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2020-11-28 12:01:31 AM  
Yes, but NEVER without a bicycle.
 
2020-11-28 12:14:34 AM  
used to
 
2020-11-28 12:20:27 AM  
I find myself fond of the old workout here and there.
 
2020-11-28 12:30:07 AM  
Marathoner, triathlete, & beer miler.
 
2020-11-28 1:42:27 AM  
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2020-11-28 2:10:22 AM  
Walk enough and it starts adding up.
 
2020-11-28 4:52:39 AM  
If you have depression or anxiety, exercise is a great way to release the endorphins and make yourself feel better.
 
2020-11-28 6:24:28 AM  

TwowheelinTim: Yes, but NEVER without a bicycle.


Could not agree more.
 
2020-11-28 7:30:21 AM  
Don't always love it, but force myself to do it because life is always better afterwards.

Endorphins are a positive force in the universe.  Kind of like lip balm or aspirin.
 
2020-11-28 7:42:03 AM  
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One of two things happened here and each are equally viable.

1: the cyclist, being a cyclist, did not think that even laws concerning motorcades for President Barack Obama applied to him.

2: the cyclist, being a cyclist, paid absolutely no attention to the world around him and truly saw nothing except road that belonged to him and him alone.

That he really told law enforcement he was on his way to a blind date is the special thing in my mind, but I question his ability to properly care about anybody besides himself.

A month or two ago out on a run, I had a cyclist not only call out that he was passing me but when he was 100m or so ahead of me he utilized the proper hand-and-arm signal for a turn despite the fact that there was nobody near him and we were on private property. That he caused a completely heterosexual boner is something he'll never know.
 
2020-11-28 7:51:37 AM  

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One of two things happened here and each are equally viable.

1: the cyclist, being a cyclist, did not think that even laws concerning motorcades for President Barack Obama applied to him.

2: the cyclist, being a cyclist, paid absolutely no attention to the world around him and truly saw nothing except road that belonged to him and him alone.

That he really told law enforcement he was on his way to a blind date is the special thing in my mind, but I question his ability to properly care about anybody besides himself.

A month or two ago out on a run, I had a cyclist not only call out that he was passing me but when he was 100m or so ahead of me he utilized the proper hand-and-arm signal for a turn despite the fact that there was nobody near him and we were on private property. That he caused a completely heterosexual boner is something he'll never know.


I was hit by bicyclist whilst running the New York City marathon.   They are truly in their own world.
 
2020-11-28 7:56:01 AM  
I never liked PE, mostly because I was an uncoordinated dork. I detested contact sports, and I was hopeless at anything that would have require hand-eye coordination. The coaches, because they were bored, had us run a lot. I learned to hate running.

These days, I mostly walk. I like the workout I can get on a decent treadmill, but I haven't been inside a gym since March. I will use hotel exercise rooms, if I am alone. The hotels are all over the map: Some have the exercise rooms closed, some are reservation only, others are "yeah, do whatever." I've started looking at Google aerial photography before I book a hotel to see what the sidewalks are like, if it's a place I haven't stayed before.
 
2020-11-28 8:31:13 AM  
Dating a gym rat, with asthma, who won't stay home.
I need an insurance policy
 
2020-11-28 8:52:27 AM  
I like playing hockey, which is exercise.  But I have a lot of trouble trying to force myself to get on the elliptical, because there's nothing fun about that.
 
2020-11-28 8:56:55 AM  
I loved exercise, back when it was called play.  Baseball, street hockey, football, hockey, skiing, waterskiing, tag, kick the can, tearing around on a bike, racing someone across the neighborhood, just because you can.  I rarely stopped moving as a youth.  Even when I was first married, I had massive home repair projects that kept me busy, and I enjoyed them, because it was a form of creation, and it improved life for my growing family.

