Eight to twelve cups of water daily, that’s what the SparkPeople plan suggests. Whether you are having a hard time drinking that much water, or just want to drink a variety of beverages (coffee, tea, diet soda, juice), many dieters challenge an... Read more
These days, protein is a powerful word. So powerful that more and more food companies are boasting about the protein content of their foods and manufacturing newer protein-rich products to meet our demands for the essential nutrient. Why? Ask the ave... Read more
If you’re getting bored with your normal strength training routine, or if you’re not getting the results you’re looking for, think about trying HIT: High Intensity Training.
HIT is a specialized approach to strength training th... Read more
Weight training is a critical component to the success of an athlete.
By becoming stronger and increasing muscular endurance, an athlete is able to perform more efficiently and is better able to avoid injury. Furthermore, there are a numbe... Read more
Are you sick of the same-old cardio machines at the gym? Bored by the treadmill? Tired of the elliptical? Can't stand to do another mile on the stationary bike or another flight on the stair climber? Well, then, it's time you head over to the... Read more
Last Sunday I ran my first Full Marathon!!!!! So I've done several halves and the marathon high was pretty awesome, it's an amazing feeling and I'm so glad I have changed my life and am fit and active!! So I am curious, how many people here on sparkp... Read more
Trying to unleash my full potential as an athlete and make competitive soccer teams. Looking for anyone that is serious about working out and wants to get better to be my fitness accountability partner!... Read more
Good morning everyone. So I am brand new to working out. This is day three of exercising and eating healthy food as well as staying within my calorie range each day. I am doing a 30 day squat challenge, a 30 day plank challenge, and started a 30 d... Read more
I'm a male 5'9" and weight 155. I lost about 50 pounds 2 years and ago and have been eating healthy ever since and working out a lot. My exercise involves days of insanity workouts and days of running, with each of those workouts burning at least 600... Read more
Hey everybody! I've had a couple of surgeries and other health conundrums over the last year or so which have really set me back. I've always been overweight, but I had very good endurance and could keep up in workouts with the best of them. I spe... Read more
"All of us are athletes. Some of us are in training and some of us are not. Our job as a coach is to awaken the inner athlete." -Coach RutherfordI remind myself that I am an athlete and listen to "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor. Cheesy but it works.1... Read more
Every morning, before I get out of bed, I sit in a quiet yoga pose for 15 minutes and visualize my day. I congratulate myself on yesterday's successes, forgive the slips and commit to my plan today. I see myself preparing breakfast and packing my lu... Read more
Need another reason to get fit? New research shows that endurance-trained athletes have a higher resting metabolism than those who don't exercise. This suggests that they burn energy faster than sedentary people even without exercising--and the dif... Read more
I am in the midst of training for a number of fall races which commences with the Chicago Rock N Roll 1/2 Marathon this Sunday and ends with the Las Vegas Rock N Roll 1/2 Marathon on December 5th. Throw in the Hood to Coast Relay at the end of this m... Read more
I've mentioned a few times that what to eat in maintenance is an ongoing puzzle. Maintenance is not steady state, and my nutritional needs fluctuate. I adjust what I eat as I try to keep the weight trending sideways. Though I've had good success w... Read more
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