r/AskMen Oct 06 '22

what is the best advice you have ever received when it comes to excercise?

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u/LastPhoenixFeather Oct 06 '22

"Barring injury, you will never regret a workout."

I've been to the gym thousands of times at this point in my life. Many many of those I have pulled into the parking lot thinking "I don't want to do this. I want to go home. I'm tired. I can come back tomorrow. Etc"

But I have NEVER walked out of the gym post workout and thought "Man, I really wish I had skipped that workout."

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u/LALdeSaintJust Oct 06 '22 edited Oct 06 '22

For me the exact opposite is true. I am highly disciplined and motivated and always look forward to going to the gym. And more often then not, I feel like shit afterwards.

Before gym: "I can do it". After gym: "I suck".

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u/seamowylie Oct 06 '22

Maybe your expectations are too high? Not every day is a PR day, sometimes just clocking in is the achievement to congratulate yourself about.

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u/AK_Panda Oct 06 '22

I have a long history of depression. Anything that doesn't occupy my mind enough has direct negative consequences. The gym just doesn't cut it. At best I'll leave in the same mood I turned up in, normally I'll end up a bit worse.

Running/cycling is far worse than weights. If I do those regularly I become active suicidal within a month. Everytime. There's just waaay too little cognitive engagement.

Things like boxing are perfect. Especially sparring. Keeps mind and body occupied. Brain can't wander off too far without a punch in the face to snap back to reality.

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u/Voi_Ta Oct 07 '22

What about ADHD? It is often related and the problem with lack of stimulation...

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u/tossme68 Oct 07 '22

I think part of training properly is the ability to change your workout on the fly. I competed and coached at a fairly high level and there were days when my athletes just weren't feeling it, they were sluggish or dull. I had to be smart enough to recognize that and change the workout so that my guys got something out of the workout, if only the feeling that they successfully completed the workout. We all have shitty days, it's just knowing how to get something out of not much. Now that I'm older I see success in being consistent, showing up and doing a workout is good enough, it doesn't have to be the workout I planned.

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u/Matsuri3-0 Male Oct 07 '22

You've clearly never struggled out of the pocket of a deep squat only to at that immediate point realise you need to instantly and uncontrollably shit.

Otherwise yeah, I agree. 😁

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u/MightyMatt9482 Oct 06 '22

Take it slow and steady.

And don't be too harsh on yourself.

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u/ThrowRA-4545 Oct 07 '22

Also, make sure you swap hands so you exercise both arms.

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u/xepci0 Oct 06 '22

Half-assing is better than no-assing. The most important workouts are those you do when you don't feel like going at all.

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u/WhatNotToD0 Oct 06 '22 edited Oct 06 '22

The only time I advocate half-assing is for things like working out, where some is better than zero.

Edit: This also goes for practicing music, languages, reading, etc

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u/gumpythegreat Male Oct 06 '22

100% this. So many workouts I felt like bailing on I forced myself to go, telling myself "I'll just have a lazy workout and go home"

And almost every time, once I'm there and warmed up, I have a great workout and don't half ass it at all.

But just giving myself the option to half ass it gets me in the gym on those hard days

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u/arbyterOfScales Oct 06 '22

Getting to the gym is harder than the workout itself

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u/jfitzger88 Oct 06 '22

I would like to add though that you shouldn't half-ass or no-ass a workout when it comes to form. Put 100% towards proper form over weight or strain. Your body will thank you in the years to come. Ask questions or do online research. A lot of people seem to observe and think they got it right but are missing a key nuance, and it isn't always chill to go and let them know the issue

I agree with your statement though, even if you're dragging yourself there and are just going to run on the treadmill just go. Chances are your body will kick in the hormones and you'll get into it anyways. Hardest thing about the gym is getting there!

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u/Complex_Attempt6499 Oct 06 '22

I had a gym partner that would ego load up on weight she couldnt push, get out 2 or 3 crappy reps, then be so defeated she never wanted to workout.

I had a gym partner...

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u/[deleted] Oct 06 '22

whomp whomp :(

My gym partner moved 45 minutes away and goes to a gym even further away.

hes surprised I don't want to go an hour of driving to workout an hour and drive back at 3am lmao.

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u/4f150stuff Oct 06 '22 Helpful

Don’t know if it’s the best I’ve ever gotten, but it’s good: Discipline is more important than motivation

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u/ogbobbyj33 Oct 06 '22

“Let discipline carry you when motivation cannot” -Alex Toussaint when I’m getting my ass whooped on the peloton

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u/AlanRocksJen Oct 06 '22

Yep.. Consistency is key

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u/BatDingo01 Oct 06 '22

Go at YOUR pace. Don't over do trying to match someone else. That's how injuries happen.

