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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When I started this journey I was a carb-o-holic lol. I could eat an entire loaf of bread with one meal. After about 3 months of eating healthy, exercising, and losing weight, I noticed I was eating considerably less breads. I was eating 100% whole w... Read more
Lately - the last week or so - every time I exercise, I get cramps in my calf about halfway through. It's almost always in my left calf. To avoid them turning into full cramps, I have to stop and rest my foot flat and stand still so my foot is exac... Read more
Okay Site Experts...Here's the deal.
I recently identified one of the things that contributes to an on again / off again exercise discipline for me. There seems to be something of a pattern that goes like this:
1. Exercise resistance (and s... Read more
I'm celebrating the fact that I didn't quit when this time last year I was doing great and going great guns, exercising by walking, stretching, cardio and losing weight, eating right, drinking my water... then some family stuff happened and I hit a f... Read more
I'm celebrating the fact that I didn't quit when this time last year I was doing great and going great guns, exercising by walking, stretching, cardio and losing weight, eating right, drinking my water... then some family stuff happened and I hit a... 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
Anything triathlon! There are lots of great members in this group ranging from thinking about a triathlon to Ironman finisher. Anyone is welcome to stop by and ask questions and/or offer advice.... Read more
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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