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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 - 17 answers

Back pain rest or stretch?

Pulled a muscle in my lower back. Should I rest or stretch/exercise it? [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Apr 25, 2014 - 5 answers

Stretchy, stretchy, ya ya

Is there something like WorkRave but for Android? I cannot download anything on my computer at work. I used to use WorkRave at another job and really liked how it gave you the exercises to do. I don't want simply a reminder to stretch. I've seen apps that have stretches, but they are more like a resource app, not like WorkRave where it gives you random exercises each time. [more inside]
posted by McSockerson The Great on Apr 23, 2014 - 2 answers

Men's stretch leg jeans, where to buy?

I'm looking for mens jeans that are stretchy (I'm talking the material throughout the pants, not the waist band). I remember a while back the store Express in the local mall sold dress pants that were 5% elastic (said so in the tag). They looked normal, but when squatting down, or taking a big stride, they would "give" a little around the knee, up the thigh, etc.). Anyone know of something similar for mens jeans?
posted by thankyoumuchly on Apr 2, 2014 - 27 answers

Er..so my Kickstarter funded in 2 days and doubled in 7. Now what?

I began a Kickstarter last week and it exploded, reaching its funding goals in 2 days, 6 hours. I've started adding stretch goals like mad, but I'd like to use the overwhelming response to get some media attention. How do I do that? [more inside]
posted by sdis on Dec 10, 2013 - 10 answers

very sore hip flexors after a new workout--help?

I tried a new ab workout on Thursday and I must have been cheating with my hip flexors too much because today (two days later) the soreness is incredible. If I describe my workout and my symptoms, could the hive mind try to identify which muscle is sore and suggest ways to stretch it? [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang on Aug 24, 2013 - 4 answers

The Couch to 5K of Flexibility Training

Can you recommend a "Couch to 5K"-type plan for flexibility training? [more inside]
posted by jedicus on Jun 30, 2013 - 6 answers

Can I span 30' with a hammock?

I am getting my first hammock, and ENO DoubleNest. Hurray! There are three trees in our yard, with 28' to 30' between each pair. I also ordered a set of Slap Straps Pro, which should juuuust make that distance. Will I have any problems? If it won't reach, can I just make a "jumper" of rope from each Slap Straps to the carabiner on the hammock? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt on May 27, 2013 - 12 answers

Ways to improve a cervical herniated disc quickly?

I recently got an MRI and was diagnosed with a cervical herniated disc. Not much pain, but there is numbness and tingling in the left thumb, and very tense shoulders along with some other symptoms. It has been about 2 months since I got it. For people who have had a cervical herniated disc - besides resting and visiting the doctor, do you have any other advice for getting the hernia gone as quickly as possible? [more inside]
posted by Thanquol180 on Apr 5, 2013 - 9 answers

Stretches in bed?

What are the best stretches I can do or device I can buy in order to stretch while I'm bed ridden for a week? [more inside]
posted by JJkiss on Dec 6, 2012 - 6 answers

Help me not ruin my shoes so fast!

My favorite pair of shoes in the entire world, this pair that there only seems to be one of in existence, are just a smidge too narrow. They're 11D, and feet would fit best in an 11E. That smidge is giving me one mean callous, but more importantly the widest part of my foot, tipped with that callous, has already worn through the leather lining and might have burst through the calfskin outer if I hadn't caught it in time. What can I do to not ruin these beautiful, expensive shoes any further? [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Oct 16, 2012 - 3 answers

help stretch thy knee and hammy?

Need help stretching knee/hamstring? Tight knee is causing more and more pain in my leg (heel and rest of leg)... i'm fine once i warm up for a while, but need help stretching knee and my hammy [more inside]
posted by fozzie33 on May 22, 2012 - 6 answers

I need a Torg-Over.

I have a bad back, which I think arises due to a combination of 1) weak core muscles; 2) extremely tight hamstrings; and 3) bad posture. I would be very grateful for any tips for addressing these issues. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Apr 30, 2012 - 27 answers

Image Stretch in Word 2010

Image-stretch in Word 2010: I'm writing a manual which includes explanations of particular icons used in an app. I've taken screengrabs (.png) of each icon (between 10x10 and 30x30 pixels) using MWSnap, but when I drag them into Word they expand (approx 20%), and I have to manually re-size each one back down to the original size so it doesn't look stretched. Why is this happening and how do I fix this?
posted by forallmankind on Apr 15, 2012 - 4 answers

Strength Training/Stretch Routine for Runner ?

