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Why does one person have lots of stamina and another doesn't?

Your answer lies in your own question: I'm a bit of a couch potato with a sedentary job, who normally gets out of breath walking up a few flights of stairs. Recently I saw an article on TV about an ...
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Why does one person have lots of stamina and another doesn't?

If you are really interested in the biology behind fitness then I'd suggest reading Dr. Jack Daniel's "Daniel's Running Formula". I'll paraphrase a few of the points you would read there. The goal ...
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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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Why does one person have lots of stamina and another doesn't?

Cardiovascular endurance and general conditioning. Simply put, the body will adapt to whatever your regular activities are. The fuel that you provide your body with also plays a part, but your ...
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Why does one person have lots of stamina and another doesn't?

I'm curious to know what makes him (and the walkers I saw) "fit" - where does his stamina comes from? He was stick thin like me, so I guess muscles don't play a huge role in it. I can only assume it's ...
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Reasons to train lower body

It's important to keep one's legs in good working order for anyone who wants to retain the ability to get out of bed, climb stairs, stand up off the toilet, walk around a hilly neighborhood, run away ...
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How effective are standing desks?

At a first glimpse the standing desks seem like another "improvement" companies throw to an item to make customers upgrade and re-buy the same thing. Essentially it's just a desk, right? That's what I ...
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How effective are standing desks?

A recent meta-analysis of 23 published studies is MacEwen, MacDonald, and Burr, "A systematic review of standing and treadmill desks in the workplace," Preventative Medicine 70(January 2015):50-58. ...
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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 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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Why on Earth do most people enjoy unhealthy food?

We evolved to find calorie-dense foods very tasty, and we don't have taste-receptors for micro-nutrients When humans (and most of their predecessors) did most of our evolving, low-calorie plants were ...
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How does strength training affect one's health and life expectancy in the long run?

I know that bodybuilding makes you heavier, stronger and more attractive, but is it really beneficial for one's health in the long run? Bodybuilding is not strength training. Bodybuilding is a very ...
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How effective are standing desks?

According to Dr. Jos Verbeek of The Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, "What we actually found is that most of it is, very much, just fashionable and not proven good for your health."
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Impact of weekly collossal cheat days

First let's look at what your acquaintance actually does to the diet itself. Suppose that his normal TDEE is 2500 kcal. That means, at his regular activity level given his job and physique, training ...
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How long would it take for a skinny man to get fit and 6 pack?

Probably about 2 years. That said, enjoy the journey. You get benefits along the way. Training can be fun. Some of the biggest gains come at the beginning. A few extra thoughts: Train safe. ...
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Do I lose all the benefits of earlier strength traning when I stop doing it for a while?

I'll attack this from two angles. The potential and the actual. Potential This is the more obvious. A major benefit of being previously trained is becoming trained again is much easier. In other ...
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Why on Earth do most people enjoy unhealthy food?

There's a 2005 study, and plenty of others, that show a clear dopamine release when sugar is ingested. This one shows that (in rats) it's on par with addictive narcotics. These results suggest ...
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How can I train legs when I have hip dysplasia?

Yes, it's entirely possible. Exercises such as squats are compound muscle exercises, which means they work many muscles at the same time. These are generally considered as "must have" because they do ...
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Scapular contraction: should I always do it?

The bottom line is you want your shoulder in a neutral position. That doesn't necessarily mean full scapular retraction, but it's a cue that helps a lot of people. Considering your level of ...
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What kind of goals should I have if I want to be as healthy as possible?

Though it's a very general question, here's a few guidelines I follow for a healthy life: Go active. The Western culture have become way too inactive, a way of life our body is not accustomed to. ...
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How to benefit from exercise without any lasting damage?

Consider a knee: The meniscus absorbs much of the shock of jumps and landings. Tears in the meniscus is a common cause of surgery. Sports with high risk of meniscus tear include american football, ...
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Spreading aerobic activity

Yeah, you are free to spread out the activity however you want and it will give you similar benefits. Keep in mind that 150 minutes a week of moderate exercise is a recommendation to keep the general ...
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Constant fatigue

Unfortunately, for sake of a good answer, this could be so many different things. I'll try to highlight/mention as many as I can. To start, my best advice would talking with a good MD and ask about ...
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Is it okay to eat right after exercising in terms of the sweat that might be pouring from my body?

It's not just OK but is also recommended. When you end your exercises your body needs food, especially proteins and good carbs !! But i won't enter in nutritional aspects of this because your question ...
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How much coffee is too much if I'm lifting/dieting

Research is pretty divided. On one end, there are claims that it reduces performance and muscle growth by slowing muscle reaction and displacing calcium: Regular intake of caffeine reduces your ...
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How realistic are those 1 month or 21 day body makeover?

a realistic weight loss is around 1 pound a week. If considered obese then 2 pounds a week is fine. If the bodyfat level is below 10 percent then half a pound a week is probably best. Muscle gain ...
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How effective are standing desks?

Anecdotal, I've been using a standing desk for about a year. I write software so it used to be ~8hrs sitting. Now I'm always standing. Dont notice a difference tbh. Some days my legs and lower back ...
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How effective are standing desks?

Being immobile in one position (whether sitting or standing) for long periods of time is just not good for you. Sit too long and you get all those posture problems and what not. Stand too long and ...
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