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I think you will not know unless you try. And once you try, you won't no longer think that you are doing so bad.
The gym would never be a solution for me. Have wasted far too much money over the years on yearly membership fees that I have used a handful of times.

But, if I stop my almost daily power-walks and tennis at least once a week since the past couple of years, then I will most certainly fall into a depression or have another stroke.
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To me gym is pretty specific it is not a cover all term for sport or physical activity and I’m pretty sure it’s the same for the majority of people.

Exactly, it is not the solution for everyone.

As I said and I will say again, there really isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ solution.
Some gyms are for heavy lifting, some for cardio, boxing or yoga classes etc... What they all have in common is that they are for physical activity.

I think you'd be hard pressed to find a doctor who would advise against physical activity for someone in a slump or suffering from depression. It really is beneficial for everyone.
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Old 16.02.2020, 13:42
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Some gyms are for heavy lifting, some for cardio, boxing or yoga classes etc... What they all have in common is that they are for physical activity.

I think you'd be hard pressed to find a doctor who would advise against physical activity for someone in a slump or suffering from depression. It really is beneficial for everyone.
You'd be hard-pressed to find a doctor who would say that you need to go to a gym to take physical exercise.

Outside in the fresh air and sunshine is a much more up-lifting experience.
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The gym would never be a solution for me. Have wasted far too much money over the years on yearly membership fees that I have used a handful of times.

But, if I stop my almost daily power-walks and tennis at least once a week since the past couple of years, then I will most certainly fall into a depression or have another stroke.
I think you figured out excellent routines that make you healthy and happy..I love being hooked on good stuff. While I prefer outdoor, I like being surrounded by people who are not lazy and in a place where sportsmanship matters. You stop sweatting the small stuff. Brain needs oxygen.

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I think you figured out excellent routines that make you healthy and happy..I love being hooked on good stuff. While I prefer outdoor, I like being surrounded by people are not lazy and in a place where sportsmanship matters. You stop sweatting the small stuff. Brain needs oxygen.
Completely agree.

When I‘m out on my walks (and let‘s get this straight - I‘m neither obese nor sport adverse).

I admire the people that jog by me. And I ask myself each time „why did I let myself become a couch potato over those years“.

Activity, fresh air, sport and fitness in all forms is the most wonderful thing, for both body and soul. It makes happy!
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Oh goodness, we already established that in the man-bun thread.



Yes, absolutely. Today will be another glorious day for hiking or skiing.

I can see the appeal of gym when the weather is horrible though.


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Dancing classes? We have lots of dance schools in our side of Switzerland.
Believe it or not, I did Modern Jazz dancing for 5 years, there's even a show to prove it...until one day, I fell off stage! This knocked my confidence and my knee forever!
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You'd be hard-pressed to find a doctor who would say that you need to go to a gym to take physical exercise.

Outside in the fresh air and sunshine is a much more up-lifting experience.
Again, given the various activities available in gyms, I understood it to mean physical activity. Outdoor gyms also exist.
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Some gyms are for heavy lifting, some for cardio, boxing or yoga classes etc... What they all have in common is that they are for physical activity.

I think you'd be hard pressed to find a doctor who would advise against physical activity for someone in a slump or suffering from depression. It really is beneficial for everyone.
I’m not disagreeing with that but physical activity is not synonymous with going to the gym.
A brisk walk in the fresh air is usually very beneficial and does not involve a gym.
Walking and swimming and my activities of choice and neither of them involve going to a gym.

It is still not the answer for everyone.

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I think you figured out excellent routines that make you healthy and happy..I love being hooked on good stuff. While I prefer outdoor, I like being surrounded by people who are not lazy and in a place where sportsmanship matters. You stop sweatting the small stuff. Brain needs oxygen.
Again, that is what works for you, it doesn’t work for everyone.

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It definitely does not hurt to increase health, stamina and activity, physical attractiveness and self esteem.
That’s the second time you’ve mentioned self esteem as though we can just click our fingers and magically have our self esteem restored.
There is an awful lot more to it than that.

As for the physical attractiveness bit I have no words.....
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I used to go to the gym in the U.K. (I got a reduced rate through my company).

These are some of the things I remembered:

1. The smell.
2. The people who couldn't understand why I would cycle to the gym and back (hint: more exercise).
3. The people who would drive around the car park for ages waiting for a space right by the gym entrance so they wouldn't need to walk too far.
4. The people that hogged the gym machines without doing much apart from chatting to their buddies.
5. The annoying TVs everywhere.
6. The canned music which wasn't too my taste.
7. Did I mention the smell?
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Thank goodness we are all different- and for me, all exercise is outdoors- with the smells, the birds and their song, and all the creatures of the wild- and its fruits too, be they fungi or wild berries, etc.

