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What kind of shape are you in?

Asked by GloPro (8213 points ) May 5th, 2014 from iPhone

Are you in great shape? Poor shape?

How much could you exert yourself? Is your body type reflective of your level?

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anniereborn's avatar

medically-good
otherwise-round

yes, it’s reflective of my poor eating habits and sedentary lifestyle

Crazydawg's avatar

I am in good shape, been in better shape but very capable of any and all activity.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

I’m not in peak shape, but I’m pretty good. I weigh exactly what I did when I graduated from high school.

Mimishu1995's avatar

Right now? Horrible, both physically and mentally.

XOIIO's avatar

I’m human shaped.

ragingloli's avatar

Humanoid. Mostly

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Ok. I look a lot better than I actually am, according to my medical history. Two heart attacks, but you’d never suspect it by my appearance and I feel pretty damn good. They say you get an average of three, so I cast off my droll existence stateside, live like there’s no tomorrow and try to enjoy every bit of it. I’ve very possibly gone sailing for the last time, and I feel compelled to make the best of it.

LuckyGuy's avatar

I am in very good.shape for a 40 year old guy. (even though I am 2 decades older). My BMI is dead nuts in the middle of the BMI healthy range = 21.5. Never smoked.
If you asked me to get up from the table right now and run a mile with no preparation I could do it in a little over 10 minutes. (I just timed myself last week as an experiment. I ran in jeans, shirt jacket, and my usual walking Reebok shoes.)
I can lift 40 pound bags of bird seed and dump them into the garbage can I use for storage.
I can use my 16 inch chainsaw for 2 full tanks, about 30 minutes, before I am totally exhausted.
And my T levels are quite good.
Too bad about the missing prostate though. Life is not fair.

stanleybmanly's avatar

financially?

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@LuckyGuy Shit if we all had your attitude about things life would be fucking amazing.

JLeslie's avatar

I should lose 15 pounds but would be thrilled with losing 10 and maintaining it. My shape, my figure, is pretty good. My legs are heavier now than I ever thought they would be though. Every part of me is just a little fatter than I would like. Arms, face, stomach, thighs, knees, breasts, everything.the ten pounds would fix it. I am not up on my feet enough in my opinion, but I do exercise 3–4 times a week doing Zumba. I through exercise jags where I take up swimming and water aerobics and then I let it slide again. The biggest problem is not eating well enough. Too much fat and process foods in my diet, I’m sure it shortens my life. I go through phases with that too. Eating week and not eating very well.

LuckyGuy's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe I figure the reason I can do this stuff is because I do it. Sure, I can pay someone to clean up the woods out back. But I can work for 30 minutes swinging the chain saw cutting branches, cutting tree trunks, etc and get the exercise.
I really think the wood burning stove has added years to my life. Sure, I save money on oil, and am reducing CO2 and my carbon footprint, blah, blah, blah,... . The big gain for me is the exercise I get by cutting, lifting, stacking, and loading the stove.
Some people get a dog for companionship. Actually, the dog does much more. It makes them move. They must walk the dog, get the food, play, lift bags of bulk food. All are hidden benefits.
I truly believe the stove keeps me both warm and healthy – and I don’t have to worry about feeding it when I am out of town.

@JLeslie I think you need to spend a couple of weeks here at Fluther Camp in Western NY. I’ll provide healthy meals and an excellent WiFi connection (limited to 2 hours per day) . All you have to do is – whatever you can do. Garden, cut the grass with the riding mower, prune the small branches off tress, feed the bonfire, collect fallen branches and put them in the trailer, feed the birds, etc. It is the best graduated exercise program I know. You can breathe fresh clean air. Visit the beaches of Lake Ontario. Look at the stars.
It is beautiful here – for the 4 months we don’t have snow. :-)

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Adirondackwannabe's avatar

My philosophy too. Use it or lose it. I have some real sedentary family members. They go down hill fast.

Crazydawg's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe So very true. Some of the fittest people I know are in their 50’s but they have to really work at it. It is sad to see middle age people just let their bodies and physical condition deteriorate.

