Proper breathing is an underestimated, but critical building block of good health. Slow, deep breathing gets rid of carbon dioxide waste and takes plenty of clean, fresh oxygen to your brain and muscles. More blood cells get the new, oxygen-rich air... Read more
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SparkPeople’s Exercise Reference Guides offer an in-depth look at the principles of fitness.
Stretching comes naturally to all of us. You might notice that if you have been sitting in a particular position for a long time, you stretch unco... Read more
Body weight alone is not a clear indicator of health or fitness because it does not distinguish how many pounds are fat and how many are muscle. But body composition helps describe the amount (and distribution) of fat and lean muscle tissue in the bo... Read more
Although barefoot running has been practiced in some parts of the world for hundreds of years, the concept has only recently gained popularity as an alternative to traditional running shoes in the Western world. The book "Born to Run,"... Read more
I took a test to determine your true fitness level vs. your real age. I'm 43. The test says my fitness level is that of a 54 yr old. I've lost 34 lbs in 4 mos, but I still have a lot more to lose. I don't know what to think about test.
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Last week I started fitness classes (2-3 weekly) of spin, step aerobics, zumba, and ab workouts. Things I've learned: zumba instructors cannot teach rhythm but it gets easier! First good workout yesterday and I'm thrilled:)... Read more
The President's Challenge (www.presidentschallenge.org) is another set of challenges available for FREE. Begun in the 1960s, it has been available for years. (Presidential Fitness Award, Physical Fitness Test, Presidential Active Lifestyle Award - PA... Read more
Heat makes your blood sugar more difficult to control. You should test your blood sugar often and drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. Heat can also affect medications, glucose meter, and test strips so dont leave them in the car or in the hea... Read more
Canada's Supreme Court has ruled that disabled and obese passengers who require two seats--either because of their girth or because they travel with a wheelchair or a companion--cannot be forced to pay a double fare. According to the Associated Press... Read more
Keep this chart handy to help prevent and treat poison ivy, Lyme disease and other seasonal ailments. From heat exhaustion and poisonous plants to Lyme disease and West Nile Virus, our friends at Woman's Day have all the details you need. ... Read more
Today was busy day #1 for this weekend. Tomorrow will be busy day #2. But here's the busy day #1 report.
I woke up at a perfectly pleasant 6:50 am (my alarm was set for 7:15, but I woke up earlier than that out of habit). So I read in bed unt... Read more
I am so frustrated right now. I've always been a slow runner. For my Air Force fitness test, I would run 1.5 miles in about 17:30. Yes, I realize this is ridiculously slow, but no matter what I did, I was never able to get faster. This was fine b... Read more
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