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Please help me avoid further injuring myself

YANMD - but my doctor thinks I may have a slipped disc. If you are active, into fitness, running, strength training, etc, how do you manage the associated aches and pains and avoid aggravating things? What can I do now to (hopefully) nip this in the bud, but still enjoy exercise? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Nov 15, 2016 - 5 answers

Forty-something asthmatic seeking greater fitness through jogging

How do I not injure myself, continue to vary and enjoy my workouts, and optimize my chances at success as a budding jogger? Possible complications: I hate group activities and can't always rely on my lungs allowing me to exercise outdoors at a higher impact on a regular basis (indoors is generally always fine, and outdoor *walking* is generally always fine). [more inside]
posted by pammeke on Oct 25, 2016 - 10 answers

Online yoga subscription

I'm looking for yoga classes which are available online. I'm looking for a paid membership where the classes are updated fairly regularly by experienced/certified yoga teachers (i.e. not someone in their living room). Can anyone recommend anything they like? [more inside]
posted by onecircleaday on Oct 25, 2016 - 17 answers

Game-ify my health

I am looking for a health/fitness app to use to encourage some needed lifestyle changes. I want it to be fun, set challenges, track food, and be competitive among a small group of friends. [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate on Oct 7, 2016 - 2 answers

In need of aerobics and cardio routines/videos

I need to shake up my exercise routine with some new videos & am looking for suggestions. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by atinna on Oct 4, 2016 - 5 answers

Prove it! Evidence based health blogs.

I'm looking to expand my knowledge about the latest research and breakthroughs in the areas of health, medicine, nutrition and fitness. What are some good resources to peruse? [more inside]
posted by rippersid on Sep 15, 2016 - 14 answers

How long does it take to get better at running?

This is kind of a weird question I guess, but how long does it take to get better at running, in the sense that it's definitely getting easier, but it's still never EASY. [more inside]
posted by JenThePro on Sep 13, 2016 - 33 answers

Spin class, without the class

I enjoy spin class but want to be able to bike on my own at the gym. Are there any cycling apps (iOS) out there that provide audio cues? With or without music, with or without tracking. Maybe it's a podcast or YouTube series instead?
posted by kidsleepy on Sep 13, 2016 - 11 answers

How important are 'good' running shoes for a beginner?

I want to try Couch to 5K again. Do I really have to spend $100+ on running shoes for this? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Sep 13, 2016 - 33 answers

Help me find a health & weight-loss coach online

I am a woman in my late 30s and I have quite a bit of weight to lose. I am ready to really make a commitment to some changes, but as an extremely busy professional and new mother I don't feel like I can do this alone. I am looking for an online health/weight-loss coach who will help me make incremental changes and stick to them over the course of a year to lose about 50 pounds. I'm willing to pay generously for this. Where should I look? How do I find this? [more inside]
posted by quincequince on Aug 24, 2016 - 8 answers

Suggestions for Coping after major surgery: meds, etc

I'll be having major surgery next month. The doctors say I will be on opioid painkillers for 2-4 weeks. I'm worried they will give me digestive problems, as I have a sensitive stomach. My other issue is staying in shape while recovering. It has taken me a year to get to my current fitness level. Doctor says no workouts besides walking and physical therapy for 1-2 months. I'm very concerned I will lose the muscle I have worked hard for, and gain fat. Any advice on either issue?
posted by CancerSucks on Aug 23, 2016 - 14 answers

Depictions of exercise in science fiction?

In the classic Total Recall there's an amazing scene of Sharon Stone receiving virtual tennis instruction. There's an incredible jogging scene in 2001. I am probing the hive to find more depictions of science fictional takes on personal fitness, training and athletics. I am more interested in futuristic and novel forms of exercise rather than the usual dystopian violence of things like "Rollerball". What does the gym of the future look like?
posted by anthonymosc on Aug 22, 2016 - 31 answers

Exercise classes in NYC after a long exercising hiatus!

Hi, Fitness Mefites! I am looking for exercises classes in NYC to get back into the swing of more intense exercise. Personal recommendations appreciated! Special considerations inside... [more inside]
posted by carmenghia on Aug 14, 2016 - 2 answers

Experience with Z-Health?

Does anyone on MeFi have experience with the Z-Health system? I've used the Goog, there are only a few reviews around the web, and nothing recent. [more inside]
posted by 4midori on Jul 11, 2016 - 3 answers

Heart rate monitor recommendations?

I am having an impossible time finding a heart rate monitor that fits these requirements. Can you help? 1. Chest strap 2. Syncs with RunKeeper 3. Simultaneously works with a wristwatch so I can see my heart rate while I run without whipping out my phone.
posted by gocubbies on Jul 3, 2016 - 7 answers

psychologically and physically dealing with sudden weight gain?

