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How can you get rid of belly fat?

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Attempting to reduce fat in just one part of your body at a time is likely to be disappointing. Fat reduction works like this: When you try to lose fat, the reduction occurs all throughout your body. Unlike muscle-building, it cannot be specifically targeted to one region. Also, the reduction in fat will not be quickly apparent because it will not be focused on only one spot on your body. So it's helpful to have a "slowly but surely" attitude. Note that exercises mostly serve to tone the muscle underneath the fat. But if you want to slim down, the fat has to be reduced. For that, the main thing is to ditch the junk food and the sweetened drinks. Calorie-burning through exercise alone might not be sufficient. Here's a program for the period in which you want to lose weight: (Doctors and dieticians recommend losing weight gradually, allowing a month for every 4 to 8 pounds you want to lose. Do not starve yourself, skip meals, or try throwing up.) Engage in moderate aerobic exercise (intense exercise may damage your joints). It isn't essential to join a gym; you can do sit-ups, pushups, dumbbell-lifting, jumping-jacks, and many other basic exercises at home. Walk as much as possible. Bicycling and swimming are good too. The most important point is to avoid junk foods and sweetened drinks such as soda. Try to avoid refined flour and pasta, processed foods, fried foods, and fatty cuts of meat. Preferably consume no added sugar, and as little added salt as possible. Our great-grandparents didn't have the epidemic of obesity we see today, because they had a less-sedentary lifestyle, a much more natural diet, and they ate reasonably-sized portions. Eat 3 not-large-portioned meals per day; do not skip breakfast; and avoid sugary snacks. If you want a snack, try (for example) an apple or a handful of unsalted nuts. Limit your calories (best to consult a doctor or nutritionist concerning the amount), and weigh yourself at the same time each day, 2-3 times per week. If you see your weight diminishing at a safe, reasonable rate (1-2 pounds/week), keep it up. Once you've reached your goal, increase your calorie intake somewhat, so that you can maintain your present weight. And you can then have small amounts of sweetened foods or junk food on occasion (if at all), along with your regular healthy foods. But keep checking your weight 2-3 times/week. Avoid crash-diets, fad diets, diet pills, etc. These may be harmful, and need not be considered by people who have adopted an otherwise healthy diet. More guidelines: Don't concentrate on specific foods so much as on a balanced, healthy diet plus exercise. Healthy nutrition means eating what your body needs, while ingesting as few harmful things as possible. It has also been described as getting enough of each of the major food categories, in healthy forms (grains, fruits, vegetables, protein, dairy, etc.; plus plenty of water). In general, an example of a healthy starting point could be a menu of whole-grain foods and bread, a good amount of vegetables, legumes, some fruits and nuts, fish, lean meats in not-large amounts, and some dairy. However, this may need adjusting according to one's lifestyle, age, health, weight and other factors at the outset; and also later, as one sees what works for him/her in particular. Also...whenever you feel queasy, nauseous, constipated or otherwise not completely well, try to remember what you've eaten over the last several hours or the last day. This is one factor in adjusting one's food habits. See also: Could you describe a balanced diet? What features would a good weight-loss program have? Some healthy snacks
Asked in Euthanasia, Dieting and Weight Loss, Exercise, Body Mass Index

Why people gain weight even if they eat less?

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people gain weight when they eat less because your body thinks it is starving, your body converts your muscle into fat and it makes you feel weak and gain weight, however if you eat less for a long period of time you will lose weight
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How do you lose weight from your butt?

