The question is simple: why do you workout? People have so many different translations for fitness that it demands a need to define the why behind why we do what we do.
Do you workout strictly to burn calories? Is the only reason you come to the gym to “fix” your body or to lose fat? Is exercise fun or dreadful? When you workout do you think of it like playtime or do you choose to do the things that you think you should do? Essentially, what is the motivation behind your movement? Are you primarily moved by internal desire for self-improvement, or is exercise compulsory due to societal or otherwise outward pressure?
The essence of our relationship with fitness lies in our attitude towards it. Our bodies are designed for movement, it is a daily need. I believe it is also a daily need to love life, and thus, I urge you to develop a likening to whatever realm of fitness you most enjoy. Find an activity that makes you feel alive, that you will look forward to every day, and that provides you with freedom of mind to know that you are maintaining a highly revved metabolism.
I personally spent too many years and countless swim workouts only going through the motions to hit a certain calorie burn in order to override whatever guilt I was feeling about food that day. I can assure you that any backward motivation will suck life out of you. It is okay to want to burn calories, but don’t let that be your only goal.
Listen to your body. Push your body, and, most importantly, find enjoyment in moving your body.