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
Mike (MKKAYA) started running in 2008. Since joining SparkPeople, he has continued to work toward his weight-loss goals (losing nearly 100 pounds so far), completed three half marathons, and has his sights set on participating in a triathlon.
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Running is one of the fastest growing amateur sports among men and women of all ages. Read how to get started on your own quest to becoming a runner.
It doesn’t surprise me that more people are running for cardio exercise these days. Accor... Read more
You know how 'they' say to leave a day between strength training sessions, to let your muscles recover? (Micro tears heal building new muscle fibre etc...)
Does that mean a day off between doing the same exercises, or working the same muscle gro... Read more
I'm training for my first marathon. It is in May 2015. Anyone else training. Buddies would be awesome. My long run today is going to be 7 miles. Struggling with the cold and getting out there. Anyone else in the same boat?... Read more
If you're doing a lot of weight training, your muscles may be retaining water to help themselves repair. Your weight can also fluctuate based on how much/little water you're drinking, when you weigh, and whether you're close to your TOM.... 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
With the New Year just around the corner, exercise is on a lot of people's minds. So many of us are bound and determined to reach new fitness goals, hit the gym with vigor, and change our bodies once and for all. Does this sound a lot like l... Read more
Feeling pretty good. Had some great runs this week. Day 2 of wk4 of the 5k training went great! I did an extra rep. Today was the last of wk4 and I jogged at at least 5 mph for closer to 3.5 minutes for each rep. I even got to 5.5 mph for a few minut... Read more
I actually began my weight loss journey last December (down 20 pounds since then!), and I started at 5k training program back then. I admit, I haven't actually finished the whole program. I get to a point (usually around the 10- to 12-minute long ru... Read more
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