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How should I heat my head?

I really like microwavable hot packs (often a sock filled with grain). I also really like hot wet washcloths. They work great on tension headaches and the little muscles in my head. But they don't last very long - certainly not long enough for me to use one to heat all the different places in my head that want heating. Do you have any suggestions for long-lasting heat for my head muscles? [more inside]
posted by freyley on Sep 4, 2016 - 9 answers

Hamstrings That Need to Loosen Up

In the past couple of years I've noticed that my hamstrings are usually really tight. It's not painful, but I really notice the tightness even when I'm just walking around. More recently, my hips have started popping multiple times every day which seems maybe like not a good thing? [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter on Apr 10, 2016 - 13 answers

Is the new kitten making my boy cat buffer

We recently got a little baby kitten named Kalagata Olive, and our adult male cat Caliban Party Ghost spent the first week of her arrival just MAD AS HELL about it. He seems... more ripped? He's like 11 pounds-ish now, up from 10-ish before. Could territoriality be making him more testosteroney, and therefore more buff? Is this a thing. (Obligatory visuals: Caliban mad at Olive, Caliban finally getting along with Olive, Thunder Perfect Cat putting up with Olive, Olive in her natural habitat)
posted by Greg Nog on Oct 6, 2015 - 11 answers

Strange symptoms after longer runs

I love long runs and would love to be able to go for longer ones. However, 8+ mile runs, while I feel great while doing them and immediately afterward, cause some unpleasant physical symptoms several hours after I do them: muscle cramps and aches (all over my body - not just in my legs), a sense of nervous tension, and very shallow sleep. [more inside]
posted by raisindebt on Sep 7, 2015 - 11 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

Is it a big deal or isn't it? - Sports injury edition

My question is mainly about exercise-related injuries but it probably applies to all sorts of injuries. How do you know whether it's a deep bruise or a muscle strain? A skeletal issue or a problem tendon? A sprain or a pinched nerve? Something that requires a trip to a specialist, can be handled by a physical therapist, or will get better on its own with rest? [more inside]
posted by DrGail on Jan 29, 2015 - 7 answers

An exercise plan that actually makes me sweat

So, I'm currently on a self-improvement kick that I'm looking to turn into a marathon. You might imagine that having cerebral palsy and being in a wheelchair adds a speedbump or two, and you'd be right. One of the things I've wanted to work on for a while has been my weight, flexibility and physical independence. I'm about 100 lbs overweight right now, and I know that much of the decrease in quality of life that I've experienced over the past few years has been my own doing. I either sit in the wheelchair, or a desk chair, or on a couch/bed. I never move. Ever. I know that needs to change, and I've spent considerable time researching wheelchair fitness, but haven't really found anything that fits my very particular needs. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on May 26, 2014 - 19 answers

Randomly getting a pump in one arm?

While working out tonight, I walked/ran for 15 minutes on the treadmill and started to warm up with light weights (one set of overhead barbell press). I then noticed that my left arm was engorged with blood - like a “pump” as if I had been working out intensely for a while, but my right was not. The medical advice line thought it wasn't cardiac, but I'd like to figure out what the cause might be. [more inside]
posted by Sexy Question Bot on Apr 9, 2014 - 15 answers

Stomach crunches: more quickly, or fewer but holding them?

Is it better (in terms of muscle building) to do a large number of stomach crunches quickly without pausing at the 'up' part of each crunch, or fewer but pausing and holding the muscles tensed for a few seconds with each crunch?
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Nov 30, 2013 - 7 answers

Are there any websites that lets you explore the human anatomy in 3D?

I'm looking for a low-cost app or site where you can explore the muscular structure, how they attach to the skeleton, isolate a muscle by turning on/off other muscles, etc. My chief aim is for fitness purposes so I can understand my own body better before my chiropractic visits. Book or other learnig tool recommendations are welcomed! [more inside]
posted by film on Nov 20, 2013 - 7 answers

I need a pillow for reading in bed

I need a pillow for when I'm sitting up in bed reading/computing so I stop screwing up my back trying to get comfortable. There are a lot of options, though! What's best for back/neck support? Traditional reading pillows (the kind with arms) or wedge pillows? What material will work well for this?
posted by NoraReed on Sep 22, 2013 - 8 answers

What can I do to feel better after I jolted my body in a fall?

I fell on the back of my head yesterday while playing kickball. I did the right thing and went to the ER, and got the all-clear: no concussion. I felt fine but headachey last night. Today I feel quite bad, and I'm not sure what I should be doing. Sporty-people, help? [more inside]
posted by juniperesque on Sep 13, 2013 - 13 answers

Do I do any work when I hold out a weight at arm's length?

