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Diet & Exercise

I apologize for somewhat of a redundant question, but I just went for my annual physical and my doctor told me that I need to shed the fifty extra pounds that I am carrying around. Bloodwork came back normal, but he said that if I don't take off the weight it is going to be a problem moving into the future. [more inside]
posted by nidora on Dec 26, 2014 - 34 answers

Can you break me out of my fitness rut?

I'm looking for creative suggestions on new fitness activities (and concrete suggestions on how to get started) that would play best to my body type. Blizzard inside. [more inside]
posted by unannihilated on Dec 25, 2014 - 24 answers

Basic (but difficult) Bodyweight Workout for Self w/ caveats

I am not short on bodyweight books. In fact, Your Body is Your Barbell and You are Your Own Gym are a few. I like the first book the best but it is so jammed with stuff I don't know what I should do first to modify for my own attention. Some caveats are that I have a rotator cuff irritation so cannot do too much with overhead lifting along with a sloooooow healing plantar fascia (working through) where I cannot do certain running in place things that strike the heel. [more inside]
posted by chicaboom on Dec 22, 2014 - 8 answers

Combatting Type II Diabetes

In July I was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes. Since then I've made significant changes to my lifestyle. I'm wondering what to expect on my next doctor visit. [more inside]
posted by slogger on Dec 19, 2014 - 15 answers

Puppy Dance Party

I work from home, and I want to institute periodic dance breaks throughout my day, to force me out of my chair and pump me up a little, since I'm prone to desk hypnosis. Also, my dogs think it's awesome when we dance. [more inside]
posted by Lyn Never on Dec 8, 2014 - 25 answers

Realistically, is there anything else I can try before Metformin?

I've read all the other questions about Metformin, and most about PCOS, but I think this is a slightly new twist, so I hope you can help me. I know YANMD. I have already tried everything I can think of to manage without meds, and I'm wondering if any of you have other suggestions, or if I should just give in and start Metformin. [more inside]
posted by etranger on Dec 7, 2014 - 11 answers

Weightlifting for the mentally lazy

Please give me a simple weight training routine that is 1) simple 2) not overly time consuming 3) doesn't progress so fast that I punk out [more inside]
posted by latkes on Dec 2, 2014 - 15 answers

Help me choose an exercise program!

I would really like to get back into shape in the coming months, but I can’t figure out what sport or exercise program would be right for me. I do not need to lose weight. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by checkitnice on Dec 2, 2014 - 21 answers

Runner's knee while training for first half-marathon

I've been training for my first half-marathon in two weeks following the Hal Higdon Novice 2 program. My knee has been acting up more and more during the long runs. What to do now? [more inside]
posted by crazy with stars on Nov 29, 2014 - 8 answers

Un-supersize me. Difficulty: mental health

With anxiety, chronic depression and ADHD (I'm being treated for all), I struggle sometimes to get out of bed and go to work, let alone exercising and making healthy food (I know, I know, 30 minutes daily exercise is the single biggest thing for health). Where do I start? It seems huge and impossible. I have some spare cash to throw at this, but I’m reluctant to buy expensive clothes racks that take up space in my tiny flat and accuse me silently. If you have any ideas/tips/links for an old (50ish) seriously unmotivated introvert with a BMI of 40 and the attention span of a lizard, that’d be good. If you see a (solvable) obstacle that I'm obviously missing, I'd appreciate your insight. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 25, 2014 - 42 answers

Exercising 'High'

Will I ever get an endorphin rush? I started an incremental exercise program, a couple of weeks doing a basic routine (24 mins a day) and then adding to it, and adding again (finally just under an hour a day). There were resistance bands and lots of sweating, I put a lot of effort in but got no endorphin rush. [more inside]
posted by She Kisses Wyverns on Nov 21, 2014 - 40 answers

How to start exercise when I'm so old/fat?

I'm 47, female and very overweight. I've got lower back issues and almost zero cardio strength. How to start exercise from basically zero? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 1, 2014 - 24 answers

How to exercise: the bad ankle edition

I am currently waiting for ankle ligament reconstruction surgery, but still want to keep as active as possible in the meantime. My two main ways of exercising - riding my horse and playing soccer weekly - are now out of the question, what else can I do to maintain some level of activity that doesn't involve using my injured ankle too much? [more inside]
posted by sunshine arakhan on Oct 28, 2014 - 15 answers

Fitbit flex overcounting steps?

Does anyone else's fitbit show what appears to be a wildly inflated number of steps per day? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Oct 28, 2014 - 18 answers

Cross training for a half marathon while avoiding injuries?

I signed up for my first half marathon in mid January! I'm nervous and excited, but also injury prone. Had a really bad ankle sprain and broken toe within the past year (separate occasions), and don't want to injure myself again. How can I enjoy cross-training, training for the half, all while avoiding injuring myself over the next few months? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Oct 27, 2014 - 10 answers

Cardio Equipment: New or Used?

