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Does over-training reduce muscle mass?

BodyBuilding.com and LiveStrong claim that over-training (training excessively/while being sore) reduces muscle mass. LiveStrong says: Over-training describes a state where your muscles are not ...
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Does low-calorie/ high-protein diet + fitness regime allow simultaneous muscle growth and fat loss?

Does eating less overall (but high protein), in conjunction with weight lifting (4 days a week), have the effect of inducing fat loss while growing muscle? On the CBC site it is claimed that a regime ...
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Does lifting weights inhibit growth in kids?

I have a teenager at home, who is itching to pull weights in a gym. He is training to be a sprinter, so I see the benefits of power and strength training, but am worried, as these are his growing ...
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Are elliptical trainers the least accurate cardio equipment for estimating calories burned?

I find that seemingly equivalent workouts on my treadmill and my elliptical trainer results in the latter device reporting that I have burned almost twice the calories as the former. However as I tend ...
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Will stretching help me have lean, shapely muscles? [duplicate]

I read that after exercising, we should stretch our muscles so that they won't be bulky but instead be long and lean. Is this true? Edit: The question is more about aesthetics than whether stretching ...
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Does exercise affect the number of muscle cells?

Washington.edu reported that: Muscle cell number is affected by exercise level while young and elitefitness.com said: a trainee in the early stages of training would increase cell number ...
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Does exercise make you healthier?

It is widely believed that regular exercise helps people become fitter, stronger and healthier. For example, from Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans: Regular physical activity is one of ...
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Can joints withstand greater compressive forces than shear forces without injury?

It is a widespread proposition on multiple fitness websites that joints are better able to withstand compressive forces than shear forces. For example: Precision Nutrition and Boot Camp Military ...
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Does heavy exercising increase beard growth?

The claim that exercise promotes beard growth is common around the Internet. The explanation that is the most common is that heavy exercising increases the testosterone levels in the body and that in ...
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Does 20 minutes of meditation equal 2 hours of sleep? [closed]

Many people claim that meditation can replace sleep. For example: Harbourside Fitness: 20 minutes of meditation is equal to 2 hours of sleep Is this true?
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Is mentally practicing a skill more effective than physically practicing?

I saw this video in which Tony Robbins claims practicing mentally can be more effective than practicing physically. He refers to a study where basketball players struggling with free throws were ...
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Does running, short or long distance, cause muscle loss?

I often hear the claim that running promotes muscle loss. To what extent is this true? If a person is a triathlete don't they need both cardio and muscle? Does it matter what distance is run and the ...
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Can the body never lose fat cells?

There are various articles online quoting studies (or even loosely referring to "studies" without reference) claiming you can only gain fat cells but not loose them. Some examples include ...
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Do maximalist shoes reduce injuries?

Maxmimalist shoes (i.e. running shoes with oversized foam midsoles) were the subject of a question at Fitness Stack Exchange, which I answered, but I had to rely on anecdote. Advocates of the shoes ...
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Does taking more steps lead to better health outcomes?

There are currently various products on the market that allow people to track, among other things, how many steps they take every day. For example: The FitBit® The Nike+ FuelBand The M7 chip in the ...
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Do situps and crunches cause lower-back pain?

There seems to be a lot of buzz in the fitness community recently about how situps and crunches are bad for people's backs. For example, Harvard Medical School makes the claim, but they don't cite ...
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Does working at a standing desk consume more calories than sitting?

src I've heard conflicting claims: Site that claims it maks a crap load of difference Site that claims it doesn't make a shred of difference What does science say? You may find this question ...
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Did Diana Nyad swim from Cuba to Florida?

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57601879/diana-nyad-team-becoming-sensitive-to-skeptics/ says: Diana Nyad's 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida has generated positive publicity and adoration ...
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Do running shoes prevent injury?

One common question among runners is when to replace your shoes, with the popular advice ranging anywhere from 300 to 600 miles (482 to 966 kilometers). The justification for doing so is not that the ...
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Does a burger require an hour of jogging to burn off?

According to this site, one needs about 1 hour and 5 minutes to burn off the weight gain from a Big Mac. However, I've eaten about two Big Macs a night, with two similar sized meals during the day. ...
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Do the number of myofibrils increase with exercise?

