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Exercises for a programmer sitting by the PC all day [closed]

What exercises are recommended for people, who sit in front of the PC working for long hours?
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4answers
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Is it healthy to exercise a muscle when it's still sore?

Is it healthy or is it damaging to exercise a muscle while it's still sore from a previous workout?
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11answers
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Experiences with 'barefoot' running

I have heard a lot about the 'barefoot' running idea that has seemed to gain a lot of popularity with the book "Born to Run". The main idea is that the human foot has evolved to be very effective at ...
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10answers
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Is there any benefit of “real” running outdoors vs running on a treadmill in gym?

I'm a lazy person, so running while staying in the same place appeals to me. Are there any benefits to running outside worth considering, besides aesthetics and feeling the wind in your hair?
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3answers
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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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Importance of Rest Days

Why are rest days important? When the weather permits, I jog (or otherwise work-out) every day, but people often tell me I should not, because rest days are important. What is the rationale behind ...
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8answers
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Is there a best time of the day to exercise?

For weight loss results is there a time of day that is most beneficial to exercise?
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6answers
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Is running while overweight bad for your knees?

This one has been bothering me for quite a while. I've heard different opinions on this, ranging from There is absolutelty nothing to worry about, running is great for you! to You ...
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5answers
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Effect of protein intake on muscle recovery

"Protein shakes" and other high-protein dietary strategies are believed by some to improve muscle recovery times after workouts. However, there is some opinion to the contrary: that protein intake ...
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6answers
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How to lose manboobs?

Well this one is embarrassing as hell to ask, but its a real issue for me. I do dips often, as people say that's good, but different people say different things - that bench press will make them more ...
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3answers
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When will muscle be cannibalized?

Can you tell me what are all the cases when muscle would be cannibalized? I've heard the two following cases will cannibalize muscle, but I still don't quite understand. Aerobic Exercise Arnold ...
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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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4answers
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What should I look for in a running shoe?

I like to run outside and therefore need shoes to run. However, there's a massive market for running shoes and I get lost in all of the options. What are some guidelines in selecting a good shoe for ...
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14answers
61k views

I am underweight. How do I gain weight and muscle?

I am a man in my twenties. Although I am 5 feet 6 inches tall, I weigh only 100 pounds. I want to gain weight as soon as possible. How do I gain weight and muscle as fast as possible?
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3answers
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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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2answers
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How do I properly breathe while swimming freestyle?

While using the freestyle technique of swimming, what is the proper way to breathe? Is using the nose to breathe out while under better or is there any difference? Is there a specific number of ...
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3answers
56k views

Effect of Sex/Male Orgasm on Athletic Performance

"Women weaken legs." -- Mickey from Rocky I I've often heard and have been told from coaches even that one should abstain from any sexual activity, irrespective of whether it is manual or with a ...
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13answers
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What are the downsides of minimalist running shoes?

Over the past few years, barefoot (or close to it) running has become extremely popular. New Balance, Nike, Saucony, and I'm sure more have come out with minimal shoes, not to mention the Vibram Five ...
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6answers
7k views

Breakfast before or after jogging?

Provided that I'm not hungry, should I eat breakfast before or after a 30-minutes morning jog? Update: There are many answers detailing opinions -- thanks! If someone could supply evidence supporting ...
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8answers
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How to run without damaging your feet, knees or hips.

I want to start running. However I am afraid of damaging my feet, knees or hips by running on a regular basis. So what are the most important things to have in mind to avoid any dangers for my joints ...
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5answers
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How do I naturally boost my Testosterone levels?

Its a well documented fact that testosterone in essential for muscle development. So much so that some will want to go to the lengths of taking synthetic testosterone in order to aid their ...
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8answers
4k views

How Do I Prepare For Running In Very Cold Wind, Rain, or Snow?

I'm going to be traveling to Chicago, IL in early December and I'm training for a marathon. What kind of preparation and equipment do I need to continue training while I am there? I have run several ...
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6answers
2k views

How can I make myself get enough sleep?

I hope this question is on-topic for this site. It seems to me that sleep is a pretty big ingredient in fitness. I pretty much never get enough sleep. It's not for lack of trying though. I just can't ...
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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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11answers
2k views

What can I use to monitor my running workout?

After a period of inactivity I recently started running again and want know what gadgets or tools I use to monitor my workout. Some requirements: It should offer workout programs (based on my level ...
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10answers
60k views

How important is it that a person be able to touch their toes?

For as long as I can remember, I've heard the question "can you touch your toes?" asked by people trying to ascertain another person's physical fitness. I've grown up thinking that being able to touch ...
30
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3answers
11k views

What happens when you miss a workout?

Normally I get to the gym Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and try to lift a little bit more weight than I did the time before. Today everything has gone wrong and I am not going to be able to make it ...
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3answers
5k views

Are video games like Wii Fit Plus actually any good for losing weight?

