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Nov
21
comment Bend knees when stretching hamstrings?
Also see fitness.stackexchange.com/questions/576/…. The answer and video address the different portions of the hamstrings and how to stretch them.
Sep
22
comment Playing squash, but overweight, what I should watch out for?
@Elio, you are welcome. Hope you enjoy playing squash!
Sep
16
comment Wide-grip pull ups or bent over rows for correcting computer posture?
@JohnP, yes I get that the question was this or that, but I don't think posture can fully be corrected by working on only on piece of the puzzle. I have found Tom Myer's work in Anatomy Trains to be very useful in thinking of the body in 3D, connected terms. Re: this question, although helpful, neither exercise alone will necessarily give the desired results imo. This tnation article gives some nice additional exercises and includes a look at the hips in relationship to slumped shoulders.
Sep
16
comment Wide-grip pull ups or bent over rows for correcting computer posture?
Also see, I have extremely bad posture, what can I do for additional overall posture info.
Sep
16
comment Wide-grip pull ups or bent over rows for correcting computer posture?
@JohnP, I agree that the hunch has shoulder and pectoral components, as well as weakened, lengthened upper back muscles, but with any postural fault the whole body needs to be considered. For some, poor sitting posture starts with "sitting on the sacrum" instead of the ischial tuberosities, sometimes caused by tight hamstrings. Abdominals in this case are shortened and weakened. The effect of different standing and sitting postures on trunk muscle activity includes lumbopelvic muscle activity in slumped sitting incl. obliques, multifidi
Sep
12
comment How to measure balance?
@user17944 Thanks and welcome!
Sep
8
comment Shortage of breath - is this a sign of overtraining
These are good questions for your doctor. Because you have noticed a change and have felt shortness of breath, faint and dizzy, your best course is to have your doctor check you out to be safe, before you resume exercise. Your doctor will then make appropriate recommendations.
Sep
6
comment What kind of exercises can I do to strengthen my back?
Basic postural exercises are covered in this posture question. You can easily take some resistance bands with you when you travel. After you have the basics, you can add reverse hyper-extensions for lumbar paraspinals assuming you don't have a back condition that is a contraindication to hyperextension.
Sep
3
comment What does it mean if I burn more calories than I intake?
Before I stressed too much over calories and fat grams, I would concentrate on eating a balance of nutritious foods: veggies, proteins/fats - fish, chicken, meat etc., and some fruits. We don't cover diets on this site, but many weight loss programs start with lowering your carbohydrate intake (pizza, chips, bread, sugars). This q/a covers some basics about getting back in shape to help you get started. And no need for weight loss supplements. Good luck.
Aug
31
comment Workout using only dumbbells to burn fat and build muscles?
I agree with kettlebells, but I would not recommend an ab wheel to someone just starting out. Without a strong core and shoulders, the ab wheel can create injuries.
Aug
20
comment want to lose weight!
Also, fitness.stackexchange.com/questions/13255/…
Aug
16
comment Knee Injury Recovery (possibly MCL)
You could probably save some time by seeing a sports physical therapist to find out what is going on with your knee. They'll evaluate your knee and give you specific exercises.
Aug
12
comment Is it okay to swim in the middle of a lake?
@Jim, the boat arrived on shore with no one on board. As we walked up the beach we saw a mast in the distance, sticking up above a very concerned crowd who had called the Coast Guard.
Aug
6
comment Is it time for me to get serious about losing weight? (pics)
@Hituptony, the point is that my answer is "clear and accurate" and will be of benefit to Livingtitan should he follow the links and recommendations. If you want or need understanding of the proper use and application of BMI, I refer you to the CDC, WHO, and NIH. Any further questions or comments should probably be moved to chat.
Aug
5
comment Is it time for me to get serious about losing weight? (pics)
@Livintitan, hopefully this is your wake up call. You can get help here along the way as you have more questions. Also, the NIH has some info to help you get started with a weight loss plan.
Aug
5
comment Is it time for me to get serious about losing weight? (pics)
@Hituptony, I am aware of the pluses and minuses of BMI. However, the photos posted seem to confirm that in this case there is a correlation between the BMI value and "fatness." I read the article that you linked too, but I didn't find reference links to back up conclusion such as, "mathematical snake oil" and "That's total nonsense."
Jul
30
comment What causes fatigue and light head when running?
Have you checked with you doctor? The first step is to get medical clearance for exercise. There can be a number of causes of feeling lightheaded and having burning feet. Because these occur during your run, not just after your run, you would be better off checking with your doctor. If everything checks out ok, then you can modify you eating schedule, hydration, and monitor your heart rate/exertion levels.
Jul
21
comment warming up to increase splits
Here is a good place to start your research fitness.stackexchange.com/questions/12813/…
Jul
14
comment Muscle groups for different exercises
ExRx is a good place to look up specific muscle groups for each exercise.
Jul
6
comment What can I do to improve my eating and exercise habits, in order to be more healthy?
You are welcome. As you develop your plan, you will have more questions. Check the search box and if you don't find what you need, just ask. Good luck. You are lucky that you are starting young as these changes are good for a lifetime.