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How can I blend in socially in my field, esp. at my new internship?

I am currently interning and hope to work long-term in the environmental field (but office-based). I like outdoor activities but I am a bit overweight, out-of-shape and am inexperienced. Most of the people in my field are super fit and outdoorsy, and have already invited me on a variety of excursions that are way above my skill level. I've had to decline them all because I know it would be unmanageable at my current fitness state, and I'm worried people will just think of me as anti-social and unlikeable. How can I deal with this? [more inside]
posted by majesty_snowbird on Jul 12, 2015 - 14 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

Help me become an exercise class expert!

OK guys after years of beer and strolls instead of water and workouts, I want to get back into the intense exercise game. My goals are to reduce anxiety, improve mood, and overall to feel better, healthier, more flexible, more active. But... how do exercise classes / studios work? [more inside]
posted by Uncle Glendinning on Jun 10, 2015 - 11 answers

Chasing Two Rabbits: weight lifting and a six minute mile

Can anyone recommend a routine that will allow me to continue weight lifting while simultaneously working toward a six minute mile? [more inside]
posted by mannermode on Jun 7, 2015 - 4 answers

Does bicycling reduce your stomach?

Pretty straightforward question: does biking reduce your stomach? [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Jun 2, 2015 - 21 answers

Exercise spread out over the day - studies?

How does the body respond to small amounts of body-weight exercise spread out over the day compared to a half hour block? Especially looking for evidence, studies, and cites. [more inside]
posted by kristi on Jun 2, 2015 - 2 answers

Wanted: The Diogenes (Fitness) Club

Please help me select a new fitness activity that will push me to greatness without pushing me over the edge. Difficulty level: awkward solitude-loving INTJ. [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on May 26, 2015 - 19 answers

The 1960s Female Physique

How does one attain a 1950s/1960s body? [more inside]
posted by Brittanie on May 13, 2015 - 16 answers

The transition to triathlon

I've played rugby for almost ten years and after all this time, I want to mix it up a little and do a triathlon. My issue: overweight and not just a little intimidated. [more inside]
posted by thefang on Apr 22, 2015 - 8 answers

Exercisefilter, broke-ass misanthrope edition

I’ve never been a fitness junkie or even really in shape. But I’m ready to start exercising regularly. I am ready to lose weight and also crank out the endorphins. I am hoping there are some good regimens for broke-ass misanthropes like me. Broke-ass misanthropic details await within. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Apr 19, 2015 - 30 answers

If you were my personal trainer, how would you schedule my workouts?

I am looking for guidance on how to maximize the effectiveness of my workouts while keeping my overall fitness practice diverse, challenging and appropriate for my body's recovery needs. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Apr 19, 2015 - 8 answers

What's the best way to track my bike trips, past and present?

I've recently started counting calories and tracking my exercise. I understand that accuracy can be difficult with this sort of thing, but I refuse to accept My Tracks' statement that I only burn 158 calories on my 7 mile bike ride to work. Is there an immediate answer to this, and is there a $100ish fitness tracker that would do a better job in the future? [more inside]
posted by redsparkler on Apr 6, 2015 - 12 answers

Full body dumbell workout videos on youtube.

I'm looking for basic full body dumbbell workout videos similar to this one by Gabriel Davidson. I'm not looking for a cardio workout or exotic this month's fitness magazine injury inducing exercises. I just want a youtube workout mirror situation. [more inside]
posted by srboisvert on Apr 6, 2015 - 3 answers

I need suggestions for fitness programs to build upper-body strength

I am a dragon boat paddler and while I love the sport, I've hit a plateau and I'd like to supplement it with another fitness activity. Also my dragon boat coach has said that I lack upper body strength. So I really really need to build up. The problem is that I either suck at everything I've tried so far, or my hearing loss makes it so that I can't fully participate in it. [more inside]
posted by starpoint on Apr 5, 2015 - 20 answers

Anything to hide my Scoliosis??

I'm a healthy 30 something year old who has had scoliosis all her life but didnt show until I started developing. As a performer I have to keep in shape and look extremely camera ready. Please help. [more inside]
posted by InterestedInKnowing on Apr 5, 2015 - 5 answers

Keep those knees rigid. Jerk that lower back.

Can you provide feedback on my dumbbell-centered weightlifting routine? [more inside]
posted by a manly man person who is male and masculine on Mar 27, 2015 - 3 answers

help with physical therapy expectations

Currently having Physical Therapy for hip anteversion/knock knees and general postural issues; what kind of pain is it 'normal' and beneficial in the long run to feel? Only muscular or is it okay for PT to provoke the outside of knee pain that I want to fix as well? [more inside]
posted by opalshards on Mar 26, 2015 - 9 answers

Good body weight exercises that need minimal/no equipment

I'm looking for recommendations for body weight exercises I can do at home and on my own schedule that require minimal or no equipment. [more inside]
posted by slogger on Mar 25, 2015 - 27 answers

Should I run?

