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Speak Up: What Changes Have You Noticed?

When I first started exercising I initially noticed all the extra energy I had throughout the day. As a few weeks went by, I had gained a new confidence that I never felt. After a few months went by, I noticed muscles and tightness in my body. I also have not gotten sick as often — knock on wood.

My point is that it's amazing what a little exercise can enable us all to feel, so I am curious what positive changes have occurred in your own life since you've been working out. Let's inspire each other by sharing the positive influence exercise has had on us so that we can keep motivated. And hopefully your comments will motivate anyone who has yet to start to see the positive side, not just the sweaty, smelly, sore side. So speak up and let us know what changes you have noticed about yourself that came with exercising.


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sugarfan sugarfan 9 years
Since I started running 6 months ago, my self-confidence has gone through the roof!! Also, for once in my life, I actually like what I see when I look in the mirror.
missyd missyd 9 years
Ha ha ha LOVE it, AMP! Good for you :-)
AMP AMP 9 years
I used to be really heavy a couple years ago so I've noticed a lot of change since I started working out. First came the actual want to work out, to achieve that feeling of wow, that felt so good for my body! Since I was really heavy, I started noticing a change in my clothes right away- my pants were getting baggy, the boobs were shrinking... Then I noticed how much exercising and eating healthy go hand in hand- when I was working out consistently, I was also driven to start eating healthier. I think a combo of diet and exercise helped my mood and increase my energy. Before the changes, I was tired 24/7. One thing that has really changed drastically for the better is how I sleep. I used to toss and turn all night and never feel well-rested. Now I pass out almost as soon as I hit the pillow and sleep like a baby all night. Its wonderful. I've also noticed a change in my skin. I used to breakout a lot more, but now my skin looks healthy and glows. The best part- im happy, happy, happy! I want to go run around the block right now, but I don't think my boss would like that.
Novaraen Novaraen 9 years
I'm usually a high-stress person...but since i have gotten serious about exercising and eating stress is so much reduced!! I may still stress some...but i can get over it better now. As for my body, there are little changes, but for the most part its mainly that i can feel strength in places where i didnt used to. My stomach has been a big focus point for me...i used to slouch in my chair at work and now i can feel my abs are tighter and i sit up straighter. Oh and my energy level is so much better now...i dont feel like going to bed at 8pm anymore and i have been getting lots of things done! It feels so great, i cant wait to transform my body more!!
franniedid franniedid 9 years
I have much more toned muscles, I can see much better definition. I have a lot more energy and I sleep better.
missyd missyd 9 years
Ok question for you guys: I am made fun of when I run. i do run funny because my feet are flat, completely flat. Does this affect how you run? My boyfriend laughs at me LOL
pequeña pequeña 9 years
Before I started working out I always told myself the same excuse: "You don't have time...". But then I realised that I did have the time, I was just lazy. Working out makes you feel better and happier. I have yoga class twice a week and I also go swimming very often. I work out at home every day and I started running this year, although I'm not very good at it. It's great when you see yourself toned and strong. It makes you feel a lot of confident, like you are able to do anything.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 9 years
I started working out when I stopped drinking, so it's hard to tell which benefits come from which behavior, but I just feel better all around. I'm more confident even if my physical appearance hasn't changed all that much. I also feel like I can meet any problem head on. I just feel healthier.
missyd missyd 9 years
I didnt believe the whole "Exercise helps depression" gig. However, now that I have started, I can honestly say it really really does. I didnt believe it at all until I tried it. Exercising makes me happy. Maybe not at the time, but after and for the rest of the day.
merymery merymery 9 years
I never get acne anymore, I feel strong and confident, I don't crave junk food (unless it's 3 am on a Saturday...then I NEED pizza ;) ), and I feel much more energized and happy!
mbcostigan mbcostigan 9 years