When I hold out a weight at arm's length, I am doing no work (which, in physics, is motion over a distance against a resisting force, iirc) on it, because it remains stationary. But it feels like work! What about at the level of biophysics? Is keeping the muscle fibers of my arm contracted doing work in any way, perhaps at the cellular level?
posted by thelonius on Sep 11, 2013 - 29 answers

Loosening chronically tight muscles/stiff joints

My neck and lower back muscles are very tight from years of sitting in front of a monitor. This causes me discomfort and is gradually decreasing the range of motion of the relevant joints. What can I do about this? I practice yoga three times a week, which helps only a little. I can't afford regular massages (let alone Rolfing or craniosacral therapy, both of which have been helpful in the past). What else can I try? Tai chi? Acupuncture? Specific stretches?
posted by zeri on Aug 21, 2013 - 25 answers

Dealing with muscle soreness when returning to jogging

I have just ramped up my exercise a little, adding some intermittent jogging to my long walks (I'm every other day, or every third day). It has been several years since I did any sort of running more than an occasional dash to catch the bus, and my quadriceps are sore. Searching online, I have found advice that ranges from "do not do any more exercise until your muscles are no longer sore" to "power through no matter what!" MeFi, what should I do to mitigate muscle soreness and keep myself in good shape so I can keep exercising?
posted by ocherdraco on Aug 1, 2013 - 22 answers

There Must Be a Reason They Sit on Those Little Chairs, Right?

Is there a reason that sidelined basketball players sit on regular-sized chairs (or the bench), where their very long legs place their knees much higher than their hips? [more inside]
posted by kinetic on Jun 3, 2013 - 5 answers

Um, what are my muscles doing? How can I get them to stop?

YANMD, but can you anecdotally solve/treat my medical mystery? [more inside]
posted by aintthattheway on Apr 11, 2013 - 13 answers

Why are 10kg heavy?

We carry about 1,000kg of air on top of our shoulders. Why do we feel noticeably heavier when adding a fraction of it, like 10kg? Are our muscles just finely tuned?
posted by Spanner Nic on Feb 8, 2013 - 8 answers

how to strengthen the Rectus capitis posterior minor muscles?

muscle-minded members of Mefi: how do I strengthen the Rectus capitis posterior minor muscles? [more inside]
posted by mirileh on Jan 30, 2013 - 2 answers

Like The Hacker's Diet for muscles?

I'm making good weight-loss progress with The Hacker's Diet. Now, I'd like to add in exercise to build and tone muscle. I'm active and decent shape already, but don't do any weights. Is there anything as down-to-earth and straightforward as The Hacker's Diet for this? [more inside]
posted by SampleSize on Sep 22, 2012 - 12 answers

Is it better to cut fat and then build muscle or vice versa?

What should I concentrate on first, losing the fat or building muscle? [more inside]
posted by tokaidanshi on Sep 12, 2012 - 17 answers

Must not drop the ball - literally. What vitamins will help?

Emergency: must temporarily increase muscle endurance or life will be ruined within the next 24 hours. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by sarling on Jun 4, 2012 - 53 answers

Oh, is that my leg that just kicked you?

Body Mindfulness and Exercise Filter: how can I become more aware of the 'shoulds' of my body to correct posture, gait, breathing, etc...? [more inside]
posted by Phalene on May 12, 2012 - 11 answers

I feel like someone punched me in the back

I've been suffering muscle soreness/stiffness in my back for almost two months now. I thought it was related to walking (see my previous question), I've reduced my walking to almost zero and the pain persists. What could possibly be causing this and how can I nip this in the bud? [more inside]
posted by chara on Apr 24, 2012 - 14 answers

What lifts should I do to increase the width (from front and rear) or general diameter of my biceps/arms?

What lifts should I do to increase the width (from front and rear) or general diameter of my biceps/arms? [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage on Mar 24, 2012 - 7 answers

Why do my knees hurt when cycling? And then suddenly not hurt...?

Why do my knees hurt when cycling? And then suddenly not hurt...? [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon on Mar 15, 2012 - 24 answers

Help me bring back my sparkle!

When have you been told ... "hey, are you doing something different? You look great!" [more inside]
posted by athena2255 on Mar 2, 2012 - 39 answers

help me help myself get muscle-y in Portland!

Where can I learn to lift weights in Portland? [more inside]
posted by vespabelle on Feb 4, 2012 - 2 answers

What have I done to my shoulder?

