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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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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Is outdoor exercise in good conditions better than indoor exercise?

Is outdoor exercise in good conditions (ie. not raining, not super hot, no snow) better for you than exercising indoors? Many people exercise outside for fresh air, but does it only feel good or is it ...
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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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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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Can I gain weight using diet, running and resistance training?

I am setting a goal to gain ~8kg in 3 months. I have an average body build. I know that to gain weight I need to increase daily Calorie intake and do exercise. I don't want to hire a personal trainer ...
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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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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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Which carbohydrates should be consumed before starting an exercise?

I read an article about carbohydrates and was wondering which I should consume before starting an exercise. Simple carbohydrates or the complex ones? And does it really matter or anything goes? Does ...
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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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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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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 is the most effective way to improve a saggy belly?

I used to have a fairly flat stomach but I had a baby 4 months ago by c-section and my lower abdomen is quite saggy. What can I do to lose the extra weight there and get it taut?
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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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Is it ok to exercise when I feel a strain in my muscles, if it's more than 3 days after a previous workout?

I have heard that muscles need to rest 48-72 hours. However sometimes even 80 hours after a workout, (the muscles aren't aching, that's for sure, but) I can still feel it, you know feel the strain. ...
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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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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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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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Exercise increases creativity?

While running in the morning, I find that I regularly generate a large number of ideas and solve problems. It seems that exercise would increase oxygen to the brain, causing increased activity. I ...
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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 ...
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Are military presses any worse than any other exercise?

In a few different sites and blogs, there's a lot of mention of military presses being bad for the shoulder. Are they any worse than any other exercise? and if so, what would be an alternative method ...
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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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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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What are the best ways to deal with headphone cords while exercising?

I'm looking to buy a new set of headphones; I don't care much about audio quality, so I use the same pair of headphones for running and normal use, and prefer the kind of earbuds that slip over the ...
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How to recognize a Runner's Knee?

I started my exercise routine back up in June and recently started getting into walking/running around my neighborhood on my off days from lifting weights. Last week I pushed myself a little harder ...
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How to get started with exercising without any previous experience?

I have never exercised except in grade school when I played volley ball. I am not fat 5'8 and 140 lbs, but I have no muscle tone at all, I am completely flabby. To make things worse I have no cardio ...
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How should I be exercising during the Ramadan?

With the start of Ramadan, I will be fasting for approximately 12 hours a day (no food or water). Is there any weight loss benefits to running towards the end of the day? My thoughts being that my ...
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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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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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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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What is a good exercise to prepare for skiing?

I know that first time and/or slightly-out-of-shape skiiers have a tendency to be extremely sore after their first day on the slopes. What is a good exercise my wife and I can do to prepare for our ...
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How many estimated percentage of my weight that I lift while doing elevated push ups

Question No. 1: How many estimated percentage of my weight that I lift while doing elevated push ups with my feet on my unstable bed about 60cm from the floor (so I also keep my balance work here) ? ...
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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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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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Should I stretch before exercising?

Should stretching be done before exercise? Does the type of exercise (running, weight training, swimming) affect the answer?
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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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Free Weight Exercises

I'm lokking for home exercises that I can do easily. I'm looking to see a photo or video and apply the exercise, do you know any good free or paid websites for this thing?
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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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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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Can an active person eat more cholesterol?

Looking at the nutritional facts on an egg carton, I see that one medium sized egg satisfies 71% of the daily nutritional requirements for cholesterol. Many bodybuilders eat up to a dozen of eggs per ...
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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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Looking for some advice on weight loss routine

So, I have summer to lose weight and this summer I have the motivation as well. I have an exercise bike, cross trainer, rowing machine, pullup/push up bars, free weights and a treadmill at my ...
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Very advanced exercises and workouts using only resistance bands [closed]

I am looking for very advanced, intense workouts or collections of exercises using only a resistance band. I am primarily interested in free online resources with good pictures or videos. However ...
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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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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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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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How to overcome lack of willpower when not having access to a personal trainer or training buddy?

During exercise I often notice that I'm physically capable, but not mentally. At some point a strong mental listlessness makes me stop my workout. Normally at this stage a training buddy or a ...