I always thought repetitive exercise, in a gym, on a track, on a treadmill was the most boring thing in the world.  After the divorce and once I moved into an apartment, and got poor... there was no real opportunity for play, or even for productive physical labor.  I couldn't afford my expensive hobbies like skiing/waterskiing.  There were no adult recreation leagues locally.  I got fat and despondent, and barely able to move.

I eventually started hiking, and it felt less pointless than walking around the same neighborhood.  I had to slowly ease my way into it, because of my terrible conditioning.  I played mental games with myself to build in challenges, going a little farther up that hill each day.  I started goal oriented hiking, finding a new trail, or a new mountain each week.  I lost weight, got in shape. I attempted an Appalachian Trail through hike even and had a blast with the social aspect of it.

Now, I recognize that my mental state very much depends on my physical state, at least for me.  I still can't afford any of my favorite expensive hobbies, and mindless exercise still bores the hell out of me.  I hate the winter, as it's dangerous to hike solo in my state.  I tend to blob up over the winter, and then have to work harder each spring to lose it again.

My winter exercise is basically a cheap yoga mat and some hand weights, and I kind of hate it, and find excuses not to do it.

Has anyone tried one of those fitness tracker/apps where you compete/interact with people online?  Do they require expensive equipment? Are the communities welcoming to solo people?  Do you basically have to bring your own friends, or can you make online acquaintances?  Do old people use these apps?  Will I be mocked for my yoga mat and hand weights affordable winter workout?
 
2020-11-28 8:57:40 AM  
Growing up, I wanted to look like schwarzenegger, but i also was uncoordinated and quite bullied.  I didn't take up weightlifting until I was 21.   But when I took it up, man I loved it.  I still do.  I never ended up looking like arnie, but hey. that takes genetics and drugs.  But I did get strong and a little built, gave me some confidence in my 20's.  I've never stopped, had a couple injuries but every time I go in im looking to focus, feel good, push myself and have my hour of meditation.

I think henry rollins wrote one of the best pieces on why it is what it is for the people who love it.

https://www.oldtimestrongman.com/arti​c​les/the-iron-by-henry-rollins/
 
2020-11-28 9:10:36 AM  

phedex: Growing up, I wanted to look like schwarzenegger, but i also was uncoordinated and quite bullied.  I didn't take up weightlifting until I was 21.   But when I took it up, man I loved it.  I still do.  I never ended up looking like arnie, but hey. that takes genetics and drugs.  But I did get strong and a little built, gave me some confidence in my 20's.  I've never stopped, had a couple injuries but every time I go in im looking to focus, feel good, push myself and have my hour of meditation.

I think henry rollins wrote one of the best pieces on why it is what it is for the people who love it.

https://www.oldtimestrongman.com/artic​les/the-iron-by-henry-rollins/


That's beautifully written.

But man... I hate weights with every fiber of my being. I'm so bored, I don't feel like I'm accomplishing anything... at beast I find some podcasts to keep me occupied, but there's just nothing drawing me back.

But running... I love to run. Get some music going, get my heart pumping, see the scenery change. It's a free antidepressant that makes your heart happy.
 
2020-11-28 9:11:00 AM  
Distance runner here. Doing my Saturday morning ritual of making sure the watch and phone are charged as I consume half a litre of Greek yoghurt for the weekend's long run.

There really is nothing like one's lonely miles. Running is the simplest sport. That aside, as a runner I'd sooner be dealing with transport trucks zooming past my shoulder than cyclists. Why? Truck drivers like moving in straight lines and tend not to swear at me.

Fortunately it's winter now and cyclists are off the roads. Up here 80 per cent of cyclists vanish once the temperature gets below 15 C. Most cyclists are out when the weather is nice and this is the problem. Most of them do not have the experience and habit of being out on the roads so they make a lot of errors. Those errors are flipping between the 'I'm a vehicle' mode of thinking and the 'I'm a pedestrian' mode of thinking.
 
