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When, in your life, did you feel the most healthy?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (24661points) 1 month ago

Can you replicate it again?
How did it feel?
Physical and mental health included.
What was your diet and routine like then?

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YARNLADY's avatar

I don’t remember exactly when, but many years ago I was taking estrogen tablets and I felt healthier than I had ever been before or since. I had to stop taking them because serious health problems have been associated with them.

JLeslie's avatar

I think when I was 11 years old. I never felt very healthy, but I think that was when I felt the most healthy in my life. I would say ages 8, 11, and 16 all are very similar.

tedibear's avatar

As an adult? When I was walking every day. Can I replicate it? I could probably come close.

On paper I’m pretty healthy. However, I haven’t felt healthy for the last three or so years.

Dutchess_III's avatar

In my 30s.
No. I’ll never do what I used to again.

Blackwater_Park's avatar

In my mid 20’s when I was working in a lumber yard doing mostly manual loading. Probably not possible to get there again but I could get close. I was eating whatever I wanted. It felt like I could run through a wall and at the time I probably could. I was loading 80lb bags of concrete into trucks two at a time.

seawulf575's avatar

Before I went into the Navy. I was 20 years old. I had a routine of doing 50 push-ups, 50 sit-ups, 250 jumping jacks, and running 1.5 miles every day. I did this on my lunch break from work. When I went into boot camp, they had us run around the field house for 10 minutes just to gauge what kind of shape the group was in. I did 21 laps. I asked afterward how many laps was a mile and they told me 10. After that, boot camp made me lazy because I couldn’t exercise as I had been.

Also at the time I had started taking control of my life mentally and emotionally. I was living alone, putting myself through college at the local community college, and was looking for ways to move towards something better. I joined the navy to get a good education and some experience. This allowed me to move into a career that was very good to me for 30+ years. The decisions I made at that time paid dividends my whole life.

When I got laid off at the age of 58 and went into beer and wine delivery I had a bit of a replication. Mentally and emotionally I realized how stressful my life in nuclear power had been and decided that was out. I opted to look for something else, knowing I only had to work it for a few years. I found the delivery job. I would pay me enough to get by, it had good benefits, and it was more physical than mental. My body didn’t like me initially because of how physical it was. But I pushed through, dealing with the aches and pains until they faded away into routine. I would eat a little breakfast before work, took a lot of fruits and vegetables to graze on all day while I drove, and then had a small dinner in the evening. Not a lot of snacks or crap at the time. I started this job weighing 215# and had dropped to 185# within 40 days. I held steady at that weight after that. I felt great…felt I was getting exercise moving cases of beer and wine and stocking shelves, and felt good that I could do it at my age. I was one of the oldest guys doing the job and was out performing many of the younger guys. Nice sense of accomplishment. My downfall, ironically, was that I started getting promotions. That brought more administrative functions, less actual physical work, and more stress.

jca2's avatar

Physically, probably in my teens when I had no car and walked a lot of places in the city I was living in. I also took the bus or trains, but even to get to a bus or when getting off the bus was walking, walking walking or many places were not accessible by bus. The city I lived in had a lot of hills.

Emotionally, probably now. I am not working and financially, I’m ok. I don’t have to deal with the stress of going to work, my bosses, the work itself, etc. I’m not rich, but I’m ok and I just like not having to deal with work, relationship issues, work issues, anything. The only concern I have is getting my daughter through high school and into college, and she’s doing pretty well but all parents’ goals are for their kids to turn out ok.

Love_my_doggie's avatar

Right now! I’ve never exercised more or eaten more responsibly than I do now. The outcome is high energy and overall wellness.

Dutchess_III's avatar

In my 20s I owned a home day care, went to school full time and played volleyball 3 times a week. Also 100 sit ups every day.

flutherother's avatar

I think I reached my peak of physical fitness at the age of 26. I had agility and strength and I was never ill.

Smashley's avatar

Wake up, pound calories, smoke weed, hike, snack, hike, calories, weed, hike, snack, hike, snack, hike, more calories, weed, sleep, wake up, pound calories, hike. Repeat until trail ends.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@Smashley On 1001 ways to die, on Spike tv. Two young adults were stranded in the desert. With no Weed. So they videotaped themselves smoking different plants, to get high.
They poisoned themselves, and they recorded them dying.

Kropotkin's avatar

So far I’ve been very lucky and I feel as healthy as I ever have (48 soon).

I don’t smoke, don’t eat meat, get plenty of sleep, and try to avoid stress. I don’t do cardio beyond some walking, and just stick to some strength exercises, which I’m going to increase.

I am not super fit or athletic, but I don’t consider that a measure of health anyway. Elite athletes can drop dead or have all sorts of underlying health issues. A lot of really fit guys in their 20s and 30s just let themselves go physically later on.

If you’re not really unlucky with genetics, I suspect most health issues are down to things like stress, bad processed foods, smoking, excessive alcohol and drugs, lack of sleep, and being married.

raum's avatar

Probably in college. I used to walk to and from work every day. From downtown Berkeley to Lawrence Hall of Science.

(Google maps says 3.0mi with 0.2mi climb.)

Now I get tired just thinking about it.

raum's avatar

@Kropotkin “…and being married.”

LOL

jca2's avatar

Was never married so didn’t have to deal with the pleasure or the stress of that, although stats say people who are married (or, I would guess, have a live in companion) do better when they’re sick, probably because they would have a live in helper/caretaker.

raum's avatar

@jca2 Unless your live-in companion is a toddler. In which case, you don’t get to tap out when you’re sick. :P

KNOWITALL's avatar

Around 22 years old when I did manual labor and jogged. Now is also pretty great, at 51 I’m actually eating right which changed everything.
My marriage is super stressful, zero stars-do not recommend.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Not necessarily @jca2. I’m down to 100 pounds because I can’t get enough to eat. I can’t cook because I can’t stand, and Rick quit cooking a year ago when I got really handicapped.

Love_my_doggie's avatar

^^^ V., I’m so sorry to hear that. I knew you’d been struggling physically, but I hadn’t known how bad things are.

jca2's avatar

@Dutchess_III Rick refuses to cook or is something wrong that he’s unable to cook?

Dutchess_III's avatar

Thank you @Love_my_doggie. I’ll be fine. Hugs!

jca2's avatar

@Dutchess_III So if I understand correctly, you can’t walk and have very limited mobility, but he just refuses to cook for you?

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