I'm working on a project at work about "unique or unexpected obsessions" related to technology, competition, health and fitness, animals, hunting, gaming or anything that is non-sexual or substance-related. I'm especially interested in how these so-called obsessions/addictions have impacted the subjects' relationships, careers, finances, etc. Where do I find people with weird yet intense obsessions that affect their everyday lives? I feel like I could use some inspiration, so any feedback would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.
posted by Lillitatiana
on Feb 19, 2014 -
What happens to the drinking water I swallow? All I know is that it goes down my throat to my stomach, and then my body does its thing. Can you go into greater detail for me? For example: What positive effects does the water I drink have on my mouth, my throat, my stomach and other parts of my body? How does the stomach process the water? Where does the water go after my stomach? How does what's in the water get from my stomach to the necessary parts of my body? What's in water that my body needs? What parts of my body benefit the most from the water I drink? Feel free to answer other relevant questions that I've overlooked.
posted by paleyellowwithorange
on Jan 24, 2014 -
After a year of half-assed solo weight lifting. I've decided to take the green's advice and tie my fitness to a specific activity. I'm thinking of joining a rock climbing/crossfit gym in my area. I've never been a member of a gym before (except during college), and I don't really know what to look out for and pay attention to while checking it out during the free trial. [more inside]
posted by nickhb
on Jan 21, 2014 -
How to best use 45 minutes in a gym with the sole purpose of using exercise to alleviate depression symptoms? [more inside]
posted by thenewbrunette
on Jan 11, 2014 -
After a nightmare MRI experience sometime in 2011 I found out that I have a cervical disc herniation on c3, c4, c5, c6. The pain was so severe that I was unable to move my neck to right side without feeling like I was going to pass out. Now that I've gotten my first coritsone shot and feel alive, I would love to work at gym on strentheting my cervical discs so I can beat this problem and avoid having to marry cortisone shots for the rest of my life. What are some excercise machines and workouts I can safely use to strengthen my neck without damaging it further? [more inside]
posted by cheero
on Nov 14, 2013 -
The fact I never liked the "traditional" forms of exercise never bothered me before. That is, until it recently dawned on me activities like going to the gym or running might be the only options I have left. But, with sensitive knees and shins from growing quickly and the residual effects of childhood asthma still occasionally inhibiting my ability to do cardio, these activities seem more foreign than ever. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by intelligentfool
on Oct 27, 2013 -
For the past few years I have been giving myself tendon injuries in quite a few of my joints... elbow's, knee's, and achilles mostly.
I'm been slowly becoming more active for several years now, following an achilles injury that didn't quite heal up for 4 or 5 years. In my late 30's... I know, I'm shedding quite a bit of my invincibility at a steady rate now.
As I said, I keep hurting myself. Mostly when I ramp-up the rigor, or try something slightly different at the gym. I have a pretty long and gentle warm-up and stretching routine, I don't think I really go for an increase too quickly, and only work out every other day or so... but various tendons disagree, at different times, and for different reasons. Based on the frequency and degree of pain/discomfort/etc, and how careful I am about not doing too much too quickly, I think frequency of injuries are out of the norm.
Here's the nut of what I really want to know: What’s the best kind of doctor (already tried my GP) to see about this? It's hampering some of my hobbies and reasonable ambitions quite a lot, so I want to start finding more aggressive help/tests/advise. Who can help from a whole body perspective?
