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
Bet you never thought you’d see the day when the federal government was the hallmark of clarity and common sense. But it just happened. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) just released th... Read more
The Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) updated the Dietary Guidelines for Americans in 2005. You can easily incorporate these strategies into your everyday SparkPeople plan.
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I believe that most people would say jumping rope is for play, not for exercise. After all, you jumped rope as a kid on the playground and you probably forgot about it entirely after fourth grade. And it certainly isn’t touted as a benefit of j... Read more
SparkPeople’s Exercise Reference Guides offer an in-depth look at the principles of fitness.
Every movement we make—from walking to driving—involves our muscles. Muscles are unique. They have the ability to relax, contract, and... Read more
Supplements are a good way of providing your body with the nutrition it lacks in. Nutritional food supplements are the best to go for when we do not have the time to take care of nutrition in our diet. They are also known as dietary supplements. This... Read more
There use to be a calisthenics plan on the fitness tracker. I have been away for a couple years, but liked the feature, because it had videos of different exercies attached to it. I can not find it now. Any ideas?... Read more
Does anyone track calisthenics as a cardio, rather than the individual strength exercise? I ask, because I have a set of DVDs where four of the dvds work on areas of the body (legs/arms/core/back and shoulders) and I don't know if I should track them... Read more
I do a two mile walk and do push ups on low benches or block walls, squats, lunges, calf raises, I get my aerobic and weight training on my daily walk. It's fun! I am really building strength and stamina. I do this 5 - 6 times a week.... Read more
Staying motivated is hard sometimes. Anytime I feel myself slipping into a comfort state I do a little research. I look for new health sites and articles. Studies published about food or some info found on bodybuilding.com. Finding new info gives me... Read more
My good friend Kelly Booth is a NSCA-certified personal trainer and fitness instructor. We met in college (since we had the same major) and worked together as trainers and fitness instructors during school. Kelly has always been fit. She has toned ar... Read more
(Disclaimer: As I write this, it's 4:55 p.m. and I need a blog post for tomorrow. While I guarantee this post will entertain and delight you, don't expect anything too deep.)
When you think of aerobics, what comes to mind? Tights, thong leotards... Read more
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