I used to be a competitive long distance runner. Day in and day out I’d run mile upon mile, training for the next big race. Some days it meant running a six or seven mile loop that included several (seemingly endless) hills. Other days, I warme... Read more
Would you like to swap your usual workout out for one that's just four minutes long? Of course you would! Well, that's the allure of Tabata training, a type of super high-intensity interval training that is becoming more and more popular.
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SparkPeople’s Exercise Reference Guides offer an in-depth look at the principles of fitness.
We often hear a lot about aerobic or “cardio” exercise and how it improves fitness, reduces one’s risk of lifestyle diseases, an... Read more
If I told you that there was a way to burn more calories, lose more fat, and improve your cardiovascular fitness level while spending less time doing cardio, you’d probably reach for your phone to report me to the consumer fraud hotline, right?... Read more
Want to boost your fitness level and burn more calories? This program uses intervals (short bursts of higher-intensity activity followed by lower intensity recovery periods), which can be a more effective way to train than exercising at one intensity... Read more
I learned a great trick this week! I had two bags of combos (cheese filled crackers or pretzel bites) that were not worth their calorie count though I have always loved them. Each bag has 7 servings but I have a tendency to eat the whole bag. Well... Read more
My best friend and I went on an hour walk yesterday at a nearby park, and it really has us fired up and wanting to continue with this momentum. However, it's currently POURING outside, and these thunderstorms are supposed to continue all night. An ou... Read more
I received a set of kettlebells as a wedding gift a few years back and haven't really used them since then, but in the spirit of getting in shape and keeping my budget in shape too, I want to make use of what I have. The DVD that came with them has d... Read more
So over the past few months, I have got my diet in check, kept up my running schedule of 3-5 days a week and strength training 2-4 days a week. I went to my doctor and had my weight and body fat measured, and I am down 4lbs and 5% body fat. My gym ra... Read more
My Gymboss interval timer is my partner in crime. I use it for HIIT (High intensity intrval training) training on the vertical bike. Instead of spending an hour doing cardio, I do my cardio in 20 minutes! This saves time and allows me to focus on my... Read more
My gym offers a class based on just doing plyometrics; short/high intensity intervals of running, jumping jacks, mountain climbers, lounges...you name it. For 50 minutes our heart rate is HIGH. Though it is a TOUGH workout and sometimes hard to keep... Read more
What if I told you there was an exercise technique that could burn more calories—and fat—in less time that was also fun? You may think that I was hawking some fitness gadget in an infomercial, or simply lying to you, but neither of those... Read more
Tight on time?Don't give up on your workout today. If you have a mere four minutes—that's just 240 total seconds—to spare (and who doesn't), then you do have time to squeeze in a super effective workout that provides major hea... Read more
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