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Dr. Stuart McGill, who that article sites, is probably the worlds leading expert on back health and abdominal strength. He has stated quite adamantly that sit-ups and crunches are unsafe for the back, so if you are looking to minimise your risk of lower back pain and injury I'd be inclined to agree with everything he has to say on the matter. One of McGills ...


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Unfortunately, for sake of a good answer, this could be so many different things. I'll try to highlight/mention as many as I can. To start, my best advice would talking with a good MD and ask about blood testing. That being said when the results come back I would recommend asking lots of questions and even consider having multiple MD's look at the results ...


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Some exercise is indeed better than no exercise. Calisthenics would be a fine choice, as would yoga, dumbbell work, running, or some combination of those options. Anything is better than nothing. If you have half an hour, then twenty minutes of yoga to limber up before doing a bunch of push-ups, air squats, and pull-ups would probably hit the spot. If you ...


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The problem is that the toe nail is too long and the toe box of the shoe is too small. This means that the nail is constantly banged into the wall of the shoe. This physical trauma eventually causes the nailbed to lose adhesion with the nail and the nail will fall off. Fix: Make sure that your shoes fit and that the toe box is roomy enough for your toes ...


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When people talk about chocolate as a health food they are usually talking about dark chocolate, and in limited amounts. The current trend in coconut is around coconut water and coconut oil. With respect to dark chocolate, the health benefits in one study for example indicated that "Dark, but not white, chocolate decreases blood pressure and improves ...


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I don't think it will have an adverse affect on your fitness, but it will cause a dip in your energy levels, and make you more likely to reach for the wrong type of foods later, as you will be so hungry. What foods have you tried at lunchtime that are making you sleepy? Pasta, or anything that is too heavy is likely to have this affect. Try A salad, a ...


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Injury sucks and it can never heal quick enough. To let it heal completely, you will need to have patience, though. First of all - and yes, I'm being preachy, bear with me - see a specialist. A trip to your physician is never really wasted time, even if he just tells you to slow down. In the worst case scenario you're really hurt and doing nothing can lead ...


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I notice two omission from the previous well articulated answers: 2 major imbalances in muay thai are: 1) Muay thai is not a seasonal sport like wrestling or baseball -- so there is a time imbalance. There is no off-season, thus no extended unloading phase...there is not a dedicated time to do the basic strength training that @Dave recommends. Often, ...


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Given that the second result for "Xtreme Muscle Pro" in google is for a scam warning site, I'd suggest that even if it is safe, its unlikely to provide the result you need. The key to muscle growth is: Lift weights regularly, eat whole food rich in proteins and vitamins, track your calories and research supplaments if and only if your diet is lacking in ...


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There can be a number of issues at work here, and to really understand what's going on, you'll need to talk to your doctor. It's not normal to always be fatigued in the way you are describing. There are a number of things you need to be asking yourself: Am I sleeping enough? Insufficient sleep causes a multitude of problems including fatigue. NOTE: ...


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HIIT has a positive impact on cholesterol, the full text is at NIH.gov study. The abstract, with some sections highlighted is below: This study examined the impact of an 8-week program of high-intensity interval training on high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), total cholesterol (TC), and the atherogenic index (TC/HDL-C) in 36 untrained men ages ...


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If you're contagious or think you might be, why not just attempt the yoga at your house, and skip the class, and skip possible infection of others.... Also, I'm no doctor, but for sore throats, apple cider vinegar + water + honey = quick fix for sure. Just fast, allow your body to focus on rebuilding your immune system. Do some stretches and yoga, relax, ...


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You are asking about the effects of a sedentary lifestyle. This is certainly related to physical fitness, or rather a lack thereof, contrary to what some of my fellow members here feel. There are a number of physiological adaptations that will result from too much inactivity. I like to say that our bodies are built to be as lazy as possible. Efficiency ...


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When the human body goes from laying prone to standing up there is a rapid, and brief, change in blood pressure. This is the likely cause. Some people are more susceptible than others, and it's called orthostatic hypotension, or sometimes, "vertigo." “He's Dizzy when he Stands Up.” An Introduction to Initial orthostatic Hypotension Orthostatic hypotension ...