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To lose weight in that area try doing cardio exercise and some exercises that tone the gluteus muscles. Hamstring curls would be helpful, as well as the superman pose, whick involves laying flat on your stomach, and raising the legs and arms off the ground, so that the only thing left touching the ground is the hips and mid section. Hold this pose for 30 seconds, then release. Also, try squats. In addition, consuming fewer calories and refined (processed) carbohydrates can help in weight loss, throughout the body. Eat more 'fat burning' foods (see the related question and answer further down this page). As long as you are burning off, through such things as normal life and cardio exercise, more calories than you are consuming, you should experience weight loss. If you have a tendency to gain weight in your rear end it will be the first place you will start losing weight when you exercise. Any form of cardio exercise, when done correctly, will work as long as you aren't eating excessive calories and refined (processed) carbohydrates. For information about how to do cardio exercise correctly for fat burning, or for a list of refined (processed) carbohydrates, or to learn more about ''fat burning' foods, see the page links, further down this page, listed under Related Questions. First off, short of liposuction there's no way to target weight loss, you have to settle for losing a little all over. Eventually it'll begin to show in your problem areas. Any method that you're able to stick to and can get your heart rate elevated is a good method for losing weight. The trick is: 1) Watch What You Eat. If you're overeating, it doesn't really matter what you do for exercise, as you simply can't burn calories off at the same rate as you can eat them. Once cupcake outside your "allowance" can take one hour to exercise away, and then you're just back to square one for that day. 2) Do Your Exercise Hard Enough, Long Enough and Often Enough. 1-2 times/week won't really help. 10-15 minutes at a time won't really help. If you're not getting winded or sweaty it's not really helping either. You need to aim for 30-60 minutes, 2-3 times/week, at a level where youy're getting seriously winded and sweaty.
Asked in Health, Exercise, Cardiovascular Health, Respiratory System

What is the role of pons and medulla oblangata in regulating the cardiovascular and respiratory systems and how is it effected by exercise?

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The pons and medulla oblongata are part of the central nervous syst. (CNS) During times of physical or emotional stress, the autonomic nevous syst.(ANS) stimulate the sinoatrial node (SA) and the atrioventricular node (AV) and the cardiac muscle itself. When the demand declines the heart adjusts, the parasympathetic nerves slow and steady the heart. For breathing: Neural centers that control respiratory rhythm and depth are located mainly in the medulla and pons. the medulla sets the basic rhythm of breathin, it contains a pacemaker or self-exciting inspiratory center. When its neurons fire, a burst of impulses travels along the phrenic and intercostal nerves to excite the diaphragm and external coastal muscles, respectively. The medulla also contains an expiratory center that inhibits the pacemaker in a rhythmic way. Impulses going back and forth between medulla centers mantain a rate of 12-15 respirations/min. Pons centers appear to smooth out the basic rhythm of inspiration and expiration set by the medulla
Asked in Languages and Cultures, Exercise, Roman Empire, Ancient Rome

Where did the men exercise in a roman palaestra?

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Out in the open usually on grass-the palaestra was an exercise field. The word palaestra itself means gymnasium or more specifically a wrestling school. The Romans more than likely had a section for wrestling pits in the palaestra in addition to areas for racing and ball playing.
Asked in Exercise, Swimming, Math and Arithmetic

How many laps to swim one kilometer in a 20 yard pool?

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Assuming laps means two lengths (there and back in a lane): 1yd = 0.9144m 20yd = 18.288m 2 lengths = 36.576m 1km = 1000m = 1000m / 36.576m ~= 27.34 laps (just over 54 2/3 lengths)
Asked in Exercise, Weightlifting, Weight Training and Strength Training

How many inches can a man gain on the arms in a month doing weight training?

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'5' whoever wrote that really helpful you are, giving someone the wrong answer. This question is not answerable there are too many variables. For example F.I.T.T (frequency, intensity, time, type) basically how hard you train, how many times you train in a week, how long you train each session, and what type of training you are doing - (3-way split, 4-way split, drop sets, interval, continues, ect.) There is a lot of controversy surrounding the way people train and how they build mass because everyone is different. Also some other variables are, diet, genetics (to a degree), actually i'll save your time by shortining this answer and mine by writing the short answer. There is no correct answer to that question, try it and find out. ! any other questions e-mail me @ joshcook367@hotmail.co.uk and i will answer any questions Thanks!
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Can eating oatmeal cause belly fat?

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No it does not, it is very healthy for you and cuts down on cholesterol. Accumulation of body fat is caused by the number of calories consumed exceeding the number of calories used (burned) by the body. Where your body accumulates fat is determined by your genetics. You should know how to monitor your calorie intake by reading the labels on processed food and for fruits, vegetables, meats, and seafood, which use the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference.
Asked in Dieting and Weight Loss, Exercise, Calorie Count

How many crunches to lose 1 pound a week?

