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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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762 views

How does gluten-free differ from low carb diets (primal, paleo, etc)? [closed]

I've read various websites that talk about gluten-free baking or low glycemic index foods but how does these things differ from low carb diets?
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Only 500 Calories even though other GDA values have been achieved [closed]

UPDATE 2: Managed to get all nutritional values correct, and have got the calories upto 1000. Still missing 500 calories. If everything else is ok, but calories are missing 500, is that OK for ...
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How to optimize long term health benefits of 30 minute bicycle commute

I have a 7 km bicycle commute to and from work five days a week that I try to keep going all year round. This is the only exercise I get. If I pedal like crazy (but still abide by the traffic rules) ...
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How to regain endurance after a long period of rest?

I have always been a sport junkie, running once a week 15 miles, doing weight lifting and practicing kettlebells. After the new year the doctors found a tumor in my chest and luckily now after the ...
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243 views

Raw Diet for Growing Children [closed]

There is somewhat of a craze about Raw-food diets going around recently, including some of my friends that have gotten into it. For an adult it is their prerogative, what they put in their stomachs, ...
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I want to run but have a bad knee. How should I deal with it?

After the previous post, I ran for 2 more times and then I stopped running because I felt that I needed to let the knee rest. And then there is the feeling of discomfort in my knees, especially the ...
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134 views

Some video tutorials for running.

I used to go to the gym when I was younger, but I have no training or workouts for about 8 years. I have put on weight, but I want to start again. I love running, but I am afraid I might do something ...
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Dietary Concern: Top Round Steak

I train a lot: 5 days a week 30-60 minutes of cardio, 4-5 days a week weight lifting (primarily strength training, lots of dead lifts and squats), 3-4 days a week rock climbing and 2 days a week yoga. ...
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457 views

Lean body weight protein requirements + GDA

Using the calculator: http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/library/blbodyfatcalculator.htm, I've finally had a chance to work this out properly by measuring myself as last time I did it based on guesses. ...
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Does cardio burn fat differently than burning calories though non-cardio workouts?

I have read over and over again that you can't target specific areas to lose fat in. Also we know that if we burn more calories than we consume, we lose weight. My question is then: Does it make a ...
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What can cause severe muscle fatigue and even pain at wake-up? [closed]

When I wake-up (i.e. hear the alarm clock and open my eyes) I experience severe muscle fatigue, that I am hardly able to force myself to move my arms and legs to get-up. I feel like my muscles were ...
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319 views

How can I adapt my running technique to accommodate pushing a stroller?

Since having children, I have taken up running because I can push them along. Sometimes I push one kid in a running stroller, other times I push two kids in a small-wheeled stroller that offers much ...
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994 views

What is the correct way to take Creatine?

I have read that Creatine must be taken with juice, such as Grape juice, because the sugars help it get absorbed by the body. Is this true? Also, what time is it best to take Creatine? Before or ...
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1k views

Is Creatine Loading necessary?

Is it really necessary to do Creatine Loading when first starting to take it? Or, doesn't it really matter?
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123 views

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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332 views

Sport Specific Lifts - Tennis

I joined, for the first time, a summer tennis league this year. I do a small amount of weight training still and would like to focus my lifting sessions more toward functional lifts that might ...
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Does boiling time change an egg's nutritional content? [closed]

(source: wikipedia) Is there any difference between nutritional content or digestibility of half-boiled eggs (the white is still runny), soft-boiled and hard-boiled eggs? Please explain
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How can an ex smoker stop snacking so much?

I used to smoke heavily (over a pack a day). A little over a year ago when my girlfriend got pregnant I quit cold turkey. I have since replaced smoking with snacking, and since then gained about 30 ...
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Cycling as rest-day cross training for running: good idea?

I'm training for the Ragnar Relay Wasatch Back race next month, and I think I need to bump my efforts a little. I don't want to overtrain running, since I've got some lingering trochanteric bursitis ...
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1answer
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Does fiber cause heartburn?

We're apparently supposed to increase fiber slowly into any new diet, which is what I have been doing. I have simply switched from white bread to brown bread (whole wheat). For some reason I am ...
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1answer
761 views

Effective warm-up before weight lifting circuit

What's the most effective warm-up before doing my weight lifting circuit? Is it better to warm up by doing 10 minutes on the elliptical cross-trainer or by doing a set using a light weight before ...
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How do I determine what size exercise ball I should use as a desk chair?

I'm 6' tall with long limbs and currently slouch way to much while coding all day at my desk. I can't switch to a standing desk very easily so I would like to try sitting on an exercise ball. What ...
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259 views

General nutrition for normal people where weight loss isn't a goal [closed]

I've always been at a healthy weight and now I'm in my 30's I want to make sure that I'm taking care of myself and consuming the right foods. Considering there is so much information out there, bias, ...
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2answers
657 views

Buying barbell / rack

I want to buy a barbell and a squat rack so I can lift at home but looking around there's so many to choose from its overwhelming. I just need to know: Which brands are trusted and recommended? ...
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8answers
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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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3answers
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What high-fiber low-carbohydrate foods are good for my exercise plan?

I'm trying to put together a nutritional plan for myself for weight loss combined with cardio to keep me healthy and active, but am finding it difficult to incorporate fibre without overdoing the ...
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How does our body dispose of excess calories (physiologically speaking)?

