“Exercise Addiction Inventory” – A 6 Question Test May Indicate Addiction

April 23, 2009

Yes, you can have too much of a good thing. Exercise is great, exercise addiction is not. Looking back, I know there were times when I was a bit obsessed with exercise. These days, I like to get it done in a short period of time and then move on to the “important things” in life. Today, while doing research for my site I came across a pretty helpful study. The study is called “The Exercise Addiction Inventory: A Quick and Easy Screening Tool for Health Practitioners.”

exercise addiction

[Exercising should be fun and feel good. There are times when you will push hard and test your body, but it should be energizing and a positive experience.]

Skip Your Workout When Something Fun Comes Along!

When I was in college I remember skipping a few last minute social events to make sure I got my workout in. It was a stupid mistake! Never sacrifice having fun with friends to get your workout in. Most of the time you will be able to do both, but if someone calls you last minute to go to a concert or a football game…get out of your workout clothes, take a shower and live a little. Trust me, you won’t regret it. Your workout isn’t going anywhere.

Make Sure You Have Other Interests Besides Working Out

People that live and breath exercise and diet every waking hour are dull as hell! I want you guys to get fit, healthy and lean so you can be in better shape to enjoy things outside of exercising. Think of high profile people in good shape. Take Hugh Jackman for instance: He does theater, acting, singing, dancing, kicks butt as Wolverine, etc. Even though he is in great shape, you don’t really picture him living in the gym. He has a well-balanced life while staying in incredible shape.

Eat Grandma’s Cooking – The Pie, Mash Potatoes, Etc.

My grandma passed away three weeks ago and I miss her badly already. During the holidays she spent hours making delicious dishes. If I could go back in time, I would have eaten even more of her amazing food. I am not saying that you should give in to every temptation that someone puts in front of you, but “pick your battles”. If you are lucky enough to have a mother, grandma, or aunt that cares enough about you to make special meals…I say go for it without guilt! Diet a bit harder the following week if you want, but don’t miss such a wonderful opportunity.

More About the “Exercise Addiction Inventory” Questionnaire

Nottingham Trent University in the UK wanted to create a simple process that doctors could use to screen patients for exercise addiction. This wasn’t really meant to prove whether someone had exercise addiction, but was an accurate way to see if further psychological examination was needed. This is a screening to find people who are “at risk” for exercise addiction.

How The Test Works: This is a test where you give a point value between 1-5. 1 means that you “strongly disagree”, 2 means you “disagree”, 3 means that you are “neutral”, 4 means that you “agree”, and 5 means that you “strongly agree”. There are six questions and you put a number between 1-5 beside each question.

1. Exercise is the most important thing in my life.

2. Conflicts have arisen between me and my family and/or my partner about the amount of exercise I do.

3. I use exercise as a way of changing my mood (e.g. to get a buzz, to escape, feel different etc.)

4. Over time I have increased the amount of exercise I do in a day.

5. If I have to miss an exercise session I feel moody and irritable.

6. If I cut down the amount of exercise I do, and then start again, I always end up exercising as often as I did before.

What the Numbers Mean: Unfortunately, I didn’t find a definitive answer on what the overall score means. Other than this…”if you show a tendency towards agreeing with most of the questions, perhaps you need to seek help”. This is just a brief screening tool, but could be used to see if further steps need to be taken.

Bottom Line…Getting In Shape Shouldn’t Be A Huge Sacrifice

There are a lot of ways to get in great shape, my recommendation is to design a workout that fits around your lifestyle…not the other way around. You may need to make a few accommodations to fit it into your weekly routine, but it shouldn’t be anything drastic.

Note: Brad Pilon has another post I agree and fits in well with the whole idea of exercise addiction. He talks about Obsessive Compulsive Eating, which is similar to exercise addiction from a diet perspective. You will love how he simplifies diet…Nutrition 101.

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Dan April 23, 2009 at 11:16 pm

Rusty

I think this might be your best post to date.

I agree with everything you said. Exercise is important, but I feel some people will skip hanging out with friends or doing something fun just to get their gym time in.

Life is too short.

