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 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
Life is busy for most of us, and finding time for a workout can be challenging. When you do find that time, you want to make sure you're getting the most ''bang for your buck,'' meaning you're being as efficient as possible wi... Read more
The ability to run one mile non-stop isn't something to be taken lightly. Some have never been able to run very far without getting overly winded. But with proper training, you can do this and more! The problem most people have is that they start... Read more
SparkPeople’s Exercise Reference Guides offer an in-depth look at the principles of fitness.
What is Aerobic Exercise?
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) defines aerobic exercise as "any activity that uses large muscle... 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
My days are so jam packed I have to really ROCK OUT my exercise timeframe. In 20 minutes I can do that with interval training. On my treadmill I perform 4 five minute intervals. I start on my highest incline speed at 3 to 4 mph for 2 minutes. I lo... 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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