According to this website, the number of myofibrils in a muscle can increase with exercise: Thus, the muscle cells’ myofibrils will increase in thickness and number. I had a look on google ...
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Can excessive exercise cause long term heart damage?

I always thought that exercising was good for preventing heart disease. I recently read an article that claimed that long distance running (> 1 hour of maximal/near maximal running) can be harmful to ...
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Does stretching before exercise raise the risk of injury?

Robert McLeod: Pulling on a muscle for a long time doesn't make it longer, doesn't make it more pliable, and doesn't improve athletic performance. There's lots of scientific literature that shows ...
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Is it a healthy habit to walk after having food?

Particularly after lunch, I feel a bit sleepy and I love to take a nap. But many of my friends insist that I take a bit of a walk after my lunch. They recommend it as a healthy habit that helps with ...
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Are push-ups beneficial for alleviating sagging breasts?

From here: http://www.livestrong.com/article/98061-benefits-pushups-women/ Chest muscles also receive a workout during push-ups and can help to alleviate sagging breasts. From: ...
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Is electric muscle stimulation (EMS) training safe and effective?

Electric muscle stimulation (EMS) is touted as having the ability to strengthen muscles, reduce weight, minimize body fat and improve local blood circulation. During physical activity, your ...
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Does Pavan Mukta Asana help releasing gastrointestinal gas?

Pavan Mukta Asana As mentioned above, practicing the purvana-mukta-asana will help to release gastrointestinal gas. It is also improves other gastrointestinal problems like upset stomachs and ...
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Does performing an additional weightlifting set not increase progress by more than 5%?

Exrx, a widely-known exercise resource site, claims in its article Low Volume Progressive Intensity Training: By performing an additional set (50% to 100% more sets) only 0 to 5% more progress ...
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Is taking capsaicin in pill form safe and does it speed up metabolism or help you lose weight?

I see ads for numerous supplements and all of them seem to be a scam. Except I have noticed when I am eating a lot of spicy food and hot sauce I tend to lose weight. I have found capsaicin in pure ...
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Cardio vs. weight lifting for weight loss

There are a lot of people who either claim that cardio or weight lifting is the key to losing weight. For example an article questioning the need for cardio or an article claiming that cardio is the ...
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Does exercise make you smarter?

Does exercising your muscles also increase your intelligence like the daily mail (and many others) report: Exercise makes you smarter 'by boosting energy levels in the brain ... Now a team ...
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Does regular exercise improve how you feel?

It's a common claim that regular exercise makes you feel better. Walking Of The Weight Not only does exercise make your body work better, it makes you feel better too. More examples (out of ...
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Do saunas burn significantly more calories than just sitting idly?

There are a bunch of sites claiming this, with the most disparate theories: that saunas directly melt fat, that saunas burn calories because your body needs to maintain the normal temperature, that ...
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Does push-ups on finger tips affect eyesight negatively?

Some time ago I've been told that push-ups on your fingers (instead on fists) can affect eye-sight. The explanation was not clear (something about a lot of nerves in fingertips and pressure on them). ...
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Is the Shake Weight more effective than just using dumbbells?

On the Shake Weight website, they claim: Shake Weight® Utilizes New Workout Technology Called Dynamic Inertia, which can increase Muscle Activity to nearly 300% compared to a Standard ...
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Does training while wearing weights improve body performance?

Everybody has heard about training while wearing weights in different parts of your body: ankles, arms, torso, etc. There are many references in cartoons that treat about Martial arts like the ...
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Does physical exercise control diabetes?

I've heard from many people that physical exercise controls or prevents diabetes. Is there any studies that confirm or deny this? Does physical exercise control diabetes?
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Does exercising in hot weather burn more calories?

I've read claims stating that exercising in hot weather burns more calories than the same exercise in cold weather would. I've also read claims stating the opposite. Which is correct? How does caloric ...
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Is it possible for thin weedy guys to look muscular like Arnold Schwarzenegger?

Quite often you can see guys slaving away at the gym, slurping on protein shakes or pounding the pavement. There are also frequently seen ads around the net with a simple animation of a thin guy ...
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Does sexual activity burn a significant amount of calories?

Are there any reviews out there of scientific studies conforming or invalidating the common claim that sexual activity is a good way to burn calories? Have quantitative measurements of work exerted ...