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Although swimming alone in the middle of Lake Michigan sounds wonderful and has its benefits to you, swimming alone has life altering/ending risks. The chances may be minimal that something dangerous could happen, but see my story below for an example that bad things can happen. If something did happen you don't seem to have left yourself any communication ...


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I've done a lot of offshore sailing and sometimes you'll get totally becalmed. Hot muggy conditions and the water is so flat you can literally shave in the reflection. It's hard not to jump in with conditions like that. Soap up, jump in, swim around the boat a few times, etc. A very famous and accomplished sailor named Bernard Moitessier would (solo) have ...


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If you're trying to lose weight my suggestion is to focus on your diet. Focus on eating less calories than you are expending and you will lose weight. Exercise is great for your health but will do little (relative to dieting) for your weight. Since you're just starting to exercise I suggest not trying to do too much too soon as it may result in injury and ...


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Until elevators and steel girder construction around the turn of the 19th century, the tallest buildings were usually five stories. People worked in those fifth stories for years. Also, plenty of jobs have people walking up and down hills all day for decades, starting as small children. It's actually sort of sad that people consider eight flights of steps ...


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Recommendations With Little Impact on Joints Biking: If you have access to a stationary bike or you have an actual bike, this is a good exercise for you. There isn't a lot of stress on the joints and you can go at your own pace (although going fast is recommended). If you have access to a Spin class also, I would recommend it as you would have a lot of ...


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I don't think you'll be able to survive for very long doing 3 hours of running (as an example) eating 1500 calories a day. 2,000 - 3,000 calories per day of deficit (depending on your needs) is really hard. I'm assuming this is for weight loss, and I think you'll have much better results following the tried and true mechanisms for fat loss and body ...


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I'm going to grade my recommendations by how deep your caloric cut is, because that affects what you can safely do. In general you will find that the larger the muscle group involved, the more calories expended in doing the exercise. I am assuming the OP is in generally good health and only has to worry about a few extra pounds. Also, my body fat ...


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It depends what you mean by okay. If you mean "is it safe?" then the answer is simple: No, it is not safe. If you get into trouble you stand a high risk of death. No-one will be able to rescue you. But for the broader question of whether that means it's not okay, we can't answer that. It's up to you to assess the danger by assessing the chances of an ...


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All exercises have an element of both cardio and strength. What differentiates them is how much resistance is used (or can be used) and how much of it you do. A one-rep-maximum bench press is extremely 'strengthy' even though you'll probably break a sweat in the few seconds it takes to execute. Walking, despite being one of the easiest forms of exercise, is ...


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If I ride my bike to the gym, which is a mile from my house, and back home, should I do cardio at my gym. A 1 mile bike ride really doesn't qualify as a "cardio workout". I am also lifting weights 4 times a week ... and I run for 15 minutes after my ... weight training I really don't think this is enough workout that you need to worry about ...


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As it stands, you may be fit enough, but you are not trained enough, unless you plan on walking pretty much the entire run portion of the event. Most marathon plans (Which is a distance shorter than the 30 miles) will have you running 50-70 miles a week, with quite a few runs in the 10-15 mile range. However, I think the biggest limiter right now is your ...


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You should do some research on flat feet, and I think you'll see that it's not really anything to concern yourself with. I have rather flat feet myself, and have never noticed a problem except when others tell me I should deal with my flat feet. In fact, if you start looking into the research a bit, you won't find any smoking guns that indicate being flat ...


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Yes Strictly speaking, anything other than walking, light stretching, resting, lifting heavy weights, and eating is cutting into your strength and muscle gains. Those attributes are built with specific stimulus and recovery. Cardio is not part of that specific stimulus or recovery and therefore is an interloper. But that's only the case if your single goal ...


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Always check with your doctor before attempting a new exercise program, especially if as in your case you have a problem. Although you have "flat feet" you may also have other problems that cause pain and swelling of your lower legs with walking or running. Your doctor will give you a diagnosis and may suggest a podiatrist (foot doctor) or physical therapy ...


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A general rule of thumb regarding sweating is that, if it's visible and accumulating, it's not doing its job. The purpose of sweating is to cool you by evaporation. Ideally, the sweat is evaporating as quickly as it is produced and you'll barely even notice it. When you have a lot of sweat, when it's streaming down your face and soaking your clothing, you're ...


