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Maybe my scale's broken?

I have weight to lose, but my body won't respond to anything I try. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by blerghamot on Feb 19, 2016 - 36 answers

What should I do at the gym today?

I'd like to have a vague plan for what to do at the gym when a.) I don't want to feel like I'm wasting my time, and b.) I can't commit to going on a regular schedule/keeping track of progress/etc. because [REASONS]. All of my lame excuses and beanplating within... [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion on Feb 18, 2016 - 20 answers

I can only lift weights on two consecutive days a week, help me

Because of other commitments that are unalterable in the next 6-12 months, I can only do weight training on weekends. [more inside]
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen on Feb 17, 2016 - 8 answers

Anyone have Dec 2015 issue of Shape magazine?

My friend is trying to remember the list of exercises from an article in Shape magazine with Ellie Goulding on the cover - help? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 on Feb 14, 2016 - 4 answers

Women's strength training: No barbells, no plyometrics

What are the best power/speed-enhancing strength training moves I can do that a) are not plyometric and b) don't require barbells (as opposed to dumbbells)? I KNOW I KNOW. It's like asking "How do I not get spaghetti sauce all over my face and clothes if I eat it blind-folded with my hands tied behind my back?" As always, snowflakes. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Feb 14, 2016 - 14 answers

Exercise making me feel worse?

It seems like though I exercise regularly, I'm just getting stiffer/weaker, rather than stronger. [more inside]
posted by easter queen on Feb 1, 2016 - 18 answers

Pimp my gym routine so I get stronger

I'm mid-fifties female, normal weight but looking to strengthen and firm up. I've been a gym rat off and on for decades. I just never really see any results from gyms and this is killing my motivation. [more inside]
posted by Coffeetyme on Jan 25, 2016 - 21 answers

Integrating a bicycling app with a Fitbit Charge HR?

I have a Fitbit Charge HR. It doesn't do well with cycling, per Fitbit's instructions, so I'd like to connect it to an app like Map My Ride or Strava for my trips on my bicycle. Can this work or should I use something like Microsoft's Band 2 or the Fitbit Surge that has fully integrated GPS and cycling modes? [more inside]
posted by fireoyster on Jan 19, 2016 - 5 answers

"Why am I so fat?"

I am what is apparently referred to as "skinny fat", meaning I carry most of my fat on my belly and have a high waist-to-hip ratio. I guess this is unhealthy (in addition to generally being unattractive). [more inside]
posted by a strong female character on Jan 7, 2016 - 39 answers

How important is it really to skip a day between workouts?

I recently discovered that I enjoy swimming laps for exercise, which I am doing to get fit. However, I realized today that the ideal days for me to go to the pool are Wednesday before work, Thursday late-afternoon, Friday mid-morning, and Saturday morning. This is contrary to the notion of my youth that I should really exercise more along the lines of Monday-Wednesday-Friday. Is my Wednesday-Saturday plan potentially harmful? Should i not do it? It just seems that the better schedule is the one I would actually follow. [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Jan 5, 2016 - 10 answers

Plato Quote - Original Source?

Does anyone know the original source of this quote that is often attributed to Plato: "Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it." [more inside]
posted by tmharris65 on Dec 31, 2015 - 2 answers

Six months of health coach + Power of Habit = superwoman?

My Christmas present to myself is six months of a health coach who is also a registered dietitian. I recently fell in love with The Power of Habit. I would like suggestions on how to maximize the next six months to build healthy habits that will net real health and fitness changes now and stick with me over the years. [more inside]
posted by instamatic on Dec 30, 2015 - 4 answers

Best single piece of home exercise equipment?

So, I'm looking to lose a little weight, get healthier and tone up. I'd also like to do it in the comfort of my own home. What's the one item of equipment most likely to achieve this? It has to be one only, I don't have space, money nor the inclination for an entire home gym. The plan is to set it up in the open living area of the home where I can squeeze some workout time in whilst I watch my two young kids. (For time and convenience reasons, I won't be joining a gym. Also, I hate gyms.) Ideally, I will be hiring the equipment initially. What are your thoughts?
posted by Jubey on Dec 28, 2015 - 22 answers

Help me develop the patience to get fit.

