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
We hear it all the time—you changed your habits and lost weight steadily, but after awhile, that progress halted. You’ve been stuck at the same weight for days, weeks, or even months. There’s nothing more frustrating t... 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
I have always been that exerciser that feels like if I'm not sweating like crazy I'm not really getting a good work out. But now that I'm still recovering from a broken foot, I'm doing even the worst thing possible....nothing. Its not like I'm in all... Read more
My resting heart rate is usually around 84 bpm. I need to lose 45 lbs. to get to my goal of 145 lbs. I'm a 5'8" female, and I know better than to be this weight. I have begun an exercise program, but I am freaking out about all I've read about res... Read more
My nutrition tracker was reset recently and now I am having trouble staying in my goal of 67-84 protein per day with only 17-21 for each meal. A 3-4 oz piece of chicken or fish alone will put me over my goal but then if I add whole wheat bread or pas... Read more
What are some good exercise for a healthy person who sits at a computer all day, 8+ hours, for work? Looking more for specific strength training exercises that can be done in the evening to help alleviate the pain caused from sitting at a computer a... 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
Don't do the exact same exercise for the exact same time and intensity every day. Vary the times and intensities and even activity. Your body is smart and if you do the same thing all the time your body efficiently burns fewer calories for the sam... 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
Music goes a long way with motivating me to work out. I can't imagine running, teaching Spinning class or even lifting weights without some good tunes to keep my mood and energy levels high. When I teach classes, music takes center stage. I take a lo... 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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