Questions tagged [exercise]

Making one's body work. Includes walking, jogging, running, lifting weights, playing sports, cycling and any active play. The opposite of watching TV.

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How to benefit from exercise without any lasting damage?

I posted Why is exercise good for you? But I wanted to dig a little deeper into one specific point. I can grasp the concept that the body responds to the microdamage of exercise by building up the ...
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As a beginner, should I match breathing to exercise or exercise to breathing?

I started light exercises in Ring Fit Adventure to get rid of some of corona-fat and rebuild stamina lost during chain of medical stuff. Its going well however I can't match breath-in breath-out tempo ...
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Why is exercise good for you?

I'm willing to accept the common wisdom that exercise is good for you. But at the same time, I wonder how this can be true. Man-made objects tend to wear out faster with more use. For example, if you ...
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Recommendation for exercises one can do during Shin splints

Please recommend some exercises which I can do if I've got shin splints. I want to keep my body fit during my recovery, so any exercise is a welcome. I don't have access to a pool or a bicycle so that ...
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Do muscles deform bones?

I remember reading about bones can have their shape deformed by muscles pulling on them. also this website suggets that bones along the shaft get wider and thicker These forces squash, twist and bend ...
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Replacing top poly exercises because of herniated discs

I have herniated discs at the bottom of my back. I can't do OHP, or even horizontal unilateral dumbells rowing from now. I can't do kettlebell flexion of my top body for side abs for example. I think ...
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Maintaining muscle with indirect work

Let's says a beginner builds a big chest from horizontal movements and then switches to vertical movements only. Would the chest atrophy or maintain it's strength and size? Or vice versa, if someone ...
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Are bench dips a good option to get beginners used to full-depth dips?

Many people get shoulder or chest pain when doing dips without experience. Are bench dips a good preparation exercise for beginners? Do they help reduce injuries and discomfort when doing dips? ...
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How much back work is required to counter-act high volumes pressing

What is the minimum amount of scapular work one needs, in order to maintain good posture when doing extremely high pressing volume, considering one starts with a back strength on elite level and a ...
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How much time does it take to learn a planche?

I can do 1 controlled negative planche on the ground and 4 push ups in advanced tucked planche with straight legs pointing down and horizontal torso on dip bars. In how much time should I be able to ...
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Which body-weight exercise stresses the largest number of muscles?

If we have to make a list of the body-weight exercises to see which is best based on only two factors— which causes hypertrophy of the greatest number of different muscles which is difficult for ...
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What exercises to do for posterior chain if I have shin splints?

What exercises can I do for my posterior chain if I have shin splints? Can I squat or deadlift?
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Slow training versus Explosive training

super slow lifting is superior Two studies were done with untrained men (N= 65) and women (N= 82),(mean age= 53.6) who trained two to three times per week for eight to 10 weeks on a 13 exercise ...
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Can you be good both at cycling and running?

In a chat group of a local cycling community a hot debate arose about running. This is something that most cyclists shun greatly and few can manage it for a few kilometers. Personally I can run for a ...
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Abs exercises for abs with no contact between back and surface

I made lots of abs exercises in order to strengthen my abs and make it 6 packs. Unfortunately, I injured my back while doing the exercises. I would to know if there are any exercises that can be done ...
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Normal push-ups versus cross push-ups

How do normal push-ups compare with push-ups with the arms in a cross position? I am guessing that it produces less hypertrophy because the range of motion is way shorter, but I want experts' opinions....
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Back lever, what muscles does it work?

So back levers are kind of basic bodyweight exercises, not to the level of doing a push... Where most people who never trained in their entire life can still pull off a few push ups...but usually only ...
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Do muscles atrophy and grow linearly, exponentially or depreciatively or possibly like a bell curve? Also same question but for fitness [closed]

runners, lifters, scientists, engineers, geeks, gamers, casuals. I am asking the following: "Do muscles atrophy and grow linearly, exponentially or depreciatively or possibly like a bell curve? ...
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Is the glute max the only muscle activated during the pigeon hip extension?

So I have trouble activating the glute max on the left hip. For example when I do the donkey kick exercise with the right hip I can feel the glute max activating, and I also can squeeze it. But on the ...
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What to do when you’ve never done anything before?

Having never been to a gym, not participated in sport for 20+ years and now feeling a need to get physically feed what the hell do I do? I am a 35yo + 16st 6ft 3 male who probably doesn’t look ...
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Doctor Joel Seedman and Pulse\Speed training

If speed is dependant on force as Newton's first law of motion suggests then shouldn't training with no weights by moving limbs at really high speed be as effective as moving heavy weights at a slower ...
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How to learn to do 'big toe taps' excercise?

I hope someone here can answer this question. This excercise is described almost in all running books. It is very good for foot coordination and strengthening. Very good excercise for runners. The ...
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Pedometer syncing with phone

I'm trying to find a pedometer—a small device that can fit into my pocket, or a shoe, but preferably not in my hand or around my wrist—that will be able to keep track of my steps seamlessly when I ...
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What is a set in weekly volume?

If one performs multiple "rounds" with only 30 to 60 seconds of rest, are they considered to be different sets or just one really big set? What about 15 seconds of rest, or 120 seconds of rest? Where ...
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Do some exercises cause injuries? Or is lack of strength the cause of injuries?

When comparing gymnastics leg training to barbell training one assumes that sissy squats cause more injuries. I believe this idea was born from the youtuber Athlean-X, also known as the most famous ...
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On what exactly are current exercise recommendations based?

