SparkPeople’s Exercise Reference Guides offer an in-depth look at the principles of fitness.
We often hear a lot about aerobic or “cardio” exercise and how it improves fitness, reduces one’s risk of lifestyle diseases, an... Read more
When people begin a fitness program, they understandably have lots of questions, from how to perform certain moves to which exercises are most effective. One question that everyone seems to ask is how to breathe properly when working out.
I know... Read more
If only there were two or three more hours in a day, then I’d be able to reach the bottom of my to-do list. But between children, work and juggling the needs of an elderly mother, there never seems to be enough time. And like many women, exerci... Read more
There’s no doubt that getting older changes your body and appearance, but it also affects your ability to exercise. Your maximum heart rate declines with age, which means your heart and lungs can’t pump as much oxygen and blood to your mu... Read more
A question for the resident RD Becky or those that have any insight.
I had open hernia surgery last week to fix three hernias of varying sizes.
I have read (online) that caloric need increase after surgery. My question is by how much?
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Just recently I've been trying to walk longer distances (I used to walk about 4 miles a day at a 24-30 minute mile and I've been aiming for 6-7 miles a day at the same speed). My daily calorie goal is 1300-1550 calories per day. I am around 200 pou... Read more
I was reading an article about the fight to raise minimum for food servers to between $10 to 15 dollars an hour.
Servers were saying it would be great to get 15 an hour and be tipped. Many servers were upset to hear that customers may not tip if... Read more
I have exercised and dieted for the past two years (since I got married). I just was never motivated enough to keep it up. I'm finally motivated but I need help. I have no energy to workout!! I start my workouts and within 1 minute I'm ready to just... Read more
Wondering why my bade calories increased from 1600-1950 to 1670-2020... this is not related to my daily fitness calorie increase. ? I am aware of those adjustments. Ive been doing sp for almost two months, down 11 lbs and other than that have not rep... Read more
Every time I don't see a drop on the scale, I remind myself that the steps I'm taking by eating healthier and exercising more are making me healthier for later in life! I'm lowering my resting heart rate, increasing lung capacity, firming up & havin... Read more
Cardio activity should be about building lung capacity NOT endurance. In order to "go the distance", one needs to store fat to complete the exercise. -- In the past I trained for a marathon. Now I need a steady, day-to-day activity that allows me fit... Read more
Inspiration for women focused on increasing lean muscle mass and lowering body fat through strength training and having FUN doing it. Some come on aboard and join up with us. You will not regret it!... Read more
A study at the University of Geneva has shown how something as small as taking the stairs instead of the elevator can have a big impact on your health. The study started with 69 participants who had a sedentary lifestyle, meaning they did less than... Read more
This past August the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) met in Daegu, South Korea dealing one of the biggest blows to women endurance runners across the world when they announced that only times achieved in women's-only roa... Read more
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