I am a 45 year old man who needs to lose 60 pounds. I have come to terms with this. I need to quit drinking, eat less processed food (I'm a vegetarian, but still), and exercise. I used to be an athlete. I was a distance runner a decade ago before letting myself go. I have a game plan for diet and exercise, but I need advice on one aspect of the process. [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Dec 27, 2015 - 17 answers

A post in which we get real and talk about underarm/armpit muffin tops

So after losing about 1/3 of my body weight, weight that I had for a long time, I have what is some kind of underarm/side boob/upper back muffin top. I need some new support for this when I workout, and just general sports bra recommendations. [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Dec 9, 2015 - 8 answers

Why am I invisible to exercise machines?

I've tried wearing a Polar chest strap in the past, with good results. I am, to the best of my knowledge, neither dead nor a vampire. I can feel my pulse. I'm an average-sized man of average height in average shape. My heart rate is not particularly fast or extraordinarily slow. So why am I invisible to the heart-rate sensors on gym exercise equipment? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Dec 9, 2015 - 11 answers

What's a good alternative to a fitbit?

My girlfriend's fitbit charge has fallen apart twice now - are any of the competitors hardier? [more inside]
posted by Silentgoldfish on Dec 4, 2015 - 23 answers

What sort of diet/exercise should I do to look better?

I'm interested in looking more attractive for myself and my partner. In particular, I'd like to improve definition and increase size of my arms, chest and abs. What specific exercises and dietary changes will best achieve this? [more inside]
posted by Cogito on Nov 28, 2015 - 8 answers

Need a Fun, Family-Friendly Workout

I'm trying to get my family to stay active together during the winter. I was thinking about workout videos, but I'm not sure where to start. [more inside]
posted by Comrade Doll on Nov 18, 2015 - 10 answers

Compact exercise equipment for non-compact person

What is the best piece of home exercise equipment, with the smallest footprint, for a 6'5" guy? [more inside]
posted by Wavelet on Nov 17, 2015 - 12 answers

Flex vs Charge HR: which fits a beginner better?

Please help me pick an activity tracker that fits my needs from the seemingly limitless options out there. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Tamanna on Nov 17, 2015 - 17 answers

What do runners do in the winter?

I'm a beginner runner and I'd like to keep running through winter. I'm a total wimp about running in the dark and cold. Lets change that... [more inside]
posted by peeedro on Nov 17, 2015 - 33 answers

I need to move

I'm looking for some exercise equipment for my home: a treadmill, elliptical, or a stationary bike. I am a short woman and need something that I can actually use. I'd prefer to spend less than $550 total. [more inside]
posted by sockermom on Nov 13, 2015 - 14 answers

Attractive and stylish women’s gym bag, that doesn’t look like a gym bag

I’m looking for bags to use as a gym bag, that don’t look overly gym-y or sporty. I like stylish, pretty, feminine things (more along the lines of Anthropologie, J.Crew, Lululemon), but not overly bright girly/pink things (i.e. not Lily Pulitzer or Vera Bradley). Do you have any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Oct 28, 2015 - 11 answers

And Bend and Lift and Stretch and Laugh

We’re heading into our neverending winter here, and I’d like some ideas for exercise videos or games that I can do with my 10 and 12 year old kids. As corny as it is, I’d love a modern day Sweatin to the Oldies. Does such a thing exist? Funny songs and laughing while we do cardio or strength training? We are not fans of most current Pop music – unless it’s being covered by Weird Al. And my daughter made a face when I suggested Yoga, so new agey is out. Any suggestions for videos or Youtube channels or other that could help us out? (We have a PS4 and XBOne, but not a Wii)
posted by saffry on Oct 27, 2015 - 7 answers

Beginners Home Fitness Program?

