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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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Is there any scientific info about effects of air pollution during exercise?

In my city, some advocacy groups are raising awareness about the dangers of vehicle exhaust nearby parks and other places where people exercise. However, we couldn't get to "the heart" of the body of ...
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How serious are the dangers to rapid weight loss?

I started getting serious about weight loss recently and have reduced my calorie intake somewhat significantly. I've been doing this for about 6 weeks now and the results have been very satisfying. ...
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Can I run barefeet on asphalt?

Can I run barefoot on asphalt concrete to the nearest park (1km) without damaging my feet? I'd do this every other day. I've been running 2-5km three times a week for a year running barefeet, except ...
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Is rucking (running with weight in backpack) a bad idea?

I started practicing medieval full contact, which means I have to fight for several minutes in a 30kg++ steel armour. For me to be physically fit for this sport, I decided (among other things) to ...
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Can I hurt myself or my heart by running too hard or in bad weather conditions?

I've been running for about 10 months now, started in January, when it was about -15 °C outside. Over the time, I managed to lose about 15kg and improved my running a lot, but I always come across the ...
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Are there health risks associated with protein shakes? [closed]

Browsing the web I found the following image: Seems that lots of them have heavy metals in them. Questions: What are the consequences, if any, of consumption over the years of these supplements? (...
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Weight gained using GOMAD strategy

@DaveLiepmann recommended drinking one gallon of milk a day for gaining quick mass. It does look like a good idea as it is discussed on stronglifts as well. But another article suggested it is not ...
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Slow Pulse Question

I have an extremely slow resting pulse. It is not uncommon for it to be around 50. Last night it was around 45. I know that super athletes have a slow resting pulse, but I wouldn't class myself as one ...
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Is there any way I can convince companies I'm in great shape, despite my BMI results?

I'm currently 5'9", 262.8 at last weight in (about 10 days ago). I'm still cutting, by no means am I 'obese', although that's what my BMI says. I have plenty muscle mass, but to be honest I could ...
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Fiber Menace - How scientific is this book? [closed]

After drastically increasing my fiber intake for nearly a month at the suggestion of family members via breads, fruits, vegetables, and juices, I ran into constipation so severe that I was unable to ...
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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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Kung Fu + Gym = Bad Idea?

I've been regularly going to the gym around 3 - 5 times a week. I do not do crazy workout like some other people. I only do resistance training enough to may be build some muscle in a few months. I ...
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Is running with hand weights a bad idea?

I've heard that running with weights is a bad idea. Most of what I've read online (for example, this) seems to suggest unequivocally that weights on your legs are a serious health risk, but there ...
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Do high protein diets pose any serious risk to health? [closed]

Are there any substantiated health risks to a high protein, low-carb diet?
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Are commonly-accepted health risks of steroids real?

I recently watched Bigger Stronger Faster, a documentary on steroid use, and was struck by their claim that commonly accepted health risks are not proven and seem to mostly be accepted because of ...
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What are the health risks for children under 18 of going to a gym?

When I went to a gym to pick up a membership form, they gave me a parental consent form as well. I understand that means there is some risk attached to going to a gym for children. Aside from ...
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What risks from fitness are there to people with myopia?

I have a myopia and my eye glasses are usually from -3 to -4 diopters. I jog every morning on an asphalt covering (see my question) and do kickboxing, and in the next year i plan to start lifting ...
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Is it fine to train in the sauna?

If I train in sauna for something like Maraton des Sables, can this have side effects on the long run? What about steam room? By training, I mean stretching, push-ups, squats, abs - aprox 10 reps ...
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Could juggling heavy balls hurt the body?

I'm thinking about juggling heavy balls as part of my workout routine. Could the frequent impacts of juggling balls up to 1 kg every other day hurt my muscles or tendons? Assume that I'm of average ...
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Does bodybuilding make you shorter?

When you lift a lot your intervertebral disks get smaller because of the pressure and destruction caused be too much pressure. Also, you loose the body fat surrounding many of your organs and the fat ...
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Can hyperventilating increase lung capacity or fitness?

I recently asked about underwater swimming and the topic of hyperventilating came up. If I do a 5 minute session of hyperventilating twice a week prior to swimming is this likely to have any ...
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Stair climbing for an obese man

One of my friends is over 222 lb. He is a bit lazy to go to gym; so, I suggested he do stair climbing at home. He agreed to the idea at first but then told me it might be harmful given his weight. So ...
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Physical fitness and bronchitis

Background I have bronchitis (both asthmatic and allergic). I'm allergic to pollen (among other things) and live in a place surrounded by lots of trees, plants and flowers. I love being outside: ...
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Is physical exercise bad for myopic patients?

I have myopia and my glasses are -6.50(spherical),-0.75 (Cyl) [Right eye] and -6.00(sph), -1.50(cyl) [left eye]. I am a 23 years old man. I do physical exercises like push ups, sit ups, crunching, ...
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How to choose a treadmill for a Walking Desk aka Treadmill Desk

These might be the characteristics of a decent treadmill for running: powerful motor max speed. The more, the better. hydraulic incline adjustment weight of the device. 70kg unit will be, on average, ...
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Can repeated hyperventilation change the setpoint for oxygen sensitivity?

