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 can an overweight engineer get back in shape?

One year later - if anyone sees this note, just to say thanks. I now have 10% body fat, 85kg (started at 130!), and I run demi-marathons. After reading a vast quantity of books and papers (about 60 ...
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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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Why am I gaining weight?

Over the past couple of months, I have done several tiny improvements to intake lesser calories and burn more calories. For example: breakfast with cereals instead of two multigrain bread slices ...
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Could a weighted shirt/vest replace a workout routine?

A quick Google search lets me see various weighted vests and shirts you can use during workout, but I'm hoping my natural daily activity can replace a workout routine if I am wearing weights. That ...
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Difference between same repetition on each set and limit repetition on each set [duplicate]

What is the benefit difference between doing a move 20x3 and getting exhausted at the end and doing the same move up to the limit each set (28,20,13) I am currently waiting 1min between each set and ...
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how much I can improve in 3 months

173cm - 67 kg I can do 50kg Bench Press (40kg if I do alone) 40kg Incline Bench Press 12kg Alternate Hammer Curl 10kg Alternating Deltoid Raise 10kg Front Two-Dumbbell Raise I do these twice a ...
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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 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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Alternatives to the plank

I have hurt my shoulder so for the next 2-4 weeks I have to be a little careful with my training. The daily running is properly OK as long as I keep away from the most challenging trail runs, but the ...
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Shoulder pain after training - How to continue?

I started weight lifting training again after a pause of 5 years. I started really slowly, always did a good warm up (10 min cardio + first sets with reduced weight). After two months of training I ...
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Working out after a long period of not exercising

I haven't worked out in about 2 years and I want to start exercising again. My diet is also pretty bad- I eat a lot of fast food. I am only about 5 pounds over weight though, (5'10, 155 lbs) but I ...
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What kind of home exercises are helpful when one trains martial arts?

I have recently started training martial arts (mostly striking, some wrestling). I have trainings twice a week (monday/wednesday). Trainings are pretty demanding, even after 3 months. I don't train ...
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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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weight loss/diet plan help

I need help coming up with a weight loss plan. I hit my highest weight at 290lbs! I got back down to 280 by watching what I eat but I started gaining it back again. I need help! What foods should I ...
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Reducing body fat from low-ish to low in a short space of time

I'm pretty active in the gym, going 5 times a week with a mixture of weight training & aerobic (spin classes). One thing I'm not finding the time for lately is running. Anyway I had one of those ...
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Should I eat before or after my exercise?

I work from home quite often so don't get enough natural exercise, recently I decided to take a fast paced walk early in the morning to simulate the usual walk to work. I'm not sure if I should have ...
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How quickly does fitness depreciate?

For every day off, for example, what percentage of your overall fitness level decreases?
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Will squats help me build stronger legs

My goal is to make my legs strong and hard. Currently I do 60 Squats daily, and have done so for the last 7 days. Are squats a healthy/safe/effective way to build stronger leg muscles? Please keep in ...
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how to get 6 pack abs in 1.5 month

This is about my body: 5'9 height 60Kg (~130lb) don't have much fat on tummy Schedule: wakeup work work eat work work workout eat sleep diet: vegetarian made a bet with friend and need 6 pack abs ...
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Lifting Iron (strength training) vs pushups ( knuckle)+ body weight squats+situps

Assuming your aim is to get better at martial arts not bodybuilding (hence strength training: lets take Rippetoe's 3x5). Which would improve performance? Also can they be done side by side? because I ...
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I can't breathe through my nose, does this cause excessive sweating during exercise?

I work out five or six days a week, I'm in pretty good shape. I'm not overweight either. However I sweat profusely whenever I exercise, within a few minutes of starting, and the sweat just pours off ...
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Stride, heart, respiration in sync when running… What's this called?

Background: I wasn't the fittest kid -- still not as an adult -- and I wasn't fond of running, as I'd get exhausted quickly and/or get a side-ache/stitch. In general I avoided exerting myself. On one ...
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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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Does exercising on an empty stomach cause muscle damage?

I am interested in exercising first thing in the morning when before I eat due to my schedule. I have always heard that this causes damage to your body due to the nature of fasting while sleeping. ...
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What exercises should I start with?

