Do You Exercise to Look Good or Feel Better?

Do You Exercise to Look Good or Feel Better?

Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking to an undergraduate class of business students about Being back on campus was fantastic in many ways: the intellectual stimulation, the clean air of Ithaca, the beautiful fall weather, and of course, the youthful atmosphere—it just doesn’t get better. 

During my presentation, I became distinctly aware of how different one’s mindset is when one is in school, specifically about health. I looked around the class and I would venture to guess that a good 80 percent of the class looked healthy and fit (yeah, I know they were fifteen years my junior, but that isn’t the point). Looking back, when I was a freshman in college, I discovered exercise and its benefits because I was trying to look good. I’m not ashamed to admit this. I’d be lying if I didn’t. The pressure and desire to look good in your teens and early twenties is enormous. And so, I made sure I looked my best by eating right and exercising. At the time, I viewed my resulted good health purely as an added bonus. 

Today, in my mid-thirties, my perspective is different. My primary objective for eating well and exercising is to be in good health, with ’looking good’ as the added bonus. I’m not sure when this transition occurred, but I have to believe that it is part of the settling down and life changes quotient: you get married, you have children, you have a job that is demanding, and somehow, looking good just isn’t as important as it used to be. That was when it dawned on me: if you never have the transition in mind-set from looking good to feeling good, then in short, you stop feeling incented to exercise and eat right. 

After the class was over, I had a discussion about this with one of the students, who indeed, was in pretty good shape. He asked what challenges I had with Sheer I briefly explained my new found epiphany to him and interestingly enough, he agreed that yes, college students were indeed incented to be healthy to look good. Further, he agreed that yes, maybe, if you remove the desire to look good, then it might be difficult to entice people to be healthy

Wow. Is it possible that we care more about our looks than our health? If you look good, but don’t feel good, all is a-okay? And on the other side, if you feel bad but look great, you are a-okay too?

What is your perspective? Do you exercise for vanity or for health?

Reposted from SheerBalance
Article written by Brett Blumenthal
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Do you Exercise to Look Good or Feel Good?

Sheer Balance is an online media company geared towards providing women with information on living a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Aimed at natural, holistic approaches, the Sheer Balance provides visitors with information on everything they need to know about fitness regimens, healthy nutrition, holistic and natural health, mental well-being, beauty and even spas and how they fit into a balanced lifestyle.

2 Responses to “Do You Exercise to Look Good or Feel Better?”

  1. Excellent post as usual, thank you for posting so much informative content on a regular basis.

  2. Thanks for reposting! You can find this and more articles like it at

    Brett Blumenthal


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