Does Your Workout Make You Smile?

January 17, 2010

Smiling while weight trainingHave you noticed that in every fitness product commercial all of the people working out are smiling?  Whether the product is a super-amazing-ab-toner-thingy, an incredibly-fantastic-fat-melter program/device, or a tremendously-wonderful-all-in-one body toner machine that will fit under your bed when you’re not using it, all of the people using these devices/programs in commercials have toothy grins on display while using them.

Hmmm.  I’ve been working out for over 30 years, and I don’t recall ever smiling during a workout — except during rest periods when a friend said something hilarious.  In addition, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a person smile during a workout, with the possible exception of seeing participants in an aerobics class laugh briefly because the aerobics instructor told a good joke.

The fact of the matter is, working out won’t make you smile…initially.  When you’re working hard, sweating, straining, and pushing yourself past points of uncomfortableness, you won’t smile.

When you’re working on losing fat, putting in time jogging or running or whatever, forgoing belly-building foods you’re used to eating, it’s likely that you won’t smile.

When it’s time to workout and you don’t feel like it, but you do it any way; or when you’ve first started a workout plan and your body hasn’t transformed itself within a week or two to look like Brad Pitt (guys) or Jennifer Biel (ladies), you’ll probably not smile.

On the other hand, when you’ve been working out for a while, and those pants you hadn’t been able to fit in for years all of a sudden fit nicely or loosely, you might smile.


Also, when you’ve worked hard in your workouts and you’ve stuck with your eating plan, and you start to see the beginnings of a “six pack” when you look in the mirror at your mid-section, it might cause you to smile.


And when you walk through your house or apartment and your significant other says, “nice body”, or when you see family members or friends that you’ve not seen for a few months and they say, “My gosh!  What have you done?  You look wonderful!”, or when people at work ask you what you’ve done to get in such great shape, then you will probably smile!

So, upon reflection, working out CAN make you smile.


Have your workouts made you smile recently?


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6 Responses to “Does Your Workout Make You Smile?”

  1. Hi Darryl,

    wow, this is TRUE. And it is the EXPERIENCE we have during the activity which we remember, too. Hmmm, I’m thinking I need to give my emotional brain a NEW imprinting for the DURING TIME of my workouts. Then again, I like to exercise like taking WALKS, and indeed, I DO smile, and it is contagious to those I pass. They see it and respond typically with a “Hi” or a “Good morning” sort of greeting. Makes me think about how impactful and persuasive this is both to myself and to others.

    Happy Dating and Relationships,

    April Braswell

  2. My workouts always make me smile. Once I get my heart rate over 150 for at least a half and hour, I get giddy with all the happy chemicals that are released. I love that runners high and get it almost every time!


  3. Hmmm, I was hoping you’d found some new supplement that would create a smile!!

    My motivation is fear of not playing at my best on a tennis court.

    If I could just play tennis every day for three hours I would be smiling and fit though!

    Consumer Behaviour Expert
    [The Consumer Behaviour Research Resource]

  4. By the way, I’m glad to see you back to blogging. You have a very well written and informative blog. It’s always got great fitness tips!

    Lisa McLellan, Child Care Expert
    Babysitting Services, Babysitting Tips, Babysitters, Nannies

    • Darryl says:

      Thank you, Lisa. You are very kind; and you must know that you have an excellent blog yourself. Happy New Year to you, and keep on keeping on!

  5. Hahahha I love this article! You are so right! I was a model when I was younger and I remember being photographed for a story about health clubs for a local magazine. Yes, I was smiling away as I curled those dumbells! That is such a funny topic. You bring up excellent points. Surely, my workouts made me smile AFTER the fact when I’d look in the mirror and see nicely toned abs. But I don’t ever remember smiling during the actual crunches!



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