One of the most common mistakes new exercisers make is not measuring the intensity of their cardio workouts. Guidelines say that aerobic exercise should be “moderate” or “challenging,” but what does that feel like? You might m... Read more
If you have high blood pressure, the best piece of advice anyone can give you is to listen to your body. How you feel can and should dictate the frequency and intensity of your workouts. While it is possible—and preferable—to lose weight... Read more
SparkPeople’s Exercise Reference Guides offer an in-depth look at the principles of fitness.
What is Aerobic Exercise?
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) defines aerobic exercise as "any activity that uses large muscle... Read more
Spending a good 60 minutes on the treadmill is a surefire way to make you feel accomplished. After completing the machine's fat-burning workout, you feel great and quite proud of yourself as you stare at the number flashing on the screen: 752 cal... Read more
Imagine you’re driving on a country road. You’re enjoying the ride and noticing the cars that you pass along the way, excited to get to your destination. Suddenly you see those familiar red and blue lights flashing in your rearview mirror... Read more
I have noticed a slight swelling in my hands while I am power walking. The swelling is more pronounced in my right hand than my left. I felt it today while I was walking. I usually walk for 30 to 40 minutes early in the morning. The swelling usua... Read more
Can I record however long I am shopping as walking execise? I didn't get around to doing any cardio today, and I have to go shopping when my husband gets off work.. I was just curious if this would actually be trackable?... Read more
Remember when we were kids? Unlike today's children, we were out playing all summer long, and after school the rest of the year. I want you to focus on the playing. Kids now have every minute planned out with organized sports and other activities. Ni... Read more
Noticing if certain clothing starts fitting tighter as well as what the scale reads on a regular basis helps me keep track of how I am doing. I also track exercise minutes but know that exercise intensity can greatly effect number of calories burned,... Read more
I cut down on exercise intensity when I realize that the rest of the day is spent recovering in the recliner chair. That meant that I was not active enough the rest of the day, and that stalled weight loss. Mayo Clinic research mentions the concept o... Read more
People with asthma often have concerns about whether or not they can safely exercise without exacerbating their condition. Turns out, exercise is generally beneficial to asthma. Asthmatics can safely exercise, especially when their asthma is we... Read more
Walking is an excellent way to start getting fit because it costs little to nothing and can be done almost anywhere and by just about anyone. (Learn more about the health and fitness benefits of walking.) So how do you begin with a walking program? H... Read more
So I've been contemplating getting Insanity for a while now and I have been slightly intimidated by it. I wasn't sure if I could do it or not. Well, Friday was my birthday and my husband and kids decided to order it for me for my birthday! I am... Read more
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