Should I run? Complications: fat, crackly knees, plantar fasciitis, clumsiness. If I should run, any advice on doing it right? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Mar 18, 2015 - 22 answers

Which activity tracker is best for me?

I'm thinking of getting an activity tracker, because my activity levels vary wildly from day to day and I want to get a handle on how much I'm doing (preferably with some sort of calorie tracking). My main goal is to increase my general fitness, secondarily to lose weight. But I've got some indecision as to which one to go for. My only major criteria is that it has to be clipped to my bra (wrist mounted ones are not an option because of my work), and it has to work with my iPhone and Windows 7. [more inside]
posted by Vortisaur on Mar 8, 2015 - 9 answers

How do I engage my calves more when cycling?

After 8 months of cycling 14 miles a day to work and back (I have always been a recreational cyclist) my thighs have stripped off fat I didn't even know was there and built muscle well. But how can I get my calves to do the same? I use SPD's so there is some static engagement, but short of consciously pressing and releasing the pedal will every stroke, how do I engage my calves?
posted by Gabriel ricci on Mar 1, 2015 - 11 answers

Nutrition app with customizable target macros

Looking for a diet tracker app or website with the following functionality: [more inside]
posted by emkelley on Feb 25, 2015 - 3 answers

How can I quantify these fitness scores?

Hey math/fitness nerds. I'm working on a pet project. I'm trying to quantify general fitness levels across a population based on a few different scores. I have the tests, but need help setting up the values of each score. [more inside]
posted by Telf on Feb 25, 2015 - 5 answers

Is a sports bra necessary for women or is this a marketing ploy?

Do I really need to wear a sports bra when I exercise or is it fine to wear a regular bra with medium support /underwire? More inside... [more inside]
posted by partly squamous and partly rugose on Feb 21, 2015 - 35 answers

Breathing and Swimming

I'm trying to get back into swimming for my own personal fitness, and it's tougher than I thought it'd be to pick it back up. I took a TON of swimming lessons as a kid/teenager, and so I'm finding it fairly easy to remember how to do the strokes themselves, but not easy at all to remember how to breathe and not hyperventilate while I'm doing front crawl, breaststroke, etc. Any tips from MeFi swimmers? [more inside]
posted by augustimagination on Feb 21, 2015 - 22 answers

Practical alternatives to weightlifting?

I'd like to become physically stronger. I've tried weightlifting, but I have trouble staying interested in repetitive tasks without a practical, tangible goal ("get muscles" is a goal, I guess, but somehow it's not enough to keep me focused). What are some practical, everyday, hobby-like activities I can get interested in that might help me become stronger? [more inside]
posted by honey wheat on Feb 19, 2015 - 24 answers

Fitness/exercise tracking

Any recommendations for a fitness tracking website/app/service that meets the following requirements? I want to be able to manually enter swimming data via their android app or website, use their android app to track cycle rides on my phone, import running data from my Garmin device (forerunner something or other) or Garmin website and use the decent selection of UK food in their database to track calorie consumption. I’m not overally bothered by the community aspect (got bored of Fitocracy very quickly), I just want to get my data geek on.
posted by fatfrank on Feb 16, 2015 - 2 answers

recommend your best fitness / weight loss related podcasts

I'm trying to keep my momentum going regarding new year resolutions and eating better/moving more in an effort to lose a significant chunk of weight. Recommend me your favourite podcasts on the topic, please. [more inside]
posted by PardonMyFrench on Feb 9, 2015 - 2 answers

How to do a pull-up?

I have never been able to do a single pull up in my life. Please teach me how to do one. [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Feb 4, 2015 - 19 answers

Where to find a privacy-oriented fitness/sleep tracker?

Where can I find a (preferably worn-on-the-wrist) activity tracker that doesn't compromise my privacy by sending data into the cloud (or, if it goes into the cloud, only my personal password protected one)? [more inside]
posted by Gowellja on Jan 31, 2015 - 3 answers

Expanding fitness

I started running last year, and I really enjoy it! I've stayed relatively dedicated to the routine and genuinely look forward to it. However, I think I've pushed myself about as far as I need to with running and I'd love to expand my regiment with other activities, but I honestly don't really know anything about fitness and don't really have any friends to ask about it. [more inside]
posted by p3on on Jan 30, 2015 - 19 answers

Fitbit and the Modern Negro

Do wrist-based optical heart rate monitors work on dark skin? [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion on Jan 25, 2015 - 6 answers

Is Soulcycle/Flywheel/Spinning effective for weight loss?

I got a few free classes to a spinning class (Flywheel, its like Soulcycle) and I was trying to figure out whether it was an effective form of exercise for weight loss. Is it effective and would I feel out of place as a guy?
posted by touareg on Jan 13, 2015 - 7 answers

What are your favorite stretches? And what was this mystery stretch?

