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
Why is that? When I eat great drink my water. I lose more weight then when I do all 3. I work out hard and my scale barely budges. I'm eating good drinking a lot of water and some days I'll burn around 600 to 700 calories.
I know they say you a... Read more
So at a routine doctor's visit I was informed I had high blood pressure. What?! Well it shouldn't be a surprise. I am a mom of three who puts everyone's need ahead of my own. Now I must make time for myself and move my feet. After a family meeting ev... Read more
So I got the ok from the doctor to exercise. He said my heart shouldn't be a factor and just to start out moderately and work my way up.
So my question is this. What is considered moderate exercise?... Read more
I entered a drawing at a local bar for a Free Happy Hour so from 9 pm - 12 am I receive free drinks as well as free entry into the bar. It's a fun hangout spot for young people with lots of dancing, food, and, of course, alcohol. I won the drawing! H... 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
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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