Weight training is a critical component to the success of an athlete.
By becoming stronger and increasing muscular endurance, an athlete is able to perform more efficiently and is better able to avoid injury. Furthermore, there are a numbe... Read more
A fitness trend is sweeping the nation that involves balancing oneself on an oversized ball while performing functional resistance movements. The ball is referred to as a "physio" or "Swiss" ball and has grabbed the attention of n... Read more
Yoga, which comes from the Sanskrit yuj word meaning "union," originated in India more than 5,000 years ago. There are many forms of yoga, but in general, yoga focuses on breathing techniques (pranayama), postures (asanas), flexibility, and... Read more
In this exercise, movement will come from the ankles.
Sit on the seat of the calf raise machine. Place your thighs under the leg pad, just above your knees. Place the balls of your feet on the foot rest, allowing your ankles to hang... Read more
In this exercise, movement will come from the knees.
Sit on the chair and place your feet behind the foot pads, which should make contact with your lower shin, just above your ankles. Adjust the seat so that the back of your legs lie... Read more
I'll tell you my story, and my trials.
I have always been overweight, my entire life. I tried a a few fad diets, lost and gained weight quite a few times. Then about 7 years ago, i decided I needed to have a serious lifestyle change. I bought the b... Read more
I'm so tired if people asking me how I lost weight then telling me that there is no way that anyone can lose weight on 1500 cal a day, eating healthy foods and exercising for an hour a day 6 days a week.
So I think we should have some fun and cr... Read more
Hey everyone. I've pretty much become desperate. Let me give you a little background on my situation. I used to be 170 pounds, then I got prescribed Zyprexa for insomnia and went up to 250. I dieted and went down to 200ish for a long time, but th... Read more
im getting frustrated at me not losing any weight. I have tried a bunch of diets and weight loss methods and nothing has worked. im 335 pounds and 6' tall. the scale won't budge. what is the real reason for my plateau is it: insulin resistance, h... Read more
Today I had my first gain since I started over. I had lost 8 lbs and this morning when I got on the scale I thought I had lost 1 more lb, but discovered that it was a gain. How can 1 pound upset us so much? I use a balance beam scale and I usually... Read more
Instead of using weights on your extremities, increase your intensity - either go faster, or use incline and interval training to increase the intensity of your workouts. If you need to add weights, consider a weighted vest. You will suffer fewer i... Read more
Put ankle weights and arm weights before playing wii fit, not only do you get the benefit of being active on something really fun -- but the added resistance from the ankle weights and arm weights burns more calories!... Read more
SparkPeople's fitness experts advise against wearing wrist and ankle weights while doing cardio exercise and other general daily activities. Even though they are lightweight (usually two pounds or less), the risk of injuring yourself by wearing t... Read more
Having strong calf muscles are what gives our lower legs that often sought after well-defined look, but having strong calf muscles also aids running and walking by allowing for ankle extension. While many of us find working the quadriceps (front t... Read more
SparkPeople, SparkCoach, SparkPages, SparkPoints, SparkTeams, SparkDiet, SparkAmerica, SparkRecipes, DailySpark, and other marks are trademarks of SparkPeople, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
SPARKPEOPLE is a registered trademark of SparkPeople, Inc. in the United States, European Union, Canada, and Australia. All rights reserved.