I want to incorporate stretching as a serious part of my gym routine - not so much as a warm up but for greater flexibility. So I'm looking for interesting and useful stretches or exercises that incorporate stretching plus any resources that you'd recommend. Also, what were these mystery stretches I saw being done at the gym? [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Jan 7, 2015 - 10 answers

How should I prepare to do Starting Strength?

I recently finished reading the weightlifting program Starting Strength and would like to try to follow it this year. However, I'm in pretty bad shape for a 26-year-old man and I have a bunch of bad habits. Given this, how should I prepare to follow Starting Strength? For instance: How should I gain flexibility beforehand, if necessary? How should I look for a good trainer and a good gym? If you've been in my situation, what worked and didn't work for you? [more inside]
posted by Rustic Etruscan on Jan 4, 2015 - 17 answers

Overdid it at the Gym, destroyed my back

So I overdid it at the gym on monday, and now my lower back (well entire back, but the shoulders/upper back are more manageable) is exploding in pain. I couldn't get my shit together enough to leave the apartment (wow pants are hard today) and need a plan for the rest of the day... [more inside]
posted by larthegreat on Dec 31, 2014 - 41 answers

Free 35+ minute online workout videos?

I was told that to get the (mental) health benefits of exercise, I need to get my heart rate up for at least 35 minutes. Where can I find free online workout videos that are 35 minutes or more? [more inside]
posted by toby_ann on Dec 29, 2014 - 6 answers

Best way to organize bringing lots of food to an office?

So as part of my (New) New Year's Resolution, I'm going to be doing the Men's Fitness 7% Body Fat Nutrition Plan. It's a more involved nutrition plan than I've done before, and it involves six meals a day, four of which I'll have to bring with me to the office. I'll be doing a ton of advance prep, of course, but how do my fellow office drones/fitness geeks on mefi organize and prep and store their food when they're going to the office every day and have to deal with four or five meals before going home? [more inside]
posted by nickhb on Dec 22, 2014 - 5 answers

Help me reorder my after-hours life?

I recently had knee replacement surgery and it went fabulously! I have not been active in years and years due to the knee pain, and the set up of my home and habits reflect this. [more inside]
posted by harrietthespy on Dec 22, 2014 - 12 answers

Help me lose five pounds when my lifestyle is already fairly healthy!

I want to lose five pounds. I don't have a specific deadline for this weight loss, but perhaps losing the weight over, say, two months would make me happy. The issue is that tips like "kick the soda habit!" and "cut out bread!" might not work for me, because I already have pretty healthy lifestyle habits! [more inside]
posted by fernweh on Dec 16, 2014 - 26 answers

What would be a good martial art for me?

I've recently been thinking that I would like to take up a martial art of some kind. My goal is not so much to learn to fight as to improve my physical fitness and self-confidence, and develop discipline, confidence, and mental clarity. The physical and mental goals are equally important; what should I be looking at? [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The on Dec 15, 2014 - 21 answers

Places to hit things in montreal

I'm looking for a gym in montreal where I can hit things. I did karate for many years, did circuit kickboxing after that. I've been inactive for months and find I mostly miss hitting things. What are good places to do that? [more inside]
posted by platypus of the universe on Dec 8, 2014 - 1 answer

Why did movie stars become so fit?

I was watching the original 1979 Alien today and it struck me how the actors are all of a fairly average fitness level. In the opening shot, as everyone is coming out of stasis on the Nostromo, the men are mostly shirtless, but none of them have the requisite six-pack abs and bulging chest that I feel certain would be there if this movie was made today. Why? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Dec 5, 2014 - 35 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

Good fitness blogs?

Can you recommend some good healthy living/fitness blogs, preferably ones that feel like they're written by real people who are not consumed with self-hatred? [more inside]
posted by carbide on Nov 18, 2014 - 9 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

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

Help: Opportunity for major physical change

On November 6 I will have my left knee replaced. Six weeks later, if all is going well, the right one will follow. My brain is spinning with possibilities for my future: lose weight! be healthier! drop some medications! shop for clothes in regular stores! go hiking with my husband! But wait! There's more! [more inside]
posted by harrietthespy on Oct 18, 2014 - 8 answers

Scheduling workouts into a busy(-ish) day

I hate excercising, so I'll take any excuse not to. But I have to be honest with myself. I'm beyond the age where I can just eat what I want, not work out, and avoid getting over weight. Far beyond. I'm much more out of shape than I should be. My pants don't fit right anymore, and it's getting worse. My last excuse for not working out is that it's hard to fit into my schedule. Please help destroy that excuse by telling me your routine. [more inside]
posted by primethyme on Oct 12, 2014 - 44 answers

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