JLeslie's avatar

@LuckyGuy You don’t know how tempting it is! I actually have just been researching vacation spots in NY. I’m trying to decide between NY, Europe (we had planned Germany and Switzerland last year and pulled the plug at the last minute, I literally had the flight booked and a day later cancelled it) or maybe Banff? Not sure. My husband wants to relax in the great outdoors, which I am fine with. I feel lazy about doing a long flight, but I think I might regret my laziness if we stay fairly close to home. I told him we can do a long weekend in NY any time really. I need to decide what to do soon.

I used to do all the gardening and trimming, but it really is not enjoyable for me because of the bees and wasps. I have to do it at a time of day before they are flying around for me to relax and enjoy it.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

I just do it all the time. Any physical labor is good.

GloPro's avatar

@LuckyGuy Every out-of-shape person should get a puppy. I might start my own puppy workout program. You aren’t kidding that I’m exercising a lot more. Oda and I walk just over a mile 3 times a day. A mile isn’t huge, but they add up, and as he grows we’ll have to add to that.

Pachy's avatar

My friends and my doctor says I look younger than I am. My body disagrees.

Smitha's avatar

I am thirty four and in the best shape in my life. I never deprive myself of the foods I enjoy. I don’t consider that to be fitness. Balance and moderation are the key. I believe in keeping my routines simple, yet challenging and stimulating.

gailcalled's avatar

Not bad, all things considered. I do a serious program every other day, including an aerobic unit. On the off-days I walk outside, weather permitting. My choice of lifeystyle keeps me moving.

DominicX's avatar

I’m in pretty good shape at the moment. For most of my life I was scrawny and not in very good shape. In the last several years I’ve exercised a lot more (mainly running and biking) and have been going to the gym regularly. I’ve taken breaks from that regularity a bit, but not enough to change the shape I’m in. I don’t like to think I’ve peaked, but I’m certainly in a good spot right now :)

jaytkay's avatar

I’m in good shape because I exercise. I walk any distance less than two miles, otherwise I like to bike. I bicycle commute 12 miles each way when the weather is dry and above 30 F. I take a martial arts class, 2 to 4 hours per week.

I used to smoke. I used to drink too much. Those things aren’t interesting to me anymore.

I eat a lot of fruit and vegetables and not much meat. I might go to Taco Bell 5 times a year but otherwise I don’t bother with junk food and fast food.

As I write this looks like a lot of work but when it’s habit it isn’t. I eat and commute every day, doing it in a healthy way isn’t any tougher or more expensive. In fact it’s much cheaper.

I had extensive medical testing this winter and was very happy to find I don’t have the heart disease problems that are common in my family.

Probably I’m at my peak. I’m 51. But at least I’m giving my bod a good base for old age.

filmfann's avatar

Having recently retired, I am still evaluating the damage of 36 years of physical labor. I am losing weight, which seems to be helping my knees and back, but I haven’t challenged them in the last month. I did dig a french drain a few months back, which was pretty physical work, and without too many days off from overstraining.

LuckyGuy's avatar

@GloPro See? The puppy encourages you to get lots of exercise. Now imagine 5 acres with trees in a colder climate and 2 wood burning stoves. Lots of opportunity for exercise and you don’t have to leave the property to do it.

@JLeslie I live adjacent to a wildlife management area and am less than 2 hours from Niagara falls. There are many wineries around the Finger Lakes. If you want to explore nature there is the Primal forest in Zoar Valley or Letchworth State Park. Plenty of opportunities for exercise there – if you don’t want to prune fruit trees.

Europe, Banff etc, sounds much classier than Western NY but it is actually pretty darned relaxing here.

I think we should consider hold a gathering at @gailcalled ‘s place. :-)

GloPro's avatar

What time should I be at @gailcalled‘s place? I gotta see this house in person.

