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 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 ...
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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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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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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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What to do with sore muscles

Say I have done some exercise and the next few days I am rather sore in certain muscles. What is the best thing to do about that? Let them rest (avoid using them)? Use them a lot? Exercise more? Rub ...
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What is a jump rope good for?

I have a jump rope, and my pulse sure goes up while jumping. But what am I exercising exactly?
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When should I not exercise?

In relation to eating, when should I not exercise? Or rather, are there times that are better or worse than others to exercise during the day? For example, is it better or worse to exercise in the ...
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Will wearing ankle weights all day long make any difference?

If I wore them when I'm not exercising, like if I wore them at work (I work in an office), or at home, all day, would it be like a passive form of exercise? To estimate how much I walk: I guess I ...
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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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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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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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Elliptical trainer vs. running

Say I am looking for a 30 min. cardio workout for 3 times a week. Goal is to reduce resting heart rate and improve general fitness. Which is better: Elliptical trainer (say: max resistance, 90-110 ...
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Is there a name for this exercise/movement?

When I stand with my feet flat and together, then lift myself onto my toes repeatedly. It's a pretty good calf workout, and I do about three reps of 100. Is there a name for this exercise/movement?
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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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Effect of strengthening the muscle - 1) when muscles are tight, and 2) when they are weak?

I feel pain in my lower back and very seldom in my hip (both right sides). I have been stretching quite a lot in past 1 year and have recently started strengthening exercises for lower body. However, ...
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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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Identifying an exercise

I have been doing an exercise which I came up with (not saying I invented it) that I have not seen before and I was wondering if there was a name for it. Imagine the cherry picker move we used to do ...
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Proper way to do the Dead Bug

I've been watching videos on YouTube on how to do this. I've read about it and everyone says this is difficult to do. It isn't difficult when I do it The video show many ways of doing it I assume ...
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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?
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How long should I wait to exercise after eating?

How long after eating should I wait to exercise, or does it not matter? I am mainly talking about cardio, not weightlifting. I am trying to lose weight, not gain it, and in large amounts.
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Exercises to prevent hip pain?

I'm 33 and male. I've had pain in interior of my left hip for the past 5 years or so. I first noticed the pain when playing recreational ultimate frisbee. I have since stopped playing, but the pain ...
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Why do I get cramps all the time?

Fairly often, I get cramps that are really painful. I've noticed that there seem to be 2 different varieties of these cramps. Random Foot Cramps - these are just cramps that I get in either of my ...
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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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Why are push-ups and sit-ups so common?

Growing up in many school activities we were made to do sit-ups and push-ups. In Navy Cadets we did pushups and situps whenever we exercised. I have also seen it included in many general fitness ...
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Is it better to start exercising with a program/dvd or running/walking/etc?

I want to start exercising but not sure the right approach. I don't want to over do it by doing too much at first since I don't already have a routine. Would it be better to start off with a dvd ...
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How to incorporate cardio in to a barbell routine?

I lift M-W-F. On A days I would do back squats, bench presses, power cleans, and push ups. On B days I would do back squats, overhead presses, deadlifts, and pull ups. This is all fine but if I want ...
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How can I make exercise more interesting?

I want to exercise. I really do. But it's boring. From conversations with others, I gather that exercise gives people a natural high, but I don't seem to get one myself. I used to try to play sports ...
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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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Am I missing exercises for a balanced total body workout in a 3 day split?

I'm working on a 3-day split routine, about 5(+1 support) exercises per day. It's the first time I'm putting something together for myself, so I was hoping you'd be able to put in some comments. I ...
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Home Calve Exercises

I'm a pretty skinny guy, and I've been weight lifting, working out, etc, and I've noticed some results with my upper body, but I'm as chicken-legged as ever. So, what are some good, rather simple ...
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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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Push-up Variations

Are there some push-up variations I can do to work the biceps or shoulder muscles? Illustrations or pictures would be appreciated as well.
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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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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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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 ...