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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Is vigorous drumming an effective exercise?

From the "any exercise is better than no exercise" perspective, I'd imagine that playing drums at high tempo would be considered effective - it certainly can work up a sweat and obviously must burn ...
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Should I take days off from working out - regardless of what my workout schedule is?

I'm currently working out where I alternate between cardio and weightlifting, and on my weightlifting days I alternate the body parts I target. Doing this I work out everyday, the idea being since ...
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How do I exercise on the plane?

I'll be on the plane for 8 hours next 2 weeks. I know a bit exercise practice that I can do while sitting in the bus, ex. face to the right, then to the left, face down, face up, moving my shoulders, ...
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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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What are exercises you can do on a bus?

I'm going to leave on a bus tour of Europe soon. I figure that all this time on a bus isn't going to be good for me, so I was wondering if there is any exercise I could do on the bus. For example, ...
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How worried should I be about overexertion?

I'm fairly young (about 30), and I ride my bike almost every day (commuting) and try to push myself, so I'm in decent shape. I also like to do longer rides, which involve riding steep roads up a ...
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What exercises are recommended during day to relax my legs?

What exercises are recommended during day (each hour), if I work on the PC whole day? After sitting for a complete hour my left leg starts hurting me (from top to down), and i couldn't bend it any ...
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Looking for alternatives to Nike Free for general fitness - not specifically running

I have a pair of Five Fingers, so this is not an alternative to that. I'm wondering if there are shoes out there for general fitness (including lifting) similar to Nike Free. I really wanted them, but ...
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What are planks and box jumping

I've seen these terms a couple times here already. Also, is there a good place to ask these questions? I feel "what are some good exercise terms and their meanings" would get closed.
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Eating before sleeping vs not eating after exercising

I'm currently only able to exercise right before heading to sleep. I'm a bit short on my protein intake, and I've been thinking about mixing in some protein supplements in the smoothies I'm making ...
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what exercises are good (and bad) for striking speed in martial arts?

Since being told that biceps are bad for punching speed, I've toned down the amount of pull-ups I do, and switched to a wide grip with palms facing away to emphasize the lats more than the biceps. Now ...
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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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How do you motivate yourself to keep exercising?

I'm always trying to find different ways to exercise (currently playing lots of Wii - that counts, right?) but I find the problem of after a few weeks to a month I lose motivation, get distracted and ...
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Will soda negate any effects from exercise?

I drink a lot of soda, on average a liter per day. I seem to have a very fast metabolism and as I don't gain weight easily, have not been too concerned about health risks, partly because I think a lot ...
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Searching for the name of the gym equipment which allows foot press

A gym had a machine which allowed the user to sit on its chair and push the pedals back with his feat, the pedals had variable weights. this was attached to a very big equipment with many other ...
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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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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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Applications of fast muscles

It is my understanding that genetics plays a significant role in sprint speed. Fortunately, I have always been a fast sprinter and enjoy sprinting over any kind of long distance running. I presume ...
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circuit training and walking schedule

I do circuit training at least 5 days a week (30 minutes). It is without equipment combining, running, mountain climbing, burpees, jumping jacks, pushups, squats, ab exercises, etc. I also walk for ...
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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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How do you know what intensity you should go with?

I've started working out several month ago at home. I'm building my own training routines and using mostly Super-sets. (as for the equipment I use dumbbells, exercise bands and body weight). Mostly I ...
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What do I do when I see people at the gym doing exercises wrong

I am always curious about this, not sure if its appropriate question, but I imagine others wonder the same thing. I usually don't care when it is simple exercises like biceps, but sometimes I see ...
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How to increase muscle mass?

I am 49 year old. I have reduced 6 Kgs and maintaining it for last 2 years nicely. Due to busy shedule I don't get time to exercise regularly. But I walk for half hour daily. My diet includes 0.8 ...
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Cottage cheese and almonds before bedtime for cardio regemin

I am starting an exercise regimen in combination of counting calories to get back to my ideal weight. I am focusing more on cardiovascular exercises to shed the weight. It basically consists of ...
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Is it preferrable to run on toes?

