Figured that this meta-thread is long overdue-obviously the OP didn’t want discussion cluttering up the original, but here we can do so to our hearts’ content…
I chose the first one-tho it typically hits me only after I get out of the shower, I usually am high for the rest of the day, and in fact the effects typically linger until my next session, meaning I have a more or less permanent workout high. I just turned 60 note.
Based on past discussions I figgered there were several other Dopers who shared my state of being there…
Imagine my shock when it only had one other vote (out of 53).
The poll right before that about why you exercise had me choosing “some other reason”.
I don’t go to a gym. I exercise because shit needs done and I’m too cheap to hire out the work. A tree falls on our property, so it needs to be cut up. Hay gets delivered and someone has to stack the bales. The arbor over the patio is looking sad so I re-stain it. The dog needs leash training so I walk him on the trail.
If I were a billionaire I’d pay someone to do all the work.
I picked “some other reason”, too. I do “exercise for the sake of exercise”. I do weight stuff for an hour every week. I hate it. But I don’t have much exercise baked into my life, and I’ve reached the age where if you don’t use it you lose it. I’m not trying to get stronger, I’m trying to slow down the rate at which I get weaker.
As for how I feel – physically I always feel like shit after I exercise. Mentally, I picked “fine”, but that’s not really the answer. The real answer is that I feel tired mentally, too. I can’t really do anything else, including sitting at a computer and working, for a while after I exercise.
I tried to make it clear that I was excluding this situation from the poll by defining exercise as “any physical activity beyond what is required” and phrasing the “I don’t exercise” option as “I don’t exercise beyond my normal activities.” I was curious about people who set aside time to go to the gym, go running, or things like that, not people who did physical activity because of they did manual labor, they helped a friend move, they take care of kids, or things like that.
I picked hurts and exhausted afterwards. Mind you, I used to love long distance running, but it turns out I wasn’t built for it, and along with a lot of other damage, just walking hurts me unless I can hold out to get past the hurt. I’m only 62 but that is getting harder and harder. I use a cane if I am going any distance and now forgo trail walking and winter walking because getting outside to walk is darn dangerous on the ice that develops on the walkway to my garage. And I can’t afford those ice gripping shoes. I used to love winter, and winter exercise. Not anymore.