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.
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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
Aaaaargh iv been back on the weight loss train for 2 weeks tomorrow and have already caved. I had party food then champagne yday, today i had a maccas mcwrap and chocolate biscuits. Now im laying in bed rehretting everything. I knew what i was doing... Read more
I'm looking to add fiber to my diet without adding 50 fruits or piles of beans! Which foods are highest in fiber? Which taste good, are relatively low calorie, and/or can be added to dishes easily?... Read more
"I will beat her. I will train harder & eat cleaner. I know her weaknesses & strengths. I've lost to her before, but not this time. She is going down. I have the advantage because I know her well. She is the OLD me." - author unknown (Love this... 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
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