I was watching a rerun of "Sex and the City" the other night, in which Carrie is visiting a new boyfriend, David. They’re enjoying a nice picnic on the grassy hillside, and David mentions that there are beautiful hiking trails all aro... Read more
Two weeks ago while I was out for a five-mile run on a busy street in my neighborhood, I saw another runner coming at me. While I was running facing the oncoming traffic, she was running with the flow of traffic. I always run against the flow of... Read more
With thousands of features on the site and new ones launching every day, it's easy to miss some here and there. It's not unusual to hear a long-time member say "I never knew SparkPeople had this!" and sometimes, it refers to a featu... Read more
Most people begin a new fitness program with great intentions and lots of motivation--only to find both waning within a few weeks. The realities of work, school, social and family demands overwhelm the desire to get fit, and exercise gets puts on the... Read more
It's an excuse many of us have heard or even said ourselves: I want to get fit, but I can't afford a gym membership. While a health club can be a fantastic place to work out, it's not the only way to get fit. In fact, you can enjoy a vari... Read more
Did my first hike today in almost 18 months, somewhere between 9.5-10 miles in 3 hours. Body does NOT like me right now but I enjoyed it and it was a nice change in my exercise routine. Goal is marathon length, have done it before.... Read more
Is this a good idea? I'm planning on restarting weekly (hopefully) or bi-weekly (more likely) hikes once the last of the snow finally melts - and these are realish hikes, up steep hills with some rock scrambles and a backpack. The shortest one usuall... Read more
This is week one of exercising. I hiked five miles last Sunday and did the tread mill Monday and Tuesday. I'm going back today and am hoping my knees hurt because I haven't worked out in so long! Any suggestions? Should I use an incline or not?... Read more
I enjoy hiking or walking long distances outside, am looking forward to doing that again when it's warmer...and also getting back onto a bike for the first time in almost 15 years! Lots of rail trails where I live-plenty of room to explore nature.... Read more
Tip: Ever get caught in rain/snow/sleet? Take a few small plastic sandwich bags when you go on your walk, hike, sporting event...great prevention for anyone of any age who might be at risk for a wet phone/pedometer from wet pockets!! Easier than ric... Read more
Last Sunday, I reveled in the first day of spring by going for a hike at a nearby park. It was sunny and 60 degrees—perfect hiking weather! I'm always a little nervous when I hit the trail by myself because you never know what could happen.... Read more
Back in September 2009, I reviewed the Nike Plus sport band. Back then, I wasn't a serious runner. Running was a casual thing I did because I thought it was a good workout—not something I actually liked doing or looked forward to. When I re... Read more
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