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 exercise at least 4 times a week. I eat between 1200 to 1500 calories a day, depending if I exercise... lot's of protein and veggies. ... and I'm stuck at a plateau. I've hit 6 plateaus in the last year. It's frustrating....... Read more
I can not exercise the way i want to, but i try to keep up with my calories. Sometimes i eat 2200 cal and most days 1600 with a little walking and light house work, ut i try to stay in this area. Some days i my have 1100 cals itjustdepend on what... 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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