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Exercise for young teens. Constraint: no sweating allowed.

My friend teaches in a school in in a large municipality in Denmark and is looking for advice on how to comply with the latest "Great Idea For The Kids". [more inside]
posted by reflecked on Aug 24, 2014 - 30 answers

Recommend me a Stretching/Yoga App for iOS

I'm looking for an equivalent to the You Are Your Own Gym body weight exercises app. I've been using the app for a couple of months now and I really like it - the exercises are explained in good detail and there is a good progression from very easy to challenging. There seem to be loads of apps available but I'm not sure which ones are any good. Which have you found useful?
posted by jobby on Jul 14, 2014 - 4 answers

Looking for the "Perfect" Elliptical

Help me find an elliptical machine for a person who is between 5'1" and 5'4", that will take fairly heavy use by one person, and that doesn't cost a fortune. [more inside]
posted by clarkstonian on Jul 11, 2014 - 6 answers

Are there Risks to Moving a PreCor 5.31 Eliptical to Another Room?

The PreCor 5.31 is balanced with magnets, and doesn't seem to have any wheels. It's behind my desk right now, and we redid a room on the same floor I want to move it to. I'm worried that, since it doesn't seem to be built to move around, there might be an issue with taking it across the house. Anyone know of risks? Do I need to contact my dealer?
posted by nathanrudy on Jun 10, 2014 - 2 answers

I want to punch a bag in the face

I want to buy a punching bag. I think this is a good idea, for reasons, but I have an exercise bike covered in drying sweaters that tells me otherwise. [more inside]
posted by Ruki on May 22, 2014 - 8 answers

Help me sort my routine out please

I'm struggling with my routine as I am new to work life, details inside. [more inside]
posted by aivilo91 on May 18, 2014 - 5 answers

Rebuilding lung capacity still poor-ish years after quitting smoking?

I quit smoking years ago, but still run out of breath while cycling, long before my legs are fatigued. [more inside]
posted by morganw on May 15, 2014 - 6 answers

It's the small-space fitness challenge!

I need to develop a balanced daily workout for the next six months, specifically designed for limited and somewhat unusual spaces. Assume I have no access to traditional weights or fitness machines of any kind and that level ground and traditional cardio options will be at a premium. What 10 exercises can I do to approximate a whole-body workout? [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife on May 13, 2014 - 13 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 on Apr 22, 2014 - 34 answers

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 on Apr 19, 2014 - 41 answers

Have I ruined my metabolism? If so, how would I get it back?

I have recently entered a fairly strict diet and workout regimen. I feel like it is healthy, but am worried about the damage I may have done to my body and metabolism. Help me decide on my next steps. [more inside]
posted by Shadax on Apr 2, 2014 - 24 answers

Help me decide which martial art to pursue.

I think I'd like to take up some kind of martial art for both self-defense and exercise reasons. There are some quizzes online, but I don't really know how to answer a lot of the questions, given that I have never done this kind of thing before. I'm located in Houston, TX so I imagine I have a lot of options. More details on me and my preferences inside. [more inside]
posted by jorlyfish on Mar 29, 2014 - 18 answers

How do I get fit while I get sick?

I want to get fit because it would help my health long-term, but exercising more than a gentle walk makes me sick short-term, so I am stuck. I have specific restrictions on what I can do because of stroke risks, and expect to continue to frequently fall ill. I would like new ideas and especially advice from others with chronic illnesses that fluctuate on how they handle exercise. [more inside]
posted by viggorlijah on Mar 29, 2014 - 22 answers

How to change walking style/gait to save on laundry bills?

I 'kick up' a lot when I walk in damp conditions; when it's raining I have mud splashed up the back of my calf to my knee within five minutes. Others do not, so why? How do I stop it? [more inside]
posted by AFII on Mar 6, 2014 - 16 answers

Exercise video recommendations for lame 30-somethings with sore backs?

I'm looking for a couple good exercise videos that will help me increase my core strength and then hopefully alleviate my lower back pain. My abs have been weak ever since I had a baby, and now that said baby is a 25 pound squirming mass of toddler muscle, I have pretty chronic back pain from constantly picking him up and hauling him around. I'm looking for a video that I can do in my basement after the kiddo goes to bed, and one that requires minimal equipment. I've taken pilates classes in the past and liked it - yoga was always kind of boring to me, but I'm willing to try it out again. The DVD selections at my local library trend toward senior citizen chair exercise videos, so any specific video recommendations would be much appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Maarika on Feb 12, 2014 - 12 answers

Shopping for a Gym. What do I look for?

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 - 9 answers

We're gonna need a montage!

I was joking with someone about needing a montage for getting in shape; now I'm stuck on the idea and want to build a playlist. [more inside]
posted by epersonae on Dec 26, 2013 - 12 answers

What should I think about while jogging?

You are a jogger. You do not necessarily LIKE jogging. What is your headspace while jogging so that you keep going? [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee on Dec 18, 2013 - 47 answers

Let's get physical...I wanna get physical...

In an AskMe that will surprise no one given its proximity to the New Year, I'm looking for cardio/workout DVDs that will have me working up a sweat in 2014! [more inside]
posted by Kitteh on Dec 16, 2013 - 11 answers

Starting Strength forever...

