Your Questions About Health And Fitness Magazine

Susan asks…

What's worse for the environment a chicken breast or a can of tuna?

I would have gone vegan but soy and powdered whey gives me insomnia. I'm having milk and eggs, but still I can't get all the protein I need. I'm in the gym 4 times a week for 2 hours. So should I have a chicken breast a day or a can of tuna?

dknol answers:

Actually those are probably the 2 meats you shouldn't eat. Tuna contains high levels of mercury which lead to soo many health problems… Pregnant women are told not to eat fish because the mercury can damage the babies brain… So it must not be that good.. Mens Fitness magazine rated chicken the number one meat not to eat because chickens are pumped with soooo many hormones.. So I would say neither..

Ken asks…

How can i have leaner and thinner thighs?

I have skinny legs but my thighs belong to someone fatter than me, i am thin but i have big thighs, how can i have slender leaner thighs?

dknol answers:

The best activity is cardio. Mainly running.
Also try:
riding your bike, getting on the treadmill, jumping rope, doing many stretches, and any weight lifting you can find at the gym that works out your legs. Keep those legs moving. And possibly think about working out all of your body not just your legs. Make a change in your diet..for life. Get more sleep. Eat more fruits, vegetable, protein, and fiber. And take away many calrioes, salt, sugar, carbs, and etc.
You can loose many calories by:
Taking the stairs instead of the escalator.
Carrying your grociers to your car instead of using the basket, and hauling them into your house.
Hand washing your dishes instead of using the dishwasher.
Pacing yourself while on the phone with your friend.
Hanging out with your friends EX:
walking around the mall for nearly 2 hours. (TRUST ME YOU'LL FEEL THE BURN)
taking some laps in the pool. Going outside and playing with your dog. (running around)
even play with your cat (running around)
even doing several chores
As long as you make a healthy change to your diet and keep moving you should notice some good results soon.
purchase some good health and fitness magazines and books. This will help you understand more.

Joseph asks…

How can I have good general fitness?

I am male and 14 years old by the way. All tips and suggestions will be appreciated.


dknol answers:

As other people have said, staying active and enjoying a range of activities is your best bet; sports are fun and enjoyable and provide a good balance of different fitness benefits. As for how to train in a gym for a good level of general fitness, you need to address the following broad areas: strength, cardio/endurance, and flexibility.

Strength is best achieved by working with heavy weights twice a week on basic exercises such as squats, deadlifts, bench presses, overhead presses etc. Don't sweat the small stuff like bicep curls until you've built a solid foundation in the legs, back, hips and shoulder girdle. Taking into account your age, you may want to focus on bodyweight exercises such as push-ups, pull-ups, free squats, gymnastics etc. Rather than weights for the timebeing (this depends on your level of physical maturity–seek out somebody more knowledgeable than I!).

Cardio: for general fitness purposes it is unnecessary for you to spend hours each week doing long, steady state cardio. Short bursts of intense cardio (interval training) can be done in a fraction of the time and will give you huge benefits in relation to the time input, having spillover benefits to long, slow cardio, and faster-paced stuff. In my own case I do an intense 10 – 15 minutes on my rowing machine afte my bi-weekly weights session, working at a level where I would be unable to hold a conversation. I've done this kind of cardio for years now, and I can easily keep pace on runs with some of my friends who are recreational runners, despite outweighing them by 50lbs! Sprinting, rowing and hill running are good mediums for interval work.

Flexibility: Important to maintain mobility and reduce the probability of injuries. I tend to run through a sequence of 5 – 10 stretches after my weights sessions and once or twice during the week. If you're looking into increasing your flexibility, research Tom Kurtz and the following methods: isometric stretching, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation. These have given me the best results.

As a rule of thumb, disregard most of what you read in mainstream magazines such as Men's Health and Men's Fitness. Concentrate on the basics and educate yourself via books and the internet.

Basic home equipment such as kettlebells, pull-up bars etc. Are great, and you don't have to spend a lot of money on gym memberships.

Good luck.

Helen asks…

Why is my exercise and diet not resulting in a flat stomach?

I am a 30 year old male. I have always been very active. I'm 6′ 0″ and 170 lbs. I am a pescatarian, I don't drink soda, I don't drink, I don't eat sweets. I take a daily vitamin and supplement my diet with recovery drinks and protein-rich meals.

My exercise routines are taken from Men's Health and Fitness magazines (I alternate a new system every four weeks) and have done P90X and Insanity (not all at once, of course). Based on my weight training week, I may run between 10 and 25 miles a week (I used to run more but I'm trying to build more muscle).

Despite my strict dedication, I have barely seen any muscle size gain, and can only see my abs if I clench them very hard. I have never been more than 175 lbs and came close to 160 lbs last summer when training for a marathon. Even THEN my abs were hidden. I feel like a skinny-fat kid because I'm doing everything I can to get ripped, but I still look soft.

I want to look more defined and toned, especially considering the dedication I put into my health and looks. Any useful advice?

dknol answers:

Like 90% of your weight is genetics but all that working out should counteract that. The inconsistency of work out programs could have something to do with it, pick one and stick to it. I don't know what vitamins or recovery drinks you use but I know some protein shakes are faulty and actually are deathly. I doubt vitamins follow that but I don't know look into that. As for the muscle insanity and P90X are more meant to burn fat they still tone but not really build muscle. Try bar work if you want to be tone but muscular.

Linda asks…

How do you know what you want to do in life?

Hi there,
During the age of 16 i decided i wanted to be in film. I really dreamed of being a director and creating my own awesome visual stories. Moving towards this goal i moved away from home and studied in wellington (capital city of my country nz). During the time i spent there half of my papers wern't even film related. I kept at film and did still feel passionate about it but all i was doing was theory. There was only one pratical course open throughout years 2/3 and that was designed for 30-40 students max. So openings into the world of film were pretty narrow. I competed in a film comp but hardly got to do anything in the team i was on. Basically i wanted to express my own story i just didnt know what it was (how relevant to this Q/A). I took a media studies and started really getting into it- i was becoming really healthy at the time too which also meant i was getting really interested in that area. I ended up having a epiphany during a exercise class that i wanted to do something in this feild. And thats where my life changed. I became even more healthy after that and considered fitness magazines and becoming a farmer (physical/healthy). I moved back home and had a break from study followed by working for 2 months than being unemployed for three. DUring that time i was trying to get my health back and enrolled into a university in my own town to study sports and exercise and human nutrition. The thing is i never really took science throughout my years of schooling except in highschool and i didnt love science in highschool so this meant i had to take intro science courses and 2 other intro courses for my degree. I felt overwhelmed (especially coming off an academic break) with the sudden workload which was quite foreign from anything i had usually done (the arts). So i ended up leaving and went to a polytech where they teach a science/health course. But now im unsure of what i should do and if maybe i made like an irrational as decision!! HOW DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOU WANT TO DO WITH YOUR LIFE???
I feel so unconfident now because im so unsure
ALl i know is i want to be healthy, im passionate about boxing, i want to have a family, be successful and financially stable and have a farm later in life. I just dont know what career i should follow :(
Please share your journey and/or any advice!!

dknol answers:

The questions below are designed to help to know yourself deeply and find what is truly important to you.
We all have an unexpressed potential; the exercises are specifically designed to help you find yours.

1. What do I absolutely love in life?
2. What are my greatest accomplishments in life so far?
3. What would I stand for if I knew no one would judge me?
4. If my life had absolutely no limits and I could have it all and do whatever I wanted,
what would I choose to have and what would I choose to do?
5. What would I do if I had one billion dollars?
6. Who do I admire most in the world?

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