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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Why does the body burn muscles instead of fat in a calorie deficit body?

Assumption There have been many articles and answers (even on this site) that exercising while on a calorie-deficit diet (or weightlifting/exercising for more than an hour) will not result in ...
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How can I improve my vertical?

I have been playing basketball a lot lately and I'd like to improve my vertical. Currently it's not terribly bad, but I'm guessing below the average competitive basketball player (somewhere around ...
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Exercising at higher temperatures

Aside from the obvious safety concerns of heat exhaustion, heat stroke, heat prostration, etc., what is known about the detriments or benefits of exercising at higher-than-comfortable ...
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How do I treat chafing?

I believe that just about every sports athlete and fitness guru has run into this problem. I've addressed already what to do to prevent chaffing, but let's say that we didn't follow that. What are ...
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Can you do circuit training every day?

Is circuit training most beneficial if you do it everyday? Should you take days off or alternate with something else to get better results?
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What can I do to improve my eating and exercise habits, in order to be more healthy?

At the present moment, I am 5'8", 17, and weigh 210 pounds. At the beginning of the summer, or maybe a little before, I started to pay more attention to what I ate and how I exercised. Though, it is ...
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What is the missing metric to this graph: days/week exercised -vs ______?

I was shown this graph in a college PE class on general fitness. I remember the general shape, and that the bottom metric was in reference to the number of days per week that a person exercised. The ...
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Am I taking too many vitamins and supplements?

I'm hoping to get some insight on the vitamins and supplements I'm taking. I'm afraid I'm taking too many or taking them incorrectly. Am I doing myself good or harming my body? First off, I am 21, ...
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what are the best techniques for getting back into shape

i had an injury recently that prohibited me from working over for several months. Now that i am healed, i am having a hard time motivating to get back into the gym to work out (as its not a ...
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Ways to motivate employers for exercise time?

We have more than 700 personnel in our human resources department that sit several hours per day. When we alert them for exercise twenty percent stand up for this. We worry about this and are ...
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Stationary cycling and soreness

I've been using my stationary bike to do cardio 3 times a week for about 50 minutes each session for almost 2 months now. When I started off, I found it very uncomfortable to sit on the seat, so I ...
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What are key points to focus on when trying to increase the size and definition of the bicep?

How does one work the bicep to it's max? Admittedly, I know I'm guilty of lack of symmetry because I do a lot of exercise that build my triceps. Therefore, I think my biceps have suffered and I ...
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Strength training after back injury

I recently injured my back and am anxious to get back to the gym, but I'm used to free-weight exercises and not exactly excited about having to use machines. Are there good options for lower body, ...
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Exercising deficit and daily caloric intake

Hi I'm a 28 year old female, 153cm (5'), 54kg (120lb). I'm am trying to lose some weight and tone up. I am currently eating around 1300 calories a day, working out on a rowing machine and cycling ...
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Simple Starting Calisthenic Workout Schedule

I am trying to find or recreate a simple calisthenic workout I got from Health class in high school maybe 20 years ago. It was a one or two page schedule that increased weekly (and possibly varied ...
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is there any need to wear LANGOT(Loin Cloth) while doing gym workout

Here in India, lot of people doing workout in gym wear LANGOT(Loin Cloth or Drawers or Nappy), e.g. They say that if they don't wear it, they will suffer from Hernia. I have joined gym some days ...
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How do I minimize calf muscle pain as I get back into running?

I just started running again, all last week and again today. I start off slow, then increase the speed gradually. Very shortly into it my calves start to hurt incredibly. It starts after about 2 ...
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How can I learn essential self care?

I know that it is impossible for anyone to give me a complete answer on how I can lead a healthy, productive life without writing a book, but what I wish to ask is how can someone who possesses no ...
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What are the benefits of incline while on a treadmill?

I've always wondered why treadmills have inclines. It seems to me that, on a pure physics level, you shouldn't be expending any more energy, since you're not actually doing any lifting. Of course, ...
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Do different workouts require different diets?

Would you recommended a different post-workout diet depending on the type of exercise - yoga class, lifting weights, long distance running, swimming?
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Age's impact on strength workouts

I'm going on the big 50 soon - my typical workout week is 3 days of strength training (squat Sunday, Bench Tue and Deads on Thu) and 1-2 days of aerobic training (Tabata and heavy bag). I've been ...
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Recommend exercises to replace swimming

As it heads towards winter and our swimming pool becomes unbearably cold, what is a good daily exercise I can do to replace my daily swimming? The aim is something low impact, works out most of the ...
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Method of exercising

What is the difference between the normal weight training motions (e.g. bench press lifting it up and down) and holding a weight at a certain point (e.g. holding a weight in the middle of a press for ...
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Minimum exercise to maintain muscles?

After a year of strength training and cardios, I'm fit and well built. Starting next year I'll be very busy due to work and family and I won't have time to properly exercise. But I don't want to lsoe ...
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What's the healthiest order to do things when you wake up? [duplicate]

I understand it's healthy to exercise in the morning but should it be done after or before having breakfast or a snack? Also, it seems pointless to shower before exercising so I guess that should be ...
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What is causing a bad/strange reaction about 1 to 3 minutes after finishing my runs

Occasionally after I finish running I will be overcome with an urge to gag and a feeling like I have a ball of phlegm stuck in my throat. I usually end up on my knees hacking and spitting up phlegm ...
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Why do we ice after strenuous exercise?