Great post Rusty.

Joey Atlas April 23, 2009 at 11:54 pm

Good stuff Rusty –

Ironic – that my exercise addiction almost killed me. In my 20’s I tried so hard to “stay in great shape” – it almost ruined my life and my body. I was fortunate enough to catch myself before it was too late.

I look around today and see so many of these types whose lives are being ruled and ruined by ‘fitness’ instead of being enhanced and maximized through fitness.

Let’s keep spreading the word.

Joey

Wilson April 24, 2009 at 2:37 am

I’m a full time university student and during the school year I dont get to exercise a whole lot at all. Once or twice a week at best. However, once I’m off school I gradually work my way back until I exercise every day. Thats right, ever day. I’d wake up at 10am generally, and eat and what not and have my exercise done before my lunch. Usually in the afternoon I’ll either go biking for at least 45min, because I love to bike, and its just fun and relaxing for me, or I’ll go out with someone. On a personal level, dont feel like I exercise too much because I dont think it interferes with my life. If I get busy, I’ll skip it, not a problem, but if I got the time, I’ll do it for sure.

I was also wondering if it was ok for me to do my reps explosively, like as quick as I can, on the way up, then go back down real slow. Provided I got a warm up of course. I got this idea from a video I saw of Georges St. Pierre(Canadian UFC fighter) training. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPDVEWWP4KU Heres a link if your interested. Thanks for the help.

Tim Owen with Internet Marketing Guide April 24, 2009 at 3:59 am

Excellent reminder Rusty! This post and it’s “test” bring back many memories of the experiences I have had around my own “knowing of myself” physically over the years.

As you suggest it is all about “mindset.” Love relationships actually have offered me the deepest awareness into knowing myself. When the one you love has a challenge physically like CFS/ME things are put into perspective right quick. Bodies don’t unite, minds do.

I guess I share this because as your post details, state-of-mind is the source of our Purpose and why we do what we do. When we begin to ask the questions at that level, the level of Mind, we really can be the Master of our Fate and the Captain of our Soul. Then mastery of our physical state can be as simple as ripples in the pond of our life, extending our own unique experience in a way that might inspire others to do the same.

Thanks for stirring up so much for me with this post Rusty,

Tim Owen
Implementation Mastermind Coach
Be All You Can Be

noone April 24, 2009 at 5:03 am

hey rusty! my post is sort of off-topic, but your post reminds me of something that i dont see written about often enough: the mental/psychological approach to exercising.

i was wondering, if you write an article perhaps on “exercise and sustainability” or “long term view for exercising” or “mental and psychological approach to exercising”…maybe you already have?

what really impresses me is that you have been able to exercise for a long long time (i think it is THE reason i visit this site). you are not some “young punk” who blogs about their crazy workouts and even crazier diet methods. your posts speak volumes about your experience, which i have used to help me out a lot and avoid common pitfalls when exercising.

too often i hear people who were in shape “in my twenties” and now they are completely out of shape. furthermore, people like brad pitt, hugh jackman, cam gigandet, etc. are awesomely in shape (or were) but they dont really impress me because they can summon an army of personnel to insure they are fit for their next movie. i think guys like jackman, and jason statham may be an exception though (especially statham, he is nuts!).

what DOES impress me, are people like you, and others who post here, who lead normal lives, have kids, families, jobs they may dislike and/or work long hours, etc but are able to stay in great shape over many years, still eat healthy, etc.

i want the changes i make to my diet and exercise routine, for example, to be long lasting and sustainable, not just something like “no beer and chocolate for 6 months!” or “no potatoes” or “i do HIIT 6 times a week and im ripped!”.

what are some of the mental approaches/methods you use to “keep at it” for so long? i know for sure one method is varying your routine to avoid boredom. another one i am aware of is Seasonal Variation that athletes use (exercise differently based on the seasons). what about massive upswings or downswings that may occur in your life (injury, etc). how do you bounce back?

i know for sure, though, getting addicted to exercising, while it may put you in great shape, will not last over the long term. kudos to those who have been at it for 10+ years, you are my inspiration! sorry if i offended any “young punks”!

myra April 24, 2009 at 5:37 am

Hi Rusty,
Great post sorry to hear about your grandma the older generation always believe in providing wholesome meals, their the best! I did have a time when i was addicted to exercise. i was 18-22. i was going twice a day completely lived for the gym. im very aware now not to do that again. i limit my time and have days off, and very importantly i listen to my body if im tired, worked a long shift, i dont go. i must admit im pretty dedicated though! cant see that changing!

