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This is a discussion on Ask: The Forum's Fitness Freaks! within the Health and Fitness forums, part of the Topics of Interest category; Originally Posted by stargazing grasshopper Yes; I double checked my measurements as per that site's recommendations & I'm sure that ...

  1. #491

    Quote Originally Posted by stargazing grasshopper View Post
    Yes; I double checked my measurements as per that site's recommendations & I'm sure that I entered my measurements correctly.
    I've always been athletic, I workout nearly every other day but I don't consider myself a body builder. Merely a home fitness enthusiast.
    Well it's kinda strange. 5% bf is kinda low for someone who's not a professional athlete or bodybuilder, but exceptions can happen of course. Are you worried that you are fat because of your BMI? You could always go to someone to test it if that's the case. Or hey, post pictures :P
    Do you see yourself as overweight? You could also buy caliper and measure yourself, it's quite reliable if you do it right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Panda View Post
    Well it's kinda strange. 5% bf is kinda low for someone who's not a professional athlete or bodybuilder, but exceptions can happen of course. Are you worried that you are fat because of your BMI? You could always go to someone to test it if that's the case. Or hey, post pictures :P
    Do you see yourself as overweight? You could also buy caliper and measure yourself, it's quite reliable if you do it right.
    My last physical was in early May, personal physician estimated my body fat at 13% - 14%. That's why I'd earlier indicated that I consider that site's body fat estimate to be too low.

    I just considered a BMI percentage of 28 to be too high for a healthy individual & I don't like their classification that "BMI of 28.4% is overweight". IMHO it's ridiculous to categorize without several body measurements.


    Edit: This one is quite accurate at just over 14%
    http://www.healthstatus.com/calculat...age-calculator
    Last edited by stargazing grasshopper; 06-02-2014 at 01:34 PM. Reason: added a link to an accurate body fat estimator

  3. #493

    Quote Originally Posted by stargazing grasshopper View Post
    My last physical was in early May, personal physician estimated my body fat at 13% - 14%. That's why I'd earlier indicated that I consider that site's body fat estimate to be too low.

    I just considered a BMI percentage of 28 to be too high for a healthy individual & I don't like their classification that "BMI of 28.4% is overweight". IMHO it's ridiculous to categorize without several body measurements.


    Edit: This one is quite accurate at just over 14%
    Body Fat Percentage Calculator ** Recommended for You
    Well, like I said BMI is not accurate for people with increased muscle mass, but it's good for the rest. It has to be used correctly to be correct and it works in the general population that doesn't work out a lot. You seem very active and built so that's why it's off for you, but like I told you in the PM as long as your %bf is within healthy ranges you have nothing to worry about.
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    I can't really afford to take boxing lessons but I was considering buying a punching bag. They're on sale actually and I punched it a couple of times in the store and I think I like it. I think it would be good for me for some release of anger emotion and, well, there can't be a wrong way to punch, right? ... anyone know how to box here? I know it sounds stupid but I'm serious. I know people who have thrown their shoulder out taking those boxing classes where you punch the air. and I really am not doing crowds right now (not that I'm a fan of them anyways). any thoughts or suggestions?

    also, in the weightlifting for ladies thread I noticed that they were talking about a lot of weight!

    can a person do okay with weight lifting from home with hand weights or is that not the same thing (speaking results). Also, energy ... any thoughts or suggestions for low energy. lately I'm crazy low energy and I'm not even feeling up for cardio and I'm thinking, maybe I should get into lifting. but I'm so low energy. I don't like taking those pills that make you jittery. I get really bad nausea from too many B vits. any other suggestions ?

  6. #495

    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Rainicorn View Post
    I can't really afford to take boxing lessons but I was considering buying a punching bag. They're on sale actually and I punched it a couple of times in the store and I think I like it. I think it would be good for me for some release of anger emotion and, well, there can't be a wrong way to punch, right? ... anyone know how to box here? I know it sounds stupid but I'm serious. I know people who have thrown their shoulder out taking those boxing classes where you punch the air. and I really am not doing crowds right now (not that I'm a fan of them anyways). any thoughts or suggestions?

    also, in the weightlifting for ladies thread I noticed that they were talking about a lot of weight!

    can a person do okay with weight lifting from home with hand weights or is that not the same thing (speaking results). Also, energy ... any thoughts or suggestions for low energy. lately I'm crazy low energy and I'm not even feeling up for cardio and I'm thinking, maybe I should get into lifting. but I'm so low energy. I don't like taking those pills that make you jittery. I get really bad nausea from too many B vits. any other suggestions ?
    I used to drink green tea on workout days for energy (not the fake kind). There is a correct way to punch. Make sure you slightly bend your wrist inward (you don't want your fist straight with your arm) so as not to bend it backward on impact when you're throwing harder punches. Then there are types of punches like jabs, crosses, uppercuts, hooks. And foot placement and leg rotation are part of the punch too. I recommend watching some videos on it. And I've gotten plenty results with 15-35 pound dumbbells and push-ups/pull-ups.

    edit: punching is a great way to get cardio in and it's fun which is good for low energy.
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  7. #496

    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Rainicorn View Post
    Also, energy ... any thoughts or suggestions for low energy. lately I'm crazy low energy and I'm not even feeling up for cardio and I'm thinking, maybe I should get into lifting. but I'm so low energy. I don't like taking those pills that make you jittery. I get really bad nausea from too many B vits. any other suggestions ?
    Maybe you aren't eating enough in general, or enough carbohydrates. I used to have a low carb intake, barely ate any starches except on days I ate pasta and very little fruit and I felt very weak. Then I just tested increasing my intake and everything got better. I mostly used fruit but I try to eat more starches too now.
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  8. #497

    Quote Originally Posted by Stelliferous View Post
    I used to drink green tea on workout days for energy (not the fake kind). There is a correct way to punch. Make sure you slightly bend your wrist inward (you don't want your fist straight with your arm) so as not to bend it backward on impact when you're throwing harder punches. Then there are types of punches like jabs, crosses, uppercuts, hooks. And foot placement and leg rotation are part of the punch too. I recommend watching some videos on it. And I've gotten plenty results with 15-35 pound dumbbells and push-ups/pull-ups.

    edit: punching is a great way to get cardio in and it's fun which is good for low energy.
    Sweet, thank you! Checking out vids it is. Who knew punching was so 'technical'
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  9. #498

    Quote Originally Posted by Red Panda View Post
    Maybe you aren't eating enough in general, or enough carbohydrates. I used to have a low carb intake, barely ate any starches except on days I ate pasta and very little fruit and I felt very weak. Then I just tested increasing my intake and everything got better. I mostly used fruit but I try to eat more starches too now.
    Yyyeah. I guess I forget to eat sometimes. And then I'll eat all crazy when I remember it's been way too long. That and food costs a lot. :p
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Rainicorn View Post
    Sweet, thank you! Checking out vids it is. Who knew punching was so 'technical'
    Making the punches consistent and in technical form maximizes power, maximizes safety, and creates and exercises muscle most efficiently. So it's important. :P
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    Is it true that exercising helps keep mentally balanced as well as physically?

    I've read in some places that part of the problem with modern society is that we're too sedentary and do not get the amount of exercise that we're meant too; thus causing all sorts of ailments and in general making people just not feel as well I guess.

    I've read that it helps keeps the chemicals in your brain properly balanced too, like serotonin, dopamine and stuff.
    I know endorphins is a a real one, but is the rest true? it makes sense but I dunno. I never really hear anyone talking about it or very much empirical evidence supporting it being shown or whatever. It's usually just about endorphins and how great endorphins are.
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