I'm recovering from dengue and chikungunya. My neck is very stiff also my shoulders, my back is tense. Swallowing is difficult. I'm having muscle/joint weakness and pain. It's hard to exercise. My ...
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Biochemistry of working out while under psychosocial stress

Does anyone happen to know some sources or ideas regarding the biochemistry of working out while under socially-caused stress? This is a more in-depth follow-up, and focusing on the biochemistry, to ...
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building muscle on a calorie defecit?

Currently: 145 pounds, 170cm tall, female. Been working out for 3 months doing cardio & intense weight lifting 5 times week with a good diet. My question: it is believed that you cannot gain ...
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Is it possible to get taller after 25? [duplicate]

I'm 25 years old and will become 26 in few months. I'm 173cm, is it possible to still get height with certain exercises? Note that I'm 75KGs with 7KGs as extra weight and now I'm working out to lose ...
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How to improve this Workout

Workout has been updated I would like to create a fitness routine, using body weight movements. I really like the idea of calisthenics. Right now, I am doing 3 circuits of: Push-ups (semi-close ...
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Red meat cancer risk after removing adipositas cancer risk

While reading a lot of uncited or badly cited popular science literature, I came across the claim that consuming red meat increases the risk of cancer. Said literature also claims in seemingly ...
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Should I be worried that my pelvis pops during leg raises?

When I do leg raises I feel a slight pop around where my right leg connects to my pelvic region. It's been this way for years. It doesn't hurt and this exercise is the only thing that causes it. In ...
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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 ...
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Looking for equivalent workout to Upright Barbell Row excersie

i'm looking for an equivalent workout to this shoulder workout i've been practicing. I had to stop practicing this because my wrists hurt! (both my wrists were broken when i was a kid) Any help is ...
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Should I exercise when my muscles are aching?

I exercised for the first time in a long time yesterday. This is what I did: 500 jumping jacks at moderate pace 100 jumping jacks at fast pace 10 min of running in place at moderate pace 100 ...
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Is this an effective workout? [closed]

Now, I know that this video is for pure comedy, but the man in the white shirt doing an effective workout at all? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGR960H1Jmw If not, then why so?
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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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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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Doing Strength training everyday

I am 5'8 and 84kgs. I used to do all regular sets of exercises like biceps, triceps, chests etc. Yesterday, my GYM trainer walked up to me and said that i need to reduce my belly and do nothing else. ...
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Is my exercise routine healthy?

I read a few guides concerning push up programs and training the belly muscles and started my own routine, based on what I read. However I also read in this SE that an unbalanced training (e.g. only ...
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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 to eat before and after gain weight workout?

I want to gain weight, but im confused what to eat before and after exercise(gain weight).Can someone name healthy foods or snacks? And also do i need to eat more on before or after exercise? Also ...
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Does sitting for longer hours really have an effect on the body?

After going through this link I am confused about whether to believe what the link claims. If it's true then most of us are affected already because most of us are doing desk jobs from 9-5 or simply ...
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Questions on the effectiveness and safety of weighted pistol squats

I recently stopped doing front squats due to bicep tendonitis in my left arm and I peaked at 215 for 5 reps. So now since I am unable to do front squats due to this tendonitis I have picked up pistol ...
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Should cows milk be avoided during periods of heavy exertion?

Assuming you are not lactose intolerant, does milk have any specific negative effects on you during heavy exertion? We're not talking about milk calories or fat related to weight loss. Does milk ...
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How to warm up for sprinting

I have never sprinted before, so I have never done any warm ups or know of proper form for sprinting. I am asking for advice as I want to minimise the possibility of injury.
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How long should I wait after dinner before I start exercising?

It's hot outside and I want to exercise after dinner, when it is a little cooler. Typically, I jog for a couple of miles or play one hour of tennis or basketball. I'm wondering how long I should wait ...
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Can anyone recommend science-based skeptical literature or media about exercise? [closed]

I'm searching around for answers to various fitness questions as I try to figure out how to incorporate exercise into my life, but I grow frustrated with all the fads, conjectures and ideologies out ...
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Training exercises for a change in climate

After three months I will be moving to a new country, and according to travel tips the period of adjustment may take as long as six months especially if I am used to a humid climate, and that I might ...
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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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Hi, I am unable to go further in my workouts. I mean physically unable to go on. What should I do [closed]

My brother uses the elliptical machine. Once he gets to 30 minutes he is unable to go any further. He just says he is physically exhausted. What can he do to help himself over this?