And for those of us ladies who grew boobs - running or jogging have never been fun . Was so looking forwards to being back on my skis, downhill and xc this winter after 2 knee replacements - but hélas. Walking and swimming will have to do - and can't wait to be able to do long swims in our lakes, with my physio flippers.
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I’m not disagreeing with that but physical activity is not synonymous with going to the gym.
A brisk walk in the fresh air is usually very beneficial and does not involve a gym.
Walking and swimming and my activities of choice and neither of them involve going to a gym.

It is still not the answer for everyone.



Again, that is what works for you, it doesn’t work for everyone.



That’s the second time you’ve mentioned self esteem as though we can just click our fingers and magically have our self esteem restored.
There is an awful lot more to it than that.

As for the physical attractiveness bit I have no words.....
I usually go for a dip in the Limmat in Winter. It has to be a remotely sunny windless day. Then I lie in the Winter sun for a couple of hours. You have no idea the effect that it has. The water temp of the Limmat ( 6 degrees ) brings my skin temp down to less than the air temp so that the air temp then feels warm. How to trick the body!
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Old 16.02.2020, 14:46
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Again, given the various activities available in gyms, I understood it to mean physical activity. Outdoor gyms also exist.
I think your understanding of the term gym used in this context is at odds with how pretty much everyone else understands it.

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I usually go for a dip in the Limmat in Winter. It has to be a remotely sunny windless day. Then I lie in the Winter sun for a couple of hours. You have no idea the effect that it has. The water temp of the Limmat ( 6 degrees ) brings my skin temp down to less than the air temp so that the air temp then feels warm. How to trick the body!
I’m sure it did wonders for your morale, probably brought your testicles up to somewhere just under your chin though.

I have a friend who swims in the lake here all year round, I’m not as brave as her and need to wait for it to warm up a bit before I join her.
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Again, given the various activities available in gyms, I understood it to mean physical activity. Outdoor gyms also exist.
Yeah, any physical activity is great, we agree. Then doing something tough and challenging (could be any challenge, really, some degrees are like climbing an Everest), is even better, imho. It is easier to do tough and challenging stuff (especially for motivation) with other people with the same goal. It is especially useful for loners and hermits
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Yes, I think that it also has a lot to do with how comfortable you feel with yourself. Can’t think of any sport, be it walking, tennis or whatever that doesn’t involve the intense conversation between yourself and your body. It took me a while to realise that I wasn’t only a part within a Swiss bank, and to just enjoy my own company on a long walk.
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I think you will not know unless you try. And once you try, you won't no longer think that you are doing so bad.
Of course, MC, I have no idea what I'm talking about, I've not done any sport in my life and when I say it would make me feel worse than a heavy lovesickness I just bablle for the sake of babbling, 'cause that's my mo.
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I think your understanding of the term gym used in this context is at odds with how pretty much everyone else understands it.
I mean it's a place which is used for physical activity so I don't see how someone saying 'gym helps' would somehow exclude physical activity done outside a gym. Unless you're trying to nitpick for the sake of it...

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It is still not the answer for everyone.
It really is.
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That’s the second time you’ve mentioned self esteem as though we can just click our fingers and magically have our self esteem restored...
It is weird, but my self-confidence has improved enormously since I’ve followed a good routine that brought me out of my past inactivity in recent years. So I go for a good power walk several times a week, and play tennis. I thought all of that was behind me for a while, and didn’t expect to enjoy it again.

But I do. And the weird thing that I also keep asking myself on my walks, is “why does this make me feel more self confident”
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I used to go to the gym in the U.K. (I got a reduced rate through my company).

These are some of the things I remembered:

1. The smell.
2. The people who couldn't understand why I would cycle to the gym and back (hint: more exercise).
3. The people who would drive around the car park for ages waiting for a space right by the gym entrance so they wouldn't need to walk too far.
4. The people that hogged the gym machines without doing much apart from chatting to their buddies.
5. The annoying TVs everywhere.
6. The canned music which wasn't too my taste.
7. Did I mention the smell?

You've just summed up my attempt at going to the gym back in the 90s...exactly the reason why I cannot stand the place. I would simply add the overinflated ego of some of the attendees that used to annoy me like hell.
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Yeah, any physical activity is great, we agree. Then doing something tough and challenging (could be any challenge, really, some degrees are like climbing an Everest), is even better, imho. It is easier to do tough and challenging stuff (especially for motivation) with other people with the same goal. It is especially useful for loners and hermits


Do you know what the loners and hermits say?...Each to their own!
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Do you know what the loners and hermits say?...Each to their own!


Also, next time you go and climb Everest or Mt Blanc, can I give you my rubbish bag?...apparently, people dump all their crap up there, so much for respect of Mother Nature. I'll carry on with my innocent, undemanding strolls round the woods and the mountains.
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