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Can bodybuilding really be an escape from misery?

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2014/12/10 17:05:32 (permalink)

Can bodybuilding really be an escape from misery?

I have seen thousands of people especially online who go so far when it comes to bodybuilding. They see it as some kind of saving grace to their lives or an escape from the misery of this life. They take it as an escape from reality or as a hobby which can demolish all the problems from their lives.
 
It has definitely worked for me considering I was skinny for most part of my childhood and teens and got picked up quiet often due to that. With bodybuilding I definitely put on some mass and weight and it changed my life forever. Apart from that it is the only serious hobby that I have in life and something to look forward to. Also the eating and discipline aspect of this hobby is equally fun.
 
I seriously recommend this hobby to people who are mostly lonely in their life.
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    Bolt077
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    Re: Can bodybuilding really be an escape from misery? 2014/12/10 17:16:57 (permalink)
    I think all hobbies are good .
    everyone should do something that they enjoy .
    I think though problems arise when it starts to become an obbsession and takes over lives though

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    Re: 2014/12/10 17:38:43 (permalink)
    X2 far too many people become obsessed with the gym and it not only takes up too much of their time but hinders personal life, relationships and normal life.





    To some people its the only thing they think of and drive themselves towards. Don't get me wrong keeping in shape and eating well is important but it can be done with out training seven days a week and having nothing outside of the gym.


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    Re: 2014/12/10 17:43:27 (permalink)
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    X2 far too many people become obsessed with the gym and it not only takes up too much of their time but hinders personal life, relationships and normal life.





    To some people its the only thing they think of and drive themselves towards. Don't get me wrong keeping in shape and eating well is important but it can be done with out training seven days a week and having nothing outside of the gym.






    x3 Trouble is that most, if not all, do turn this hobby into an obsession.







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    Re: 2014/12/10 17:47:47 (permalink)
    Do what makes you happy, so long as it doesn't effect any others in a negative way.

    If you love something let it go,if it comes back to you it's yours,if it doesn't it never was.
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    Re: 2014/12/10 18:12:00 (permalink)
    BB is and has been a massive part of my life for the last 25 years...I've been obsessed with it on and off over those years but have always enjoyed lifting..It's been with me through hard times as well as the good and i've found either solace or inspiration through training.
    For me it's as much a mental thing as it is physical, it still asks as many questions of me today and challenges me as it did 20 years ago.
    I don't take the diet bit as seriously these days but my lifting is still massively focused, so much so I did a pb this afternoon...squatted 150kg (no belt) for 16...that gave me a buzz 

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    Re: 2014/12/10 19:24:25 (permalink)
    In a word yes. It's a constant when other things change.

     
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    Re: 2014/12/10 20:21:06 (permalink)
    No it wasn't the panacea I thought it was going to be. I'm much more accepting of myself now, particularly my body, so I don't need big muscles to feel good about myself.
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    Re: 2014/12/10 20:28:15 (permalink)
    Get HENCH or Die Trying

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    Re: 2014/12/10 20:56:32 (permalink)
    silent rep


    BB is and has been a massive part of my life for the last 25 years...I've been obsessed with it on and off over those years but have always enjoyed lifting..It's been with me through hard times as well as the good and i've found either solace or inspiration through training.


    For me it's as much a mental thing as it is physical, it still asks as many questions of me today and challenges me as it did 20 years ago.


    I don't take the diet bit as seriously these days but my lifting is still massively focused, so much so I did a pb this afternoon...squatted 150kg (no belt) for 16...that gave me a buzz 







    I've got to become the opposite, my diet is much tighter but I train less frequently with higher intensity
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    Re: 2014/12/10 21:04:59 (permalink)
    Calling my wife 'misery' would be a bit harsh.... but it's certainly an escape

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    Re: 2014/12/10 21:05:15 (permalink)
    I find it definitely helps with my mental state. Haven't been for over a month due to work commitments and trying to get rid of niggling injury and I have been a right stroppy #**#
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    Re: 2014/12/10 21:17:58 (permalink)
    Aside from the love of improving myself, I've always enjoyed the educational aspect that training and diet provide. It's this that has kept me as interested as I have been for the past 2/3 years.
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    Re: Can bodybuilding really be an escape from misery? 2014/12/10 21:57:02 (permalink)
    Definitely. It's something to focus on and the results can only give you confidence in all aspects of life.

    Since splitting with my wife.... I'm on about it again I know.... running has been my saviour. Escapism, time to think, focus on training for events and structure to what could have been an empty week.
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    Re: Can bodybuilding really be an escape from misery? 2014/12/10 23:06:39 (permalink)
    not the gym for me, but playing football is a great release for me. when i'm feeling down, it's the only time i feel genuinely happy. running, lifting, swimming doesn't have anywhere close to the same effect that a football field has on me.
     
    when my uncle died a few years ago, it hit me particularly hard but to counter the feelings of sadness, i was playing football 5 nights a week. i didn't spend much time with my girlfriend or family but i was happier and in the shape of my life
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    Re: Can bodybuilding really be an escape from misery? 2014/12/10 23:34:47 (permalink)
    If it wasn't for the gym I would be one of those people you see being cut out of a house and being flown To hospital hanging from the bottom of a Chinook!

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    Re: Can bodybuilding really be an escape from misery? 2014/12/11 09:06:28 (permalink)
    I think lots of people who do it think they've achieved life balance when in fact the misery they have in other aspects of their lives gets lost for them in Bodybuilding, but gets transferred over to others' in their lives when they prep/compete. Obsession is not good. It may get you a win, but it might also lose you a family if you're too selfish in your actions.
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    Re: Can bodybuilding really be an escape from misery? 2014/12/11 13:01:01 (permalink)
    Any physical activity can improve mood.
    Psychologists have recommended physical activity as part of therapy for years.
    http://www.bps.org.uk/system/files/Public%20files/physical_activity.pdf
     
    Certainly helped me with depression .

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    Re: Can bodybuilding really be an escape from misery? 2014/12/12 15:14:10 (permalink)
    Apart from training being a lifelong obsession, I too use the gym as a means of escape from things on my mind.
    Nothing works better than achieving a great workout followed by a sauna, hot shower and a relaxing coffee to wind down.
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    Re: Can bodybuilding really be an escape from misery? 2014/12/12 15:53:47 (permalink)
    Yes, it can "help", but that really depends on the state of mind.
     
    Like people who are over weight, the same can be shown at people that live in teh gym, which are really symptoms of a bigger problem, either with under lying depression, stress etc.
     
    NOTHING in the gym will be able to counter this.
    Does it give the usual day to day stressed person somewhere to escape, sure does, and banter with some people down the gym too helps a lot.
     
    The trick is knowing if it is either escapism, or just a trip to the gym.
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