"Bulking" or intentionally gaining weight coupled with an intense, heavy lifting program adds muscle to small, thin frames.
Muscle protects the bones and organs, prevents injury, and aids in recovery.
Hard work is rewarding! Challenge yourself.
Exercise can be a great way to socialize.
Try to think about your stressful day when you are lifting 1.5 times your body weight! You can't! It's like meditation :)
Enjoy the Outdoors
Hiking, biking, trail running, skiing, snoeshoeing, surfing, water-skiing, rowing, etc, etc, etc . . . It is beautiful and can bring inner peace without even realizing you are exercising.
My favorite . . .
EMPOWERMENT AND SELF-CONFIDENCE!
My fellow active exercisers and I have discussed the shift in focus that happens when you consistently stick to an exercise program. Most of us started because we wanted to change our body shape and look better superficially. With all the air-brushed women on magazine covers in checkout lines, it is easy to spot the flaws we all have naturally.
But, with consistent exercise most of us (if not all) don't care so much about what we look like. Instead of seeing dimples on the backside, you see strong glutes that can lift impressive weights. Instead of seeing jiggly thighs, you see legs that can run miles. Instead of seeing "bat-wings" you see arms that can lift and move and work hard.
And it feels AMAZING!