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 wouldn't do anything high-intensity right now; your body is still recovering. A full course of antibiotics usually runs for 12-14 days. I'd stay low intensity (walking, yoga, etc) at least till you finish your meds.... Read more
The subject of exercise came up when I was home for my sister's wedding. She asked what I was doing, and I told her that I was lifting weights regularly. First question: "Why?" My reply: "Because I like it and it makes me feel good about myself."... Read more
I'm exercising since may. But I have problems in sticking to diet. I haven't lost a gram,.but I feel better. The scale says I have 2 kg less grease in my body...more muscle? But I do need to lose 70 lb. Help!!... Read more
Shake up your diet & exercise routine. Try eating lower carb for a bit, or if you usually run for exercise, try biking or weightlifting instead. You may need to eat more calories if you've been on the low end of your range for a while.... 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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