Do you sometimes find yourself skipping the strength training you know you should be doing, just because it’s hard to squeeze it into your hectic schedule? Sure, it’s possible to do a very effective strength training routine at home with... Read more
If you live with the daily pain and discomfort of arthritis, you're not the only one. In the United States, an estimated 46 million adults (about 1 in 5) have been diagnosed with arthritis. Hopefully your doctor has given you suggestions about ho... Read more
SparkPeople’s Exercise Reference Guides offer an in-depth look at the principles of fitness.
Every movement we make—from walking to driving—involves our muscles. Muscles are unique. They have the ability to relax, contract, and... Read more
I'm not a real mom, but I did play one once.
Some friends of mine, planning an overseas trip, asked me to stay with their boys while they were gone. Honored to be chosen-- especially after I heard that the boys, ages 12, 14, and 16, ha... Read more
If you have high blood pressure, the best piece of advice anyone can give you is to listen to your body. How you feel can and should dictate the frequency and intensity of your workouts. While it is possible—and preferable—to lose weight... Read more
I am 100% not saying I want to change him, but with a recent move across seas he's gained about 35 extra pounds and we cannot locate a gym that is worthwhile. He is awesome and will eat whatever I make, even green smoothies, so we do have a clean di... Read more
I try to get at least 10 mins of exercise a day with a goal of 30 mins at least 5 days a week. I prefer to workout outside even in the winter months. Some days in the winter it is a challenge to get outside due to the cold and walking conditions... Read more
I have advanced arthritis of the knee and not much cartilage left so it hurts to do much. I can use a stationary bicycle or elliptical trainer at my physical therapist's office but that's not always convenient to schedule. Other than go... Read more
I try to stay consistent with my routine all year. At the very least I always get in my walk either outside or on the treadmill. I may mix it up with a swim on the 4th of July or Memorial Day or a ball game but make sure to get in some form of exerci... Read more
When you sit around in the car/office/etc do some isometric exercises: tighten a muscle group (i prefer abs, hiney, lower- or upper leg muscles) for 10-15 seconds then relax. It is a good strenghtening exercise and after trying it you'll see that it... Read more
In my job as a dental assistant, whenever I lubricate the dental handpiece (30 seconds) I concentrate on my abs, and do a couple of isometric ab squeezes. It works out to several times per day, and it is just a little something I can do to focus on m... Read more
When we think of strength training activities, many of us think of free weights, weight machines, resistance bands, even medicines balls, but how many of us think of using a simple household item like a bath towel or dish towel to help us build musc... Read more
Do you feel more like a chauffeur than a parent? We all know that exercise is important for us to stay healthy, but between cooking, cleaning up, budgeting, homework help, and—oh, yeah—sleep, who has the time?Next time you feel too busy t... Read more
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