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
43 minutes of strength training followed by a 3.7mike walk :) I've hit over 10,000 steps so far too :) took the past week off from step counting and it felt good to take a break. All the marching in place is activating my hips/lower back... Read more
I try to interval run, but once I hit a half mile it seemed like I quit improving. I lose my breath. Been stuck at this point for weeks and got burnt out on running... hate to be a quitter but I was sick of a plateau. Any advice?... Read more
I need #fitness #help. Doing #couchto5k and want to add strength training. Does anyone have a plan for making those work together? Currently doing 10k-15k steps everyday (#fitbit) & walk/run on alternate days. What do you suggest for muscle building?... Read more
My Gymboss interval timer is my partner in crime. I use it for HIIT (High intensity intrval training) training on the vertical bike. Instead of spending an hour doing cardio, I do my cardio in 20 minutes! This saves time and allows me to focus on my... Read more
With running/walking intervals, I create a play list for my ipod specific for that week/interval in the training plan. That way, I don't have to carry my smartphone with a timer on it or buy a watch that's big enough to see while running. I change p... Read more
By That's Fit
We often hear about how some celebrity spends two hours at the gym six days a week, or who eats exactly 1,300 calories per day in order to get into killer shape, but the truth is that many working actors are working just as many hours... Read more
For this month's installment of "Stuff We Love," the round-up of products that make healthy living easier and more fun, we reached out to a half-dozen SparkPeople employees. We asked: "Which product makes working out more enjoyable... Read more
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