We're considering getting a piece of cardio equipment for the home, probably an elliptical. Are there any serious pitfalls to buying it used? The price difference seems pretty enormous, which always makes me suspicious. [more inside]
posted by griphus on Oct 24, 2014 - 8 answers

Sitting is bad, but I must sit! Ideas for short office exercise breaks?

I'm stuck in an desk chair in an office, and I'm looking for mini routines for 5 minute exercise breaks. [more inside]
posted by mercredi on Oct 23, 2014 - 9 answers

How do I keep my swim cap on?

I'm swimming laps, following the 0 to 1650 program, and my swim cap always starts coming off around the 400-yard mark. I end up having to stop and fix it a lot. What could I be doing wrong? I don't know what I'm doing, please help [more inside]
posted by Rustic Etruscan on Oct 6, 2014 - 13 answers

Exercise or ergonomics?

I'm trying to incorporate more exercise in my life by walking more, but is this necessarily better when all the increased walking is done in high heels? [more inside]
posted by hellopanda on Oct 1, 2014 - 16 answers

What's the learning-for-fun equivalent in diet and exercise?

I think we learn best not through rigid reading lists and assignments but when we follow our interests freeform. Yet habits, routines, calorie counting, repetitive exercises, and other finger-wagging components of "health as a necessary chore" seem to be the prevalent attitude in nutrition and physical fitness. How could one get really healthy through the fitness and diet equivalents of reading randomly for pleasure, tinkering, exploring, and problem solving for the joy of it?
posted by shivohum on Sep 30, 2014 - 17 answers

How do I adult?

I would like to adult better. I need to start doing things like eating healthily, actually going to the dentist, having a home that isn't a pit of filth and junk, going to bed early on a a school night, maybe even getting some exercise and having savings. What resources are good for working on this?
posted by curious_yellow on Sep 24, 2014 - 28 answers

Diet & Exercise

I have asked similar questions in the past, so I apologize if this seems redundant but I am not having any success with shedding the weight. I am roughly fifty pounds overweight and I don't like how I feel or look right now. I can eat very lightly for breakfast and lunch, but at night I tend to eat way too much. Some of this is related to a medication that I take, but I'm unsure how to counter this other than through sheer willpower. [more inside]
posted by nidora on Sep 23, 2014 - 61 answers

Would walking get in the way of a workout?

A friend of mine started walking about an hour a day earlier this year, and now, 6 months later, says he has lost the enthusiasm to start his other anaerobic workouts. [more inside]
posted by circular on Sep 3, 2014 - 13 answers

Dressing for the badass exerciser you want to be

I’ve noticed that wearing workout clothing/gear that makes me feel good, tough, and strong, can actually give me a little extra mental confidence to make me better, tougher, and stronger in my workouts. What kinds of workout clothing and accessories make you feel badass? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Aug 27, 2014 - 19 answers

Gamify my exercise experience! Difficulty level: stationary bike

So I have achilles tendinopathy as well as problems with my knees and feet which means (long story short) I need non-weight-bearing exercise. I have a recumbent stationary bike which is great for developing strength in knees, is easy on the poor achilles and is generally a good idea. Problem: I loathe doing it because it bores me senseless. Solution, I hope, is to gamify it. [more inside]
posted by Athanassiel on Aug 27, 2014 - 21 answers

Bluetooth headphone recommendations for running?

I'm looking for a new set of headphones to wear while running and I'm interested in trying Bluetooth. I want to still be able to hear the world around me as I do most of my running on the road. Track/volume controls would be nice to have. Can any of you recommend something you've had a good experience with? [more inside]
posted by Songdog on Aug 25, 2014 - 12 answers

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

7 minute workout, gym edition

This widely-shared 7-minute workout from the NYT is designed to be done anywhere, without any gym equipment. How could it be improved when you do have access to a fully-equipped gym? [more inside]
posted by neat graffitist on Aug 20, 2014 - 6 answers

Why does exercise depress/anger me?

I know that regular exercise is a necessity and that I need more of it. I know that it's not meant to be easy. But I'm not sure it's meant to cause irrational, free-floating anger and despair. So what am I doing wrong? [more inside]
posted by MShades on Aug 15, 2014 - 35 answers

How should I run?

I would like to integrate running into my lifestyle. How should I do so? With a particular program? Casually? Snowflake -- I've recently switched to minimalist sneakers. [more inside]
posted by masters2010 on Aug 8, 2014 - 13 answers

I need an edge.

I need suggestions for what I should eat/drink prior to a very short but intense cycling workout. [more inside]
posted by repoman on Jul 25, 2014 - 22 answers

Is Shakeology a scam?

