What's your motivation for staying in shape, the health benefits or the way it makes you look? Combo of both?

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    Jan 29, 2011 4:31 PM GMT
    I feel like as a teenager/guy in my early 20's, my sole reason for working out was for the way it made me look. In turn it made me feel better about myself but it still can be attributed to vanity. As I get older, the health benefits are just as beneficial, if not more so. It's also nice to be in the second half of my 30's and still be able to fit in the regular jeans and not graduate to mom jeans. What's your reason for working out?
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    Jan 29, 2011 5:21 PM GMT
    Both aesthetic and mechanical. When I turned 45, I said to myself, "OK, now what are you going to do with the second half of your life?" Slowing down because of bodily breakdown that can be at least delayed if not entirely avoided by good nutrition and exercise was not, I declared, going to be part of the future. And neither was having to buy pants fit for an elephant. Cripes, I wanted to puke at the realization I was close to being another big bellied, wide hipped, Pillsbury doughboy soft office worker. I wanted my chest to enter a room before my stomach. And so off I went and changed life.
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    Jan 29, 2011 5:52 PM GMT
    Being formerly obese as a kid/teen, general health and functional fitness is my first and foremost reasons for staying in shape. That my body looks better as I get in better shape is a welcome bonus. icon_wink.gif
  • cookingitswee...

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    Feb 01, 2011 1:50 AM GMT
    I was a bit over weight as a kid and since then have lost 20-30LBS, bringing me to a healthy weight. I am still working on my fitness to get into shape. For me it is also about looks, but to be as attractive to myself. It's not for guys to think I'm hot, as I know I am now.
  • DCEric

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    Feb 01, 2011 1:54 AM GMT
    I workout for stress relief. That is really it, everything else is bonus.
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    Feb 01, 2011 1:56 AM GMT
    It's a combination of the two for me. I find, though, as I get older, my motivation is more about wanting to stay strong and make sure I have plenty of strength and muscle mass to spare as I start getting older. I see my Dad, who isn't in great health, and want to do what I can to be in better shape and healthier when I am his age.
  • mmmm_mmmm

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    Feb 01, 2011 2:00 AM GMT
    Primarly for health. Have always been incredibly active. Got into weight training to improve my mountain bike racing performance. But now also weight train for how it feels and looks as well.
  • MuscleComeBac...

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    Feb 01, 2011 2:04 AM GMT
    I workout to achieve a shape to my body that reflects who I am at my core. It's an ethos, and an aesthetic, combined.
    My health is part of that insofar as it allows me to enjoy the benefits of being able to live happily and healthfully within the shape that I define, and to express myself in both athletic and carnal pursuits (although, frankly, carnality is a lonely game these days...icon_neutral.gif

    So my motivation is simple - do it or die a slow death emotionally and psychologically and spiritually. It's that essential to who I am. Not working out is painful for me. Working out is truly an elemental function that when missing makes me depressed and out of balance. You might as well ask me to stop thinking, feeling or breathing.
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    Feb 01, 2011 2:04 AM GMT
    For me, it's about looking good to make myself feel good, but also to keep in shape for sports. I LOVE playing sports. A good game of volleyball, basketball, a good race during a swim meet, good competition at a dive meet... all of it is like candy to me. So I work out to prove that I'm one of the best, and strive to become a better athlete than people say I can be.
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    Feb 01, 2011 2:06 AM GMT
    My new workout motivation is to look like the OP.

    Failing that, to look good enough that he wants to have a one night stand with me.

    Failing that... er...


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    Health reasons.

    Yeah. Health reasons.
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    Feb 01, 2011 2:27 AM GMT
    Both.