Strength Training/Stretch Routine for Runner? [more inside]
posted by Carius on Feb 20, 2012 - 11 answers

Help me deskercise!

I sit at my desk all day and forget to move, focus elsewhere, stand up, drink water, stretch. You get the idea. I want a regular reminder to take a moment to do these things. I've searched apps and freeware and have come up empty. Help? [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife on Feb 16, 2012 - 25 answers

Smartphone injury?

I use my smartphone a lot and my hands/thumbs are getting sore. I know how to stave off pain from typing and hunching over my computer, but those techniques don't work for this. Can you recommend stretches or massage techniques? [more inside]
posted by heatherann on Nov 26, 2011 - 6 answers

Which muscle's giving me pain?

Which of my muscles is hurting and what can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by desertface on Oct 20, 2011 - 8 answers

Help me put together an arm/hand stretching routine...

Help me put together an arm/hand stretching routine... [more inside]
posted by lemonade on Oct 3, 2011 - 3 answers

What are the ultimate stretches and exercises for the diaphragm muscle?

What are the ultimate stretches and exercises for the diaphragm muscle? [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied on Sep 14, 2011 - 10 answers

"Natural high" = good, right?

I've recently discovered that when I stretch backwards with my arms above my head while holding my breath, I sometimes get a super-trippy laughing-gassy lightheaded rush for about (no longer than) ten seconds. So: How bad is this for me? Am I killing loads of brain cells?
posted by Jonathan Harford on Jun 14, 2011 - 6 answers

This bag has been sitting in my closet for years...

I have a beautiful leather satchel I bought on a study-abroad trip to Italy, but unfortunately I didn't take into account the size of my laptop. Is there a way to stretch the bag so it will fit? [more inside]
posted by lockstitch on May 10, 2011 - 3 answers

But it feels so good!

Is it acceptable to stretch in public? [more inside]
posted by mixed greens on Mar 5, 2011 - 22 answers

I don't know why there are separate titles, honestly.

Does stretching (before/after exercise) actually help in any measurable way at all? [more inside]
posted by tylerkaraszewski on Feb 19, 2011 - 18 answers

What muscles get stretched when doing the flat "figure four" hip stretch?

What muscles get stretched when doing the flat "figure four" stretch? Lying flat on your back with one leg straight and one ankle resting on the other thigh crossing above the knee and lowering the knee down to the floor in a flat "figure four" pattern. [more inside]
posted by StUdIoGeEk on Jan 18, 2011 - 7 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

Stretch my socks!

How do I stretch these socks?! Can I? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 14, 2010 - 5 answers

Help with stretch marks?

How do I rid myself of scars? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 3, 2010 - 15 answers

New hiking boots seem tight - will they stretch with use?

I've bought a pair of what I assume to be reasonably good hiking boots for a long trek/challenge I'm doing at the end of August - 100km in 36 hours or so, through the Australian bush north of Sydney (bush = forest, national park). Trying them out, eg. on a 12km walk at the weekend, they're quite tight across the toes. If I keep wearing them (generally around the place, and on longer walks) will they stretch over time, or should I buy a better fitting pair while I still have time to break them in? [more inside]
posted by infinitejones on Jun 9, 2010 - 17 answers

Exercise or stretch to work out chest pain

YANAD: Have some chest pain on my left side. Pretty sure it is muscle related any suggested stretches or exercise that may help? [more inside]
posted by UMDirector on Jun 1, 2010 - 13 answers

the great shoulder migration

Why are my shoulders constantly creeping up toward my ears? [more inside]
posted by BusyBusyBusy on Feb 3, 2010 - 8 answers

These boots aren't made for walking...yet

I just bought a pair of amazing leather boots. They were the last pair. I'm not returning them. However, they're knee-high and the left one is a little too tight on my calf. I can still wear them, but I'm looking for advice as to how to stretch them, just a little, to make them more comfortable in the short term. I imagine that they'll naturally stretch a bit over time, but I'm hoping for a quicker fix. Anyone?
posted by B-squared on May 30, 2009 - 10 answers

I'm doing it wrong?

