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  • You want to attract members of the opposite sex

    12 22.64%
  • Social prestige/ you want to be socially popular

    5 9.43%
  • For health reasons

    16 30.19%
  • Because you work a job that requires you to

    1 1.89%
  • I just work out because I enjoy playing sports

    4 7.55%
  • Other

    15 28.30%
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    I work out and put effort into my appearance and social skills in order to score high on the pecking order.

    That doesn't mean that I want to be popular or pick up women. I'm an introvert and like my time alone. But when I do get out and socialize, I want to hang with the alpha dogs rather than the folks at the bottom of the pecking order.

    I suspect a lot of INFPs tend to score low on the pecking order by default and/or hang with the outcasts. I did that as a youngster; I took pride in being odd man out or feigning indifference to social conventions. But eventually I noticed that I didn't really respect the caliber of people I was hanging out with. So I tried pushing back at people higher up the pecking order and working my way up the ladder a bit. And I liked the result.

    Nowadays I enjoy interacting with the alpha dogs in any social group. It means standing your ground and having confidence that you're up to it, IOW, that you look good, have comebacks for whatever they throw at you, etc. I know some people will ridicule this line of thinking. But having experienced both ends of the pecking order, I definitely like the top ranks: The stakes are higher, the people are more interesting, the interactions quicker, etc.

    So for purposes of the poll I checked "Social prestige/ you want to be socially popular." I don't necessarily want to be popular, but I want the ego gratification and social enjoyment of being one of the alpha dogs when I interact with people.

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    I enjoy being fit. It provides an ease of operation, frees the mind from struggle.

    I don't devote a lot of time. I don't devote any time. My strength comes from the daily actions I decide to take... it gets a bit complicated.

    "Work harder, not smarter" is my philosophy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FLD View Post
    I work out and put effort into my appearance and social skills in order to score high on the pecking order.

    That doesn't mean that I want to be popular or pick up women. I'm an introvert and like my time alone. But when I do get out and socialize, I want to hang with the alpha dogs rather than the folks at the bottom of the pecking order.
    Lmao. That's pathetic.

    Anyway, I work out because I enjoy the rush of endorphines and I enjoy feeling strong, being able to lift heavy stuff, having the endurance required to climb a mountain, and so on.
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    Anaerobic to deal with stress and improve my self-image and cognition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FDG View Post
    Lmao. That's pathetic.

    Anyway, I work out because I enjoy the rush of endorphines and I enjoy feeling strong, being able to lift heavy stuff, having the endurance required to climb a mountain, and so on.
    Just expressing my own opinion, as pathetic as it may be. After 40 years of hard working out, the endorphins don't really do all that much for me: frankly, I just feel beat up and tired after a hard work-out. So for me, mainly I like how people treat me when I'm fit and looking good--the alpha dog thing.

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    I work out because

    - If I don't, my mind doesn't work as well
    - If I don't, I have too many emotions, but not even the intense, inspiring kind - the muddled, frenetic kind. Like a voice speaking in the background clouding a conversation - except that I don't think or emote in words, so it ends up more like a sense of something lingering. When I work out, that gets purged.
    - I work out to rage music, and workouts are a time to indulge the mixes and albums I have on my ipod. In the past I had a collection of mix tapes that I took along on long walks and those mixes were like a diary or a ritual; they marked times in my life. The making of them and using of them was cathartic and a form of self-expression as well as a formula to handle the hardships of life. It works best when I'm alone, in my headphones, and also when my blood is pumping.
    - Ideas for novels and music come to me when my blood is pumping. I'm glad for the iphone because now I can write them down while I'm on the elliptical, taking a walk or between sets.
    - I want to look hot for photo shoots, video shoots, and shows
    - If I am into a guy, I want to look my best for him

    I haven't worked out much this past two years - bad Animal. I plan to start again soon. Things that motivate me to never skip a workout:

    - Limerence
    - Having shows & photo shoots & video shoots on the calendar

    I should still go back to working out though, because I'm writing a book and my mind will work more effectively. This two years have been very rough and I've been working out less often but I still can't go that long without it because too much pent up internal drama needs to be released.

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    Aside from working out, the effort I put into my appearance is more.. maintenance. Everything is about looking good one day in the future when it's necessary.

    - Hair. I take great care of my hair, which falls out from my illness. I take all my vitamins, give it oil treatments, use good SLS free products, and a longer list to try to keep my hair from all falling out. But taking care of my hair means NOT ironing, curling, drying, or washing it every day. So it might not look good day to day but that's okay; I can throw it in a pony tail. I need it to be there so that when I have a show, photoshoot or video shoot, I will have something to work with.
    - Skin. I wash my face with hot water, soap it and wash it off with cold; then moisturize. Usually twice a day. I wear sunblock and try to stay out of bright sun or wear a hat to shade my face. However I only wear makeup on stage, photoshoots or video shoots. But even then , I have been on stage since I was a kid and I have yet to EVER wear foundation. In professional theater I used to tell the makeup people I don't wear foundation, period. It ruins my skin. Eye makeup and lipstick and blush is okay. Occasionally I wear eye makeup and lipstick off stage to look good for a guy but this is very rare. I keep my skin nice so that makeup isn't necessary.
    - Clothes. I spend money on costumes for my shows and videos, but I rarely spend much on clothes I will wear day to day. I need to feel right in what I'm wearing; it needs to express who I am. My taste used to be a bit wilder, but I know how to cut corners and be creative. For instance, sewing panels into my jeans, sewing shoelaces that cross-hatch up the sides. I find ways to express myself inexpensively. The only time I'm willing to drop real money for clothes is costumes/ stage wear, as my money is all investment for my creative endeavors. I don't tend to wear stage wear day to day because I wear white on stage and don't want my dresses to get messed up. My clothes off stage are still expressive - home made, rockstar clothes, cut off sleeves or collars because I don't like to be confined, etc. But they are never expensive and I don't have that many clothes that aren't stage/photo wear. I don't mind wearing the same jeans every day if they fit well. I don't mind wearing the same shoes for years and years. I also don't wear high heels or anything uncomfortable except for show/photo purposes. I like being able to move; I value my agility.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Great One View Post
    So all 3 of those for you?
    Definitely.
    Your kisses, sweeter than honey. But guess what, so is my money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by superunknown View Post
    I enjoy being fit. It provides an ease of operation, frees the mind from struggle.

    I don't devote a lot of time. I don't devote any time. My strength comes from the daily actions I decide to take... it gets a bit complicated.

    "Work harder, not smarter" is my philosophy.
    Think you got that backwards, big guy.

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    Work out?Hell no!(haha that Se stereotype is a bunch of bull crap)

    I do the unhealthy thing and starve/binge in order to keep myself at my ideal weight because I am far too lazy to exercise but I care about my appearance.
    It'll probably be bad for me in the long run in some way I suppose, but it works for me right now and I'll deal with the consequences when I'm old.
    I do so in order to attract a mate above all and partly because I want to appear beautiful/aesthetically admirable to others.

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    I just don't.
    In no likes experiment.

    that is all

    i dunno what else to say so

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