Fitness

Foot Pain

Thursday, February 19, 2015


Question

Last week I had noticed while running on a treadmill that my right foot started to hurt, but would stop after I would quit running. I then ran again a few days after and it has been hurting consistently whenever I put pressure on my foot. The pain hurts worst on the top outside part of my foot near my metatarsal/ankle bone region (almost like the cuboid bone), but also hurts a little by the front of my heel and above my ankle bone. I haven't run on it since and have been icing it and putting as little pressure on it as possible. What could be causing this pain, and is there anything else I should do?

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Ankle Weights

Tuesday, December 31, 2013


Question

Is it safe to wear 1.5 pound ankle weights daily to increase calories burned to lose weight? Is it safe to wear them when doing a 5-mile run that I regularly do without weights?

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Unusually Nauseous After Exercise

Tuesday, March 26, 2013


Question

Lately any type of physical exertion makes me super nauseous. During the summer and beginning of the fall I worked out almost every day and even ran some 5k’s. I stopped working out for a few months and now just walking up Iowa City’s hills makes me feel extremely sick, and I never had this problem before. Could this just be from getting so out of shape these past few months? Or are their other reasons?

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Stressed About a Strain

Monday, February 25, 2013


Question

I am a regular runner and run about 3-4 miles, 5 times a week on average. During the end of December, I started taking up dumbbell exercises, particularly lunges. After a few days, a pain in my groin area would get worse as I ran more. On January 22, my pain was at its worst, as I could hardly walk normal. After seeing a doctor and starting physical therapy about a week and a half ago, we concluded that it is a hip flexor muscle strain. I have been faithfully icing the area, have not ran or done any intensive exercise in a month and a half, and have been doing my physical therapy strengthening exercises. I slowly jogged about ¾’s of a mile this morning and I am already back to where I was in January! I know it takes time but after about two long months, do you have any idea how long hip flexor strains typically last? Are there any alternative exercises I can do while I am trying to recover? I have tried elliptical, bike, and swimming, all which have irritated it. Thank you in advance for a reply.

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Spotting Because of Exercise?

Thursday, January 31, 2013


Question

I’ve always been a regular exerciser (2-5 times a week depending on work/school), but recently I’ve been working out about 4 times a week rigorously for about 40 minutes with a mix of cardio and resistance training.

I’ve also cut back my food intake to about 1500 calories in order to lose weight. I’m a 5 foot 8 female and I currently weigh about 180 pounds. I haven’t “restricted carbs” or done anything drastic besides the calorie cut back, and my “normal” diet when I maintain my weight is about 1800-2000 calories (in addition to sometimes eating out or drinking, which obviously can fluctuate my calorie range upward occasionally).

Now there is my question:

I’m currently spotting on my period while correctly taking a birth control pill. I haven’t had any issues like this up until this point, and have always had regular, normal periods. Is this a cause for concern or a natural reaction to my recent exercise and dietary changes?

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