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
Circuit training is a workout routine that combines cardiovascular fitness and resistance training. It was first proposed in the late 1950s as a method to develop general fitness. The initial routines were arranged in a circle, alternating betwee... Read more
Definitely add in some strength training. Building muscle makes your body a more efficient machine. Doing some cardio interval training will "rev the engine" to make it burn fat. Making sure your calories are the right Quality AND Quantity is key.... Read more
I'm working on a Paleo lite diet and doing strength training 4 times or more per week. Is anyone else doing the Paleo or similar low carb high protein type of diet? If so, I'd love to hear from you. So far, I feel great and am havi... Read more
I just got back into the exercise routine about three weeks ago. Most of my exercise has been with the recumbent exercise bike for around 30 minutes 5 days a week. This time I have added three, hard-as-I can-peddle one-minute bursts, separated by a... Read more
I have created fitness groupings for my upper body and lower body strength training workouts. These are old-school items like squats, bench press, etc.
The problem I'm seeing is that the calorie totals seem way too low for the workouts. For exa... Read more
I like to walk both outdoors and on my treadmill. I've been reading about how interval training is a great way to boost metabolism and burn more calories. Basically, you alternate between brisk walking and fast walking/sprinting.... 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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