It’s a classic question with no right or wrong answer. If you want an effective strength training workout, should you use free weights or machines? Which option will help you reach your goals? SparkPeople’s Fitness Experts voice... Read more
Isolating the gluteus medius (a small and hard-to-train muscle located above the gluteus maximus, just below the lower back) can improve your alignment and reduce back and knee pain. According to researchers at the University of Wisconsin at Milwauke... Read more
I have a friend who can either build or fix just about anything—the guy is handy! I’m constantly amazed to see how he can take care of most any restoration or carpentry problem. Something that seems impossible is like putty in his hands,... Read more
Most people believe that all exercises are good, safe and effective. After all it's exercise—and that has to count for something, doesn't it?
The truth is that some common exercises aren't safe at all (especially for people who... Read more
Measuring your fitness level regularly is one way to find out if you're making progress. Most fitness centers have trained staff who can evaluate your body composition, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, and cardiovascular endurance, b... Read more
I am thinking about getting the Polar FT4 but I'm a little concerned with the chest strap fitting. I weight 330lbs. Im just afraid to make this purchase and it not fit. Anyone with the device or similar one think it will fit or have the length of the... Read more
Still sick with a chest cold 😬 but it finally seems to be getting better😀 Yay! Soon I should be able to do aerobics without coughing my head off lol. Happy thanksgiving to my American friends! Go grey wolves 🐺... Read more
I recently discovered the cable workout system at my gym. I love the concept of it but I've only attempted on type of workout that is supposed to be for the core, the rotation. I looked it up online and read the do's and don'ts, but I feel like I don... Read more
Well was doing OK foodwise despite my chest cold. Ate a decent dinner, but it didn't agree with my tummy. Can't track what doesn't stay in. So if my stomach is feeling better later I'll try eating something light, like say a few crackers.... Read more
Ok I'm panicking! I am flying allegiant in a few days and haven't flown in about 5 years. I'm currently heavy, 5'0, 217lbs and am nervous about needing a seatbelt extension. Pretty sure my husband would be pretty embarrassed of I needed one (I kno... Read more
When exercising on a program, it's best to mix it up each time. Doing the same exercises all the time can get your metabolism used to it, and it won't burn as much fat nor build lean muscle. Keep your body guessing!... Read more
A few years ago, you would have been more likely to find me in the weight room than on a treadmill. I loved strength training; I would have done it daily (in lieu of cardio) if possible. But something changed more recently that has me enjoying cardio... Read more
Last week's fitness round-up blog featured eight lower body resistance band exercises. As mentioned earlier, resistance bands are a great investment to add to your fitness arsenal. Not only are they inexpensive, but they are quite convenient to tuck... Read more
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