My question is whether all the excess energy that is left every day always go to fat, or can it be wasted or disposed of somehow? (for example by not digesting everything to 100 percent?) Now, I am ...
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2answers
351 views

Is it useful for runners to cross-train using kettlebells?

I'm using running to help burn some fat mostly because it is the only cardio I really enjoy doing. I know muscle helps burn fat faster. Would using a kettlebell between runs help promote fat loss, ...
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5answers
4k views

Tips for breaking the 18 minute barrier for 5km - I'm stuck!

I'm struggling to break the 18 minute - 5km barrier. The weekly Tuesday race I enter finishes in a few weeks for the season, and I really want to crack it this season. My training runs are all ...
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Why is muscle size not proportional to strength?

This guy claims that Olympic powerlifters working in the 1-6 rep range can increase strength without increasing muscle size. http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/topicoftheweek8.htm Trained Olympic ...
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How many calories are burnt per hour sitting on an exercise ball?

How many calories are burnt per hour sitting on an exercise ball? I have seen a number of 350 calories extra per day being tossed around on internet with no evidence or explanation. I assume thats ...
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1answer
874 views

I can't do more than 10 - 15 repetitions for biceps

I have been going to the gym since last seven years. My friends at the gym do more than 15 repetitions per set. I am not comparing with them, but I don't understand why can't I do more that 15 ...
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1answer
464 views

Does sitting in a sauna actually stimulate weight loss?

My bodybugg gadget actually seems to think that I'm burning more calories when I'm in the sauna, but I'm kinda skeptical. Does sauna time really accomplish anything?
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4k views

Bench Pressing vs. Push-ups

Does bench pressing work out the same muscles as push-ups? If not, What's the difference?
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1answer
748 views

How much of MuscleTech Anabolic Halo's causes the creatine effect?

I've started using MuscleTech's Anabolic Halo about a couple of weeks ago and I've gotten really big with it. Some body parts have grown by over an inch and 8 pounds. One of the ingredients it ...
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1answer
19k views

How is water absorbed and expelled? [closed]

I have been wondering this for a while because I can put away a gallon of water in a reasonable amount of time if I just sip it for a while. The weird thing is that I had gastric bypass surgery so I ...
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Finding a personal maximum heart rate

Heart rate zones, target heart rate, heart rate reserve, etc can be useful for a fitness program, however all depend on knowing your maximum heart rate. I'd like to know what my maximum heart rate ...
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539 views

What is behind the (apparently) recent kettlebell craze?

I've never heard of kettlebells until the last couple of years. It seems that they've kind of exploded recently, and a ton of people are extolling the virtues of these things. I've heard that they ...
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1answer
1k views

What's the deal with skin sag after massive weight loss?

I'm very overweight. I'm also starting to lose a lot of weight on a new diet/exercise program with a trainer. As the pounds continue to drop off, how bad can I expect skin sag to be? Can I do ...
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1answer
205 views

Is there any data that prove that D-Aspartic Acid increase testosterone level?

Recently a friend told me about D-Aspartic Acid. Since I was disillusioned about ZMA, I would like to get some knowledge, before I try it out. Are there any scientific studies, that prove it really ...
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Should I Be Discouraged if my Muscles Aren't Sore After Exercise?

A day or two after exercise my muscles will sometimes be sore, "wonderfully sore" I'll say. I think this is common, and I know I've done a good workout when this happens. But sometimes, my muscles ...
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499 views

How to prepare for a race?

8 weeks ago, I asked this question: how to run sub-45 10k. Well, I've been training a lot and my race is on Sunday (in 2 days' time.) What / when should I eat in preparation? Do I need to ...
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Can I do push ups every day?

I am doing 100 push ups program and I have reached a plateau at around 65. The program suggests to have a day off between training days, but since I don't get desired results I would like to increase ...
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1answer
1k views

Do people who lift weights twice per week need less protein than people who lift three times per week?

Several exercise programs I've seen suggest lifting weights 3 times per week, but also say that progress can me made by only lifting twice per week (although it will be slower). These sorts of ...
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3answers
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Am I gaining fat or muscle - how can I tell?

I've been attempting to do a high-protein calorie-restricted diet, while working out with the Stronglifts 5x5 program since early February. My follow-through for the Stronglifts part has been ...
5
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1answer
381 views

Swimming routine for a person in very bad shape?

I've been trying to find an answer to this but I couldn't. If this is a duplicate please accept my apologies and please show me the original question. A bit of background: I'm a developer in quite ...
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6k views

What can I do to make my abs look their best in a very short timeframe?

This is somewhat theoretical, but I find the situation comes up often enough. I'm in good shape, good athletic build, etc. I have decent definition in my abs (you can see the makings of a 6-pack or ...
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1answer
662 views

What kind of running shoe is good for my knees?

Just as the title says. I am thinking if the air cushion in some sport shoes can reduce the pressure to my knees. Now I wear running shoes which have almost nothing, I adjust the pressure by running ...
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1answer
499 views

Should I be getting more calories? [closed]

I've been using the Lose It! iPhone app for a few months now and it seems I'm pretty consistently well under my daily calorie budget, even on days when I'm very careful to get the measurements right. ...

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