SparkPeople’s Exercise Reference Guides offer an in-depth look at the principles of fitness.
What is a Warm Up?
A warm up is the act of preparing for an athletic event or workout by exercising or practicing for a short time beforehand.... Read more
The Well-Watered Exerciser
Except for oxygen, there’s nothing your body needs more than an adequate supply of water. And the more you exercise, the more important it is to drink the right amount of water before, during, and after your workout... Read more
Snow enthusiasts everywhere are counting down the days until they can hit the slopes. Both skiing and snowboarding are fun and exciting winter pursuits. But these demanding physical activities also pose high risks. Without proper training, you won... Read more
Why do you exercise? Whether you want to increase your energy, reduce your health risks, or lose some unwanted pounds, do you ever wonder if all that working out is working for you? That's where fitness assessments come in, and they can be great... 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
Total fitness: A complete workout must include warm up, cardio, strenght training, cool down and stretching. This allows your body to warm up and to cool down as you begin and end the work out. After a warm up you work harder.... Read more
Phew! Today has been a WORKOUT!! Mowed, bushwahacked & Weedeated 5 acres, pruned 10+ overgrown wild rose bushes, prepared a 7ft high burn pile, moved 20+ boxes, junked 2 HUGE waste piles. Looks amazing! More to do...back to work!... Read more
Do exercises that elevate your heart rate, make you sweat, make you breath fast!!! Even if you can't do much of it try to do at least a little, it's a much more effective way of burning calories...this way you'll burn AFTER you exercised too, and als... Read more
I dread winter weather just as much as the next guy, but this year, I made a commitment to myself that I would stick with my outdoor runs all winter (as long as it's not so cold that it's unsafe for outdoor exercise). Luckily, temperatures in... Read more
The thought of running hills can be very intimidating to both new runners and seasoned veterans. Hills challenge you physically much more than flat terrain running. When I started running a few years ago, I avoided hills whenever possible, which can... Read more
BeFiT GO | Max Strength- Full Body Strength Endurance Workout 1
Great strength workout....challenging latter 3/4th ....40 minute circuit... Read more
I know the name alone will get your attention. After you stop giggling about the name, let's get serious while we explore the benefits of this type of training.
Fartlek is a Swedish term that means "speed play". Fartlek training is like... Read more
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