I've been having trouble with my knee for a while and my doctor has diagnosed my problem as IT band syndrome. She has recommended exercises to stretch the hamstrings and also the use of a foam roller to loosen the band. However I'm not sure I understand what this is or how it works. I'd be interested in anything that you could tell me about how to use the foam roller and also about any other exercises that might help with this problem.View Thread
Two weeks ago I had a surgical repair of an inguinal hernia on my lower right side. I'm looking for exercises that will not interfere with the healing that is going on and will help me avoid any future problems on the other side. I've seen recommendations of a general nature that I should strengthen the muscles in the core, but nothing specific. Are there any specific recommendations about what to do to get back to normal as quickly as possible? Before all this happened I used to work out 2-3 times a week including some situps and some bicycling for the obliques. I suppose that some muscles down there have been slashed and will need time to regrow but I don't know specifically which ones.View Thread
I have recently found out that I have a small hernia and am in the queue for an ultrasound to determine its extent. In the meantime I want to continue my exercising and am wondering what my program should consist of. The doctor didn't really give me a lot of restrictions except for telling me to avoid lifting heavy weights but I am wondering (and forgot to ask) about specific activities such as situps and rowing which it seems to me might cause trouble. I generally exercise, cardio and resistance exercises, 5-6 days a week for an hour or more each day and consider myself in reasonably good shape and of course want to stay that way if possible. I'd be interested in any tips that anyone might have.View Thread
>>although heavy lifting can make arteries stiffer <<
Wouldn't this be a powerful argument against heavy duty weight training? I would think that no one would want to encourage stiffened (hardened?) arteries. Have any studies been done to see whether weight lifters have a greater propensity for strokes than the general population?View Thread
Thye manufacturer has a web site http://pedialyte.com/faq.aspx which indicates that the product is "specifically designed to replace fluids and minerals (electrolytes) that are lost when a child has diarrhea with or without vomiting" No indication that it is good idea to give this supplement on a routine daily basis to an otherwise healthy infant.View Thread
I''ve been trying to vary the intensity of my time on the ellipticals as I've heard that this is a good thing to do. I'll go for a couple of minutes or so at a comfortable pace of 150 strides per minute. Then for twenty seconds or so I go as fast as I can, 220-230 strides per minute, then back to 150 and repeat the process for 1/2 hour.
What I am noticing is that within 5-10 second of the time that I speed up I feel a burn in my quadriceps which is, as I understand it, a buildup of lactic acid in the muscles. This continues until the point that I slow down and within 15-20 seconds of that time my pulse rate increases substantially but the burn disappears.
I am wondering what is happening here and what the physiological process is. I don't understand where lactic acid comes from in the first place and how the "burn" disappears at the end. Is my increased breathing and pulse rate somehow changing the chemistry in the muscles? Not the biggest problem in the world but I'd appreciate any information. Is this type of cardio (alternating fast and slow over a half hour or so a good way to go?View Thread
The other day I tried to lift my grandson up and over my head to seat him on my shoulders and was surprised at how hard it was. I got him up there only with some difficulty and later had a hard time getting him off my shoulders and back on the floor again. Hard to believe how much my strength in that area has decreased due, I guess, to lack of use and a sedentary life style.
As far as I can tell I need to work on the deltoid muscles to help out with this and have tried out several of the machines at the YMCA. One was labelled "lateral raise" and says it exercises the deltoid and trapezius muscles. There is also a shoulder press machine which requires me to push a weight straight up.
Are there any other exercises that I should be considering? I'm not trying to bulk up necessarily but I do want to get in good enough condition that I don't drop the kid accidentally.View Thread