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post #16 of 69
looking at obese people, i ask myself why would anyone let themselves become like that?
post #17 of 69
genes. a medical condition. those are two reasons someone might be overweight.

bob
post #18 of 69
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Originally Posted by rdawson808
genes. a medical condition. those are two reasons someone might be overweight.

bob

Or they've been stuffing their faces with food and haven't been bothered to lift their arses out of their couches. Once someone becomes obese, even light exercises become a chore.
post #19 of 69
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Originally Posted by DarkNWorn
Or they've been stuffing their faces with food and haven't been bothered to lift their arses out of their couches. Once someone becomes obese, even light exercises become a chore.

Obviously. But it's not the only reason someone may be obese. That's what I was pointing out. I thought it was obvious.

b
post #20 of 69
Find some sort of exercise you enjoy and keep at it. If you are bored and it has become a chore you will not be able to keep it up. I gave up running a long times ago... got bored once I got myself to run a mile under my minimum goal plus my shins hurt like hell nowadays if I try running. Whether that will be cycling, tennis, martial arts of some sort, badminton, squash...whatever it may be. Oh as fo rthe original question. I want to stay relatively thin and keep my body in reasonable shape. Especially as it seems that already at my age I am experiencing some serious joint problems. Long term investment basically.
post #21 of 69
Girls. Married ten years, still want to impress girls.
post #22 of 69
To look good for beaucoup females.
post #23 of 69
if you enjoy a sport, join a local league that has competitive yet friendly matches. I hate working out but i started playing ice hockey at lunch every weekday and its a great workout and really fun.
post #24 of 69
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Originally Posted by mensimageconsultant
Here's another one of those facts: most people exercise primarily for aesthetic reasons.
Guilty. As posted previously i put on a bunch of weight after i had surgery, the mirror insisted i get rid of it. Hated looking at the gut. Dont really care too much about the health factor - a few extra kilo wouldnt kill me, Ive certainly never been obese - but it looked horrible and people were asking me which trimester I was in, it had to go....
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post #26 of 69
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Originally Posted by VersaceMan

What he said.
post #27 of 69
What keeps me going? Setting short and long term goals, then acheiving them. I've dropped 50 lbs in the past 6 months; I didn't get there by only telling myself "I want to be 50 lbs lighter in 6 months", and end it there. Setting that as your only goal is much too difficult to grasp, which leaves you floundering without a purpose. Have the goal you ultimately want, but set many small goals along the way that will ultimately lead you to your large goal. Breaking it down always helps, and acheiving each little goal is that much more motivation to keep at it.

Like right now, for example, i'm doing a clean bulk on an intermediate 5x5 program (If you have any interest in weight lifting, research 5x5, there is nothing that has the time tested and proven credentials of 5x5). At the beginning, I set my test weights slightly higher than the actual test weights I ended my last program with. I did this with the expectation of meeting my old records sooner, but ultimately having to reset sooner. I'm on my 6th week and am still setting records, and know that I have at least another 2 weeks in me. I had been expecting to reset by the 6th or 7th week. This is a long term goal that makes me happy. Going into the gym with my 5x5 routine all layed out, then killing all the sets for the day is a goal I acheive every time I leave the gym. If I start failing to acheive those goals, then I simply reset and take a new approach, so that the progress toward my goal isn't hindered.

The fact that I've increased my drive by nearly 50 yards since I started is a very nice bonus. And sure, I like looking good in the mirror and for the girls. That goes without saying. Ultimately, however, I lift for myself, the satisfying feeling of accomplishment after every session, the effect it has on my mood, my mental strength and endurance, and my overall outlook on life. If I take a week off, I notice the loss in all the aforementioned effects I experience from lifting. Having those effects in my life is what I really need to keep me going.
post #28 of 69
clothing prices
post #29 of 69
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Originally Posted by rdawson808
Obviously. But it's not the only reason someone may be obese. That's what I was pointing out. I thought it was obvious.

b

But there's a medical condition that can cause laziness and, in turn, weight gain: depression.

Treatment for depression can also cause weight gain.

Here is another explanation for the many people who don't take care of how they look. Feeling that physical attractiveness is hopelessly low might cause depression.
post #30 of 69
A wardrobe of close-fitting Cosutme National jackets that won't let me gain an ounce of fat helps

I work out for an hour 3x a week, but personally, I can't stand treadmills. Try an elliptical trainer or a stairstepper.
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