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Step 1: consult a doctor to determine: If it's really hemorrhoids The severity if it is And the protocol to remedy it. If the hemorrhoid was caused by lifting, then know it won't get any better if you continue lifting the way you do. You can work through minor hemorrhoids, but refine your technique. Step 2: fix your form You'll find that you need to ...


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What you're going through sounds similar to an experience that I had. I was a college athlete, I played basketball and tennis every day of the week and lifted multiple times a week. I had very bad pain in both of my knees and it was due to tendonitis above and below the knee cap. I was treated for this but the pain consisted. I finally went in and got my ...


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This strategy looks like an emulation of the effect of a slingshot, a device which mainly sees use with people benching heavier weights (300+). I have not used this device, but I've spoken with users and they recommended it, mainly for dealing with shoulder injuries. When a shoulder injury occurs, especially for people benching these sorts of weights, it ...


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A few thoughts... Dehydration is a common trigger, and it's easy for that to happen if you work out for long periods. Milk of magnesia is your friend. It works by changing the osmotic balance of your intestines and keeping more water in the intestinal tract, making things softer. Great when you are having issues. I cycled regularly with hemmorhoids and not ...


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This probably ought to go without saying, but prioritize doctor advice over nostrums offered by coaches, friends, random internet people, etc. There's a lot of confusion out there between "needs supplementation because deficient in this specific nutrient" and "MOAR SUPPLEMENTS! AND GREEN TEA!" Most people are getting sufficient nutrients in their diet and, ...


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Geeky, If you sit all day, you'll develop a big waistline (sources: Live Science, NPR, and US National Library of Medicine). The main way to prevent that is to move around often, even if it's just for a few mins . Many of us are in similar situation as you (sitting for an extended period); so, we have an idea what you are going through. To keep a ...


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Chocolate and coconut do not help or hinder in muscle definition. While they are both nutritious and healthy to be eaten in moderation, they will not assist you in your stated goal. For muscle definition, protein food (and supplements) is your best bet. As long as you exercise the muscles constantly and eat nutritious meals (protein, fibers, fruits, and ...


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The scooped out bagel is the dumbest thing I've ever seen (Why not just cut it in half again instead of scooping out the middle? Are you stuffing it with something after scooping it out?). People are way too concerned with the amount of calories they are eating when they should be concerned about the type of calories they are eating. If you're concerned ...


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I read a study once where balding men were found to have higher testosterone levels than men with a full head of hair. People who take supplements to boost testosterone levels (like Sust 250) report an itchy scalp (it'll freakin drive you crazy, but don't ask me how I know). This has been attributed to the higher testosterone levels that are associated with ...


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I believe that more than anything hair loss is due to genetic predisposition. Whether you are doing body building avidly or not...if you are supposed to lose hair, you will.


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As much as we know about the human body, we know precious little about why and how hair turns grey (or white). The general idea appears to be that the follicles eventually stop producing pigment, leaving the resulting hairs white. When that happens, however, is a pretty complex thing, partly dependent on genetics, partly on environmental factors. A few known ...


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Usually sleeping 8 hours are good for health, but at least 6 hours are compulsory, otherwise you will feel tired after few days and may effect your studies. so sleep at least 6 hours


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The symmetry problem impacts a lot of people. Anyone who has an injury generally only has it on one side of their body (a torn ACL in the right knee, a torn rotator on the left from a couple of years ago, etc). So a lot of standard training paradigms apply to you, as you noted in your question. Barbells are fantastic strength training tools, arguably the ...


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I'll try to put this in layman's terms Cycling uses mostly legs, but running uses almost all the muscles in your body. By cycling, it trains your legs and heart to be able to deliver oxygen to the working muscles. However, it doesn't do too much good with adapting the arms/core as much as running. So when you run, your upper body and core will get tired ...


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I just also recommended 5BX to someone in another thread, Don't be intimidated by the military title and think that it's going to exercise you into the ground very quickly. It has exercises and progressions suitable to everyone from 6 year olds to senior citizens to elite level athletes.


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Have a look at the old and famous 5BX progressive program developed in the 60s by the Royal Canadian Air Force and tested by many during decades. It was ment to keep in shape their staff in all kind of places an situations, by means of a daily 11 min program that could be performed in a dorm. Quoting from its Wikipedia entry: The 5BX Plan is composed of ...



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