Greg at Live Fit April 24, 2009 at 6:58 am

This is a great article.

For myself, over most of my life I was healthy as a by-product of my lifestyle. When the responsibilities of life began to intrude on the “fun stuff” I did that kept me healthy, my fitness level also waned. When I started to make the conscious transition back to a healthy lifestyle, I had conflicts. Some of that conflict was from my attitude of having workouts dominate my day.

I’ve finally relaxed about it, and haven’t seen my fitness level slip a bit. If anything, the extra rest helps me feel better.

Great thoughts.

Semper Phi April 24, 2009 at 7:12 am

Russ, I’ve been following your blog for a month or two now and now that my life has settled down a bit(recently took over as the kitchen manager of a bar in Nashville and all the fun that comes with getting used to that job and fixing the mess I inherited from the last guy).

Anyways, I have recently started a program I figure will take me a few months to get more or less the look-that I want and you endorse, Tyler Durden, Craig’s James Bond, Ryan Reynolds(Amiyville Horror not Blade 3). It includes many things I’ve read here like HIIT ala C. Ballyntines crazy 8’s, eat stop eat, also other things I have done for myself included quitting smoking and drinking for a few months(water fast helped loads with withdrawl) and a vegetarian diet while I’ll be on this program. I pulled off almost 50 pounds two years ago doing steady state cardio and now want to see what I can do with the last 15 or so hanging around with this program.

I have however a question or two that are fitness related and one that is not so much.

I do the crazy 8’s 3 times a week if nothing better comes along(like soccer with friends, or nocturnal activities which are occasional side effects of working in a bar), the other 3 days, I do bicep curls with low reps(also gleaned from here) going 4 reps slowly then alternating hands which as you may have mentioned allows me to go longer and not really hit failure. I was wondering your counsel on if this would give me bigger upper arms-I’ve got decent tone and strength and great forearms/grip strenth from what I’ve been told, but my bicep size is a bit lacking. Should I also maybe lift the dumbbell behind my head and hit the triceps too?

Reason I ask is when I was a kid, before an injury and I worked for my dad as a roofer, I had amazing strength for my size and age and great arms and I kind of miss it, even though I was also about 15-20 pounds too heavy).

Also, the last question is in relation to your blog. I’m interested in going back further than the recent post list and what I can find in the categories folders, but I can’t seem to find any archives of past posts around here, do you have one or am I so electronically illiterate that it’s staring me straight in the face somewhere and I’m missing it?

Thanks for the site, your time, and taking the time to read et al. Good night- James.

Adam Steer - Better Is Better April 24, 2009 at 7:53 am

Important post Rusty!

There was a period when I was obsessed with running (before I gave it up completely!). Looking back, it’s probably the time that I was least “healthy.” Yet it was the period when I spent – wasted – the most time on exercise. Now, like you said, I exercise in the shortest time possible to reach the goal. Efficiency is the name of the game.

I remember Brad Pilon telling me a story about how he frittered away what could have been a lovely evening – at a wedding reception – because he wouldn’t touch the food and was grouchy about the fact that everyone else was enjoying theirs. My advice is always to do the right thing 90% of the time, whether diet or exercise. Then, when the other 10% comes up, as it inevitably will, you can actually ENJOY it…

Cheers,
Adam

Helder April 24, 2009 at 9:43 am

I totally subscribe Rusty, what’s the point of looking good, and being in shape if you don’t enjoy Life and sacrifice everything to workout.

I knew a lot of guys that spent their days at the gym, and then at home resting, because they had to be resting all the time to speed up recovery and muscle growth, so they didn’t have a Life.

