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Exercise Guilt?

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

I love the workouts I do... mostly FIRM DVDs... and I regularly push myself with heavier weights and higher intensity within the workouts. However, I am no where near the level of CrossFit, P90X, Insanity, etc. I have no desire to push my body that hard. I monitor my HR when I work out, and average well over 65% of my MHR for my age (50).

I sometimes feel like a slacker by not pushing myself to the level of HIIT. I tried P90X and hated it. I work very hard, but still feel guilty as if I'm not really working out if not at that level.

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OOLALA53 9/21/2013 7:03AM

    Why be fit? Isn't the major reason supposed to be for health? Well, the greatest health benefits of working out are achieved by taking a 30-minute walk about 4 days a week. The benefits of more than that are there, but very small Certain individuals may benefit more, but it's almost impossible to tell who they are. Being more fit doesn't actually mean being more healthy or even long-lived. In our culture, we base so much on appearance, but health is an inside job. Those programs are blatant about selling looks, and yes, those bodies get a lot of admiration from strangers. That kind of approval has never been the foundation of real happiness. You've got what you need right now. emoticon

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MRSDIRTBOB 4/27/2013 12:29PM

    I am new to SP, and find your story and blog very inspiring and encouraging...I will be 50 in January 2014 and I hope to be the BEST 50 I can can be while enjoying every day of being 49.

I think I have the FIRM here somewhere....I had not even thought of that until I saw your post.

Wishing you continued success in your life changing journey

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MOBYCARP 4/23/2013 8:42PM

    Your exercise guilt sounds like my Mr. Testosterone. The fact is, no matter how strong/fast/flexible/coordinated you are, someone is better. So what? You need to be strong/fast/flexible/coordinated enough to be healthy and live a reasonable life. If your exercise routine does that for you, great!

Not everyone has to be a poster child for Crossfit. Some people will injure themselves if they try to hard to work at that level.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 4/23/2013 7:25PM

    I agree with you. Looking at the P90X DVDs there's no one remotely in my age group which leads me to believe I'm not their target audience. I have done a few of their titles with modifications off course, but have no desire to work hard enough to complete the program even if it were physically possible.

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BOPPY_ 4/23/2013 2:06PM

    * Enjoy your accomplishments. Considerable!!!
* If you remain interested in progressing, in fitness, increment in steps, and be consistent.
. You want to be fit at 50 and fit at 60, and ...
. As someone who as abused his body over 50 years (in sports), I am an expert in what not to do. ;-(

As you know, there is more to life than some TV bozo's conception of fitness.

Lee emoticon

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MKELLY72 4/23/2013 1:30PM

    I'm definitely not on par with any of those things either, and I don't consider myself a slacker :) Neither are you! Everyone is different, and we don't all dig that kind of workout--I like to help my boyfriend split and stack firewood for fitness--not everyone would like that :)

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CAROLJEAN64 4/23/2013 10:55AM

    I recently finished some intensive training as a yoga instructor. We had quite a discussion about PX90 and CROSSFIT during our training. The type of bodies those trainings are meant to create come much closer to the kind of training body builders did 20 or 30 years ago. A body builder's body is not "normal." We came to the conclusion that that sort of training is actually doing violence to your body.
DO NOT FEEL GUILTY. You want a healthy, fit body.

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