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u/AstronautPrevious977 Oct 06 '22

Exercise is the celebration of what u can do and not a punishment of what u ate

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u/appealtoreason00 Oct 06 '22

Yes. Always always always have in your head that you want to get stronger, not thinner. You will lose weight (or at least, more than if you weren’t exercising at all), but it’s a lot easier when you have a positive goal rather than a negative one.

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u/alinalovescrisps Oct 06 '22

I like this. I (female) spent years exercising to make my body look a certain way but it never happened. When I started embracing exercise for how it makes me feel emotionally and appreciating my body for being strong and able, I felt a lot lot better.

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u/CarelessRook Oct 06 '22

This is a lie.

Celebrations are enjoyable.

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u/Azoohl Oct 06 '22

Working out is enjoyable. I love how I look when my muscles are pumped, I love how I feel when I get finished. Elevates my entire day.

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u/CarelessRook Oct 06 '22

Must be nice. When I work out I get anxious about it all day beforehand, it feels like shit during, and the onlt posetive feelings I get afterwards are relief that Im finished.

Doing that for ages and barely feeling or seeing any change feels awful. It's like having to do the dishes except each dish is up a flight of stairs.

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u/arbyterOfScales Oct 06 '22

I love how I look when my muscles are pumped, I love how I feel when I get finished. Elevates my entire day.

Same here. I loved it when I finally saw defined muscles. Going for 3 months - 3 times a week for 2 weeks then 1 week pause - and I like what I see.

Actually, I look too much in the mirror now. I love NOT seeing a belly

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u/Fknoffatwork Oct 06 '22

You can't outrun a bad diet.

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u/Best_of_Slaanesh Oct 06 '22

Unless you're in the final weeks of training for a marathon, then go nuts.

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u/noonereadsthisstuff Oct 06 '22

Yeah, I hate it when people say that. Run 20 miles and try it.

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u/TooRedditFamous Oct 06 '22

The saying obviously goes for the vast majority of people, marathon runners are a tiny proportion. If we could only say things that apply to everyone there would be no sayings left!

an apple a day keeps the doctor away

God I hate it when people say that. Try telling that to someone who ate an apple a day but ended up with terminal cancer

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u/imapissonitdripdrip Male Oct 06 '22

It’s all about calories. You can eat terrible shit as long as you’re expending the calories and not eating to excess and still look great.

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u/ryathal Oct 06 '22

You can eat way more calories than you can exercise out though. If your goal is weight loss exercise is basically irrelevant.

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u/meatdome34 Oct 06 '22

I definitely could in high school, I ate a ton and still stayed in great shape. Too bad those eating habits stayed with me after I stopped playing sports year round lol

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u/TubeToUranus Male Oct 06 '22

Be consistent.

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u/Alaska_Pipeliner Male Oct 06 '22

Consistency. Going to the gym once is easy. Going several times a week is hard.

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u/fuber Oct 06 '22

Walking burns calories. Just get a good book on audio or podcasts and find an hour a day and you'll be much healthier

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u/mediocreplayer_ Male Oct 06 '22

If only I had a place to walk. I can walk 5 minutes up or down the street before it either gets too busy or too narrow depending on the direction. No sidewalks, really don't find cars passing me to be relaxing or enjoyable.

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u/fuber Oct 06 '22

Can you drive or take transportation somewhere not far away that's more relaxing?

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u/mediocreplayer_ Male Oct 06 '22

I suppose so but I kinda just don't wanna. It's always felt odd to me to drive someplace just to walk. Idk. I can only think about the gas I'm spending when I drive.

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u/MrShasshyBear Oct 06 '22

What if you put it this way:

You drive to a pharmacy for some antiacids and you drive to the theater for entertainment, hiking in a beautiful piece of nature can have healthy and enjoyable side effects, not to mention it has a lasting relaxing effect on many people, so it's no wasting time and money, it's spending (investing) in enjoying your day

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u/mwait Oct 06 '22

User name checks out

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u/Complex_Attempt6499 Oct 06 '22

Sounds like you are unwillng to inconvenience yourself in the slightest to exercise. This is more about your perspective than where you live.

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u/mediocreplayer_ Male Oct 06 '22

Yes correct. If it's more of an inconvenience than just doing it right now where I am, it's too much for me. I don't really think that's a problem. It's just my preference.

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u/Drift_Life Oct 06 '22

Get a bike?

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u/jackwritespecs Oct 06 '22

Wow, sounds like your completely m SOL and there is just zero possibilities for you to put in the work to be healthy

Sorry buddy… at least it’s not your fault and you have external forces to blame

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u/mediocreplayer_ Male Oct 06 '22

Okay dump more of your latent anger on strangers on the internet. Like where tf is that even coming from lol. I just said it would be nice if I could just go outside and take a long walk. I still exercise. I'm not a whale that can't fit out my door and I'm not helpless. I touch grass. I play basketball behind my house. I do body weight exercises in my living room. I don't really know what you want me to say.

