"The reason I stick with swimming, biking, and running is that it gives back far more than weight management, such as:
Friendship – I’ve made most of my very best friends training...there’s also value in the routine. Seeing the same people A LOT to train embeds them in my life and myself in theirs. We know and talk about the big stuff and the mundane, which helps us understand how each other ticks and builds friendships that easily extend into non-stinky clothes and across the miles that inevitably come to separate us.
A Good Example for My Daughters – My husband and I are raising three girls. Through my participation in triathlon, I hope to provide a role model for some of the things we’re trying to teach them: you can do hard things, the dedication and sacrifice it takes to do hard things, how to handle disappointment, and the importance of taking care of ourselves.
Productivity – Sadly, I’m never going to get paid to exercise so I have a day job and I find that working out makes me much better at it. My morning exercise burns off excess nervous energy so I spend my day focused on the task at hand. I’m in a job where I don’t get paid for the hours that I work, but rather for how much value I create in the hours that I do. A solid workout routine increases that value. My husband might also be able to say a thing or two about how much easier I am to live with when the nervous energy is gone…
A License to Eat – This one is highly correlated to vanity, but I love food. I especially love to eat food. Veggies - yum; chocolate chip cookies – yes; cupcakes – twist my arm. The benefit of working out is that I don’t have guilt for my indulgences. I enjoy them without significant impact on my waistline. And thus, I truly enjoy them."
"I regret all the workouts I skip and none of the ones I make."