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
Body weight alone is not a clear indicator of health or fitness because it does not distinguish how many pounds are fat and how many are muscle. But body composition helps describe the amount (and distribution) of fat and lean muscle tissue in the bo... Read more
If you’re seeking to reduce your caloric intake, then sugar substitutes are worth a look. Sweeteners like sucralose and stevia are 200 to 600 times sweeter than granulated cane sugar, and they contain 0 to 5 calories per 1 g serving. When used... Read more
This brief article will link you directly to SparkPeople's most popular tools and explain how to find them. If you are unsure about how to use our tools or if you have general program questions, check out Help Desk, which provides step-by-step instru... 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 do Zumba. I track it under "hip hop, zumba.....". It has always bee 600 calories burned. Today is it 270 calories burned. I know I lost a few pounds, but I don't think that caused the problem. Is this a result of your outage?... Read more
I saw the running gear thread, but this opens it up no matter what activity you do.
My go-to fitness gear, since I am a runner, is my iPod Mini (old), my Garmin Forerunner 10, a good pair of running shoes, a good sports bra, and wicking fabric f... Read more
I've noticed some changes to the fitness tracker since the last time I was using Sparkpeople. I used to be able to have SP create a strength training routine and cardio on my tracker. But now I don't have the option to track those 2 categories anymor... Read more
The President's Challenge (www.presidentschallenge.org) is another set of challenges available for FREE. Begun in the 1960s, it has been available for years. (Presidential Fitness Award, Physical Fitness Test, Presidential Active Lifestyle Award - PA... Read more
Here's a roundup of the most interesting stories we've seen on the web in the last week or so. Ways to Cut 100 Calories from Your Meals, from Women's Health. I love features like this, where you learn painless and simple ways to save calories and st... Read more
I grew up in a generation on the verge of the hi-tech genesis. I know I am aging myself but before the mid 1980s I had never used a computer. My high school typing class--yes, they used to offer this as a high school course--used the manual, old-fas... Read more
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