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u/jackwritespecs Oct 06 '22

Not dumping anger, I’m just not accepting your excuses for not being able to exercise 😂

Yeah… it’s take works

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u/mediocreplayer_ Male Oct 06 '22

Well I just said I do exercise, I just don't live in an area where I feel comfortable walking and it's not worth driving someplace where I can. That's it.

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u/jackwritespecs Oct 06 '22

Yup, that’s about it

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u/fuber Oct 06 '22

I think you should give it a try (driving a few days a week for a more peaceful long walk) and report back. RemindMe! 1 month

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u/mediocreplayer_ Male Oct 06 '22

Okay well that's just way too long. I live sorta nearby a lake I can drive to. If I'm going somewhere that's where it'll be.

Edit: I read that wrong lol. I though you meant drive for a week away from home lmao

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u/[deleted] Oct 06 '22

One of the contributing factors to obesity is lack of places to walk and exercise naturally. We build concrete jungles. So in a addition to poor diets with processed foods being cheaper than healthy meals and sugar put into a majority of food as well we also have less opportunity to burn off excess calories.

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u/mediocreplayer_ Male Oct 06 '22

For real it sucks. I hate car culture. Like I'm forced to drive to get anywhere.

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u/ExpressCap1469 Oct 06 '22

I walk everyday around 4k to 5k steps a day. Do i need to do more exercise or it's already good for me?

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u/JscrumpDaddy Oct 06 '22

Go for 10k! You’ll see more results if that’s what you’re looking for

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u/ExpressCap1469 Oct 06 '22

Thank you! I would love to try achieve 10k but i am an underweight girl, i think it will makes me harder to gain weight. But i do love walking a lot!

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u/JscrumpDaddy Oct 06 '22

Oh then 5k is fine haha. Good luck on whatever your fitness journey is!

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u/mediocreplayer_ Male Oct 06 '22

I don't know, ask the guy above me.

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u/ExpressCap1469 Oct 06 '22

Eh, i replied on a wrong person. Pardon my mistake young man.

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u/mediocreplayer_ Male Oct 06 '22

You are pardoned. Sorry if I seemed like I was being short with you.

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u/ExpressCap1469 Oct 06 '22

Not at all, I'm actually a chill person. Maybe because I'm not an american my words might sounds off somewhere 🤔 your words not bothering me at all

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u/mediocreplayer_ Male Oct 06 '22

It's difficult over text.

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u/Random_Name532890 Oct 06 '22

Consider moving.

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u/mediocreplayer_ Male Oct 06 '22

Definitely when it's feasible. Still living with parents trying to get on my feet a bit more. I don't have my own car, cash, or good income. All things I'm working on. But yeah definitely I know the sort of place I want to live. And one of the things I'm looking for is space to just walk out my door and start walking.

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u/sxrxhmanning Oct 06 '22

This is probably get downvoted but as a woman I’m honestly terrified of jogging or walking alone, especially with headphones. Gotta pay attention to your environment… takes all the fun out

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u/ocelotrevs Oct 06 '22

Drink water and try to reduce the junk you're eating.

Look at a sport or hobby instead of the gym.

If you're big and fat and feel like everyone is staring, they aren't. If they are it's most likely in admiration at you.

Start slowly. You don't have to feel fucked up after every session.

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u/Remarkable_Silver586 Oct 06 '22

I think people stare at me in the gym because I am sexy dont you think?

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u/wooshifgaymf Oct 06 '22

First the form, then the weight

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u/MonkeyFella64 Oct 06 '22

Both. Technique is probably going to break down if you don't get used to progressive overload early

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u/MyTiredAlt Oct 06 '22

Exercising in groups helps you go further with it. In a group I can do about 60-70 pushups, but on my own I won't even do 1, even if I set aside an hour of my time to do it.

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u/MajinGohan02 Oct 06 '22

My friend who’s a trainer tweaked one of Newton’s laws, but has stuck with me. A body in motion stays in motion, and a body at rest stays at rest

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u/admlshake Oct 06 '22

It's a marathon, not a sprint. It will take time, people fail because they sprint out of the gate and get burned out shortly there after. Start slow, be realistic, don't be afraid to push yourself from time to time, but know when your body is telling you to stop.

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u/tarheel_204 Oct 06 '22

“Every day it gets a little easier… But you gotta do it every day — that's the hard part. But it does get easier.” -the Jogging Baboon from Bojack Horseman

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u/Halflifefan123 Oct 06 '22

Abs are made in the kitchen, not the gym.

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u/UnsolicitedDogPics Oct 06 '22

So I should do crunches in the kitchen?

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u/MaterialCarrot Male 40's Oct 06 '22

The advice that it's more about diet than exercise is I think really good when it comes to weight loss and definition. I don't happen to follow it at the moment, but it's really good advice. :)

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u/pghhotfire Oct 06 '22

Similarly, you can’t out-train a bad diet.

