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Old 05-30-2010, 09:43 AM   #41
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Dawg52, I agree completely about doing what you want after a certain point in life. Sometimes I have to pause and think about why I push myself in certain areas. There are days when I feel like lying on the couch and reading all day. I give in to these days with increasing regularity. I am not punching a clock anywhere or getting a prize if I complete a to-do list, and I only have myself to please.
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Old 05-30-2010, 03:17 PM   #42
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I think it is worthwhile to do whatever it takes to stay relatively slim. Should bad luck strike and take away one's lifemate, eventually the survivor will likely want to get out socially. Being trim is like being a non-smoker, it has almost universal appeal.

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Old 05-30-2010, 04:24 PM   #43
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IMO, doing it to feel better is more important than looking better, but everybody has their own motivation.
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IMO, doing it to feel better is more important than looking better, but everybody has their own motivation.
Yes, indeed...my main motivation for exercise is to feel better, maintain flexibility to accomplish daily tasks, age in place(i.e. home). In terms of appearance, I don't want to move up in size due to the investment I have in my fairly extensive wardrobe. Extra weight puts more pressure on the joints, too, which is not a good idea if arthritis runs in the family.
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I wondered if that might be how I rank things. It is easy to say "It's for my health" when are are thin anyway. It is more acceptable to say it's for health. We'll be thought vain if we admit that we are concerned with appearance. And in everyone's case but mine, it may well be the case. But I asked myself, what if a very good study were published saying that middle-aged men would live longer if they had >=22% bodyfat, rather than <= say 12%. Would I try to gain weight? No way! A single person needs currency, and some things are cheaper or a lot less annoying to develop/maintain than others. Like not smoking or dipping, keeping very good hygeine, and staying lean.

For me, case closed.
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My motivation for exercising is feeling good ,keeping mobility and not looking like a toad . Too many older woman if they are heavy get very toad looking and I want to keep that at bay for as long as I can.
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[If] middle-aged men would live longer if they had >=22% bodyfat, rather than <= say 12%. Would I try to gain weight? No way!
Same here. A good example of a situation in which health benefits and appearance are at odds: Sun exposure. Many people want a least some tan even though they know it's not healthful.
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