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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...