Making one's body work. Includes walking, jogging, running, lifting weights, playing sports, cycling and any active play. The opposite of watching TV.

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How to improve pull-up rep count

Flat out I can do maybe 1 pull up. What can I do to improve my pull-up rep count other than "doing more pull-ups"? What muscle groups are used for pull-ups?
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What to do against side stitch?

Who am I I started running about two months ago. Before that I occasionally played football/soccer so one can say that I was out of shape but not to a very high degree. As a teenager though I played ...
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Are ab exercises more usefull to reduce belly fat than other exercises?

I have little bit belly fat which I want to reduce. So I started ab exercises (like sit-ups and crunches) month ago. It's much more difficult to me to do these kind of exercises than other e.g. ...
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Is increasing lung capacity a misnomer?

I have been under the impression that one cannot increase their total lung capacity, it's like the ratio of fast twitch to slow twitch fibers in your muscles, i.e. it is what you were born with. ...
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Does anyone know what causes muscles to shake uncontrolably while under stress?

My question is related to the following, I think: Why is my body shaking during certain exercises? But I would like to know how this works on muscle/biology level. The best thing I can imagine, ...
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Strict weight watchers adherence and regular, varied exercise not achieving results

I'm very frustrated by my inability to lose weight. I'm a 28 year old female and I'm stuck in the overweight range. Despite years of consistent and steady weight watchers and exercise, I cannot ...
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What are the ways to reach the optimal running cadence (180 steps per minute)?

I have recently learned that the optimal stride rate is 180 steps per minute. Other than listening to a metronome while running, does anybody have any tips on what can I do to monitor my stride rate ...
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Reducing wrist pain/weakness during exercising

I'm spending most of the day in front of the computer (10+ hours), and as expected, my wrist tendons experience strain during work. Normally, this wouldn't be much of an issue, but after I have ...
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Is it possible to become relatively fit without going for runs?

My stats: Navel Waste 25" Height 5'9" BMI 24.8 Body fat: 19% 167.5 pounds.(from an online calculator) This is from a body weight of 147 pounds 2 years ago, and a Navel waste of about 33". I have just ...
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Does exercise REALLY increase the basal metabolism rate for any significant length of time after the exercise is over?

I am new to this site, but have read several questions and answers here that are related to this question and have found different contradictory answers. Some say that the only effect is that a ...
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How do I prevent chafing?

I believe just about every long distance runner, hiker, and many more sports enthusiasts have run into the ever long problem of chafing: caused by constant rubbing of another part of the skin—two ...
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What are some good exercises to work the forearms?

My husband and I have both been lifting dumbbells in an attempt to build some muscle. We feel like we're hitting our upper arms pretty well, but not the lower arms. What are some good exercises to ...
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What is the best way to get rid of love handles and lower belly fat?

I have been doing cardio lately, eating pretty healthy and doing lots of ab exercises Planks The Wheel Knee lifts Rotating back with body bar my upper abs and upper side abs are getting very ...
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Specific exercises to cure anxiety

I have read somewhere that exercise can also help in curing depression and anxiety. I am suffering from anxiety from last 4-5 years. Is there any specific exercises that I can do to cure my anxiety ...
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Bodyweight Exercise Resources

Does anyone have any idea of what might be taken to be the bible of bodyweight exercises? Many years ago, Bill Pearl put out a book that pretty much shows you any weight lifting exercise you might ...
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Workout during Menstruation

Few days back, my friend (female) skipped workout for the reason being menstruation. I (male) didn't have much opinion about her working out during that period. Now my question is, can a female carry ...
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Do joints wear out from exercise?

Does regular movement keep joints lubricated, or does regular movement dry out joints in time leading to wear? After a good 20 years of jogging on and off, I've stopped that now because I could ...
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Exercise ideas for 400 pound double leg amputee

I am a female double leg amputee that weighs about 400lbs. I haven't exercised in about 20 years. I have a whole host of medical problems and have been told that I have to lose weight. I am modifying ...
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What are exercises for better posture and flexibility?

I know it's a big question but i'm a guy who tend to sit all day long on a chair, sometimes without a great posture, arching my back and not sitting straight. I want to know if there's a key exercise ...
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Will Pilates kill my gains?

I am planning to start pilates for better posture and also weight training. I am planning to go to pilates in my rest days. But I am concerned with two things: 1) Will pilates kill my gains? Because ...
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How to Increase height naturally? Are those ads gimmicks?

I'm 5'6, weigh 137, male and close to be 24 soon. I am not happy with my height. I love sports, basketball, soccer, and others. Being this short have some influence on sport activities I ...
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Will wearing thick clothes during cardio provide better weight loss results?

Is it true that i should wear thick clothes such as a hoody while doing cardio to sweat more? Or is it just water weight that gets put back on when you drink? I have heard both.
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Re: Touching your toes (not mentioned in 30)

My mother could touch the heels of both hands on the floor up to the age of 89. She had short legs and a long torso. Is it likely that someone who cannot reach his toes has a short torso and long ...
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What is the best time of the day for High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)?

I have heard a lot about benefits of HIIT; however, nobody seems to address when is the best time for such activities. I got this question when watching "The secret life of your body clock" (BBC ...
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Why do you have to exercise to build muscle?

