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What is the best Vibram Five Fingers shoes for running long distances? [closed]

I've got the Vibram KSO currently and it works great, especially for trail running. However, running on cement starts to hurt after a while. I'm thinking of getting a different kind, but there are ...
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Are there any specific exercises I can do to strengthen my knee?

I find after strenuous exercise (competitive basketball specifically) that my knee needs a couple days to recover. Are there any specific exercises I can do to strengthen the joint and reduce my ...
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3answers
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Treating a Runner's Knee - Apply Heat or Cold?

I've been suffering from Runner's Knee for the last couple of weeks and I've read in some places to put heat on your knee, and other places to put cold (like the above referenced webmd article). ...
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Treadmill workouts for weight loss

I recently spent some time googling to find treadmill workouts for specifically weight loss, but it turned out to get nothing than couple of mediocre essays. Can anyone recommend either online ...
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How much exercise for children?

When I was a kid we spent nearly every waking moment playing games and such OUTSIDE. We didn't have computers or video games to consume our time. Today's kids have a lot of modern devices that keep ...
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Is stretching cold muscles before cycling harmful?

For most of my life, I stretched out before cycling to avoid cramps or pulling a muscle. However, I discovered last year that I could skip stretching exercises in favor of a slightly extended warm-up ...
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585 views

Is “Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It” thesis correct? [closed]

Has anyone read "Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It"? Here is the book on amazon. His basic argument is this (my words): The author argues that insulin in large part is responsible for ...
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Does heavy lifting affect steadiness and precision?

I do a fair amount of weightlifting; in particular heavy compound lifts power-lifting style. I also compete on a target pistol team. Over the years, I've heard a number of coaches and marksmen ...
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What exercises can I do to reverse a 'hunch'

I had been a avid weight lifter and runner for a number of years, but I slacked off for a few (4) years and have gotten to be in pretty rough shape. I've also noticed that I've developed something of ...
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How can you tell if someone is dehydrated?

I was cycling with a group, it wasn't a particularlly hard ride and it wasn't terribly hot outside. During a break one of the riders didn't look good at all and commented that he didn't feel well. We ...
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325 views

What is the best routine during times of sleep deprivation?

There have been several questions about sleep deprivation asked here. The general response seems to be "don't do it". This seems to be what google says too. However, I have a baby coming to my house ...
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What is normal rate of fat loss?

What is normal rate of fat loss? Is it changing depending on how much person has left to normal BMI (considering he/she doesn't want any extra muscle weight).
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Do the heavy squats in crossfit endurance program help with running performance

I'm about to start training for a 15km trail run and am wondering if the crossfit endurance program is effective. Is it worth getting a gym membership so I can do the heavy squats and deadlifts ...
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Exercises while recovering from groin injury/surgery

I have a long-standing (no pun intended) injury which gets worse when doing any kind of leg exercise that puts strain on the groin area. For example sit-ups, press-ups and plank exercises all cause ...
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1answer
210 views

At what point during my weekly routine should I be consuming extra protein

I go through a bi-weekly exercise program that includes long distance running, sprints, front crawl, upper body compound exercise and stretching. I would think my metabolism and protein needs varies ...
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655 views

Experience and references about intermittent fasting [closed]

I have read about and tried intermittent fasting in the past few months with some great results. The only hiccup was getting sick for about 3 weeks and losing that will to continue with it, until I ...
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How can I keep my balance while doing squats?

When I do squats, I place my feet slightly wider than shoulder width, pointed outwards at about 30 degrees. I still have trouble keeping my balance going all the way down without bending forward ...
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Does eating late at night cause weight gain?

I like to keep a latish schedule, sleeping often around 2-3 AM, I'm often eating odds and ends late at night. If someone eats Meals A, B & C of certain calorie content, and then timeshifts his ...
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How can I stretch hamstrings in isolation?

I have strong, very short hamstrings, and a weak, flexible lower back. If I try to touch my toes, I get about 1/2-way down my shins. However, most of that mobility is in my lower back. If I lie on my ...
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Why is body mass index so widely used to determine ideal body weight?

Given the fact that it doesn’t distinguish between lean body weight and fat weight, why is body mass index so widely used to determine ideal body weight? When I started seriously exercising a number ...
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How does sleep affect your workouts?

Are there any documented studies that show how sleep effects your workouts or athletic performance? It would seem that more sleep would help and less sleep would hinder performance, but that's just ...
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Where to find nutrition information for general foods?

Counting calories is one thing, but trying to keep track of things like fat, protein, fiber, and carbohydrates are just as important in a good overall exercise plan. It's not that hard to find ...
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Pushing past a weight plateau?

My girlfriend has been on Weight Watchers for quite awhile and although she's lost a considerable amount of weight, she's still over 60 lbs away from her final goal. The problem is that for over the ...
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1answer
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How can I workout my upper body with an injured wrist?

A while back I injured my wrist, and while I have a clean bill of health now, during that time I was not able to work my upper body (delts, lats, biceps, triceps, pects). Was there some way I could ...
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How long should I wait with eating after an exercise?

