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    Question Are you healthy/fit?

    Being in my mid-forties, I've found that more and more of my old friends no longer care much for athletic activity. Nowadays, if I want to play a game of say basketball or tackle football I have to call up on my nephews instead. Hell, just getting them to do low-impact sports such as biking or what have you can be a real chore - sob stories of sore knees and aching backs and blah blah blah. These people just don't seem to get the connection between lack of exercise and fatigue. Never ceases to amaze me.

    Now I admit I'm a bit to the extreme (not at all afraid of injury, skateboards and rock-climbing included), but surely I'm not the only old guy out there that values being fit?

    So what about you guys? How important is staying healthy and active to you?
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    bool fun(bool value)
    {
        return std::pow(std::exp(1), std::complex<float>(0, 1) 
        * std::complex<float>(std::atan(1)*(1 << (value + 2))))
        .real() > 0;
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    I'm in my early-mid 30s. Staying fit is important to me, though my exercise regime has moved away from strength related activities (like lifting weights, which I still do a bit) to more cardiovascular exercise (I try to get an average of 30-60 minutes/day over the course of a week). It's important no just for the typical cardiovascular health, general strength or maintaining/losing weight, but also stress management and the good feeling you get afterwards. Plus, being fit reduces your risk of injury in other activities. I'm less likely to get hurt carrying some lumber or moving an appliance. As an added bonus, I can also eat more freely (and I love to eat).

    I like some of the rougher and more dangerous sports as well, though I'm a bit more cautious than I was 10-15 years ago. I was rock climbing regularly until I moved about 6 months ago, and just haven't bothered finding a new gym, community and climbing partners yet (serious trust requirements). I wrestled in high school and have just got back into the grappling world, taking some jiu-jitsu classes (but I have no aspirations of competing in UFC). I imagine this will all diminish slightly over the next 10 years, and if I have kids, that may affect how much I exercise, but I imagine my attitudes towards health, fitness and risky sports will remain the same.
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    I like rough and dangerous sports as well.

    For exercise I like to play iRacing and games that involve both cardiovascular as well as strength (e.g. first-person shooters). I also love to play adventure games, but these most often don't involve activities like running and jumping, although some do, and concentrate more on mental exercise). I'm currently playing Far Cry 3 and I think that so far I've walked and run 300km on foot (I prefer to walk and run over driving because I like to shoot the wild animals I come across and getting in and out of a vehicle just wastes time). The game I walked and ran most in was probably Skyrim, I walked and ran from one side of the continent to the other many times, as well as climbing all of the tall mountains (man, the view from the top of the Throat of the World where I found the notched pickaxe [obviously a fellow alpinist left it there after his climb] is AWESOME).
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    Early 20s. I try to run 10km (6.2 miles) a week, usually with the company run club (which consists of mostly highly attractive young ladies from HR/Sales/Marketing and very few engineers... that probably helped). I also try to do Judo at least once a week (very intensive).
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    Approaching 20 and fit, in my opinion,
    I do have some problem with knees, but they are unfortunately, from over exertion.
    An Orthopaedic said that was common and should get milder over the years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by manasij7479 View Post
    I do have some problem with knees, but they are unfortunately, from over exertion.
    Don't know if you do much biking but if not you might consider it. I've healed many a knee injury that way...
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    bool fun(bool value)
    {
        return std::pow(std::exp(1), std::complex<float>(0, 1) 
        * std::complex<float>(std::atan(1)*(1 << (value + 2))))
        .real() > 0;
    }

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    I used to play sports all day long during high school years, now I'm 22 and haven't been nearly as active as I used to be. I have been sucked into the call of duty scene, now I am taking my competitive spirit through the Gamebattles route. I do play basketball at least one time a week (Saturday mornings).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sebastiani View Post
    Don't know if you do much biking but if not you might consider it. I've healed many a knee injury that way...
    I hear ya. I got a serious knee injury playing Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 on my Game Boy
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    I used to be extremely fit, heavy lifting at the gym and such. However, a lifetime of chronic constipation + heavy lifting = eventual hernia. Now I just do cardio and light lifting... I'll continue to do this as long as I can though. I don't want to be gimp when I get old.

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    ;_;

    No.

    A few years back now I had some major problems with my ears (A pretty severe resistant bacterial infection which kept popping back up regularly for nearly a year because we couldn't knock it completely out.) for which I had to take some pretty potent medicine to get me restored.

    Unfortunately, the medicine I took kept me constantly nauseous and dizzy so I wound up very sedentary and constantly snacking on certain chips/crackers to suppress the nausea.

    I gained ~20 pounds which coupled with the awful way I used to keep my feet crossed have caused some problems with my feet.

    ^_^

    Happily though I'm getting my weight back under control which is a lot harder than you may think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phantomotap View Post
    Happily though I'm getting my weight back under control which is a lot harder than you may think.
    At my age, the relationship between caloric intake and weight gain is a principle I understand quite well yes. Fortunately, long walks seem to mitigate the effects as such and so I can finally enjoy my precious cheeses (long live Havarti, Muenster, and Cheddar!) without guilt.
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    bool fun(bool value)
    {
        return std::pow(std::exp(1), std::complex<float>(0, 1) 
        * std::complex<float>(std::atan(1)*(1 << (value + 2))))
        .real() > 0;
    }

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sebastiani View Post
    At my age, the relationship between caloric intake and weight gain is a principle I understand quite well yes. Fortunately, long walks seem to mitigate the effects as such and so I can finally enjoy my precious cheeses (long live Havarti, Muenster, and Cheddar!) without guilt.
    WHAT?! No Bleu d'Auvergne?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SirPrattlepod View Post
    WHAT?! No Bleu d'Auvergne?!
    As a matter of fact, I eat plenty of that too...just not in such quantities as the others.
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    bool fun(bool value)
    {
        return std::pow(std::exp(1), std::complex<float>(0, 1) 
        * std::complex<float>(std::atan(1)*(1 << (value + 2))))
        .real() > 0;
    }

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    Whew, looks like I'm in the minority here. I'm in my early-to-mid thirties, and am simply terrible at being healthy. I spent many years not getting proper sleep. I never exercise. I am a smoker, and on the occasions when I drink alcohol, I usually take it to excess. I spent a long time having very poor eating habits, and I drink a lot of coffee.

    I suppose I come from good stock because I don't look as wretched as one might expect for the lifestyle I've led. I've also recently had a positive influence enter my life, so my bad habits are slowly dropping away. Still haven't kicked the smoking habit yet, though.




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    But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends—
    It gives a lovely light!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Epy View Post
    a lifetime of chronic constipation
    You need to drink more water. Have a glass with every meal, as well as topping up during the day. Problem solved.
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