FITNESS: How has it added to your life??

  • HndsmKansan

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    Sep 10, 2017 7:20 PM GMT
    Exercise and fitness along with a healthy diet become a part of a healthy lifestyle and (hopefully) a long and fulfilling life. Fitness has added so much to my own... from recovery from a lower back injury in the beginning to confidence, health and adding another aspect of a full and balanced life (along with everything else). I talk about it on my fitness show on a regular basis. So why did you get into fitness (or was it always there)? What benefits has it added to your life?
  • MuchoMasQueMu...

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    Sep 10, 2017 8:25 PM GMT
    I got into weightlifting to get some size and strength to ward off the bullies when I was a young teenager. In fact, the bullying started when I was as young as seven years old. When I was around ten years old I saw some bodybuilding magazines at the grocery store while tagging along with mom. It was the first time I ever saw men that looked like that. When I saw those big strong guys something in me just knew that people wouldn't pick on them because they looked strong. I would buy them and study their images. In a few years I actually did start reading the articles and began training. My body responded fast and I liked the results. It also did avert the bullies from picking fights with me. It was like turning a switch and all the violence stopped so it felt very empowering.

    This along with puberty, and following diet advice from bodybuilding magazines I went from 5'11" at 125lb as a freshman to weighing in at 220lb at 6ft tall at graduation. Back then I looked my best at 185lb and got nicknamed "Marky Mark" because our builds were identical back then.


    Admittedly, back then when my weight went up to 220lb I wasn't as lean and defined. I had more of a beefy football player build at that weight. I started to get a little fat as a senior. But now, three decades later I'm 220lb and I'm probably leaner than I've ever been.

    I've been working out for over thirty years and will plan to continue for as long as I can.
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    Sep 11, 2017 3:09 AM GMT
    Staying physically fit - through lifting (3 times weekly), swimming laps (1000 yards twice weekly) & cardio (daily) all contribute to my being in very good condition.

    I started out as a tall skinny kid. I wanted to play water polo in high school, and the coach took a chance with me - putting me through an intense program to build muscle and increase strength, endurance and speed. I went on to play as a driver on my high school & university teams.

    To this day - 40 years later - I'm still working out with the same intensity (almost!) that I had when I started. The benefits of being healthy & staying in shape include feeling and looking my best - being able to do everything I want to do, and keep getting as much action as I ever did.
  • transient

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    Sep 11, 2017 5:30 PM GMT
    I started the gym as a way to improve my body and get a better psychological grasp on my body image.

    I was 50kg at 30 years old and at 6`1 superskinny and malnourished after a long time on the disco diet.

    After six months I was 65kg of lean muscle.....I havnt added much in the interim 8 years but learned a lot about nutrition and body image.

    Exercise helped me get over a cheating partner and makes me feel pumped, fir and strong.

  • Destinharbor

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    Sep 11, 2017 8:40 PM GMT
    Always wanted a lean, muscular body. Always admired (lusted for) well built guys. But life filled up the time with other things and work sent me to Alabama where anything other than obese is considered fit. Moved to Florida and decided to start working out and get fit. Been doing that for 16 years now and finally have the body (almost) that I always wanted. Feel good about myself, like being out shirtless at the beach, like being noticed. I like the shape of my face better leaned out. I eat better and have learned to cook gourmet food using little fats and instead spices and herbs. I can make anything along the spice trade routes from China to Morocco and understand what differentiates them. Cooking and daily gym are my hobbies. Love them both. And I like that neither have end-points. I can always find an area to improve in my physique and I can always find something new and delicious to cook. I am entertained.
  • JackNNJ

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    Sep 12, 2017 1:52 AM GMT
    Fitness is cishetnormative and patriarchal.

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    FITNESS: How Has It Added To Your Life??


  • k15thelement

    Posts: 482

    Sep 12, 2017 12:04 PM GMT
    Physical fitness has complimented my mental toughness.

    Last year during the spartan beast, I sprained my ankle 2 miles into the race and had 12 more to go. I endured rain, mud, blood, and even hypothermia. Although I had the grit to endure it, I still needed to be fit and smart enough to avoid causing more damage while moving fast enough to not get DQ'd. Racers that don't pass a checkpoint at a certain time are taken out.

    Prior to that, my first month in the dojo dispelled all notions that I'd be like Ryu overnight. The first time I stayed after beginners class to hang with the higher belts was BRUTAL. I struggled to keep up with them. I also failed the physical portion of my promotion test on two occasions. I had to step my game up and I did.
  • CuriousJockAZ

    Posts: 21015

    Sep 12, 2017 3:47 PM GMT
    The biggest perk of a lifetime of living a lifestyle of keeping on a fitness regimen is that as I'm pushing 60 I am still in very good shape and pretty much always have been....though it is not as easy to stay that way as it once was. That being said, the aches and pains of that lifestyle in terms of back issues and arthritis are beginning to rear their ugly head.