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12/1/12 3:31 P

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Endorphins. They help me fight pain and boost me mood. Better than any drug.
It also keeps me motivated to be healthy in the other areas of my life.

GRACE. BEAUTY. LAUGHTER. REST. COMPASSION. GOOD FOOD.


I love to cook and bake. I have compiled hundreds of recipes on Pinterest: Crowd pleasers: Traditional & Lightened versions of timeless favorites, as well as: gluten free, vegan, Paleo & Grain-Free... and a ton of Scones and desserts.
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CORALINE01's Photo CORALINE01 Posts: 313
10/27/12 9:20 A

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there is a point in the list of health reasons that is not there. i have noticed it now that i do not exercise every night after dinner because it is dark and cold (there is a lot of traffic and they really do not care if you become a hood ornament and indoors is not an option either- old house with weak floors and low ceilings but i'll figure something out)

my anxiety and panic levels are rising again. i did not realize the impact of how much exercise made on burning up the useless energy.

Marriage isn’t like a tray of hors d'oeuvres. You can’t just pick what you fancy; you’ve got to take the lot or nothing. – Cary Grant, The Grass Is Greener

“Fairy tales, are more than true. Not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be defeated.” — G.K. Chesterton


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10/25/12 8:50 P

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Health, Fun and Appearance

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10/21/12 1:45 P

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I have been doing HIIT with Jillian Michaels. Wow! At first I couldn't jump rope or jump on one leg. But now 7 weeks later I am able to do those things. I still have problems with push-ups but I am getting stronger. I am excited to change my health and body from couch potato to a strong woman. I am trying not to put so much emphasis on muscles as weight loss but my muscles look good and feel better.
I feel so much better, that I have to continue to eat better and work out.
I too want to run into my 60's.
I want to healthy until I am no more.


One Day At a Time. I only have today and I will make the very best of it.


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8/19/12 6:48 A

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To tone and firm, re-energize and above all lose some weight!

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THESLIMMERME1's Photo THESLIMMERME1 Posts: 242
8/19/12 1:59 A

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1. Burn calories
2. Be more flexible
3. Improve balance
4. Enjoy the 'camaraderie' of like minded people
5. Feel energised afterwards
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CORALINE01's Photo CORALINE01 Posts: 313
8/17/12 2:33 P

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6. there is no phone, nagging spouse, screaming kids on the bike path. just peace and solitude

Marriage isn’t like a tray of hors d'oeuvres. You can’t just pick what you fancy; you’ve got to take the lot or nothing. – Cary Grant, The Grass Is Greener

“Fairy tales, are more than true. Not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be defeated.” — G.K. Chesterton


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5/31/12 3:35 P

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1. Health - Improved apearance is nice additonal benefit from the focus on my health
2. The endorphin levels
3. My competetive nature
I can enjoy so many things that I love that I did not do when I was less fit: walking, hiking, fencing. I can even say that I enjoy running, too.



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5/29/12 8:50 A

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I am a 1 and 3 kind of guy. I started this whole weight loss and exercise thing to get fit. As you slide into your fifties you start thinking about how healthy you want to be in your old age. I don't know about anyone else but I don't want to limp or be wheeled into my sixties I want to hit them at a full run! I do think exercise is fun. I love the three hours every wednesday I spend roller skating with my daughter, I love going on long bike rides, and I love my daily walks. I also belong to a hiking group and go on longer hikes on the weekends.

Rob

I've found without question that the best way to lead others to a more plant-based diet is by example - to lead with your fork, not your mouth. ~Bernie Wilke
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5/28/12 11:31 P

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nos. 1 & 6 , i work in the greenhouse/landscaping field and #6 because i have to. sorry but i find nothing interesting about sweating on purpose. i do like walking/hiking in new places though. the intrigue of exploration.

Marriage isn’t like a tray of hors d'oeuvres. You can’t just pick what you fancy; you’ve got to take the lot or nothing. – Cary Grant, The Grass Is Greener

“Fairy tales, are more than true. Not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be defeated.” — G.K. Chesterton


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5/28/12 12:40 P

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Health (physical & mental) and appearance. emoticon

You are worth it!


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5/28/12 11:28 A

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Mine's for health and for appearance. I haven't found exercise to be fun unless I'm biking. I love that.

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5/28/12 11:20 A

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2 & 3 for me. I LOVE the endorphin high I get from exercise - I think working out is fun !



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5/28/12 9:22 A

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The 5 reasons people exercise — what's yours?

People exercise for one of five reasons: for work, for health, for recreation, for competition, or for their appearance.

The amount of exercise you need depends on your reasons for exercising, on your starting point, and on how quickly you want to achieve your goals. And the type of exercise you choose depends on your personal abilities and preferences, on your schedule, and on the facilities at your disposal.

