Why I Work Out: George H. from Illinois
As you’ve seen on our social media accounts, one question we’ll often ask our audience is what motivates and inspires them to work out. It can be a range of motives: health, family, friends, and so on. One of our members, George H. from Illinois, sent us a letter that touched our hearts. We love hearing these stories and sharing them with our Snap Fitness community. Here’s what George sent us:
"There are many reasons why people exercise. Whether it is for weight loss, improved health, or increased performance, every exercise (just like life) should be driven by motivation and inspiration.
I primarily exercise to compete and perform well in a wide variety of activities. I have two main sources of inspiration that I use to push myself as hard as I can. The first source is from the energy of the people around me. This comes from the racers excitingly waiting for the gun to go off, from the 75-year-old grandmother relentlessly making her way up Mt. Fuji, and from the commitment and camaraderie I see in my fellow Snap Fitness members and staff at every visit. These people inspire me to push myself to my limits, to know that age has no meaning, and to perform to the best of my abilities.
The second source of my inspiration comes from those who cannot. In the few years I had with my father, he had showed me that adventures bring a whole new meaning to the word “life." When I do events for the American Lung Association, I feel myself continuing the battle against lung disease that my sister fought against so bravely for so many years.
Of course, my biggest inspiration comes from my girlfriend who suffers from a muscular disease which leaves her incapacitated most of the time. Even so, she had found the strength to attend (and volunteer) many of my events and is always my biggest cheerleader. It is sobering during events when I remind myself that the fatigue or pain I feel is only temporary and will quickly recover. Not everyone is so lucky.
I want to thank Snap Fitness for being an integral part of my life these many years. I proudly wore (or waved) the Snap Fitness shirt throughout the world.”
Thank you so much for sharing, George.