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A long way to go but keep plodding along, day by day.
I have always enjoyed exercising, but do it mostly for appearance, and as I get older, health
for my health
Weight loss is accomplished with the mind.
A person who wants something WILL find a way....a person who doesn't will find an excuse.
Which do you prefer?
The pain of self discipline?....or...the pain of self regret?
makes me feel better, physically & mentally!!
I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.
I exercise for health, both physical and mental!
For better health reasons and because my dog makes me!
Looks- want to be less flabby
Fertility- getting older, maybe want to have a baby in a few years
Health- do not want to be obese or get diabetes
Stereotypes- do not like how overweight people are viewed/hated by the public
Enjoyment- sheesh, when did I start to like working out :)
Mostly for health.
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills. From whence commeth my help? My help commeth from the Lord who made heaven and earth. flemidg
At this point, for health. As I get healthier and stronger, maybe I'll actually like it and I'll do it for recreation - but not yet.
You can be the hammer, making things happen, or you can be the nail that sits there and gets pummeled over and over. It's time to start being the hammer.
A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart, and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.
Health, pain, and gun in the water type exercises
Slow & steady makes a winner of us. Even if we hit pitfalls, get up. Know that a new day is right around the corner.
Try to be all that you can be. Work at it a day at a time.
"Be not afraid of going slow; be afraid if standing still" (Chinese Proverb)
With God all things are possible.
If you have the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed.
~ David Viscott
MN. Sparks Fat Kickers Team Leader www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/
Health, recreation, and appearance!
To lower my BG, to keep my back & knees from hurting so much, & so I won't be crippled when I get old.
Kate, in Citrus Heights California
If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.
The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it's the same problem you had last year.
~ John Foster Dulles
To ignore the facts does not change the facts
~ Andy Rooney
Our lives are a sum total of the choices we have made. ~ Wayne Dyer
Health and appearance.
Penny, Christchurch, NZDT GMT+12
Co-captain Panthers BL24
Genealogists live in the past lane.
The past is our definition. We may strive, with good reason, to escape it, or to escape what is bad in it, but we will escape it only by adding something better.
Mainly Health for me and of course recreation & appearance
Linda (Florida - Eastern Standard Time )
I am " (we are) spiritual beings having a human experience " Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
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“Fail to plan, plan to fail.” Carl W. Buechner
I don't drive so I walk to work, I like being outside, I need to be more active, I can talk to God, and its fun
Edited by: BONBON561 at: 5/29/2012 (13:44)
Bonnie from KY
Word for the year is CHANGES
Eastern Standard time
proud member of Slytherin
My 5 reasons....
Exercise 1st... Spark 2nd. Works for me!
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.
Instead of giving myself reasons why I can't I give myself reasons why I can.
Tired of starting over? Stop giving up!!
NEVER QUIT =]
To improve my health, balance and flexibility. Looking Good is a very nice bonus
To improve my health and to look better too.
Proud co-leader of **Positive Sparkers**
Recreation...it feels good ti be outside and moving.
I am fortunate to currently have a job where I can walk around, but the best is recreation!
I haven't found exercise to be fun unless I'm biking. I love that.
Health, so I can someday have a family. To look better!
Like you Vicki I exercise for health and appearance. Add the dog's need to that you have the complete picture. For enjoyment I read.
"The world is one country and mankind its citizens" one of the many truths spoken by Baha'u'llah and "Love is the light that guideth in darkness, the living link that uniteth God with man, that assureth the progress of every illumined soul."
What a great article! Thank you.
I used to exercise for ENJOYMENT. Now, I exercise for HEALTH.
My reasons are health and appearance.
Function and health - so I can climb stairs, kneel to garden, vacuum, get up out of a chair, lift groceries - stuff like that.
You’ll get where you want to go as long as you are taking more steps in the right direction than the wrong one.
In GOD We Trust Choose To Lose
"If you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired in the morning, noon and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired."
-General George S Patton, U.S.Army, 1912 Olympian
I exercise mostly for health but also for appearance.
Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I'll try again tomorrow.
Mary Anne Radmacher
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:
high blood pressure
osteoporosis and fractures
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.