I used to be a competitive long distance runner. Day in and day out I’d run mile upon mile, training for the next big race. Some days it meant running a six or seven mile loop that included several (seemingly endless) hills. Other days, I warme... Read more
We hear it all the time—you changed your habits and lost weight steadily, but after awhile, that progress halted. You’ve been stuck at the same weight for days, weeks, or even months. There’s nothing more frustrating than trying you... 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
Mounting debt is on its way to becoming the national pastime, with 2 in 5 families spending more money than they earn. In the words of Madonna, "We are living in a material world." Shopping malls are meccas of entertainment and materialism,... Read more
We hear it all the time—you changed your habits and lost weight steadily, but after awhile, that progress halted. You’ve been stuck at the same weight for days, weeks, or even months. There’s nothing more frustrating t... Read more
How well are you at drinking less calories? I keep water at my desk and in my car at all times. I used to drink three to four cups of coffee a day. Coffee is not high in calories, but what do you add to the coffee to make it tasty. Since I've starte... Read more
I'm trying to lose weight, and I decided I was going to take it one step at a time. My first goal was to quit drinking soda. I went from drinking six cans of Dr. Pepper per day to none. I did this by cutting out one soda per day each week. Last week... Read more
Jumped on the scales this week, six weeks after giving up smoking, and was a bit miffed to see that I was 10kgs heavier than at a full term pregnancy................a little confronting!!! Have had a pretty taxing 2 years, my husband has w... Read more
I have three cardio exercises that I like to do - walking, swimming, and biking. They all use different core muscles, so I can 'cycle' through them, and not over stress a single core muscle group, which allows for faster recovery.... Read more
Listen to your emotions because your mind does affect your body. It is okay to be sad, it isn't a weakness. It is okay to be angry. It isn't indicative of a mean person. It is okay to be HAPPY! It isn't something a person needs to feel guilty about... Read more
Six weeks from today, I, along with 11 of my fellow SparkPeople running pals of the Sparkin' Hood to Coast Team, will be participating in one of the most prestigious long distance relays in the world--The Hood to Coast Relay. The relay begins on the... Read more
Nutrition and sports professionals study every nutrient combination to look for just the right competitive edge. Post workout recovery was critical for Michael Phelps in his record setting Olympics performance, too. Well, this year's Olympics may jus... Read more
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