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I used to go to the gym 2-3 years ago. But now I rarely go, because after a break I can't really do any cardio: after 7-15 minutes at a treadmill I get really tired....I've tried 5-6 times [over the course of a year], but it's always the same thing. Your problem is that you're not giving your body a chance to get better at cardio. One session where you ...


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Both steady state and HIIT workouts (among others) are useful for running fitness. Each type of effort has its own purpose. HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training. HIIT methods are usually 10 - 60 seconds of very intense effort. In the running world, this is speedwork. While speedwork is important, it's only one part of getting to a high level of ...


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Most of my answer is already contained in this answer, although the questions are not really duplicates. A couple things that I will reiterate: The biggest mistake that the vast majority of runners make is going too hard on their easy days, and not hard enough on their hard days. Speedwork is the icing on the cake, make sure you bake the cake first (i.e., ...


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Trying to maintain 80% max HR for 30 minutes is probably going too far - you usually won't reach that unless you're doing something fairly intense. That said, it will be fairly hard to do something "unhealthy" unless you have a heart condition, or try biking for way too long (2+ hrs) without having built up endurance first. Resting and Max heart rate values ...


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I would say that about 20 minutes is a good goal. Start by running a lamp post then walking and gradually cut out the walks. There's a very good app called Couch to 5k which I have recommended to lots of people, who can now comfortably run for 30 minutes. Don't worry about what others are doing. Running is a very personal journey, and as long as you are ...


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If BJJ makes you gas, then BJJ is a fine way to increase your cardio. Do more BJJ rolling. The concern with developing cardio for MMA fighters, particularly heavyweights, is that cardio A) can interfere with sport-specific training time, of which much is needed in this wide-ranging sport, and B) can make the heavyweight become smaller and need to drop down ...


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Aerobic exercise is measured in heart rate percentage (of max) and time. For instance, we like to say stuff like "I held x% HR for y minutes then z% for w minutes" etc. If either is high, the other is usually low. We can't do high-high without collapsing. If you don't feel very tired, that's fine. In that case, doing it over a longer time will eventually ...


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I would suggest working on intervals. Dave makes a good point in his answer that progress basically requires you to work at a high intensity day after day (with rest days, of course), but it sounds like you're running yourself into the ground on these workouts. Try spacing out shorter runs with periods of walking. When you start to get tired, walk for a ...


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While it's an interesting question, it would be a very short lived time anyway. VO2 max is the maximum oxygen your body can use at a given (usually fairly intense) activity level. If you exceed this work level, then you are working anaerobically, and the energy pathways for that are short lived at best. Up to VO2 max, your normal readings should be in the ...


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Will eating lots of eggs and peanut butter, and drinking a lot of milk help you bulk up? Yes, however I hope that you are not just eating these for your breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you seriously want to gain muscle mass, then consider calculating your TDEE and add 200~500 calories(this is known caloric surplus). Next your protein intake should be 1g ...


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Having crossed the Pacific Ocean on our own boat, we thought a lot about questions such as this. In general I would not be concerned about swimming mid-lake, as the danger does not seem materially greater than the boat sinking mid-lake with you aboard, a risk you seem willing to accept. Obviously significant swell or wind which could blow the boat away from ...


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I want to have a six pack but I absolutely hate cardio. There’s a lot more that goes into achieving “six pack” abs than just doing cardio. Genetics, diet, and training consistency play a big role. If you do not have the genetic propensity for a six pack, you can certainly improve on what you do have by mixing cardio with strength training. First, ...


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Cardio is not necessary for anything. It's just good for you (up to a certain point). Apart from that, it burns calories so usually people use it when they're trying to lose weight. If you're trying to gain weight but still want to take advantage of the benefits of cardio that Sid pointed out, simply eat more so that the calories you burn doing cardio won't ...


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The differences between a low-intensity cardio session and a high-intensity cardio-session are fairly minimal for the average person. A low-intensity cardio session would be something like walking, whereas a high-intensity cardio session would be something like running. When you work out, and any-time really, your body burns fat and carbs to provide you ...


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I agree with the first comment to your question, check with a doctor first and get a checkup (gotta make sure your body can handle the stress of exercise). Assuming you are OK'ed by the doctor, 4k in 20 minutes within a 90 day timespan seems quite impossible. However, I have no idea about your past physical fitness but given the asthma and other problems I ...



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