8 Reasons to Work Out That Have Nothing to Do With Losing Weight

There's this misinterpretation of workout culture—that it's a "fitspo"-only club meant to alienate and trigger anyone who doesn't align with traditional beauty standards. Though those impressions directly stem from damaging and oppressive discourse surrounding women's bodies which, as a collective culture, we're only now beginning to speak out against. One popular athleisure company's founder said, flat-out, "Some women's bodies just don't actually work for it," referring to their leggings. I've seen so many headlines promising to whittle my waist, banish my fat, and eliminate flab. Such rhetoric is detrimental to the entire industry and subsequent community, one that is meant to help you stay healthy and feel good above all else.

So, I thought, why not come up with all the reasons to work out that have nothing to do with getting a date or losing 14 pounds in two weeks for the sake of someone else's idea of what looks good? There are real, science-backed claims that find spending time at the gym to give you more energy, help with productivity and mental clarity, aid in deeper, more restful sleep, better skin, and meeting new people, to start. And here's the thing: You're allowed to want to look good naked. There's no issue in wanting to show off a body you worked hard for. It's only vital to remember that "good" is a subjective term, and no one but you can define it. Below find fitness experts' thoughts.