2020-11-28 9:20:00 AM  

Izunbacol: https://www.oldtimestrongman.com/arti​c​les/the-iron-by-henry-rollins/


Its totally applicable to any goals that you focus on, thats why I love what he wrote so much.  I could apply that to weight lifting or to playing an instrument, or to anything that you suck at, but persevere and end up learning the skills.  Its a really inspirational piece of writing, glad you enjoyed it!
 
2020-11-28 9:42:43 AM  
I love exercise, but my partner is offended if I want to leave them with the kids for an hour or so.
 
2020-11-28 9:44:02 AM  
Exercise.  Ugh.

I have struggled with my weight all my life.  Slowest kid in gym class.  Sucked at dodgeball.  Hated the PE teacher.

Through a combination of overeating and sedentary living, I got close to weighing three bills.  Now I'm down around 215 but I started "couch to five k" and I'm pretty weak and lack stamina to ramp things up to the week two workout and I've been doing this for three weeks now but slow and steady wins the race.  I did the treadmill today for 1.7 miles and got my heart rate up.

But I am still in the "goddamn I hate this" phase of adjusting to working out 4-5 times a week.  It does give me an endorphin boost when I do it, so there's that.
 
2020-11-28 9:53:03 AM  
I enjoy and regularly exercise, so does my wife, and our kids do a bit, though they are not nearly as regular. There aren't many gifts that work very well, though maybe I'm just fussy because that applies for most things to me. I use some of the things in TFA, same brand on one even. But they all really have to be just to my liking - and even those cool headphones have two sizes and I think a few models. I guess a good bike light is pretty universal - but I don't want to bring tools or much of anything when I ride.

For boring exercise like an elliptical or even weights, a nice A/V setup makes that very leisurely time. My wife & I stream tv & movies, one son just cranks music. I don't think this is very suitable for a gift, either, collecting the pieces we need and figuring out placement and network connection seemed very personal and specific to our space.

I also recognized I was starting to hate & dread rowing not long after I got that machine. I dropped back my effort as measured by the machine to under 95% of the peak I'd been hitting and that made a HUGE difference. It still gets my heart pounding and body sweating very quickly, but I am not constantly thinking it sucks and wondering if I'm going to collapse before the timer is up. I also got a different pair of bluetooth headphones that go in-ear so that it's easy to hear my show over the machine noise.
 
2020-11-28 10:25:46 AM  
yes.
 
2020-11-28 10:33:38 AM  

Skyking Skyking Do Not Answer: Exercise.  Ugh.

I have struggled with my weight all my life.  Slowest kid in gym class.  Sucked at dodgeball.  Hated the PE teacher.

Through a combination of overeating and sedentary living, I got close to weighing three bills.  Now I'm down around 215 but I started "couch to five k" and I'm pretty weak and lack stamina to ramp things up to the week two workout and I've been doing this for three weeks now but slow and steady wins the race.  I did the treadmill today for 1.7 miles and got my heart rate up.

But I am still in the "goddamn I hate this" phase of adjusting to working out 4-5 times a week.  It does give me an endorphin boost when I do it, so there's that.


Keep it up!  Figure out a way to track your progress over time to keep you motivated.  You can start with weight loss but once you get close to ideal weight it will be harder to lose so you could then switch to speed or distance records.   Let it become a habit and you'll find you need to have it as part of your day going forward rather than something to dread.
 
2020-11-28 10:56:59 AM  
There is a certain way that I enjoy suffering. There are other ways that I don't. I enjoy the bike, I hate running, I really enjoy hard backpacking trips.

I always hated lifting weights. But about a decade ago I decided to try crossfit. Yeah, whatever but it was really fun. I learned a lot, got really strong and fit and got my head around how to enjoy lifting weights.

We had some kids so had to stop intense exercise but when the farking pandemic is over will probably get back to it. Will definitely do some kind of HIIT but probably not crossfit, it is a bit culty.
 
2020-11-28 11:27:29 AM  

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One of two things happened here and each are equally viable.

