunking. I am 5'10". I have read way too many articles, watched too many videos, and not done enough to get where I wanted to be. I am not sure if I am physically capable of being able to or not, but I am willing to find out. Some people say anyone can dunk, some say that some people just can't. I do not know which category that I fall into, but I am hoping that I am in the former.

Over the holidays I watched some people try to get out of their chair. They grunted and groaned, and it took them way longer than I ever want to take to get out of a chair. While I am not trying to pick up girls or anything like that, it doesn't mean that I want to let myself go and, like I have said, look like a thug. If nothing else, I want to be able to run around with kids, still play sports when I want to, and be able to get up off the floor or a chair without losing my breath.

The six pack. I have wrote about the six pack before, and I am sure I will write about it more. I know fitness and health and everything isn't about a six pack, but what man doesn't want one. I am no exception to that. I look in the mirror and I see like a half of a 2 pack. I know that makes a 1 pack, but that isn't what it is. I can see the line running from my chest to what would be the first of my abs. The top two aren't overly defined, but you can see them, so that is at least a place to start. I really want to be able to look into a mirror and see a 6,8, or 10 pack, I'll even take a 4 pack, and the rest of my 2 pack.

I have read countless articles, OK, maybe not countless, but at least a couple that have said you shouldn't use vanity as a reason to work out. I will be writing a more in depth article on that, but for not, we'll just say you shouldn't. I am going to try to not use that as my motivation and instead going to try and use wanting to dunk, doing a triathlon, and not being a slug as my reasons to workout.

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