How would you like an exercise program that banishes boredom, improves your fitness, develops new skills and prevents injuries? Sounds like an infomercial, but it's not! It's cross-training, and you can do it whenever and wherever you are in... Read more
The only way to become a better runner is to run, but the more running replaces other exercises in your fitness program, the more likely you are to become injured, suffer from burnout, or develop muscular imbalances. So what's a runner to do (bes... Read more
Running a marathon can be one of the greatest and most challenging experiences of your life. I can’t say that I always love training for these races, but the feeling of accomplishment I experience when I cross the finish line is lik... Read more
Ready to walk or run a 10K but not sure where to begin? We've designed two training programs to help you get started. The first program is for individuals who want to complete a 10K by both walking and jogging the event. The second program is for... Read more
SparkPeople’s Exercise Reference Guides offer an in-depth look at the principles of fitness.
What is Aerobic Exercise?
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) defines aerobic exercise as "any activity that uses large muscle... Read more
I'm a server at a restaurant and I walk a ridiculous amount during my shift. I often stay on my feet for 7 hours at a time, lifting heavy plates and trays. Can I include this as maybe a slow walk under fitness? I'm constantly moving, I often sweat an... 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
Hi all: I do cardio 5 times a week for 45 minutes. Two of those days, I do strength training. On the days I do strength training, should I do the full 45 minutes or should I do less cardio? I have been confused about this and I would like some cla... Read more
Cross train - have a variety of exercises - in order to keep your routine fresh and motivating. It will also help to break through plateaus. Triathlon training turned out to be MUCH easier on my joints than just running. And remember there are sev... Read more
The old running adage is as follows, “in order to run, one must run”—this is commonly referred to as the Principle of Specificity of Training. In other words, in order for you to become a more efficient runner, you must spend time running. But doing... Read more
A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog about my current running injury. I’ve got Achilies tendonitis, and have been doing weeks of physical therapy which will (hopefully) get me running again. When the therapist told me I wouldn’t be running for at least... Read more
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