The benefits of excercise are endless, but I will just name a few: I excercise in the morning and find that I am more productive during the day, I have a lot of energy, I eat better, I sleep better,I stand taller, and I feel stronger. When you start out your day with a work out, you feel a sense of accomplishment before your day even begins. To the rest of the day, I say "bring it on!"
bluecanary bluecanary 9 years
When I work out regularly (which I haven't been this winter) my skin is glowing, I walk taller and I'm just generally less tense!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I just feel better! Better inside and better about myself :)
new new 9 years
i started exercising again not too long ago and immediately I felt changes, in my body and in my mind. I sleep better, I feel more energised and I don't feel like eating candy anymore (which I used to do a lot). it makes me want to eat healthy. I feel better about myself, my asthma symptoms have reduced seriously. Just feeling like I'm doing something with my life, for myself and with my time makes me feel better and more confident and I don't just start crying or whining for no reason anymore. Basically, it helps me stay grounded. and of course, I have built stamina and have more toned muscles. running in the beautiful nature and breathing in clean air makes me feel healthy and connected to nature.
JessNess JessNess 9 years
I definitely noticed an increase in my metabolism which made me hungry ALL THE TIME!!! Not a good thing when you are watching what you eat. It also affects the way I shop for food. I always notice when my clothes fit better. The best part is when I notice how toned my muscles become. I definitely need to get back to the gym
sundaygreen sundaygreen 9 years
everything about me feels better. i'm more energised, my clothes are fitting better by the day, it makes me happy to see my body transforming, my skin is clear.... and you feel motivated to eat well and do anything you can to keep it up, because you know how hard it is to get back into it once you stop. but you don't want to stop, so it's all good!
Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 9 years
I have been working out every day for 6 years and the reason I do it every day is because of the AMAZING ENERGY BURST/RUSH I get for the rest of the day after I do it!!! Morning Workouts are like cups of coffee!!!
murdock99tx murdock99tx 9 years
Allergies & asthma SERIOUSLY reduced. (Exercise: running.)
kinnaree kinnaree 9 years
I have to say iliotibial band syndrome has been pretty bad.. I used to be a soccer player and never paid too much attention to actually running, but now I have to focus on strengthening and stretching ( so that I can reach my dream of running 10k.
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 9 years
the best thing is that i feel totally comfortable in my body now. when i gained 20 pounds in college it was like living in someone else's skin, but now i feel strong, sexy, and just "right." on a more superficial note, my butt looks fantastic!
kristine13 kristine13 9 years
Since I started exercising 5 or 6 days a week about four years ago, I have not gotten sick with more than a cold (knock on wood!) Plus, I find that when I work out in the morning (walk, lift weights, do yoga), I am much more alert during my classes that day ;-)
missloulou missloulou 9 years
1. energy! getting up really early, even to work out, is not difficult at all. also, i can find the motivation to drag myself to work out after a long day because i know i'll have a lot more energy and sleep better if i do. 2. im happier overall, i tend to just be more cheerful all day if i squeeze in 4-5 workouts a week. 3. im toned and a lot stronger then i ever have been in my whole life! i actually have calves and abs for once! 4. my skin looks so much better since i started working out. it's healthy and "glows". 5. i actually eat right, because i want to fuel my body to get through workouts and feel great.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 9 years
My skin looks better and I have waaayyy more self confidence. I've been sick for about a week now and I never thought I'd say it, but I really miss exercising and can't wait to get back to it!
asilgrif asilgrif 9 years
I've been finding it easier to move and breathe. It amazes me, because I've only lost a few pounds of the twenty or so I have to get rid of. But I can already feel a big difference, and it makes me want to go dancing.
rachelbojangles rachelbojangles 9 years
Skin looking better from all the blood flowing through my body. Tiring yourself out and sleeping better at night. Ease of lower back pain. Can stand/walk for long periods of time and feel fine. Not getting sick at all. I didn't get sick for 2 years when I ate healthy and worked out 5-7 times a week.
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