1: the cyclist, being a cyclist, did not think that even laws concerning motorcades for President Barack Obama applied to him.

2: the cyclist, being a cyclist, paid absolutely no attention to the world around him and truly saw nothing except road that belonged to him and him alone.

That he really told law enforcement he was on his way to a blind date is the special thing in my mind, but I question his ability to properly care about anybody besides himself.


OK, look at the bike that guy is riding, and the grocery bag hanging off the handlebar. That is not a cyclist, that's just some guy on a bike.
 
2020-11-28 11:58:02 AM  

bostonguy: If you have depression or anxiety, exercise is a great way to release the endorphins and make yourself feel better.


If your depression or anxiety is noticeably mitigated by exercise, then you don't truly have depression or anxiety.
 
2020-11-28 12:32:45 PM  

Yankees Team Gynecologist: bostonguy: If you have depression or anxiety, exercise is a great way to release the endorphins and make yourself feel better.

If your depression or anxiety is noticeably mitigated by exercise, then you don't truly have depression or anxiety.


Maybe you should stick to your own specialty. Just sayin'.
 
2020-11-28 12:43:51 PM  

Yankees Team Gynecologist: bostonguy: If you have depression or anxiety, exercise is a great way to release the endorphins and make yourself feel better.

If your depression or anxiety is noticeably mitigated by exercise, then you don't truly have depression or anxiety.


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2020-11-28 12:50:32 PM  
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2020-11-28 1:56:19 PM  
Okay, lots of crap just got tossed because I'm trying to do too many things at once so we're going to do a quickie version of what was already typed out. Grrrr...

The Googles Do Nothing: I was hit by bicyclist whilst running the New York City marathon.   They are truly in their own world.


Oooof, a marathon? Good on you. One day.

Ker_Thwap: Has anyone tried one of those fitness tracker/apps where you compete/interact with people online?  Do they require expensive equipment? Are the communities welcoming to solo people?  Do you basically have to bring your own friends, or can you make online acquaintances?  Do old people use these apps?  Will I be mocked for my yoga mat and hand weights affordable winter workout?


I'm more than open to doing a Strava group. Nothing serious of course, just another way to find a reason to get out there.

"Oh no, this person who I'll never meet went for a run and will think less of me if I don't. I'm not letting that asshole show me up."

That sort of deal, positive vibes only.

As with a lot of things due to current events, it is difficult to get a proper read. There are local groups but nobody at least seems to be meeting up for things. There are "challenges" you can join, "Run 'X' miles during November" sort of things. They're nifty, but possibly only if you geek out on data.

Wanted to get a quick run in after work but leave enough time to do something before college football started a few weeks ago. Alas, I was in a hurry and I forgot to turn off battery saver mode on my phone which killed the GPS a few moments in. So yeah, the guy on a bike who was also on Strava was probably a bit puzzled once he looked at my times and route for that morning.

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It is neat to see info about routes in your area though as you don't have to be part of a group to see that, it'll show you the fastest top whatever times and who has done it the most in the past ninety days. I became the "Local Legend" for one part due to the most times completed which is a far cry from the best time listed, a very far cry.

phedex: I think henry rollins wrote one of the best pieces on why it is what it is for the people who love it.

https://www.oldtimestrongman.com/artic​les/the-iron-by-henry-rollins/


Looks likes a good read, bookmarked for later. Thanks.

Skyking Skyking Do Not Answer: Exercise.  Ugh.

I have struggled with my weight all my life.  Slowest kid in gym class.  Sucked at dodgeball.  Hated the PE teacher.

Through a combination of overeating and sedentary living, I got close to weighing three bills.  Now I'm down around 215 but I started "couch to five k" and I'm pretty weak and lack stamina to ramp things up to the week two workout and I've been doing this for three weeks now but slow and steady wins the race.  I did the treadmill today for 1.7 miles and got my heart rate up.


Love posts like this. Down to 215 from just under 300? Keep that stuff up!
 