Yes to yoga, and learning all kinds of stretches. Looking for more than a PT at this point.
posted by shimmer
on Oct 15, 2013 -
After a month of at-home kickboxing and adjusting my diet to include more than tacos, I'm beginning to feel the love for physical activity and healthy living. Now I find myself looking for CrossFit gyms in Philadelphia that won't scare me away. Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by picklesthezombie
on Aug 20, 2013 -
I have an iPad. I am looking for a good workout app to coach me through routines involving little or (better) no equipment. What do you recommend?
posted by nitsuj
on Aug 14, 2013 -
Where can I find explanations of insulin resistance and Hashimoto's disease that I can give to my personal trainer (who does not have a background in biochemistry)? [more inside]
posted by Alice Russel-Wallace
on Aug 5, 2013 -
I'm a female in my very early twenties. I feel like I've been waiting for my entire life to "become" attractive, and this kind of thinking is becoming a drag. [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit
on Jun 26, 2013 -
I'm a dad and my oldest - now a pre-teen, who this year started at high school - is always tired and hates exercise. She was very active when she was younger but pressures of long school hours and homework have squeezed all that out of the calendar. Plus of course she's the age when children's bodies dramatically change size and shape and that's perfectly normal.
Given all that, what's the best way I can help her to stay as fit and healthy as possible? What has helped for your kids? [more inside]
posted by monster max
on May 15, 2013 -
Recommend the apps, websites, technological gadgets for exercise that you can't live without. [more inside]
posted by annabellee
on May 3, 2013 -
I want to be a healthy, fit person, and I want my partner to want that, too. What's the selling point? How can I convince my SO to make this change with me and notice how our generally very sedentary life is sucking the life out of our relationship? Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Apr 16, 2013 -
I'm having more trouble than I thought I would in getting rid of these love handles and my usual methodology is proving ineffective. [more inside]
posted by wolfdreams01
on Apr 4, 2013 -
Now that WeEndure
is going away, I need somewhere to track my exercise. There are a number of places that have biking and running, but not swimming. I'd prefer simpler to the more complex sites like MapMyRun (which, again, doesn't do swimming, from what I can see). I have seen this
and wondered what things are out there, four years later. Bonus: a place that I can dump all my WeEndure data into so I hit the ground running. [more inside]
posted by notsnot
on Jan 29, 2013 -
Pedometer recommendation: is there an open source alternative to Fitbit? Or should I go back to a cheap Omron? [more inside]
posted by kristi
on Jan 8, 2013 -
I'm a girl looking to build strength, burn fat, and tone up. I prefer to work out at home, where I have a yoga mat, a stability ball, 6lb dumbbells, a doorframe pull-up bar, and full 5 gal / 19 Liter water-cooler bottles. I also have a road bicycle and know how to swim. Using the above, what are some of your favorite exercises that I can do for balanced fitness on the whole body?
posted by grifninetoo
on Dec 29, 2012 -
Can you help me brainstorm some great titles for a fitness blog? The focus is eating healthy for time-pressed people. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by unmouton88
on Nov 7, 2012 -
I'm losing focus on my weight loss goals and I don't want to fall off the wagon. I have had to fight hard to lose what I have lost, and I do not want to back track. How do you get your head back in the game and really find the time to focus on it and prioritize it when your life has become extremely busy? [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson
on Sep 18, 2012 -
How can I create a healthy lifestyle in my relationship? Also, how can I support my boyfriend’s weight loss? Is this possible? We are in our mid-to-late-twenties, he is a few years older than I am. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Aug 2, 2012 -
Working out: Help me build a workout plan around Olympic lifts and free weights for burning fat, building muscle... [more inside]
posted by MMALR
on Jul 25, 2012 -
What are the best resources to learn breathing and pranayama? More details inside [more inside]
posted by raghuram
on Jul 8, 2012 -
I have a Concept2, a ton of motivation, and some clear cut goals. But lots of questions as well... [more inside]
posted by drpynchon
on Jun 11, 2012 -
My husband has always been skinny. I love his body and everything about him but once in a while, he starts talking about how he wants to work out and gain weight. [more inside]
posted by kat518
on May 26, 2012 -
I think I'm finally done with dieting and obsessing about the scale. But I do want to develop healthier habits, and I am very goal-oriented. What are good ways to do that without obsessing over the scale? [more inside]
posted by the essence of class and fanciness
on Apr 12, 2012 -
What can I be doing for 10-15 minutes a day to increase (or even simply maintain) my long-term health and well-being? [more inside]
posted by sciencemandan
on Mar 7, 2012 -
How can I stick to eating healthy and exercising in a household full of sedentary people who practically live off junk food? [more inside]
posted by never nice
on Feb 27, 2012 -
Please hope me prepare for pregnancy this year. 36 years old, 40lbs overweight. I know I need to lose weight, but I'd also like to start trying sooner rather than later because of my age. I know there are no quick fixes, but I still want one. [more inside]
posted by heffalump
on Feb 26, 2012 -
I like running and swimming, and try to do about half an hour of each at least three or four times a week. Now I've started weight training three times a week as well. Should I reduce the cardio if I want to gain muscle faster? I'm a naturally skinny ectomorph that has a hard time putting on mass.
