Upper body (arm) ergometers aren't a gym staple, but they're becoming more readily available in physical therapy offices, hospitals, universities and modern gyms. Targeted to meet the fitness needs of individuals who cannot use their legs for... Read more
I’ll admit it—I’m vain. So when I put on my summer tank tops a few months ago and noticed the dreaded "batwings" growing on the back of my arms, I panicked. I was too young to have my arms jiggling when I moved! I had to d... Read more
I recently swam laps for the first time since my childhood swimming lessons. The next day, when my muscles were sore and fatigued, I realized that there was much more to swimming than just splashing around. This gentle-but-challenging form of exercis... Read more
Frustrated. Disappointed. Hopeless. Skeptical.
Whichever you choose, these emotions are enemies of people trying to lose weight—especially when you feel like you have done everything right. For many trying to shed pounds, the elation from... Read more
SparkPeople has always promoted the benefits of a 10-minute workout as a great way to start incorporating fitness into your life. Studies have shown that the benefits of 10-minute fitness bursts, including improved blood sugar control, can last for u... Read more
I don't know, should I be?
I've managed to gain and lose plenty of weight over my lifetime and I can honestly say, it's always been a combination of good and bad choices. It isn't always as simple as Taco Bell = Bad Choice = Gain Weight or Sala... Read more
I love my eliptical machine dearly, but I have ankle problems during summer. Sometimes I swim just to do some cardio, but I can do it once a week due to work. Does anyone know how to exercise without taxing feet too much?
Can it be some pilates,... Read more
I have, in the past, kept some of my larger sized clothes. This week I decided to just get rid of anything that is too big. Now I can't go back to the larger size. I'm so cheap that I am sure this strategy will work. What things have you done to ensu... Read more
I usually save my exercise for the evening, but just found out that our evening is packed with some family plans. No big deal, but I feel odd not having done "something" before I go to bed, so I decided to finally try one of the seated workouts at w... Read more
I am tired of losing weight and gaining it all back after a few months. Now, I'm keeping track of my calories and activities, because I want to do this right and lose the weight for good. I joined sparkpeople because i don't have any support, and tho... Read more
Everyone is short on time and long commutes do not help with this! To fit in some strength training on the freeway, I have created a series of arm movements (one at a time, of course) that I can do while driving. These involve pulsing pushing arm c... Read more
Working out on those elliptical trainers at the gym can be fun, especially if you are listening to music or an audiobook on your iPod. But after a while, the routine can get stale. Many people only use their legs and just let their arms "hang on for... Read more
When you work out smarter, you don't necessarily have to exercise longer or harder in order to get results. "Lack of time" is the most common reason why people don't exercise, but is that really a good excuse? Truth is: You don'... Read more
Don't let the dreary days of winter keep you from your workouts! You don't even have the leave the house to get fit and toned this season. Don't believe me? We asked our friend and fitness guru Denise Austin to create a short and effectiv... Read more
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