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u/based-india Oct 06 '22

I think, abs are made in the gym (or wherever you work out) but revealed in the kitchen. You can feel the ab muscle quite easily if you do ab workouts regularly but unless the body fat percentage is low you can't see them

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u/FusionIsTrash Swole Male Oct 06 '22

This is partially true. Abs are just like any other muscle in the body, training them will induce hypertrophy and reveal them even at a higher body fat %. Genetics also plays a role.

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u/Remarkable_Silver586 Oct 06 '22

my kitchen is full of sodas are you sure about that? lmao

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u/CappinPeanut Oct 06 '22

Well, is it a 6 pack?

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u/OpenRepair4390 Female Oct 06 '22

Case of 24....I'm ripped!

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u/sozer-keyse Oct 06 '22

Train your body, not your ego

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u/Deedome1337 Oct 06 '22

When buying food, just walk on the outer edges of the store. Usally, bad food is conveniently placed in the aisles in the middle.

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u/Remarkable_Silver586 Oct 06 '22

this is for obese and beginners btw

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u/Williefakelastname Oct 06 '22

The big people in the gym are more concerned with themselves than they are about you. Don't be self conscious.

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u/ryathal Oct 06 '22

Exercise isn't about weight loss. It has other benefits, but if you want to lose weight it's 100% what you eat.

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u/imapissonitdripdrip Male Oct 06 '22

Then consistency.

After that, programming.

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u/InformedIndividual69 Oct 06 '22

Gotta be consistent. The hardest part is creating the routine where you're actually doing something consistently.

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u/Scouseuserman Oct 06 '22

Find an exercise or activity that you enjoy doing. I hate running it just bores the arse off of me and I’m shit at it so I get my cardio in by doing MMA and boxing

I enjoy it and I’m learning a new skill. Very slowly learning

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u/thenerdtank Male Oct 06 '22

The best workout is the one you will do consistantly and enjoy.

Trying to bust your arse lifting heavy generates anxiety but you absolutely love going for an hour walk, then its perfectly OK to make the latter your prioity workout.

Sure, the outcome won't be the same initally, but if the idea is to start being more active, then doing something you enjoy first is the pefect gateway to a new lifestyle.

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u/Doe966 Oct 06 '22

“Stop drinking soda and start doing push-ups.” It was a simple start to increase my activity level.

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u/Remarkable_Silver586 Oct 06 '22

Bruh I am obese and could not do 1 pushup. I should do cardio first and start small

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u/UKnowWhoToo Oct 06 '22

Your push-up needs to be done at the correct angle to compensate for weight/weakness.

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u/ToyDingo Oct 06 '22

Push ups build cardio. Just do it. Even if you get 1, that's better than 0.

Do 1 today, then try 2 tomorrow.

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u/TheCallousCurd Oct 06 '22

I was 315lbs at 15 years old...I am nearly 200lbs at 28. At that time, I could barely "run" a mile in 15 minutes. Now, I can do a 5K in 24 minutes. Things take time. You might only do 1 pushup today but then in three months, you can do 2 and so on. Rome wasn't built in a day.

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u/mediocreplayer_ Male Oct 06 '22

I wasn't obese but I was still really weak and kinda overweight. Still couldn't do a single pushup. I could barely get myself into position to pushup because of how little muscle I had. The thing is you don't have to do 1 pushup if you can't do any. Do the form that you can do. Put your knees on the floor so you're just lifting your upper body, if you can't do that, just get on the floor and get back up. You have to start someplace. You can lean on the wall and do wall pushups which are waaaay easier but they're still something.

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u/Doe966 Oct 06 '22

I started out at about 200 lbs only able to do a set of 10. It’s probably been a couple of years, and I’ve added other exercises that include about 200 push-ups per day, and am now at about 140 lbs. It was the start that got me motivated.

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u/Motherofvampires Oct 06 '22

Try a push up against something like a kitchen worktop to start with. Try to maintain a straight back. As you get better, put your hands on something lower such as the side of the bath. Then try a pushup with your knees on the floor. Get into push up position first so your knees are behind your pelvis, not underneath it. Work up to it gradually.

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u/misterman416 Oct 06 '22

When it comes to exercise you need to remember the rule of 3: After 3 days you will be sore and want to quite. Don't. After 3 weeks you will plateau and not see as much improvement and want to quit. Don't. After 3 months you will start looking good and quit. Don't. This is where you start more of a "maintenance" program where you just keep your self in the dame condition.

