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Am 66yo man. Should I add strength training into my week?

Am 66yo man. Should I add strength training into my week?

Yes, it's great.: It's very important to build your muscle strength especially as you age so you can take care of yourself and stay in your own home. Start slowly. You can even get 2 pound weights and slowly build up to 10 pounds. You can even exercise while watching tv. ...Read more

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Strength Training (Definition)

Strength training is to improve muscle mass. This can come from lifting weights, yoga, circuit training, etc. It is great at all ages but definitely needed to stop ...Read more


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I am 5'4 and 131 lbs. I eat healthy and dance at a professional dance studio 9-12 hours a week. Should I consider losing weight because of my bmi?

I am 5'4 and 131 lbs. I eat healthy and dance at a professional dance studio 9-12 hours a week. Should I consider losing weight because of my bmi?

BMI inaccuracies: One of the major failings of BMI measurement is that it does not take into account that athletes have higher muscle mass. The weight of a square inch of muscle is more than fat. Fat tissue is what puts you at higher health risk. Measurement of waist hip ratio, arm caliper, neck circumference, bio impedance, or anything that estimates total body fat would give other means of risk estimation. ...Read more

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Am i doing more harm than good by doing push-ups everyday? I am a healthy, active guy in my late 20s. In an effort to rev up my metabolism and gain strength i put together a training calendar. I work out with weights three times a week, focusing on diff

Am i doing more harm than good by doing push-ups everyday? I am a healthy, active guy in my late 20s.  In an effort to rev up my metabolism and gain strength i put together a training calendar.  I work out with weights three times a week, focusing on diff

There : There is nothing inherently dangerous about doing push ups. You are wise to monitor your symptoms and cut back or modify your workout if pain develops. My only concerns relate to how quickly you are building up as well as concerns related to strength balances. When exercises are increased, a rule of thumb is to avoid increasing by any more than 20% per week. Going from 100 to 150 pushups is a 50% increase. The risk of injury is greater with rapid increases in either the weight or number of repetitions. The other concern is strength balance. Pushups strengthen the pectoral muscles. Over-development of the pects tends to pull the shoulders forward and may contribute to problems in the shoulder or neck. In general, if you strengthen the muscles in the chest, you should try to do a similar amount of exercise that strengthens the muscles in the back (between the shoulder blades). Adding some rowing exercises or reverse flies may help maintain balance. Similarly, doing too many squats or leg press can increase imbalances between the quads and hamstrings. People often focus more on building up the muscles that they see in the mirror and forget about the muscles that they don't see (but still need to be strong to maintain proper balances). ...Read more

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Please suggest me exercises for increasing height! I am doing regular exercises and want to add 2-3 inches more! I am gonna cmplete 18 at 27th feb!

Please suggest me exercises for increasing height! I am doing regular exercises and want to add 2-3 inches more! I am gonna cmplete 18 at 27th feb!

Unlikely to happen: At eighteen your growth centers have likely closed ; little if any more growth is likely.Keep active ; a healthy diet but don't expect to grow much taller.If you want to know for sure an x-ray of your wrist ; hand can be analysed for bone maturity ; tell if the growth centers remain open to new growth.No special exercises, diet or meds will make a difference if your growth centers are closed. ...Read more

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Will I gain muscle weight by doing Bodypump (weight training + some cardio) twice a week? I got paranoid about having much muscle, I just want to tone

Will I gain muscle weight by doing Bodypump (weight training + some cardio) twice a week? I got paranoid about having much muscle, I just want to tone

Most likely no!: Increasing muscle mass takes resistance training several hours a day several days a week. I would suggest you do your routing 3 x a week Twice a week exercise makes it harder to adapt and improve and it will seem like it never gets any easier. 3 x weekly is best. ...Read more

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I am 30 years old female, 5'2 and my weight is 165. I exercise: jogging/walking - at least 5 miles 3-5 days a week, plus I do cardio. I cant loose wgt?

I am 30 years old female, 5'2 and my weight is 165. I exercise: jogging/walking - at least 5 miles 3-5 days a week, plus I do cardio. I cant loose wgt?

There can be many : reasons that could include not the amount of exercise but the degree of intensity and whether any strength training is involved. You need to do interval training with varied intensity as well as look as to your food intake as ultimately the type of food and calories play a role. If still not losing weight, then see your doctor for evaluation for such issues like thyroid problem . ...Read more

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How can I increase my height, I am 21 years old and play football and excercise daily, currently 5"7 just one inch increase would be enough?