What are some recommended home exercise programs, with videos online or DVD, to guide me through workouts on a daily/weekly basis that are very friendly to beginners and exercise n00bs? Personal recommendations are especially welcome! [more inside]
posted by ellerhodes on Oct 25, 2015 - 16 answers

You are not my fitness instructor, but...

Help me develop a good plan to stay active! [more inside]
posted by sprezzy on Oct 20, 2015 - 16 answers

How did you quickly implement lifestyle changes?

On doctor's orders, I need to fairly drastically change my diet and activity level on short notice. I've never had to watch or track what I ate. The specific goal is to maintain a healthy blood pressure and I am highly motivated; I've explained why inside. If you've done this, what tools did you use to plan and track your progress? What changes were most important in reducing your blood pressure? [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Oct 16, 2015 - 23 answers

Good, positive exercise DVDs for teens and children?

I work at a psychiatric hospital, on the child and adolescent service. Our kids don't have a lot of opportunity for exercise, which is really not good, given how effective exercise can be for mood regulation, self-confidence, etc. I'd like to find some good exercise DVDs that they can use when they have unstructured time on the unit. I'd like them to be as positive as possible-- not a lot of "burn that flab away" or "let's sculpt sexy butts." [more inside]
posted by bookish on Oct 12, 2015 - 13 answers

Will the altitude in Salt Lake City affect my ability to exercise?

I'm going to SLC for a work trip in a couple weeks. It's just a few days, but I'd like to be able to run (jog) while I'm there. But I'm a flatlander. Will the higher elevation adversely affect me? [more inside]
posted by misskaz on Oct 9, 2015 - 14 answers

Is "8-Minute Abs!!" still a thing?

I haven’t exercised regularly in a long time and am really out of shape. I think I can swing spending between 15-20 minutes exercising most mornings. (I know it’s not much, but I figure even 15 minutes is a lot better than the 0 minutes I currently do.) What activities/types of exercise should I try that can be done in that short amount of time? [more inside]
posted by pupstocks on Oct 1, 2015 - 34 answers

Annoying anime for health and fitness

I get a much better daily workout on the stationary bike while watching anime that I kind of hate. I need recommendations for more series to watch that I won't like too much. Important additional details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by ardgedee on Sep 27, 2015 - 23 answers

Suggestions for fun home exercises that are not just exercise routines

Like the title says, what are some fun home exercises that aren’t just workout routines but more in the vein of yoga or bellydancing or even pole-dancing (those are the only three I can think of)? [more inside]
posted by atinna on Sep 26, 2015 - 16 answers

Best YouTube Workout Videos

I'm looking for the best YouTube workout videos/channels, in the 20-60 minute range. Specifics for me inside but I'm happy to also have recs for great videos that don't suit me now but may suit my later, or help other people! [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee on Sep 18, 2015 - 11 answers

Playground [in the city of brotherly] love

I'm looking for a playground (or any public park) that has the equipment necessary to perform pull ups, and less importantly but nice to have parallel bars for dips as well, in (or near) the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood of Philadelphia. [more inside]
posted by telegraph on Aug 28, 2015 - 2 answers

One elbow clicks while lowering overhead press. Fixes/workarounds?

My left elbow clicks on the medial side while I'm lowering the barbell during overhead press. It feels like a tendon's out of alignment and is having problems sliding over the bone or something - maybe an early case of golfer's elbow, but I don't know. It happens every rep, and has gotten more pronounced over a few sessions. My right elbow doesn't do this, and my form looks symmetrical. [more inside]
posted by randomname25 on Aug 26, 2015 - 10 answers

A little yoga to start the day

What form of yoga is best for a man in his early 50's, in OK shape, doesn't currently exercise and just wants to be limber? Routines that take 15-30 minutes. Nothing too strenuous. Something that can be done in the living room and learned from YouTube videos.
posted by GernBlandston on Aug 25, 2015 - 10 answers

Is it worth the expense to visit a sports medicine clinic?

I've had some pain associated with running, and I'm wondering if it is worth the expense (time and money-wise) to visit a sports medicine clinic to resolve the problem. [more inside]
posted by stinker on Aug 24, 2015 - 10 answers

How to get into personal training?

