So this is a topic that I feel some of us here can relate to: About being a man/woman and striving to become fitter and stronger as a lifestyle choice.
There are many ways men (and women-alike) may become interested in becoming fitter and stronger as a lifestyle choice.
I'd like to state outright that there are MANY ways to be and look "fit" and "strong", whether you are male or female.
Maybe you like to lift weights, use machines, or maybe you're more like me and you prefer to exercise with minimal equipment to work your way up to being able to do handstand push ups, one-arm push ups, one-leg squats, and more.
Perhaps you prefer to run, sprint, hike, jog, power walk, cycle, climb, swim, dance, do yoga, or something else.
Maybe you like to do all sorts of cool stuff to be healthy! Maybe you just thoroughly enjoy manual labor!
If you're the sort that loves to be active in any way this thread may be for you. I'd love to read about your input and experiences!
How do you enjoy being active? Why? For how long has this been an important part of your life? How are you liking it? Have you persevered and succeeded, or have you started out for a good while and then burned out?
I feel that these are important topics for discussion for those of us here at Mycotopia who value their physical health. After all, physical health = mental/spiritual health!
My own personal experiences with fitness:
I started exercising regularly for the first time in my life when I was 19 years old. I was, at my heaviest, 230 pounds at 5'6" tall. I remember wearing a 42" American pants waist!
Now I've been at a 32" or less pants waist for 4'ish years.
I had to learn how to eat less in order to lose weight, and above all else I had to learn how to eat HEALTHY.
Since then, I've been on-again, off-again with weight-lifting. The longest I was ever able to do it was 1 or 2 years, then I'd stop and become stagnant before picking it up again.
For me, weights were: "Something to do in order to become healthier in life." After a year or more, however, it just got to be so boring I couldn't keep up with it.
It wasn't until I was 33 years old that I decided to try something different. For me, it was bodyweight exercises (calisthenics).
Over the last 4 years I've kept my weight in the range of 150 to 160 pounds.
What is bodyweight exercise (calisthenics)?
- Pull ups/chin ups
- Push ups
- Parallel bar or chair dips
- Squats/lunges/deep step ups/taking the stairs every-other stair, power walking up hills
- Handstand push ups against a wall or a pole
- Rows with odd objects/dumbbells or rowing my own bodyweight (inverted rows, tuck front lever rows)
- Any "bodyweight/calisthenics" exercises with added weight (weighted vest, backpack full of weights, or improvised weights, barbells, or dumbbells.)
Bodyweight exercises can also be combined with traditional barbells, machines, dumbbells, or weighted exercises.
Since I started bodyweight exercise/calisthenics over the last 1 and 1/2 years I've never been happier! I can work out inside or outside in the woods, at parks with playground equipment, while travelling, and I can always fit in some kind of challenging exercise every day that I find fun and challenging!
Exercise changed my life completely. I became a completely new person. I found that, through regular hard work over time, I increased my energy, my moods, my tolerance of bullshit and stress, it improved my sleep, and made me generally a more centered, content, and open-minded individual.
Most importantly, as a bipolar person, in addition to my two medications (mood stabilizer and anti-psychotic), regular exercise (training to become stronger as well as training for aerobic/cardio exercise) has drastically improved my overall mental health and general stability.
All it takes is 40 to 60'ish minutes 2x or 3x a week to get stronger.
All it takes to have a healthy heart, lungs, and circular system is walking, hiking, jogging, running, cycling, or sprinting 3x a week for 30 minutes.
I'd love to hear about how YOU personally have, over time, implemented regular exercise into your life and how it has made a difference for you!
Every person enjoys doing different physical activities in life to be healthier and happier. There are SO many different ways to be and to look fit. I've tried various things off-and-on since I was 19 (I am now 34 as of the first week of this past June) so I'm curious to learn what has worked for all of you!
For me, personally, I absolutely love doing bodyweight exercise/calisthenics because I can work out with minimal equipment anywhere, any time, whether it be outside at a park in the woods, at a park with playground equipment, in my own back yard, or at home with limited equipment.
Heck, I even kept fit this past April when I was in an inpatient mental hospital environment for a week!
I love doing my wall-supported handstand push ups, my one-legged squats, my one-arm push ups, and my weighted chest dips and chin ups.
It's a LOT harder for me to pack on muscle doing these things, because instead of just moving a barbell or dumbbell with weight, I have to move my ENTIRE bodyweight PLUS the external load. So I'm pretty lean and thin. I look nothing like a bodybuilder but I'm very content with being strong and capable when I need to do physical labor.
So far as I care: If you are active and healthy you will feel amazing even if your frame is diminutive and not anything at all like a bodybuilder.
Have your psychedelic experiences played into this lifestyle choice of yours at all?
For me, my cumulative psychedelic experiences I've had have played a major role in my fitness routine and my ideology. I've realized, through every psychedelic trip, that it's important to have both a healthy mind AND a healthy body, and I just had to experiment a lot to figure out what physical activities I ENJOY that I can STICK WITH over a LONG TIME that will lead to long-term health and mental benefits.
I've typed a lot already, so I'm just hoping that even just one other exercise-lover here will take the time to respond to so we can get a nice conversation going.
I also hope that others will chime in to show other 'Topians what we can all try out to be better healthier versions of ourselves so we can ward off unnecessarily early aging and to feel younger as we age. Hopefully things that most of us can start doing for the long-haul, preferably things that we all enjoy to stay fit, strong, and happy for the rest of our lives!
Edited by niemandgeist, 30 June 2016 - 03:29 PM.