SparkPeople’s Exercise Reference Guides offer an in-depth look at the principles of fitness.
What is a Warm Up?
A warm up is the act of preparing for an athletic event or workout by exercising or practicing for a short time beforehand.... Read more
It's an excuse many of us have heard or even said ourselves: I want to get fit, but I can't afford a gym membership. While a health club can be a fantastic place to work out, it's not the only way to get fit. In fact, you can enjoy a vari... Read more
"Where did the day go?"
Is this a common question in your life? Many of us jam-pack so much stuff into our daily routines, seemingly there’s no time to relax for just one minute, let alone exercise. Lack of time is one of t... Read more
If you think that you're too busy to fit in a full workout, think again. Plenty of research shows that small bouts of exercise can add up and provide just as many heart-healthy benefits as longer workouts. You don't even have to be at the gym... Read more
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a condition that's not always discussed openly, but is surprisingly common. Recent estimates state that 10% to 15% of the general population experiences uncomfortable and painful IBS symptoms like cramping, abdom... Read more
My office is constantly too warm, so even if I wasn't extremely busy working, I would still be tired most of the day and have no desire to do any exercise. My workload is pretty tough these days and I feel stressed at work and at home :(... Read more
This morning workout. 10 push ups, 10 squats, 10 situps, 6 rounds. Then 2 mi bike, another 6 rounds of push ups, squats, situps. 52 flight stairs, another 6 rounds of push ups, squats, situps. 1 mi treadmill. #fitmybody #pushmyself #morningexercise... Read more
Wall push-ups are a good way to get more upper-body exercise when you may not have time for floor push-ups, or maybe you're not so great at floor push-ups. They benefit chest, shoulders, arms/triceps, and core muscles. Step back just a little (safely... Read more
When I take a bath, I like the do about twenty sit ups. There is no strain on my back because the water helps support it, and I plug my ears while doing them to keep water out, as well as to keep my hands beside my head. And once I'm done with my sit... Read more
When I started running almost 4 years ago one of the cardinal rules of racing my running coach taught me was, "The shorter the race, the longer the warm-up." It is something that has been ingrained in me all these years and something I still practice... Read more
As a runner I have always had a stretching routine, however only after I am done with my runs, but not always. I have never stretched before my runs. I always start my runs with a brisk walk or nice slow jog for 5-10 minutes before I get into the me... Read more
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