Wouldn’t it be great if all the fat-burning secrets you see in magazine ads and TV infomercials actually worked? If sauna suits, cellulite-shrinking creams, herbal wraps, and pills designed to “boost metabolism and melt fat away” di... Read more
SparkPeople’s Exercise Reference Guides offer an in-depth look at the principles of fitness.
What is a Cool Down?
A cool down is the act of gradually lowering body temperature, heart rate, and breathing rate following exercise.
The... Read more
Many people with diabetes have special needs that should be considered when planning an exercise program.
Exercise can cause your blood glucose levels to drop too much, especially if you take insulin or other glucose-lowering medications. Sympto... Read more
There's little I love more than a good run or high-energy kickboxing class where you leave completely covered and dripping with sweat. There's something about being drenched that signals—to me—that I've had a really good worko... Read more
There’s no disputing the fact that exercise is good for the human body. So it stands to reason that exercise would also benefit the body's largest organ: its skin. But does working up a sweat actually do anything good for your skin—or... Read more
Some advice would be appreciated...
I've been doing the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred and am currently on day 12. I woke up with some Flu symptoms yesterday so thought I would take a rest day and hope that it clears with a good... Read more
I just started on Levothyroxine for my thyroid, which says not to take it within 4 hours of drinking milk or other high-calcium foods because calcium lowers its efficacy. Up until now, my breakfast has almost always involved milk or cheese, and I'm g... Read more
Problem with health and exercise. I have lupus and sjogrens which are autoimmune diseases. Have problems exercising because of pain and fatigue. Looking for low impact exercising. Anybody else having similar problems?... Read more
Feeling pretty low right now..I just feel like I do so good for a week or so and than I start sabotaging my efforts. Ugh I just feel so lost every waking moment I spend thinking about food. I need this to be the time that sticks... Read more
Exercising with periods of high intensity and alternating them with periods of low intensity keeps me burning calories far after I've stopped working out. Intervals can speed up weight loss. It has mine!... Read more
The information on cardio machines can be deceiving. The "fat burning zone" is a myth that is based on a fact, but taken out of context. It's true that higher intensity exercise uses more glucose and glycogen (the form of energy yo... 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
I think there is currently too much emphasis on high intensity exercise.
I'm definitely a practitioner of HIIT, but I don't do it to the exclusion of everything else. There's a lot going for low intensity exercise, but most people dismiss the m... Read more
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