Do you think being physically fit as a child growing up has helped you later in life?

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    Feb 27, 2009 1:43 PM GMT
    I was never encouraged to do sports growing up. Have always been interested in bodybuilding and nutrition though.

    As I get older I have done more and more to take care of myself, but wonder if I had been more involved physically as a child would it be easier now?

  • TexanMan82

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    Feb 27, 2009 4:24 PM GMT
    Definitely. I wasn't into sports either as a kid. My best friend, on the other hand, has played some sort of sport his whole life (football, wrestling, track) and he has one of the best bodies I've ever seen not on the internet.

    The earlier you start, the easier it is as you age.
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    Feb 27, 2009 4:30 PM GMT
    It probably has something to do with it but wouldn't know what kind of lasting impact it would have had. As your body grows it would have become used to the strains put on it and developed.

    I was forced to play basketball and baseball growing up which I hated. I did one year of track in middle school. When I was about 12 my family moved to a very small Texas town and I got out of the house more since we lived on 20 acres and 10 miles from town. All that climbing trees and crap probably helped get my legs to not be as skinny as they probably would be.

    We had a section of trees covered in vines and I would start at one end and without touching the ground get to the other end. Always fun. I'd get my running in from being chased by an insane donkey. LOL I haven't thought about that donkey in a long time.
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    Feb 27, 2009 4:45 PM GMT
    There can definitely be a direct correlation between being an active kid and they one's body has progressed over time. I have friends who played sports all their lives and have AMAZING bodies, but I also have those who have gone to the way side. I wish I would have stuck with baseball when I was younger and continued to play through high school and college. It would have put my body in better physical condition than it is now.
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    Feb 27, 2009 5:26 PM GMT
    I know we all have different bodies and etc....but My oldest son is 20 and a marine. He played Baseball for 8 years and was always in really good shape, that followed him into the marines and he is ripped!!

    My daughter she is 18 and we never could get her to stick with anything and she struggles with her weight, but she also doesnt exercise or have the desire to.

    My youngest son is 9 now and is pretty active but would sit infront of the playstation 2 for 10 hours a day if I let him. We are considering getting him into t-ball this year and I take him to the Ymca with me and have introduced him to Racquetball...he loves it.

    I think if we are introduced to these activities/sports as a child it lays the groundwork for our metabolism and growth for later on.

    My oldest son even though he is in great shape and gets plenty of exercise in the marines still is very conscious of what he eats and and especially drinks. I am glad to see he is making such great habits at a young stage in his life.

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    Feb 27, 2009 9:09 PM GMT
    I definitely think so. I swam competitively until I got to college, in addition to mountain biking, waterskiing, rock climbing, and backpacking about 300 miles a year. I was *definitely* in shape.

    College changed some of that - freshmen semester, I put on 20 #, and lost all of it during my second semester. I was about 155# naturally for the better part of six years. I've only now begun to put on weight - but it's intentional, and muscle mass.

    I"m not quite as lean as I would like to be, but that will change soon. I honestly think that being in great shape made me body-conscious aware, and I know that I'll never be fat, short of some sort of catastrophe. I simply do not like guys with extra pounds - or women...

    I also like the way I feel when I"m in shape, as well as the way I look, and now that I"m getting older, I recognize the long term benefits - from the diet - to the exercise, to being able to ward off what is probably the worst genetic family history in the world. ;-)
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    Feb 27, 2009 9:27 PM GMT
    I was big sneezy allergy kid which led to piano, writing and academics. Probably for the best. But if we'd had Claritin back then my life would have been completely different. Didn't start lifting until late high school.
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    Feb 28, 2009 12:58 AM GMT
    Yes, definitely. I wasn't involved in team sports. But I rode my bike a lot when I was a kid. Also took up skateboarding around jr high. By the time I got to high school, I had some decent looking legs. When I started running, my legs just started getting bigger. I just wish I started lifting weights earlier also. Because now I'm trying to get my upper body to be more muscular. icon_neutral.gif
  • Latenight30

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    Feb 28, 2009 1:42 PM GMT
    emphaticly Yes.
    I'm a product of the Regan Arnold Swartzneagger years.
    I didn't like dressing out, I was shy but at home I would lift weights and always was active. Only team sport I did was wrestling in HS. Then I got into theatre but kept lifting. I am adopted so I don't know much about my Parents but I seem to have goo genes. To bad no offspring.
  • rnch

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    Feb 28, 2009 2:00 PM GMT

    i've seen to many jr high/high school/college atheletes turn into gross, fat slobs in their 30's and 40's.

    life is a work in progress.......SOME of us get better as we mature. icon_cool.gif
  • HotCoach

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    Feb 28, 2009 2:16 PM GMT
    I agree and at first hand. I did nothing physically until after college. Then I got religion. Now almost 50 yrs later I am one of the fittest men I know.
    But, on the other hand, my 5 sons were star athletes from their early yrs. 2 went to prestigious prep schools, Exeter and Belmont Hill, on full scholarships. But now they are couch athletes especially during football season. Granted there are injuries to take into account. But where I started just running then swimming they never seemed to have learned that fitness isn't all about the "glories" of the games they played but simply by getting some form of exercise EVERYDAY. I lay the blame at the altar of the American concept of "competition". Certainly I set an example but the culture didn't. Will we ever change the way fitness is "taught" as opposed to organized sports?
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    Mar 01, 2009 2:11 AM GMT
    I was a distance runner and was very small, but worked out like a mofo. I think it's helped.

    I also think it's helped me to develo a small case of "bigemia". I can never get strong enough.
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    Mar 01, 2009 2:52 AM GMT
    Growing up, I struggled between being active and eating a lot. Ranging from swimming by the river and playing a lot of baseball everyday to being spoiled rotten by my aunts and cousins when it comes to food. I don't do those as much as I wish nowadays since I'm more focused on watching what I eat and hitting the gym regularly.
  • Thaitank

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    Mar 01, 2009 3:17 AM GMT

    My father forced me to Karate at age 5 till I got my black belt at around 10, then he dragged me to MUAY THAI (kickboxing) because even with some karate training I got my ass kicked by a school bully but it all changed after I did some Muay Thai and kick that bully's ass in school for a stupid revenge. icon_razz.gif. I also did many styles of kung fu and tai chi also.

    My childhood life was very active and physical. I love to stress my body out with a good work out and If I don't get that going I'd go nuts.