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
Is there a good way to tell if I am ready for advanced exercise routines, or should I stick with beginning routines for a week, a month, etc.?
Thanks for all the support I get from this site!... Read more
Hi, I was wondering if Sparkpeople might have a full body NO EQUIPMENT strength routine that I could print up to use while on vacation, away from my gym. I'd prefer not to drag along weights... I do have some resistance bands but would like to avoi... Read more
I am returning to do weight training after a long lapse. Can anyone recommend a warm up
routine to prepare the body for the exertion of weight training? I have some DVD's that tell you how important it is to warm up, but omit it from the DVD.... Read more
Would anyone mind sharing their gym routines? I'm pretty intimidated of the free weights thanks to all the macho men haha, but I do enjoy the machines. I've been scoping a few out and googling proper form so I don't look too silly.... Read more
If you want to make sure Fitness is a Habit, start small with something you know you can do. Start walking or walking stairs at your office (I did this) for 10 minutes 3x a week. Make the habit first--even say it out loud to others--once you have th... Read more
This is a group for those anywhere in the world that either swims regularly, swims occasionally or would like to swim as part of their fitness routine. We embrace all swimmers of any level.... 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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