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
2 things to share! 1) I did it! I exercised for at least 20 minutes (usually 30-60) every day this week including my 3 strength training days! 2) I found my new guilt free snack! 1 tbsp of peanut butter mixed with 2 tbsp of low-fat whipped cream...... Read more
What do you count as "exercise?" I worked in my yard for about 3 hours (laid mulch, prunned plants and pulled weeds.) I already had my official workout this morning before going outside. Would you include "yard work" in your fitness tracker?... Read more
I've been using the calorie burning exercise charts & recently realized that it charts standing as burning more calories than walking does? How can that be? Even when I use the GPS tracker & am going up steep hills. It makes me skeptical as 2accuracy... Read more
Dose any out there use only (IE) exercise tracker or food tracker? I find the food tracker to time consuming. But I love all other things spark application has to offer. I'm feeling guilty about this.... 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
Yes, since it is the title of my posting today! This idea was in the Spark Blog back in April 11, 2014! A Guest Blogger was the culprit. (Not really but I'm cheeky tonight! Waiting for my cat to come home & I can hit the sack earlier this morning.)
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