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Jul
13
comment Building lower body strength using a stationary bike?
Thinking about specificity of exercise, it depends on your strengthening goals. For functional activities in everyday life, squats would be for appropriate and includes more muscles. Although this q/a deals with different muscles, it addresses the concept of specificity of exercise including: the muscle(s) and position(s) where strength is needed, as well as the type of contraction needed for the the task or goal.
Jul
13
comment Is it literally possible to strengthen the fingers directly through finger exercises, or are they in conjunction with the hands mainly?
"All of the muscles that control your fingers are in your forearms. The few muscles in your hand control just your thumb." Although this may be practical as it relates to grip and weight lifting, this is not completely accurate, esp. with fine motor control. For accuracy, you may want to include the intrinsic muscles - the interossei, lumbricals, and the hypothenar muscles in addition to the thumb or thenar muscles.
Jul
8
comment Any exercises to strengthen and lift foot arches?
This q/a has links to exercises for the arch such as towel pleats and toe raises. Also, you may need to include stretching exercises along with myofascial work for muscle or myofascial tightness of the foot, lateral leg and even the hip to improve the balance of the foot and arch.
Jul
6
comment Developing a training routine outside the gym
3 thoughts: 1. Consider warming up before stretching or doing dynamic warm ups. 2. Consider abdominal exercises rather than crunches/sit-ups. 3. Because you work long hours at a desk, check out this postural exercise question.
Jul
6
comment Developing a training routine outside the gym
2 thoughts: consider warming up before stretching
Jul
6
comment Safe training regime to work towards center and front splits
Also see @Dave's answer referencing Tom Kurz, Stretching Scientifically. If splits are a goal of yours, this book will give you information on how to proceed.
Jul
6
comment How to exercise muscles that are prone to strains?
Nice having a physical therapist in the family. Just make sure she really takes a good look at you, not just a casual discussion. Good luck.
Jul
4
answered How to exercise muscles that are prone to strains?
Jun
30
comment Should I be building strength if I have very tense back/shoulder muscles?
You say our physio has you doing stretches. Do they also have you doing exercises to strengthen the lower traps and rhomboids that you say are weak? You may find some posture info here, but it is best to go by what your physio says.
Jun
21
comment How do I keep my running form up with a broken toe?
Does deep water pool running hurt? Stationary cycling can help you keep up your cardio fitness if you can pedal without it aggravating the toe.
Jun
21
comment Dealing with jet lag when travelling internationally for a marathon?
Try to get yourself on the new time zone sleep schedule as soon as possible. The more time zones you change, the longer it takes (about 1 day of recovery per time zone). Traveling East to West for me is much harder than West to East due to lost sleep.
Jun
21
comment Beginner in physical fitness, need tips and advices
James, you are very welcome. With all the fitness info out there just getting started can be daunting. I'm happy I could help. As for 3,4,5,6 - they can all be done in parallel. 7,8 would come after you feel comfortable that you have a good basis. Best of luck and enjoy.
Jun
19
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Jun
19
answered Beginner in physical fitness, need tips and advices
Jun
18
answered What is a good metric for defining an ideal weight?
Jun
18
comment What is a good metric for defining an ideal weight?
How to measure body fat percentage.
Jun
15
comment Pre-workout - static vs dynamic stretches
fitness.stackexchange.com/questions/2847/… or fitness.stackexchange.com/questions/455/… and fitness.stackexchange.com/questions/8262/… are good q/a to take a look at for lots of info on stretching.
Jun
14
comment Natural Running - less injuries or not
The only conclusive research as to whether or not natural running will improve or aggravate your shin splints and/or plantar fascitis is to conduct research on you. This q/a is about ITB pain, but includes info on research comparing different styles of running that found, "Overall, runners who reported utilizing a more anterior footstrike pattern reported fewer injuries than rearfoot striking runners." And "Experienced minimalist runners reported fewer overall injuries."
Jun
12
comment Hip stretches - recover from piriformis syndrome and hard gluteal muscles
Yes it is easier said than done! I saw more than one therapist. However, having found a good sports medicine doctor and a physio who does needling, I'm sure you are in an area where you can find a good manual therapist. In the U.S. look for a physical therapist with the letters OCS for orthopedic specialist. Other countries have other manual therapy or orthopedic certifications. As for Anatomy Trains myofascial work, they have a practitioners map: anatomytrains.com/practitioners Good luck.
Jun
11
answered Hip stretches - recover from piriformis syndrome and hard gluteal muscles