Physical Fitness

There are many exercises and practices intended to produce physical fitness- running, weightlifting, cycling, yoga- but what is going to be helpful to you in meeting your goals?

I just used the word goals- probably out of habit. We live in a culture where everybody is supposed to be setting goals, reaching goals, exceeding goals. In my personal experience- which is nothing to be emulated- goals tend to be things that never happen. My current goal is to stay steadily employed, which may be an unrealistic dream.

In any case, let us first consider what kind of body type is appealing to women. Some like the bodybuilder type, but not many. A few go for the emaciated heroin-addict rock star look. I don’t think any girls like fat guys, except maybe some fat ones.

So you want to be not fat, and somewhat muscular. I recommend a program of weightlifting and muscle-building. Beyond improving physical appearance this will give you a big boost of confidence and a feeling of power. Go to a gym and get signed up with a personal trainer. Get a good one, which is easy because he or she will be in excellent physical condition. It’s a few bucks but it’s money well spent.

That said, I am switching over to running, as I have gotten a bit fat over the last few years. I had a strange and sudden realization a while back- you see fat people at the gym all the time, but never running. That may because fat people don’t run, but I suspect running somehow signals to your body that it needs to be able to move easily, and thus be thin. Being strong doesn’t require you to be thin- a guy can be really strong, but if he doesn’t need to move quick, can also be a big fat slob, e.g. an offensive lineman. So if you are fat you may want to think about running.

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4 Responses to Physical Fitness

  1. lckychrmsrr says:

    I see fat people running more than average/fit people. The ones I know personally will finish their half-hour run/job that burned 350 calories and eat a 500 calorie piece of cake as a reward cause “they earned it.”

  2. Alkibiades says:

    Try swimming. Less wear and tear on the joints. Diet also plays a big roll. Cut out the refined sugar, refined wheat, and the high fructose corn syrup completely. When I did that I dropped 20lbs.

  3. Onasendai says:

    I just started going to the gym again after a break up and I gotta say, women wont admit it but there shallow and they like a fit guy. I’ve seen a massive improvement in my pickup and my all over general mood. I run on a cushioned surface so the joints aren’t beat up too bad. All in all I agree with Alkibiades kill refined sugar and HFCS and you will shed weight quickly.

  4. HUNGRY HUNGRY HIPPOS says:

    Personal trainers are almost universally absolute morons who will not teach you how to work out properly. You need to stick to compound barbell lifts with high weight for low reps. Simple but difficult lifts like squats, bench press, and deadlift are the most effective exercises you can do.

    Here:
    http://startingstrength.wikia.com/wiki/Starting_Strength_Wiki

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