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
Wouldn’t it be great if all the fat-burning secrets you see in magazine ads and TV infomercials actually worked? If sauna suits, cellulite-shrinking creams, herbal wraps, and pills designed to “boost metabolism and melt fat away” di... 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
We all like to get more done in less time, right? We shop from our computers to forgo waiting in lines at department stores and microwave our foods to cut down on cooking time. Some of us even take multitasking to new levels by checking our email whi... Read more
Just did HIIT my favorite thing to do. Burns so many calories and the best thing of all BURNS fat which is what I need! Now time to drink plenty of water drink some protein and eat clean! :-)... Read more
Help!!!! I am looking for a heart rate monitor to wear as a watch. Need ideas and feedback on what you sparkers use!
Ideally I would like a normal watch function, and heart rate monitoring while jogging/walking. Also one that is water resistant.... Read more
I worked out this morning with one of the videos on SparkPeople and would like to log it so I can calculate those glorious calories I've burned but I can not figure out how to do it. I saved the video in my favorites and earned spark points. How do... Read more
Hi all: I have been working out and losing weight in my back. However, my belly is big; I look like Santa Claus. I have read articles about shrinking belly fat. Do I do a lot of crunches? Do I do intervals of cardio exercises? What do I do? I... Read more
Before I had a heart rate monitor I was totally overestimating my calorie burn and underestimating my calorie intake. My heart rate monitor detects how many cals I burn, what my heart rate is at so I can make sure to stay in my fat burning zone, and... Read more
Use a heart monitor when exercising. There is a target heart rate that helps to burn fat. A heart monitor will beep if you need to increase your effort or if you need to slow down so that you can keep your heart rate in the fat burning zone. It's... 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
Ditch and SwitchYou’ve found an exercise plan that works for you (no small feat!), so why change it? Over time, your body adapts to the same routine, decreasing your calorie burn as your muscles get better at doing those same moves over and ove... Read more
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