JLeslie's avatar

Classy doesn’t impress me. That might be more reason to stay in NY. Last time I was in the fingerlakes was 1986 I think. I went to Ithaca to see Cornell and we drive through much of western NY and some points more east and north.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Ready to kick ass and chew bubblegum.
I smoked and drank in my 20’s but I quit all that. I get regular exercise and eat correctly. I could probably run a 7 min mile but usually run a 5k in about 30 min. I bicycle frequently and a usual hike on a weekend is about 10 miles or so. I can do around 7 pullups and about 50 pushups.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

@GloPro topps baseball cards and big league chew, now that brings back memories

Judi's avatar

In the last year I sort of let things go. I gained weight and quit working out.
Recently I hired a trainer again and started getting my diet back on track. It will probably be the end of summer before I feel like I’m in great shape again but I’m getting there. It’s amazing how quickly you can lose it!
I’m lucky that my blood pressure and cholesterol have always been low but when I’m not careful my triglycerides spike.

Judi's avatar

@JLeslie, the guest suite at our oregon mountain cabin is always avaliable!

LuckyGuy's avatar

^^^ That’s an offer that is hard to refuse!

Judi's avatar

@LuckyGuy, I have 80 acres you can work. :-) most of it is pretty wild and a lot of rocky outcrops and cliffs but there are plenty of trails that we haven’t even explored yet.

LuckyGuy's avatar

<— Packing his the chainsaw!

zenvelo's avatar

I am in great shape for my age, and great shape for me.

Over the weekend I participated in a 12 person relay from Calistoga to Santa Cruz CA, running three legs, including a 6 mile leg that ended crossing the Golden Gate Bridge at night, arriving in San Francisco at midnight.

My third relay leg was all uphill

OpryLeigh's avatar

Physically, I am in good shape. I am short (5“0) with an athletic build. This is mostly through good genes but I try to maintain it with regular exercise.

Mentally, I am not in great shape. I am exhausted from being over worked and I am questioning some life choices which have lead me to be stuck in a rut. It will get better, I’m sure but, right now, I am trying to figure out how to make it better without completely losing my mind.

JLeslie's avatar

That is an offer difficult to refuse! I imagine @Judi‘s place in Oregon is like being at the top of the world and close to heaven. :)

tedibear's avatar

I’m in shape… round is a shape! Unfortunately, I am nowhere near where I used to be in terms of aerobic fitness.

@LuckyGuyZoar Valley… you are making me homesick!

dxs's avatar

Could be better…still working on it. I think I’m going to fall behind in my exercise this summer with my job.

Adagio's avatar

Long and thin.

FireMadeFlesh's avatar

I’m naturally skinny, but have developed a more athletic body shape thanks to exercise and hard work. I’m not where I want to be yet, but I’m on the path.

LDRSHIP's avatar

I want to say I am likely in the best shape I have been so far in my life. My biggest battle right now is diet. Which I am winning. Slowly changing things and trying different things.

Also just growing as a person. Attempting to define myself, but I also believe my over “shape” or fitness is also a reflection of who I am. Mentally, I want a strong mind.

Current goals in physical fitness is to become proficient in bar exercises. Made progress. Achieve the muscle up.

Break my 2 mile time below 14:00, I am getting close, but have yet to do it.

Hardest thing physically I did, was the 26.2 Baton memorial death march. For some people in better shape perhaps was not that bad. However, at the time I wasn’t sure I could even do it. My feet at the end were torn up, but I finished.

I feel as though pushing oneself is great and all. For me I am trying to be more aware my body. Injuries just aren’t worth it and I won’t be getting any younger.

I am currently fairly toned. Not ripped, but I have noticed a difference and I dropped my weight from about 190lb to 170lb give or take water weight. Finding that I really prefer the lower weight and no longer attempt to “bulk up”. Hopefully I might for once have legit 6 pack in the future if all goes well. Which I won’t lie is something I do want.

There is also different types of being “in shape” depending on your goals and needs of particular sport, job, etc.

GloPro's avatar

@LDRSHIP different levels of being in shape is so true. What I find so interesting is that a rail thin model is usually not in good shape at all. In fact, a lot of them, despite being rail thin, have quite high body fat ratios because they never eat and they never work out. Being in shape isn’t all about looks. It’s about being able to take the stairs instead of the elevator.