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doing crunches makes muscle on top of fat and after that its almost impossible to lose that fat!
Asked in Exercise, Conditions and Diseases, Urinary System

Do you lose urinary volume during heat stroke?

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Yes and no. Dehydration is usually comorbid with (occurring alongside) heat stroke. One result of dehydration is reduced urine volume so, while a patient displaying symptoms of heat stroke will likely have reduced volume, it's not from the heat stroke itself.
Asked in Exercise, Track and Field, Mile Run

How far is one lap around a running track in the third lane?

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The line you run around in the third lane, where the inside lane is 400 metres long and the lanes are 1.27 m. wide including the lane marking, is approximately 416 metres long, 415.959 to be mathematically more precise.
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Does lemon water burn fat in stomach?

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Yes, Lemon Helps Reducing Fat Contents From Your Body...... But A Lot Of Lemons Juice Can Reduce Calcium From Your Body.
Asked in Exercise, Weight Training and Strength Training

How do you develop bulky biceps?

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Compound movements like pullups/chinups, and barbell rows will develop biceps proportionally with your other muscle groups. Isolation movements that focus on the bicep include all types of curls, concentration curls, preacher curls, hammer curls all help build your bulging biceps.
Asked in Dieting and Weight Loss, Exercise

What will happen if you do 500 sit ups every other day 150 slow squats and lift a 2.3 wegiht on your arms 3800 times if you are 15 and 60kg and 5.8 ft?

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you will get ripped. seriously. but if you're trying to get big, you might consider trying more weight and less reps for the arms Don't be crazy. Yeah you're tall for your age but you won't have the will to continue. You can't just start with 1000 reps and expect to carry one. Start slow and build on when you have the strength to. It doesn't come over night.
Asked in Dieting and Weight Loss, Exercise, Genetic Engineering

How do you get rid of love handles?