How can I increase my height, I am 21 years old and play football and excercise daily, currently 5"7 just one inch increase would be enough?

Too late: You are fully grown. Try to accept this, you are far better off than someone who is only 5 feet tall. Always best to to be the person who sees the glass as half full rather than half empty. ...Read more

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Hi, I'm a 13 years old girl and weigh 138.5 Ibs and my height it 5'6. I don't exercise a lot but I ride horses three times a week and do excersize vid?

Hi, I'm a 13 years old girl and weigh 138.5 Ibs and my height it 5'6. I don't exercise a lot but I ride horses three times a week and do excersize vid?

Your weight is okay: You weight and height are proportional. Your body mass index is 22.3 which is normal for your age. Keep up the exercise and eat a balanced diet. More about healthy eating: Choose My Plate https://www.choosemyplate.gov/ ...Read more

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I started out 5'4 and 147 pounds. I began strength training and cardio 3 times a week and cut my meals in half. I have gained 10 pounds on scale. Why?

I started out 5'4 and 147 pounds. I began strength training and cardio 3 times a week and cut my meals in half. I have gained 10 pounds on scale. Why?

Muscle versus fat.: Muscle is more dense than fat, so you can actually gain weight while getting more trim. It's OK. In this context, your body fat analysis should improve - you might want to get this monitored by a trainer. ...Read more

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I'm playing in gym (body building) my weight is 75 kg and my tall is 183 CM i need to improve my weight ( i played about 45 days )?

I'm playing in gym (body building) my weight is 75 kg and my tall is 183 CM i need to improve my weight ( i played about 45 days )?

Squats : Squats done in proper form will make you gain fat as it involves multiple joints . If you have not done them before seek a coach or personal trainer's help as it can cause injuries if not done properly. Increase the amount of calories that you consume by adding whey protein shakes and eating a balanced diet with a ratio of 40/40/20 for carb/proteins/fats respectively. ...Read more

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I am a healthy runner and cyclist, but i want to gain muscle mass faster. I have lifted weights twice a week for a year with little gains, advice?

I am a healthy runner and cyclist, but i want to gain muscle mass faster.  I have lifted weights twice a week for a year with little gains, advice?

Advice: get Trainer: Gaining muscle mass is different than gaining core strength ; muscle stamina. Generally lifting much heavier weights with lower reps. Proper protein intake and likely less long endurance (aerobic) activities will help. My best advice is to sign up with a trainer at a reputable gym and discuss what your goals are. Then a specific program can be designed for you. ...Read more

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I am working out 3 times a week burning over 300-500 caliores a workout and I am still gaining weight. Also, I do my fitness pal why am i gaining?

I am working out 3 times a week burning over 300-500 caliores a workout and I am still gaining weight. Also, I do my fitness pal why am i gaining?

Muscle is heavier.: You may b substituting muscle 4 fat & as u bcome more defined by losing fat, u will gain wt as muscles increase. ...Read more

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I am a male aged 54 with 167cms height, how much calories I should burn a day?

How much can I eat?: Hi i think many of us may be hesitant to give you a hard fast rule without knowing more of you history. But, in general for a man, 1800 to 2000 calories/day is thought to be good. Now these calories should be composed of protein first and then a small amount of carbohydrates and a smaller amount of fat. ...Read more

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I increased my calories to 1400 calories a day and I should be maintaining my weight but instead i gained three pounds why?

I increased my calories to 1400 calories a day and I should be maintaining my weight but instead i gained three pounds why?

Calories and weight: Several common reasons. First, weight gain can come from fluid retention, which can be due to many factors: premenstrual, high salt intake, heavy exercise with soreness, others. Second, you may be eating more than you think. How good are you at counting calories? Most people underestimate. Portion size is confusing. A food scale may help, along with a diary. ...Read more

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I am 28 year old white male, and i weigh 318 pounds. What exercises should I start off with to lose weight?

I am 28 year old white male, and i weigh 318 pounds. What exercises should I start off with to lose weight?

Exercise to lose fat: Walking. Walking briskly enough to get your heart rate to 130 beats per minute. And then maintaining that heart rate for thirty to sixty minutes/ day. Then combine that with a limited 1800 calorie/day diet made up mostly of protein calories. And you will find success. ...Read more

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My age is 26, height 5.3 and weight reached 89.2 kg. I am a software engineer so i don't do much physical work whole day. How can I lose weight quickly?

