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Is It Ok To Lift Weights With A Pulled Muscle
Let it heal first..: If your muscle is injured, give it a chance to heal before working it too much which may further injurying it causing more problems. Gentle stretching/range of motion is advised, warm massage, rest, motrin/aleve for few days to allow healing. Then resume activities slowly to minimize injruy. If you have severe symptoms, consult your doc...Good luck. ...Read more
It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more
Painful rotator cuff: I always tell my patients to listen to their body. If it hurts when you are exercising then it probably is not helping. There are specific exercises to do to rehab the rotator cuff muscles. I would stay away from behind the neck lat pulldowns and overhead presses for now. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Discuss with dcc: There's many variables. This is one of those problems where a visit to your doctor is necessary to figure out what's going on. Only after a thorough evaluation, including examination and possibly labs and other tests, can your doctor correctly diagnose you and treat you effectively. ...Read more
Yes: Yes, it is possible to do squats with a strained hamstring, but it may be painful as the hamstring is also used to perform a squat. I would recommend allowing the hamstring to heal prior to doing squats or else you may have prolonged pain. ...Read more
I lift weights and get used to that weight for a while, then lift heavier weights. Will that make my arms muscular?
Yes.: You need to keep doing it regularly, as otherwise if you stop, you'll lose it fairly seen, as well. ...Read more
Definition of Rest: When one is ill physicians recommend rest and hydration. The dictionary definition of rest is "to not work'. In my practice, mostly of men, i expand the definition to be "to not work out'. No. It is straining your body to be ill. Rest and recovery are vital when you are ill so working out puts too much strain on the system. Once you are well on your way to healing then you can add exercise back. ...Read more
Why is it said that to build more muscles you have to lift heavier by activating fast twitch fibers? I only get the pump with light weights.
Strength: fast twitch fibers are involved with strength, slow twitch with endurance, so the former tend to grow in size and volume. ...Read more
My son who is 14 is lifting weights and wants to take a protein shake, like muscle milk, will this be beneficial or harm him?
Protein shake is ok: A simple protein shake should be fine. Many supplements, though, could be harmful and should be avoided. He should not take hormones or anything that claims to increase testosterone. He should also avoid so-called "energy" drinks or supplements with high levels of caffeine. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is it dangerous to lift heavier weights while pregnant if you are used to exercising with heavier weights (ie curling 40 lbs. Dead lifts with 60 lb)?
Sure: Sure, but this will only work out some of your upper body muscle groups (mostly upper back-lats and traps, and biceps) and none of the lower body. ...Read more
Is it okay to lift weights and do bodybuilding if you have a hiatal hernia with minimal symptoms?
Which is better only jogging or jogging with lifting weights? Is lifting weight to build muscle good for health or only to show (to look good).
Your decision: In general, aerobic exercise is good (jogging) for you. Lifting weights is a personal preference, as it will helping you tone your muscles and you can lift weights and alter your daily routine as you want to get "larger muscles" or to just tone yourself. The fact that you are interested in any type of exercise is encouraging, keep up the good work. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
How important is cardio in bodybuilding? How often should it be done? I already lift weights 4x a week.
Exercise: Straight weight lifting , an isometric strain, does very little for cardiovascular health and tends to raise blood pressure more than isotonic exercises which are more aerobic. Include lighter weights with more reps which would be more aerobic. Walking, running, swimming and cycling are excellent aerobic exercises. ...Read more
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