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
Thanks to a special partnership, SparkPeople is featuring these healthy living videos from Everwell.com. Learn more about your healthy lifestyle by viewing the videos below!
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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
What happened to the suggested Fitness plans on the Acitivity Tracker? Is there an easier way to find exercises than bouncing back and forth between the library and fitness tracker to build your own plan? Why did you move the fitness options from t... Read more
I've pretty much conquered most of my eating demons over the last five years but still stay here on Spark and another site to support others. One of them posted a link to a BBC site with an interesting test.
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dumb question about fitness tracking. I did day one of the 28 day boot camp. It was the 12 minute cardio blast with a 5 minute warm up and 5 minute cool down to equal 22 minutes. Do I say i did 12 minutes or 22? This chick wants her credit! Lol... 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
First, it was the launch of the Let's Move Campaign to encourage change toward healthier eating and fitness habits. Then there were updated school lunch guidelines to match-up what is served in public schools with the MyPlate healthy eating guide... 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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