My age is 26, height 5.3 and weight reached 89.2 kg. I am a software engineer so i don't do much physical work whole day. How can I lose weight quickly?

Fast wt loss not saf: The first question is what are you eating. Nutrition focusing on fresh fruits and vegetables with a moderate amount of chicken, fish and grass fed beef once a week. When you loose wt quickly you are primarily loosing water. This is a life style change not a diet. You must start exercising 30-45 minutes a day 5-6 days a week. Loosing weight quickly is not safe and you end up gaining back. ...Read more

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I m doing gym since years n i hve gained a bulky body.i have taken protein shakes.now since 3.4 days i m consuming creatine 2.3 grams to burn out fat?

I m doing gym since years n i hve gained a bulky body.i have taken protein shakes.now since 3.4 days i m consuming creatine 2.3 grams to burn out fat?

Trying to loose: weight is something you need to do under the guidance of your doctor. I think your question is that you have gained weight during your gym training time and want to loose some of that, which may be mostly muscle. Balance between the foods used to fuel you and exercise is critical or you may become weak or sick. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Am 66yo man. Should I add strength training into my week?

Yes, it's great.: It's very important to build your muscle strength especially as you age so you can take care of yourself and stay in your own home. Start slowly. You can even get 2 pound weights and slowly build up to 10 pounds. You can even exercise while watching tv. ...Read more

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How often should you add more to your diet if you're doing a strength training program and how much weight?

How often should you add more to your diet if you're doing a strength training program and how much weight?

Eat better not more: Strength doesn't come from carbo loading, high calories, protein packing or other fads & trends. Improve your diet, try eating smaller meals more frequently, and balance activities to reduce injury risks and overuse. Sleep, breathe, enjoy! push yourself enough to feel aching without ripping or residual pain. Focus on form so your strength is more functional. Target a healthy life-long weight goal. ...Read more

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Last week I started doing strength training. Over the week every time I weighed myself my weight increased?

Last week I started doing strength training. Over the week every time I weighed myself my weight increased?

Muscle heavier: Muscle weighs more than fat, as you probably know. That is why exercise will put on weight while slimming you down. Instead of worrying about weight, which can change drastically with hydration as well, focus on your energy level and how your clothes fit you. If your pants are looser, it doesn't matter what the scale says. You want to look healthy and toned, not anorexic and sickly. ...Read more

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I workout out 4-6 days per week, cardio 20mins each time and strength training each time. How often should I be eating daily? There's conflicting info

I workout out 4-6 days per week, cardio 20mins each time and strength training each time. How often should I be eating daily? There's conflicting info

You're right about..: ..the conflicting info! I recommend you go to a legitimate website for the right info. www.mayoclinic.org-->healthy lifestyle-->health & fitness-->eating & exercise is a good place to start.. If you want more 1 on 1 online coaching, check out a web platform like: www.teambeachbody.com/marykauffmanfitness. Good luck to you! Dr. Anne ...Read more

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Can you tell me if i plan to do three non-consecutive days of strength training per week (in addition to cardio) what is the best way to strength train?

Can you tell me if i plan to do three non-consecutive days of strength training per week (in addition to cardio) what is the best way to strength train?

Strength Training: Typically from a medical standpoint we have our patients give the stressed areas 48 hours to recover between sessions. So three non consecutive days a week is perfect for this. However, adding the cardio is the hard part based on what body area is most stressed. If you do a hard leg workout (say spin class) on Monday morning, and do lower extremity weights same day, you could get into trouble. ...Read more

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I want to exercise 6 days a week. How should I exercise so I can stick with it? Cardio, strength training? Should I vary intensity of the exercise on certain days?

I want to exercise 6 days a week.  How should I exercise so I can stick with it?  Cardio, strength training?  Should I vary intensity of the exercise on certain days?

Exercise: The most important aspect of exercise is to find something that you enjoy. That way exercise can be something you look forward to, rather than something you have to do. Ideally, a great exercise routine would combine strength training a 2-3 days per week and cardio 3-4 days per week. Varying the exercise is also great in order to work different muscle groups. ...Read more

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Would doing 30 minutes of stationary bike 6 days a week be good for strength training?

Would doing 30 minutes of stationary bike 6 days a week be good for strength training?

