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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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Is it okay to swim in the middle of a lake?

Although swimming alone in the middle of Lake Michigan sounds wonderful and has its benefits to you, swimming alone has life altering/ending risks. The chances may be minimal that something dangerous ...
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Is it okay to swim in the middle of a lake?

I've done a lot of offshore sailing and sometimes you'll get totally becalmed. Hot muggy conditions and the water is so flat you can literally shave in the reflection. It's hard not to jump in with ...
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Do explosive movements necessarily lead to injury over time?

No, explosive movements do not necessarily lead to injury. Performed correctly after a period of acclimatization, explosive movements are quite safe. The recommendation to be slow, deliberate, and ...
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risks of running a marathon without adequate preparation

5km or 7km mileage once a week is nowhere close to proper preparation for a marathon. You greatly increase risk of injury by running a marathon unprepared. Go see a doctor about your knee pain from ...
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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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climbing 8 floor stairs daily is it a good practice

Until elevators and steel girder construction around the turn of the 19th century, the tallest buildings were usually five stories. People worked in those fifth stories for years. Also, plenty of ...
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Are sit-ups actually harmful?

As a preface, although your concerns about the validity of the field of chiropractic are entirely warranted, it appears that Dr. Stuart M. McGill is indeed qualified. He was a former professor at the ...
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risks of running a marathon without adequate preparation

If you were to decide to attempt a marathon given the training level you've described, there's an interesting academic article that may be helpful in estimating your likelihood of finishing without ...
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Should seated leg press be avoided?

No, it should not be avoided. Like any machine, it's a tool, and it has a purpose. The article seems to refer to the fact that during a seated leg press, the weight presses down on your feet, and ...
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Is doing pull-ups/chin-ups with a backpack full of weights bad?

It doesn't sound bad. I recommend going above five reps for at least some sets, since I find the upper body responds well to higher volume and it's not the worst thing in the world to train some ...
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Is it okay to swim in the middle of a lake?

It depends what you mean by okay. If you mean "is it safe?" then the answer is simple: No, it is not safe. If you get into trouble you stand a high risk of death. No-one will be able to rescue you. ...
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How to avoid back pain when you are older?

It is smart to look at fitness when you are young with an eye on preventing problems as you age. Back pain can have multiple causes. Some of the causes stem from degenerative changes of the joints,...
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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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migraine after work out

Most of the migranes are hereditary. Biological states may cause increases in free fatty acids and blood lipids, increased platelet aggregation, decreased serotonin levels and increased prostaglandin ...
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Asking for a spot checklist?

I've never had this problem, but I definitely recognize that it IS a problem. I think the best solution is for you to ask someone who is clearly more experienced. It might seem shallow of me to say, ...
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Is it ok to arch one's back when performing lat pulldowns?

Not only is it OK, it's something you SHOULD do. Pull your shoulders down and back. It pushes your chest out, and engages your lats, which is the entire point of the exercise.
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Preparing for moving to new house

With only one week before the move, you don't have enough time to develop significantly more strength. Instead, focus on these tips for safely moving things: Before lifting an object, take a big ...
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When and how often should I train my core/abs?

The amount of (appropriate intensity) training volume necessary to maintain Ab Hypertrophy is typically going to be zero sets per week. The minimum volume required to make progress is also typically ...
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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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Why do deadlifts hurt my lower back

I think you touched on your problem in your notes. A common problem with beginners is that they tend to lose torque when starting the pull. I've seen this many times: a beginner will set up behind ...
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cycle or swim without injury while training hard for a race

I would presume that you are falling into the same trap that many recreational runners and triathletes fall into, in that you are going too hard on your easy days, and not hard enough on your hard ...
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Fingers for intensive sports requiring hands a lot? Recoving from ulnar claw?

First of all, if your fingers are constantly under stress and they are not recovering properly, this can lead to nerve damage in the wrist and elbow which is known as a repetitive stress injury. Much ...
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Bench press grip, thumb placement

This topic can be as divisive as whether training deadlifts with straps is effective or not. Since powerlifting is my background, and powerlifters tend to be the biggest proponents of the false grip (...
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Should I grind or should I fail?

Injuries will hinder your progress more than lifting lighter. Focus on technique if you want long term gains.
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Should I grind or should I fail?

There's acceptable "grind" and unacceptable grind, and I don't trust novices to tell the difference. Someone in your position--which I assume means, a beginner doing a novice program with an ...
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Avoid tennis elbow when squatting

I used to get elbow problems from back squatting, and what helped was increasing range of motion in my shoulders a two-phase approach to the elbow: first rest until the acute problem was over, then ...
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How to do the Sphinx Pose for men

When doing a pose like this, there are three main areas of potential groin discomfort for me. Discomfort from the upper pubic area pressing against the ground: This area typically has a layer of fat, ...
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Can bench pressing an unevenly loaded bar lead to injury?

Given that the one arm dumbbell bench press is a reasonably common exercise that puts all of the load on one arm and yet doesn't seem to have any elevated risk associated with it, it seems extremely ...
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Injured bicep, will it now be susceptible to future injury?

Muscle strains can be tricky to heal, mostly because people won't take the proper amount of time to let them heal properly. Given a full healing cycle, then you shouldn't have any more risk of ...
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