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Less fitness for longer and healthier life

Personally I would look at the leading causes of death in (my case) the United States: Heart disease: 596,577 Cancer: 576,691 Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 142,943 Stroke (cerebrovascular ...
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Is speed muscular or technical?

The simple answer is both. Technical mastery is absolutely necessary for the expression of speed. In the most simple exercises, it is important to be able to relax the antagonists and superfluous ...
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Why is autologous blood transfusion banned as a kind of doping?

Because it is a way to enhance performance, in an unnatural way. It basically has a similar effect as EPO: increasing your red blood cells. It can be very dangerous if done incorrectly, which is ...
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What kind of weight training can I start my 12 year old son on?

He's 12, and you're already heading down the vanity path of worrying about muscle tone? He should be playing basketball, and eating lots of food. His body will adapt to the lifestyle, and he'll get ...
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What sports a 30-year-old male can pursue other than endurance sports?

At that age, men lose speed but gain endurance. If you look at cycling tours or marathons, most of the guys are over 30. So you should focus on any sport where endurance is more important that ...
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What can I do for sore nipples?

NipGuards are a totally different way to prevent chafing, better in my opinion than Band-Aids or gels. They're shaped like an octagon, with a hollow circle in the middle, which allows the tip of ...
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How to best physically prepare for Snowboarding?

Right off the bat I think it needs to be said that snowboarding is largely a technique driven sport. Some high level riders (like Ryan Knapton) are admittedly "too fat and not strong enough", but ...
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What can I do for sore nipples?

A lot of runners (male and female) wear bandaids over their nipples to minimize chafe.
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What would be drawbacks (apart from pain) and benefits to go to gym with sore muscles?

First, love this statement. It's dead on, simple yet so few seem to understand the importance of putting on muscle mass to lose weight. "more muscle mass = more passive calories consumed" Not ...
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Does the pectoral muscle serve any role in the sports practiced in this modern Era?

Yes, there are many. To list a few, swimming (particularly butterfly and freestyle); javelin, discus, baseball (pitching), cricket (bowling), and other sports that share similar mechanics of throwing; ...
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Minimum exercise to maintain muscles?

You can definitely maintain and even get stronger muscle wise in 80 minutes a week. After taking a managerial role at my company while having two young kids I started a "different" workout to ...
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How to improve my speed?

A standard go-to for improving speed is wind sprints. Basically, you repeatedly go from 0 to as fast as you can and sustain it for a short distance, recover for a few minutes, then repeat. It develops ...
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Shaking muscle during rest day

The medical term is (BFS) benign fasciculation syndrome. Loosely translated, that means "probably not serious muscle tremor". Here's a video of a man's calf muscle with BFS. Like most benign ...
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Regain fitness for basketball after a long layoff

Honestly, it's going to be extremely difficult to regain your prior level of fitness. Taking off 6 kilos, in and of itself, is probably going to take you at least 3 months if not half a year, and you'...
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Strength training gym equipment exercise rotation

To get strong, lift heavy By constantly moving on you elevate your heart rate and fatigue takes over. Don't think of your muscles getting fatigue but instead think of your whole body. For example, ...
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Workout in the morning

I wake up at 5, eat a bowl of oats and a couple hard-boiled eggs, drink a creatine/citrulline-malate shake on my way to the gym, lift, and start work at 7. It isn't ideal, but your body will adapt to ...
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What is a upper limit for physical activity?

Impossible to know. We are not copy and pasted, if you have brothers and sisters you might notice that even though you are genetically almost identical you still look completely different simply ...
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Strength training gym equipment exercise rotation

What you are currently doing sounds like it will keep you very well rounded and fit but not so much specific muscle strength. It is generally agreed that doing multiple sets e.g. 3-5 of a number of ...
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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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Can one get ripped by just playing a/some sport(s)?

It all depends on your idea of ripped. Yes you can more easily lose weight doing sports but "generally" the answer to your question is no as it is not very easy to put on muscle when practicing sports ...
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Regain fitness for basketball after a long layoff

I would implement some time of cardio and also a good diet plan for the weight loss portion. If your knees are giving you trouble try an elliptical machine or exercise bike or even a pool if you have ...
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Playing squash, but overweight, what I should watch out for?

As others have said, check with your doctor before taking on a new exercise regime esp. because you say that you are overweight and concerned about your knees. I also agree with @Jeremie that a ...
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How long would the training plan from this answer take to get to the level wanted in the question?

I boxed for four years and came out of one of the best gyms in the midwest. It was no frills and no excuses type of place in one of the worst areas of the US. But they were popping out guys for the ...
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Best way to start excercising after taking a break

Honestly, I'd ramp up over a couple weeks. Week 1: half the volume of work Week 2: 3/4 the volume of work Week 3: back to full volume Cardiovascular fitness is easy to lose, but also very easy to ...
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Is it harmful not to wear an underwear while running?

The harm would be found in a lack of support for parts of your body (or another person's body) that needs support and doesn't benefit from getting tossed about as you run. Chafing is another issue, ...
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What is a good book for self-teaching, biomechanic and generally well rehabilitation?

I suggest you check out "Becoming a Supple Leopard" by Dr. Kelly Starrett. The book itself is a major investment, but you can check him out online, there are plenty of videos that will introduce you ...
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Is there any medically verified research around the benefit of Compression Arm Sleeves?

I would say.... inconclusive. I found this which is a compilation study on the studies of compression clothing specifically for runners: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27106555 In it they ...
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How to best physically prepare for Snowboarding?

Strengthening your body will help with snowboarding, because it will make each force-exertion relatively easier. That said, you may need some "sport-specific conditioning"; for example, repeated ...
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Is there a standard indicator for heart rate vs. running speed?

If the heart rates from the smart watches can be trusted, then a short analysis of Strava Leaderboards would suggest a clear no. For the segments I've got a high position, I've seen people above me ...
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What is a upper limit for physical activity?

Duration, intensity or both? For either, adequate recovery and energy replenishment is needed. "Can running, walking, etc. be harmful in the long term if you exercise too much?" Regular ...
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