I think using an elliptical machine is causing tightness on the outsides of my ankles. What stretches should I do and what should I watch out for in my form while exercising? [more inside]
posted by doift on Apr 26, 2009 - 4 answers

Once I "pop," I can't stop

"Pop!" goes... my entire body? [more inside]
posted by np312 on Oct 9, 2008 - 9 answers

I must be the only person wanting to get rid of XP and use vista.

I started with XP. Installed vista. Then I could choose between XP and Vista. I'm not using XP any more. Can I just delete the XP partition? [more inside]
posted by gergtreble on Sep 1, 2008 - 7 answers

Why did stretching make me so horny?

What the hell just happened to me while I was stretching my back? [more inside]
posted by Cat Pie Hurts on Jul 2, 2008 - 17 answers

Good stretches for an inflexible fellow?

I went to see my doctor yesterday for a running injury (IT band). He says that basically I'm fit but that I have the "flexibility of a two-by-four". He wants me to do a stretching regimen three times a day — more if possible. He showed me a couple of stretches, but I'd like to do more. Can you recommend any good individual stretches or stretching routines, especially for a novice runner (and especially for one having trouble with his IT band)? YouTube clips a HUGE plus. Yoga's fine, but there's now way in hell I can do the pigeon pose (I have the flexibility of a two-by-four, remember?).
posted by jdroth on Jun 17, 2008 - 18 answers

Gas crisis.

My own private gas crisis. Looking for a couple of simple stretches I can do. [more inside]
posted by loiseau on Jun 12, 2008 - 6 answers

I think my tail bone pops when I stretch. You?

Why does my butt pop? Does yours? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 29, 2008 - 13 answers

If only it were as simple as changing the oil

I could use some help loosening up for my return to cycling. [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak on May 12, 2008 - 8 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

Why do T-shirts get shorter and wider?

Why do T-shirts become wider and shorter over time, and not the reverse? And is there any minimal-effort way to avoid this? [more inside]
posted by stuckie on Mar 5, 2008 - 16 answers

Where can I buy women's blue jeans without "stretch" for under $50 in the US?

Where can I buy women's blue jeans without "stretch" for under $50 in the US? I'll go to chains, web sites, or retailers that are local to Portland, Ore. [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Dec 4, 2007 - 27 answers

This photo frame makes me look fat.

Understanding how to make photos look good on my cheap-ass "widescreen" digital photo frame. [more inside]
posted by Jimbob on Sep 26, 2007 - 14 answers

help me not pull my gluteus maximus

Ugh. How do I *not* pull my "butt" muscle? My butt muscle seems to cramp up fairly easily, sometimes when...uh...engaged in "lovin'" with my wife, sometimes in non-compromising positions. If I'm "cupping" my own butt, it would be the muscle where my pinkie or 4th finger is pointing...more or less. Looking at the picture on the Wikipedia entry, I would guess it'd be my Gluteus Medius...maybe. When the muscle cramps up, it's *really* painful, and I can't move *at all* for about 5-10 mins. It still hurts maybe 15-20 mins later. I'm in my 30's, skinny, and probably not in the greatest shape. Are there any exercises or stretches or something I can do to prevent/minimize this?
posted by anonymous on Sep 4, 2007 - 17 answers

Trying to find a specific pair of stretchy Starter shorts!

Anyone know where to buy these simple Starter stretchy shorts? Here's what they look like. [more inside]
posted by ssnickerer on Aug 18, 2007 - 3 answers

My hamstrings! My valuable hamstrings!

How do I un-tighten my super-tight hamstrings? Yes, I know you want to say "Stretch, fool!" but: [more inside]
posted by thehmsbeagle on Jul 12, 2007 - 23 answers

preparation for elliptical machine?

What kind of stretches should I do before/after being on the elliptical machine for 30 minutes? [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel on Mar 11, 2007 - 13 answers

How can I fix stretched-out hand holes on my sleeves?

How can I fix stretched-out hand holes on my sleeves? [more inside]
posted by mikespez on Dec 7, 2006 - 7 answers

Very tight gastrocnemius(calf) muscle?

RunningFilter: What do I do about a very tight gastrocnemius (calf) muscle? [more inside]
posted by anonymoose on Aug 10, 2006 - 10 answers

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