Does anyone have an sources on this? I love the idea of playing video games to lose weight, just not sure how effective it is. At the end of my exercises it tells me your burned x calories, but not ...
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2answers
37k views

When taking vitamins and supplements, does it matter if I take them all at once or should I spread it out throughout the day? [closed]

Currently I am taking a multivitamin, fish oil, and I recently added vitamin D supplements (D3 to be specific). My current routine is take each of the three (along with some unrelated medication in ...
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3answers
2k views

What are some signs of overtraining?

I'm currently working out 5-6 days a week, typically 3 days of weights and 2-3 of HIIT/Tabata. My focus is on strength and endurance training (not size). When I feel tired I take a day off...some ...
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8answers
1k views

What is a “Runners High”?

There have been a few times in my life, where I believe I have experienced the phenomenon called "Runners High", or the euphoric state during a run where you feel like you can keep running for ...
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1answer
2k views

What are the trade-offs of weight versus repetition?

When doing work out with weights, what is the impact of trade-off between amount of weights working with number of times an exercise is repeated For example, I can repeat an exercise 10x3 times ...
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5answers
2k views

How much water is too much?

I know, that there is the standard 8x8oz glasses or ~ 3 liters of water per day. But today I read, that since about 75% of muscle is water, people using their muscles intensively need more water, ...
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2answers
1k views

How to get enough Protein as a vegetarian? [closed]

Is is possible to take on enough protein to build muscle whilst eating a vegetarian diet? Many sources of proteins such as meat, poultry and fish are obviously ruled out. Do you have experience of ...
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8answers
97k views

Should I drink water before, during or after eating?

As the title says, I would like to know what is the best time to drink water, is it before, during, or after having a meal? Also suppose the answer was during, what quantity is recommended?
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2answers
14k views

Why do sprinters have muscular arms?

I would like to know why all Olympic sprinters have muscular arms. They probably have muscular arms to help them sprint, but the reason is unclear. These are the two paradoxes I cannot fathom: Heavy ...
16
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7answers
3k views

What's a good home exercise for the lower back?

It seems there are a ton of easy ab exercises, but very few for the lower back to keep the muscles balanced as your abs get stronger. What are simple home exercises for the lower back?
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6answers
6k views

Best way to breathe for long-distance running

What is the best way to breathe while running long-distance? One can breathe in through the nose only, the mouth only, or both nose and mouth. The same applies to breathing out. Are there studies ...
14
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7answers
3k views

Can I be serious about getting into great shape if I have an office job?

I'm a web developer. I spend 5 days a week, 8-10 hours per day in front of my PC in a chair. I want to get in insanely good shape. I don't mean I want to be a little stronger than the average person, ...
13
votes
5answers
2k views

What exercises would make up the minimum, complete, general fitness workout?

What exercises would be in a complete, but minimalist, general fitness workout? This would include strength, conditioning, and mobility. I am looking for the quickest workout using the fewest, ...
12
votes
5answers
6k views

I run 7 miles in an hour, how can i make it 10 miles in an hour?

I go running twice a week, 7 miles each time and it takes exactly an hour. I have kept this routine for a while (like 5 months). I was expecting that by time I would get faster but it seems I am not ...
12
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7answers
15k views

Should I run everyday or alternate days and run longer?

I am just getting into doing cardio and there is one question where I see a lot of conflicting information on the internet. What is better for losing fat and general health (more endurance, etc.)? ...
12
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3answers
3k views

How to train for Parkour as middle aged beginner

I got interested in Parkour and like to start to train for it. I used to do weight lifting and running short distances, but it's more than ten years now and I'm out of shape. So getting in shape again ...
11
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3answers
689 views

Running first thing in the morning

I am currently training for a marathon. Due to a change in my schedule starting Dec 1, mornings will be the only time I can run. I heard that it takes about an hour for the body to absorb water, so ...
10
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3answers
766 views

Keeping my metabolism high

I am looking for some diatary ways to keep my metabolism high, especially between meals. What kinds of foods or supliments can help keep your body processing long after you've consumed them? Ideally ...
9
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2answers
895 views

Rotator cuff strengthening for shoulder overuse injury

I like to do a lot of swimming, and recently my left shoulder had been giving me some minor pain and occasional clicking noises. I went to an orthopedic doctor and I was diagnosed with "Left AC ...
8
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4answers
309 views

How and what to drink for 30 min to 1 hour runs, avoiding the marketing hype

From a different question I learned that I probably need more electrolytes during running. I currently run 30minutes in one go, possibly increasing that in the future to up to an hour. So far I drank ...
8
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2answers
1k views

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 ...
8
votes
3answers
489 views

Train for swimming long distances

I want to swim 3000 m non-stop for an event coming up next month. I have got three different plans for training to that event, them coming from a great coach. Those plans are concentrating on the ...
8
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3answers
136 views

Improving Golf-based strength

I'd previously asked this question in the "Sports" beta - Improving Driving Distance, but they seem to think it's more suited for this site and then twisted the question to focus on equipment. I ...

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