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u/jenso2k Oct 06 '22

what? no beginner is going to plateau at 3 weeks. and no one is going to make substantial progress and start “maintenance” at 3 months, not even close. this is not good advice lol

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u/whitefire89 Oct 06 '22

As I have got older, I work more, have kids and all of their functions, maintain a house, etc., and don't have dedicated gym time. The best advice someone gave me was to just do something to stay active, even if it isn't dedicated exercise. Push mow the yard instead of ride, take the stairs instead of the elevator, help your kids team at sports practices instead of sitting on the side. There is a huge difference in your daily activity level if you choose to do the small active things, multiple times a day.

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u/aboycalleddove Oct 06 '22

Start slow.

Before i would always push myself way over my limit. Start with as much as you can handle and then push a little bit over your limit every time.

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u/ultimatekayozz Oct 06 '22

Fitness influencers will tell you anything for money, don't trust them blindly.

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u/berdiekin Oct 06 '22

I feel like it's been said in a couple different ways already but when I asked my youngest brother (he's an actual fucking gymbro) his most important bits of advice were:

  • Going to the gym regularly is the most important thing you can do, even if (or rather: especially if) you don't feel like doing anything there: just go. Even if you end up doing nothing you still went and formed that habit!
  • Doing literally ANYTHING is better than doing nothing, hence the "just go, even if you end up doing barely anything".
  • You will never come out of the gym regretting going. Impossible

And some things I've personally noticed when I started going only recently after years of being a couch potato:

  • The myths are true, the endorphin rush is real and makes you feel amazing.
  • I noticed pretty fast that I had more energy in general and pulled me out of a bit of a slump.
  • I was the stereotypical fat dude who was scared of going because idk what I'm doing and people will stare/think I'm an idiot. I want to re-enforce that nothing could be farther from the truth. All my interactions with the local populace of gymbros (and gymsisters, I don't discriminate) has been nothing but positive. People don't care.

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u/m0rgan0 Oct 06 '22

"Comparison is the thief of joy" - It doesn't matter what someone else looks like or what they can do that you cant. We are all different and have to start from somewhere, it doesn't make your effort any less worthy.

I was always a little self conscious starting out, which started to kill my motivation, one of my friends telling me that really helped me.

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u/DonDaDaTape Oct 06 '22

"Every day it gets a little easier… But you gotta do it every day — that’s the hard part. But it does get easier."

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u/Ganceany Oct 06 '22

Two things.

Simplicity is the highest level of sofisticación (this was Leo da Vinci I think)

The fitness industry is huge, tons of people saying "this is better" and other saying "no, this is" etc etc a ton of information that can be overwhelming reality is. There are four exercises Y would consider "Kings" In weightlifting those would be pullups, bench press, squats and deadlifts.

That said if you are obese I recommend you change pullups for rows because you won't be able to do them yet.

The other one is, "find something you can do for your entire life" fitness is not something you do one month and that's it. It's something that needs to become as basic as brushing your teeth. So find something you enjoy doing! I find that sports are a good way to start

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u/chrowt Oct 06 '22

I mean...it's not really advice and I wouldn't advise most people to do it but: get a dog. My Dad was all about dog life during my childhood; walks and runs and fetch and everything just gets you outside, moving, around people, and you get a cute snuggle buddy. I resisted getting a dog for years after moving out but he was right, the second I adopted my little idiot I was outside way more and healthier.

You should like...make sure you're a person who is OK allowing parts of your life to be dictated by an animal. I have known way too many untrained, fat, abused dogs with owners who couldn't care less about their wellbeing. If you aren't down to take at least two 15-30 minute walks a day and one long outdoor romp at a dog park per week then get a cat.

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u/viralchiral Oct 06 '22

Exercising "0.1" per day provides dramatically better results than exercising 0 per day.

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u/Extra-Ordinary-Joe Oct 06 '22

"Just do it" is a remarkably good phrase. Just go exercise. 5 minutes is better than nothing.
But don't erase your efforts by eating like shit immediately after exercising, or the next day. Diet is just as important as exercising.

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u/Ostepop234 Oct 06 '22

Some friendly competition can be a very good motivator

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u/budgieblitzer Oct 06 '22

Do it regularly, 2 to 3 times a week if possible. However, life happens so if you can't do a workout on your planned day don't stress just do it the next.

To actually lose weight it's better to workout in the morning before breakfast.

Stretching is important too and there seems to be a lot of thinking now that planking or holding yourself in a position is better than doing situps.

Exercise is best if used as part of an overall plan. Diet should be part of that plan too. Meaning if you can cut out some sugary snacks or treats and reduce fizzy drinks a bit it'll help even faster. Water is helpful and if working out makes you sweat then water is a good replacement.

If not used to working out then walking is a great start.

Don't be disheartened by setbacks, they will happen. Try roll with them. Keep in mind even a short workout is better than no work out and even gym junkies can plateau at times and need to switch things up to get more results.

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u/BusyCartographer2000 Oct 06 '22

Do what you love

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u/Early_Gold Oct 06 '22

It's limited like a battery. Don't do it if you want to have energy when you're older.

