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HEALTHHit the gym. (self.RedPillWomen)

submitted by drugdoctor87

Seriously.

Honestly on r/trp - almost every post mentions the importance of lifting. Here on r/redpillwomen, I don't think the importance of fitness is stressed enough.

Fitness improves your life in so many ways, why wouldn't you?! Better posture, more confidence, better skin, better mood, better sleep, improved health, etc. I'm so sick of women I know rationalizing not hitting the gym. Inexcusable. Unless you are overcoming a major health event there is absolutely no reason not to be going to the gym at least 3 times a week.

At my gym, there is an 70yo+ woman who is on the elliptical 1 hr+ each week. There is a 90yo man that lifts weights 6 days a week!

Also - I promote going to the gym by yourself, that way you won't depend on anyone else for your motivation. It's not that hard. Overcoming cancer is hard. Overcoming a heroin addiction is hard. Going to the gym 3 days a week is not hard.

Honestly I'm sick of working at the hospital every damn day and people coming up with excuse after excuse of why they won't exercise.


[–]bsutansaltTRP MOD[🍰] 15 points16 points  (2 children)

Yes, lift. It can save your life.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOX8SUoHnE4#t=870

If it wasn't for my being in shape when I had my skiing accident I'd be in a wheelchair. Docs said, like her in the video above, if I wasn't in as good of shape as I was at the time and had the musculature that I did that I would have been paralyzed.

[–]YakCat 7 points8 points  (1 child)

I just started lifting and it has changed my life. I can't believe how I've been able to sculpt myself.

Seriously, if any ladies have ever thought about lifting, do it. It improves everything in your life.

[–]drugdoctor87[S] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Can confirm. Started lifting 2 months ago - I now regret not starting to lift 10 years ago

[–]ColdEiric 14 points15 points  (1 child)

β€œPersonal beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of introduction” Aristotle.

It's easier to claim to be disciplined, intelligent, wise, street-smart, well-read, and everything else, if you've managed to become fit. Strength, health, speed, endurance is for life.

[–]proprioceptor 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Well said. Actions speak louder than words.

[–]VarsitySlutTeamCpt 8 points9 points  (6 children)

Food in America is shit. The portions are bigger and unhealthier anywhere else in the world. Also everyone drives everywhere except in Metropolitan cities. Everyone has to excercise.

[–]CopperRaccoon 4 points5 points  (4 children)

The mass low quality of food is indeed a grave affliction:

Your food can either be the tastiest, most powerful medicine, or the tastiest and most slowest poison.

[–]eatplaycrushEndorsed Contributor 2 points3 points  (3 children)

This is a issue I have. You can buy very cheap options of veggies, fruit, meats or you can buy "normal" priced/higher end. People like to blame food, but I'm sorry that is not the real blame for obesity. Calories in, calories out, period. People do not want to search for cheap healthy options, but they are there. People do not want to learn how to properly fuel their body. Even still, the reason it is healthy has nothing to do with affecting how much weight you lose, maintain, or gain. People need to stop imagining "healthy is equivalent to low calorie".

You could buy canned/frozen tuna/chicken/protein, frozen veggies, and a thing of rice/carbs and spend right around the same/less as you would at mcdonalds for about the same macro ratio.

[–]spacelord777 1 point2 points  (2 children)

[–]eatplaycrushEndorsed Contributor 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Yep. This, or something very similar, was posted within the last week on FPH's sub. Now, some of these prices are a little skeptical, but it is still a very relevant page to look at. People can downvote me on this, but I literally have to have this type of information readily available for clients and this means I have to look into grocery store's options from very low end to what my household is grateful to enjoy.

[–]spacelord777 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Haha...that's where I originally saw it. Should have known you also subbed there.

[–]eatplaycrushEndorsed Contributor 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Food isn't the main issue. The issue is the lack of education surrounding food and nutrition within our society. Every single person has a different portion size and it is up to that individual to respect their body and to actually care about their long term health to learn their BMR, TDEE, and how to properly eat for long term HEALTHY sustainability. Saying the food is the problem is like fat activism for obease people, yes, blame the food not the people l o l

[–]eatplaycrushEndorsed Contributor 17 points18 points  (7 children)

Fitness is easy. I literally do not have enough hours in my day to learn everything that is available for free via the internet that has to due with health as a whole. What is hard is learning, people do not want to learn because it is hard, people are lazy. The human body is brilliant, we can do so much, but society is perfectly content clocking in day by day and not exerting their brain further to develop new skills, new knowledge, etc.

No one is saying every female needs to become super aesthetic because that isn't everyone's cup of tea, but regular resistance training alongside some type of cardio activity should be the normal for every single person.

[–]weeeeearggggh 6 points7 points  (4 children)

learn everything that is available for free via the internet that has to due with health as a whole. What is hard is learning, people do not want to learn because it is hard, people are lazy.

Though it is a problem that there is so much information available. So much of it is lies to sell pills/food/diet books and it's a lot of work to read through actual scientific evidence to find the truth.

become super aesthetic because that isn't everyone's cup of tea

Do you mean "athletic"? Different people have different aesthetics, but everyone wants someone attractive in their eyes. Not everyone finds athletic aesthetic, though.

[–]meakbot 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Aesthetic is a common fitness term.