Others in family special dinners don’t eat a nice dessert because they have a very rigid diet to gain muscle and keep lean, so they can’t add a few extra calories.

Those guys don’t Live it all, they spend year after year locked in the gym and resting at home, without tasting anything, without tasting Life, they look good and in shape just for themselves, but for me they’re healthy, they’re not balanced, mentally they’re “sick”

Life is to be lived fully, so balance things, working out is a pleasure, but it’s just one of the so many good things in Life, and we should enjoy it.

Helder April 24, 2009 at 9:45 am

I meant above “for me theyยดre not healthy”

Elle April 24, 2009 at 12:48 pm

Another wonderfully aware post. The HITTS just keep on coming. Pun intended. ๐Ÿ˜‰
Keep up the great work, Rusty. You set the bar.

ahm April 24, 2009 at 1:17 pm

something i’ve noticed is if you workout all the time and have an attractive body but sacrafice a lot of time and go crazy in ordre to attain it. f your girlfirend knew how crazy you were about getting that body, she would find it less attractive

TheAlchemist April 24, 2009 at 2:04 pm

Great post Rusty. If you don’t mind, sorry to hear about your grandma. The comments left by others regarding this post further stresses the point of gym “monkeys”. I call them gym monkeys because all they do is hang around the gym all day. I hate to say it but it seems like I’m the first person to show lament towards your grandma’s passing. Again I’m sorry.

thomas April 24, 2009 at 3:49 pm

nice post rusty!

one thing i dont understand, how is it possible to become “addicted to exercise?” like, i currently am doing interval circuits over a 10k distance (tired of jogging, so now i just try to sprint instead). if i were to do this on consecutive days, for example, my legs simply could not function after the third day (never mind it would be difficult enough on the second day). being addicted in this way must destroy your body…i guess its like being addicted to anything else, such as alcohol, you keep doing it, and eventually you will destroy yourself.

mickieb April 24, 2009 at 5:37 pm

Great post again. Looks like gaining in age also gains on insight! Smelling the roses on the way through life is definitely the thing to do! I too was guilty of living for exercise, but not sure if I was addicted…very close though. I still exercise, but being older, I would like to smell those roses too! Enjoy life everyone!

Arya@aryafarzin.com April 24, 2009 at 8:30 pm

Rusty,
Thanks for the great advice and continued guidance. I know I will reach my goal soon. I just have two more questions on implementing this new routine. In performing double the volume for shoulders am I going to failure in order to break down the muscle and also am I still hitting shoulders twice per week like in my strength training routine?

P.S. Thanks to you I love body weight circuits and frequently substitute them for HIIT. If you ever give the one I posted a try tell me how it works out.

Chris April 24, 2009 at 10:29 pm

Great post Rusty! I couldn’t agree more. There is so much more to live for than the gym and exercise. Everyone needs to strive to find the happy medium to get the most out of life. Sorry to hear about your grandmother…my sincere condolences. My grandmother is getting up there and I love her dearly…i try to cherish every moment i can.

Anthony April 25, 2009 at 2:04 am

I agree with everyone else: great post!
Also, sorry about your grandmother. My grandpa had a triple bypass in February. He is 87 and I love him very much. My condolences go to you and your family. While I don’t know what you’re going through, I can only imagine. We are all inspired every day by the wisdom, kindness, and time you put into this blog. Hopefully you can get through this rough time.
Your post calls to mind the mistakes we all make, sometimes focusing on things that don’t matter. We all must remember to put things into perspective.
Obviously if you need anything, I’m sure anybody here would help, including me.

Yavor April 25, 2009 at 3:09 am

Glad you wrote this buddy! Exercise should be a means, not an end. Even top Olympic athletes have periods when they recover and don’t train at all.

Build an active and fun life and let exercise be a tool that helps you achieve this.

Being fit has it’s benefits – you look and feel good and have more energy for work as well as play!

Btw it’s spring time guys (for us in the northern hemisphere) go out and play in the sun, enjoy evenings out with your buds, visit
concerts, and stay up out late ๐Ÿ™‚

Yavor

Cseng April 25, 2009 at 5:14 am

Great post!

