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'm taking a circuit training class tomorrow! I'm excited but nervous.. Anyone taken one before? What should I expect?
&I'm taking yoga next week, to see which I like better. Can yoga help you lose weight?... Read more
Anyone have any tips to train my brain to enjoy working out? Had gained 95 lbs when I was laid off. I lost 65 of it but the last 30 is giving me a hard time coming off so its time to exercise but I can't seem to get motivated... 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 have made it to week 8 of my NHS Couch to 5K running program.
Each session this week requires me to run non-stop for 28 minutes.
I found the first running session of week 8 really tough, mostly because my calves were so tight. I should h... Read more
I completed my run this evening around 10:45pm. It was 80 degrees with a feel like temperature of 88 and 74% humidity...hot, sticky and energy zapping.
I had waited late into the evening with the hope that the humidity would decrease but sadly... Read more
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