[–]weeeeearggggh 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Well I'm obviously very big on fitness. :/

[–]spacelord777 3 points4 points  (0 children)

r/fitness has a lot of great resources in their sidebar, with many different programs depending upon your goals. I often point people to their starting page because it is accurate and straight to the point:

http://www.reddit.com/r/Fitness/wiki/getting_started

[–]eatplaycrushEndorsed Contributor 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Just like with anything you need to filter the information and do more research until you can judge yourself what is fact and what is not. Unfortunately, it is true, when you have very little knowledge on the subject at hand there is a ton of information you will read and not readily know it is false, but once you have a grasp on the theory you will be able to filter the selections easily. Either way, in my eyes, there is no excuse. You do your research when looking for a new doctor, so why wouldn't you do your research when it comes to your own self health and betterment?

Another commenter already pointed out aesthetic is a common fitness term, but I need to remember that not everyone can read my mind.

[–]E2DsIE 4 points5 points  (0 children)

all matter seeks the lowest energy state

[–]drugdoctor87[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Agreed.

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[–]drugdoctor87[S] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

If you already work out regularly this post wasn't meant for you :)

Just getting into the habit of going to the gym is the first habit most beginners need to make

[–]Pentaquark1 9 points10 points  (2 children)

I disagree that hitting the gym 3 times the week was not hard. Changing habits is hard, and creating the habit of doing something that you do not enjoy in the first place is especially hard.

If you enjoy it, that's good for you. I know a lot of people (including myself) who do not.
The good thing is that lifting is not the only option you have. There are a lot of physical activities that get the job done just as well. You merely have to find activities that you enjoy and you won't have to worry about motiviation ever again.

One example that I can give you from the top of my head would be climbing. Climbing is an athletic sport that focuses on body tension. In other words, you essentially use all the muscles in your body. You also have a natural incentive to lose fat for obvious reasons. The optimal body for a female climber is pretty close to what most males consider attractive.
As a plus, you get to socialize with men that are generally in very good shape. Climbing also offers a certain psychological component that requires a level of daring that I heard, can be quite a turn on for women. :)

TLDR: It's possible to get in shape and have fun doing it!

[–]drugdoctor87[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Hitting the gym 3x/week = being active 3x week

[–]CopperRaccoon 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Exercise is one of the best things I have done for myself;

Ever since I started shoveling snow, I have felt stronger, lighter, hornier and a little happier.

[–]Octavia9 4 points5 points  (3 children)

It's not that easy for everyone. Nearest gym is a 20 min drive in good weather. I have 8 children and a husband who works 80 hour weeks. No sitter, and I couldn't ask him to take care of them after a long day of work. I walk with my little kids every day when the older ones are in school, but now it is much too cold. I have a treadmill and use it when the kids go to bed if it isn't too late. I've tried working out at home, but the phone rings, kids fight or need something, baby cries or climbs on me, the distractions are endless.
I have much more luck controlling my diet. I'm not happy with my fitness level but I'm not overweight.

[–]Kittenkajira 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Try FitnessBlender.com. They have free exercise videos, many of which are very short. You could even do it with some of the kids. I used to love doing aerobics with my mom.

[–]ColdEiric 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I'm sure that you can somehow compare the majority of what you do with your children as some form of exercise. I'm betting you run, lift and everything else during your care of them.

[–]polkapiggy 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Don't let people make you think that you have to go to the gym to be fit and healthy!! Doing exercise at home, even if it's 20 minutes a day when the baby is down for a nap etc. is better than nothing.

Also, YOGA. I will always preach yoga because it's not only relaxing, but fantastic for getting fit in a low impact way!

[–]rearended 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Oh yeah! Started doing Crossfit and its amazing! To be fair I've only been to one class but i have already built it into my work schedule for the coming weeks so no excuses for me!

[–]BrunoOh 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I'd be careful with crossfit. If taught poorly (and it usually is) you have a greatly increased chance of injury.

[–]eatplaycrushEndorsed Contributor 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Do not listen to people who tell you negative thoughts about CF. If you have done your research on the facility, the coaches, and even go further and look at their long term members you should be able to make a safe decision. The issue lays with people who are all about "RIGHT NOW" and do not look at trainers/etc the same as they do doctors as in they do not research credentials/reviews/etc then the other issue is how embarrassingly easy it is to obtain a CF lvl1 cert the same as it is easy to obtain a CPT such as NASM.

[–]hannahdeltron 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I'm a full time first year law student and I hit the gym 4x a week at least. Its seriously so worth it. Saves your sanity and helps you feel great. I cannot recommend it enough. Lifting gives me strength both physically and mentally.

My gramma and grandpa went to the gym for decades. My gramma would do water aerobics and my grandpa would swim laps. They are still together, living relatively independent at 91 and 93.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I tell people all the time about the benefits of the INSANITY work out program. High intensity interval training, it works incredibly well for boosting your overall stamina and endurance, while building lean muscle. It's VERY intense though, so you have to mentally prepared to fail multiple times. Best part though, is that it's a series of DVD's so you can do it at home, and it comes with a schedule and meal plan.

[–]WhimsicalWonderland 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thank you for the reminder.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I joined last week and did my first workout yesterday. I am lifting although only 10KG at this point.

[–]RealRational 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yoga and kick boxing and jiu jitsu are, IMEO, the best work outs for women. Should be doing them at least 4 times/week.