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Fitness and diet myths that just won't go away

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  • sviers13sviers13 Member Posts: 80 Member Member Posts: 80 Member
    cwolfman13 wrote: »
    "Go hard or go home"...the notion that exercise has to be some kind of sufferfest to be beneficial and if you're not ready to puke when you're done, you might as well have done nothing at all.

    I do think that having some more vigorous efforts thrown into the mix is beneficial from a health and fitness standpoint...but IMO, unless you're specifically training for something, an overall active lifestyle is where it's at. And if you are training specifically for something, I would also think one would know how to train and would know that every training bout shouldn't be some crazy workout.

    Most of the very fit and healthy people I know do "workout" some...but by and large, they are just active and enjoy being out on their bikes or hiking or rock climbing, kayaking, walking, going for a jog, etc.

    This is very insightful for me. I have found that I will sometimes not exercise at all because I think I have to workout like an Olympian or it to be beneficial.
  • paperpuddingpaperpudding Member Posts: 6,599 Member Member Posts: 6,599 Member
    Theoldguy1 wrote: »
    Theoldguy1 wrote: »
    One needs to "hydrate" and/or bring a water bottle for a 30 minute leisurely walk around the neighborhood.


    That doesn't sound silly to me - I guess not something you absolutely need, depending on the climate but seems sensible especially in hot weather.

    Muslins have fasted from sunrise to sunset in observation of Ramadan for centuries (which includes no water) in all sorts of climates doing all sorts of activities

    Again no need to hydrate on a leisure 30 minute walk around the neighborhood..


    Leaving religious practices aside - yes I agreed there is no NEED for it for most people in most conditions - but doesnt seem a silly idea and indeed seems a very sensible idea in hot conditions.

    Ive done a 5km fun run/walk (takes me about 40 minutes to walk it) and water stations are set up along the route.

    If I am going by myself, doesn't seem silly to take my own water



  • freda78freda78 Member Posts: 315 Member Member Posts: 315 Member
    ythannah wrote: »
    Theoldguy1 wrote: »
    One needs to "hydrate" and/or bring a water bottle for a 30 minute leisurely walk around the neighborhood.

    Agreed. I normally walk for an hour and I need to restrict water intake for about 30 minutes prior to heading out as there are no public restrooms on my walk route and water goes straight through me. (Although this tactic may be unique to middle-aged lady bladders) If it's very hot outside I do carry a water bottle but don't drink until after the halfway point or my "walk" turns into a sprint.

    I have to do the same......
  • MsCzarMsCzar Member Posts: 367 Member Member Posts: 367 Member
    That weight-loss surgery is somehow cheating and taking the 'easy' road. It wouldn't be my choice - but I can't imagine thinking less of anyone who decides on that tack.
  • penguinmama87penguinmama87 Member, Premium Posts: 387 Member Member, Premium Posts: 387 Member
    Theoldguy1 wrote: »
    Theoldguy1 wrote: »
    One needs to "hydrate" and/or bring a water bottle for a 30 minute leisurely walk around the neighborhood.


    That doesn't sound silly to me - I guess not something you absolutely need, depending on the climate but seems sensible especially in hot weather.

    Muslins have fasted from sunrise to sunset in observation of Ramadan for centuries (which includes no water) in all sorts of climates doing all sorts of activities

    Again no need to hydrate on a leisure 30 minute walk around the neighborhood..

    I'm not super familiar with Ramadan fasting but it's my understanding that there are lots of exemptions from the strictest requirements. I don't believe it's every single person regardless of age or health.

    (My experience with this is Christian fasting seasons of Lent and Advent. The restrictions are much looser now for many [and many don't observe at all], but the idea that is that with fewer restrictions, more people can participate. In the past, when restrictions were much more intensive, fewer people fasted. And for even those who were in very good health, the idea was often that there was that there was an ideal to strive for, but that many would not meet it. [And water has always been permitted.])

    I do prefer to take water with me but fwiw I don't think I'll die without it. If I forget, it's fine. It's just a matter of comfort, especially in hot weather. In the summer I'm much more likely to want it than a cool spring or fall day.
  • paperpuddingpaperpudding Member Posts: 6,599 Member Member Posts: 6,599 Member
    my understanding of Ramadan fasting (not super familiar either) is that there are exemptions for medical reasons, pregnant/breastfeeding women, children, elderly, and people working in physical outdoor jobs (for water at least)

    and anyway it is a religious practice that is suppossed to be about temporary additional self discipline - not a guide for what is the best practice for health in normal circumstances.

    Using - 'but Muslims fast during the day in Ramadan' - to equate to 'it is a silly myth to take water on a walk' doesn't make sense.

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