I bought 3 close loop resistance bands in difference colors/strengths, not realizing that they were on the small side. I was actually looking to get the longer ones but made a mistake of buying the smaller ones. Can't seem to find more than one or two exercises that use their small bands. I remember you had posted some links in the past using resistance bands, can you re-post and maybe there are some exercises there that I can actually do with these?
The other day at the gym I ended up using the elliptical machine because all the treadmills were being used. Since I keep a good record of the miles that I put on my running shoes (I usually stop using them once they've reached 350-400 miles), I was wondering if I should add the miles from the elliptical machine too. I plan to use it more often so I can vary my cardio more, but just wonder about this.
For the past few months, my lower back has been sore all the time even though I've cut down on my miles (from 30 to 20 or less a week). It feels the most sore when I wake up in the morning so I always have to do a few minutes of stretches to warm up. Also, I feel more sore when I get up after sitting on a chair for a bit. The first few seconds that I get up to walk, I end up leaning forward. I am able to straighten up afterwards but my posture is terrible for those first few seconds.
Could you please recommend some stretches or exercises for me to help my lower back? A heat pad helps temporarily but it's approaching summer so I don't want to use a heat pad when it's so hot already.
I'm curious to find out what is the actual number of calories burned while I do my weekly runs. I've been running about 6.5 to 7 miles every other day on a treadmill. My pace is usually 6.7mph to 7mph, with occasional speed bursts up to 8mph (0-1% incline only). I weigh about 116 pounds with gym clothes and shoes on. I know the calories burned based on my weight/speed/miles run on the treadmill is off, but I'm not sure by how much. I keep track of what I eat and burn so I'd like to get a more accurate number if possible. Generally, I've been estimating that if I run 7 miles, I burn about 500 calories at most. Does this sound reasonable?
I've been running 25+ miles/week with no problems. But the other day, I was taking a walk with a friend and we walked up and down a quarter mile hill with about 25% incline. Our total mileage was approximately 5.75 miles. My right shin is now pretty sore. I notice that I experience soreness in both shins also when I spend the weekend walking up and down the hills when in San Francisco (I live in LA so not a lot of hills).
Do you have any stretches or strengthening exercises that might help me avoid getting these shin pains? Is there a way to strengthen the shins? Why do my shins get sore when I walk, which is suppose to be much easier on my body, than when I run? Shouldn't I feel more tired when I run 6 miles as compared to when I walk 6 miles? It's the other way around... Sorry if my questions seem redundant, I'm a bit perplexed.View Thread