I hear sometimes that after running you should wait with eating for 30 or 40 minutes (may be the metabolism is still in fat burning mode?). What is the reason for this advice? How long exactly should ...
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1answer
354 views

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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1answer
470 views

What Supplements Should I Take When Restarting a New Exercise Plan?

I spent about 6 to 7 years working out hard both in the gym and running, when I was in college. When I graduated and got a job, I stopped working out cold turkey. After about 3 years working, I ...
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How do I know how much weight I should be lifting with dumbells?

I was just given a set of weights - adjustable weight dumbells - as a present, but I have no idea what sort of weights/how many reps I should be doing in order to achieve the best results. I'm ...
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2answers
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What difference does hand/arm position make in chin-ups

What difference, if any, will it make if my hands are over the bar rather away from me or behind the bar towards me when doing a chin-up? Does this work different sets of muscles? Is one more ...
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3answers
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How effective is Zumba in weight-loss and toning?

I have been participating in Zumba lately and I feel more stiff after I do something else rather than Zumba. Is Zumba a good choice to working out or is it more a fun choice if it was Zumba or ...
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Why does running make you have to poop?

So I've always wondered what about running makes you have to go to the bathroom? Why is it that it seems to accelerate the downward progress of any ... you know ... Or maybe I'm the only one this ...
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8answers
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How deep should a squat be?

Recently, I've read some articles that suggest that you should go below 90 degrees. On the other hand, I've talked with a trainer in my gym, and he usually places a bench behind him so that he ...
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4answers
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Is there a specific, efficient way to pedal a road bike?

I know that this may sound silly, but I was wondering if there is a proper way to pedal the road bike? I've noticed that you can be pedaling more with the front, or balls of the feet, or by staying ...
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2answers
285 views

How does one properly 'cool down'?

Having already asked why a cool-down is so important, my next question is how do you properly get into a cool down? Please be specific of how to get into this cool-down with metrics that can either ...
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What is the purpose of 'cooling down'?

After a hard work out, it's generally a good idea to not stop immediately, but rather to cool down. What is the specific purpose of cooling down? Does not properly cooling down affect the actual ...
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1answer
814 views

Protein of red and white meat

Is there a difference between the protein found in red meat (like beef and ostrich) and white meat (like chicken and pork) and protein from fish and should you aim to get these in in any particular ...
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2answers
767 views

What specific exercises can be done in a swimming pool to aid recovery after a workout?

I'm looking for some exercises that I can do in a swimming pool that will help my muscles to recover after a workout. I've seen footballers on TV walking/jogging in the swimming pool the day after a ...
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What exercises are good to build up to performing chin-ups?

I can't do a single decent chin-up, are there any easy alternatives that I could build up in quantity as a forerunner to being able to do chin-ups? Alternatively are there are any weights exercises ...
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How to do 2 or 3 finger push-ups

Are two or three finger push-ups a matter of finger/hand or arm strength? What techniques should I use to learn two or three finger push-ups (if it is finger strength how do I build this up etc.)
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2answers
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Is it necessary to have a rest week?

I have seen fitness programs that focus six days of workout per week, and following three or four weeks have an entire recovery week. The term "recovery" is misleading, because you still workout six ...
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1answer
883 views

Do athletic socks make a difference to performance?

There are plenty of selections that athletes have in selecting socks. Most of these socks are ear toward moisture whicking material. My question is, do these type athletic socks make a difference in ...
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What are the recommended exercise types for getting broad shoulders?

What exercises do you recommend, if one's main target is broad shoulders (and chest too, but less priority)? Does reducing exercises for other muscle group help? Any other tips?
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1answer
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Reducing wrist pain/weakness during exercising

I'm spending most of the day in front of the computer (10+ hours), and as expected, my wrist tendons experience strain during work. Normally, this wouldn't be much of an issue, but after I have ...
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1answer
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Can creatine and citrus be combined?

Many creatine distributors, health forums, etc. recommend avoiding mixing creatine with citrus juices, as supposedly the citric acid could combine with the creatine to produce creatinine, which isn't ...
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4answers
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Why rest between sets?

Why is it common to rest between sets of repetition? Could I, instead of resting, exercise another muscle group?
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Should I stretch after exercise?

Are there benefits with stretching right after exercising? Does stretching afterwards affect the risk of injury?
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Mixing weight training and cardio/strength

I do several times a week strength and cardio training (Thai boxing, to be specific), but also try to mix in extra weight sessions to build up muscle mass. Is it good or bad to mix these two? I've ...
9
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1answer
461 views

Crunches after a run?

I go for a 5km before work 2-3 times a week, with a longer run at weekends. I was doing crunches and other weight based exercises on the off days, but have been advised to do it after my runs. My ...
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1answer
370 views

Should you still exercise when sick?

Should one continue to exercise even when sick? I know it may depend on the sickness, but what about minor things like a cold or fever? Are there chronic sicknesses where you should still regularly ...
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225 views

How can someone new to Yoga improve on their workout?

Recently I have started Yoga, but I find myself unable to hold any position more than ten seconds. I was told to exaggerate my posture, but I simply could not. My flexibility is horrific and feel ...

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