What the hell did I do to my shoulder? All the details (as many as I can type) inside. [more inside]
posted by littlerobothead on Jan 17, 2012 - 8 answers

My joints POP loudly

Pop qoes my joints - why? [more inside]
posted by dukes909 on Aug 30, 2011 - 3 answers

Little time, more muscles.

I have 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes at night to do some muscle toning exercises. What should I do that would be the best use of my time? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Jul 18, 2011 - 30 answers

Don't want to feel this ripped?

Am I not resting long enough between workouts? [more inside]
posted by quodlibet on Jan 7, 2011 - 8 answers

You'd think that stretching 4 times a day would do it!

I stretch 3-4 times a day (for about 10 minutes each time), and get 1-2 massages a week, but my muscles are still SO tight, and my flexibility isn't increasing! What can I do? [more inside]
posted by hasna on Jan 4, 2011 - 17 answers

Annoying muscle spasms

What's with this really annoying twitch/spasm in my gut...? [more inside]
posted by twine42 on Nov 5, 2010 - 6 answers

Runners! Help me buy or make a foam roller!

I have a tight IT band and a weak medial (?) glute which is allowing my knee to move inward, moving from tweaking towards injury. I have seen the physio. Have 4 key exercises. Don't need more at the moment (thank you!). One involves rolling up and down a foam roller. I would rather cry in pain over this in the privacy of my own home. I have to do the exercises every day for 3.5 weeks so I can manage the half marathon I have planned (again, don't need advice on that, thanks - am being careful / will walk if have to etc etc) So - where in the UK Midlands in a physical shop can I buy a foam roller to roll my leg muscles with? [more inside]
posted by LyzzyBee on Sep 30, 2010 - 24 answers

Streches for the lowest of the lower back

I have the wrong kind of tight ass. Please help it. [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Sep 15, 2010 - 18 answers

Tall and skinny: I've never been able to build upper-body/arm muscle -- how do I bulk up?

I'm tall and skinny and have never been able to build upper-body/arm muscle -- how do I bulk up? [more inside]
posted by TallRail on Sep 7, 2010 - 23 answers


For a few days every week, I am a mover, and I spent about 12 hours lifting boxes and running up and down stairs. How do I translate these extended workouts into some muscle growth? [more inside]
posted by orville sash on Jul 14, 2010 - 17 answers

Exercise Routine

How and what should I warm up, and when and how long should I rest for a 4 day muscle sculpting routine? [more inside]
posted by Bacillus on Mar 5, 2010 - 8 answers

passive or idiot-proof posture improvement?

I have bad posture, but I'm not sure how to get it right. Looking for passive or idiot-proof tools/tricks for posture improvement. [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell on Feb 16, 2010 - 33 answers

How to recover from muscle damage in the neck?

My 58 year old aunt has been suffering from a very strange neck condition for about 2 years now. Her head leans to one side. It looks freaky and she cannot straighten it. Has anyone had experience with this or something similar? [more inside]
posted by kmavap on Feb 2, 2010 - 11 answers

Massage Therapy Q & A

What's that weird feeling when you get a relaxing massage? No really? Medically? [more inside]
posted by sweetkid on Jul 31, 2009 - 8 answers

Dumbbells vs Barbells

Is there any reason that barbells would be indispensable from a serious stength-training program? Or are dumbbells just fine? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Jul 1, 2009 - 12 answers

twist my arm

fiddle filter: why won't my arm do what I want it to do when I play the fiddle? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Jun 8, 2009 - 12 answers

Puffin tired

Will inhaled propylene glycol vapor become lactic acid and cause sore muscles? [more inside]
posted by K.P. on Mar 16, 2009 - 3 answers

Pic of a guy who's really white and muscular

I'm looking for a muscular role-model... [more inside]
posted by mpls2 on Feb 14, 2009 - 13 answers

Why is my girlfriend uncontrollably twitching and spasming?

My girlfriend uncontrollably twitches and spasms while around me. Possible explanations? (slightly NSFW) [more inside]
posted by Defenestrator on Feb 9, 2009 - 15 answers

How to become a better surf hopper-upper?

I went surfing for the first time recently, and had a hard time doing the "hop up" on the surfboard -- my feet always tended to be too close together, and I just lacked agility. What are some exercises I could do that would strengthen the relevant muscles and/or otherwise make me a hop-master? Thanks.
posted by shivohum on May 31, 2008 - 4 answers

crunch-filter: how do I stop my stomach from being sore?

crunch-filter: how do I stop my abdominal muscles from aching? [more inside]
posted by krautland on May 21, 2008 - 12 answers

Stretching Without Bending

Is there a way to stretch my quadriceps without bending my knees? [more inside]
posted by meerkatty on May 6, 2008 - 14 answers

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