Why don't people work out?

  • Zigs_01

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    Feb 07, 2015 5:51 AM GMT
    If everyone worked out three times a week for twenty minutes, people would be really healthy. I'm sure I'm not the only one who ask this question. I was looking at people in front of a store and I noticed a lot of people don't look well. Is it hard to keep a schedule?
  • roadbikeRob

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    Feb 07, 2015 3:18 PM GMT
    Many people just don't have the sufficient time to work out thanks to the endless demands of our money making obsessed, rat race society.
  • Rhi_Bran

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    Feb 07, 2015 4:39 PM GMT
    If everyone worked out three times a week for twenty minutes, people would be really healthy

    Not if they eat like pigs.

    Better to ask, "why don't people eat healthy?"
  • roadbikeRob

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    Feb 07, 2015 7:04 PM GMT
    Rhi_Bran saidIf everyone worked out three times a week for twenty minutes, people would be really healthy

    Not if they eat like pigs.

    Better to ask, "why don't people eat healthy?"
    For starters, you need to make natural foods much more affordable for the average working person and jack up the prices on processed foods and junk foods. At the present time, healthier and natural foods are very costly while all the useless junk and processed crap especially foods containing that toxic ingredient, high fructose corn syrup are all dirt cheap. The marketing and pricing of food needs major reform.
  • Destinharbor

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    Feb 07, 2015 7:12 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob said
    Rhi_Bran saidIf everyone worked out three times a week for twenty minutes, people would be really healthy

    Not if they eat like pigs.

    Better to ask, "why don't people eat healthy?"
    For starters, you need to make natural foods much more affordable for the average working person and jack up the prices on processed foods and junk foods. At the present time, healthier and natural foods are very costly while all the useless junk and processed crap especially foods containing that toxic ingredient, high fructose corn syrup are all dirt cheap. The marketing and pricing of food needs major reform.

    The reason so much of the junk food is cheap is because our government subsidizes it. And the callow politicians who's re-election is more important to them than the welfare of citizens are afraid of the election cycle that starts in the farm belt. Republican territory. I found it mind boggling that the Repukes targeted Michelle Obama for trying to improve the quality of food served in schools.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Feb 07, 2015 7:57 PM GMT
    Destinharbor said
    roadbikeRob said
    Rhi_Bran saidIf everyone worked out three times a week for twenty minutes, people would be really healthy

    Not if they eat like pigs.

    Better to ask, "why don't people eat healthy?"
    For starters, you need to make natural foods much more affordable for the average working person and jack up the prices on processed foods and junk foods. At the present time, healthier and natural foods are very costly while all the useless junk and processed crap especially foods containing that toxic ingredient, high fructose corn syrup are all dirt cheap. The marketing and pricing of food needs major reform.

    The reason so much of the junk food is cheap is because our government subsidizes it. And the callow politicians who's re-election is more important to them than the welfare of citizens are afraid of the election cycle that starts in the farm belt. Republican territory. I found it mind boggling that the Repukes targeted Michelle Obama for trying to improve the quality of food served in schools.
    This is why it is time to end government subsidies for agriculture especially for big corporations. This is another form of corporate welfare that I strongly disapprove of along with the NFL's corporate welfare. Its all bullshit.icon_mad.gif
  • MikemikeMike

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    Feb 08, 2015 9:15 AM GMT
    Because they are lazy. Everyone has 30 to 40 mins a day. That is unless you're an air traffic controller, single Dad with 3 kids raising them alone. No wait that is my buddy Ryan, and he makes time for the gymicon_idea.gif
  • Hjalmar

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    Feb 08, 2015 1:48 PM GMT
    MikemikeMike saidBecause they are lazy. Everyone has 30 to 40 mins a day. That is unless you're an air traffic controller, single Dad with 3 kids raising them alone. No wait that is my buddy Ryan, and he makes time for the gymicon_idea.gif


    This!

    Some people are just so dumb and getting fat. You don´t have to be a model or a bodybuilder to start working out. Just half an hour per day makes a difference, like just walking outside or using dumbbells if going to the gym frightens you. But hey, if you really are dumb, just get fatter and fatter icon_surprised.gif
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    Feb 08, 2015 2:56 PM GMT
    MikemikeMike saidBecause they are lazy. Everyone has 30 to 40 mins a day. That is unless you're an air traffic controller, single Dad with 3 kids raising them alone. No wait that is my buddy Ryan, and he makes time for the gymicon_idea.gif


    This totally.

