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
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
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
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
Hey guys I live in the Chicagoland area I am looking for a workout buddy... I am thinking of joining x-sport on state and I would just love someone fun to hang out with (it would help if you are a good looking male).... I am accepting anybody however... Read more
Hey all! I am stuck in a rut and need some suggestions. I prefer to wake up early and do my morning workout. Which is usually Zumba in my living room. I am already lacking a little energy but If I eat breakfast before I work out, I feel too full to d... Read more
Moving can be a super workout. All the walking back and forth, lifting miscellaneous things. Plus many folks find it's stressful. Don't sweat not getting to the gym! And good luck with your move!... Read more
this is great in general, and I can do most of it. However I have extreme knee issues including severely decreased ROM and extreme pain when kneeling do to advanced arthritis and bone spurs. Any suggestions on ways to achieve similar results with out... 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
During the last few years, ultra-intense workouts have been gaining popularity—and not just among athletes or hardcore exercisers who are gluttons for self-punishment. Even the relatively unfit and overweight are jumping at the chance to push t... 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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