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post #46 of 69
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Originally Posted by farooqm
Couple of points:

1) Make a schedule and stick to it. No matter what. The only time I miss a workout is if my gym is closed, I had to work till 3am the night before, I'm physically sick.

2) Find a program and stick to it, try Max-OT for a start.

3) Try working out in the mornings, I workout M-F before I go to work an hour everyday. Its so much easier than coming home in the evenings and forcing yourself into the gym. You'll find yourself more energized during the day as well.

4) Print a picture of what you want to look like and put it next to your mirror in the bathroom, everytime you get out of the shower you'll see yourself and the picture and remember what you're working towards.

5) Working out is only as effective as your diet, eat healthy and you will see much better results.

What he said.
post #47 of 69
I agree completely with the other (more important) reasons mentioned: i.e. health, "vanity", etc.
But one other reason I work out regularly is for clients. As a private practice attorney I am of the opinion that clients are more "impressed" if their attorney is not an obese slob. Maybe I'm wrong, but simply put I think that perhaps a client would feel that if their attorney is taking care of themselves, they are likely to take care of "me". Maybe that is naive', but I truly believe there is something to that. And, not just in terms of being an attorney. Rather, regardless of your field of work, if you look like you put some effort into staying physically fit and do not have a beer gut hanging over your belt, it looks like you basically give a damn about your appearance. Not talking about looking like you spend 2 hours in the gym preparing for a Muscle & Fitness layout, but that you spend 30 minutes to an hour 4-5 days per week "staying in shape".
post #48 of 69
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Originally Posted by MetroStyles
Vanity. Find some pictures of a physique you want and tell yourself the only way to get there is to work at it.

indeed. this is what i do, my background on my computer at home is brad pitt in fight club. friends call me gay, and whatnot, but its a lot of inspiration to see where you want to be.
post #49 of 69
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Originally Posted by bobbyd
I agree completely with the other (more important) reasons mentioned: i.e. health, "vanity", etc.
But one other reason I work out regularly is for clients. As a private practice attorney I am of the opinion that clients are more "impressed" if their attorney is not an obese slob. Maybe I'm wrong, but simply put I think that perhaps a client would feel that if their attorney is taking care of themselves, they are likely to take care of "me". Maybe that is naive', but I truly believe there is something to that. And, not just in terms of being an attorney. Rather, regardless of your field of work, if you look like you put some effort into staying physically fit and do not have a beer gut hanging over your belt, it looks like you basically give a damn about your appearance. Not talking about looking like you spend 2 hours in the gym preparing for a Muscle & Fitness layout, but that you spend 30 minutes to an hour 4-5 days per week "staying in shape".

Great first post.

Yes, looking unfit can hurt perceptions of professionals. Obesity, for example, often leads to negative judgments about work ethic, organizational skills, and intelligence.

Here is a recent example from the news.
post #50 of 69
I stopped exercising completely for two years. I had stressing work together with school and then I went to the army for a year (compulsory in Finland). My weight skyrocketed to 110 kgs (about 240 pounds). One fine day I just decided that's enough. I started 6 months diet, counted EVERYTHING I ate, bought gym membership and started doing martial arts.

After 6 months my bodyweight was down to 90 kgs (200 pounds) and my Jeans Size went from 38" to 33" or 34". After that I've being trying to slowly gain muscle by cycling bulking/dieting phases. My weight is currently 92 kgs but with much lower fat-% (and with higher muscle mass) than before. I'm currently lifting weights 3 times / week and also doing BJJ and aikido.

It has slowly become a lifestyle and it's hard to keep even one day off. Nowadays I feel a shitload healthier and my knee problems have disappeared. Also my mood has been definitively improved. When I didn't exercise I was always in low mood especially in winters, when it's so dark here.

In addition I'm not always out of breath when I (try to) catch a bus and of course; I look a helluvalot better. It's funny how my gf is a lot more jealous nowadays. I Can't even list all the positive changes I have got from regular exercising.

Since this is a style forum: I have noticed that if you're out of shape, no amount of money you spend to clothes, makes your look good.
post #51 of 69
lower health risks
improved mobility
save money on alterations
post #52 of 69
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Originally Posted by preynhunt
I am really trying to start exercising, but I cant seem to focus. I run on the treadmill for 30mins, then I get bored, I cant stand anything on tv, and listening to music while exercising, only is exciting for sometime. what do you guys do, or inspires you to workout or exercise?

