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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Sporting Activities (Overview)

It may be easier to exercise earlier in your pregnancy than during the last three months (third trimester) of pregnancy. Choosing safe exercises for you and your baby is important because some positions, as your weight and balance change, may become uncomfortable or have potentially harmful effects. After 20 weeks of pregnancy, you should not do exercises that require lying flat on your back, because this position may make blood circulation more difficult.


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I don't seem to gain weight no matter how much I eat. I'm 16. I'm really active and a regular participant in sporting activities though.

I don't seem to gain weight no matter how much I eat. I'm 16.
I'm really active and a regular participant in sporting activities though.

Normal: To gain weight you must be taking in more calories than you are putting out but the reverse seems to be the case in your situation. Incorporate weight lifting to build up muscle which is better than gaining fat. Be careful as you lift and do it under supervision to prevent and minimize injury ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
92 doctors shared insights

Sporting Activities (Overview)

It may be easier to exercise earlier in your pregnancy than during the last three months (third trimester) of pregnancy. Choosing safe exercises for you and your baby is important because some positions, as your weight and balance change, may become uncomfortable or have potentially harmful effects. After 20 weeks of pregnancy, you should not do exercises that require lying flat on your back, because this position may make blood circulation more difficult.


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Why after sporting activities do I have a pain in my heels and can hardly walk?

Why after sporting activities do I have a pain in my heels and can hardly walk?

Inflammation: The most common conditions are achilles tendonitis (back of the heels) and plantar fasciitis (bottom of the heels.) both are strain/overuse injuries that cause pain and are usually self-limited but occasionally chronic. If the pain lasts more than a few days, see someone about it. A more serious condition, like a stress fracture of the calcaneus, should be ruled out. ...Read more

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Improving Endurance (Tip)

Improving Endurance

Aerobic exercise tip: physical activity is a great way to blow off steam. ...See more

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How to prevent cramps during sporting activities?

How to prevent cramps during sporting activities?

Stretch: Make sure are well hydrated (not with energy/electrolyte drinks ....Water is fine. Do exercise specific warm ups, ie riding a bike slowly before starting all-out, or jooging more slowly than if you ran full bore. ...Read more

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How helpful are free sporting activities for children, in cutting obesity?

How helpful are free sporting activities for children, in cutting obesity?

Incredibly helpful: Any physical activity is helpful for a healthy lifestyle. Sporting activities aren't for every child but many children find them more fun than other forms of exercise. If you can find free sporting activities then please take advantage of them. What children eat and drink are also critical, but exercise is a huge part of a healthy weight. ...Read more

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Improving Endurance (Tip)

Improving Endurance

Whatever you do, enjoy it. Aerobic activity is of longer duration. Don't add boring to hard activity! ...See more

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After sporting activities, is water ok or do you have to regain electrolytes by drinking gatorade?

After sporting activities, is water ok or do you have to regain electrolytes by drinking gatorade?

Depends on activity: If you exercise for less than one hour in relatively normal temps, then water is likely adequate. If you are a heavy sweater or exercise greater than one hour and/or in hot, humid environments, then electrolyte-containing beverages are encouraged during and after an event. ...Read more

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Why do I not have pain in my knee when swimming but always during other sporting activities?

Why do I not have pain in my knee when swimming but always during other sporting activities?

Non-weight bearing.: If you have knee problems, you are not weight bearing on your knees when you swim. Other less weight bearing activities include biking, aqua aerobics, etc. Activities to avoid: running, tennis, softbal, etc. ...Read more

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Improving Endurance (Tip)

Improving Endurance

You could use your watch. Increase activity by five minutes every other day. 30 mins in no time! ...See more

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What is a common cause of sleeplessness after a sporting activity?

What is a common cause of sleeplessness after a sporting activity?

Participant or spect: Participant? Fatigue, disappointment, exhilaration, inability to relax spectator? Over-identification with the team either in victory or defeat tomorrow is another day! let it go, whatever the emotion. ...Read more

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