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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
It appears there is no longer a place to change the days you strength train or do cardio only minutes and calories burned for the week. Is this gone for good, in a new place or what? My monthly calendar is no longer correct and I can't figure out how... Read more
What variations on interval training or high intensity interval training are people doing, and what's working for fat loss? I've read a lot lately on it as opposed to steady state cardio. Any insights?... Read more
I had a really good exercise day! Completed a 5k in 49minutes 30 seconds! Not to bad for my first timed 5k! Now to find the right eating plan for me!! Still trying to figure it out!! Meet with a personal trainer on Thursday! I hope she can help me!... Read more
Just wanted to let you know of a virtual 5K run/walk where you can earn some awesome race bling. It's called Sparkle Princess Run 5K and it's designed for anyone at any pace, anywhere. It's the week of Thanksgiving and I know we can a... 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
I am going to test the waters and try 5k training again with a new group beginning October 4th, with hopes of doing a 5k on Thanksgiving. 521 364 Oh boy, we shall see how my back and left leg holds out and how far I can go. I am pulling together... Read more
Today I began week 2 of my 5k running training. I had to walk 3 minutes and run 2 minutes 5 times. for a total of 25 minutes.
That means I ran a total of 10 minutes which makes me ecstatic.
I never thought I could run as much as I did th... Read more
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