Within six months of starting a prescription known for its tendency to induce weight gain, I gained over 50 pounds. I went from a size 0/2 to a size 12/14, just under 110 pounds to just over 160. I don't recognize myself in the mirror and feel like my body isn't even mine anymore, but I know losing this weight is going to be incredibly difficult. Can you help me find a way forward from here? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 29, 2016 - 27 answers

How did I lose weight?

How did I lose weight? [more inside]
posted by Evilspork on Jun 22, 2016 - 71 answers

Reconciling parenthood with "risky" fitness hobbies

My wife and I are getting serious criticism from her parents about activities that are extremely important to us -- endurance road cycling (me) and long-distance running (her). They believe that as parents to a 4-year-old, we are being irresponsible to continue these extra-curricular passions. Are they right? [more inside]
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! on Jun 20, 2016 - 62 answers

Sick & sexified exercise music videos

I am curating a playlist of music videos (of any genre, and of any era) featuring exercise (of any kind) done in a sexy or titillating way. Current tracklist and granular criteria within. Bonus points for depictions of men doing sexy workouts. [more inside]
posted by thetarium on Jun 9, 2016 - 34 answers

Question following blood work

I (30, male) just got the results from routine blood work. My testosterone is pretty low (377 ng/dL on a reference range of 348-1197). I also had lab work done 6 months ago that showed a similar result. My vitamin d levels also seem lower than I'd expect given that I supplement daily. I'd like to naturally raise my testosterone levels--but also am unsure whether this is something I should even be considering. [more inside]
posted by prunes on Jun 8, 2016 - 12 answers

Run, run, run run, everybody run run

Are there any fun videos about running? [more inside]
posted by Enchanting Grasshopper on Jun 6, 2016 - 6 answers

Customizable exercise app/video?

I love love love Yourself!Fitness, but it doesn't work on my new PC. Are there other apps (Windows/Android) which have the same features? Namely, that you can set/choose: duration, equipment, type of exercise (cardio/strength/stretch), and difficulty level. Plus it always gives you randomized exercises, so the workout is never completely the same. I'd like something where I can press "start" and just go, without having to look up different exercises or download videos, and it would give me a long-term program, so I can gradually level up. [more inside]
posted by gakiko on May 23, 2016 - 4 answers

How do I even fit?

I've decided to work towards a UK Mountain Leader qualification, but first I need to get in shape. How... do I do that? [more inside]
posted by Happy Dave on May 9, 2016 - 12 answers

What's the most effective way to do pushups?

Sets of 10 or "feel the burn" marathons? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on May 6, 2016 - 11 answers

Best waterproof fitness tracker?

Which waterproof fitness tracker should I get for my mom? Most important things are walking and swimming. Price is open. Any recommendations are welcome. Thanks!
posted by ancient star on Apr 27, 2016 - 8 answers

How do I host a weight-loss competition?

I live on a very small island and have been trying to develop a few ideas that I have, this being one of them. Our CMO constantly bemoans the state of the health of the populace based on the spike in chronic lifestyle diseases. [more inside]
posted by Whatifyoufly on Apr 27, 2016 - 24 answers

Weatherproof my exercise routine!

My thousandth exercise question: My exercise routine needs some tweaking. Please advise. I need options for exercise at home on days that it's too hot to go out, and given certain other restrictions. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Apr 24, 2016 - 12 answers

Help me to create an uncomplicated fitness regime.

I'm a 51 year old male and posted recently about wanting to lose beer belly. I got some great answers so thought I'd now look for a solid, uncomplicated fitness regime that will get me cardio fit and make me look good. I want something simple and easy to follow....perhaps even a bit old school. [more inside]
posted by blokefromipanema on Apr 13, 2016 - 20 answers

Getting rid of a middle aged beer belly

I'm a fit 51 year old bloke but I can't ever seem to shift my beer belly. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by blokefromipanema on Apr 6, 2016 - 30 answers

Why do I have crap lungs?

Inspired by this post - I have breathing problems when exercising that I don't think are asthma. Has anyone else ever had an issue like this and if so, what is it called and how do I fix it? [more inside]
posted by olinerd on Apr 1, 2016 - 7 answers

OK to exercise on an empty stomach?

I have never been able to eat in the mornings. 5 days a week I do an hour of some form of exercise on an empty stomach and do not eat until a few hours afterwards. Is this unhealthy? Should I be forcing myself to eat before and/or after working out, and if so, what should I eat? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Mar 31, 2016 - 25 answers

I want to run the world?

Global runners of MeFi - can you recommend any especially scenic races worth traveling for, to maybe make into a bit of a vacation? Probably not more (or much more) than the Half Marathon distance, but willing to travel anywhere. [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Mar 21, 2016 - 14 answers

What happens when you quit exercising, or 'detrain'?