posted by moorooka
on Dec 20, 2011 -
I just signed up for a 5K on Dec. 3. I'm certainly not ready to RUN 3.1 miles, so I'm going to walk it (and the event is called a run/walk, so it is a walker-friendly race, at least). What kind of training can I do before then to do my best that day, since there's barely any time left? I'm at a healthy weight and in OK shape but usually only exercise one or two times a week. I'd like my time to be under one hour, if possible. Tips? (Bonus question: are most 5Ks walker-friendly?)
posted by trillian
on Nov 9, 2011 -
What things should people do that are in their best interest, but don't do either because of ignorance or lack of discipline. For example, if you have the discipline to pay every month, there is no reason not to use a rewards based credit card for all your purchases. Arguably, maxing your 401k is another example of this. So is exercise and sunscreen. What other smart behaviors and actions should we do, but don't because we don't know any better or don't have the will to do so. I will also take counter examples, e.g. stupid decisions / undisciplined behaviors / etc.
posted by jasondigitized
on Aug 2, 2011 -
Google Health is going away. Recommend me alternative medical records software that is secure, let's me track insurance and doctor info, works on my Linux machine and is cheap to free. Bonus points for web-based apps that let me import the CCR / CSV files Health exports.
posted by Apropos of Something
on Jul 17, 2011 -
What are some good muscle-building, resistance-based exercises that don't place a lot of strain on the heart? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph
on Jul 5, 2011 -
Recommend versions of my favorite foods, or alternatives to them, that are healthful, low-calorie, and nonetheless tasty. [more inside]
posted by foursentences
on Jun 9, 2011 -
I've been working out and seeing progress but everything seems to be like taking 2 steps forward and then 1 step back, making it hard for me right now to keep up the motivation. Just trying to figure out if I am doing anything wrong or if something could help. [more inside]
posted by loser8008
on May 18, 2011 -
There are plenty of charts that show calories burned from running. But is figuring calories burned lifting weights this simple? [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind
on May 10, 2011 -
What are some accomplishments that require strength, agility, flexibility, etc that aren't typical fitness goals. [more inside]
posted by twinight
on May 8, 2011 -
I'm looking for a electronically accessible copy of the following
"The Great Fitness Health Kick"
Reader's Digest, July 1984
The quoting source is URL http://eightiesclub.tripod.com/id314.htm
posted by shortbooks
on May 4, 2011 -
Workout Question - A few years ago I went away from my cardio-only gym routine and added in weight lifting. I did chest press, lat pull downs, shoulder press, etc. I'm a girl, btw. I lost a little weight but now my arms are bulky, not super muscly but just bulkier and sometimes they don't fit in my shirts. I enjoy lifting weights but I feel conflicted about it if my arms are going to continue to get bigger and bigger. My question is - how do I continue to lift weights without my arms getting bulkier and bulkier? I would like to also make my arms less bulky if possible.. Are push-ups a good option?
posted by AngryLlama
on Apr 28, 2011 -
I just finished a 10 mile race, now I want to train for a 10K race in 6 weeks. What kind of training program should I follow? How can I best make the transition to the shorter distance without losing any of the hard-won fitness I earned while training for the 10-miler?
posted by banananutrament
on Apr 3, 2011 -