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
The Talk Test has been a generally accepted method of measuring (aerobic) exercise intensity for a long time now, although fitness experts have questioned whether or not the test is accurate across populations and different types of exercise. The tes... 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
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
Well, I am back trying to restart after a 2 year absence. I found out that I have no metabolism. The hormoneh that is your metabolism is all in an inactive form. They have been trying to re-activate it but it has not worked. I am functioning on 1 ad... Read more
I've got an injured MCL in my right knee from a skiing accident (the ligament in your knee that makes sure there is not much inward movement to the leg) and plantar fasciitis in my left foot. They are ALMOST better, but I totally stopped exercising a... Read more
I know you need to eat enough when working out, but I haven't been seeing many results besides being more toned (which I'm not complaining about). My measurements have stayed the same, and my weight has stayed the same or gone between the same 2-3 l... Read more
I currently have a bad shoulder since Nov or earlier. I essentially have a bone spur with an already naturally narrowed space. I've been doing pt for about two months, but have a surgical consult soon and my therapist said it could go either way.
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Having a hard time exercising in your target heart rate zone? Maybe you need to check your resting heart rate! If you are getting regular cardio, your resting heart rate will decrease. Since your target heart rate is based on your resting heart ra... Read more
Take your pulse (at wrist or neck is best) before you get out of bed. Count the # of beats in a minute. Then, knowing this as your true resting heart rate, you can find out what intensity you need to be working at during cardio in order to reach yo... Read more
A heart rate monitor (HRM) is capable of estimating calorie burn pretty accurately—but only for aerobic (cardio) exercise, not for strength training. Here's why:A HRM won't give you an accurate idea of how many calories you bu... Read more
When someone asks me whether X, Y or Z counts as "exercise" or "cardio," my first response is always, "Well, what does your heart rate tell you?"Measuring your heart rate is an important action for every exerciser. It le... Read more
Did you ever wonder how hard you should be working out and how long your workout should be for optimal weight loss?
How do you determine the intensity of your exercise? You can either use the talk test, the Perceived Exertion Scale (PES),... Read more
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