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u/Wombeard Oct 06 '22

If you’re not ‘feeling strong’, doesn’t mean that your muscle suddenly shrunk. It’s in your fucking head. So just lift what you normally do because you’ve done that before, you’ve got the strength to do so.

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u/xDevourx_ Oct 06 '22

Switch things up in the gym. After a while your body will become used to the routine you have built. This in turn also affects your calories as your body is expecting the workout it will burn/store them accordingly for the upcoming workout. This is how you start to plateau.

Doing different excersizes will essentially “shock” your body and it will not know what to expect therefore will store/burn calories at a more efficient rate. This is also great for building muscle which in turn also helps burn more calories as muscle requires more calories to repair/maintain.

If you can not do the “full version” of an excersize do the modified version. Ie: can’t do a push-up, do wall pushups or knee pushups, hell even just get into the form. All of these take time, practice, and dedication.

If you are on the bigger side do low impact cardio. These include walking (I like to stick to the the 12-2-30 rule which is an incline of 12 with a speed of 2 for 30 minutes. You can modify this to make it harder or easier, I’ve modified this to 13 2.5 for 45-60 and it’s a great workout) biking, and the elliptical.

Free weights are great but can put a lot of strain on you if you are bigger and newer to working out. Form takes practice to master and is important when using free weights. Use machines at first, it’ll help you understand form and put less strain on you. Then when you’re comfortable move onto free weights as you now have an idea of your baseline and a start to understanding how you should be moving to target muscle groups.

Lastly, be consistent and learn your baseline. It’s okay to feel like a fool being at the gym and learning what you can and can’t do. Not everyone’s body is the same so don’t try and do something you see someone else doing.

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u/Option-B Bane Oct 06 '22

It doesn't matter what you do, so long as you do something...

That's it...

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u/Vallario Oct 06 '22

Every couple of months, switch out all your excercises and you will get better results. Also, if you're not sore the next day, you didn't get a good workout, no pain, no gain.

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u/jiujitsugeek Oct 06 '22

Consistency is key. You don’t need to have an amazing or hardcore workout every time. Just keep getting yourself to the gym and the results will come.

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u/golsol Oct 06 '22

Doing something even if it's minimal workout-wise is better than doing nothing.

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u/SmithRune735 Oct 06 '22

Leave ur ego at the door. You're not there to be the strongest nad lift the heaviest weight

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u/blocky_jabberwocky Oct 06 '22

“Bodies are built in the kitchen”

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u/NationalContract5970 Oct 06 '22

Do it early morning

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u/Taskerst Oct 06 '22

Consistency is the most basic foundation but can also be the highest hurdle.

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u/manwithanopinion Male Oct 06 '22

Play a sport with people. You are exercising and having fun doing it while it doesn't feel like it.

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u/ACE_OF_THE_UNIVERSE Oct 06 '22

Do what you like, not what other people tell you to do. Literally do the most fun exercises and nothing else. If there's no fun there's no exercise.

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u/M3OWxK1TTY Oct 06 '22

Dont look down. Keep looking ahead. Both literally and metaphoric.

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u/xsairon Oct 06 '22

To never bulk too fat.

Cycle between cutting and clean bulking in between 9-15 bf%. Going above is dumb, going full dirtybulk is terrible. thanks derek

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u/[deleted] Oct 06 '22

Just start, don't make any further mental commitments. If you go to the gym, just get in the car and go. If you do it at home, just break out the equipment.

Once you take that first step, you're much more likely to continue.

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u/Feierskov Bane Oct 06 '22

What's important is the habit, not the day to day progress.

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u/Organexchangestudent Oct 06 '22

Take a rest day or sometimes a rest week. Its not a race. Let your body adjust and grow.

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u/SkyWizarding Oct 06 '22

Just get your body moving. You don't have to beat yourself up. Just move your body regularly and apply some weights (or whatever) for some resistance. Not everyone needs to be power lifting

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u/confused-and_hungry Oct 06 '22

Consistency is key. Be active in a way you enjoy- if you don’t like the gym then don’t go. There’s so many other ways to be active if the gym isn’t your thing…. Go walking, climbing, cycling, swimming, dancing etc etc.

If you don’t genuinely enjoy what you’re doing it’s not likely you’ll stick it out long term

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u/Enekovitz Male Oct 06 '22

"Don't go for a marathon if you don't know how to jog."

I see everyday guys at my gym doing handstand walk, chainning 10 muscle-ups, doing 100kg snatches, but to be able to achieve that they've been trainning for years.

Celebrate every achivement, enjoying the journey is the most important part of working out.