Helps with endurance: 30 minutes on the bike will help more with endurance. If you rather more strength training consider, resistance training with weights. Slow reps with some good weight will be very beneficial. Good luck. ...Read more

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I started out 5'4 and 147 pounds. I began strength training and cardio 3 times a week and cut my meals in half. I have gained 10 pounds on scale. Why?

Muscle versus fat.: Muscle is more dense than fat, so you can actually gain weight while getting more trim. It's OK. In this context, your body fat analysis should improve - you might want to get this monitored by a trainer. ...Read more

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24 female 156 pounds 2 days of cardio, 2 days of strength training a week healthy diet- what should be my goal weight and body fat % goals?

24 female 156 pounds 2 days of cardio, 2 days of strength training a week healthy diet- what should be my goal weight  and body fat % goals?

Sounds good already: Depending on your build and height, 156 lbs actually is good considering the current obesity in us. So if you are 5ft6 or 6ft7, you are just a few lbs above ideal, but remember that muscle is heavier than fat. Being plump and active is better than nl wt and a couch potato. Body fat 20-30% is good for a female. So, eat well, sleep well, and keep up the good work. Good luck and happy new year. ...Read more

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I have been doing strength training the past few weeks and I have had this pain below my shoulder blade left side. What could cause this? posture?

I have been doing strength training the past few weeks and I have had this pain below my shoulder blade left side. What could cause this? posture?

Must likely muscle : You clinical picture must likely is due to muscles spasm.Maybe a massage in this area with hot pack could release you pain .if no you will need medication. ...Read more

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Would i still lose lean mass if i combine slow 1 hr cardio (6x/week) w/ strength training (3x/week)? Getting enough protein

Would i still lose lean mass if i combine slow 1 hr cardio (6x/week) w/ strength training (3x/week)? Getting enough protein

Lean Mass: Lean mass should be maintained if you continue to do resistance training 3 times a week. Even combined with cardio program described. ...Read more

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What does exercise really do for a person who has diabetes besides maintain your weight? I do cardio 3x a week and strength training 2x a week.

What does exercise really do for a person who has diabetes besides maintain your weight? I do cardio 3x a week and strength training 2x a week.

Quite a lot: There's a common mantra among physicians that "exercise equals insulin." muscles use glucose to generate energy used to contract, burning glycogen stores, and drawing glucose out of the blood. This allows the body to maintain blood glucose levels without adding insulin. It promotes weight loss, further reducing Insulin resistance. Maintaining normal glucose protects the eyes, kidneys and nerves. ...Read more

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Its very very hard for me but if i give up sugar and drink only water for about 3 weeks will that prepare me for cardio and tough strength training?

Its very very hard for me but if i give up sugar and drink only water for about 3 weeks will that prepare me for cardio and tough strength training?

No: Although hydrating has its benefits, you should not completely give up carbohydrates especially if you plan on getting fit. Starving yourself does not add strength, but only weakens your body without proper nutrients. For optimal results, see your physician for nutrition plan for your goals. ...Read more

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Have been strength training nearly 3 hrs. Every other day. How much weight gain (per week) could be muscle weight?

Have been strength training nearly 3 hrs. Every other day. How much weight gain (per week) could be muscle weight?

Too much: You are working out too much which leads to muscle breakdown 45-60 min 3 days a week is plenty and best to build muscle. ...Read more

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I do cardio 5x , strength training 4x a week. I'm also on a prescription of 10mg of lisionpril a day. Is it OK to use 5g of creatine a day? Cycled?

I do cardio 5x , strength training 4x a week. I'm also on a prescription of 10mg of lisionpril a day. Is it OK to use 5g of creatine a day? Cycled?

Sure OK: But why waste your money? Eat a big Mac. Only waste or spend your money on creatine if you are a vegan, since your body makes plenty of creatine from meat- or if you are performing VERY HIGH short bursts of energy as in championship (not regular) weight lifting or sprinting or similar high intensity, short bursts of activity. ...Read more

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I do strength training exercise five days a week and yoga and Pilates the other two days, can I return 6 weeks after my hernia surgery?

I do strength training exercise five days a week and yoga and Pilates the other two days, can I return 6 weeks after my hernia surgery?

Exercise: You may be able to return but it depends on the extent and location of hernia. Also expect to return in a progressive fashion. Should definitely coordinate this with your surgeon. ...Read more

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