    Unless it comes in the form of a pill or smartphone app, people will just make excuses for not doing it.
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    Feb 08, 2015 8:35 PM GMT
    woodfordr said
    MikemikeMike saidBecause they are lazy. Everyone has 30 to 40 mins a day. That is unless you're an air traffic controller, single Dad with 3 kids raising them alone. No wait that is my buddy Ryan, and he makes time for the gymicon_idea.gif


    This totally.

    Unless it comes in the form of a pill or smartphone app, people will just make excuses for not doing it.


    What's sad is, there are apps that give different workout routines for each day that people could use. Or, they could simply use YouTube to find a short workout video. People are just lazy.
  • kevmoran

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    Feb 09, 2015 12:40 AM GMT
    I was never overweight, so maybe this is a different situation. But I used to not workout because... why would I? If you eat relatively healthy and have a somewhat active job, weight and health aren't major issues. The only reason I workout now is to attract men, and that is the only reason all of you workout as well, whether you'll admit it or not.

    In short, you work out to be hot. That is not of the utmost importance to most people.
  • davfit

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    Feb 09, 2015 3:46 AM GMT
    They don't love themselves ..at least that's what I've found.
    even if they go to a gym..So many people who come to my gym
    do little or nothing. Trust me I watch them.. they have no workout plan and rest forever between sets and talk .. boring.. oh and their bodies show it..yuck ..and they look at me and make comments..like. oh you where just born that way.. your lucky..a..no..I made me this way..
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    Feb 09, 2015 4:49 AM GMT
    Are you kidding? And miss a TV sports show?
    Plus all the time it takes to rush out and buy the junk food advertised on the TV sports shows, so you can sit on the couch and eat it while watching TV sports.
    What are you, a commie or something?
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    Feb 09, 2015 5:27 AM GMT
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    Feb 09, 2015 7:56 AM GMT
    kevmoran saidI was never overweight, so maybe this is a different situation. But I used to not workout because... why would I? If you eat relatively healthy and have a somewhat active job, weight and health aren't major issues. The only reason I workout now is to attract men, and that is the only reason all of you workout as well, whether you'll admit it or not.

    In short, you work out to be hot. That is not of the utmost importance to most people.


    So young; so clueless.

    One typically exercises because it feels good. Being a stud is a side effect.
  • Hjalmar

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    Feb 09, 2015 2:51 PM GMT
    The body in that pic above has gone extreme imo. Of course it looks great, but that kind of body feels rock hard, like a brick wall. It doesn´t have that smoothness like normal body does.

    This body has that perfection, that I value icon_cool.gif
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    Feb 15, 2015 5:35 AM GMT
    kevmoran saidI was never overweight, so maybe this is a different situation. But I used to not workout because... why would I? If you eat relatively healthy and have a somewhat active job, weight and health aren't major issues. The only reason I workout now is to attract men, and that is the only reason all of you workout as well, whether you'll admit it or not.

    In short, you work out to be hot. That is not of the utmost importance to most people.


    This is incorrect. While eating a healthy diet and being semi-active through your work may keep you at a healthy body weight, it will do little to stimulate muscle growth and an increase in joint strength. In addition, active exercise helps the cardiovascular system maintain its smooth muscle. While a healthy diet will help prevent plaque formation and bloodflow blockages, it will not condition the heart the way exercise will.

    Everyone has different reasons for exercising. While most people would not doubt like to look better, some people do it because it is medically necessary. Patients who suffer from osteoarthritis experience much less severe joint pain if they follow a regular swimming routine, for example. Diabetic patients who participate in regular cardio routines experience better glucose control and fewer complications of diabetes (heart problems, neurovascular issues, etc).

    Though many guys may not consciously think about it, they are keeping their organs healthy by regularly exercising. If your cardiovascular system suffers, all of your organ systems will. The stimulation of the circulatory system that one gets through regular exercise is not to be undervalued. The heart is a muscle like anything else, and the more easily it can contract, the better one's circulation.
  • Svnw688

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    Feb 15, 2015 10:34 PM GMT
    kevmoran saidI was never overweight, so maybe this is a different situation. But I used to not workout because... why would I? If you eat relatively healthy and have a somewhat active job, weight and health aren't major issues. The only reason I workout now is to attract men, and that is the only reason all of you workout as well, whether you'll admit it or not.

    In short, you work out to be hot. That is not of the utmost importance to most people.


