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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)

Exercise is a physical activity that is completed to maintain or improve health. Benefits of exercise include weight maintenance, improving mood, increasing energy, preventing or controlling chronic diseases, promoting better sleeping, and improving sex life and libido. ...Read more


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Excessive use of the stairmaster--does it lead to any health risks or unbalanced results?

OVERUSE INJURIES: There are several conditions may be caused or aggravared by over use of stairmaster.
It can aggravate knee&hip problems and those with pre existing knee problems should not use staimaster
overuse of stairmaster can hurt your ankle joints
it can also cause back pain if you keep leaning forward and climbing on tips of toes
holding on to rails too tight can cause tendinitis of wrist. ...Read more

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Please help docs! Is stairmaster, bike in a gym good ways to lose body fat?

Please help docs! Is stairmaster, bike in a gym good ways to lose body fat?

These are two: Great forms of exercise to burn calories. When calories burned exceeds calories consumed then weight is lost. When weight is sensibly lost - fat loss often ensues. Mix up you cardio for great results. Engage in regular aerobic exercise (i.e. Running, swimming, nordic track, kickboxing, walking, cross country skiing, hiking, etc.). ...Read more

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Is 2 hours of cardio too much in the last trimester of pregnancy? For example - 1 hour of spin followed by 1 hour on the stairmaster.

Is 2 hours of cardio too much in the last trimester of pregnancy? For example - 1 hour of spin followed by 1 hour on the stairmaster.

Exercise ; pregnancy: The only caveat here would be if your OB taking care of you had any specific rules about your current pregnancy. But, if you are this physically fit and wiling I see no reason to tell you to stop. ...Read more

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I'm tight/stiff in my Achilles, no pain yet. Will a week off running be enough to stop it from becoming an injury? Is the stairmaster Ok instead?

I'm tight/stiff in my Achilles, no pain yet. Will a week off running be enough to stop it from becoming an injury? Is the stairmaster Ok instead?

Possibly: It is possible that if you have an overuse syndrome that involved your Achilles and is related to your running, that rest would help. A stair master would actually likely be harder on your Achilles that running, so I would avoid that. A bicycle would probably be a good alternative to give your Achilles some rest while you maintain your fitness. ...Read more

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Scrotum pain on/off 5 days. Quite painful at times, but mostly free of pain. 1st noticed on stairmaster 5 days ago. Didn't notice any trauma. Cancer?

Scrotum pain on/off 5 days. Quite painful at times, but mostly free of pain. 1st noticed on stairmaster 5 days ago. Didn't notice any trauma. Cancer?

Scrotal pain: Cancer very unlikely. Testicular cancer usually presents as a painless mass. You may have referred pain from a inguinal hernia. Also you could have intermittent torsion of a testicle which would be extremely painful. See your doctor. ...Read more

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What's to be expected? Might walking for exercise prolong or worsen a pulled inner hamstring?

What's to be expected? Might walking for exercise prolong or worsen a pulled inner hamstring?

Pain/ Swell=overuse: Hs strains can be tricky to overcome. To keep your overall fitness during recovery consider upper body/ core circuit training (include ube). Walking may be fine depending on your stage of recovery & the intensity of walk. If pain & swelling present, decrease intensity/ duration of exercise... Control pain/ swelling, regain motion/ strength/ & endurance over time. (drmarkgalland. Com - 12/26/12). ...Read more

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How long does it take before you could exercise from muscle stain in the hamstring and what could be applied to it can it be wrapped?

How long does it take before you could exercise from muscle stain in the hamstring and what could be applied to it can it be wrapped?

Depends...: The length of recovery depends on the severity of the injury. Usually muscle strains heal within 6 weeks but could take longer if severe. A good rule of thumb on return to activity is to go slow and monitor your pain. Let your symptoms control your level of exercise. If it hurts your muscle is not ready for that activity. ...Read more

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22m, I have exams for 15days continously. Is it okay if I skip the exercise. Don't do any of it for that time? 2months post ACL surgery hamstring autograft

22m, I have exams for 15days continously. Is it okay if I skip the exercise. Don't do any of it for that time? 2months post ACL surgery hamstring autograft

Continue Exercise: In addition to prolonging and potentially harming your full recovery stopping your exercise may actually harm your exam scores. Taking time to walk and exercise during high stress times is an excellent way to reduce your stress, increase your focus, and improve your performance academically. ...Read more

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Pain in hamstring area with any movement no matter how small. I exercise but spend alot of time in bed. I also have really low fibrinogen. Blood clot?

Pain in hamstring area with any movement no matter how small. I exercise but spend alot of time in bed. I also have really low fibrinogen. Blood clot?

If fibrinogen is-: -low it would mean that Ur clotting would B prolonged as it is 1 of the factors in the clotting equation. ...Read more

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Badminton coach, 22yrs.2months over with my ACL surgery, hamstring autograft. I only do standing core exercise, walk approx 4kms a day. Is it enough?

Badminton coach, 22yrs.2months over with my ACL surgery, hamstring autograft. I only do standing core exercise, walk approx 4kms a day. Is it enough?

Yes: You are very early out from your repair and should strongly avoid twisting or pivoting for another couple months. Soft tissue grafts can take 6-9 months to incorportate. We used to say 6 months but per dr. Fu the king of hamstring recon he typically advises 9 mo prior to return to competitive play. Closed chain exercises are strongly advised to avoid shear across the graft. ...Read more

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I was doing the hamstring leg curl exercise when suddenly I felt a sharp pain near my groin area. It almost felt like testicular pain. Is it sciatica?

