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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What is a muscle knot?

What is referred to as a "muscle knot" is also known as a "trigger point" or "myofascial trigger point". They are medically controversial little things, because despite being talked about so much and ...
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How to prevent immune system from weakening if you are training multiple hours a day all week?

I'll be honest, there are some people who spend 2 hours in the gym and they accomplish less than others who spend only 45 minutes. Keep in mind that is a huge investment in time and energy, and ...
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one arm dumbell bent over row - is it a complete exercise for the back?

would this cause injury? No more than any other exercise. This all depends on your form. If you are relentlessly contorting your back in order to pull 60kg, then yes, it probably will cause injury. ...
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What can a labourer do?

Unfortunately, I'm not an expert, just someone who's gotten good at using Google to quote other experts. More unfortunately, the majority of posts I've found are from physical trainers extolling the "...
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How do you relieve a cramp in an awkward part of your body?

There's (almost) always a stretch. Stretching is most effective against cramp if you can get in early before the muscle is fully cramped, but be careful getting into position. A Cossack squat as a ...
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Palms hurt when I do pull ups or chin ups

Years ago, I had a similar experience that actually led to trigger finger. I have only anecdotal evidence, but, I am convinced that doing chin ups was, in some way, related to the cause of my problem....
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Submaximal benching: are failed reps always controlled?

I saw a video of a guy catastrophically fail at benching and drop the bar from an almost locked position I saw it too. He had a thumbless grip. Wrap your thumbs. He even had 3 spotters, so I no ...
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Should I grind or should I fail?

Have a dive through the 5x5 website squat page here In summary, you don't count reps with bad form. If you complete a set of 5 with 1 bad form rep then you only record 4 for that set. This will cause ...
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Fitting sports around weightlifting schedule and work

You are right, you can't recover as well as you could when you were in college. Such is the nature of the human body. However, you can do a few things to give your body the best chance at recovering: ...
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Arm exercises: when to alternate arms?

Do the first set on your weaker arm and then do the exact same number of repetitions on your stronger arm. Your weak arm should fail first and this method means you don't end up over developing the ...
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Should seated leg press be avoided?

Does this mean that no matter what precautions and position we take when using seated leg press one always incurs the risk of low back injuries? No, that's not what the author is trying to say. You ...
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