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Get Rid of Love Handles Love handles are fat deposits. You get rid of fat through diet and cardiovascular exercise to create a caloric deficit (you burn more calories than you take in). You cannot spot reduce. Getting rid of love handles is just a matter of reducing your total body fat. Cut out high carbohydrate foods and eat a healthy diet. You will be taking in fewer calories this way, and the added calories you burn through exercise will further create a caloric deficit. The American Heart Association recommends 60-90 minutes of cardiovascular exercise a day, every day, for those seeking fat loss. (At 50-80% of your maximum heart rate). Everyone, normal weight or not, should be exercising for at LEAST 30 minutes a day, most days of the week. By exercising, not only do you burn more calories while you exercise but also you will be burning more calories even when you stop, as your metabolism remains elevated. In the end, it is a matter of having a constant caloric deficit. It is possible to lose weight through only exercise or only diet, but combining daily exercise and a healthy diet is the most effective way to safely maintain an ideal weight. You will need to maintain these good habits for life in order to keep the weight off. I have found that using a cross trainer, also knows as an elliptical trainer, shifts mine. It is one of those machines that make you look like your cross-country skiing. It really works because you have to do lots of twisting from the waist. I am an athlete; I play basketball and field hockey. The only way to get rid of love handles is to go on a diet combined with cardiovascular exercise. Such cardio vascular exercises would be brisk walking, bike riding, treadmill, stair master, and even certain dance classes. To tone your body as well so that you will not have any flab, you can do weight training, Pilates, yoga, and crunches. Keep in mind that any exercise you do has to be done correctly, you get what you put in to it. You can also go running or jogging, everyone hates it but it works. If you are too overweight to run or jog, brisk walking for fat loss works very well. In my experience, I used Suzanne Sommers regimen and I noticed (and others noticed) a slimming of the waist, bottom, and thighs. I recommend this for others. I am a runner, long-distance cross-country and for a track team. I still deal with the annoying problem of unattractive love handles. I tried exercising and came out with a toned stomach region/6-pack from all the lower waist workouts, but my love handles were still visible. Being not only an athlete but also a runner, it was embarrassing for me to have them. I was determined to get rid of love handles. I found out that the only way to lose them is (the last thing I wanted to do) diet! I had a hard time starting out, but eventually I swapped fatty/sweet foods for healthy, weight-smart foods. Not only did my love handles seem to vanish but also I became more self-confident and my whole body felt better after I ate. Starting out is hard, and it may seem like you fail before you even try, but stick with it and you will get it. I have lost 40 pounds in a matter of months. I have tried everything. There are no shortcuts. You have to eat right (get rid of the high carbohydrate food, junk food, and sugary foods, and eat lean meats and low carb veggies). Exercise is also the key. Think about it: we are talking love handles here. How much muscle do you think you are actually going to build up under them? We are not talking biceps or quads; we are talking about abdominals and obliques. Exercise AND diet are both key elements in any fat loss program. You cannot have one without the other and expect amazing (and lasting) results. Your exercise regime should consist of both cardio and weight training programs. No, you do not have to bulk up like Arnold to lose the weight. I am talking about weight training not bodybuilding. Weight training has been proven very effective. I do lots of dance, soccer and swimming. For me to get rid of love handles I do not have to diet. I just do not eat that extra bag of chips, or that pop, and I take out the sugary stuff. The rest is all exercise! Over the summer, I trained for swimming so much that my love handles disappeared and in addition, I got that toned curve that happens when they disappear. For those who say weight training exercise builds muscle and increases metabolism, that is true. Moreover, cardio, my friends, will take off fat like there is no tomorrow. However, you cannot just walk for 5 minutes, you have to get your heart rate up. You also have to watch what you eat. Cut out the high carb junk food. Be sensible. Losing those love handles will happen eventually with any weight loss. To speed up the weight loss in this problem area you should practice these exercises. They will increase muscle mass and reduce the "love handles". 1.Hold a 5 five pound weight in each had and rotate side to side for 30 min each day. 2. Eat well balanced healthy diet no sweets. 3. Work your obliques. 4. Lots of cardiovascular activities like running once every three days, or brisk walking every day will help. When I started working-out, I decided that cardio was the best way to achieve a smaller waist. I think I achieved love handles through years of abusive drinking and bad diet. I found that strictly cardio was not the answer for me. Even long cardio sprees before lifting were not an answer. Though, I managed to lose fat everywhere else, I could not get rid of love handles. The best answer I can contribute, and I have seen the most progress from, is a combination of everything already said. Kick all the high carb junk! Slurp down a protein shake instead of Taco Bell. Eat lots of low carb veggies, and only essential low carb fruits, not too much though. Do cardio and weight training. You might also care to try jumping-jacks. As annoying as this may be, it is all about calories. Keep a journal of EVERYTHING you eat (even gum, or that one tic tac). Figure out the number of calories consumed. Then figure out how many calories you used that day (there are plenty of charts/calculators online to help determine what certain exercises burn). Subtract intake from expenditure for the day. If you have a negative number, congrats, you are losing weight and fat. Also, do not weigh yourself every day. Depending on how well hydrated (water weight) you are at any given time significantly effects your weight. You cannot spot reduce. You need a healthy diet, with a good amount of cardio workout and weight training. No shortcuts I'm afraid. I had love handles and they sagged over my jeans. I counted calories. Consuming under 2,000 calories a day will help you lose them. I quit drinking soda, fast food, and refined (processed carbohydrates) and I dropped the weight off fast! That's all I did and I lost them within 2 weeks. Not including exercise. I suggest calisthenics. I have a very slim frame but put on fat around my middle like a spare tyre and around my thighs. I bought a video about it and it is the most unbelievable thing I've seen. Along with eating properly, I chose to do the stomach and leg exercises that appear in this tape. The exercises are very simple, and can even be done by people with bad backs. They work the muscle deep, deep within and I swear you see results in a short time. I recommend Callanetics exercises. For some people the exercises work at tightening up the stomach muscles and erasing love handles. Another alternative, although drastically more costly, and potentially more dangerous - is liposuction. It can be very effective for those persons working on fat in a stubborn area. In addition, of notable mention for getting rid of love handles are site targeting body wraps. As cellulite, fatty, areas are often prone to accumulating toxins. I got liposuction over 3 years ago and I have yet to see my love handles reappear and its not as if I'm an exercise freak. Cardio exercise, such as brisk walking, and weight training are very beneficial in reducing body fat. By increasing your muscle mass, your body will burn more calories 24 hours per day and not just when you are exercising. Cardio exercise will increase the amount of calories your body uses both during and immediately after exercise. To learn about how to lose love handles or stomach fat correct eating, cardio and weight training, see the related page links, further down this page, listed under Related Questions.
Asked in Dieting and Weight Loss, Exercise, Drinking Water

Does drinking almond milk help you lose weight?

