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
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
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.
... 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
Running or walking a 5K (3.1-mile) race is a fun and realistic goal for exercisers of all fitness levels. If you're ready to train for your first 5K, but not sure where to start, don't worry! SparkPeople's certified trainers have created... Read more
I am relatively new to exercise, but for the last 6 weeks, I have been running 3 days/week, doing cross training on the recumbent bike or elliptical 2 days/week and walking the other 2 days. I really enjoy the aerobic exercise, but I know that I nee... Read more
I am hoping someone out there might be interested in joining me in training for my first half marathon. I am looking at completing one in October or November. It would be so nice to find someone to work with so we could support each other. I am us... Read more
I did a fitness test on one of my Kinect games and at the end they have you check your heart rate for 10 seconds. It was the basic fitness test of 1 min of sit ups, 1 min of push ups, and 1 him of jumping jacks. When I checked my heart rate after the... Read more
I am a woman in her late 50's. I've done ST in the past,nothing serious in recent years. I don't want to end up like my mother, who has trouble moving things around if they weigh more than three or four pounds. And that's a load for two hands.
... Read more
Inspiration for women focused on increasing lean muscle mass and lowering body fat through strength training and having FUN doing it. Some come on aboard and join up with us. You will not regret it!... 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
I just read the following and wondered if any of my Sparkies has advice on this as I make the serious attempt to incorporate this practice into my routine..."high intensity interval training (HIIT). What may intimidate some obese or overweight women,... Read more
So I have read about HIT and its benefits (online at GetFitGuy.com, probably somewhere on SparkPeople.com too), but was not really motivated to try until I got my new running gizmo, the Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS watch and have literally spent about 2... Read more
SparkPeople, SparkCoach, SparkPages, SparkPoints, SparkTeams, SparkDiet, SparkAmerica, SparkRecipes, DailySpark, and other marks are trademarks of SparkPeople, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
SPARKPEOPLE is a registered trademark of SparkPeople, Inc. in the United States, European Union, Canada, and Australia. All rights reserved.