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u/GroverFC Oct 06 '22

Modify, modify, modify. Dont be afraid to lower the reps or weight to fit your level of fitness or your level of energy that day. I had a coach in a gym try to shame me into using the "mens" medicine ball rather than the "womens" for wall balls. I switched the first time he did it and guess what, it was too heavy. I did not get as much out of the workout as I did with the lighter ball. The next time he tried that I gave it right back to him and let him know if he wanted to correct my form/technique that was fine but otherwise leave me alone. He listened and I got so much out of that class. Frankly on a lot of the exercises I did the lower weight (sigh, women's) level. Thinking about it now, I dont know why they couldnt just have like Level 1 and Level 2 instead? Would help a lot of other people make better decisions.

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u/Sauronsindexfinger Oct 06 '22

Calisthenics & cardio is more important than how much weight you can lift.

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u/gracian666 Oct 06 '22

Success is 90% diet.

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u/sirthinkalotz Oct 06 '22

Do weight you can control and get full range of motion

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u/Professional_Map4351 Oct 06 '22

It took your body a lifetime to get in the shape it currently is. It's not going to change overnight. Be patient, seek progress not perfection.

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u/5starCheetah Oct 06 '22

A mediocre work out is better than no work out. The gym is not a substitute for therapy/emotional well being.

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u/remes1234 Oct 06 '22

Start by starting. At first just do something, anything to get active. Walk, jog, swim, bike lift, whatever. Learn as you go. Be careful, and dont push to hard at first. But i found that the biggest obsticle is inerta and waiting for the perfect thing, time, equipment or whatever.

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u/ApatheticRart Oct 06 '22

Do every exercise with an intention. Motivation may get you started, but discipline keeps you going. Consistently good is better than occasionally great.

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u/Best_of_Slaanesh Oct 06 '22

Listen to your body, it will usually tell you something is off well before you injure yourself.

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u/SatoshiHimself Oct 06 '22

Creatine .. ....Snorting Intensifies

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u/FreudianFloydian Oct 06 '22

So for a long time I thought there were two choices: Heavy weight/low rep count or Light weight/High rep count.

It was when someone suggested moderate weight/high rep counts that I started breaking through plateaus in every muscle group.

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u/[deleted] Oct 06 '22

Set yourself a "minimum" that's laughably easy to pull off. You can scale this to whatever level you're at.

For me, at first, it was "do something physical every day for at least 30 minutes". Sometimes that could mean weights, or a run, or a bike ride, or yoga, or even just a walk. If I felt particularly unmotivated or shitty, well it's hard to say no to a 30 minute walk. After a while of doing this regularly, it will start to feel worse when you don't, and you'll start to have more motivation to push yourself a bit.

This is my philosophy for building almost any habit. You start with the most laughably easy goals and build on the early success. If you set your sights too high too early you'll just discourage yourself when you fail, and then you can easily spiral back into "why bother" territory.

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u/Internal-Handle9605 Oct 06 '22

Calisthenics are important if you can't lift effectively yourself you probably can't lift anything else.

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u/BrokenBarrel Oct 06 '22

Just do something, walk, crawl, run whatever... just move your ass.

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u/LMNoballz Oct 06 '22

Just do it.

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u/[deleted] Oct 06 '22

Breathe!

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u/datinginthistown Oct 06 '22

Eat less. Move more.

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u/Elegant_Analyst_4976 Oct 06 '22

Consistency. Doesn’t matter if it’s 15 minutes one day or an hour the next as long as you are consistent.

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u/SagHor1 Oct 06 '22

Q: Which is the best climbing gym?

A: The best climbing gym is the closest one to you.

In general remove any inconvenience barriers.

Jogging really is the most convenient if you don't exercise at all. Out the door and back home in 30 minutes to1 hour.

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u/noonereadsthisstuff Oct 06 '22

DIETDIETDIETDIETDIETDIETDIET

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u/Typical_Calendar_966 Oct 06 '22

Regular small dose exercise is better than irregular intense sessions .

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u/davereeck Oct 06 '22

Exercise is for health, not for weightloss.

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u/John1The1Savage Oct 06 '22

Don't focus on looking better or losing weight. Focus on increasing your physical capability and the rest will follow.

Can you currently only walk a mile without getting winded? Then get winded. Do that a few times and pat yourself on the back when you realize that now you can walk a mile and a half before you get winded.

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u/garagehaircuts Oct 06 '22

Add weight training

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u/echo6golf Oct 06 '22

Walking is just as good for you as running. It just takes longer.

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u/Heitz2496 Oct 06 '22 edited Oct 06 '22

“Everyday it gets a little easier, but you have to do it every day that’s the hard part” Jogger from Bojack Horseman

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u/ColdHardPocketChange Oct 06 '22

Stop blowing all your energy on warming up. For example, lets say I want to bench 225 for reps. Prior to this advice, I would have done 10X135 -> 10X185 -> 10X205 -> 6X225. So much energy would go into the warm ups, but it wasn't really going to force adaptation (muscle growth). After the advice I would do 8X135 -> 6X185 -> 5X 205 -> 10X225. 4 additional reps in the working set by not blowing energy in the warm up. I started to get to bigger weights much faster with more reps. That of course lead to more growth. Now I treat warms up sets like this, the first set is to warm up the joints/muscles and all the sets between that and the working set are only there to warm up the nervous system.

