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Nov 1, 2013 07:03 AM

Do you view exercise as penance or justification?

So I am at the gym last night (yes, Halloween night). I always like to start with some cardio. I am huffing and puffing on the rowing erg. I see the calorie burn counter click over 300. I thought, good worked off that bag of Doritos. So I wondered for those of you who workout regularly, do you think of the time spent sweating as offsetting the bag of chips or cookies from the afternoon snack or does it instead mean that you're having double dessert tonight? I guess I look at it as penance for my eating sins.

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  1. Neither!
    I exercise regularly simply to stay fit! I do a lot of running around and lifting - Grandchildren and plants :-) - I really don't like to run out of steam and daily exercise helps!

    1. 80% to clear my head; mental exercise
      20% to stay fit

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      1. re: HillJ

        This, but 50%/50%. Cardio exercise changes (improves) my overall body chemistry, so I do it for that. But I do it also so that I don't have to worry much about what I eat.

        1. re: HillJ

          "80% to clear my head; mental exercise
          20% to stay fit"

          For me the numbers are switched, but I just started back in the gym recently.

          1. re: PotatoHouse

            Frosty & PotatoH, what matters is finding what works best for yourself. There's no magic formula or one size fits all but I agree w/you both that the mental workout is as important as the physical one.

        2. Neither. I view exercise and food as completely separate things. I work out to feel better and stronger; if I was working out to maintain a weight (or lose weight), it would probably be different.

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          1. re: Hobbert

            You said this better than me, so thanks. They aren't really connected for me so directly.

          2. I spend 1 to1 and one-half hours at the gym almost every day. I'm 72 years old, 5' 11" tall and weigh 290 lb. My grandson asks why am I still so fat if I exercise so much. I tell him to imagine what I would look like if I didn't exercise. Although it doesn't help with my weight, the exercise does help keep my cholesterol, blood pressure, sugar levels, etc in check and in line with a much younger, trimmer man.

            1. How about doing it simply for the joy of feeling your body and your mind. Penance is what I do when I step on an old lady's foot.