Once more I’m reminded how lucky I am to have discovered this webpage before embarking on a serious journey to fitness. (22 this year… avid fan/follower since 08 ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

Had to say that when i first encountered this site, I was simply flabbergasted by what I always believed as the ‘truth’ as what you shared with us made so much more sense.. not to mention brings ‘life’ back into the whole equation.

Keep it up rusty and live life people! Cheers!

Mostafa April 25, 2009 at 10:32 am

Hi Rusty,
Wonderful post you have here.
Happy life is all about balance. Doing a bit of every thing. Sports, good meals, family, travel, party…..
I personally do exercise twice a week, no more than one hour. That leave me plenty of time to do something else. And I’m fit and happy.

Thanks Rusty for bringing this point up

Ciaran April 25, 2009 at 11:32 am

Hi Rusty,

Great post. Sorry to read about your Grandmothers passing. My grandmother passed away quite suddenly just over a week ago so I feel your pain!

I find a good workout though helps me to forget about the stresses in life, even if it is only for 45 minutes or an hour.

admin April 25, 2009 at 7:26 pm

Dan,

I can barely remember 99.9% of my workouts, but I can recall hundreds of fun times I’ve had with family and friends. Just like you said, life is too short to skip the important stuff.

Joey,

Great to hear from you! I know your courses must be selling well, because you put good products out there. Anyway…young people who are just getting into working out seem to be the most vulnerable to workout addiction. I think it is because they want to get results that it takes years to achieve, but do it in 3 months.

Wilson,

It sounds like you just focus really hard for a short few months each year. That is cool. I also think it is fine to workout extra hard for a vacation or wedding. The problem is when people stay this unbalanced year round. You can do explosive reps for part of the year, but understand that the injury potential is greater. Just use caution.

Tim,

True…it is all about mindset. Really the right mindset is the key to success in any facet of life. Good call.

noone,

True…guys and girls in their 20’s that are in shape are a dime-a-dozen. It doesn’t take much to at least appear fit at that age. I am more impressed when I see people in their 30’s, 40’s, and 65+ and beyond in outstanding shape. There is a huge difference between people who “get in shape” and people who stay in great shape. I am hoping that all the younger people pace themselves a bit and have the mindset to do this for life. I turn 40 this December, but physically still feel as good as I did when I was 21. I’m hoping people don’t use age as an excuse to let themselves go…and there is nothing wrong with those who have a lot of weight to lose. I want to help them lose that large amount of weight and never look back. Thanks for the kind words, by the way!

myra,

Luckily we had a feeling that my grandma might not make it and all of the family was able to tell her how much we loved her and say our goodbye’s. She was mentally sharp the last time I spoke with her and I was able to hold her hand and talk about all the fun I had with her growing up. She was one of my favorite people in the world. As far as working out goes…totally cool to be dedicated. I am too…I just get more done in less time than I used to.

Greg,

It is funny how life gets really busy at some point. I know exactly what you are saying. I love having a busy life, but it was tough at first, because I used to dedicate so much time in the gym. Now, I just do my best “to make it count” and then rest. Sounds like you do too!

Semper Phi (James),

I’m guessing you were a marine. Some of the fittest guys I have ever met had a military background. If you want bigger arms…definitely throw in some tricep work as well. For size it is fine to up the reps a tiny bit as well. Consider doing 5-6 sets of 5-6 reps. My biceps always look best when I include basic chinups in my routine as well. To find older posts, click on each category…one-by-one. Each post is categorized in one of those categories. I should have an archives section, but I do my best to keep my site as basic and uncluttered as possible.

Adam,

It sounds like almost all of the online fitness guys and girls used to be fitness addicts. I wonder if that is because so many of us trained in the 80’s and 90’s when the “more is better” approach was still kind of popular. I know that Mark Sisson used to train too much, sounds like Brad Pilon, me, you, and a bunch of other people online…live and learn. I’m hoping a few college readers, read this post and understand that road trips are much more important than their workouts. Good point…people should still be consistent most of the time.