WHO, CDC and such all recommend the same thing which is 75 min a week of vigorous exercice minimum + 2 weight-lifting sessions. In the UK the NHS recommends the same, I suppose we find the same in ...
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Slimming down big muscular (upper) legs

I am a short guy with pretty big legs, mainly the upper legs. In general I don't have a lot of body fat but the legs do have some body fat. My question is how to target these so that they slim down a ...
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How can I cool down fast after an outdoor workout in a hot & humid climate?

I live in a tropical city, and with treadmills in air-conditioned gym off limits due to Covid, I've recently taken up predawn jogging. However, while the jog itself is still tolerable, after I stop ...
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When and how often should I train my core/abs?

About me I'm 16, 181 cm. I don't really know the max weight I can lift, because I only have 5 kg dumbells at home. Can do 7-9 pull-ups. For the past two or so months I have been training at home ...
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How to use abs when they have never been properly used before?

I'm quite confident that I have never used my abdominal muscles in a correct manner, at least consciously. I've always done my sit-ups and crunches using my back to do the work - and can only do few ...
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List of indoor exercises, which doesn't require any tools, and affects the whole body

I have a simple request, I want a list of exercises which I can do in my room, and doesn't require any tools, and will affect the whole body. I only want to be physically stronger to a point where I ...
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How do I avoid this physique? Any exercises I should do/not do?

This is not me. But a LOT of dudes at my gym look like this, and honestly, I want to avoid ending up with a similar physique. In particular, I feel like there's some disproportionately sized arms ...
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Looking for a replacement excercise for hamstring curl/glute ham raise

I'm in the process of transitioning to a new powerlifting routine that prescribes either hamstring curls or glute-ham-raises as an accessory exercise. Those make perfect sense and would address some ...
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How important is exercise quality

Inspired by this post: Can I get an honest review about my workout plan? I am mainly trying to improve overall health. I'm not training for any particular goal. I only wish to get/stay healthy. I ...
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What percent of mucle growth is possible without steroids consumption? [duplicate]

I am interested to know, if someone does bodybuilding exercises with good rest, enough protein, high presure workout, etc, but without consuming any steroids, how much of muscle gorwth is possible for ...
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Overactivity in one muscle of the agonist-antagonist pair and eventual desirability in athletes

I used to be an amateur athlete until I was 16 and I was diagnosed with brain cancer in which case I was left wheelchair-bound because of paresis in my left leg and inability to step on it. I was left ...
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Is it healthy to climb upstairs 9 storeys everyday?

My office is at the 9th floor. While everyone uses the elevator, I thought of using the stars instead. Is it a healthy choice to climb up 9 storeys everyday with the following conditions? Each floor ...
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Exercises and diets to reduce waist & chest size [duplicate]

I have bigger tummy and male boobs. I'm ready to follow some serious diet and I can spend 2 hours for gym exercise. When I was searching for diets. I feel Keto or Paleo diet can help me I guess. ...
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Reliable way to know what muscles are hit during each exercise?

I have installed many apps and searched the web, however, I can't find reliable information about which muscles are hit during each exercise. Some apps claim that exercises like pullovers hit only ...
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Does over-exercising reduce muscle gain?

I know that over-exercising can have psychological effects and cause you to become more stressed or get a lack of sleep. However, are there actually any physical disadvantages to over-exercising. ...
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Does a paper round count as exercise?

I do a paper round every week and deliver 245 papers. I carry a heavy bag full of newspapers and pull a trolley full of newspapers. I am constantly moving between houses. Sometimes I run, jog or walk ...
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I don't think I can lose fat

Okay, so my title was probably exaggerating. However, I have a variety of questions regarding physical fitness that I would love to be answered! I am an 18-year-old university student studying ...
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Should you exercise your whole body or can you just focus on certain areas?

I am trying to build muscle and I want to focus on increasing the size of my thighs and glutes and possibly slim down my waist. However, I was wondering whether I should exercise other parts of my ...
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Does intermittent fasting (e.g., time-restricted) without calorie reduction/increase make it easier or more difficult to gain muscles when exercising?

Does intermittent fasting (e.g., time-restricted such as 16-hour fasting and 8-hour eating windows) without calorie reduction/increase make it easier or more difficult to gain muscles when exercising?...
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Is it safe to exercise barefoot?

I don’t like to wear shoes in-house. Is it safe to exercise barefoot on carpet? What if I use a thin mattress on top of the carpet? What about HIIT exercises like https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
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Working out with a shorter left forearm and malformed hand

Here are pictures of my right and left hands (in order): My right arm is generally normal except the hand, though the elbow motion is somewhat limited compared to normal people. (I can’t bend it ...
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Is it ok to sleep right after the exercise in the morning?

I am a working professional staying with wife and a 2 yr old kid. My wife has to go to Yoga at 5-7 AM in the morning which, in order to stay with sleeping kid, makes me to wake up at 4 for my exercise ...
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Why do women have more lower body strength than upper body strength

Do not talk about men. I would just like to know why women have more lower body strength than they do in their upper body. Is it because women's' hips tend to be wider because of childbirth? What is ...
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Can exercises help relax your muscles?

I have heard that there are eye relaxation exercises, and some other muscle relaxation exercises, however exercising requires the use of energy, how is this possible? Links: (https://www.zeiss.com/...
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Longer time to stand up from left Crossed Leg Sit crossed leg

Why does it take me a long time to stand up from a Crossed Leg Sit when my left leg is behind than my right leg behind (see linked video)? Does it relate to the mind or to the physical leg muscle?

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