2020-11-28 2:01:25 PM  

Yankees Team Gynecologist: If your depression or anxiety is noticeably mitigated by exercise, then you don't truly have depression or anxiety.


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2020-11-28 3:09:56 PM  

common sense is an oxymoron: Yankees Team Gynecologist: bostonguy: If you have depression or anxiety, exercise is a great way to release the endorphins and make yourself feel better.

If your depression or anxiety is noticeably mitigated by exercise, then you don't truly have depression or anxiety.

Maybe you should stick to your own specialty. Just sayin'.


I'll reword what I said (which was hyperbolic and technically false) as, depending on how serious and treatment-resistant your condition is, you will not exercise your way out of depression.  It can help to varying degrees, but don't be disappointed if you exercise, eat right, take meds, do X Y and Z, have good life circumstances, but still experience a life-affecting level of nonstop depression as a baseline chemical condition.

It took me a while to accept that my depression cannot go away, but I can manage my life around it--not unlike how if you're missing a limb, you can't grow it back but you can still work around it.  Life made much more sense after this.  I exercise for my cardiovascular health, not to treat depression.  It's quite likely that my depression would be even worse if I didn't exercise, but that's true of all aspects of health.
 
2020-11-28 3:30:40 PM  
I love all the benefits of exercise. I love the improved sleep, muscle, overall health, mood elevation.

I even generally enjoy it while I'm doing. But fark me is it hard to start some days. I've never had trouble starting other things I love, like a pizza, beer, or jerk off session.

So I must conclude I do not love exercise.

/Biked 30 miles this morning.
 
2020-11-28 3:39:40 PM  

Yankees Team Gynecologist: common sense is an oxymoron: Yankees Team Gynecologist: bostonguy: If you have depression or anxiety, exercise is a great way to release the endorphins and make yourself feel better.

If your depression or anxiety is noticeably mitigated by exercise, then you don't truly have depression or anxiety.

Maybe you should stick to your own specialty. Just sayin'.

I'll reword what I said (which was hyperbolic and technically false) as, depending on how serious and treatment-resistant your condition is, you will not exercise your way out of depression.  It can help to varying degrees, but don't be disappointed if you exercise, eat right, take meds, do X Y and Z, have good life circumstances, but still experience a life-affecting level of nonstop depression as a baseline chemical condition.

It took me a while to accept that my depression cannot go away, but I can manage my life around it--not unlike how if you're missing a limb, you can't grow it back but you can still work around it.  Life made much more sense after this.  I exercise for my cardiovascular health, not to treat depression.  It's quite likely that my depression would be even worse if I didn't exercise, but that's true of all aspects of health.


Studies have repeatedly shown exercise to be more effective at treating clinically diagnosed motherfarking depression than medicine prescribed by psychiatrists for clinically diagnosed depression. I'll let them be the judges of who has depression or not.

Depression can come in spurts, or be a lifelong struggle without those ebbs and flows. Exercise reduces severity and duration of depressive episodes and overall level of depression in those with more consistency in their depression.


If exercise has no noticeable effect on you, I won't tell you otherwise. But you should absolutely know better than to tell other people their depression isn't real, or that a studied effect on depression isn't real for others because it isn't for you.
 
2020-11-28 3:48:07 PM  

Smackledorfer: Yankees Team Gynecologist: common sense is an oxymoron: Yankees Team Gynecologist: bostonguy: If you have depression or anxiety, exercise is a great way to release the endorphins and make yourself feel better.

If your depression or anxiety is noticeably mitigated by exercise, then you don't truly have depression or anxiety.

Maybe you should stick to your own specialty. Just sayin'.

I'll reword what I said (which was hyperbolic and technically false) as, depending on how serious and treatment-resistant your condition is, you will not exercise your way out of depression.  It can help to varying degrees, but don't be disappointed if you exercise, eat right, take meds, do X Y and Z, have good life circumstances, but still experience a life-affecting level of nonstop depression as a baseline chemical condition.