Helder,

One of the HUGE reasons that I don’t like the typical bodybuilding workout is that it makes sore muscles. I have only been sore a few times in the past 10 years and I’m in the best shape of my life. I do remember when I use to do that high-volume bodybuilding training and having legs so sore that I couldn’t enjoy my weekends. Glad I finally see the light. No reason that your workout should make life less enjoyable.

Elle,

Love the corny pun…very good!

ahm,

Being too obsessed with your own looks is a huge turnoff to girls. One of the reason that big bodybuilder look is bad, it because it shows beyond a shadow of a doubt that you are “trying too hard”. Well balanced healthy people are more attractive to everyone.

TheAlchemist,

I know that people feel empathy for my grandma passing away. The great thing is that she lived a full life of 90+ years. I hope I live that long. Gym monkeys is a great term. There are about 10-20 of the same people I see in the gym every time I go…and I go at different times during the day. I hope they don’t feel regret when they look back on their lives to see how much precious time they spent in the gym.

thomas,

Addiction can trump pain. People do painful things to themselves when they are addicted. It is terrible for you and breaks down the body.

mickieb,

It is true that age brings on insight. Many of the readers of this site are in their 20’s…hopefully they will make the best of such an exciting time in their lives. Actually, to be honest I like the age I’m at now just as much.

Arya,

You are going to do it twice per week, since you are just specializing on that one muscle group. You would overtrain if you did this with your entire body, but the way you are doing it is perfect. Those bodyweight circuits are outstanding. I substitute these for entire workouts when I’m short on time. I never go a week without 3 sets of theses bodyweight circuits.

Chris,

Grandma’s are one of life’s best things. Nobody can spoil you like a grandma. Grandpa’s are amazing as well. Mine is in his 90’s and still plays ping-pong with me…and he is still pretty good!

Anthony,

You guys are great! I miss my grandma, but don’t feel extremely sad. She had a full life and we just celebrate it by remembering her. I want to live into my 90’s. The most important thing is to take some risks, try to make a difference, and don’t settle for less than you deserve. I love working on this site, because I really enjoy people. Things are nice, money is nice, but relationships with people is where it is at. You guys are all very supportive and it goes to show how many great people there are in this world!

Yavor,

I’m excited by spring and concerts. I love music. Going to see Ladytron next Saturday. Seeing Coldplay in an outdoor amphitheater that has a big beer garden in summer, etc. Can’t wait to live life outside and stay up late, etc. Great time of year!

Cseng,

I’m glad to have you as a reader of the site. If you want to be fit while living a well-balanced life, my advice is to hang around people who are doing just that. This blog has a ton of people who contribute and live life to the fullest…for that reason alone, it has become a great little site. Thanks for following for so long. You have a lot of great times ahead of you. Support your local beer festival (my public service announcement).

Mostafa,

Sounds like you are fit and have a great life. Wonderful to hear.

Ciaran,

Working out is a good stress reliever. I’m not someone who stressed out much, but I’m a little high-strung at times. I find working out gives me patience…especially on the road when people are driving poorly.

Thanks for the comments!

Rusty

Semper Phi April 25, 2009 at 8:20 pm

Former Marine and a math geek(Phi). The time in the marines wasn’t long enough to get me in excellent shape as I hurt my knee in basic and was drummed out. Will keep it in mind as far as the triceps go, and I’ve been doing pullups and chinups, but I think I just get stronger from them not bigger. About the archives page, I was just wondering if you’d one or not. I’ll scroll through and find ’em. Thanks again for all.

Anthony April 26, 2009 at 12:12 am

“The most important thing is to take some risks, try to make a difference, and don’t settle for less than you deserve.”

That is a really good phrase Rusty!
I definitely agree with what you said. I hope to be smart today to ensure longevity later.

baz April 26, 2009 at 1:17 am

I have never understood excercise addiction at all. I have been to the gym for a few years now and i hate every minute of it. I could never imagine that i would get addicted. Maybe its becasue my body just doesnt want to change and grow muscle that it is frustrating and feels like a waste of time but maybe if my body responded quicker to workouts i would be alot more enthused to workout, whereas, now it feels like a chore and even though i dont give in to it, i look for reasons to not go to the gym. Such as, oh its too late, there are probably too many people there already etc. Damn body not doing what i want it to do.

baz April 26, 2009 at 1:19 am

Ps- Why do people say that excercise make them feels good and happy. I feel really crap and tired after a workout and a little bit sick.

