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
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
There's little I love more than a good run or high-energy kickboxing class where you leave completely covered and dripping with sweat. There's something about being drenched that signals—to me—that I've had a really good worko... Read more
If you're new to exercise, overweight, or dealing with pain caused by an injury or a chronic condition like arthritis, your doctor may have recommended that you start a low-impact workout program. But what does "low impact" really mean&... Read more
Most people begin a new fitness program with great intentions and lots of motivation--only to find both waning within a few weeks. The realities of work, school, social and family demands overwhelm the desire to get fit, and exercise gets puts on the... Read more
First week of exercise and food tracking went pretty well...had a "mini binge" last night, but back on track today... Going to the mall, so will be walking alot. Tomorrow is first weigh in, hoping for positive results.... Read more
This is week one of exercising. I hiked five miles last Sunday and did the tread mill Monday and Tuesday. I'm going back today and am hoping my knees hurt because I haven't worked out in so long! Any suggestions? Should I use an incline or not?... Read more
Visible abs come from diet more than exercise. Those who have them also have extremely low body fat. In most cases, their body fat is below the "healthy ideal" range (18-22% for women). You can damage your health if your body fat % is too low.... Read more
I'm a full time college student with a full time job, it's easy to get too busy to fit in exercise. On days when I don't have much time I go to my school's track and walk during my break. It's not hardcore cardio, but every little bit counts (:... Read more
If you have cable, check the on demand menu for free exercise videos. There may be some that you want to try before you go and buy them. I know that I found bellydancing and Bollywood dance exercises. Both are free, and look like they burn a lot.... 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
As a fan of both Pilates and dance workouts, I have been dying to try one of the latest fitness trends: barre workouts. Many celebs (including Kelly Ripa) are reported fans of these toning workouts that combine ballet, Pilates, calisthenics and yoga... Read more
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