Fitness

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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Getting In Shape

Friday, December 7, 2012


Question

My friend and I would like to start working out to get in shape. However we are unsure where to start as far as working out. We have looked at different sites on the internet and what not but each time the information changes. We basically want to know when to work on strength or cardio and for how long. Also what machines at the rec are good to use for these types of workouts. Also we are not sure what muscles to work out together or what days to work on them. Some information says that you should work on certain areas for certain days etc. How should we construct our workout time?

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