- Jul 12, 2016
- AFL Club
- St Kilda
Same. Don't really think too much about it, but it's why nearly all young people go.100% vanity. When I first started it was because I didn't like my body. I also lived on campus for uni and there's nothing shallow party bishes loved more than abs lol.
Now I train because I want to look as best as my body will allow me. But honestly if I didn't care about muscles I'd never go to the gym & only play basketball!
Well said.For me it's multiple reasons. Neared 40 and had a younger brother pass away (not health related), that and middle aged brought it into focus it's up to me to give me what I wanted.
The gym and sprinting (my cardio) gives me a body (from the shoulders down) that looks better then most 23 year olds at 43. It puts me on track for a long life and one where I won't be shuffling at 65 from a broken hip. It gets me looks I like from my wife. I like being stronger (after being a skinny s**t through life). I like having the energy to run around with my boys, not be one of those fat/unfit parents watching them from the sidelines.
And there's a sense of satisfaction of having made changes to my body, that come down to my hard work, changes (unless you're stupid enough to do steroids), you can't buy, inherit or luck into, ones you have to put in the hard work. Yes, I admit I'm a fitness snob to some degree. I don't say it out loud, but whenever I hear (inevitably fat) people saying 'I'd do anything to be fit', I do mentally go 'Except pull your arse out of bed 4 times a week at 5am, when it's so ******* warm under the blankets. Or stick to eating right most of the time'.
Was a self-esteem thing for me back at the start of year 11 as I was shedding my puppy fat then and was ending my main growth spurt as I grew like 15cm over an 18 month period from about 177cm to 192cm from late year 9 to early year 11, but I also thought it'd help me with my footy, but I didn't really notice this onfield until halfway through year 12 in under 18s that I was able to outmuscle a few guys up forward or in the ruck.Same. Don't really think too much about it, but it's why nearly all young people go.
Reckon quite a few of the people on here, who are older do it for health reasons tho.
I'm in a similar situation in that I have ulcerative colitis but haven't found gym or any diet changes to actually make a difference in my case. Would be interested to hear more about what you're doing specifically that is working for you.I started after a year of being diagnosed with Crohn's disease. So gym, along with the diet you need to go with it, was basically a cure. Although managing the disease can make way of gainz but my health is what's priority and I'm doing just fine.
Well I didn't start going to the gym until I had my crohn's in some sort of control. If you're UC is giving you daily struggles, then you can't start the gym yet. I have a friend with UC who is pretty good now, but I'm not in touch with him anymore so I'm not sure if he tried gym or anything. He's a dance teacher now, so I;d say he'd be capable. BUT - through facebook at whatnot, this didn't happen until he got better to an extent.I'm in a similar situation in that I have ulcerative colitis but haven't found gym or any diet changes to actually make a difference in my case. Would be interested to hear more about what you're doing specifically that is working for you.
You sound inexperienced and in need of help. I'm here to assist.Well I didn't start going to the gym until I had my crohn's in some sort of control. If you're UC is giving you daily struggles, then you can't start the gym yet. I have a friend with UC who is pretty good now, but I'm not in touch with him anymore so I'm not sure if he tried gym or anything. He's a dance teacher now, so I;d say he'd be capable. BUT - through facebook at whatnot, this didn't happen until he got better to an extent.
I'll tell you my timeline but as you know, even though they are sister diseases, they can differ a bit.
After I was diagnosed, I had two months on prednisilone and I;m still on imuran 9 years later. I was almost vegan for 6 months (i still had dairy, it agrees with me) to go easy on the gut. In the following 2 years I had maybe 4 flare ups where i had to back on steroids for a few weeks.
During this period no real intense exercise was done. I remember a game of futsal 6 months after diagnosis and I couldn't believe how weak i felt. But, I built up my cardio fitness which was good. A year passed and by then I was able to eat pretty much anything i wanted (important) and I could even drink alcohol again. The meds were working.
But I was pretty flat, looked like s**t etc. So I hired a PT for 9 months. He was a bloody good PT who I still buy programs from. In those 9 months I went from 35% BF to 12%. But I wouldn't have been able to do this unless I could eat the amount of meat required for the diet. I was actually doubtful I could do it until it started working. Now I'm just kinda normal. I haven't really worked as hard at the gym/diet as I have for those first 9 months but I'm always lifting more etc.
A gym/diet regime didn't "cure" my crohn's by any means but it helped me learn about reducing inflammation through diet, proper nutrient/supplement intake, all that s**t. The one thing my specialist looked out for when I went in for my tests was inflammation. If my blood was inflammed, I had a problem.
So yeah, the process of a gym routine and the required diet to get stronger and leaner, lends itself to keeping the crohn's at bay and also helps prevent flare ups. The particular diet I was on when I first started took a lot of hormone/insulin reaction into account, because that's what my PT believed in. I was not doing any bulking first then leaning out as that would have been hazardous for my body. It's actually quite stressful for the body, which is has to be to trigger it to adapt. But the approach i took, which I would imagine would be useful for you, would be to always get lean, reduce visceral fat and gain lean muscle. The health benefits of your body simply working better will help with a lot of things I imagine, not just Crohn's/UC.
If you want any more detail about it lemme know.