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  • The (Ontario, Canada) pandemic lockdowns, as such, didn't change anything I wear but did radically change the allocation of time wearing them: within my preferred fabric limits of cotton, wool, and nylon outerwear the closets hold a range of going out clothes. Normally home wear is sweats / shorts and sandals, with a set…
  • Agree with the above question - it's not like bench press where anybody asks "What do you thrust?". There's a lot to be achieved with unilaterals, both in strength with peripheral stabilization and glute / ham hypertrophy. A modality switch might provide much-needed recovery.
  • Ideally agree with others about a professional fitting, but maybe hard within a "tight budget". Every manufacturer builds each model or several on a proprietary "last" that generally remains reliable once it's found to fit a given foot, why some brands will never do at any price and often an affordable model can fit and…
    in running shoes Comment by I2k4 May 28
  • May suit you: if you can use a spreadsheet, on the Android app the Nutrition button page has a little "memory card" icon top right, at that page you can choose Export dates at top bar, and it emails the Export data files in common "csv" format. Loads nicely in Excel, Google Docs, etc. - fairly comprehensive but you have to…
  • I use the MFP app to add saved/calculated workouts on days I do them and it automatically recalibrates the daily calorie and macro targets. There's a fair amount of individual human variation, but as a general principle over time (e.g. some months) endurance cardio adapts the body to lean out both body fat and muscle mass…
  • Marijuana does that to me, but a very light user (Canadian - legal) thereof.
  • I think the first thing is to try to find out what's causing problems then look into the right thing for that. A few years ago left knee went from pain running sometimes to walking around all the time before I dealt with it - common patellar tendonitis. The kneecap riding its little bone railroad track gets pulled off by…
    in Aaargh- knee pain Comment by I2k4 May 11
  • On a second thought, depending on medical restriction, you might find the "non-movements" of isometrics less difficult and possibly more beneficial than repetitive stress - most of my shoulder joint recovery last winter was in this mode. It's having a bit of fitness industry resurgence and I found a lot online but this old…
  • Professor Attila's little known classic may be just a fun read, but the sheer variety is suprising. After making my shoulders sore last fall I played around with some of these looking for "First, do no harm" recovery: https://archive.org/details/profattilasfivep00atti
  • Voted for this but specifically would want to see the three macros shown with calories. As is, it's not useful to me.
  • I had "tennis elbow" (first be sure it isn't "golfer's elbow" - other side of the joint) going into 2021 and it got severe by June but was gone by year end. I actually kept up a fair amount of full body exercise working around the sore place. Web searches brought up no end of overlapping advice, including the pretty good…
  • Not a raving nut for collagen - suspect it works for some and not others - but had a surprising positive result last year from an experimental 400 gram jar that I got (on sale) as a protein booster (10 grams / day) looking for hair and skin effects. A couple of weeks after the jar ran out and seeing nothing - deciding not…
    in Cellulite Comment by I2k4 April 28
  • I'm a bit older yet - from a knee five years ago I wouldn't have tried any squats, but some conditions are worse than others - in my case common patellar tendonitis (pain started while running, degenerated to nearly all the time) was very treatable with hip and ankle mobility and strength exercises - the kneecap rides a…
  • I've used a good quality stability ball for years instead of a bench for DB and to challenge bodyweight ab and glute moves - you might look up techniques for doing whatever you do that way, regardless whether to get a bench. I came across this guy only recently, added a few new wrinkles for me:…
  • I'm far from a dietitician but sounds like your Nan has professional guidance that might help you and convince her, too. Dairy and other food intolerance is tough. I suspect too many people associate calorie increase with carbohydrates, where the easiest and healthiest thing (depending again on tolerance) might be healthy…
  • I don't plan to ever do them unassisted, but have been progressing with a hand on a supportive gym bar or chair back at home - started with a knee tuck but am getting the foot out, and using the weaker left leg to set the rep count. On my good list.
  • For "worst" I'd differentiate most challenging (for me), usually being weaknesses needing work, from just bad, of little or no use or where risk exceeds reward. Lunges and other unilaterals needing balance are tough for me but worthy challenges. "Good mornings" are in my risk bucket (deadlifts are enough), and I've…
  • A lot depends on how you plan to use them, as an adjunct to a different fitness program (cardio or resistance) or as the main form (best to find or purchase a program). I've had access to a good condo gym and home DBs and gear for years, but got a full set of 41" Power Guidance loop bands a year ago for variety with the…
    in Resistance Bands Comment by I2k4 April 9
  • If it's just for casual exercise watching TV or at a desk, you might look at a resistance band or two. They're inexpensive, incredibly versatile for progressive resistance, don't have the serious gravitational/positional limitations of weights, little injury risk, portable and easily gotten out of the way. I can sit in a…
    in Extra Lifting Comment by I2k4 April 9
  • Maybe you'll get some enouragement from an MFP monitor. I got an inexpensive but "good enough" tracker (Blackview) last year before starting MFP, and noticed the tracker is not listed for direct MFP support. However both MFP and the associated Android app for the tracker support Google Fit - I haven't decided about…
    in Apps to link Comment by I2k4 April 7
  • Interesting, the video shows rotating the DB seems to solve some problems doing what the Kettlegrype does, and might be more durable. I (male) have done crotch-safe swings simply holding the handle improperly at 90 degrees, if there's a bio-mechanical form problem I don't feel it, but no plans to take the discipline to the…
  • I'll just throw in a word for the KettleGryp, especially if (like me) there's already a range of dumbbells available. There are good Youtubes showing the pros and cons - there are both. The main limits are with active movements for which the size and shape of the inserted DB can be inappropriate, and that I wouldn't trust…
  • What do you mix them with? May or not apply, but I discovered decades ago that skim milk alone or with any food (e.g. cereal or flavored mixes) creates a lot of gut bloating, while even 1% milk or non-fat yogurt are perfectly fine (as are various soy and nut "milks" I don't much care for). When I started using whey protein…
  • The trick I use overdoing a single day (usually protein or a social sweet treat) is to diarize it next day, to start it off with a compensating deficit instead of forgetting about it. I agree nutrition can reasonably balance out over several days, and like the one-week review Nutrition button (Android app) - others may…
  • "I can think, I can wait, I can fast." Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha is a very readable account of the life of Buddha, might help settle these deep questions.
  • I've been thinking how the greek might do well with curries, baked potato, etc. As to regular + whey, I mix with all sorts of fresh and frozen fruit. but also raisins, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, unsalted peanuts or other - and a used tub with any of the above plus (uncooked) oats refrigerated as "overnight oats" is a…
  • I've been pretty content mixing plain non-fat yogurt with whey powder and other things for years, but recently sprang for a good sale on plain, non-fat greek, serving 19g protein at only 100 calories. It's very thick, so mixing whey is a chore, but I took a flyer making a "mousse" with a can of kippered smoked herring (18g…
  • From experience with common patellar (knee cap) tedonitis first be sure of what exactly is hurting in knees - can be something worse. For ordinary pain my cure was bodyweight ankle and hip / glute exercise, corrects the muscle weakness pulling the connected kneecap out of its rigid bony railroad track - again very common.…
  • I had a funny direct comparison in those years when my school built new two-story residences stocked with very good extra-long single beds, and hired a crew of students to unload and place the heavy duty mattresses. Most of them were athletes fitter than me, but they had to pair up to carry them and manage the steps and…
  • I was first diagnosed in 1994 during an appointment for something else (after running up three flights of stairs), There's no family or personal history of related issues, knock on wood. Have read high on every medical appointment in decades since, despite maintaining regular exercise and a healthy diet, with no symptoms…
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