In recent years, breath-hold diving as a competitive sport has developed tremendously. I'm interested in generally understanding the consequences of training for maximum breath hold times on a person'...
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What are the dangers of starting cardio as an overweight 25 year old male?

I live a sedentary life. 12 hours+ on the computer, as its my job and I am a gamer. Lately I have been fed up with this lifestyle and have decided to make gradual changes to a healthier state. I ...
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migraine after work out [closed]

Short Question Can moderate (sweating) workout trigger migraine? Details My wife had migraine twice before joining a gym when she was studying in classroom in May 2014 (at a gap of 2+ weeks) and then ...
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Ensuring Physical Health while sat idle most of the day

I spend a good portion of my day sat in a office chair. I have heard from various sources about the importance of breaks for eyestrain and physical wellbeing. With that in mind, how often should I ...
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Need a solution to help keep my run training program going!

All the hindrances involved in a training program for running during the summer I've been able to get around to some degree expect for one. A heat index of +90 deg F for nearly every run is taking a ...
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Should I stay away from racing long distances if my main concern is health?

I've read somewhere that ultra running is bad for your body, and that even marathons take their toll. Does this mean that if I don't care about the glory of finishing marathons and ultramarathons I ...
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Healthy Resting Heart Rate

I've read that a normal resting heart rate is anywhere from 60-100 BPM, which is a huge, unhelpful range. The charts I've seen seem to contradict this normal range, where they say that a RHR in the ...
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When following a fitness program, and missing a few days due to sickness, what's the best course of action?

I've been doing the Insanity Beachbody series of workouts, and, near the end of week three, had to take a 5 day downtime due to a severe flu. I spent most of the 5 days in bed, and got little movement,...
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HIIT vs steady state: long term health effects

Most articles nowadays seem to favor High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) compared to Steady State Cardio (SS), for various reasons like faster fat loss and getting higher levels of cardio fitness ...
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Effect of band around arms when bench pressing

I worked out with some guys at my gym last night that introduced me to wearing a band just above the elbows (on the humerus) Below is a picture that partially resembles how I wore the band. Imagine ...
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Unplanned Achievement - Lost ~72.8 lbs (33 kg) But Was It The Correct Way Of Doing It? Not Exactly But Lessons Learned!

Before reading further, I want to make the following disclaimer: My casual experience of losing weight documented below is strictly not for everyone and should not be treated as an advice until ...
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Bench pressing when your feet are not touching the ground: dangerous? Risks?

I recently bought a cheap bench and just set it up. You get what you pay for I guess: the construction is quite flimsy. Furthermore the bench seems just a bit too high off the ground. As such when I ...
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How harmful is the sun in a late afternoon to a run?

I live in a hot and humid climate (Tel Aviv), and usually I run at night. But some days I have plans in the evening, and my only chance to get a run in is by starting at around six, six-thirty (which ...
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Prolonged sitting is bad; so is prolonged standing. But what about regularly shifting between the two?

Prolonged sitting is bad, the same goes for standing. Okay, how about regularly shifting between the two by some given intervals, is that still bad?
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Non-Dairy Protein Powder (And Some Concerns)

Not sure where to post this (here or the Vegan page, but since it's about weight lifting, I'll start here:) So I know it's been asked a lot, but I have some slightly different information that I ...
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Neck circles during warm up / neck circles during dancing, healthy, unhealthy, proof?

I was reading here: https://sequencewiz.org/2014/03/11/neck-circles-can-compress-cervical-nerves-cause-issues/ I remember well that I was educated as well in high school, to not do neck circles. My ...
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How long to wait before heavy morning workout

A physical therapist told me that one should walk and stand for at least an hour before a heavy morning workout - 95% of 1RM squats and deadlifts included - because the spinal discs need time to ...
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Is running in smog a risk factor for developing asthma?

In some parts of the world smog is common year round. Should running outside be avoided in these areas? I prefer to run outside and have no health problems but am concerned about exposing my child to ...
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Exercising in the gym and asthma

i'm a 23 years old male with asthma ( the main allergens being dust and acaris).My condition has been quite stable for some years now since i don't get attacks at all and i can pretty much function ...
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Eating too many nuts for weight gain

I plan on eating at least 100-200g of mixed nuts (peanuts, cashews, almonds, etc.) everyday (on top of regular diet) for the purpose of gaining weight. I was wondering, can eating too much nuts cause ...
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Running during COVID Pandemic Situation? [closed]

I used to run and I enjoyed it a lot. I also practice calisthenics: push ups, pull ups, dips, etc. During this pandemic situation I have kind of stopped running, and diminished my workouts a lot (I ...
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How to design a workout for someone with hypertension?

One of my family members suffers from hypertension. This person is generally concerned about their health, and has agreed to commit to a workout regimen. The doctors have not raised any flags about ...
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Use of hot belts for weight loss

There are a lot of hot belt available in the market which claims that by wearing such belt one can loose weight and make himself good looking and physically fit by pressing abdomen in. They explain ...
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Is it true that going up multiple steps is harmful?

Once in a week I make a 2.5 hours walk that in the middle of it there is a few hundred steps up. A friend of mine (that has nothing to do with fitness) just told me recently that upclimbing steps is ...