DigitalBlue's avatar

I’ve mentioned this before, but when I was young I lost a lot of weight (well over 100lbs) and I have kept it off for more than 10 years, so diet and exercise are two things that are pretty constant in my life, although I do not look like the stereotypical health nut that most people would probably picture to always be counting calories and nutrition and to consistently stick to a work out for years. I think I’m about 30lbs overweight by most charts, I always forget what takes into account my frame and what doesn’t. I am both tall and large framed for a woman and also quite busty, so I tend to factor all of that into the equation, personally. My doctor is never concerned about my weight, so neither am I.

I used to be. I used to be obsessed, but I hear that’s pretty common when someone has managed a major weight loss, apparently it’s the “best” way to maintain, since something like only 5 or 6% of people will succeed at keeping a significant loss off long term. The statistics are dismal, I know that much. Personally, I feel that if I were thinner, I would have been diagnosed with an eating disorder. My body dysmorphia and obsession with food and exercise was destroying my life, but I got nothing but praise for succeeding, there was never anything to worry about because I was still fat enough for people to justify starving myself.

About two years ago I decided I wasn’t going to lose any more weight and that I wasn’t afraid to gain weight, either. I took up weightlifting and I braced myself to put on some pounds in the process of adding muscle (which didn’t happen, but the mental and emotional experience was significant.) I ended up losing about 15lbs, but my body has changed tremendously. I was always a cardio junkie, I liked running, even when I was in the depths of devastating depression I would badger myself into working out. I never lost any weight, in fact I found it impossible not to gain weight, but I was so terrified of gaining back my “big” loss that stopping was never an option.
Switching from cardio to lifting has had a tremendous impact on my body. I still haven’t lost anything more than the initial 15lbs, but I also no longer give a shit. I feel good. When I was dieting and restricting my food and relying on “fat burning” exercises and “calorie incinerating” whatever, I was exhausted. I was depressed. I looked and felt deflated. Now my legs are dense and chiseled, my female friends and family members regularly express that they are jealous of my biceps, my body is sturdy and filled out and more proportionate. I eat food and I feel no remorse. I feel strong and I look forward to getting stronger.

This past week a friend and I were comparing work outs. She weighs about 10lbs less than me, but my waist is 8” smaller than hers. And not by any blessing of genetics, both of us are women who tend to carry our weight in the upper body and around the middle and both large breasted, more apples than pears (though I think I am more “inverted triangle,” I think I carry it all in my chest and face, not so much that I get that round look in the middle), so it makes me feel even more like BMI is such a crock. Of course they always say it doesn’t count for bodybuilders or athletes, but I am neither of those things and you can’t tell me that an 8” smaller waist is insignificant. I also have been having health issues, which contributed to me having a pregnant looking and large protruding stomach, so the difference may still be even more significant yet. My friend runs 4 times a week, I lift 4 times a week. But I can still easily take my dog for a 6 mile walk with less effort than it took me when I was dedicated to cardio. Not that I think cardio or running are bad by any means, I just think that our culture needs to back off of the diet and weight loss wagon and reevaluate different approaches to fitness and what that means.

Paradox25's avatar

I’m in better shape now at 41 than I was at 21. I’m more muscular now, though I have just slightly less stamina, but I can still blow most teens away physically at work. I only do basic exercises, but I walk a lot and I tend to work physical jobs. I’m not sure if I eat healthy, but I avoid fast food and cook most of my meals, and most these are homemade. I still look very young for my age.

CookieMunchar's avatar

Good shape even though I do nothing exercise wise.

FireMadeFlesh's avatar

@DigitalBlue Awesome story. I’ve been saying for a few years now that strength training is better for weight loss than cardio. I also totally agree with you on the topic of BMI charts. According to the BMI scale, I have only entered the healthy weight range for my height two weeks ago. I am 183cm, and spent my late teens hovering around 63kg. I’ve made steady gains since I was 20, such that I am now 70kg – but I was never unhealthy, even when I was so far underweight.

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