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
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
Would you like to swap your usual workout out for one that's just four minutes long? Of course you would! Well, that's the allure of Tabata training, a type of super high-intensity interval training that is becoming more and more popular.
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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'm a working mom of a baby that's on the verge of walking and a dog that thinks he's still the baby. I'm lucky enough to work flex time and have some days at home with the baby, but this means that I'm trying to fit in a few extra hours of work whe... Read more
I've often been told that challenging exercise becomes easier over time. In my lifetime, however, I've started many exercise programs and attempted to meet physical challenges -- only to find that, after several weeks, the challenges seemed to INCRE... Read more
Does anyone know good exercises for someone with back problems? I tried planking and ended up irritating my sciatica. I'm afraid to do ab exercises because not long ago I had a bad sciatic nerve flare up. Please help! Thanks!... 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
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
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
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