What is with all the weird looking toys you see in the gyms, sporting goods stores, and fitness magazines today? We see funny looking things like a cut-in-half stability ball called a BOSU. There are the small circular "pillow discs" that a... Read more
When I tell people that I'm a master Pilates trainer, I get a lot of interesting reactions. People who practice and love Pilates are quick to ask their burning questions or express their envy at my "dream" job. But many people who are l... Read more
Everyone's holding their wallets and purse strings a little tighter these days. But that doesn't mean that you have to give up on getting fit just because times are tight. Exercise can be easy to fit into your day, just as it can be inexpensi... Read more
Think you’re too old to start a strength training program? Well think again! Strength training is just what your body needs to fight the loss of muscle, bone mass and strength that comes with age.
Everyone, no matter how young or old, shou... Read more
This standard piece of exercise equipment is one of the most popular in many gyms. Ellipticals are a unique hybrid of a treadmill, stepper, bike and cross-country skier, that move your legs in an elongated oval pattern (hence the name elliptical). Th... Read more
Hi Sparkies! I'm searching for a circuit training video that I can use, but I'm not looking for anything extreme. I'm 61, in good health but overweight, and I've been doing walking and dancing DVDs. I like Jessica Smith and Leslie Sansome. I want... Read more
You shouldn't do that weight training workout every day or you'll risk injury due to overtraining. Men need to eat more than women, too. Spark shouldn't have given you a range minimum below 1500 if you're male.... Read more
Also, make sure your weight training is challenging. If you start at 10lbs that's fine, but make sure you're progressing when that gets comfortable. I'm not a weight lifter, but the smallest weight I use is 15lb and as much as 40lb for certain lifts.... Read more
Don't skimp on sleep by trying to add more events to the days. It's a stressor & gets everying out of balance.andDon't repeatedly hit the snooze button, either go to sleep earlier or take a nap. Don't let the snooze button become a habit that needs... Read more
Have fun and burn amazing amounts of calories by learning a new sport - Hockey! I usually burn between 700-1100 calories during a 60-75 minute session. I don't even realize it because I'm having so much fun! Check your local ice rink for an adult... Read more
One of the most versatile pieces of exercise equipment found in the gym, or even in your own home, is the stability ball. Not only does it help you to build better core stabilization, while aiding in balance and flexibility, it also allows for a m... Read more
Walk into almost any gym and you have probably seen a stack of blue dome-shaped gadgets, better known as the BOSU (Both Sides Up) Trainer. This interesting piece of equipment allows you to use both sides for working on balance and proprioception whi... Read more
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