Are Shakeology/all of those sports/meal replacement shake things worth it? [more inside]
posted by ashtabula to opelika on Jul 23, 2014 - 6 answers

Inspiration to maintain an exercise habit

I am going through yet another slump in my regular pattern of exercising, not exercising, exercising, rinse and repeat. I'm looking for some inspiration in the form of books, podcasts, twitter accounts to follow, facebook groups, etc. [more inside]
posted by fever-trees on Jul 20, 2014 - 12 answers

Best exercising regimen for a chronically-lazy person?

My cousin is an early-thirties chronic sloth. Although he does go out on occasion and he walks from time to time, to say that he is not an exercise person is the understatement of the year. Any ideas on how to get him started on an exercise regiment that doesn't involve people or mornings and is relatively easy to do? [more inside]
posted by omar.a on Jul 19, 2014 - 31 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

Helping a teen keep weight loss momentum going...

Help me support my teen daughter with her health efforts... [more inside]
posted by pearlybob on Jul 10, 2014 - 27 answers

woe is my broken toe

Got a little too enthusiastic practicing my Zumba moves a couple days ago, and smashed my pinkie toe into the coffee table. Oops. How can I burn 500 calories a day through exercise, and avoid going stir crazy with a freshly broken toe? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Jun 27, 2014 - 11 answers

a spikely joint

I've been having knee pain recently resulting from physical activity. Will it get better with time, or do I have to choose between accepting it and taking a long break? [more inside]
posted by threeants on Jun 23, 2014 - 7 answers

Why am I having leg, ankle and foot pains when I walk and jog?

I recently started a mix of walking and jogging for an hour a day, to help me lose weight. I'm about a hundred pounds overweight and until now have been pretty sedentary. Since I started walking and jogging, I've had aching, tight pains in my shins, ankles and heels. What could be causing this? Is there anything I can do to prevent it from happening? [more inside]
posted by qi on Jun 23, 2014 - 29 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

The right hand of darkness

My right hand and arms have slowly been developing an ache or cramp over the last two weeks that gets worse when I use a trackpad or smartphone. (I'm right-handed.) I'm also starting a software engineering internship tomorrow. What should I do to keep my hands okay? [more inside]
posted by glass origami robot on Jun 8, 2014 - 18 answers

How to get healthy slowly?

I'm looking for examples of small lifestyle changes that will gradually help me to be healthier. [more inside]
posted by frizzle on Jun 6, 2014 - 41 answers

Nausea or vertigo when exercising?

I recently started exercising for the first time ever (in my early 30's) by joining a gym and trying out their HIIT classes. They're really hard but I'm doing it. I'm running into some problems that only occur with certain exercises, and I'm wondering if there could be an underlying cause. [more inside]
posted by juniperesque on Jun 6, 2014 - 17 answers

"Do I look fat?" No... (yes!!)

My husband sometimes asks me, "Do I look fat?" The answer is yes, but I don't know how to say "yes." Should I tell him the truth? Here's the context: For several years he has been hitting the gym hard. 5x/week at Crossfit, and currently in training for his third marathon. He went from a skinny, twiggy guy to a mass of muscle. He looks great, feels great, is healthy (we are vegan but do drink lots of beer on the weekends)... but as his muscles have grown, his belly has, too. It's big and looks fatty, even though the rest of him is muscly. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 2, 2014 - 34 answers

How to lose weight with core injuries?

I'm in physio and working on my core. But every time I try to exercise, I injure myself. I'm gaining weight like crazy and really can't afford to only do core exercises. Is there anything I could do to help lose weight? [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats on Jun 1, 2014 - 27 answers

Just joined a gym for the first time in a while, looking to get healthy

I used to have a high activity job that kept me in pretty good shape without needing a gym. Over the past few years I stopped doing that job on a regular basis and instead became much more sedentary while not eating less (factually: probably more). I've gained wait within that time, and have decided that I want to become more healthy by adding exercise back into my life. However, since I've never needed a gym before I have no idea what to do with my gym membership. Specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on May 29, 2014 - 9 answers

Should I Join a Gym?

I'm trying to exercise more, mostly for reasons like getting my appetite up and sleeping better -- I don't have any "fitness goals," this is more about making exercise part of my routine. In the past, I would just go running outside, but I've never kept up with it well and summer in DC is not the best time for running outside (swampy, "code red" days, etc). Should I try to commit to running outside and doing my usual "weight baring" exercises at home, or should I join a gym? [more inside]
posted by rue72 on May 28, 2014 - 12 answers

Everything that kills me makes me feel like poop

Over the past 6-8 months, I've fallen into a lot of bad habits that affect how I feel in my body. I want to improve, but there is so much that needs improving that I'm not sure where or how to start, and I don't have a lot of motivation. How do I begin to turn things around? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 25, 2014 - 24 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

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