    Wrong. I workout because I LOVE ballet. It takes all my stress away, keeps me healthy so I'm never "winded," and makes me feel like I'm flying (when leaping or turning) and communing with the Gods when I perfectly hit my balance and mark in conjunction with the classical music.

    I do NOT workout for what my b/f (or when I'm single, what some homo in a bar thinks). Puh-leeze. That kind of hollow motivation wouldn't get me past binge taking a few classes. When the muscle cramps hit, and you're pushing yourself an hour in with 30 minutes to go, it's not what Teddy at the gay bar thinks. For me, it's about partaking in a beautiful artform that requires technique, years of disciplined training, and a raw amount of natural talent.

    DANCER FOR LIFE!
  • Svnw688

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    Feb 16, 2015 1:15 AM GMT
    TaeBo or die:

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    Feb 16, 2015 2:22 AM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidMany people just don't have the sufficient time to work out thanks to the endless demands of our money making obsessed, rat race society.


    I don't buy this time argument that people time for what's important, so if people say they don't have time, it's just not a priority for them. Do you ever hear anyone say they don't have time to eat? But because people don't immediately get ill from not working out, it may not be a priority with them.
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    Feb 16, 2015 1:25 PM GMT
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    Hjalmar saidThe body in that pic above has gone extreme imo. Of course it looks great, but that kind of body feels rock hard, like a brick wall. It doesn´t have that smoothness like normal body does.

    This body has that perfection, that I value icon_cool.gif
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    I agree 100% he also most likely doesn't have normal water retention AKA he eliminated sodium and if his carbs are low he's probably peeing every 2 hours... He probably was doing photos for a shoot or was recently in a fitness competition; he's not crazy bulky enough to be in a bodybuilding competition (I use to work at a gym and was surrounded by this all the time; I also like to play around with my own body).

    Now I'm sorry, but unless you have a trust fund most people don't have the time to reach that level of excellence and with a golden tan to boot. The photo here is more realistic and full set of abs (if you have the right genetics and fat disposition).

    It comes down to priorities. What I will say is DO NOT let a bf, friends, or family keep you from taking the time to take care of yourself. I recently had to realize and am still making this a priority in life. It's easy to let a guy override the normal routine that keeps you sane, strong, and content.
  • Destinharbor

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    Feb 16, 2015 6:29 PM GMT
    There is an alternative answer. I have a friend who was mildly athletic and even did some gym work regularly though not obsessively (like me) for most of his life. When his kids graduated college and his marriage fell apart, he remarried a woman who is clearly overweight. At that age, we all fight a slower metabolism and he just decided to enjoy food and not worry about his shape. As far as I can tell, he's still healthy, probably 30 pounds overweight. He like to cook and eat and just not spend his time thinking or worrying about it. Not my style but not unreasonable.
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    Apr 09, 2015 8:37 PM GMT
    OP: To answer your question, one of the reasons may be that some people find going to the gym as boring as hell.

    How are you defining working out? Do you mean being "gym fit", or are you including non-regimented workouts (ie. playing on a sports team, or swimming three times a week)? Does someone who does nothing but go for an hour-long walk (at a brisk pace) count as working out?

    I ask this because of my cousin -- she is in her early 60's. She skis (both cross country and downhill), skates, rollerblades, cycles, and windsurfs (she had to give up snowboarding last year due to an accident). She does all of these things year round as the weather allows, and her endurance and strength is as good as an active woman half her age...but doesn't have -- and never has had -- big guns or abs of steel. Does this make her "unhealthy"?
  • nicelyproport...

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    Apr 09, 2015 11:12 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidAt the present time, healthier and natural foods are very costly.


    I don't buy this argument. Today at the supermarket I purchased the following:

    -- a frozen blend of broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots for less than $2 per bag.
    -- cans of solid white tuna for less than $1.50 each.
    -- fresh Granny Smith apples for less than $1 per apple.

    Plenty of healthful foods are inexpensive. But given a choice between frozen broccoli and Tater Tots, 90% of the population will opt for Tater Tots, which are more expensive than the frozen broccoli I just purchased and virtually devoid of nutrients.



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    Apr 10, 2015 2:51 AM GMT
    I think it's more of people making it a habit. They start out working out and get sore so they take a few days off to recover and then don't Starr back up. Some people are also lacking motivation. You see a lot of people working out at the beginning of the new year but then most get tired of it.