1. Exercise for work

For better or worse, not many 21st century Americans fill their exercise quotas in the workplace. As recently as the 1850s, about 30% of all the energy used for agriculture and manufacturing in the United States depended on human muscle power. No more. We've replaced hoes with tractors, brooms with vacuums, and stairs with escalators. Freed from physical work, people have used mental work to create a society of enormous convenience and comfort. In the process, though, we've created a hidden energy crisis—not a shortage of fossil fuels, but a shortage of the physical activity the human body needs to ward off disease and reach its full potential.

2. Exercise for health

Exercise is the best-kept secret in preventive medicine. Despite our other differences, we all need to exercise for health. Regular exercise provides essential protection against many of the diseases that plague our country. The list includes:

heart attack
stroke
high blood pressure
diabetes
obesity
osteoporosis and fractures
depression
colon and breast cancers
dementia (memory loss)
What does it take to get these benefits? Less than you might think. The key is what exercise scientists call isotonic exercise—activities that use your large muscle groups in a rhythmic, repetitive fashion without making your muscles work against heavy resistance. We used to call this "aerobic" exercise because we thought it had to be intense enough to boost your heart rate into the aerobic range (70% to 85% of your maximum heart rate). We also called it "endurance" exercise because we thought it had to be sustained continuously to be beneficial. But we now know that neither of these long-held beliefs is true. In fact, you can get all the health benefits you need from moderate exercise that won't make you huff and puff, even if you do it in little chunks—as long as it adds up to enough total activity.

Mix daily activities, formal workouts, and sports play to get the cardiometabolic exercise you need for health. And for best results, do some stretching nearly every day and some strength training two or three times a week. The older we get, the more we need these supplementary activities. And as the years roll on, most of us will also benefit from some simple exercises to improve balance and prevent falling, a major health problem for seniors.

3. Exercise for recreation

No need for an exercise tracking system, clock, or calendar here. If you're exercising for the fun of it, just go for it—as long as you meet your minimum needs for health.

But the recreational value of exercise brings up a point that's relevant for hard-working people who are "too busy to exercise." Exercise is a great way to dissipate stress and lift your spirits. If your work threatens to overload your psyche, consider using exercise to refresh your mind. For some, that will mean a trip to the gym to burn off some stress on a treadmill or elliptical; for others, it will be a walk or jog outdoors to get away from it all; and for others, it will be a bit of stretching or yoga at bedtime. But don't let exercise add to your stress; if you hit a truly overwhelming patch, you can take a few days off without losing your edge.

4. Exercise for competition

Here's where aerobic training comes in. To stay well, exercise for health fitness. To hit your peak for road running, racquet sports, basketball, biking, or any other competitive sport, work out for aerobic fitness. That means boosting your heart rate to 70% to 85% of its maximum and holding it there for 20 to 60 minutes. If you're like most of us, you'll have to build up slowly, and everyone who works out this hard should warm up before and cool down after aerobics. You'll also benefit from stretching, strength training, and if you're really going for it, interval training, or speed drills.

It's a lot to ask of your body, particularly as you get older. And strenuous exercise has potential pitfalls. People over 50 should get medical clearance before starting an intense exercise program. Those with diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, abnormal cholesterol levels, or other cardiovascular issues require special care. And because intense exercise is more likely to cause problems than moderate exercise, it's particularly important for competitive athletes to listen to their bodies and react promptly to signals of distress.

Aerobic exercise has done a lot of good for many people. But because it is demanding, it has discouraged many others from exercising at all. That's why everyone should exercise for health and fitness, but only the motivated (and healthy) among us can set high-level aerobic fitness as a realistic goal.

5. Exercise for appearance's sake

Weight loss is the most common goal. You can get there with the moderate exercise you need for health—but for faster, more impressive weight loss, double your goal to about an hour of moderate exercise a day. It sounds like a lot, but remember that you can break it into chunks. Remember, too, that the little things you can build into your daily routine will make a big difference; climbing stairs and walking for transportation are prime examples. And to really make progress, cut down on the calories you consume as well as boosting the calories you burn with exercise.

Sorry to say, you can't selectively shed fat from your belly, butt, or thighs. But you can use calisthenics and strength training to firm up your muscles, which will make you look thinner and better.

Exercising your options

So how much exercise do you need?

Just enough to meet your goals. Make health your priority, and remember to get a check-up before you start a big new exercise push. Choose the activities that best fit your schedule, your budget, your abilities, and your taste. Construct a balanced program by adding the weight training, stretching, and exercises for balance that you need. Start slowly, build up gradually, and—above all—stick with it.


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