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u/SexNinja39 Oct 06 '22

Focus on compound exercises with five sets and five reps. 😀

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u/zagzigity Oct 06 '22

Having an accountability friend/group has been the key for me

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u/SDSS_J0100_2802 Oct 06 '22

It takes an average of 67 days for something to become a habit.

Losing weight/getting fit involves eating the correct diet for what you are trying to achieve, drinking enough water, exercising with correct timing and form and getting enough sleep.

What works for someone else won't neccessarily work for you.

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u/oakstreetgirl Oct 06 '22

Just do it! No matter how big or small the exercise, make it a routine!

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u/404person_not_found Oct 06 '22

How long would you go without any visible progress? That's probably how long you'll stay here if you don't practise dicipline.

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u/JustKaren13 Oct 06 '22

5 minutes of activity is still better than no activity

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u/josecastilloellion Oct 06 '22

Learn to enjoy the grind. If you only focus on the results you will never reach them.

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u/Kanden_27 Oct 06 '22

“It’s gets easier, but you’ve got to do it everyday. That’s the hard part.”

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u/phydeaux44 Oct 06 '22

"Some" us much better than "none".

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u/[deleted] Oct 06 '22

*Walking for 1 hour every morning right after you wake up is pretty nice and effective.
*Eating the PROPER AMOUNT and the correct nutrition is a corner stone.
*DON'T rush it, better be the turtle in the race.
*Get enough sleep/rest, to me workout every second day, and rest every second day was optimal during my prime.
*Don't fall for the tricks of magic pills and shit, it's just waste of money.
*real natural food, like a steak and steamed veggies is what you need, processed food is BAD.

*Make up your mind of what YOUR goal is, don't do what you think others would like, set your own goals and only compete against yourself in your journey.

*Progress takes a long time, depending on your lifestyle and habits it might take even longer time to achieve your goals, just remember that if you keep on working hard you will get rewarded generously.
*You will achieve whatever you put your blood sweat and tears into, if you just keep doing it!

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u/misterman416 Oct 06 '22

This is more a rule of thumb. So if at these time lines you decide to quit it could be a reason why. No where did I say this was the results for every per bit it is more so just a guideline

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u/Quantum_Compass Oct 06 '22

Take progress pictures so you can see how you change over time.

It's hard to notice change on yourself, because you see yourself almost every day. With progress pictures, you can look back and actually see how much progress you've made in a certain amount of time. It helps.

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u/TankVet Oct 06 '22

Something is better than nothing.

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u/Zebrig Male Oct 06 '22

Don't go for a big thing today (run 10km/lift 150kg,etc.) go for a thing everyday (run 2km but run them everyday/lift 50 kg but lift them everyday,etc.) basically as everything else in life consistency is key, keep going/doing the exercises, don't stop for nothing.

It's raining? Good, it will help you cool down after, it's to hot? Good it will help you warm up easier, you are in a bad mood? Good it will help you with your mood, etc.

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u/7AM-on-Bridle-Path Oct 06 '22

everyone starts from the bottom. Just keep going and keep focusing on yourself. Make gym one important thing in your life and you're going to have results.

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u/RayPineocco Oct 06 '22

Consistency over intensity

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u/cwood1973 Male Oct 06 '22

Good health is made in the gym. Good physique is made in the kitchen.

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u/carsozn Oct 06 '22

Consistency over intensity for long term health and mobility.

When I was a kid it they taught us to play thru the pain, which is a terrible technique if you want to have knees still by 35

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u/SoulfulYam Male Oct 06 '22

It doesn't matter what type of exercise you're doing. As long as you're doing it consistently and you enjoy doing it the results will come and your body will thank you for it.

Been weightlifting for almost two years now. My shirts have been feeling great recently. ☺️

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u/Simulator587 Oct 06 '22

People complicated losing weight whereas it's very simple. If you have daily calorie surplus, meaning you consume more than you burn, you gain weight and vice versa. Doesn't matter how many abs work out you have in your plan or how long you go for cardio, if you decide on that 800 cal smoothie after work out, expect to be in the same exact shape for the next 5 years.

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u/RedditAdminsFuckOfff aggro-culture Oct 06 '22

I'd say "JUST DO IT™" but only fat people seem to think that's good advice.

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u/StilesDavis Oct 06 '22

Break a sweat every day.

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u/CallMeMillano Oct 06 '22

do stuff you enjoy and you will have the motivation to workout every day