oh come now, you are telling me you workout to avoid becoming diabetic?
you workout for the direct effect of keeping/building muscle, the endorphins from working out, etc
I can honestly say that it's all three. I love the high from working out; I love having a little muscle as you stated.
However, my health really went downhill for few years. That's always on the back of my mind. I don't ever want to go back there.
My family thinks I'm crazy, cuzz I never miss a day at the gym. (Well, almost never.) And, on the rare days I can't go, I'm out walking. It's religious for me because I'm hoping to stick around on this planet for a few more decades.
So I do indirectly think of diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease - all that stuff. Yeah, I don't walk into the gym thinking about diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome, but I know on the back of my mind what it's like to feel like crap for years. Ain't going there again and the gym and the kitchen are my tickets to board the Freedom Train...
I think of my little friends health whenever I want to indulge in some food to appease a craving, but it sounds like you have it 100x stronger than I do
I understand why you feel how you do, since you have been through it. I was asked a few months ago by my parents to fill out a health care directive in case anything bad happened to me and I'd have to be on life support etc.
I declined all DNR type assistance. My experiences with me having been in and stil recovering from a coma that occurs 13 yrs ago make me never want to go through that shit again.
so I understand how you feel and I know you are an outlier in this area.
My dad tells me he feels guility if he does not workout because it's in his best interest.
I wish I could get the rest of my family to just not eat so much, maybe workout.
Oddly enough, this study has affected me because my mom was concerned about her recent bloodwork(she does not workout) as it showed low serum creatinine.