It took me a while to accept that my depression cannot go away, but I can manage my life around it--not unlike how if you're missing a limb, you can't grow it back but you can still work around it.  Life made much more sense after this.  I exercise for my cardiovascular health, not to treat depression.  It's quite likely that my depression would be even worse if I didn't exercise, but that's true of all aspects of health.

Studies have repeatedly shown exercise to be more effective at treating clinically diagnosed motherfarking depression than medicine prescribed by psychiatrists for clinically diagnosed depression. I'll let them be the judges of who has depression or not.

Depression can come in spurts, or be a lifelong struggle without those ebbs and flows. Exercise reduces severity and duration of depressive episodes and overall level of depression in those with more consistency in their depression.


If exercise has no noticeable effect on you, I won't tell you otherwise. But you should absolutely know better than to tell other people their depression isn't real, or that a studied effect on depression isn't real for others because it isn't for you.


+smart
 
2020-11-28 3:58:40 PM  
I loved my cheap-ass stationary bicycle for cardio...until I started my antidepressant at the beginning of Covid. I used to pedal for an hour or two watching a movie every day. Esciptalopram seriously messes up my ability to exert effort or spend energy.
 
2020-11-28 4:04:00 PM  

Yankees Team Gynecologist: common sense is an oxymoron: Yankees Team Gynecologist: bostonguy: If you have depression or anxiety, exercise is a great way to release the endorphins and make yourself feel better.

If your depression or anxiety is noticeably mitigated by exercise, then you don't truly have depression or anxiety.

Maybe you should stick to your own specialty. Just sayin'.

I'll reword what I said (which was hyperbolic and technically false) as, depending on how serious and treatment-resistant your condition is, you will not exercise your way out of depression.  It can help to varying degrees, but don't be disappointed if you exercise, eat right, take meds, do X Y and Z, have good life circumstances, but still experience a life-affecting level of nonstop depression as a baseline chemical condition.

It took me a while to accept that my depression cannot go away, but I can manage my life around it--not unlike how if you're missing a limb, you can't grow it back but you can still work around it.  Life made much more sense after this.  I exercise for my cardiovascular health, not to treat depression.  It's quite likely that my depression would be even worse if I didn't exercise, but that's true of all aspects of health.


As someone who makes his own share of hyperbolic and technically false comments, thanks for that. I agree with the idea of exercise as being more symptomatic relief than an actual cure for depression, but it certainly keeps me more functional than I would be otherwise.
 
2020-11-28 4:04:45 PM  

Yankees Team Gynecologist: Smackledorfer: Yankees Team Gynecologist: common sense is an oxymoron: Yankees Team Gynecologist: bostonguy: If you have depression or anxiety, exercise is a great way to release the endorphins and make yourself feel better.

If your depression or anxiety is noticeably mitigated by exercise, then you don't truly have depression or anxiety.

Maybe you should stick to your own specialty. Just sayin'.

I'll reword what I said (which was hyperbolic and technically false) as, depending on how serious and treatment-resistant your condition is, you will not exercise your way out of depression.  It can help to varying degrees, but don't be disappointed if you exercise, eat right, take meds, do X Y and Z, have good life circumstances, but still experience a life-affecting level of nonstop depression as a baseline chemical condition.

It took me a while to accept that my depression cannot go away, but I can manage my life around it--not unlike how if you're missing a limb, you can't grow it back but you can still work around it.  Life made much more sense after this.  I exercise for my cardiovascular health, not to treat depression.  It's quite likely that my depression would be even worse if I didn't exercise, but that's true of all aspects of health.

Studies have repeatedly shown exercise to be more effective at treating clinically diagnosed motherfarking depression than medicine prescribed by psychiatrists for clinically diagnosed depression. I'll let them be the judges of who has depression or not.

Depression can come in spurts, or be a lifelong struggle without those ebbs and flows. Exercise reduces severity and duration of depressive episodes and overall level of depression in those with more consistency in their depression.


