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Why do you Exercise?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 31, 2012 at 5:43 PM

I know, a very basic question, but I'm perhaps looking for some motivation/inspiration to kick-start some sort of regime. I don't quite know where to start, or even WHY to start, other than I SHOULD.

What gets you up exercising every day?

68294383ced9a0eafc16133aa80d1905

(5795)

on June 06, 2012
at 07:24 PM

1. Physical accomplishment 2. De-stressing 3. Able to stay fit for sports 4. Reason to get outside in the sun or in the cold 5. Everything else, mostly cosmetic

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on June 06, 2012
at 06:46 PM

+1 for thrashing 17 year old! and everything else too.

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

(5231)

on June 01, 2012
at 01:42 AM

actually, I'm getting close to beating him...definitely not a slam dunk on his side :-)

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on June 01, 2012
at 01:14 AM

Yeah, my boyfriend has a bit of a pigeon chest and after rowing one day we were lying on the beach to catch our breath and the sand in his chest dip was literally flying up and down his heart was pounding so hard! So funny, and really cool, to see!

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on June 01, 2012
at 01:11 AM

Yeah, I get endorphines waaaaaay before hitting 45 minutes. 20 quick jump squats at work when no one is looking puts a smile on my face right away!

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on June 01, 2012
at 12:49 AM

lol. +1 for low heartbeats. Low and strong is good, low and weak is bad. For instance, my resting heartbeat now is 46-48 but it pounds. When I was sick, it was 37-39, and a mere whisper

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on June 01, 2012
at 12:48 AM

lol. +1 for low heartbeats. Low and strong is good, low and weak is bad. For instance, my resting heartbeat now is 46-48 but it pounds. When I was sick, it was 37-39, and a mere whisper.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on June 01, 2012
at 12:46 AM

LOL. +1 for low heartbeats. My resting pulse is 46-48. Too low can be a bad thing though. For instance, when I was sick it varied between 37 and 38.

E68bdbd83e45fd5be130e393ace9c9a9

(2063)

on June 01, 2012
at 12:42 AM

Aww that was really sweet -- glad she has activities she loves

E68bdbd83e45fd5be130e393ace9c9a9

(2063)

on June 01, 2012
at 12:41 AM

Haha, I had a job like that once!

E68bdbd83e45fd5be130e393ace9c9a9

(2063)

on June 01, 2012
at 12:41 AM

You don't even have to exercise HARD to get those endorphins... I have noticed that even after 40 minutes of only walking at a moderate pace, I get a big rush of endorphins.

F31d10b54b31428e189d9b771bf7b1d1

(1439)

on May 31, 2012
at 11:59 PM

Your 17-year-old nephew apparently needs to exercise more. (:->)

F31d10b54b31428e189d9b771bf7b1d1

(1439)

on May 31, 2012
at 11:58 PM

Bravo, jodaro, you get the prize for insight and subtly.

F31d10b54b31428e189d9b771bf7b1d1

(1439)

on May 31, 2012
at 11:48 PM

foreveryoung, I second the motion. I also like the part about brain health: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/evolutionary-psychiatry and http://evolutionarypsychiatry.blogspot.com/

A115b8aa3c375f10d5bde0c0d06b6143

(865)

on May 31, 2012
at 10:50 PM

Sex = best exercise of all.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on May 31, 2012
at 10:28 PM

@ MathGirl- opinionated "human"? I think you meant God ;)

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on May 31, 2012
at 10:16 PM

Foreveryoung, there are moments you shine and moments I want to reach through the computer and choke your ego! Loathsome? Nah...just an opinionated human. =)

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on May 31, 2012
at 08:14 PM

I realized what you meant a bit ago and owe myself a facepalm. Duh...

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21420)

on May 31, 2012
at 06:38 PM

Bingo is a game. The humor (I am assuming) is that since the stereotype portrayed is that only retirees/pensioners play bingo, especially elderly women, that those "flaps" are more common.

