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
My friend Christine had been trying to lose those last 10 pounds for months, but to no avail. Despite my regular invitations for her to come to the gym with me, she always declined. One Saturday afternoon, she finally agreed to try it out, but on one... Read more
I would like to follow strength training program using dumbells.
I have a few printouts of exercises that show a picture and explanation.
Can anybody recommend a book or www site where I can find more.
I know there is the exercise libr... Read more
I would like to create a Strength Training Program using Dumbbells, through the Exercise Library. I try to go to each body part to select one exercise for each, however, I find it very time consuming going back and forth to each body part.... Read more
Hi Sparkies! I'm searching for a circuit training video that I can use, but I'm not looking for anything extreme. I'm 61, in good health but overweight, and I've been doing walking and dancing DVDs. I like Jessica Smith and Leslie Sansome. I want... Read more
You shouldn't do that weight training workout every day or you'll risk injury due to overtraining. Men need to eat more than women, too. Spark shouldn't have given you a range minimum below 1500 if you're male.... Read more
Also, make sure your weight training is challenging. If you start at 10lbs that's fine, but make sure you're progressing when that gets comfortable. I'm not a weight lifter, but the smallest weight I use is 15lb and as much as 40lb for certain lifts.... Read more
I recently started surge training and now I no longer need to spend hours at the gym to do cardio. I warm up about 5 min on whatever cardio machine, then go as fast and hard as I can for 20 sec, rest 20, back at it for 20, for 12 min, then cool down... 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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