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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
Im trying to get a good routine going for my work outs, and I wanted to find out if, with Strength Training, is speed/number of reps mort important? or is Slow and steady better?
For example, I've been doing wall push ups, a... Read more
My big goal for 2014 along with being fit and losing weight is to complete The Running for the Bay half marathon (13.1 miles) in Apalachicola, Florida on October 26, 2014. I walked it last year on October 20th and finished in 3 hours 45 minutes at a... Read more
In the month of May I overdid it, haha. I was doing a Jillian Michaels DVD every day and my knees paid the price for it, especially because I ended up going clubbing and wrecking my joints with low-dropping in heels.
I took it eas... Read more
Ugh. I'm wearing a splint on my wrist and am on a 10lb lifting restriction from my doctor. Frankly, lifting anything heavier than a water bottle hurts.
Any ideas for workouts that I can do in the interim? I'm walking a few times a week but know... 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
I hit my first plateau after the first 15 pounds. I reassessed my calorie intake and my exercise routine. I adjusted my calories down about 100 to 200 per day. I added resistance training, and upped the mileage per week that I was walking by a half o... 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
Instead of being thankful for the things I can do, it’s much easier for me to get frustrated about the things I can’t. I’d love to be able to run an 8 (or even 9!) minute pace comfortably. I’d love to be naturally... Read more
Last night my husband said he might get up at 5 to do the Couch to 5K run before he went to work. He did not suggest I join him, just said he thought he might see how it goes.
When we went to bed I asked what time the alarm was set for and he... Read more
Somehow I never got around to posting yesterday. I meant to, but I forgot. So. Yesterday, Tanya and I officially began training for a 5k walk. We did 15 minutes (actually more like 17) of walking in the morning. Today is a "day off" from the training... Read more
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