SparkPeople’s Exercise Reference Guides offer an in-depth look at the principles of fitness.
We often hear a lot about aerobic or “cardio” exercise and how it improves fitness, reduces one’s risk of lifestyle diseases, an... Read more
If exercisers picked a mascot, what do you think it would be? A jump rope? A punching bag? A man with a giant baseball as a head? If I had to guess, it would be an athletic shoe. A good pair of shoes can be an inspiration and reminder to get moving,... Read more
I used to be a competitive long distance runner. Day in and day out I’d run mile upon mile, training for the next big race. Some days it meant running a six or seven mile loop that included several (seemingly endless) hills. Other days, I warme... Read more
If I told you that there was a way to burn more calories, lose more fat, and improve your cardiovascular fitness level while spending less time doing cardio, you’d probably reach for your phone to report me to the consumer fraud hotline, right?... Read more
More and more kids are gravitating toward weight training. In most cases, strength training is safe and encouraged for kids. However, when done incorrectly, whether too intensely or too early in life, it can lead to permanent damage. Fitness trainer... Read more
I just started at the gym about a week and a half ago and wanted to try some walking/jogging on the treadmill. (Background: I exercise 5 times a week - either on the elliptical or hiking. But I had never used a treadmill before) I was SO excited and... Read more
Hi, I am fairly new to SP and thoroughly enjoying everything about it so far. But can anyone share some advise on exercising with injuries.
Several years ago I injured my knee cartlidge which has never fully recovered. I find exercising, even wal... Read more
This is sort of a check in post; I joined on 11/15/2013 but I just started with the SparkCoach this week. I don't get online everyday because it hurts to much to sit too long; I try to walk at least 3 times a day but due to chronic back and leg pai... Read more
Most people work sooo hard on cardio to blast of fat in their body, but end up still having those layers of fat hanging everywhere; tummy, but, arms, legs. What's wrong? I found the key to exercise to be slim lies in the difference between aerobic an... Read more
I hate gym type exercise but love anything to do with making my yard and garden grow and be beautiful or productive. I find things to do that will keep me outside for a couple of hours each day and the combination of bending to weed, hoeing, pulling... Read more
Whether you are a seasoned athlete, a stay-at-home mom, or a true weekend warrior, setting your sights on running a 5K is an achievable and rewarding goal. The second you sign up for a race you become an athlete. And once you start thinking like an a... Read more
Do you ever finish a fast run or a terrific tennis match with a wonderful exercise high just to have it diminished by a headache? Exercise headaches occur, just as the name suggests, during or after strenuous and sustained exercise. Activities such... Read more
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