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Why is exercise good for you?

You hit on some common misconceptions, but you also hit on some truths. For instance, you compare the human body to inanimate objects with respect to damage, but you also accurately point out that ...
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How long would it take for a skinny man to get fit and 6 pack?

What does it mean to be fit? From the starting point of a 50kg man, I consider fit to include gaining quite a lot of weight, mostly muscle correcting most, if not all, posture imperfections and ...
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Can you be good both at cycling and running?

Can one be good at both? There is a reasonable correlation between run and bike speed for athletes who do both, so if you are good at one there's a reasonable chance you could be good at the other. ...
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What is wrong with CrossFit?

The biggest problem with Crossfit really isn't Crossfit. It's the licensing model, and how quickly someone with no prior experience training people can open up their own Crossfit gym (or box as they ...
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Re: Touching your toes (not mentioned in 30)

Being able to touch the toes depends mainly on two things: hamstring flexibility body proportions (relative length of legs, torso, and arms) It is not possible to change body proportions, so, to ...
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Can you be good both at cycling and running?

I have been running for more than a decade. In 2018, I accepted a challenged to complete a sprint triathlon. I borrowed a CX bike and started training. My only previous bike experience was riding ...
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Can you be good both at cycling and running?

As @thosphor pointed out in comments, the very existence of the sport of triathlon proves that it's possible to be good in up to three endurance sports simultaneously. Thus, with respect to the OP, ...
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No gain after 4 months of continuous excercise

First of all, you're not working out the other half of your body...your legs. When you're a natural lifter (no anabolic supplements like 90% of the instagram and gym rat population), the most ...
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Do double-chin reduction exercises work?

A double-chin is a collection of fat, so in order to get rid of it, you need to reduce the amount of fat. Now, there is no way to target where you want to burn fat. You burn it all over your body, or ...
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Does massaging the muscle help relieve delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS)?

You hit on an important distinction between pain and recovery. Massage may very well make you feel less pain, but that does not mean it will improve your recovery. Many immediately jump to "At least ...
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Specific exercises to cure anxiety

There's a lot of data to support exercise contributing to better physical health and mental health. A 2005 study from Brazil targeted the elderly, and states: Comparing the groups after the study ...
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Walking to lose weight - what should I expect?

Diet. Don't fall for the BS low-carb, only eat watermelon on a full moon, except when dark chocolate has been conjured by a sorcerer diet. Those diet systems might work, but they're hard to sustain ...
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How to reduce body fat?

You reduce body fat by being in a caloric deficit (burning more calories than you eat/drink). You build muscle by having a positive nitrogen balance (usually by having enough protein in your system). ...
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Why does my belly stick out so much when I am relaxed but have a six pack when I am flexing?

When you relax, all the fat is falling down to your lower belly, and stretching the skin out and away from abdominal muscles. When you flex, the fat gets spread out over a larger surface area, ...
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Reliable way to know what muscles are hit during each exercise?

You're probably finding conflicting information because assessing whether an exercise works a specific muscle is not a binary question, as muscles can be involved to different degrees, and so it comes ...
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Why is exercise good for you?

This is an interesting question that had me thinking for a while. It's difficult to answer "why" exactly, other than saying "it is that way", so I'll try to describe the need for ...
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What are the correct names of these deadlift exercises?

The first is a dumbbell deadlift. This should be considered to be analogous to a trap bar deadlift, since the absence of a bar in front of the shins means that forward knee travel is unrestricted, as ...
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Push-ups at the office, more often or more at once?

Go to one-handed desk pushups. Spread your legs a little more and leave the supporting hand off-centre: you will get a more intense workout, building strength in the arms and adding some additional ...
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Will Pilates kill my gains?

1) Will pilates kill my gains? Because I have heard that in your rest days, you have to sit still. Otherwise, you will kill your gains. Generally on your rest days you want active rest. As such, ...
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Exercise ideas for 400 pound double leg amputee

It's important to get a good start and make yourself feel good about your weight loss project. The most important part of weight loss is eating fewer calories than before, it's much, much more ...
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What is the healthiest sets/reps?

There is no set/rep scheme for overall health. That's like asking which computer mouse best prevents cancer. If you want functional strength, do functional exercises. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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10,000 Steps a day rule, what science is it based on?

There is nothing scientific why one would walk 10.000 steps over let's say, 8.000 steps or 12.000 steps. It dates back to somewhere in the 1960s, by a company in Japan. They created a product which ...
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Is circuit training superior to conventional weight training?

I found these two studies: (1) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21659889 finds that circuit training (given the same volume, but less time), is indeed superior: same strength gains, more fat loss,...
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Does over-exercising reduce muscle gain?

Does over-exercising reduce muscle gain? Will over-exercising affect results when exercising for muscle gain? Will over-exercising deplete your energy levels and render you unable to exercise to your ...
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What is the best time for "me" to exercise?

There really isn't a convenient time to workout no matter who you are. It's a lot of work, you get sweaty, you need to change your clothes, and it usually involves going somewhere other than your home ...
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What can I do to stay fit in the car?

I am rather convinced that there is nothing productive to do relating to fitness while actually driving. For the duration they're going to be sitting in a bad position, they're going to be slightly ...
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What physical endurance exercise can I fit into a 5-minute routine without any equipment?

What not to do First off, if you're doing situps on the floor, stop it immediately. Floor situps are harmful for your back, and provide little to no effect in terms of abdominal muscle growth. While ...
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What are the target muscles of kettlebell swings

Performing a proper two-hand kettlebell swing is a whole-body workout as opposed to isolating single muscles. However, the main muscles that go into swinging a bell are glutes, hamstrings, lower back +...
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