If exercise has no noticeable effect on you, I won't tell you otherwise. But you should absolutely know better than to tell other people their depression isn't real, or that a studied effect on depression isn't real for others because it isn't for you.

+smart


Well now I feel I was too harsh.
 
2020-11-28 4:12:52 PM  

common sense is an oxymoron: Yankees Team Gynecologist: common sense is an oxymoron: Yankees Team Gynecologist: bostonguy: If you have depression or anxiety, exercise is a great way to release the endorphins and make yourself feel better.

If your depression or anxiety is noticeably mitigated by exercise, then you don't truly have depression or anxiety.

Maybe you should stick to your own specialty. Just sayin'.

I'll reword what I said (which was hyperbolic and technically false) as, depending on how serious and treatment-resistant your condition is, you will not exercise your way out of depression.  It can help to varying degrees, but don't be disappointed if you exercise, eat right, take meds, do X Y and Z, have good life circumstances, but still experience a life-affecting level of nonstop depression as a baseline chemical condition.

It took me a while to accept that my depression cannot go away, but I can manage my life around it--not unlike how if you're missing a limb, you can't grow it back but you can still work around it.  Life made much more sense after this.  I exercise for my cardiovascular health, not to treat depression.  It's quite likely that my depression would be even worse if I didn't exercise, but that's true of all aspects of health.

As someone who makes his own share of hyperbolic and technically false comments, thanks for that. I agree with the idea of exercise as being more symptomatic relief than an actual cure for depression, but it certainly keeps me more functional than I would be otherwise.


It was definitely a case of me projecting my personal situation inappropriately.  While I still know my own situation best--and I even think maybe others in a specifically similar situation could benefit from a heads-up that it's POSSIBLE exercise won't move their needle, even though they should definitely try it--I'd say Smackledorfer said it best in terms of a generalized take on the subject.
 
2020-11-28 4:13:42 PM  

Smackledorfer: Well now I feel I was too harsh.


Not at all, you said exactly what needed to be said.
 
2020-11-28 4:19:34 PM  

Smackledorfer: Well now I feel I was too harsh.


You summarized it a lot better than I could have.
 
2020-11-28 6:53:03 PM  

Bennie Crabtree: I loved my cheap-ass stationary bicycle for cardio...until I started my antidepressant at the beginning of Covid. I used to pedal for an hour or two watching a movie every day. Esciptalopram seriously messes up my ability to exert effort or spend energy.


That drug helped me through what was honestly my darkest hours a decade ago, however the side effects of trouble getting hard & weight gain despite a solid exercise routine and diet were not good.   Sex drive came back when I stopped, which was my own decision (and not the right thing to do. you wean off that stuff.  I elected to just stop because I felt like I wasn't the same person 5 years later.  my brain felt like it was being shocked at 20 minute intervals for a couple weeks).
 
2020-11-28 7:22:19 PM  

The Googles Do Nothing: Skyking Skyking Do Not Answer: Exercise.  Ugh.

I have struggled with my weight all my life.  Slowest kid in gym class.  Sucked at dodgeball.  Hated the PE teacher.

Through a combination of overeating and sedentary living, I got close to weighing three bills.  Now I'm down around 215 but I started "couch to five k" and I'm pretty weak and lack stamina to ramp things up to the week two workout and I've been doing this for three weeks now but slow and steady wins the race.  I did the treadmill today for 1.7 miles and got my heart rate up.

But I am still in the "goddamn I hate this" phase of adjusting to working out 4-5 times a week.  It does give me an endorphin boost when I do it, so there's that.

Keep it up!  Figure out a way to track your progress over time to keep you motivated.  You can start with weight loss but once you get close to ideal weight it will be harder to lose so you could then switch to speed or distance records.   Let it become a habit and you'll find you need to have it as part of your day going forward rather than something to dread.


