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
The shoulder is the most moveable and unstable joint in the body. The "ball" in the upper arm is actually larger than the socket that holds it, and with the range of motion being so great, it is susceptible to injury.
To remain stable,... Read more
It's no secret that the modern bicycle is a versatile machine, offering options for transportation, recreation, fitness, competition and employment. Cycling provides a host of health benefits, including improved cardiovascular functioning, leg st... 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
We all want to live our lives to the fullest. At every major life stage, whether a birthday, New Year, or even a tragedy, you likely ask yourself whether you’ve really been enjoying your life as much as you could be. Think about—or better... Read more
So since the end of the school year last year I have been struggling with, I guess you could say, a sort of eating disorder. It started out me wanting to lose weight and eventually I began to over exercise and eat too little. Eventually I ate less so... Read more
I don't want to bring people down but I feel the need to vent. I have a friend who has just been diagnosed with limphoma. It has already spred through her blood stream and into her bones. This woman, eight weeks ago was vacationing and hiking, helpin... Read more
I used to love to run when I was young, but I would always get these chest pains. I always thought they were normal. And I still get them today. But when I go to the gym and run on the treadmill, my chest/throat does not hurt as much. I also never ge... Read more
today during my workout my heart was really racing. I even felt the pressure in my ears. I didn't mean to push myself THAT hard, but I couldn't stop it. Yet again can I???? My mom told me last night that a doctor once told her this while she almo... 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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