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April 23

I would kill a man for a good night's sleep, if I had the energy
I have sleep apnea. I'm looking for non-surgical treatments other than CPAP and BiPAP—I've tried both, and neither works for me. [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet at 5:25 PM - 7 answers
Dry mouth solutions? (Due to CPAP)
Biotene has changed the formula of their oral balance dry mouth gel and now it doesn't last through the night - any other magical solutions for dry mouth due to a CPAP machine? [more inside]
posted by needlegrrl at 11:58 AM - 6 answers

Motivation, Drive, Learning
Has anyone ever experienced a reduction in their motivation and drive? If so, what things have you done to try and change it? In the past, my motivation has been influenced by pain and fear, but that doesn't seem like the most useful way of staying motivated at least that is what my friends have told me. On the same topic, does anyone have any book recommendations or movies that have helped them get motivated again?
posted by nidora at 10:09 AM - 12 answers

Stretchy, stretchy, ya ya
Is there something like WorkRave but for Android? I cannot download anything on my computer at work. I used to use WorkRave at another job and really liked how it gave you the exercises to do. I don't want simply a reminder to stretch. I've seen apps that have stretches, but they are more like a resource app, not like WorkRave where it gives you random exercises each time. [more inside]
posted by McSockerson The Great at 6:07 AM - 2 answers

April 22

The phantom joint pain strikes again...
I strained my adductor muscle (groin) in March and rested like a mofo - no exercise at all for probably 10 weeks. The doctor said it looked like a localized injury and that some stiffness would be natural because the repaired muscle grows back a little longer (weird). I've been gradually ramping back up with slow exercise - yoga, dance, etc. - but today after a more strenuous workout I'm feeling a dull ache in my muscle after no pain at all for weeks. Argh. YANMD, but ye who have pulled groin muscles before, does this mean I have hurt myself again, or is some soreness here and there natural? Do you ever feel pain from past injuries? Should I go back to the doctor or just do some gentle stretches and watch it for a few days? [more inside]
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto at 2:21 PM - 5 answers

Solitude 101.
Solitude, isolation, to be happy with related life choices and what to watch out for. Advice? [more inside]
posted by Caskeum at 1:15 PM - 27 answers

I was that kid who was always picked last in gym class
Exercise was never my “thing”, but now I need to make it my “thing”. I’m pushing 50 years old, and my sedentary lifestyle is taking its toll in the form of borderline-high blood pressure, various aches & pains, and a susceptibility to becoming easily tired. [more inside]
posted by alex1965 at 12:39 PM - 34 answers

My not-quite-crossfit class is changing its structure. Help me adjust
So right now, my rock gym has a private fitness class six days a week, modeled on crossfit but not officially affiliated. MWFS it's a fairly standard CF class with slightly different movements. T-Th, it's a more mobility-focused class based around MoveNat. In a month, the T-Th classes will be eliminated, and extra mobility will be added to the now 90 minute MWFS classes. [more inside]
posted by nickhb at 10:56 AM - 3 answers

Health insurance? What's that?
I am aging out of my health insurance and totally clueless. Help this soon to be 26 year old find resources to unravel this mess. [more inside]
posted by Aranquis at 5:07 AM - 19 answers

April 21

Marathon tips
I'm running my first marathon in a few months and need your advices! [more inside]
posted by 3491again at 5:01 PM - 14 answers

plastic surgery after weightloss recommendations
I lost a lot of weight, and am looking for a plastic surgeon recommendation in the Alexandria, VA/DC area to help with some skin removal and breast reconstruction. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:08 PM - 3 answers

April 20

Complementing Crossfit and Tracking Training Goals
How should I complement my crossfit workouts with strength, cardio and plyometric training? What are some ways (templates and or forms) that you use to track your progress in the gym? [more inside]
posted by rippersid at 7:12 PM - 6 answers

Should I be worried about my brother who smokes weed alone?
My brother is in his late twenties and we frequently visit our parents on the same weekend (every month or two). He always smokes weed by himself in the guest bedroom at night after our parents have gone to sleep. He's currently living with our parents temporarily, and I'm visiting now and he smoked weed last night. (I've never seen him do this, but I can always smell it.) I'm trying to decide if this could signal a problem with weed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:28 PM - 19 answers

Boyfriend having bad gout attack...
My boyfriend is having a very bad gout attack, hasn't slept in a couple of days and is now refusing to eat anything at all because he thinks it will exacerbate the gout. [more inside]
posted by mysterious_stranger at 1:20 PM - 18 answers

April 19

Favorite non-gym exercises?
What exercises do you love that don't require a gym membership or large expenses? I'm looking for suggestions that are affordable and easily do-able for an apartment dweller.
posted by glaucon at 6:44 PM - 39 answers

I beard easily; even a straight-razor barbershop shave leaves me with a bit of five o'clock shadow. I also have sensitive face-skin so I tend to have a beard. I want to try staying "clean" shaven for a while. Is an electric razor a worthwhile investment? [more inside]
posted by griphus at 5:41 PM - 18 answers

Let me talk to you about my huge breasts...
I started logging my body measurements for weight loss and soon realised just how insane my boobs swell during PMS - care to share relief suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Chorus at 2:54 AM - 8 answers

April 18

Diagnosing fatigue (snowflake details inside)
I know YANMD and I am seeing mine on May 5th, but until then, I was hoping someone would have some insight/experience/advice for what is possibly going on with me. What could be causing daytime sleepiness after eating any amount of carbs? Apologies for wall of text [more inside]
posted by kei02003 at 7:19 PM - 14 answers

Looking for a woman's sports watch with no exposed metal.
My wife would like a sports watch. She doesn't need GPS or fancy gadgetry, just something to wear to the gym. She needs large digital numbers that can be read easily while she's moving, and some timing functions. The problem is that she's allergic to metal, so anything that would touch her skin would have to be leather or plastic--the strap, the buckle, the back of the case, and any buttons on the side. I've looked in sporting goods stores but only found metal on the backs of cases, and that's something that's hard to tell online. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by hydrophonic at 4:10 PM - 17 answers

How important are all these vaccines for Peruvian travel?
I will be spending a month this summer in the high jungle plateau of Tarapoto, Peru. I am trying to get my preventative care in order, and will be getting Hepatitis A and typhoid vaccines, as well as taking anti-malarial medication. I don't think I will be getting the yellow fever vaccine, the Hepatitis B vaccine, or the rabies vaccine; the first due to lack of access and the latter two due to risk factors and cost, respectively. Would you try harder to find access to the yellow fever vaccine or rethink the other two, or am I good with the three I'm doing? [more inside]
posted by vegartanipla at 4:10 PM - 16 answers

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