Many chemical processes that used to be time-consuming or tiresome can be worked around, e.g migraine, vitamin deficit, bad eye-sight. Endurance training and muscle anabolism are just chemical ...
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Recommended amount of cardio exercise

For cardiovascular health (not training, or endurance, or other reasons for exercising), how frequently is it recommended to do cardio? What is the minimum to have any effect, what is the maximum ...
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Does Exercise Decrease or Increase testosterone?

So when I exercise does it use up my testosterone, does it produce more? or none of the above. How do I use my testosterone storage and kinds of things can decrease it?
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Am I gaining anything more by doing accessory work with Starting Strength or is it potentially not contributing anything?

I'm a new lifter about two months into Starting Strength. Recently I bought myself a dip tower so I could add some chin-up/pull-up accessory work. My gym buddy mentioned that potentially I may be ...
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Why can extreme athletes eat so many calories without health risk?

Michael Phelps (the famed Olympic swimmer and many-time gold medalist) is one of the most fit people in the world, and most people would look at him and say that he is extremely healthy. However, he ...
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Why do my legs hurt while jumping rope?

I used to skip in the passed, but always ended up stopping after a week when I could no longer handle the pain in the lower legs, i.e. knees, shins, feet. Looking at these diagrams from ...
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All activity is the same for weight loss?

There was a recent study in the Journal of Applied Physiology, where they took a cohort of 96 obese people and started them on different exercise regimens, as well as a targeted 30% deficit in daily ...
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What should I do to remove my belly fat?

I saw this question and it is exactly what I am asking. However, there is one issue with me I want to explain. I am only 137 pound. Kind of skinny for a 24 years old guy. But, its been 4-5 years ...
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Why does thick saliva form in your mouth after heavy exercise?

After (or during) heavy excercise (jogging, working out, etc.) I always start to get very thick, heavy saliva building up in my mouth which I really feel like spitting out. Why does this type of ...
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How does muscle build up when we exercise?

I want to put on some muscles, so I thought the best way to get started is to learn how the process of muscle build up works. I want to start from the basics to get good results. So, how exactly do ...
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Working out - do taller people have it harder?

Background: I was working out with some friends today and during one of the exercises (jump squats) I jokingly said to my buddy (who is 5'4" with a normal proportioned frame, I have a lean build) ...
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Is it better to take protein supplements before or after a workout?

I've heard all kinds of things said about this. Is it more effective for muscle building if you take protein supplements before or after working out? Some say that it is better before; others say ...
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Eating before/after an evening workout?

If I'm working out in the evening (an hour of cardio at, say, 8pm-9pm), should I have dinner before or afterwards? What effects will it have on a) my workout if I eat beforehand and b) my recovery if ...
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After Pregnancy: exercise to close gap in vertical muscles in abs

In "What to Expect When You're Expecting" after birth of baby, it advises to close the gap in your vertical ab muscles before going back to a strenuous routine. My questions are: 1) checking for the ...
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Training for shoveling snow

I'm a pretty active 45 year old weight lifter. Here in the mid atlantic our winters are annoying. And, when it snows, I have a lot of the white stuff to move via snow blower and shovel. What I am ...
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As long as I do enough exercise, can the effects of junk food intake be offset?

So it's been explained to me that it's basically just a matter of burning more energy than you consume. So say, in theory, if I were to do heaps and heaps and heaps of exercise every day. But then I ...
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Will developing my leg muscles improve my running?

Will doing strength exercises and working out the leg muscles like the thigh and calve on machines improve speed or endurance in running?
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Should we exercise when our blood pressure is high?

I normally can control my blood pressure (120/80) by managing to have healthy life style, following my nutritionist's diet guide, enough rest/sleep, no stress and regular exercise. But this morning ...
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Is walking up the stairs a good exercise ?

I'm planning to take the stairs ever day and was wondering if its a good exercise? There are 9 floors, with about 180 steps of 6 inch or 15 cm, so it would be a total of 1080 inch or 27.5 meter ...
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Exercise for shoulders strength with no special equipment

I'm traveling to a long period and neither able to attend a gym on a regular basis, nor to have equipment like dumbbells. I'm keen to do full-body workouts, but still can't find an exercise for ...
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Any reason for feeling nausea when working out?

I seldom exercise and hardly even go for a jog. I have been living this way for over 20 years. I have high metabolism and have a body shape of an ectomorph; I am skinny. Recently, I wanted to bulk ...
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Should I use weights training for endurance or for strength to deal with aching back?

I'm a programmer and I spend a lot of time sitting in front of a computer typing, and this seems to be too much strain for my back and upper hand muscles. All the orthopedists I talked to said these ...
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Should I train all muscles or concentrate on some muscles in each session?

Say I train 3 times a week. Which alternative is better: Just train all target muscles in each session, no focus on any muscles on any session, or Dedicate each session to some muscles. For example: ...
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Is there such a thing as a minimum amount of exercise per week?

To be healthy, we're supposed to exercise at least x hours a week, one can read here and there. But does it depend on the person? Does it have to be divided into daily pieces or can it safely be ...
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What are good non-bicycling exercises with a knee injury?

I banged up my knee in an accident and I won't be able to bicycle for a few months. I'd like to keep up my cardio and calorie burning as much as possible during my time off. What kinds of things can ...
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When do our bodies burn our fat?

I've heard that our body burns carbohydrates when we begin exercising, and after 20 minutes the body will burn fat instead. Is this true?