Can the Starting Strength program be my only strength program? [more inside]
posted by VTX on Dec 1, 2013 - 9 answers

How do I exercise in winter?

I have been running 3 to 4 miles every other day since about June of this year. It has become a very important part of maintaining my mental health, and now that winter has arrived it has been nearly impossible to run. What do I do now to stay active and sane? [more inside]
posted by Hey Dean Yeager! on Nov 30, 2013 - 23 answers

Stomach crunches: more quickly, or fewer but holding them?

Is it better (in terms of muscle building) to do a large number of stomach crunches quickly without pausing at the 'up' part of each crunch, or fewer but pausing and holding the muscles tensed for a few seconds with each crunch?
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Nov 30, 2013 - 7 answers

Motivation to exercise when there are no goals, or they are vague?

I have read in numerous places that exercise can sometimes help with mood and concentration. My only exercise goal is to help alleviate these possible issues, but I couldn't keep any motivation and stopped after only a few weeks. Specific considerations: [more inside]
posted by polywomp on Nov 26, 2013 - 38 answers

Fun/rewarding exercise with a focus on controlled movement?

I've never thought of myself as being in good shape, but lately I've noticed that I'm not just weak or slow, I'm also pretty uncoordinated. Now that I see it just I keep seeing it everywhere in my life, and it really bothers me. My movements are pretty twitchy and momentum-based, rather than being deliberate, something I could stop in the middle of at any moment. I want to fix this. When I think of activities that could help me develop that kind of control, I think of like martial arts, or yoga, or something, but I don't really know. I'd love to hear some suggestions. [more inside]
posted by a birds on Nov 1, 2013 - 16 answers

Exercise Bands recommendation

I know that not all exercise bands are made the same. I want to get some while traveling and snowed in to do curls, pushups, squats, etc along with body weight workouts. I am not expecting a super workout but do want some decent bang for my buck. Can anyone recommend any less than $50? I would be happy with a set or buying individual bands. Amazon gets good reviews for these, but am open to your suggestions. If the info is the same as this 2010 AskMefi post, feel free to let me know.
posted by snap_dragon on Oct 31, 2013 - 2 answers

Maintaining fitness and sanity on a low-calorie diet

I'm an overweight (technically obese) triathlete who was recently put on a calorie-restricted (1200-1400/day), moderately carb-restricted (100-130 g/day) diet by my doctor(s). They also have me front-loading my calories into breakfast and lunch at the expense of dinner. It's been hard on me in various ways, physically and psychologically -- my training is suffering, and I really miss being able to share a normal dinner with my partner. I'm also on seriously non-optional medication that makes it hard for me to lose weight and, relatedly, has probably made me insulin-resistant. Help me cope. (Psychological beanplating as well as gory metabolic details for nutrition nerds within.) [more inside]
posted by dorque on Oct 30, 2013 - 29 answers

I think I've got the basics down; how can I improve my bicycle skills?

I'm new to bike riding as an adult; I'm riding to work but would like to improve in the areas of balance, stamina, and pace. [more inside]
posted by stellaluna on Aug 15, 2013 - 23 answers

App for Body Weight Exercises?

I've just re-taken up running (well, walking still at this point) and I want to use my off days for basic strength training. Is there an app that will help with this? [more inside]
posted by China Grover on Aug 5, 2013 - 10 answers

Please recommend a good HIIT/Tabata DVD

I seem to do better with the structure of watching a DVD to do an interval workout than just trying to do it on my own. I'm looking for DVDs that focus on HIIT or Tabata intervals that I can follow along to. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Aug 2, 2013 - 5 answers

Why does swimming make me nauseated?

After not swimming for a very, very long time (swam for a neighborhood swim team as a kid, swam a lot through high school but after that, nothing beyond splashing around) I'm trying to get back into it as an exercise regime. Only problem is, after only a few laps, I'm nauseated. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by PussKillian on Jul 27, 2013 - 25 answers

Am I burning as many calories as I think I am on the elliptical?

My gym has several different types of cardio equipment. I've been using the recumbent bike for a while now, but recently tried the elliptical. The elliptical seems to say that I'm getting more "bang for my buck" in terms of exertion for calories burned. Is this possible, or is the machine inaccurate? [more inside]
posted by jingzuo on Jun 10, 2013 - 14 answers

Out of shape AWF - ISO wearable fitness device for long term partnership

Seeking wearable fitness device, preferably one that integrates with Strava and more-or-less automatically dumps all the information into some centralized web-accessible resource. I've looked into the Fitbit Flex, the Jawbone Up and the Nike Fuelband and I'm now suffering from option paralysis. Should I aim a level up? Special snowflake details inside! [more inside]
posted by rednikki on Jun 8, 2013 - 11 answers

How do I stop my desk job from destroying my health?

In February, I got a full time job after six months of freelancing, and seven years of grad school before that. I like the stability, but I think I underestimated how profoundly a 9-hour desk job was going to affect my activity levels. I'm a little alarmed at how quickly I've fallen out of shape, and I'm looking for some suggestions as to how to go back to being a reasonably healthy person while still having this job. [more inside]
posted by Ragged Richard on May 17, 2013 - 37 answers

Help Us Get Our Butts Moving!