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Yes it can. The milk is high in calcium, and vitamin D, which is very important to keep you up and running. You don't have to drink it 24-7, but you should add a few extra glasses to your meals.
Asked in Exercise, Weightlifting, Weight Training and Strength Training

Can you do pushups every day if you lift weights 3 times a week?

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It all depends on how you train. if you are lifting "easy" (i.e. the typical 10-15 rep x 3 sets type of lifting) then you could easily fit in daily pushups to compliment your easy going training. this type of training will mainly tone your body. you can train everyday on this type of workout without any problems as your body will not undergo a huge amount of physical strain so it will not require much recovery time. however if you are training hard and heavy (i.e. 4-6 rep sets where the 7th rep is failiure) then I would recommend you fit the pushups in on your off-days but don't do anything on your 2 consecutive days off as your body will need to recover. this type of training will mainly bulk you up (with the right diet) and give you bigger muscles. it is recommended to do each muscle group once a week (e.g. day1 chest, triceps, day2 back, biceps, forearm, day3 shoulders, legs, abs) to give the muscles a full week to recover. the main thing to remember is your body needs to recover in order to grow and be ready for heavier training. which is why i wouldn't necessarily advise doing pushups every day... there are many ways to weight train, with many different results. its hard to ask a general question like this without explaining how you are training, what your diet is like and what you are trying to achieve with your body. if you are serious about training and achieving your goals, then you will no doubt be attending a gym regularly, in this case 3 times a week. The best thing to do is ask one of the personal trainers at your gym.... look for the personal trainer that has the body type best suited to your goals as he/she will probably have the bet advise. tell them your training regime, diet type, sleeping pattern, and the goal you are trying to achieve. Most of the serious guys in your gym will be very happy to give you advise trust me, just make sure you are comprehensive with your questions.
Asked in Exercise, Muscular System

How do you develop and build the upper section of chest muscle pecs?

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Incline Barbell Bench Press, or Incline Dumbbell Bench. If you are looking for serious results I recommend saturation sets. Start out with a moderate weight, for example lets say that your max on a bench press is 210lbs., start with 180lbs. and do a set of 12 reps, then add 5 more lbs. and do a set of 10 reps, continue adding 5 lb increments until you reach 210lbs., and by that time you should only be able to do 2 or 3 reps. The breakdown of sets should go as follows: 12, 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, and on the last 3 or 2. Between each set rest no more than 30 seconds. And remember this if nothing else, If it don't hurt, it don't work! Good luck! They are called butterflies, I think. You lie on a bench and put one weight in each hand. Then put your arms straight in the air. Inside of your fists pointing towards each other. Then in one slow, controlled movement pull your arms down towards you and bend your elbows. The end position should be your hands about chest level and your elbows below the bench. Just repeat ten times. Move on to something else for about 5-10 minutes and then go back and do ten more. Move on the something else for 5-10 minutes and then go back and do ten more at least three times a week. If you need more than one exercise resubmit your question and put that you want more than one exercise. You can do a bias upper chest work out with incline press or flies. You will still incorporate the mid and lower chest fibres. make sure the bench is at 45 degrees when you lie on it, too high and the shoulders play more of a role. Bench press or butterflies are two good exercises. Butterflies are when you lay on a bench and hold one weight in each hand. Thumbs towards each other, facing in, pull your arms back, bending your elbows. Almost like a bench, but a little bend in the elbows. And when you go down with your arms they should go out just a bit. When you push your arms back up, the should go almost straight and push your hands together. Don't bang the weights together, but almost touch them. Repeat those about ten times, rest and then do it again. Rest and then do it again. Three reps of ten. There are lots of other exercises, I'm sure if you went to google.com and searched there, you would find many different ones with pictures. This is called a supine fly not a "butterfly" The pectoralis major is worked in its entirety in this exercise, (upper and lower) only by tilting the bench to a 45 degree angle may the upper chest be worked. starting off make sure that the knees are higher than the hips (use a step) as this will take any arch out of your lower back. Slight bend in the arms, fingers pointing towards one another arms recede to in line with the shoulders hold for one second and pull from both sides simultaneously. It's not possible to solely isolate only the upper section of the chest, your pectoralis muscle will stretch itself totally no matter what, for example, its like taking a rubber band and trying to just tense one end of it, it wont work; good thing the human body is just a little different. Some lifters, because of my explanation before, believe that there is no point in trying to build the upper pec because it works like a "rubber band", however let us explore other options, as some lifters also agree that incline chest movements help to increase mass on the upper chest. In that case work on Incline Barbell or Dumbbell Press, or even Incline dumbbell flies. Try to work at reps of 5-8 for a good combination of strength and hypertrophy (size). if you want to build some serious mass do flat barbell presses with micro sets with heavy weights
Asked in Dieting and Weight Loss, Exercise

