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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Does exercise REALLY increase the basal metabolism rate for any significant length of time after the exercise is over?

I am new to this site, but have read several questions and answers here that are related to this question and have found different contradictory answers. Some say that the only effect is that a ...
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Is increasing lung capacity a misnomer?

I have been under the impression that one cannot increase their total lung capacity, it's like the ratio of fast twitch to slow twitch fibers in your muscles, i.e. it is what you were born with. ...
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Substitute for squats and squat jumps that put less stress on knees

Are there exercises (or sequences of exercises) which work the same muscle groups as regular squats or squat jumps with comparable intensity, but which put less stress on the knee (are safer for the ...
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Should I use weights training for endurance or for strength to deal with aching back?

I'm a programmer and I spend a lot of time sitting in front of a computer typing, and this seems to be too much strain for my back and upper hand muscles. All the orthopedists I talked to said these ...
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Best way to reduce side belly fat?

I have a lot of fat on the sides of my belly above my waist, and keeps increasing the more I eat. Question: What's the best way to reduce the fat here, though I do have fat in the belly and chest ...
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Am I taking too many vitamins and supplements?

I'm hoping to get some insight on the vitamins and supplements I'm taking. I'm afraid I'm taking too many or taking them incorrectly. Am I doing myself good or harming my body? First off, I am 21, ...
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Why is the order of exercise routines important?

Many advice me to do the exercises for shoulders, lats, chests first and then do the arm specific ones (biceps, triceps) or the abdominal ones. For eg the full-body workout from the exrx site. Is ...
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Where is a good place to try/buy inline skates? and should i look for? [closed]

I'm looking to buy inline skates so that I can use them to commute with work. I'm overweight (230lbs) and plan on skating ~8 miles a day, monday - friday. I tried going to all the *mart stores in ...
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How far is one revolution on an exercise bike

I have an exercise bike with a computer and it looks like 100 revolutions of the pedals is 430 meters, this seems like a lot. I was wondering if there is a good number for converting pedal ...
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When I work calves in the gym, my feet hurt after the 10th or 15th rep [closed]

Is this just a starting thing? I have just started working calves.
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What are exercise a kidney patient can do?

I want to know what exercises a kidney patient can do other than jogging?
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Pain just above knees after squats

Few days ago i watched a youtube video about how to do squats properly. I followed those steps and did squats but later on i felt pain just above my knees. I was not even able to stand up properly for ...
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When fat is burnt, where is it taken from?

I'm just curious if there is a general pattern of where fat is taken when it is spent during exercise. Is it taken more or less equally from all fat in the body, are some areas used more than others, ...
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Is supplementation counter productive when your goal is getting a six pack/lean mass?

I try hit the gym about 3-5 times a week (using a 3 day split program), and take something similar to Supplements SA Ganic-F Insane as pre-workout, and I've got protein shake that i use as a snack ...
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Age's impact on strength workouts

I'm going on the big 50 soon - my typical workout week is 3 days of strength training (squat Sunday, Bench Tue and Deads on Thu) and 1-2 days of aerobic training (Tabata and heavy bag). I've been ...
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Eating more calories to improve performance?

I have been struggling to make progress in my swimming for quite a while now. Is it simply a need to eat more food to improve? I recently took 2months off swimming to assist my recovery. I want to ...
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Do different workouts require different diets?

Would you recommended a different post-workout diet depending on the type of exercise - yoga class, lifting weights, long distance running, swimming?
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Profuse sweating during exercise, then chills

After I do Zumba, I wait 'til I quit sweating (I sweat more than anyone in class, always have sweated profusely when exercising or in the summer heat), theni I shower and dress. Later, anywhere from ...
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Bear crawls - Correct motions

I'm doing bear crawls as part of my exercises, but I'm getting conflicting interpretations about how exactly they are done. Do you: Bend your knees as you crawl across the floor. Keep them straight, ...
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When should I exercise to compensate for excess calories?

If I know that I am going to have a big night of eating and or drinking, but don't want to gain any weight, am I best counteracting the excess calories by exercising earlier in the same day, or is ...
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running on an incline vs running faster on a flat plane

I've started working out on the tredmill at 12km/hr for 30 minutes almost every day. For the last 3 minutes I kick it up to 14-15km/hr. Is this a good workout or am I better to run on an incline but ...
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I am 22 years old & 5feet 2inches tall. I wanna become taller. what do I do? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to Increase height naturally? Are those ads gimmicks? I am 22 years old. And I am just 5feet 2inches tall. I wanna become taller. I have heard that there is an ...
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Training lower trapezius

Recently I had some neck and shoulder pain and my physiotherapist said it is because my monkey-like posture developed from using laptop for too long. Among other things he recommended some exercises ...
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Why do I feel so cold after workout?

Recently I have started doing Insanity exercises. After a workout I obviously get drenched in sweat. After 5 or so minutes of cooling down, I really begin to feel the chills. I have to wear a sweater ...
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Do joints wear out from exercise?

Does regular movement keep joints lubricated, or does regular movement dry out joints in time leading to wear? After a good 20 years of jogging on and off, I've stopped that now because I could ...
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Suggestions for bedroom exercises

At night I do sit-ups and push-ups. It started as something to knock me out, if I needed to sleep but wasn't tired, a few of each would tire me out. As time passes I am able to do more before I get ...
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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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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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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 ...