My husband and I have made a pact to get in shape. It hasn't happened that often even though we both want to! What are some goals that have helped you (and a workout buddy) actually get out there? [more inside]
posted by Crystalinne on Apr 14, 2013 - 33 answers

Help me decide on a DDR metal dance pad

(No I can't build my own pad at this time, graduate school). I've found two dealers that sells hard / metal DDR pads from Poland: maty-taneczne.pl and rd.sokolka.com. They seem to be the only / one of the few reputable dealers out there that sell DDR pads for home use that aren't generally crap. Can you post here with reviews of their merchandise if you've purchased from them? Otherwise alternate dealers / solutions are welcome (if some other outfit can make a good DDR hard pad - in the US - I'll gladly buy it). [more inside]
posted by Pontifex on Apr 9, 2013 - 14 answers

How do I lose weight in specific areas of my body?

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 - 25 answers

Daring to pick three of good/cheap/fast

I'm looking for a fitness watch I can use for interval training. I don't need anything fancy, but I do want something that'll vibrate in place of beeping. Can anyone recommend something? [more inside]
posted by andrewcilento on Apr 2, 2013 - 5 answers

Best combination food/exercise log app?

iPhone user; I've experimented with exercise logging apps such as MapMyRide+, Cyclemeter and Fitocracy (most of my exercise is cycling-oriented, but I'm also looking at Kinect exercise games and, potentially, weightlifting). Is there a good combo app that logs both exercise and food intake? Or one site that could possibly accept input/imports from both? [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack on Mar 27, 2013 - 16 answers

Enstrengthening for the unenlightened

I need some ideas that are dead simple and un-screw-up-able for how to balance my cardio program with strength training...at home, without equipment. [more inside]
posted by Pomo on Mar 26, 2013 - 6 answers

If nothing else it feels good...

There is a steam room at my gym and I am considering putting it to use. Please tell me as much as you can because I have no fregging clue what I am supposed to be using it for or what I am supposed to do while I steam. [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Mar 14, 2013 - 27 answers

Please talk to me about yoga!

I'm considering taking a beginning yoga class. What should I expect? [more inside]
posted by bookmammal on Feb 20, 2013 - 37 answers

Surfin' Bird

Real novice surfer, caught the bug last summer, but landlocked in London UK most of the time. In what ways can I train to make myself fitter for the times when I do actually get to the waves? Basically I'm looking for methods by which to become a better surfer without actually surfing. [more inside]
posted by stevedawg on Jan 17, 2013 - 9 answers

What exercise can I do with an injured knee?

[Fitness Filter] Help me find a way to get fit that won't make my injured knee explode! [more inside]
posted by anaximander on Jan 9, 2013 - 12 answers

Send me down the right path!

Online Maps for Running/Biking routes? Please share with me the best websites for creating running routes using an online map. Also looking for websites that lay out the mileage markers on some of the paths around DC area. [more inside]
posted by BlueMartini7 on Jan 4, 2013 - 15 answers

Do they not teach looking and listening in med school?

Is it worth my time/energy to complain to my hospital about negative interactions with a Dr. 18 months ago? I had complained several times previously to the Dr's office with no response, but new information has come to light that makes me even more irritated, since I found a document they gave me that misstates my height by 10 inches (4'11" instead of 5'9"), putting my BMI at 32, which explains why she lectured me on being fat. [more inside]
posted by MonsieurBon on Dec 13, 2012 - 20 answers

NEED TO DO SOMETHING ENERGETIC

Got (what I think are) shin splints. Now what? [more inside]
posted by thecaddy on Nov 15, 2012 - 8 answers

What shoes for a treadmill?

What kind of shoes should I get for walking -- and hopefully eventually running -- on a treadmill? [more inside]
posted by Wordwoman on Oct 25, 2012 - 14 answers

Seeking info on nutrition/exercise routine for a Woman who wants to see more definition (and has so far failed at her attempts)

Please help a woman gain some muscle. [more inside]
posted by BlueMartini7 on Oct 16, 2012 - 16 answers

Needing Physically Active Job

Hi -- looking to retire soon but am planning to continue working. Interested in a job that is more physically active -- most likely part time and in the AM. I searched for similar questions in the archives -- this one comes very close. Working in a bar or at UPS probably not for me -- hoping to find something that keeps me moving -- perhaps walking 2-3 miles per day. Any suggestions? Thanks!
posted by gilast on Oct 15, 2012 - 23 answers

What should a doctor's note say so that I can acheive my morbid obesity fitness goal?

Obese and diabetic is no way to go through life son, so I want/need/have to exercise. Problem: Most entities (exercise programs, gyms, trainers) want a doctor's note from me to prove I won't drop fucking dead while attempting to exercise. I want to get a note (one singular note) from my doctor that will allow me to participate in as many different exercise programs as possible. What should the note say? [more inside]
posted by Rob Rockets on Sep 27, 2012 - 27 answers

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