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21420)

on May 31, 2012
at 06:36 PM

^ keep trying tiger, you'll get there someday! :D

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on May 31, 2012
at 06:33 PM

...and also to make up for my loathsome personlity ;)

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on May 31, 2012
at 06:23 PM

LOL...what's a bingo?

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on May 31, 2012
at 06:18 PM

BTW those are called "bingo wings"

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on May 31, 2012
at 06:09 PM

Definitely 9 & 10!

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1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

on May 31, 2012
at 06:07 PM

  1. to feel comfortable in my skin
  2. to improve health (insulin sensitivity, brain aging, etc)
  3. so I can relax on my diet when I want to and it doesn't matter
  4. because I'm addicted to the natural high
  5. to set goals and meet/exceed them
  6. to look good naked
  7. because the results are tangible
  8. so I can still get stiff when I'm older
  9. to look good naked
  10. to survive the zombie apocalypse

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on May 31, 2012
at 06:33 PM

...and also to make up for my loathsome personlity ;)

F31d10b54b31428e189d9b771bf7b1d1

(1439)

on May 31, 2012
at 11:48 PM

foreveryoung, I second the motion. I also like the part about brain health: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/evolutionary-psychiatry and http://evolutionarypsychiatry.blogspot.com/

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21420)

on May 31, 2012
at 06:36 PM

^ keep trying tiger, you'll get there someday! :D

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on May 31, 2012
at 10:16 PM

Foreveryoung, there are moments you shine and moments I want to reach through the computer and choke your ego! Loathsome? Nah...just an opinionated human. =)

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on May 31, 2012
at 10:28 PM

@ MathGirl- opinionated "human"? I think you meant God ;)

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on May 31, 2012
at 06:09 PM

Definitely 9 & 10!

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782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

on May 31, 2012
at 09:10 PM

  1. prevent bone loss
  2. tone muscles
  3. maintain healthy weight
  4. produce endorphins
  5. keep fat % low
  6. increase flexibility
  7. thrash my 17-year-old nephew at arm wrestling (I'm 53 and female)

F31d10b54b31428e189d9b771bf7b1d1

(1439)

on May 31, 2012
at 11:59 PM

Your 17-year-old nephew apparently needs to exercise more. (:->)

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

(5231)

on June 01, 2012
at 01:42 AM

actually, I'm getting close to beating him...definitely not a slam dunk on his side :-)

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on June 06, 2012
at 06:46 PM

+1 for thrashing 17 year old! and everything else too.

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870fdea50f2a9f1cd2890c8e22549300

(2056)

on May 31, 2012
at 08:08 PM

  1. To look good.
  2. To feel good.
  3. To function well.
  4. To make sure I can keep hitting 1, 2, and 3 for as long as possible. I come from long-lived stock, but I'd kind of like to enjoy my very long life, not just suffer through it.

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Aa968cafce96d1810cb1014c7545d4a5

on May 31, 2012
at 09:43 PM

A few reasons for me:

1) saw two crows dive-bombing and otherwise harassing a red tail hawk mid air

2) saw a bunch of turtles sunning themselves on a log in the lake

3) saw a youngish male deer, antlers were about a foot long

4) saw a bunch of little bunny rabbits scurry away from me on the trail

5) saw a mom wild turkey with 5-6 tiny baby wild turkeys following her on the trail

6) got an amazing, clear view of the east bay and san francisco from wildcat peak

This was all on a ~50 minute/~4 mile trail run this morning. I have plenty of other reasons, but these were the freshest in my mind.

F31d10b54b31428e189d9b771bf7b1d1

(1439)

on May 31, 2012
at 11:58 PM

Bravo, jodaro, you get the prize for insight and subtly.

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Dfe1dfb34939145fe21b3d8fa6832365

on May 31, 2012
at 06:15 PM

For fun!

I love climbing trees and boulders, sprinting up a hill, the feeling of doing a 1 or 2 rep max, crawling, jumping, throwing heavy rocks and logs, walking on my hands, etc.