Inflammation is an essential part of healing. From Wikipedia: It has been further theorized that the acute localized inflammatory responses to muscular contraction during exercise [...] are a ...
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Correct seated Row technique

I would like to know the correct seated Rows technique. I wanted to use this exercise to develop the middle back particularly the lower Traps/middle Traps and Rhomboids. I already do Deadlifts and ...
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Is the Tabata exercise method more effective than other forms of exercise?

I came across this article while searching for workout tips, with the main claim being: This training method is so simple, yet so incredibly difficult, that athletes tend to try it once, ...
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How often should I do Calisthenic workouts?

I'm doing calisthenic workout for a year. So I'm not beginner. But I'm confused about the frequency of the routines. My workout program is like this: Monday: Lower Body Tuesday: Upper Body ...
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How much rest time is necessary between intense cardio sessions?

I've often heard it recommended to allow for an "off day" between strength training a specific muscle group to give it time to recover, and thus grow stronger. However, I haven't heard the same for ...
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Does exercising help to treat varicosis?

Does exercising help to treat varicosis? Which exercises do you suggest me to do? They are at the beginning phase. It is difficult for an outsider to recognize them unless he inspects my legs ...
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How can I get in shape in one month?

My best friend is getting married next month and I'm in the wedding. It turns out they invited my ex whom I haven't seen in a year. I would like to get into shape quickly. However I work long days in ...
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How to keep flexibility with weight training?

I heard that weight training will lower a person's flexibility over time. How to preserve the flexibility while getting stronger? Is the answer taking up yoga classes at the same time? Or, is there an ...
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What kind of indoor exercises are recommended for getting rid of stress and depression?

I do NOT have any backache problems, nor any pain in the joints. Recommendations please, keeping these points in view.
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What exercise would get heart pumping fast very quickly? [closed]

Is there an exercise that could get your heart rate up to around 90% of max in 1-2 minutes? Or if not, or if that's not safe... what's the fastest most efficient safe way to get your heart pumping ...
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What can I do to stay fit in the car?

I know a number of coworkers who spend 2+ hours a day in the car. What can they do to burn more calories and stay healthy while behind the wheel?
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How do i increase bone density or size through physical exercise?

I am 26 yrs old. Even though my BMI is 20, I look lean. I just want to increase bone density or size by doing physical exercise to prevent loss of bone density when I reach old age.
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Leg Strength Exercises

What are some good exercises that utilize free weights to increase leg strength?
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Is there a name for the exercises that don't use dumbbells? [closed]

Dumbbell: I've done pushups in the past: Is there a word that describes exercises done using only your own body? Is there a book that guides one to fitness by using these exercises?
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Does not eating fat reduce my chances of getting fat?

If I don't eat fat, and eat only other things, for example protein and vitamins, then does this reduce my chances of getting fat? In other words, I will never be fat even if I don't do exercise?
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I need an effective excercise for wings/chest

I need an effective exercise for chest wings. Basically my body is normal, but my chest is almost same in width to my lower body and the belly. I want my chest/wings to be more in width, so it becomes ...
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What physical endurance exercise can I fit into a 5-minute routine without any equipment?

I want to get into exercise for my own personal well-being and fitness, and I don't want to do 'target' exercise (which I know doesn't work) but rather I want to improve my physical endurance so that ...
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Which calorie count for exercise should I trust?

I've been working out by running around the neighborhood lately, and I've been tracking my runs on two running sites, as well as keeping track of the calories on MyFitnessPal. However, I've been ...
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Workout Split - what's a good 4 day split routine

I'm looking to do a workout split (to see what the impact to my results are) with the focus on strength gain. I have the split as follows: Day 1 - Legs/Abs - Squats, Lunges (and their variations) + ...
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Knee ligament stretches

I have this problem. Since I'm a dancer, but I'm also a tad bit overweight, the strain on my knee joints and ligaments is a little bit bigger than it should be. So, a while ago I started feeling pain ...
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Clicking and clicking noise with bench presses

When doing bench presses, both the left and right areas of my shoulders make this really loud clicking sound and it feels as if the bones are clicking against each other. This has been happening for ...
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Climbing stairs

Is there a negative side to climbing stairs as an exercise? It's a very practical and quick exercise to get my heart pumping strongly every day. (30 floors) I use the lift to come down to avoid ...
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How to stay fit with lowest possible calorie burn?

Suppose you were in a situation of restricted access to calories -- at or perhaps even below what you need to sustain your weight long-term -- but wanted to stay/get in the best shape possible under ...
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How to aid recovery as I get older (& try to get fit again)

In the past 3 years I have gone from a solid 185 lbs that surfed several times a week, ran 4 miles daily & ran marathons to a 215 lb sedentary desk jockey. I am trying to get back on the wagon ...