I have been a daily exerciser (30-90 minutes on average, mixed cardio/strength/yoga) for a decade. I'm currently recovering from a month-long exercise rut/detraining - in other words, very little exercise due to a number of issues I'm already working to overcome - and am now curious: other than the infamous muscle loss and fat gain, what other major physiological changes start to take place after a few weeks without regular exercise? [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Mar 16, 2016 - 12 answers

Working out: Good pain vs bad pain

I have limited time to work out, so I want to push myself hard in the time I've got, and I don't mind enduring short-term discomfort -- but I don't want to ignore my body's warning signals. How can I tell the difference between "This hurts because it's making me stronger" and "this hurts because I'm doing damage to my body?" What kind of pain means I should stop a workout, and what kind of soreness afterwards means I pushed myself too hard? [more inside]
posted by yankeefog on Mar 14, 2016 - 9 answers

Handsfree fitness

I'm going to be without the full use of my dominant hand for a little bit! Bummer. One contributing sub-bummer is that I won't be able to do yoga for some time since downward dog will be out of the question. Can you recommend any workouts I should consider that won't be too lop-sided without my dominant hand? [more inside]
posted by thirdletter on Mar 1, 2016 - 13 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

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

I need a half tire

So there's an exercise where one hits a truck tire with a sledgehammer. It's a pretty great workout. I'd like to get a tire at home, but I don't have space to accommodate a truck tire. You can however, buy a HALF truck tire online for what seems to be an exorbitant amount of money. If I go to a tire recycling place, how would I cut a tire like that in half? Secondly, does half tire actually work ok?
posted by aeighty on Jan 28, 2016 - 12 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

My Fitness Frenemy

I have started and quit My Fitness Pal so many times, but this time I am determined to make it work for me. Please help me use it without so much aggravation! Questions inside... [more inside]
posted by carlypennylane on Jan 24, 2016 - 13 answers

Fitness for someone with hand damage.

I destroyed a finger in a way that is permanent & painful (details inside). I think even partnered dance might be impossible because the way my hand would be held might hurt. While I'm looking for non-partnered dance classes that fit my schedule (way harder than I thought!), are there any other fitness activities I could learn that would result in a skill akin to dance, rock climbing, or martial arts? [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Jan 19, 2016 - 15 answers

I don't need a *really* smart watch, just a kinda smart watch...

So, I joined a gym and intend to go there to lift heavy things, become strong and vanquish my enemies, as one does. I'm looking for a relatively cheap (under $100), small/non-cumbersome (e.g. not my smartphone) way to both blast sweet tunes and time myself holding lunges, etc. (OH GOD WALL SITS WHY ARE YOU SO TERRIBLE). [more inside]
posted by hilatron on Jan 15, 2016 - 10 answers

Fitness Tracker for a Very Small Windows User?

Microsoft Band, Band 2 and Fitbit are all too big. All the devices I've seen that look as if they *might* fit aren't compatible with Windows Phone. Dear MeFi, please help this tiny little Windows-using snowflake track All the Things. [more inside]
posted by Flipping_Hades_Terwilliger on Jan 12, 2016 - 10 answers

Should I ditch my bike commute and walk instead?

I'm trying to look at my commute in terms of best fitness bang for the buck. Biking gets me there faster, but it probably delivers zilch fitness-wise. Help me look at this differently. [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife on Jan 8, 2016 - 13 answers

Is a 5-hour century a realistic cycling goal?

I am a second-generation cyclist. My father, long ago, rode the San Diego Century in 4'52", back when he was a talented amateur road racer in rural SoCal with very little to do besides ride his bike. I am in my thirties and have a nine-to-five in NYC. Can I break the 5-hour mark? [more inside]
posted by Sokka shot first on Dec 29, 2015 - 6 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

Ouch, ouch, ouch

I have recently gotten back into cardio and have signed up for a Spartan a Race in April...yeah me! Now the problem...I think I have extensor tendinitis in my left foot. About a mile into a run/walk, the top of my foot up into my ankle starts to burn. It doesn't stop me, but damn it hurts. I have tried loosening my laces, ice, pain killers...no help. Is there anything other than stopping the cardio? Thanks hive!
posted by keep it tight on Dec 27, 2015 - 5 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

Continuous heart rate monitoring with custom alerts-- how?

Here's what I want: wearable tech that will continuously monitor my heart rate without needing to charge for 6+ hours at a time. Software connected to that monitor, either internally or through my Nexus 6, that will alert me, subtly, when my BPM exceeds a specific number that I choose. And I want it for $120 or less, preferably less. Can you help me find and/or make the hardware and software I'll need?
posted by dee lee on Dec 8, 2015 - 7 answers

Best shape EVER!!!! Snow flurries.

I am looking to get the healthiest I have ever been. I am specifically looking for workout assistance. I am absolutely not looking for any diet advice. My schedule is a little weird and my anxiety over being around others while working out is also a little weird, but I'm also open to many new things. Snowflakes.... [more inside]
posted by Sophie1 on Dec 3, 2015 - 22 answers

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