How do you define "in shape"?

  • Timbales

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    Jan 05, 2009 8:06 PM GMT
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    Jan 05, 2009 8:20 PM GMT
    Looking good there Timber, looking good!

    Being "in-shape" to me not only outlines the physical nature of how an individaul's body looks, but also the mental aspect. Keeping one's mind open to new endeavors, learning new material and keeping it active initiates that sense of wanting to better one's self. Other than keeping your external body and mind in-shape, you must also keep yourself internally in-shape.
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    Jan 05, 2009 8:51 PM GMT
    HighVoltageGuy saidLooking good there Timber, looking good!

    Being "in-shape" to me not only outlines the physical nature of how an individaul's body looks, but also the mental aspect. Keeping one's mind open to new endeavors, learning new material and keeping it active initiates that sense of wanting to better one's self. Other than keeping your external body and mind in-shape, you must also keep yourself internally in-shape.


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    Jan 05, 2009 8:54 PM GMT
    Depends on the individual. I'm feeling like I'm in good shape now, but I mentally see all my flaws highlighted. I could ignore them before, but I've become to aware of them to ignore them anymore.

    It's what you think of yourself that matters most. Others may or may not think your in shape, but that will only get to you if you let it. I've found that confidence is a beacon that blinds others to your small flaws. It's also sexy. icon_wink.gif
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    Jan 05, 2009 8:57 PM GMT
    Cholesterol (bad) - normal or below normal;

    Blood pressure - within normal range;

    Weight - within normal range for age and build.

    You can LOOK great but if you have high cholesterol or high blood pressure you could be approaching heart attack or stroke and not even know it.
  • dpjr

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    Jan 05, 2009 9:02 PM GMT
    Yes, low cholesterol, normal blood pressure, plus a good energy level, flexibility, strength to do anything you like to do, and, an appearance you like in the mirror.
  • TallGWMvballe...

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    Jan 05, 2009 9:03 PM GMT
    In shape to me is being fit, healthy, able to do what you want, not being over or under weight proportionally to your height, age, somantotye (being Ekto, Messo or Endomorphic)
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    Jan 06, 2009 12:51 AM GMT
    In addition to what everyone said, I think the generic description for in-shape would be "height/weight proportionate". Of course, if you're a competitive bodybuilder, your weight is going to be considerably more than other men that are the same height.
  • cdnclub

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    Jan 07, 2009 8:56 PM GMT
    I have a friend that could be on the cover of Men's Health magazine. He is height weight proportionate and has an amazing looking body.

    He has never seen the inside of a gym, and is out of breath walking up small hills and has to rest during an afternoon of shopping. He doesn't smoke and eats properly from what I can see.

    To sum it up, when I am at my most grotesque looking physically, I am still in way better shape than him.

    My 77 year old mother is in better shape than him. She looks like a 65 year old, and works out three days a week, hard.

    I don't think it matters how "hot" someone looks on the outside, if they haven't sweated for it with some sort of physical activity for the inside.

    In shape is taking care of yourself through diet and exercise, staying away from those "bad" habits like smoking so that your body will do the things that you want it to do. icon_smile.gif