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As my dad was dying of cancer, I made a promise to whatever higher power there is that would take up his burden and run the miles he couldn't. Until he could run again.

Now I pile up mile after mile because while God may be a welsher, I am not.
 
2020-11-28 8:23:19 PM  
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It's been a long steady road but so worth it
 
2020-11-28 8:46:01 PM  

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It's been a long steady road but so worth it


You're a legend; Thats awesome for real.

My initial foray into fitness and weight loss was 230 to 165, a good 19 years ago.  But I had no idea what I was doing, just restricting everything I ate & doing cardio every day of the week for 6 months, zero weight training. Once I learned about lifting after I got the weight off, man that changed everything.

agaion, congrats!
 
2020-11-28 8:58:18 PM  

phedex: Fano: [Fark user image 425x196]
It's been a long steady road but so worth it

You're a legend; Thats awesome for real.

My initial foray into fitness and weight loss was 230 to 165, a good 19 years ago.  But I had no idea what I was doing, just restricting everything I ate & doing cardio every day of the week for 6 months, zero weight training. Once I learned about lifting after I got the weight off, man that changed everything.

agaion, congrats!


Thanks! And congrats to you too! At 43 I think I've reached better shape than I was when I was 18. I have to give my wife a lot of credit; while our diet isn't any particular trick we have a lot of home cooked meals. I still eat chips and candy just not so much.
 
2020-11-28 9:34:50 PM  
Yeah fark exercise. I hate it with the passion of a thousand burning suns. Moving because I have to do something like mow the lawn or clean the stables is one thing, no way am I moving for nothing.
 
2020-11-28 10:45:05 PM  

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One of two things happened here and each are equally viable.

1: the cyclist, being a cyclist, did not think that even laws concerning motorcades for President Barack Obama applied to him.

2: the cyclist, being a cyclist, paid absolutely no attention to the world around him and truly saw nothing except road that belonged to him and him alone.

That he really told law enforcement he was on his way to a blind date is the special thing in my mind, but I question his ability to properly care about anybody besides himself.

A month or two ago out on a run, I had a cyclist not only call out that he was passing me but when he was 100m or so ahead of me he utilized the proper hand-and-arm signal for a turn despite the fact that there was nobody near him and we were on private property. That he caused a completely heterosexual boner is something he'll never know.


Ya know, as one who rides a bicycle frequently I'm always on the lookout for those who aren't operating their device in a careful and thoughtful manner because if they f*ck up they'll get a dent in their bodywork, but I'm probably going to the hospital if not morgue and they get to tell the investigating officer any damn thing they want, so no matter what it's gonna be my fault. So I'm watching. Carefully. And you know what I see? I see motorists driving irresponsibly almost exclusively. It's no surprise motorists are responsible for around 40,000 deaths a year in the US. How many people were killed by irresponsible people on bicycles this past year? Do you even care, or do you just hate people who ride bicycles because... reasons?
 
2020-11-28 10:50:38 PM  

Izunbacol: phedex: Growing up, I wanted to look like schwarzenegger, but i also was uncoordinated and quite bullied.  I didn't take up weightlifting until I was 21.   But when I took it up, man I loved it.  I still do.  I never ended up looking like arnie, but hey. that takes genetics and drugs.  But I did get strong and a little built, gave me some confidence in my 20's.  I've never stopped, had a couple injuries but every time I go in im looking to focus, feel good, push myself and have my hour of meditation.

I think henry rollins wrote one of the best pieces on why it is what it is for the people who love it.

https://www.oldtimestrongman.com/artic​les/the-iron-by-henry-rollins/

That's beautifully written.

But man... I hate weights with every fiber of my being. I'm so bored, I don't feel like I'm accomplishing anything... at beast I find some podcasts to keep me occupied, but there's just nothing drawing me back.

But running... I love to run. Get some music going, get my heart pumping, see the scenery change. It's a free antidepressant that makes your heart happy.


I'm curious. Do you face traffic when you run on the road?
 
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