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Health & Fitness Forum Rules and Guidelines


Welcome to the Gaia Health and Fitness forum. This forum is a place for Gaians to get community support as they work toward achieving their health and fitness goals. If you are looking for support and motivation on the path to great health, want to share your successes, vent about challenges you face with food, exercise, or whatnot, this is the place for you!

As a member, it is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with the forum's rules before posting. Posting in this forum implies that you read and understand the rules and guidelines and that you accept responsibility for the appropriateness of your thread or post.


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    DISCLAIMER

    We are not medical professionals, and any advice or content contained in this forum is the opinion of the individual posting the content, and is to be used at your own discretion. Any content posted cannot, and should not, replace the advice of licensed doctors or other medical professionals. Before starting any new diet and/or fitness plan, you should go see a licensed doctor or medical professional to make sure you are in good enough shape to undertake the endeavor.

    Prevention is always the best course of action, so get checked out before you begin!
    General Posting Guidelines

    Please be sure to follow the Terms of Service and Rules and Guidelines here, as in all forums.

    Common violations to avoid:

      Flaming & trolling. Posts directed at another member which are hateful, abusive, or intentionally inflammatory are considered flaming. Making intentionally inflammatory or provocative posts to incite responses from other members is considered trolling.

      Spam. Posts that are gibberish, off-topic, contain advertisements or begging, or have low or no content are considered spam. Please ensure that your posts are on topic and contain an appropriate amount of discussable content.

      Sexually explicit content. Posting, requesting, distributing, or offering sexually explicit material is not permitted anywhere on Gaia. Sexually explicit content includes explicit photographs, text, artwork, video, or cybersex conversations.

    Terms of Service violations may result in a warning or a ban on your account.

    If you find Terms of Service violations, or threads that may need moved to a different forum, please report the matter so moderators can help get the issue resolved.

    You can find online moderators by following the "View Forum Moderators" link at the top of the forum.

    Gaia Staff will NEVER ask for your password! If anyone asks you for your password, report it!
    Rules & Guidelines for Posting in the Health & Fitness Forum

    * When posting or commenting in this forum, you will do so with respect and consideration for other members. Given the challenges people face in getting healthy, abuse or negative comments can really negatively impact a person, so any malicious, hurtful, and negative/hateful comments are not welcome and will be treated as abuse.


    * This forum is for all Gaians seeking to improve their lives by getting healthier and happier. By posting in this forum, you agree to respect all races, ages, genders, sexual orientations, religions, sizes, and different abilities. Everyone has something unique to offer, and if we open our minds and hearts to different ways of being, we can learn new perspectives and skills we might not have had the opportunity to learn before. Racist, sexist, ageist, homophobic, anti-religious, anti-atheist, sizeist, and pejorative comments about people with physical challenges are not welcome here and will be treated as abuse.


    * This is a forum about getting healthy, not celebrating unhealthy activity. Pro-anorexia, pro-bulimia, or pro-obesity content in any form (e.g. posts, threads, links to other sites, posts of or links to pictures/videos etc.) are not allowed in here. These are serious medical conditions for which one should receive medical attention, and such potentially harmful topics are not in line with the aims of this forum and will be removed. If you do suffer from any of these conditions, please contact trained medical professionals to help you deal with the issue and get the help you need.


    * Some of us will be trying to lose weight, gain weight, or maintain our current weight. Some of us will just be starting out on exercise plans, and others will be veteran athletes. Regardless of where we are at on our individual paths to health, members of this forum will recognize that we are all different, and will not belittle others who might have challenges or skills different from ours.


    * Faith can be an important and motivating factor for many people seeking to have a healthier life. For some, that faith takes shape in religious beliefs, for others it manifests in a broader spirituality, and for others still, that faith lays not in a divine power but in the human spirit. Members of this forum will respect each other, and speak respectfully to each other accepting that diversity is beautiful.

    • If you are religious or spiritual, you are free to start a religious-based support thread to connect with others who share the same or similar beliefs. Please understand that this is a non-denominational forum, and all beliefs that inspire people to get healthy, including those of atheists and agnostics, are welcome. We are here to get healthy, not debate religion.

    • If you are an atheist or agnostic, you are free to start a non-religious based support thread to connect with others who share the same or similar beliefs. Please understand that this is a non-denominational forum, and all beliefs that inspire people to get healthy, including those of religious Gaians, are welcome. We are here to get healthy, not debate religion.
    Links to Information and Various Help Resources
    Below you'll fine some links to websites that might contain information you'll find helpful on your journey to good health.

    Please know that all content contained on other sites is the opinion of the individual posting the content, and is to be used at your own discretion. As before, any content posted cannot, and should not, replace the advice of licensed doctors or other medical professionals. Before starting any new diet and/or fitness plan, you should go see a licensed doctor or medical professional to make sure you are in good enough shape to undertake the endeavor.

    Overall Health and Fitness Information:
    http://www.livestrong.com/
    http://www.webmd.com
    http://www.cdc.gov/

    Gyms/Fitness Facilities
    http://www.24hourfitness.com
    http://www.ballyfitness.com
    http://www.goldsgym.com
    http://www.curves.com
    http://www.ymca.net/
    http://www.crossfit.com/
    http://www.crossfitkids.com/

    Information for differently-abled athletes:
    http://www.dsusa.org/
    http://www.adaptiveathletics.org
    http://www.dsusafw.org/
    http://www.warfightersports.org/
    http://www.specialolympics.org

    Information for LGBT/GLBT athletes
    http://www.outsports.com/
    http://www.gaygames.com/
    http://glaf.org/


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    Healthy Recipes
    http://www.foodnetwork.com/healthy-eating/index.html
    http://www.primal-palate.com/p/recipes.html
    http://allrecipes.com/recipes/healthy-recipes/
    http://www.eatingwell.com/
    http://www.acefitness.org/healthyrecipes/
    http://www.sparkrecipes.com/
    http://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/healthy_eating/recipes.html
    http://lowcarb.betterrecipes.com/


    Helpful Tools for Counting Calories, finding BMI or Body Fat %, etc.!
    http://www.acaloriecounter.com/
    http://www.webmd.com/diet/healthtool-food-calorie-counter
    http://calorielab.com
    http://www.livestrong.com/tools/body-fat-calculator/
    http://www.livestrong.com/bmi-calculator/


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    Emotional and Mental Health Information:
    http://www.nimh.nih.gov
    http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/
    http://www.befrienders.org/
    http://www.stopbullying.gov/
    http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
    http://www.boystown.org
    http://www.covenanthouse.org
    http://us.reachout.com/
    http://www.helpguide.org/
    http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/

    Information for LGBT & questioning Members:
    http://www.itgetsbetter.org
    http://www.thetrevorproject.org/
    http://www.glaad.org

    Sexual Abuse Recovery:
    http://www.rainn.org/
    http://www.childhelp.org
    http://www.apa.org

    Drug and Substance Abuse/Addiction Help:
    http://www.drugfree.org/intervene
    http://www.aa.org
    http://www.oa.org/
    http://www.na.org/
    http://www.smokefree.gov/
    http://www.cancer.org/Healthy/StayAwayfromTobacco/GuidetoQuittingSmoking/index
    http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/quit_smoking/
    http://helpguide.org/topics/addiction.htm

    Help for those affected by eating disorders
    http://www.anad.org/
    http://www.oa.org/
    http://www.something-fishy.org/
    http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/signs-of-eating-disorders
    http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/

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