Should I become a personal trainer, and if so, how? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Jul 30, 2015 - 7 answers

Visuals that come to mind?

I am trying to create symbols and images that children can associate with certain words. Can you help me come up with all the visuals that come to mind for the words "advisor" and "luxury" (these are the two that I am stuck on because of how complex and non-accessible for children they can be)?
posted by omar.a on Jul 27, 2015 - 19 answers

fire between the cheeks

Last night I did sit-ups and rubbed my butt raw. Help me figure out what I did wrong. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 9, 2015 - 10 answers

Gamify my walks!

I'm trying to get back into walking as a key form of exercise, but this time around my usual podcasts and audiobooks aren't cutting it. What do I need to help easily track how much walking I'm doing, and to motivate me to boost that amount? [more inside]
posted by DingoMutt on Jul 6, 2015 - 18 answers

Suggestions for gentle exercises after period of bed rest

I need advice about very gentle exercises and reconditioning after a long period of bed rest. I have a heart condition and have been very inactive for years. Recently my heart problem got somewhat better. Now I can do very light exercises. But even very gentle exercise can be a problem for me. I need advice about reconditioning safely. Also I would like suggestions for websites, books or other resources for people recovering after long periods of bed rest who are severely deconditioned. [more inside]
posted by Cinnamon Bear on Jun 30, 2015 - 15 answers

Best way to increase cardiovascular capacity (and maybe endurance)?

Given my set of constraints, I need some ideas about forms of exercise I can do to increase my cardiovascular capacity and maybe my endurance also. Details within. [more inside]
posted by purple_bird on Jun 28, 2015 - 9 answers

Best exercises for weak hip/core muscles?

I saw a sports doc for recurring issues with my calves, feet, and possibly the Achilles tendon. I'm going for PT on Tuesday but I'd like to look into local classes with exercises that target these issues in the meantime. Details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by onecircleaday on Jun 27, 2015 - 13 answers

Best exercises for pole-dancing

I want to start taking pole-dancing classes, but I'm neither financially nor physically ready for them. I hope to start this winter, but in the meantime I'm going to the gym and lifting 2-4 times a week. What are the best exercises/lifts I can do that will help me get ready for pole-dancing specifically? Early 30s, female, terrible cardio capacity but can deadlift my body weight so far. My gym is pretty basic, with the usual weight machines, free weights, benches, etc. No kettlebells or rings, unfortunately, nor will I have access to an actual pole. Thanks!
posted by skycrashesdown on Jun 27, 2015 - 5 answers

Seeking a fitness expert who'll give me the info to exercise on my own

I would like to find someone in NYC who can advise me on designing an exercise program suited to my fitness, age and goals, but not a personal trainer I visit regularly in order to actually do that exercise. Does this kind of person exist? [more inside]
posted by oliverburkeman on Jun 27, 2015 - 9 answers

What cardio equipment for this small alcove?

My wife and I have a small alcove in our basement where we'd like to place some exercise equipment to get the heart rate up during the winter. Given the immutable space limitations, what should we consider? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jun 22, 2015 - 8 answers

What's clogging my ears/earbuds when running? Sweat/earwax? How to fix?

I listen to music when running, and also I sweat a lot. I notice sweat building up in my ears, then during the last quarter or so of my run my left earbud stops working and it feels like my ear is plugged. The plugged feeling goes away when I take my earbud out. What is going on? [more inside]
posted by Thanquol180 on Jun 18, 2015 - 10 answers

Too Much Sugar in my blood, but how?

Results from my annual show most things A-OK but one red flag -- a fasting blood sugar level of 108 mg/dl, which I read places me in pre-diabetes territory. This hit me like a sledgehammer because I simply cannot figure out how or why I would have this number considering my generally healthy, low-carb diet and decent weight. Some answers would be most welcome. Read on please. [more inside]
posted by terrier319 on Jun 13, 2015 - 25 answers

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