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]
Should I run? Complications: fat, crackly knees, plantar fasciitis, clumsiness. If I should run, any advice on doing it right? [more inside]
I'm interested in trying a hot yoga class, but historically I've been one of those people that occasionally passes out from heat/humidity. Can (or should) I do this? [more inside]
The fact I never liked the "traditional" forms of exercise never bothered me before. That is, until it recently dawned on me activities like going to the gym or running might be the only options I have left. But, with sensitive knees and shins from growing quickly and the residual effects of childhood asthma still occasionally inhibiting my ability to do cardio, these activities seem more foreign than ever. What can I do? [more inside]
I have an iPad. I am looking for a good workout app to coach me through routines involving little or (better) no equipment. What do you recommend?
Recommend the apps, websites, technological gadgets for exercise that you can't live without. [more inside]
MeFi fitness gurus, point me to the best 8 week fitness plan [more inside]
I'm looking for a simple iPhone app: I want to start exercising for 30 mins./day most days of the week, but I may not always get in the 30 mins. at once. (Apparently, it doesn't matter.) I want an app that tracks my daily minutes of exercise (e.g., 10 mins. here, 10 mins. there) and tells me how much more I have at that moment till I get to my 30-minute daily target. It'd also be nice if it told me my weekly minutes up to that point. I track my food in another app, so I don't need it to track calories.
I just signed up for a 5K on Dec. 3. I'm certainly not ready to RUN 3.1 miles, so I'm going to walk it (and the event is called a run/walk, so it is a walker-friendly race, at least). What kind of training can I do before then to do my best that day, since there's barely any time left? I'm at a healthy weight and in OK shape but usually only exercise one or two times a week. I'd like my time to be under one hour, if possible. Tips? (Bonus question: are most 5Ks walker-friendly?)
I've been working out and seeing progress but everything seems to be like taking 2 steps forward and then 1 step back, making it hard for me right now to keep up the motivation. Just trying to figure out if I am doing anything wrong or if something could help. [more inside]
How should an ex-junkie start exercising and being active again after pretty much ruining his body's constitution with drugs? [more inside]
I am starting a serious workout program and would love to read positive motivational quotes to keep me pumped for this new journey...any ideas where I could find online? [more inside]
Should I buy a rowing machine? [more inside]
Recently, I began running regularly for the first time in many, many years. But it seems like I only have two modes: running and walking with no levels in between. How can I train to keep a more consistent pace so that I can achieve a quicker mile and get a better workout? [more inside]
When should I drink water in relation to when I work out or compete? In terms of water drinking in general this snopes article makes a lot of sense to me. I hear so many, different, and contradictory things about how much water to drink and when. [more inside]
Workout music has been covered aplenty on this site. But what about inspiring music videos to workout to?
So when working out on a cross-trainer like this I usually watch some of my favorite TV shows on my Ipod Touch. Yeah, I know, gotta update to a bigger better stronger device soon ;-) To get me pumped up a little more or to make it through the last gruelling climb, I regularly switch to music videos. And now I wanted to query the hive mind for some fresh suggestions. For more see some examples below. [more inside]
Can you recommend a good fitness DVD (yes, those New Year ones), but for males? [more inside]
I'm looking for tips on how to peak for an athletic performance. [more inside]
Recently started lifting weights a few months ago. Now arm hurts, wtf? [more inside]
YANMD (or my personal trainer) but I need advice on a cardio workout that will help me lose weight and also not kill my joints. Difficulty: I am quite overweight...my BMI is just shy of 60 [more inside]
I need to start working out, but other than my lack of motivation, not having a workout plan is keeping me from starting. How can I solve this? Personal trainer? Websites?
I need to start working out, but other than my lack of motivation, not having a workout plan is keeping me from starting. How can I solve this? Personal trainer? Websites? [more inside]
I'd like to lose the bit of fat that has been with me for as long as I can remember. What should I include in my diet/workout regimen? [more inside]
Are there any *safe* supplements I can take for added muscle gain/weight loss/etc? [more inside]
General advice in the area of finding my exercise/fitness niche? Good, structured DVDs or programs to try? [more inside]
Please provide me with a twice-weekly gym machine workout so I can fill out this form (pdf). [more inside]
Ok I’m an overweight college student here. I’m a male coming in at 6’2” weighing 275 pounds. I want to lose 30 in 30. Ideally I want to shed 50 pounds and get down to 225 lbs, which is what I was back in highschool. [more inside]
I'm a 23-year-old male, 6'4", and 175 lbs. I'm too thin. What's the best way I can gain weight and muscle? I'd like to start working out in my own apartment.
I'm a 23-year-old male, 6'4", and 175 lbs. I'm too thin. What's the best way I can gain weight and muscle? I'd like to start working out in my own apartment. [more inside]
I'm a 35 yr old female, 5'6", 120lbs, in good general shape (walk loads, work out) who has never been able to achieve a single-push up. It's a key move to many of the workouts I want to do, but most strength-building programs assume that even the weakest can do at least one. What should I do? [more inside]
What should i consume immediately after a work-out ? If i'm not a fan of powdered protein ? [more inside]
I'm (stupidly) starting playing ice hockey after 20 years off the ice (I'm 33). After the first game last weekend, I'm apparently in far worse shape than I thought -- and need some ideas for new workouts to get my game on. [more inside]
While I'm still super enthusiastic about exercise, both my motivation and fitness level have plateaued. Suggestions? [more inside]
Bodybuilding and Weight-losing filter: I’m planning to lose some weight around the hips, and at the same time work on my upperbody. The only catch is that I can’t afford to go to the gym right now, and was wondering if there are any exercises that I can do at home. [more inside]
Can anyone offer advice for going back to the gym after a back injury and six months of downtime? [more inside]
I was on Effexor for about a year to treat my depression, during which time (for the first time in 7+ years) my weight training came screeching to an abrupt halt. (My energy level just wasn't there anymore, nor was I able to focus enough to be able to have a satisfying workout.) [more inside]
Is walking at your normal walking rate, but increasing the distance you walk, sufficient enough to be considered exercise? Can anyone recommend exercises for people who are very underconditioned and extremely obese, but not in poor cardiac health? And, finally, is there a medical professional who is the equivalent of a gym's personal trainer? (More inside.) [more inside]
My girlfriend did ballet from early childhood up until the middle of high school. She was very much into it, doing everything she could to improve. Through doing so, she severely injured both of her hips (I believe it was due to "turn outs"). She still suffers from hip pain today, 1 semester away from her graduating college. What can she do to remove/reduce pain in her hips? [more inside]
Why does my heart rate vary drastically day-to-day during cardio? 120 one day then 160 the next under same conditions. [more inside]
I want to maintain my weight, but continue to lower my body fat percentage. Should I lower caloric intake or just increase my exercise, or both? [more inside]
What qualifications should I look for in a personal trainer? What do the ACE certifications actually mean? I'd like to hire a trainer for a few sessions, but I really don't want to hurt myself or hire a nut. Please help me sort through the options! [more inside]
How much should I increase my workout weight when lowering rep ranges? [more inside]
Looking to get in shape… absolutely no idea where to start. [mi] [more inside]
Anyone remember the site of a guy who maintained(?is maintaining?) a yearly progress log (with daily profile photos & all) of his workout regimen?
Followup question: Recommend some good protein (and other nutritional) supplements to compliment my weight-training. [more inside] [more inside]
I have always wondered why I tend to feel better after a workout. What kind of chemicals get released during and after physical exertion, and why do they make us feel good?