Once I started doing whatever exercise I like, it became a daily thing. Exercise is not something to be rationed out 2-3 days a week.

Then again it's not "exercise" to me anymore, it's living.

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F31d10b54b31428e189d9b771bf7b1d1

on June 01, 2012
at 12:05 AM

My wife is 46. She looks 26. Her favorite "exercise" is Zumba. She puts great feeling into it. Her instructors say that she is their favorite student, partly because she smiles so much. She also does ballroom dancing (mostly Salsa) about twice per week. I encourage her. She also does weights and cardio, but dance (and Zumba) come first. Music and harmony are important in life. She has to be careful about dancing in front of me or else we will have more children. (:->)

E68bdbd83e45fd5be130e393ace9c9a9

(2063)

on June 01, 2012
at 12:42 AM

Aww that was really sweet -- glad she has activities she loves

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Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on May 31, 2012
at 09:28 PM

Why do I exercise?

Because I can't pummel my boss's face in, and all that rage has to go somewhere.

(Mostly) kidding. ;-) I'll post a real answer later, when I have more time to speak from the heart.

E68bdbd83e45fd5be130e393ace9c9a9

(2063)

on June 01, 2012
at 12:41 AM

Haha, I had a job like that once!

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F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on May 31, 2012
at 06:21 PM

This is a secret that not a lot of people know, only those that exercise long and hard.

If you train hard for 45 minutes (or more) your body starts releasing endorphins that feel so good... you get addicted. Yes, the natural highs. This is the best feeling/drug ever (besides sex).

I understand people who overtrain and over exercise. It is hard not to when you feel so good.

I hope you are reading it while running to the nearest gym! :)

A115b8aa3c375f10d5bde0c0d06b6143

(865)

on May 31, 2012
at 10:50 PM

Sex = best exercise of all.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on June 01, 2012
at 01:11 AM

Yeah, I get endorphines waaaaaay before hitting 45 minutes. 20 quick jump squats at work when no one is looking puts a smile on my face right away!

E68bdbd83e45fd5be130e393ace9c9a9

(2063)

on June 01, 2012
at 12:41 AM

You don't even have to exercise HARD to get those endorphins... I have noticed that even after 40 minutes of only walking at a moderate pace, I get a big rush of endorphins.

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892be7bd354cb6359a42bbda9069c2c0

(120)

on June 06, 2012
at 06:35 PM

Simple: it makes me feel better.

Plus, I am literally addicted to crossfit and being around like-minded people who are focused on improving themselves (whatever that means to each individual). It truly is a cult, but a good one.

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F31d10b54b31428e189d9b771bf7b1d1

on May 31, 2012
at 11:55 PM

Truth: I am 66 years old. My lowest heart beat while resting has been 49.5 per minute a couple of days ago. My typical heart beat is like 53 to 54. 3 hours after a hard 20 minute run 2 days ago, my heart rate was 53.5. Any more questions?

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on June 01, 2012
at 12:46 AM

LOL. +1 for low heartbeats. My resting pulse is 46-48. Too low can be a bad thing though. For instance, when I was sick it varied between 37 and 38.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on June 01, 2012
at 12:48 AM

lol. +1 for low heartbeats. Low and strong is good, low and weak is bad. For instance, my resting heartbeat now is 46-48 but it pounds. When I was sick, it was 37-39, and a mere whisper.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on June 01, 2012
at 01:14 AM

Yeah, my boyfriend has a bit of a pigeon chest and after rowing one day we were lying on the beach to catch our breath and the sand in his chest dip was literally flying up and down his heart was pounding so hard! So funny, and really cool, to see!