I love feeling muscular. I love that feeling of testestrone flowing in my body (the best female attractor).
post #53 of 69
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Originally Posted by Bradford
Regarding this - while there are certainly medical reasons why people may be obese, I would venture to guess that there are good deal less people who are actually obese because of these than who "claim" to be obese for medical reasons. Isn't is amazing how every fat person now has a thryroid problem. Apparently no one can accept being fat anymore, instead they have to blame it on something beyond their control. But, when you go to the grocery store, where do you see these fat people? Certainly not in the health food aisle or the vegetable section. No, they're almost always in the frozen foods, snack aisle or pre-packaged dinners section. I'm always tempted to say, "You might have a thyroid issue honey, but I don't think the prescribed treatment is a pint of Ben & Jerry's a bag of potato chips and a Diet Coke."

Biology plays a huge role, though. The exact thyroid issue you mention runs in my family (diagnosed as such).
post #54 of 69
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Originally Posted by Mr. Checks
Biology plays a huge role, though. The exact thyroid issue you mention runs in my family (diagnosed as such).

I can understand that it is a real issue, but I doubt it is as prevalent as claimed by many who seem to just use it as an excuse.
post #55 of 69
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Originally Posted by Mr. Checks
Biology plays a huge role, though. The exact thyroid issue you mention runs in my family (diagnosed as such).
perhaps in your case with an actual diagnosis of thyroid issues, biology plays a big role. However, I agree with bradford that lots of people use "biology" as a lame-ass excuse for being fat. Eating right and exercise should be sufficient for at least 99% of the people to not be fat.
post #56 of 69
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Originally Posted by hobo
perhaps in your case with an actual diagnosis of thyroid issues, biology plays a big role. However, I agree with bradford that lots of people use "biology" as a lame-ass excuse for being fat. Eating right and exercise should be sufficient for at least 99% of the people to not be fat.

I do not have that diagnosis, but it runs in my family, who all share a certain body type that is not admired by today's society.

If "not be fat" is the standard, you might be close to right, depending on how "fat" is defined.
I fear the image-makers' standard is now much more strict, "must be thin" and, if that's the case, eating right and exercise will NOT make 99% of people thin/trim/asthetically pleasing, because of the biology they start with.

If you don't think that biology plays a huge role, look at insular communities and see how one body type predominates.
post #57 of 69
There's no excuse to be fat. I got fat and I'm trying to do something about it. I don't buy into this bullshit of crying to Oprah about how it's a disease and all that shit.

I drank too much, stopped playing sports and was eating at the wrong times of day. That's not a disease, it's making poor decisions in congress with some bad genetics. Take care of it, move on.
post #58 of 69
Health reasons for me. Diabetes runs on my mother's side of the family, and high blood pressure on my father's side (recently had an uncle who suffered a stroke and a twin brother who's been diagnosed as a diabetic several months ago).

My mom was diagnosed with an early stage of colon cancer about 2 years ago, luckily she's ok now (she gets checked every 6 months), and my grandfather (her dad) died of colon cancer 20 years ago, but i guess thats more of a diet thing than excercise?
post #59 of 69
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Originally Posted by Bradford
I can understand that it is a real issue, but I doubt it is as prevalent as claimed by many who seem to just use it as an excuse.

Ditto. Most people (excepting those with serious and legitimate medical reasons such as thyroid abnormalities) can be reasonably fit by adhering to a reasonable exercise regimen and reasonable diet. To those who complain that they have no time for an exercise regimen, I say that a rudimentary exercise regimen takes very little time (just run for 30 minutes near your house/apartment, followed by 15 minutes of calisthenics, 5 times a week. Including a shower, that less that 5 hours total (1 hour per workout.) For those who say that they cannot adhere to a reasonable diet, I say that unless you are truly derelict, you can. Excepting those in the direst straits, all North Americans and Europeans have access to healthy food choices. It just takes discipline to make the right choices. For some it will be harder than others to maintain reasonable physical fitness, yes. But no one said that life was fair.
post #60 of 69
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Originally Posted by Violinist
There's no excuse to be fat. I got fat and I'm trying to do something about it. I don't buy into this bullshit of crying to Oprah about how it's a disease and all that shit.

I drank too much, stopped playing sports and was eating at the wrong times of day. That's not a disease, it's making poor decisions in congress with some bad genetics. Take care of it, move on.


Why are you assuming that most people who are heavy are whining about it without trying to do something about it? Many people who are seriously overweight have made many attempts to lose weight, and struggle with it because of a medical condition or their natural metabolism or some kind of predisposition. People's bodies are different -- just because your fat was due to laziness doesn't mean that everyone who's fat is just being a slob. I can eat whatever the hell I want 5 times a day and stay lean, but that's me. It would be stupid for me to look down on other people because they don't have the same metabolism I do.

Much of the time, there are emotional issues too, so I don't think saying "take care of it and move on" is very helpful.
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