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Running Vs Swimming Vs Kettlebells
Remember: They are just different forms of exercise. Swimming tend to be a better total body workout and more easily tolerated joint wise (unless you have rotator cuff issues or shoulder arthritis). While running is "harder" on the joints, it also is better at promoting bone density stability/increase. ...Read more
Trainer: Sounds like you might benefit from a personal trainer to get you started. That would also help you in developing the correct exercise routines with lower injury risk than if you just tried to do it on your own. Once they teach you the basics and how to progress you could then proceed on your own after some weeks of training. Good luck! ...Read more
Not necessarily a: "best" type of issue. Each form of exercise has it's advantages and disadvantages. Swimming is more of a full body workout and lower impact on the joints. But remember because it's lower impact, it has less of an effect as running at stimulating bone density. In the end, both are good forms of exercise, and in an ideal world it's good to involve variety in your exercise routine. ...Read more
Is it right or not if I act like running or swimming or any activity for 3 or 5 hours? If I want to lose my 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
I have constant chest pains-pressure right across my chest. I exercise a lot. Running, cycling, swimming and don't have these pains when exercising?
No quick answer: Several conditions can cause pain like that. Your doctor will need to take a detailed history and physical exam to determine the cause and advise treatment. ...Read more
Can you recommend any exercise (swimming, biking, clearly not running) that would be good for drop foot?
Drop Foot Exercise: Drop foot is caused by a neurological injury to the nerves that innervate the muscles in front of your shin. Since that injury may not be complete damage, doing exercises that consistently stress the shin muscles is recommended (build whatever muscle you can). Swimming, biking with stirrups, elliptical, slow walking (with a AFO brace), yoga, and pilates are common recommendations done without limp. ...Read more
Can you still improve in leg endurance activities like running and swimming with hypokalemia? Or does it just feel like not improving and exhaustion?
How can I lost weight on my upper leg and butt? I exercise regularly (running, swimming). However, I can lose weight for other parts but not butt.
Spot fat loss does: Not occur naturally. By losing weight in general some may be leg/butt 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. Exercises to tone your butt include Plie, ...Read more
Everytime I "overuse" my knees esp the left knee, like in running & swimming, I felt pain in my knee. What would probably be it? How can I manage it?
Have knee evaluated: The best way is to have the knee evaluated in order to determine the cause of the pain. It may be an issue than can be corrected fairly easily. See an orthopedist. ...Read more
Are there other c/v exercises for 58 year old with bursitis in shoulders and knees besides swimming, cycling, and running/speed walking to lower chol?
Not many: Those are the biggies. You can try resistance training (ie weights). I would suggest low weights with high reps. Other possibilities include aerobics classes or even water aerobics. Looking at your situation from another perspective, maybe it is time to have your conditions evaluated for treatment if their symptoms limit your recreational and fitness activities. ...Read more
I have the virus Labyrinthitis. Is it safe to exercise with this virus? Running? Swimming? Stationary bike? I don't want to make it worse. Thank you!
Be aware: There are many different viruses that cause Labyrinthitis like herpes viruses, influenza, measles, rubella, mumps, polio, hepatitis, Epstein-Barr (mono) and more. When you can start exercising really depends on your symptoms and the severity of your symptoms. Even if your symptoms are mild, you'd probably want to minimize heavy motion dependent exercise and ease into your chosen form of exercise. ...Read more
I used to feel tired after exercises like running, biking, swimming, but now my heart rate stays elevated long after I finish. Due to psych med withdr?
Tired: Please clarify what medications you were on. ...Read more
Which activity is technically better: swimming or running? I've heard swimming doesn't stress joints too much and burns more calories.
Both have positives: Swimming is less stressful on the joints, and does burn more calories in general, but is not as accessible as running for most people. Different muscle groups are utilized in the activities, and a balanced physical fitness program incorporates lots of different activities. Variety is good. ...Read more
D I had a stroke two years ago and today is clear that it was caused by patent foramen ovale. Can I keep doing sports like swimming, running, fitness?
Probably: First, we can rarely guarantee that a stroke is caused by a pfo--20-25% of the general population has a pfo, which means that anyone who has a stroke for any reason has a 20% chance of having a pfo. That being said, the younger and healthier a patient is, the more likely it is that the pfo was related to stroke. There is no contraindication to exercise with pfo. Check with your doctor to be sure. ...Read more
Tendidnits: Pain on the outside of the foot or ankle after swimming or running may be indicative of peroneal tendinitis, or anterior talo fibular ligament strain of the ankle. If you have a foot or ankle that supinates, it can create lateral strain to both the tendon and the ligamenst causing pain. Try and keep the foot neutral, or in running, get a temporary insole, or have a podiatrist perform a gait analys. ...Read more
I have a grade 1 calf strain. I'm on day 3 of rest and plan to take the next 2 to 3 weeks off from running to be absolutely sure it is healed. In the meantime I will be swimming and exercising on the elliptical. Will these exercises hinder my healing? Is
I have belly fat and fatty pectorals, can I lose this belly fat and man boobs by running, swimming, and weight lifting, ?
Yes: A primary care doctor can help make sure nothing unusual is going on. Avoid carbs (sugar and simple starches) because they increase the belly fat. Losing weight means eating fewer calories than one's body needs to burn each day. Also, marijuana use and excess alcohol drinking have been reported to lead to man-boobs. ...Read more
How does hypokalemia affect leg muscle endurance activities like running and swimming? With low potassium can you still build muscle?
Be careful: As true barefoot running obviously has to be undertaken in a area with limited damaging material (think sharp pointy objects) on the ground. Even if you are using minimalist shoes, understand that if you choose to goes this route to run, you have to ease into footwear like this, particularly if your previous shoes were heavily cushioned. ...Read more