Pain is a real, well, pain! How many times have you been gung-ho to start a new workout routine only to feel like you've been hit by a ton of bricks on day two? Something as simple as walking down the stairs can feel like torture. Most of us have... Read more
For two years I was a sex-ed teacher. One of my favorite subjects to teach was puberty, which required me to ever-so-gingerly reveal the story of the birds and the bees to a room full of red-faced fourth graders. Over the course of three days, I&rsqu... Read more
PMS. Three little letters that spell dread and discomfort for millions of women every month. It is reported that more than half and perhaps as many as 85 percent of all women experience discomfort related to menstruation, common referred to as Premen... Read more
SparkPeople’s Exercise Reference Guides offer an in-depth look at the principles of fitness.
What is a Cool Down?
A cool down is the act of gradually lowering body temperature, heart rate, and breathing rate following exercise.
The... Read more
Yes, it's possible to eat certain foods and boost your longevity. Often labeled "super foods," these foods have the ability to not only strengthen the immune system, but to also fight disease, and lower body fat and cholesterol.
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I posted that I'd been doing Dr. Oz's 14 day plan to kick sugar craving. Except for a few small cheats (bowl of cereal, 2 dry granola bars), I followed the plan through. I felt hungry constantly and was about to give up when, 12 days into the plan, I... Read more
My range is 1200-1550. I work out 30-45 minutes 5-6 days a week (elliptical or walking at 3 mph). I have been eating 1200-1350 a day. I am losing fine but I feel deprived. I am afraid if I bump it up to 1500, I will stop losing weight or only lose ha... Read more
When will being overweight stop being my downfall? It's the one thing holding me back! Looking for weight loss buddies! Ive lost weight and gained it but never, ever reached my goal. I KNOW I CAN DO IT!... Read more
I know it sounds crazy, but eating some plain old yellow mustard when you get a leg cramp will relieve that cramp in a matter of seconds. Don't ask me how it work but dip a teaspoon in the jar and eat about a half-inch worth from what sticks to the... Read more
I used to always use the excuse that PMS was keeping me from exercising; literally, I would miss days of work/school b/c it (PPD, severe cramps etc.) can be so debilitating. But this time is different: I spend more time on spark, researching and gain... Read more
Welcome, everyone! This is a group for spouses, family members, significant others, etc. We're glad you stopped by! Please feel free to let us know what you would like to see on the team.
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Before I begin my blog, I noticed in the news that much of the country is experiencing unseasonably warm temperatures. I wanted to link you to another blog I wrote last summer titled, The Heat is On: Taking Precautions When Exercising Outdoors.
Bec... Read more
When you're constantly plowing through mile-long to-do lists and putting out family fires (the kids are fighting...again; the dog left you a "present" in the living room; you're out of OJ), it's easy to blame stress for whatever... Read more
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