Today I ran (slowly) on toes (300 small steps). I got tired very soon. I heard that skipping rope gives better results if done on toes (calf exercises)! Is the same true with running too? Should I ...
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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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Which Muscle Groups to Work Out Together

I'm working on my upper body and have singled out chest, flys, biceps, triceps, back, and shoulder. If I wanted to exercise two groups each time I go to the gym, which pairings are best? I have two ...
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What is preferred: 300 non stop jogs or a brisk walk for 15 minutes?

I am NOT fat. I have started exercising only for mental freshness and general fitness. Actually I tried 300 jogs today and could complete them in mere 5-7 minutes, and was tired after that. Is is ...
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Why do distance running training programs tell you to do long runs so slowly?

I'm trying to improve my times in the half marathon and the marathon, so I've been reading a lot of training plans for races at those distances. One thing I've noticed is that most of these programs ...
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How Good is a Hand Cycle

I've injured my knee a bit and it has taken me off my bike for a little while. Someone suggested using a hand cycle at the gym to keep up cardio and calorie burning. How good is a hand cycle for ...
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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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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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What's a good home exercise for the lower back?

It seems there are a ton of easy ab exercises, but very few for the lower back to keep the muscles balanced as your abs get stronger. What are simple home exercises for the lower back?
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Gain weight while doing sports involving conditioning

Okay, first of all folks, I know there are already some questions about gaining weight. The question in this case and the main difference with the others is on the conditions to achieve the same ...
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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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How to prepare the body for workout in the early morning?

I usually do sports only in the afternoon or in the evening, because my body needs several hours to work properly after I get up in the morning. I can perform mental tasks very well in the morning and ...
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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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How to strengthen the “foot muscle”

Not sure what the muscle is called, or if there is more than one, but seems like there is a muscle under my feet going from somewhere close to the heel and forward to where the toes are "attached". I ...
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Is there permanent damage done when exercising through cramps?

I had decided to bike a longer route than I usually do and ended up getting caught in the rain and biked back to my car with some extreme leg cramps. It was extremely painful, but I didn't want to get ...
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Where can I get instructions for a daily stretching routine? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Daily stretch routine to increase flexibilty and overall fitness? I run to keep fit, but a combination of poor warm up/down routines and hours at a desk every day have ...
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Is there a tool that could help me precisely plan my diet and exercise?

First, a little background: I'm a 5'9" ish 22 years old student and I believe I'm somewhere around 5-10 pounds over the weight I'd like to maintain. I used to do a lot of sports, especially long ...
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Running the same day as lifting weights?

I am interesed in getting prepared for a 10km race, and also increase the muscles size of my shoulders and arms. For this, I am working at home with weights to work shoulders and triceps one day, ...
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Best exercise to lose belly fat fast

I have had a couple of lower back surgeries in the past but I'm okay to do any activity. During the last 10 years I have gained a little more weight around the mid section but have been actively ...
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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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Is it possible to prevent forehead muscles from contracting during very stressful times in the office?

Exercise is a great stress buster and relieves you of it during running or weight-lifting (my favorite doing heavy squats, somewhat symbolic of pushing all that stress with all your might!). However, ...
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Looking for good alternate to salt pills during exercise

I have done some fairly long events (Ironman several times and all the training it takes to get there) and I have found that hyponatremia is a key issue for me. I am always interested in easy to ...
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Will we hurt our body if we eat lunch/dinner after a workout?

Will we hurt our body if we eat lunch/dinner after a workout (3-5 minutes after a workout to be exact)? If it will, how long must we wait before we can start having lunch/dinner after a workout?
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Is wearing weight adders on arms beneficial?

I am doing weight-lifting 3 times a week, 2-3 hours for each workout. Now I got a gift of arm weight adders (basically, a sand bag wrapped around forearm, each bag weights 1kg). I'm considering ...
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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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Optimal exercises for an abdominal workout

In response to this answer, I was curious what exercises specifically target the abdominal muscles. Answers given so far include: Works abs directly: leg raises rollout Indirectly: squats My ...