Yavor April 26, 2009 at 5:13 am

Semper Phi – you will get bigger from chins and dips but you need to push yourself more and more.

Get to 40-50 dips and get back to me if you don’t have bigger tri’s and chest

Good luck!

Yavor

p.s. Rusty – my condolences for the loss of your grandma.

Luke April 26, 2009 at 7:00 am

Super post!

I just want to say I agree wholly with all that you have said. I regret the times thatI chose a workout over other activities. It is true for me that on my way out of the gym I am in a better, less-stressed mood but I have found that any guilt for missing a workout can be overcome by having a sensible diet. No muscle will be lost for missing one workout.

I’m so glad that guys like yourself, Brad Pilon, Craig Ballantyne, Mark Sisson have all helped me realise that being healthy does not need to take up all of your time. Its a lifestyle choice, not a count on how many hours you spend down the gym. Whether its healthy eating, eat stop eat, a 5 minute TT style workout or going to the gym, I feel I now have a healthy solution for every situation. No need to pass up that social event just to get to the gym.

Thanks again Rusty.

fitness-siren April 26, 2009 at 10:34 pm

Hey Rusty, first of all, sorry to hear about your grandma. What is it about Grandma’s and their cooking? I can’t seem to make anything as good as my grandma makes even if I used every single ingredient and step in her recipe. Anyway, I like this post a lot. There are times when we obsess about exercise and nutrition a lot (especially us bloggers who write about them…haha) and this is a good list to do a “reality check.” I have also decreased the time that I spend on my workouts lately but have been making them harder which I find to be refreshing. This adds variety to my routine and also some fun along with it.

Thanks for sharing!

admin April 28, 2009 at 5:46 pm

Anthony,

Yeah…I have had times where I let entire days slip by without doing much. Once you lose a day it’s gone. I need to remind myself of that frequently.

baz,

You will eventually learn to enjoy working out. Keep at it and your body will change. Once you see fantastic results, you will be hooked…promise.

Yavor,

Thanks for the advice and for the comment about my grandma. You the man!

Luke,

Yeah…you have to live and also allow some flexibility in your approach. I skipped my workout today to spend a bit more time on my site today. I’m trying to play a bit of catchup on comments…I really enjoy interacting with everyone on this site.

fitness-siren,

So true about grandmas…I have tried to make a simple pastrami sandwich over 100 times and can’t replicate the way my grandma does it. Grandparents are a wonderful part of life.

Cheers,

Rusty

Semper Phi April 28, 2009 at 9:18 pm

Yavor, thanks for the advice, but I’m limited in room and equipment, and the nearest gyms are for various reasons inconvient for me nor do I have much room for chairs for dips. That’s why I like Ballantyne’s crazy 8’s. I also like the convience of being able to exercise with bodyweight, dumbbells, and a doorframe mounted pullup bar. In two weeks, I already see a difference in my arms from doing what I’ve been doing, tweaked with Rusty’s recent advice. Anywho the idea is to increase the size in my arms, but I don’t want them huge either.

Al May 1, 2009 at 9:21 pm

Hi Rusty,

Sorry for not commenting in a while, busy at work and then vacation.

First and foremost, sorry to hear about your grandmother, my condolensces for your loss.

I think this post really hit the nail on the head about working out as being the means to a end not just the end. Make it a part of your active lifestyle but don’t stress out about missing a workout once in a while if something more important comes up.

Still need to put aside time to visit that list of beaches you put up a while back.

Al

hazel September 26, 2010 at 8:33 am

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Steps Recovery Center November 23, 2010 at 4:25 pm

I always say to those struggling to exercise to schedule a regular time each day to exercise so you always know that 7:00 is time to workout for instance. You can also say that you need to set a time to stop working out. 7:00 is time to workout 7:30 is time to stop and go have fun.

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