The only way to become a better runner is to run, but the more running replaces other exercises in your fitness program, the more likely you are to become injured, suffer from burnout, or develop muscular imbalances. So what's a runner to do (bes... Read more
SparkPeople’s Exercise Reference Guides offer an in-depth look at the principles of fitness.
What is a Warm Up?
A warm up is the act of preparing for an athletic event or workout by exercising or practicing for a short time beforehand.... Read more
Upper body (arm) ergometers aren't a gym staple, but they're becoming more readily available in physical therapy offices, hospitals, universities and modern gyms. Targeted to meet the fitness needs of individuals who cannot use their legs for... Read more
You all probably know how great aerobic activity is for your heart, body and mind. After all, regular cardio exercise has been shown to reduce body fat, decrease total cholesterol, boost mood, lower resting heart rate, and improve heart and lung func... Read more
If you live with the daily pain and discomfort of arthritis, you're not the only one. In the United States, an estimated 46 million adults (about 1 in 5) have been diagnosed with arthritis. Hopefully your doctor has given you suggestions about ho... Read more
I had a really high stakes thing come up, and when it was done, I messed up by eating a cheeseburger meal at Wendy's. I didn't go over calorie limit, but couldn't eat the rest of the day. Just like a race, you have to pace yourself.... Read more
I have been doing the Spark People program on and off for a little over 2 years and lately I have started back on the program and just as before my sodium intake is too high. Based on my nutritional tracker I should be between 500 and 2300 daily howe... Read more
Trying on last years clothes today, everything to tight. Not having been on the scale for some time, I was shocked to see 250 lbs this morning! My highest ever! Got to do something about this! Winter was brutal in Ohio and I wasn't as active and... Read more
If you have a chance to try a class, DO IT! It is so much fun...even if you are overweight...even if you have 2 left feet...even if you hate working out with other people. Everyone is too worried about what they are doing to notice you, and it is a... Read more
Join if you care about the environment and take proactive steps to reduce your impact on the planet: recycling, organics, composting, hybrid & alternative fuel vehicles, reusable products and more!... Read more
The old running adage is as follows, “in order to run, one must run”—this is commonly referred to as the Principle of Specificity of Training. In other words, in order for you to become a more efficient runner, you must spend time running. But doing... Read more
The majority of baby boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) are reaching an age where health becomes more of a concern. That means a healthy diet and regular exercise should be a priority to help reduce the risk of problems like heart disea... Read more
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