Author Topic: What is the point in getting fit and going to gym?  (Read 5079 times)

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Re: What is the point in getting fit and going to gym?
« Reply #50 on: November 03, 2018, 04:25:55 PM »
I do pilates and I'm in my 40s.  I also walk to and from work a lot of the time. What motivates me is the fact that I'm getting older and I don't want to lose muscle mass.  Also weight bearing exercise is meant to be good for avoiding osteoporosis.  I also just feel a lot better when I exercise.


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Re: What is the point in getting fit and going to gym?
« Reply #51 on: November 03, 2018, 09:57:07 PM »
I am 51 and have been working out since I was about 25.  I make it to the gym 4 to 5 days a week and my workouts include weight training and cardio (running).  You asked those of use that are a bit older for our perspective on why we work out and is it worth it. 

I think as you age you will definitely see the upside of staying in shape (however you choose to go about it - it does not need to be at the gym).  I now look at many of my friends of similar age and they are are starting to deal with the health issues that go with not taking care for themselves. From simple things like aches and pains to high blood pressure and cholesterol issues.  So much of what they deal with is self inflicted due to lack of activity. 

Every year when I get my annual physical my doctor always tells me that he does not know what to do with me.  He tells me that he needs to lecture most guys my age because they are a group of self abusers that are starting down long roads of health issues.  With me, there is nothing to tell me.  Just keep it up.

Lastly, the energy I get a from a good workout is a bit of a high - and I think I am addicted to it.  A good addiction to have, I guess.

My experience exactly. 

Tons of research shows that people who exercise age MUCH better than people who don't.  No question about it.  If you work with the same group of people for a couple of decades (as I have) you'll start to see who exercises and who doesn't.  The ones who don't exercise look older, fatter, slower, more worn out, with more medical problems.  Going to the gym isn't necessary but you have to do something to stay in shape.