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how important is it for me to set goals when beginning exercising?

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Dr. Jeffrey Sider
Sports Medicine 39 years experience
Somewhat: I believe that some individuals benefit from having goals the use of goals can be useful when training for a certain distance race the use of progressive goals can provide positive reinforcement but additional target goals can provide further motivation.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

If I work out a lot, am I a compulsive exerciser?

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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Specializes in Family Medicine
Not necessarily: Working out can be rewarding by improving your strength and conditioning. It tends to make you feel good about yourself. This doesn't make you a compulsive exerciser, unless it crowds out other things in your life.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Why is exercising important?

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Dr. Judy Orton
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Healthy heart: It's part of maintaining a healthy heart and musculoskeletal system for one. It helps to maintain our mental health and is more effective then medication for depression. It can fill a social need if you exercise with someone.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

How long should I limit my workout to?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Edward Neilsen
Family Medicine 19 years experience
No perfect answer: No perfect answer... Remember damage occurs during the work-out, growth occurs with healing. Without adequate rest you won't get growth. I generally tell people not to work the same muscle groups more than 2-3 times per week, and if intensely training, possibly less. Then again, cardio and even light circuit training can be done daily.
A 36-year-old member asked:

How can I recover more quickly from a tough workout?

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Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Rest, drink, nourish: Your body needs to be refueled efficiently. Healthy habits such as eating a well-balanced meals, drinking plenty of water and fluids along with getting adequate rest/sleep will maintain a normal healthy recovery rate. Bad eating habits, dehydration and inadequate rest/sleep will definitely delay a normal recovery from a difficult workout.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Why do I get sick more now that I am exercising?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Judy Orton
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Not sure: If you exercise intensely without allowing time for your body to recover then your immune system could be affected. Best to take your training log, dietary log (3 day log for diet), and sleep log to your physician. With a comprehensive exam and this info, your provider should be able to help pinpoint the cause - either some medical issue or something in your training regimen.
Dr. Peter Ihle
Dr. Peter Ihle commented
Orthopedic Surgery 54 years experience
B sure U have adequate protein intake & keep well hydrated while working out, & don't eat 2 soon or 2 early after.
Sep 8, 2013

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