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Apr
15
comment Fatigue after a certain amount of reps, no matter what the weight is!
I agree with @Kneel to consult with your doctor. Generally, these descriptions fall out of the norm: "tired, aching" sensation lasts for days or even weeks" with "3 reps without the weight, I'd still get that swollen, tired sensation." I don't think it would be a waste of time to have a check-up to make sure this isn't an early warning of something else.
Apr
9
comment Does someone sell latex-free jump stretch/exercise looped bands?
Interesting that there appears to be so little latex-free under the bands. I did find some tubes using "latex-free resistance tubing" but they aren't the "loop bands" as pictured.
Apr
8
comment Exercises to correct bad shoulder posture
You may want to check some of these exercises for posture. The "wall pec stretch" is effective. However, you can't really just correct part of your posture without addressing your whole body. The forward shoulders and neck may be coming from tightness in your legs, pelvis or trunk.
Mar
7
comment Is HIIT really even a good recommendation for people who aren't acclimated to cardio?
@MikeS, I don't remember saying HIIT is dangerous. It does have some inherent risks. Take sprinting as one example: a couch potato may not have an understanding of basic warm-up/cool down, active vs static stretching, hydration, and/or may not know anything about proper running form. Without previous activity and exercise, muscle weakness is likely. Any and all of the above may predispose a newbie to hamstring pulls or strains, especially with intense or explosive muscle contraction and deceleration required in sprinting. Probably better to continue on chat later.
Mar
6
comment Is HIIT really even a good recommendation for people who aren't acclimated to cardio?
@Jimsan, Thanks, I'm trying to look into studies. I'm hoping someone can make the research process easier as I'm not having luck linking to the actual studies. (And as far as post injury, I think you are wise to be wary. You may find the above study interesting. They used "10-min exercise sessions consisted of low-intensity cycling (60 W) and one (first session) or two (all other sessions) brief ‘all-out’ sprints (10 s in week 1, 15 s in weeks 2–3 and 20 s in the final 3 weeks).)
Mar
6
comment Is HIIT really even a good recommendation for people who aren't acclimated to cardio?
@Mike, I did find an abstract: "Towards the minimal amount of exercise for improving metabolic health : beneficial effects of reduced-exertion high-intensity interval training. / Metcalfe, Richard S; Babraj, John A; Fawkner, Samantha G; Vollaard, Niels B J. In: European Journal of Applied Physiology, Vol. 112, No. 7, 2012, p. 2767-75" on "healthy but sedentary young men and women" using reduced-exertion HIT (REHIT) exercise intervention, but I can't find the full text. Anyone have a link?
Mar
6
comment Is HIIT really even a good recommendation for people who aren't acclimated to cardio?
@Mike, thanks. Would you please include some studies on HIIT sedentary individuals? My familiarity with the research on HIIT has been with highly trained athletes or active young adults using protocols like Tabata and Wingate tests.
Mar
3
comment What do we mean by “aerobic” and “anaerobic”?
@JohnP, well said.
Mar
3
comment What do we mean by “aerobic” and “anaerobic”?
@Jimsan 55, Granted that Wikipedia is not the most accurate source, but it is the value they quote for aerobic exercise. This range would include the "fat burning" and "target heart rate" zones.
Feb
19
comment If I am at risk for health condition caused by overweight/obesity, what's the fastest way to cure myself (reduce weight/fat/etc)?
If you have heart symptoms, you need to get a nutrition, exercise and stress reduction plan from your medical doctor. Ask your doctor for a safe exercise target heart rate so that you exercise safely.
Feb
8
comment How can I fix 'computer body'? Please help
In addition to the daily stretching, you may want to consider some professional body work by a massage therapist or physical therapist who works from an "Anatomy Trains" standpoint. They recognize the connections from your toe to your head by continuous layers of connective tissue (muscle, bones, fascia.) They can also show you how to use a foam roller to address your restrictions.
Feb
4
comment Chest workout to decrease muscular chest pain
I agree with @Lego to get some professional direction. Since your dad sits a lot, you may want to check this posture q/a to see some specific postural exercises.
Jan
28
comment Outdoing years of bad habits and getting into shape
For your posture, this q/a has good exercises and info about improving your postural muscles. This q/a about getting started has some information to help you meet your goals. Congratulations and good luck.
Jan
28
comment Can external rotations help an already torn rotator cuff?
Did your client already have physical therapy? If not, that would be a good place to start. All rotator cuff tears are not equal. The tears can be partial or full thickness. They can involve any or all of the muscles so what works for one does not necessarily work for all.
Jan
10
comment Is this a good at-home exercise routine for a beginner?
The pelvic tilt and heel raise should be safe unless you have a specific problem that prevents you from doing them without discomfort. You may also want to check this q/a for good exercises for desk work. It includes a link to a posture question that addresses muscles that tighten up with prolonged sitting.
Jan
10
comment Squat form: hips and ankles
Flexibility is one consideration. However, bony structure will also determine your positioning.
Dec
31
comment Please advise me on reducing my overweight, I am quite depressed and lost
Also, check this question/answer that addresses exercise and depression to see if this helps.
Dec
27
comment Determining a target for weight loss
What is a good metric for defining an ideal weight should help. Waist measurements are probably the easiest and best related to health. Body fat percentage measurements takes a little more effort but is also better than weight.
Dec
18
comment Healing severe IT Band Issues
You are welcome - hope it helps.
Dec
17
comment Healing severe IT Band Issues
@Jimsan gave you a nice link that includes ITB/TFL stretches, but also includes important strengthening and balance control. This q/a also includes some other intrinsic and extrinsic factors you may need to address like shoes, running surfaces and specific hip muscle weaknesses with a link to a hip strengthening exercise video for ITBS.