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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.

Elle


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...

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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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i don't love working out, but i love how i feel AFTER i work out, too...

Wednesday, October 25, 2006, 3:04 PM

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alone at the edge of the world feeling

Wow!!! To the 1:02pm poster (on Sept. 27): your post was so beautifully written. I agree that working out is meditative...it helps me to stay focused on the moment and be free from other thoughts...that is pure joy. Like the 1:02 poster said, I just focus on the next rep or the next 30 seconds up a hill on the treadmill... When I'm not at the gym, my mind races so much that I burn myself out, so to speak. The skill of "quieting the mind" is so important and difficult to learn.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006, 4:54 PM

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I love to workout, because it is my "me" time.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006, 6:06 PM

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I love working out because of a combination of the above: it keeps the depression at bay, which makes me feel better long-term and if I skip two days I notice my mood take a nosedive... and I've decided I like being happy!

I also love working out because it's just for me. I don't answer my cell phone (although at night I take it for safety), I keep it on silent. I turn up my iPod and i can get away from the stress and the people (because although I love people there's a point where there are too many around all of the time)... and then I go home and take a warm bubble bath as a reward when I'm gross and sweaty.
It's all about the bubblebath (with music and no phone). :)

Wednesday, October 25, 2006, 9:21 PM

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It makes me feel so strong! And working up a sweat feels like a release of all the grossness, whether it's junk I have eaten or just stress. Then a stretch and a hot shower and I feel like a new girl.

Thursday, October 26, 2006, 12:42 PM

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because it's the only time I get to strickly focus on myself

Thursday, October 26, 2006, 7:06 PM

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