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Speak Up: At What Age Did You Start Working Out Regularly?

I grew up being physically active. I danced, played sports, and rode my bike everywhere. My interest in exercise and my intensity have waxed and waned over the years, but I always did something.

I have settled down into a reliable relationship with working out. I need to be consistent or I will go a little crazy, and if I skip a run, I do feel like I am cheating on running. So I was wondering, at what age did you get into working out, or do you feel like it is something you have always done? Did someone inspire you to do it because of health reasons? Did you do it to lose weight or tone up? Or were you interested in a sport or activity? Tell me in the comment section below.


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missxvicious missxvicious 8 years
19.I figured it would be good for me.Seeing as the career I want involves me being on my feet all day and also school is so tiring.I figured maybe if I actually start working out I won't be as tired when the day ends and maybe I would have more energy
Baby-Girl Baby-Girl 9 years
9 years old. I started playing soccer for a traveling team and we played year round. Games every weekend and practiced 3 times a week.
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 9 years
10th I was what 15ish.
Cycy Cycy 9 years
I started 3 years ago cause of an ex-boyfriend. 1. He worked out there and I was obsessed with him. 2. He thought I needed to loose a lot of weight, which I didn't. I could stand to loose 15 pounds at the time but looked good otherwise. Got rid of about 180 pounds (the jerk) but I will forver be thankful to him for introducing me to regular work-outs.
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 9 years
i started taking gymnastics when i was 7, and switched over to ballet when i became way too tall for it at 12. i did that 6x week until i went to college, and since then i've been doing cardio, strength training and lots of stretching regularly. i'm so glad i started early, because i really think that having a good amount of muscle on my body my whole life is at least partially responsible for my crazy high metabolism, and it's trained me to be fit for life.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
When I was 15 years old. I joined team sports -- cross country and swimming. I did very well. I won the MVP award multiple times. Truthfully, I never stopped being active. Nowadays, I jog, dance, and weight train. I'm in better shape now than I was as a teenager. I truly believe my dedication to exercise contributes to my health and youthful appearance.
Jillz1128 Jillz1128 9 years
I took dance, swimming, and horseback riding lessons as a kid, but I suppose actually working out in a gym I would have been 14 maybe.
anna_muffin anna_muffin 9 years
I've been dancing since I was 7, playing tennis (only once a week) since 12, hiking and skiing since...ever. I started swimming and kayaking in college, but this year I've started my master, and I work out at most twice a week. I really want to change that.
SShorty06111 SShorty06111 9 years
ive been playing sports or dancing since i was little like 3rd grade and played sports all through college and i was always doing my own workouts outside of practice since middleschool
I started 2 years ago at 33.
Geisha-Runner Geisha-Runner 9 years
My family would go hiking and camping a lot. Me and my sisters could always be found riding our bikes around town. Once I got into Jr High, I fell in love with Cross Country and Track! I <3 running! Once I got out of high school, I got a job at a gym and really got into yoga and pilates. Now I do it all! Last year I even took up golf! I love being so active!
Le-Luxe Le-Luxe 9 years
I always had high metabolism, so I never had to workout. I only starting working out this year (and I am 27) because I notice my metabolism isn't what it used to be. I feel like such an awkward newbie and am just gaining my workout confidence and learning a routine.
gabiushka gabiushka 9 years
17, when I was finally able to get in clubs to dance all night(I looked 18 I guess).
lawchick lawchick 9 years
Not there yet and I'll be 30 this year. My mom was thin until she had kids (or maybe it was age -- she didn't have kids until 32) and I think we have the same metabolism. She said it would have been easier to get in shape after having kids if she had gotten in the habit earlier. I heard her say that and was determined to start before I had kids, but it's just sooo hard to get in the habit.
maggieleigh maggieleigh 9 years
I did cheerleading in high school, and started using the gym when in college. Since then I try to be active as often as possible, but as for working out *regularly*.....24 and still working on that :).
brookrene brookrene 9 years
i started when i was about 21.
yasume yasume 9 years
I played basketball as a teenager but stopped after a couple of seasons. I really got into working out in college, that's when I started running and lifting weights. Now at 37, I had to give up running because of injuries but I definitely substitute with a variety of other cardio, weights and flexibility exercises (non-negotiable). I can say that now I am really getting into the science of exercise and nutrition.
millarci millarci 9 years
I was never very active when I was younger. I played soccer. Hated it. I played tennis. Loved it but sucked at it. Finally, for health reasons, I started getting serious about exercising. So at the age of 18, I exercised every single day on the treadmill for one hour. Man I miss those days when I was hardcore. I still exercise but not as much. I got to start doing it again.
Widgit Widgit 9 years
Glad to see a few fellow nerds who took longer to jump on the fit-wagon. I was always naturally thin and low-energy, and I was one of those kids who got picked last for team sports because I was terrible at them. I never learned to ride a bike because all I cared about, as a child, was being an artist. (I did however learn to ride a horse.) I always wanted to dance but it was frowned upon where I grew up. I became a regular fitness enthusiast after marrying my husband - a cycling maniac and tiathaloner. I've finally found exercise that fits my temperment and body - yoga, pilates, and the elliptical machine. I have been regular with my exercise for about 5 years now and hope to reward myself soon with my first-ever dance class! What should I try: flamenco or ballet?
tiff58 tiff58 9 years
Yeah, I wasn't as active as everyone else either. I was pretty chubby until I was 20, when I started working out a lot. Ever since then, I've had a regular workout schedule.
threadbythread threadbythread 9 years
i skiied, rode horses,swam, ran from really young through high school. In college i ran and danced.and post college i am 30 now and i am completed committed to working out 5-6 days a week. i practice yoga, take pilates, physique 57, walk and ride my bike.i am inspired by others who are committed to health and wellness!
Lo-Lo291303 Lo-Lo291303 9 years
I swam and did gymnastics as a kid, and then was completely inactive during my high school years. I joined a gym at 18, and have been working out 3-4 days a week since then (I'm almost 27 now).
Bisque Bisque 9 years
I'm 21 and still waiting for that age. I'm really trying to work out regularly though.
melda melda 9 years
I was a very active kid too, but I also was a book worm kind of student, so I wasn't that active as a teen, then at 16-17 I started dancing and walking and at 20 I started doing strength training workouts too. I enjoy hiking and climbing and I also have played badminton, ping pong and tennis, for many years.
porkypocky porkypocky 9 years
uh...gee, why are all you guys so ACTIVE? i feel so sedentary now. :( i was a nerdy mcnerd nerd growing up. i was reading books and playing games most of the time, but i wasn't a fat kid...the only sport i did was swimming lessons at the Y (i did manage to get up to shark though.) i started working out in college when the dorm food made me gain a ton of weight. it's been on and off since then but i've been pretty consistent since the beginning of the year. :)
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