How many push ups should a 42 year old man be able to do?

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completely depending on weight but i'd say around the 15-25 mark. (i work as a personal trainer and gym instructor, i recently help a challenge for all gym users that were guys, there wasn't a massive difference between younger men and older, the average was 30-40 but this was by some of the more elite gym users, weight is a much more affecting factor than age, in my opinion anything more than 30 pressups, and that's good for clean right down to the ground pressups you should be pretty pleased with)
Asked in Dieting and Weight Loss, Exercise, Carbohydrates and Low-Carb Diets

How can you gain 5 pounds in two weeks?

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To lose or gain weight, you must have a difference in calories taken in versus calories burned. The average pound of body weight comes to 3,500 calories, so in your case you would need to eat about 17,500 more than you burn. Over 2 weeks that would mean 1,250 extra calories a day. But you would have to eat much more than that. You use up calories throughout the day without much physical activity, just for basic needs like breathing and keeping your heart pumping. To find what your 'basal metabolic rate' (BMR) is (as it varies depending on your weight), there are calculators online. All together you would need to eat your BMR, plus 1,250, and any extra that you burn from physical activity. To be honest, in most cases this would be a very unhealthy weight gain in the alloted time. I would suggest attempting this gain over a longer amount of time. Also, as you eat more than usual, make sure you are getting your calories from foods with many nutrients, and not just junk food. There are websites such as sparkpeople which can help you with your weight gain/loss goals while encouraging you to eat well by consuming the right amount of all nutrients.
Asked in Dieting and Weight Loss, Exercise

How do men tone the butt?

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squats, lunges & wall sits
Asked in Exercise, Wrestling, Weightlifting, Cosmology

Is Dark Matter good for building muscle?

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Dark Matter has got nothing to do with building muscle! It's "stuff" that may not even exist! It's usually ok, just be careful of spontaneous black holes and blinking out of existence. Another view: If dark matter does exist and has the properties postulated by cosmologists, then it would be no good for building muscle. It interacts so weakly with ordinary matter that you would be unable to lift it - it would pass right through you.
Asked in Conditions and Diseases, Exercise

Do you have to wear anything for shin splints?

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Although wearing neoprene sleeves on the lower legs and certain taping methods can relieve some of the discomfort in the lower leg commonly referred to as "shin splints," the only real treatment for shin splints is rest and ice. Shin splints are usually used to describe the pain and discomfort associated with the tibialis anterior muscle being torn off of the tibia because of a strength imbalance between this muscle and the soleus and gastrocnemius. To recover, the athlete should rest and apply ice to the affected area of the shin in 20-30 minute segments as often as possible. The athlete may return to exercise after the area is no longer sensitive to pressure along the tibia, the athlete can perform lower leg stretches without discomfort, and a light jog is shown to produce no pain or discomfort. The recovery period will usually take 2-3 weeks, but this can vary greatly among athletes. To prevent shin splints from reoccurring, or to prevent them from ever occurring in the first place, one should engage in an exercise program that targets strengthening the tibialis anterior directly. This short video shows a simple exercise that is very effective in preventing shin splints. http://danpine.com/77/prevent-shin-splints-with-this-strange-exercise/