One of these days I went to do my annual health check up. I lied down on the bed for my electrocardiogram, and after a few minutes the nurse asks me if I play any sports, or if I work out.
I answered that I try to work out at least three times a week, then she said, “I see. You have an athlete’s heart.” That means that when I’m resting, my heartbeat is under 50.
For me, that was the best compliment I could hear. It completely made my day better. Of course, it’s awesome to hear people asking you if you work out because your body is toned, but still, hearing that your heart is healthy because you exercise is even better. You should work out for your health, so you can have a better life quality. The toned body will come with time, as a consequence, not as the goal.
However, you should always know your body limits. It’s a great idea to check with your doctor (especially your cardiologist) to know if you are allowed to do certain exercises, that way you won’t injure yourself.
But when you do hit the gym, the park, the beach or wherever you go to exercise, remember to respect your body and to focus on your health. So eat well, sleep well and be kind with yourself. You will see the results, and better yet, you will feel them.
Remember, balance is the key in life.