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Can loose saggy skin on thighs worsen with cardio & strength training exercise in gym? Age 22 female.

Can loose saggy skin on thighs worsen with cardio & strength training exercise in gym? Age 22 female.

Yes and no: Exercise can lead to weight loss, dramatic weight loss can lead to "saggy skin" as you put it. On the other hand, exercises can tend to tone muscles and enlarge muscles which can have the opposite affect. In general exercise is good, and if you have any concerns post exercise you might consider consulting a plastic surgeon. ...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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Can saggy body get toned after 8 years? Can strength training and cardio tone the saggy body as i am young? I am 21 year old female.

Can saggy body get toned after 8 years? Can strength training and cardio tone the saggy body as i am young? I am 21 year old female.

Yes and Maybe: It depends on the degree of sagging and quality of the skin. If the skin is hanging as in someone that has lots a lot of weight, or there is poor elasticity or stretch marks it may not resolve without surgery. However, you are young and that certainly helps. Getting fit and increasing muscle tone will certainly help. Good luck! ...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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Did competitive sport since age 12. Ran marathons at an elite level, still run and do strength training, healthy eater. Could I still have CAD?

Did competitive sport since age 12. Ran marathons at an elite level, still run and do strength training, healthy eater. Could I still have CAD?

Yes: you have done a great job protecting yourself but genetics still play a role and if CAD runs in your family you have probably decreased the risk significantly through your efforts but still may have some risk depending on your genes and lipid profile. Female gender also gives you some lower risk until menopause. Keep up the good work! ...Read more

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Former elite marathon runner; Echocardiogram-EF-75% mild TR mild aortic insufficiency. Still run & do strength training. Expected findings for my age?

Former elite marathon runner; Echocardiogram-EF-75% mild TR mild aortic insufficiency. Still run & do strength training. Expected findings for my age?

Depends on: how mild is mild. It is abnormal, but it seems like a trivial abnormality, with a high normal ejection fraction and no functional limitation. But why did you get echo in the first place? Ask your cardiologist for specific opinion in your case. ...Read more

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What can I do for strength training?

What can I do for strength training?

Weights: A progressive weight training program designed by a personal trainer would be best. At 47 it pays to get the advice of a Personal Trainer -- at least to get started. Good Luck. ...Read more

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How can strength training benefit you?

How can strength training benefit you?

In many ways.: Weight is not the issue. It is all about leaness, strength and tone. Your bodies metabolism will be higher with more muscle mass. This is given to you by strength traing. So weigh the same, but put onosis. Plus, you will look better, both in your mirror a nd the eyes of others.Muscle and lose fat. Plus, it prevents osteopororosis. The list is endless. ...Read more

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What is functional strength training about?

Getting results.: /strength over show. Look at weightlifters vs bodybuilders. Who are the strongest. Who are steroid-puffed up creatures. So you have one of the two answers for "functional" strength training. The other is sports or activity related resistance exercise, specifically designed for competition in a given sport. The exercise for a rower RAE inappropriate for a distance runner. ...Read more

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Do all women need strength training exercises?

Do all women need strength training exercises?

Yes.: Weight is not the issue. It is all about leaness, strength and tone. Your bodies metabolism will be higher with more muscle mass. This is given to you by strength traing. So weigh the same, but put on muscle and lose fat. Plus, it prevents osteoporosis. ...Read more