Sometimes when I exercise I feel full of energy. Other days, I feel weak and a little nauseous. This happens even when I get a good amount of sleep every night (7-8 hrs), and even when I've eated a good breakfast (say, oatmeal or cereal) an hour before exercising. What factors affect energy, especially during exercise? What does it take to get that bubbling, bursting, "I can conquer the world" energy every day?
I'm looking for suggestions on where and how to keep a food log. I have a number of criteria that, I think will help me keep it up. 1. I'd like it to be online. 2. I'd like it to have some database of foods. 3. I'd like to it show trends, at least a weekly goal thingy. 4. I'd like to it to offer easy ways to update the log. 5. I'd pay for it. Free would be great, but ... I have a diet that I am already using that contains goals -- calories, carbs, protein, etc., -- all based on BMI and activity levels. A bonus question would be stories about how you managed to keep it up for yourself. :-)
So then... I'm a chunky bastard and I want to buy an exercise bike... [more inside]
Having recently moved to a small flat with little outside space, my free-standing kick-boxing bag is of no use. Even if I had room to hurl myself at it, I'd annoy the neighbours. What sort of equipment can I use to practice Thai boxing and grappling at home? [more inside]
Beginning tennis player here - I'd appreciate tips and links (of the "for dummies" genre) to help me improve my game. [more inside]
When one is dieting by maintaining a small calorie deficit, is it appropriate to apply calories burned via one day's exercise to the next day's calorie total? Since I can't predict beforehand what days I'll have an opportunity to exercise, I can't plan ahead. Since I exercise rather late in the evening, binging the amount of calories after I return (directly before bed) would probably send 'em directly to my waist regardless of how much I'd just exercised. [more inside]
Both my parents are mad, Scottish and retired. They're 65 and 68, and weren't brought up in a culture of exercise. Now that they don't have a dog, they're terrifyingly sedentary. When I bring up the subject of exercise they either get defensive, or blow it off as something that crazy Americans do. How can I get them into some sort of vaguely regular exercise routine? [more inside]
Can I rebuild my lung capacity? And how? In the past two years, I have gone from being a high-level aerobic athlete - one to three hours daily of bike riding or running - to doing almost nothing. The reason? Respiratory problems. It started with asthma, went on to sinus infections, then two cases of pneumonia. I've had two sinus surgeries in the past six months. The good news is I am feeling better. The bad news is that my wind is shot... [more inside]
Slow metabolism and exercise. How do you combine the two? [more inside]
I'm working on improving my exercise habits, and I need some help on regulating them. How do I maintain useful aerobic exercise without going too light or too heavy? My body and my mind are fighting against me. [more inside]
Recommend me some music to run to. My current favorite album to run to is Justin Timberlake's FutureSex/LoveSongs: it's pretty good musically, a little cocky in the lyrics, and is paced perfectly, leading me to run between 8:15 and 8:45 miles. I'd appreciate any suggestions to provide variety, saving me from the embarrassment of having JT as my top artist on last.fm. [more inside]
I was just diagnosed with an inguinal hernia, which I've apparently had for almost 2 years now. I know next to nothing about hernias, let alone inguinal hernias, and it looks like it'll be 6-12 weeks before I can get into surgery, and at least 3 weeks before I get a proper consult with the surgeon. I exercise frequently with weight training, cardio, and flexibility training in the gym, and am wondering what if any exercises are safe to continue in the interim, or what exercises definitely need to be avoided. Can I still stay in shape without making this thing worse? [more inside]
My boss has challenged me to complete some sort of marathon workout at his gym. I'm not very athletic, but if I can finish, my boss will buy all his employees an expensive steak dinner. I need tips -- especially as to what/when to eat. The workout is at 8pm tonight. [more inside]
Help me find an ADD-friendly physical activity. Looks like there's [more inside]
I’ve been reading a bit about qi gong and its applications to healthy living, but am finding it hard to find information that goes beyond anecdotes. I’d like to know if the claims of qi gong (and similar internal practices) have been tested, and if the claimed mechanisms have any common ground with western medicine. [more inside]
Any exercise ideas for someone who can't use their legs? (And also can't go in the water.) [more inside]
What should I know about Vinyasa Yoga? [more inside]
Why did I experience temporary vision loss after exercising at the gym? [more inside]
I have heard that if a high-level bodybuilder suddenly stops all exercise, they will experience major health problems (possibly fatal). Is this true? If so, why? [more inside]
Are home-grade exercise machines a waste of money? [more inside]
I want you to help make me vomit! [more inside]
Workout Filter: I've hit the end of my 8 week cycle. Help me layout a new routine. The gym trainer gave me one, but I'm looking for second opinions/other ideas. (More inside) [more inside]
I'm an avid runner and tore my achilles. Looking for cardio exercises to do that don't involve ankle/legs much. [more inside]
While I'm still super enthusiastic about exercise, both my motivation and fitness level have plateaued. Suggestions? [more inside]
Sensible (numerical) weight loss plan, followed meticulously, seeming to not produce results after 16 weeks.
