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
Hardest part about exercising is taking it up a notch. This week I have focused on cardio: elliptical and walking. But I need to kick it up for next week. Ideas? Nothing too dramatic, just enough to get my heartbeat a little past my norm now: 155... Read more
I haven't been able to exercise for two days now due to a sore back. I took two Advil PM last night to help me sleep. When I weighed this morning I had lost two pound, probably because I wasn't up all night snacking.... 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
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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