Sunday, June 20, 2010

Crystal Light Pure Fitness: Why Do You Stay Fit?

This is sponsored content from BlogHer and Crystal Light Pure Fitness.

This question gave me pause. Why do I stay fit? It's obviously partially vanity--I'm trying to remain active in order to fight the weight that seems to creep on year after year. I try to remain healthy for Josh and the kids--I owe it to them. I'm conscious of how many health problems are rooted in a lack of exercise, so I run in order to keep healthy, as well as eat right and drink a lot of water.

Young woman lying on bed, resting head on arms, eyes closed, close-up
But a lot of it is that without running, I don't sleep. It's something I discovered the first time I had to stop running during fertility treatments. I could technically get more sleep since I didn't need to wake up an hour and a half before I needed to leave for work. Except I was getting less and less sleep because I'd lay awake in bed while Josh slept, the nervous energy from my day still inside my body, making my thoughts race.

When I returned to running this past winter, I could finally fall asleep again at night. And I find that on the days when I don't run, I stay up well past my bedtime, often with the lights out but sleep still far away. I need to stay fit in order to not drive myself crazy and it turn, drive everyone else crazy from my sleepless grumpiness.

It all fits together--eating right (and for me, a big thing hasn't been the right foods, but instead, the right amount), and drinking a lot of water and iced tea and Crystal Light Pure Fitness, and exercising daily. And the reward is a release of tension, setting aside all of my worries, and drifting into sleep at the end of the day.


How about you? Why do you stay fit? Tell me by leaving a comment below. Each comment is an entry in the sweepstakes I'm holding at the end of this four-part series for a $100 gift card. And I'm not the only one running this contest: by clicking here, you also have 4 other chances to win $100 as well as a $1,000 sweepstakes on the round-up page. You can also read more on the official rules page.

13 comments:

Erin from Long Island said...

I stay fit because it feels good. It feels good to be strong, it feels good to work out, and it feels good to see your results

Mami2jcn said...

I stay fit because I want to stick around to see my kids grow up.

mami2jcn at gmail dot com

Deb ~ tnshadylady said...

Because I'm not through living yet!! And I don't mean dying, I mean being able to do the things I love, like travel. The more my muscles atrophy, the less likely I will be able to do my favorite things.

Anonymous said...

I live by lists, so I stay motivated by getting one thing after another crossed off my list...i enjoy crossing things off!

mjf926@gmail.com

Blue Girl said...

Fear of dying early motivates me to get and stay in shape - cancer and high bp/cholesterol/sodium run in my family

bluegirl1423 at gmail dot com

JOY said...

The office where I work is .5 miles from the lobby to my cube, so I walk at least 1 mile each day, and 2 flights of steps, and that is my regular workout (and in heels I might add)

email: mjharvey26@yahoo.com
name:Joy

Susan said...

I am not fit, but I try to exercise by water walking.

rsmstahley @ adelphia dot net

Mikki M said...

Keeping fit helps me be a better mom...helps my patience by increasing my stamina. I also sleep great and have less of an ADD foggy brain. It makes for a better wife to my husband too.

Nita said...

to feel better and become stronger

Gail said...

I stay fit because I honestly can't afford a whole new wardrobe. If I didn't exercise, I would be so much bigger and would have to buy all new clothes.

subfertilefrugalista said...

I try to stay fit mostly for vanity. I like to shop. But also for the long-term health of myself and my family.

subfertilefrugalista@gmail.com

Hannah LaRue said...

I really struggle with this. I do yoga and would like to be a runner, but I really hate running. I walk a lot with my child and dogs. I want to be the best me I can be and I have to exercise in order to be that.

hannahoberg@yahoo.com

Just call me b said...

I stay fit so I will feel better about myself, and that makes for a happy mommy!