I was doing the hamstring leg curl exercise when suddenly I felt a sharp pain near my groin area. It almost felt like testicular pain. Is it sciatica?

More like Groinatica: You likely stretched your inguinal ligament OR you may have stretched one of your upper lumbar nerves which can shoot pain into that area due to the way you were doing the exercise. You may need REST & to back off of the weights. Go LIGHT coming back (real light), ramp up to heavier weights slowly to avoid the same injury. Time to consolidate something like this can be SEVERAL WEEKS or longer.. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with torn ACL years ago. Avid runner, pulled hamstring behind knee, not healing - I would like to still jog in 20 years, can I go without knee surgery or require to have one if I want to continue jogging to exercise?

I was diagnosed with torn ACL years ago. Avid runner, pulled hamstring behind knee, not healing - I would like to still jog in 20 years, can I go without knee surgery or require to have one if I want to continue jogging to exercise?

Pulled hamstring: Is not a surgical treatment as far as I know, it hurts, you rest it and then it gets better. If someone had an old acl and had been active for years I wouldn't counsel reconstruction unless the issue is significant instability and joint issues, talk to your orthopedic surgeon and make sure you get a good understanding about th ow these injuries are likely independent of each other ...Read more

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Pain in back of left knee, calf, hamstring & buttock. Tingling/numbness in heel. Gets worse seated. No swelling or discoloration. Ican still exercise?

Pain in back of left knee, calf, hamstring & buttock. Tingling/numbness in heel. Gets worse seated. No swelling or discoloration. Ican still exercise?

What the heel is it.: Continuing to exercise at this point may inadvertently do further damage to the nerve involved. Would be best to get a evaluation to safeguard against prolonging your condition. ...Read more

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Help please! Is deadlift primarily a back exercise or a leg exercise?

Help please! Is deadlift primarily a back exercise or a leg exercise?

Both: This exercise works both legs and back. Be sure someone is watching you perform this exercise to ensure proper form to prevent injury. ...Read more

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So I broke my leg and I still want to get in shape. Can I still exercise while recovering?

So I broke my leg and I still want to get in shape. Can I still exercise while recovering?

Depends: This depends upon the recommendation from your orthopedic physician. Also your physical therapist may be able to suggest exercises you may do without aggravating the fracture. Talk to your doctor or physical therapist before attempting any exercise. ...Read more

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Hey, I've been experiencing pain bahind my leg for awhile now mostly after I exercise, I can't move my leg or do anything when that happens.

Hey, I've been experiencing pain bahind my leg for awhile now mostly after I exercise, I can't move my leg or do anything when that happens.

Cramping: You need to hydrate and stretch when this happens. It is important to see an orthopaedic surgeon who can evaluate you and make sure that there are no mechanical issues. ...Read more

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Can there be a special exercise for leg edema?

Can there be a special exercise for leg edema?

Keep legs moving!: Keeping your legs moving helps edema by improving vascular return in the veins by your muscle contraction. Walking, running, cycling will all help. ...Read more

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What is the best exercise to lose only leg fat?

What is the best exercise to lose only leg fat?

There isn't a way.: Spot fat loss does not occur naturally. By losing weight in general some will probably be leg fat. But, we don't get to choose what area of body fat is lost from. Eat healthy ; be physically active. Calories burned must > those consumed. Tone thighs w plie, squat, wall squat, ball squat, plyometric squat, stair steps, lunges, lunges w dumbbells, ball squeeze ; single leg circle. Engage in regular. ...Read more

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What to do with leg pain after intense exercise?

What to do with leg pain after intense exercise?

Rest, heat packs: Leg pains after intense exercise could be due to the production of metabolites when lactic acid builds up in the muscles. This site will answer all your questions in detail: https://www. Scientificamerican. Com/article/why-does-lactic-acid-buil/ ...Read more

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Leg fat without exercise, any pills that can help?

Leg fat without exercise, any pills that can help?

Not recommended: Pills for any form of fat loss typically involve increasing your metabolism or decreasing absorption of fat. Any pill for weight loss should be a part of a well balanced plan involving healthy nutrition and exercise. Consultation with your physician is recommended. ...Read more

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Which is the most ultimate exercise for leg circulation?

Which is the most ultimate exercise for leg circulation?

Exercise that moves.: Exercise that moves your legs! Walking, running, cycling, stair stepper, elliptical machine, climbing stairs at home. All are beneficial! ...Read more

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I have excessive pain on the areas just above my ankles on the outside of my leg after I exercise. Wondering what it is?

I have excessive pain on the areas just above my ankles on the outside of my leg after I exercise. Wondering what it is?

Sports medicine: It sounds like the area that is hurting is being stressed excessively during your exercise routine. I would first consider different shoes, more support in your footwear or modifying the type of exercise. I also recommend a consult with a physician trained in sports medicine. ...Read more

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What is the cause of chronic back of leg pain if it is more painful to be sedentary and stretching does not help? I exercise on a regular basis.

What is the cause of chronic back of leg pain if it is more painful to be sedentary and stretching does not help? I exercise on a regular basis.

Could be a number of: Causes that can give you these, which can be best diagnosed with a complete examination, full Hx, and investigations.
I suggest you carry on being active with the exercises but also see a Spine Doc for an evaluation.
Good Luck. ...Read more

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Which is the best exercise to gain leg muscle?

Which is the best exercise to gain leg muscle?

Consult...: With a personal trainer. They will be able to help alter your exercise routine to focus on your personal goals. They also will be able to progress your current routine to make it more difficult. Best of luck! ...Read more