Work out for the looks or health?

  • Ebadger

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    Oct 23, 2012 1:17 PM GMT
    So I was talking to a friend of mine about completing my last mud run and he was shocked that I was able to do it. Not that he did not think I could do one, but according to him the only mud that will touch his body will be in a spa. Now this is a guy who is bigger than me, more muscular, has been working out for ever, has giving me great advice for new work outs and nutrition. The guy could easily be a model, big arms, legs, chiseled chest and a six pack. I asked him why he worked out then. His answer, to look great in a pair of speedos. Is this a new thing that i never saw before? Do guys really work out just to look great but will never put it to the test? So I wonder, why do YOU work out? Do you work out for the looks, or do you work out to improve your health?
  • calibro

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    Oct 23, 2012 4:10 PM GMT
    both... and to look at the hot guys
  • Rowing_Ant

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    Oct 23, 2012 4:12 PM GMT
    calibro saidboth... and to look at the hot guys


    Same here. Mind you that can have a negative effect due to my precarious self-esteem at the moment.....icon_cry.gif
  • atlxc

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    Oct 23, 2012 4:16 PM GMT
    I personally work out rarely, but It does seem that the majority of guys around my age- give or take a few years, are mostly in it it for the looks and attractions. That doesn't mean they're complete ignorants of a healty living, on the long run I'm sure we'll come to appreciate health over looks.
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    Oct 23, 2012 4:20 PM GMT
    I do it for my health, when I was in the military it helped with the stress. Now working out just helps with the headaches, yeah I know weird but it works. But I mainly do it for me.
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    Oct 23, 2012 4:25 PM GMT
    I do it for both - - and for the "high" and the sense of accomplishment I always get after a good work out. This has been working for me for a long time - - since high school & college.
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    Oct 23, 2012 4:41 PM GMT
    When you're younger, say 20s or 30s its all about
    your looks because you're not so focused on health.
    And we all live in a pop culture obsessed with youth and beauty.
    Once you hit the 40s and 50s it's more about health
    and still about looks, but a lot less.
  • Latenight30

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    Oct 23, 2012 4:59 PM GMT
    All 3. I want to look good, I have good genes, but at 35 you have to work hard to keep them. For the Health aspect of exercise, and the supplements, being food aware.
    3rdly- for survival. I don't always need to work hard at my current job but I used to. I also camp and hike and if the zombies start coming, I want to be as able as I can.
    Add all those up, I work out for me!
  • sfjock11

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    Oct 23, 2012 4:59 PM GMT
    Jockbod48 saidI do it for both - - and for the "high" and the sense of accomplishment I always get after a good work out. This has been working for me for a long time - - since high school & college.


    +1 and the stress reduction benefits.
  • Ebadger

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    Oct 23, 2012 5:53 PM GMT
    Latenight30 saidAll 3. I want to look good, I have good genes, but at 35 you have to work hard to keep them. For the Health aspect of exercise, and the supplements, being food aware.
    3rdly- for survival. I don't always need to work hard at my current job but I used to. I also camp and hike and if the zombies start coming, I want to be as able as I can.
    Add all those up, I work out for me!


    The zombies are coming! That was my last run. icon_biggrin.gif
  • Ebadger

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    Oct 23, 2012 5:55 PM GMT
    rondan saidI do it for my health, when I was in the military it helped with the stress. Now working out just helps with the headaches, yeah I know weird but it works. But I mainly do it for me.


    I do it for my health as well. I was told I would be diabetic if I did not take care of myself and the image of me having to deal with that was very scary
  • Ebadger

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    Oct 23, 2012 5:58 PM GMT
    Steve24 saidWhen you're younger, say 20s or 30s its all about
    your looks because you're not so focused on health.
    And we all live in a pop culture obsessed with youth and beauty.
    Once you hit the 40s and 50s it's more about health
    and still about looks, but a lot less.


    I think my shock was that here was a perfectly healthy and very strong man who was telling me that there was no way he would put himself through anything that would test all the hard work he had put on his own body, as if he would break it, or destroy it, by trying to do a physical activity. I wonder if those men who just do it for the looks can actually make it if they needed to use those muscles, or fail because they never tried anything else but lifting dumbbells???
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    Oct 23, 2012 6:36 PM GMT
    I workout for the looks.

    I do cardio because it's fun (bicycling).

    I eat healthy for the looks and my health.
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    Oct 23, 2012 6:38 PM GMT
    Both but primarily for health. I like to look my best but I like to be very fit physically... and I enjoy running rings around guys half my age!icon_wink.gif
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    Oct 23, 2012 6:38 PM GMT
    yea its about looks, sure, but in an indirect sense its really about health as the brain's hardwired to find health attractive.
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    Oct 23, 2012 6:38 PM GMT
    I lift weights for the looks - I like having visible muscles.

    I walk stairs instead of taking the elevator for health.
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    Oct 23, 2012 6:42 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidI workout for the looks.

    I do cardio because it's fun (bicycling).

    I eat healthy for the looks and my health.


    So purely said! icon_wink.gif


    Health makes about 60% of that motives! balance 40% the Looks.

    both actually!
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    Oct 23, 2012 6:42 PM GMT
    II'll admit I started working out just to improve looks. Now I workout because it feels great and it's really helped me with my stress, appetite, and sleep problems.
  • vj2004t

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    Oct 23, 2012 7:51 PM GMT
    Do it cause its fun.lol plus all the hot naked hot men in the dressing room lol. Val
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    Oct 23, 2012 8:01 PM GMT
    Physical and mental health followed by looks.

    I feel good after a workout and I like the way I'm beginning to look. I will never be a model nor have 6 pack abs but at least I don't sob when I look in the mirror. Working out also helps with my writing and helps me deal with the stress of work.
  • chi_rock

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    Oct 23, 2012 8:23 PM GMT
    calibro saidboth... and to look at the hot guys


    Perfect!
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    Oct 23, 2012 8:37 PM GMT
    both but mostly for looks.
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    Oct 23, 2012 8:38 PM GMT
    You never saw that? Arent you a bit too old to be so naive?
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    Oct 23, 2012 8:42 PM GMT
    I think you can tell by looking at what guys do for their workouts. If they're doing four or five different bench press exercises and some arms...they're doing it for the looks. If they're doing more full body, multi-modal exercises that mix heavy weights with metabolic conditioning, they're doing it for fitness.
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    Oct 23, 2012 8:46 PM GMT
    imasrxd saidI think you can tell by looking at what guys do for their workouts. If they're doing four or five different bench press exercises and some arms...they're doing it for the looks. If they're doing more full body, multi-modal exercises that mix heavy weights with metabolic conditioning, they're doing it for fitness.


    I would second this. Always amazing the amount of guys who rarely work their back and never work their spindly legs at all.