"Time is money," Benjamin Franklin advised a young tradesman in a 1748 essay. Although we don’t know to what extent he applied Franklin’s wisdom, most of us do understand the implications of this adage in our own lives. When it... Read more
Before Gail Devers won the 100-meter dash at the 1992 Olympics, she spent countless hours on the track. But you know where else she spent her time? In the gym, doing strength training. Not to gain weight, but to keep her muscles strong.
The comm... Read more
Measuring your fitness level regularly is one way to find out if you're making progress. Most fitness centers have trained staff who can evaluate your body composition, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, and cardiovascular endurance, b... Read more
It’s a classic question with no right or wrong answer. If you want an effective strength training workout, should you use free weights or machines? Which option will help you reach your goals? SparkPeople’s Fitness Experts voice... Read more
Make your fitness dreams come true once and for all, starting with the classic pushup!
Pushups tend to be much easier for men, since they have greater muscle mass and strength than women. But you don't have to be G.I. Jane to master the &quo... Read more
I am a young, healthy 33yro adult and I walk uphill on the treadmill for exercise. Lately I've been noticing chest pains that subside when i stop moving but pick up again when I resume my workout. this wasn't happening before. Should I be concerned... Read more
This may sound like a dumb question but please humor me if you can, lol
I am using 5 lb dumbbells.
In the fitness tracker for dumbbell exercises, it asks what weight you are using - do I enter 5 or 10 for both? I can understand entering 5 if y... Read more
One of the things I take self-pride in how I try to distance myself from being a stereotypical "Mr Man" type but alas, I cannot escape the curse.
Several weeks ago my fiancÚ brought her broken lawnmower (just wouldn't start and we didn't know wh... Read more
Fell off the wagon and am trying, once again, to climb back on. Restarting Spark Coach today and hoping to find that elusive motivation I need to succeed. I am strong starter, but in the past, I have always ended up being more of a hare than a tor... Read more
When exercising on a program, it's best to mix it up each time. Doing the same exercises all the time can get your metabolism used to it, and it won't burn as much fat nor build lean muscle. Keep your body guessing!... Read more
This Team is for those who are following SparkPeople's New YOU Bootcamp workout videos. You'll need a ball and dumbbells to follow the workouts. Get support, motivation and a 7-day workout program!... Read more
This past Monday kicked off National Sleep Awareness Week (March 7th-13th) bringing attention to the important role sleep plays, not only in our overall health, but our weight loss journey as well. Studies have shown that over the years the amount o... Read more
Although I’ve always been physically active, I’ve had to force myself to focus more on strength training over the past few years. My preference has always been cardio exercise (just because that’s what I like to do), but tryin... Read more
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