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on June 01, 2012
at 12:49 AM

lol. +1 for low heartbeats. Low and strong is good, low and weak is bad. For instance, my resting heartbeat now is 46-48 but it pounds. When I was sick, it was 37-39, and a mere whisper

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46c9fbd45b82453f6a2dfe614a853314

on May 31, 2012
at 11:19 PM

I don't 'exercise', I get out and do activities with my family - hikes, runs, walks, snowshoeing, playing frisbee, playing catch, playing with the dog, hunting, fishing, biking, yard work, gardening, basketball, tennis, lacrosse, soccer...the list is endless. We make it as strenuous as we want. As soon as I call it exercise and it becomes repetitive, then we don't want to do it. We are just a highly active, sports playing, family with no cable. We live on a dairy farm with plenty of work to do for extra calorie burning exercise any time we want! It makes us feel better and we are having fun, quality time together.

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2a0f1afde303eadc422d015fc22f7512

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on May 31, 2012
at 08:24 PM

weight bearing exercise is an awesome way to prevent bone density loss as you age. You know those little old people who look like they're about to break in half? Some simple exercise can prevent that.

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Cc3ce03985eac5ebcbb95fc2329f13b0

on May 31, 2012
at 06:21 PM

It makes me feel good. It's time I take just for me, to do something for myself. Because I like feeling ang looking strong. Because, after just a couple of weeks, you crave it.

There was a good article I read a couple of weeks ago, in which a woman chastised her former Gym teachers for making her hate exercise. I think many of us have the same issues. We are forced in school into exercises that are above our skill level, and don't have a slowly increasing level of difficulty. I know that in grade three, I was marched into the gym and told to jump over a high jump bar. I'd never even seen one, but new national fitness tests had just been implemented, and the whole school was being tested. I was not an athletic kid, and the experience made me feel awkward and not want to do things like that in public. It took a long time to learn to enjoy movement, and to feel like it isn't about competition, or what onlookers think, it's about how I feel in my own body.

Find something you can enjoy, and frame it as play, not exercise.

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Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on May 31, 2012
at 06:17 PM

Because I like being outdoors and moving in the big wide world. And if I don't I start to feel weird after a while.

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61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on May 31, 2012
at 06:05 PM

I would like a shape other than round. I've started doing DDP Yoga (described as yoga for Marines) to try to tone up, lose fat, and get rid of the flags that wave under my arms everytime I lift them.

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21420)

on May 31, 2012
at 06:38 PM

Bingo is a game. The humor (I am assuming) is that since the stereotype portrayed is that only retirees/pensioners play bingo, especially elderly women, that those "flaps" are more common.

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on May 31, 2012
at 06:18 PM

BTW those are called "bingo wings"

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on May 31, 2012
at 08:14 PM

I realized what you meant a bit ago and owe myself a facepalm. Duh...

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on May 31, 2012
at 06:23 PM

LOL...what's a bingo?

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81fca18329e68e227cdfef3857bfef96

(1320)

on May 31, 2012
at 05:50 PM

I enjoy the feeling of accomplishment I get from squating 350+ pounds or banging out 20+ pull-ups at one time. I discovered strength training about 8 months ago (not the same as lifting weights) and have found a new passion in fitness. I enjoy the progression of lifting heavier and heavier weights, the changes I see in my body, and the way I feel. It's nice/annoying when anyone needs something lifted or moved, they come to you. :)

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68294383ced9a0eafc16133aa80d1905

(5795)

on June 06, 2012
at 07:25 PM

  1. Physical accomplishment
  2. De-stressing
  3. Able to stay fit for sports
  4. Reason to get outside in the sun or in the cold
  5. Everything else, mostly cosmetic

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E68bdbd83e45fd5be130e393ace9c9a9

(2063)

on June 01, 2012
at 12:42 AM

For fun. That is the only reason I work out.

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Fb1acc37c066271cd4addf494f02861e

on May 31, 2012
at 11:36 PM

hate of your one body :p [no kidding :o]

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76026e8ef496039d5075440ff731aa0d

on May 31, 2012
at 06:01 PM

I'm just starting to get back into exercise and if I don't do it now, this time next year when I'm standing at the start line for the Tough Mudder and Spartan races everyone else will steam roll over me!

Not sure if you've ever watched one of their videos...but I actually put down my bacon to watch...I'm not proud of that, but I think I was inspired?

Truth.

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