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I am a 14 year old girl that does a lot of long distance running. Is a resting heart rate of 42-48 bpm too slow?

I am a 14 year old girl that does a lot of long distance running. Is a resting heart rate of 42-48 bpm too slow?

Bradycardia : It is slow but seen commonly in people who are involved in sports , as long as it dies not lead to any symptoms, it does not require intervention if it is only sinus bradycardia ... ...Read more

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I'm 21 years old male. When I walk for a long distance, I get back pain in the lumbar area. This pain is relieved by resting for a short period.

I'm 21 years old male. When I walk for a long distance, I get back pain in the lumbar area. This pain is relieved by resting for a short period.

Lower Back Pain: Depending on your core strength and how far you are walking - some mild discomfort MAY be expected if you over exert yourself. If this is something that is occurring often or out of proportion to your exercise - you need to be seen by a physician to be evaluated for other causes of low back pain. ...Read more

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Why is it that long distance runners are so incredibly skinny?

Why is it that long distance runners are so incredibly skinny?

Endurance athletes: Endurance athletes burn a lot of calories and build lean muscle. ...Read more

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Olympics question? How do the sprinters vs long distance runners train?

Interesting question: but it may be more appropriate for a site that focuses on athletics. ...Read more

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I heard that beet root juice is beneficial for long distance runners. Is there any merit to this?

I heard that beet root juice is beneficial for long distance runners. Is there any merit to this?

Beet root juice: can relax the lining of blood vessels, thus promoting blood flow. Good circulation can help avoid pooling of lactic acid in large muscles. Please cool down after running anyway. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Me, have to be in the healing process of epididymitis, like a month after antibacterial pills of 10 days. How much longer should I rest? Exercise?

Me, have to be in the healing process of epididymitis, like a month after antibacterial pills of 10 days. How much longer should I rest? Exercise?

Discuss with your MD: This can best be answered by the doctor who treated you. If you are cured there should be no issue, but would first check with him. ...Read more

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If i go into afib at the gym for 2min at 225 bpm. How long should I rest before starting my workout. I'm at the gym5-6 days a week for 2 hours.

If i go into afib at the gym for 2min at 225 bpm. How long should I rest before starting my workout. I'm at the gym5-6 days a week for 2 hours.

A Fib: 225 is a very fast ventricular rate even with a history of afib. If this occurs i would suggest a call/visit to your cardiologist for an evaluation and review of your medications. I would not return to the gym until your doc gives you the ok. ...Read more

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After removal of screws plate from my tibia after 6 months what should I do? How long i need to take bed rest? How many days later i will start walk?

After removal of screws plate from my tibia after 6 months what should I do? How long i need to take bed rest? How many days later i will start walk?

ORIF: You had a screw and plate fixation of your tibia, which is a weight-bearing bone. Why were the plates and screws removed? Were you experiencing any problems? These are sometimes left in indefinitely. What did your doctor say? He or she would be the best person to direct your questions to. ...Read more