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I have extremely bad posture, what can I do?
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You can do stretches, strengthening and breathing exercises to improve your posture. But you also have to become aware of your posture and find a way to interrupt prolonged sitting intervals with ...

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How can an overweight engineer get back in shape?
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You have lots of good info offered already. Here are some of my suggestions. You say you are 47 y.o., out of shape and fat around the middle with shortness of breath on exertion - check with your ...

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Optimal exercises for an abdominal workout
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Probably the biggest problem with the age old crunch is that it is not functional. The crunch flexes the trunk and primarily targets the rectus abdominis, not the transversus abdominis or the ...

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Is it okay to swim in the middle of a lake?
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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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How to lose weight when morbidly obese
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Diet - Unless you get your diet under control, exercise alone will not make enough of a difference on its own. Craig Ballantyne does a great diet versus exercise video that will stick in your mind ...

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What is the most effective way to improve a saggy belly?
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Medical Clearance to Exercise A C-section requires that you get medical clearance before you begin postpartum exercises. Assuming that you have clearance (and 4 months post would seem likely that ...

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Daily stretch routine to increase flexibilty and overall fitness?
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I would say that a stretching routine is something that should be personalized to be the most effective. To help you set up your own routine here are some suggestions. Assessment - First do an ...

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Beginner in physical fitness, need tips and advices
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Congratulations on opting for a healthy lifestyle. It is way too easy to get into the trap of a sedentary lifestyle. The younger you start getting back in shape, the easier it is with more lifetime ...

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How can I calculate my body fat percentage?
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We have a nice reference page on how to calculate your body fat percentage and the pluses and minuses of each method. Here is a summary. BIA - The simplest method is hopping on a BIA, bioimpedance ...

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Is increasing lung capacity a misnomer?
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This Scientific American article may help. It basically states that the improvements in cardio-respiratory function from exercise are due to the efficiency of the cardiac component rather than lung ...

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Is 10,10,10 as good as 30?
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Sounds like you are doing great; and no, you are certainly not wasting your time. The new physical activity guidelines according to the cdc say that you can break up your exercise into 10 minute ...

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Bad to run in the smoke?
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The comments section in this question, Is there any scientific info about effects of air pollution during exercise? link to some relevant information about exercise and air pollution. According to ...

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What happens to people who are sitting 8-10h per day?
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While I can't give you the exact reason why your body has gained weight without any apparent changes in lifestyle other than prolonged sitting; I can confirm that prolonged sitting does create ...

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What do we mean by "aerobic" and "anaerobic"?
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The body uses two different energy systems to fuel the body’s activity or exercise. Anaerobic - First the body uses the anaerobic system which has energy ready to go as soon as you start to use ...

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How to train with grippers to avoid finger joints injuries?
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Hand Injury Hands can easily be injured because the tendons must glide thru a sheath. You describe “The binding of finger was not smooth, as if it was blocked. When the blockade was released, ...

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What is changing in my body as I become more fit (i.e., raising my HR @ VT)
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The short answer to your question, “What is different in my body from a year ago?" Just about everything! More mitochondria? - Yes, esp. if your training includes aerobic or endurance exercise. ...

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How to get started with exercising without any previous experience?
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Yea! It is always great to hear of someone who is committed to getting back in shape. Walking and yoga will get you off to a great start. Here are some additional thoughts. Check with your ...

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Can walking be a way to lose weight
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Every mile you walk burns about 100 calories. The farther you walk, the more calories you burn. So yes, you can still burn fat and lose weight with a good walking program. You can even do some ...

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Should I get rid of my office chair ?
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Should you get rid of your office chair? - Not necessarily, especially if it is a good ergonomic chair that is adjusted to your work surface. A good chair gives your back support. Should you get up ...

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What kind of indoor exercises are recommended for getting rid of stress and depression?
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You have some good answers already so I will just add to the list and give you some other points to consider: Regularity - Increasingly studies are showing that Regular Exercise: "can improve ...

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Flat feet running
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Before investing in new shoes, I would ask your foot doctor whether or not your foot condition will be able to tolerate barefoot running. Also, ask about ways to strengthen the arch and foot muscles,...

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Why does my collarbone hurt while jogging?
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Any type of chest pain when exerting is worth checking out with your doctor if you have any reason to suspect heart problems. (Probably not your case, but just a cautionary note.) Clavicular pain may ...

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How to strengthen my wrists?
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Begin by stabilizing your wrists in a neutral position with isometrics for the wrist flexors, extensors, medial and lateral deviators, pronators and supinators ( ie. resist the wrist moving 1) up, 2) ...

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developing calf and hip flexor flexibility
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Calf Muscle Flexibility The important thing to remember about the calf and heel cord are that there are actually 2 muscles that need to be stretched, the gastrocnemius and the soleus. The first is ...

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Is there any way I can convince companies I'm in great shape, despite my BMI results?
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Medical Checkup The best way to convince your health insurance provider that you are in great shape is to show them the results of your physical exam showing that you pass with flying colors. Your ...

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Overhead Squat Assistance Work
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As with all squats you need flexibility in the calves, legs, hips, pelvis, back and shoulders. Other questions have addressed flexibility needed for squats in general: What are some good stretches ...

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Lower back pain relief
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Thanks for providing the information about your workout. I agree with @Informaficker that the best way to deal with a back problem is to seek professional expertise. Lots of people have back pain ...

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Bodyweight Exercise Resources
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Since you asked for the "bible of bodyweight exercises", check out Mark Lauren's You Are Your Own Gym: The Bible of Bodyweight Exercises. The book has over 100 bodyweight exercises.

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How do I exercise on the plane?
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The most important “plane” exercises are designed to increase circulation to your feet and legs to prevent deep vein thrombosis (blood clots). You can do simple feet and ankle range of motion ...

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How can I adapt my running technique to accommodate pushing a stroller?
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Here is a link to Chi Running with a stroller articles. They recommend using a Stroll-Smart attachment to free your arms allowing for better form and upper body movement. If not using the attachment, ...

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