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Is running on an elliptical machine better than running outside?

Is running on an elliptical machine better than running outside?

Either is fine.: They're both effective forms of physical activity and cardiovascular conditioning. How about mixing them up - run when the weather is nice and use the elliptical when the weather is inclement. ...Read more

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Will 2.6 mile up hill running help burn fat faster?

Will 2.6 mile up hill running help burn fat faster?

Absolutely-Depending: The primary controls of body weight: food choices & quantity. Most calories are burned in repairing & maintaining our body, not exercise per-se. See: nusi.Org. 1 lb fat = 6-12 hrs intense workout. Exercise & building muscle mass can impact body fat over time: the more effort/work you expend (best make it fun so more likely to continue) & what you do most of the time have the most impact. ...Read more

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Do running reduces weight?

Do running reduces weight?

Losing weight: To lose weight, get ur resting metabolism rate done(weight loss centers do this). This determines the total number of calories you need to lose 1-2lbs/week. Decreasing 500cal/day will give you a 1lb wt loss in 1wk; drink water (1/2 your body weight), eat small meals about 150-200cal 2-4x/(depending on your metabolism rate) and 500cal/meal at night: lean protein/veggies; avoid carbs, . ...Read more

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Electric shock running down my lower back?

Electric shock running down my lower back?

Pinched nerve: See your Family Doctor, chiropractor or an urgent care to get relief. Most pinched nerves can heal on their own but you should watch for any weakness in the legs. ...Read more

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CHEST PAIN WHEN WALKING RUNNING AND UP STAIRS?

CHEST PAIN WHEN WALKING RUNNING AND UP STAIRS?

See Dr. ASAP: You may be giving yourself a "stress test" so get into the Dr asap to assess your cardiac status/function and assure your heart is stable. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Could running speedily push pressure on the heart?

Could running speedily push pressure on the heart?

Running: There is a difference in the cardiovascular responses to sprinting compared to moderate load distance running. The burst exercise stress of sprinting does cause an acute higher peak load than the more sustained lower peak load of nonpeak distance running. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of hill running uphill and downhill?

What are the benefits of hill running uphill and downhill?

Lower body strength: Going up and down hills is a terrific way to build up the major muscle groups in the legs and buttocks. It is also a fine cardiovascular exercise. Athletes commonly are asked to run up and down the stairs in stadiums to provide this extra boost rather than just running on the flat. ...Read more

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Suffering tightness in calf when climbing several flights of stairs, or running up hills. Tightness goes after rest, or walking or running on level?

Suffering tightness in calf when climbing several flights of stairs,  or running up hills. Tightness goes after rest, or walking  or running on level?

Clarification?: This sounds like intermittent claudication or leriche syndrome in which there is not enough blood or (circulation) to the legs during activity. I recommend seeing a doctor and checking the arterial circulation in the aorta and the lower extremities. ...Read more

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Can old running shoes cause back pain when running?

Can old running shoes cause back pain when running?

Yes: Definately. If you jog regularly, always inspect your sneakers. Joggers will invariably go thru them much quicker than the average person. ...Read more

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17 y/o athlete female.resting HR around 65-75,walking up stairs HR 115-120.sometimes resting HR in 90's,pounding,pulsating,walking stairs up 130-145?

17 y/o athlete female.resting HR around 65-75,walking up stairs HR 115-120.sometimes resting HR in 90's,pounding,pulsating,walking stairs up 130-145?

Either U R not in-: -as good shape as U think. It is unusual @ Ur age to have such a change in HR just walking up stairs. I am 74 & running stairs does not get 2 145 or even close, so talk 2 Ur parents & let them kno. U need 2 @ least C Ur PCP 4 a start & get referrals if need B. ...Read more

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Is using gym treadmills similar to walking outside.?

Is using gym treadmills similar to walking outside.?

Similar: Definitely not the same workout. Not as interesting and not as environmentally stimulating. ...Read more

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How does walking uphill and downhill in high heel shoes affect muscle kinesiology?

How does walking uphill and downhill in high heel shoes affect muscle kinesiology?

Its all about the: Achilles tendon. Walking on flat surfaces with high heeled shoes on a regular basis causes shortening/tightening of the tendon. Doing so on hills is a bigger issue between the extra stress on the tendon when going uphill and the strain on the anterior muscles of the leg and overall balance when going downhill. ...Read more

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Shin pain seriously hurts running in basketball games?

Shin pain seriously hurts running in basketball games?

Shin splints: This is traumatic compressive damage to the muscle running along the shin bone. The muscle is in a compartment and if it swells from the repeated banging of certain exercises, you will get pain that can be severe. You can use ice to help, pre treat with Ibuprofen in the future, and get some advice from an exercise therapist about how to minimize this in the future. ...Read more

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Running barefoot, now pain in arch of foot. Back to shoes?

Running barefoot, now pain in arch of foot. Back to shoes?

Yes: Running barefoot is a fairly new fad.Change in activity, should be done gradually.When going from a good supportive shoe to no shoes, different muscle groups are worked and bone and ligaments are stressed differently.This can lead to overuse and breakdown(injury). If you are going to try barefoot or minimalist shoes, start with kicking around in them for few days, then short walks to running.Dr l. ...Read more

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What makes nordic walking different from normal walking?

What makes nordic walking different from normal walking?

Walking in Norway!: True! but not what you meant. Nordic Walking is basically cross-country skiing without skis, uses poles though. Is more strenuous and uses more muscles. See great discussion here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nordic_walking There are lots of videos. Here's one with a race (not with English narration) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BrmA5OAAa4 ...Read more

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Do running, brisk walking and doing sit ups also exercise the pubococcygeus muscles in men?

Do running, brisk walking and doing sit ups also exercise the pubococcygeus muscles in men?

Probably not: Those exercises are good for your body and overall health. There might be some indirect effects on your pubococcygeus. Not sure why you think you need to exercise your pubococcygeus. ...Read more

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L5S1 disc bulge (Mar '13). Recently started running again (treadmill 5k). Pain in disc when running and slight numbness in tailbone. Stop running?

L5S1 disc bulge (Mar '13). Recently started running again (treadmill 5k). Pain in disc when running and slight numbness in tailbone. Stop running?

Stop running for now: Running may not be the best exercise for you when you are still recovering from a lumbar disc bulge. I suggest you try some low impact exercises like a stairclimber, stationary bike, elliptical machine or swimming for a while until the condition heals a bit more. You'll get the aerobic effect of exercise without the risk of inflaming the disc. ...Read more