Sensible (numerical) weight loss plan, followed meticulously, seeming to not produce results after 16 weeks. I'm still maintaining it just as consistently, but I'm starting to feel discouraged and somewhat lost. Inside are four potential problems. Which do you think are holding me back? [more inside]
Why does my body only lose weight when I take a break from exercising? I exercise three weeks, take a week off and on the week off I lose weight. Why? [more inside]
How do I maintain a regular exercise routine despite period fatigue? [more inside]
I've been a member of gym now for the last few months. I've gotten some training on some of the myriad of machines at the place, but I'd like to know more about using them in-depth. Can anyone recommend good books or web sites that focus on the various exercises you can do and/or exercise machines you can work out with at a gym? P.S.: am not much interested in a *lot* of heavy weight-lifting using barbels and such, just mostly the other devices.
How do I stop getting these huge blisters on my feet whenever I do certain sports? [more inside]
How can I run without running out of breath and feeling incredibly tired afterwards? [more inside]
I've got joint pain from scooping ice cream. Are there exercises I can do to minimize the discomfort?
I started working in an ice cream store and I'm getting some odd aches and pains. Are there stretches or exercises I can do to minimize them? [more inside]
[fat dude question] how do people with normal bodies keep them that way? [more inside]
Major lifestyle change needed but there are a few curve balls to make this situation more challenging. I'm a full-time college student majoring in art, I work part-time, I'm poor enough to be on a state health plan, and I just learned I have high blood pressure. How do I make the changes necessary to lower my bp? [more inside]
How can I get in shape for backpacking when I don't have time to backpack? [more inside]
Seeking data about the health effects of dieting for non-overweight people interested in moderate weight loss.
Is there data about moderate weight loss for the relatively thin? For example, we all know that yo-yo dieting is bad, etc., etc. But is there any data about whether it's bad for a not-overweight person to gain five pounds every winter and then lose it every spring? It seems like all the healthy eating and weight loss stuff I read is based on studies of fat people.
Short people, how do you jog? [more inside]
What kind of exercise would I find most fun & rewarding? I like baking. I like computers. I like debate. I like learning in a scatterbrain, whatever-interests-me-at-the-moment way. I like, in short, interactive, iterative activities that reward exploration and self-learning, and that start giving (at least small) rewards very quickly. Don't like group learning or scheduled lessons, and don't want to have to depend on a partner to show up. Need something that can be done on a regular basis. Thanks.
So to summarize I have always been thin and in fairly good shape until I entered the world of 9-5 and hit some sort of metabolism slowdown.
So to summarize I have always been thin and in fairly good shape until I entered the world of 9-5 and hit some sort of metabolism slowdown. [more inside]
Besides $300, what are the differences between a $200 trampoline and a $500 one? Also, springs vs elastic? [more inside]
Is there anything I can take up as a hobby which will earn me money while getting fit? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a vegetarian diet and exercise plan? [more inside]
Do fat cells ever die? [more inside]
To get over my problem with exercise boring me senseless, I'd like to combine a really comfortable (as in comfy seat with back support) way of pedalling to keep fit at home, with using a laptop computer to access the web, How can I best do this? Has anyone else tried this and did it work? [more inside]
What would Batman's daily workout be? [more inside]
How can I continue to bulk up when my supplement gives me flatulence from hell? [more inside]
Why aren't I losing weight? I'm doing everything right (aren't I?). Extensive explanation of weight-loss methods inside, so this is a doozy. [more inside]
Where can I find a fitness center where I can jog/bike/elliptical while browsing the internet? I live in Clifton (Centreville, Northern Virginia), I can drive as necessary. I don't want to bring bulky equipment into the house unless it's really the only option. Convenience (driving distance, hours of operation, not having to fight over equipment) is more of a factor then price.
Is there a running shoe for people who overpronate that isn't huge, boxy, and heavy? [more inside]
On AskMe's advice I bought a set of adjustable dumbbells and a bench. Now I need the hive mind's help to design a workout plan. [more inside]
Can I get the "runner's high" without running? [more inside]