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Why do you love working out?

I'm finally going to do it, get back to working out after a long haitus. To those of you who love working out, why? I have to adopt your thinking so any tips you have are welcome.


Wed. Sep 27, 11:11am

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i suggest searching the numerous threads on this topic. i think you will come across many that may be helpful.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006, 11:25 AM

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here is a link to one of the threads...


Wednesday, September 27, 2006, 11:26 AM

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I love to work out becuase of the way I feel after a good workout. I feel proud of myself, and have increased energy. It is also nice to take measurements and watch as they decrease over the months.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006, 11:44 AM

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But there are new members here so I'm starting the thread again. Thanks for the link too :)

Wednesday, September 27, 2006, 11:47 AM

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new members can contribute to any thread-new or old. just for your info...

Wednesday, September 27, 2006, 11:51 AM

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I personally dislike wading through old threads that have gotten too long and sometimes a fresh start gives you new perspective yes?

I have recently started working again out after a period of rehabilitation. It makes me feel stronger every day, more focued on my health and definitely helps me drink more water! (sometime I'm terrible about unless I go to the gym) It helps my body stay pain-free and flexible and boy do my clothes fit differently after just a few weeks. Working out makes the blood pump through my veins harder delivering more oxygen to cells that might not benefit as much without it. My skin glows, my eyes are brighter and my digestion works much better. My posture improves when I work out too and my step is lighter and more energentic.

Thanks for the great thread Elle!

Wednesday, September 27, 2006, 12:20 PM

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Obviously working out takes the lbs off. And I have found that now when I go to the gym, I wake up and feel energy just coming thru the door, and always feel better when I leave. Generally, the time spent there is more than offset by the energy returns.

But I especially love being alone and in a zone by myself. It's like meditation. I know people like to watch television or chat at the gym, but in my opinion if you can carry on a bunch of other activities you may not be working hard enough. I like to work just hard enough that few other thoughts are possible. I enjoy that very single minded, alone at the edge of the world feeling, even if for only a short time.

I listen to music while I run, but tend to favor high energy music with hard to understand or inconsequental lyrics because what I am really enjoying at the gym is an hour where I am not thinking of work or anything else except breathing and getting thru that next minute or next lift. In meditation they teach you to concentrate on a spot on the wall, but don't get too interested in it. I like to feel that way in the gym. I know where I am, but I don't have all that much awareness of it. It's me vs. myself, and other other questions fall away.

It's a great gift to be able to do something that narrows your thoughts down to a fine point, like meditation, and returns so many other good benefits as well.

I love my gym. I think it likes me a little too.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006, 1:02 PM

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The endorphins just make me SO HAPPY -- its like a drug! No more depression or sadness....just always in a great mood. Plus, it makes my body look and feel great!

Wednesday, September 27, 2006, 3:05 PM

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Yes, thanks for the new post elle....much appreciated!

Thursday, September 28, 2006, 1:36 AM

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I always always always feel better after. But it is so hard to do it. It is much easier to do things that make me feel badly afterwards. I wonder how you "train" yourself to think a little more long term. Now we are only talking 15-20 minutes long term, that is how long it takes me to get some exercise in that makes me feel great.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006, 8:54 AM

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