Finding Good Reasons to Exercise

Plus iVillagers weigh in on the high-fructose corn syrup debate

Lately, I haven't been able to find the motivation to exercise. I have been able to find plenty of excuses not to, though. There’s the month-long heat wave, the wedding checklist that isn’t nearly complete, and the pre-wedding anxiety that keeps me from doing just about everything. This week, iVillage member eclectic5777 gave me just as many reminders why I should be working out. In her post she wrote, "I thought it would be good if we could come up with 100 good reasons [to exercise]. Let's keep this discussion going until we can come up with 100. I figure there are some days when I truly need 100 reasons to motivate me!" Some of the things that keep her going: "No matter what else happens in my day, I know I've done this one good thing for my health!" Plus, "I sleep so much better when I exercise daily.”

"Getting dressed (and undressed) is more fun when you're in shape," says pt40.

So is going to the beach and having sex -- well, for me, anyway. But that has less to do with how my body looks and more to do with how exercise makes me feel about my body. I will feel 100 times better about how I look in the mirror tomorrow after a run than I will today not having exercised. Working out somehow just makes me appreciate my body, flabby thighs and all.

What motivates you to work out when you just don’t want to? Add your reasons to the list.

Elsewhere on the iVillage boards, members debate the evils of high-fructose corn syrup. According to a recent iVillage article, a growing number of scientists say there's barely a difference between the maligned sweetener and regular old sugar. Still, many people want it banned, and major food labels are cutting it from their ingredients list to ensure people will still buy their products.

Some iVillagers, like foxymom2, are unfazed by high-fructose corn syrup, and are more concerned about calorie-free chemical sweeteners. "I'd rather buy a product with HFCS and use it sparingly then buy a diet product with some artificial junk."

Hottllipps, on the other hand, does not approve of corn syrup, but tries to limit her family’s intake of all sugar, not just HFCS. "I make everything myself, then I can control the amount of sugar. Our 'soda' is juice with soda water added. I think it's hard to give up sweet stuff, but after you do, when you go back and try it again, it's too sickly sweet."

I have to agree with hottllipps. For awhile, I cut sweets out of my diet, and taking a sip of soda for the first time was almost painful. When I try to eat my fiancé’s chocolate-coated sports bars, I can only eat a few bites before feeling ill from all of the sugar. As for high-fructose corn syrup, I have to admit, I avoid it, even though most research seems to suggest it’s as good (or bad) for you as table sugar. In my mind, if a food has high-fructose corn syrup, chances are, it has a lot of other unhealthful ingredients that make it worth avoiding. Packaged food is convenient, but I try to stick with unprocessed, homemade food whenever possible.

Sugar? High-fructose corn syrup? All of the above? Do you limit the amount of sweetened food and drinks in your diet? Chime in below!

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