SparkPeople.com provides free tools, resources and support for adults who want to improve their diets, establish a healthy lifestyle, get physically active, lose weight and/or manage their weight. We stand by our weight-loss, exercise and dietar... Read more
In life, we're told to dream big. Reach for the stars. Go for the gold. While I think everyone would agree that having big aspirations is admirable not to mention inspiring, you should take a more calculated approach when setting fitness goals. I... Read more
Running or walking a 5K (3.1-mile) race is a fun and realistic goal for exercisers of all fitness levels. If you're ready to train for your first 5K, but not sure where to start, don't worry! SparkPeople's certified trainers have created... Read more
We all know how important goal setting is to reaching our dreams. From walking four times a week to eating more fruits and veggies, declaring your healthy intentions is an awesome way to make positive changes in your life.
But if you’re lo... Read more
I never considered myself a runner. I ran maybe once a week for 30 or 40 minutes, and then I wouldn’t feel like doing it again for a few days. Needless to say, I never really “get better” at running—I pretty much stayed the sa... Read more
I've rested a day in-between strength training (arms &legs together). I want to do more strength training but I'm still sore (especially legs). Should I skip legs today & do them tomorrow or is one day in-between enough? #strengthtraining... Read more
All I have to say is...Kettlebell training...Woah! I've been trying inconsistently to lose weight since November. I've lost 2lbs. A little frustrated but I've been cheating on the weekends. I have little time to fit in exercise. Thoughts? #firstpost... Read more
Starting a walking group to get ready for a 5k in August. Got the training schedule and Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday are rest days. I normally walk each day because I feel that if I miss a day it will be easier for me to not walk one day which turns... Read more
I'm training for my first 5k--my goal is reaching that distance every time I'm on the treadmill not completing it within a certain amount of time. I know that as my training progresses the time will start decreasing. BUT hitting that goal of completi... Read more
Maybe I just have a short attention span, but tracking calories and fitness get boring after awhile. To shake things up, I combine other programs with SP. For instance, I downloaded an app called Super Diet Genuis. It tells me exactly what to eat for... Read more
Spring is just around the corner, a time when 5K races are a popular weekend activity. Perhaps you’ve thought it might be fun to try one, but fear you’d never be able to finish. Maybe you’ve walked a 5K in the past, but you’re... Read more
Fall is almost here, but Halloween candy and décor is already appearing. While everyone's favorite candy-and-costumes holiday can be a real deterrent for your diet, you can vow to stay on track—at least when it comes to your fitness&... Read more
I did the hospital hill stairs which you can see in the pic, but you can't see all of them. There are close to 100 of them plus a slopped stretch in between. I did this twice in the rain and walked down the sidewalk at the top to get a rest in bet... Read more
I have made it to week 7 of my Couch to 5K running program.
This week every workout will be the same - a brisk five-minute walk, then 25 minutes of running.
My run went pretty well and I think I quickened my pace as I seemed to cover more... Read more
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