SparkPeople’s Exercise Reference Guides offer an in-depth look at the principles of fitness.
Stretching comes naturally to all of us. You might notice that if you have been sitting in a particular position for a long time, you stretch unco... Read more
Medicine balls are a great way to exercise any area of your body, whether upper, lower, or core. There are different sized exercise balls from 2-12, that you can use for numerous different exercises.
Medicine ball training is suitable for... Read more
Upper body (arm) ergometers aren't a gym staple, but they're becoming more readily available in physical therapy offices, hospitals, universities and modern gyms. Targeted to meet the fitness needs of individuals who cannot use their legs for... Read more
Exercise beginners usually try to make up for lost time by going all out their first week. The result? Injury or intense soreness. Pain does not necessarily mean gain.
Many injuries occur at joints, where bones meet and provide motion. An enormo... Read more
Does this sound familiar? "My joints are achy, I feel stiff all the time, and it’s hard to get out of bed in the morning." If there were ever a good excuse not to exercise – if there were ever a defensible time to throw in the t... Read more
I need a left shoulder replacement due to bone damage by arthritis.
I have been doing water aerobics for over 5 years but I'd like to target my abdominals and core.
Many of the land exercises involve the shoulders. Wall pushups are the worst... Read more
I have done plenty of exercises that goes past a normal comfort zone, so I'm opening up this motivation thread for anyone that wants to post an upcoming exercise that is now past their normal comfort zone and then probably will post some thoughts and... Read more
So about 3 years ago I found out I have a tumor on my right knee, sort of to the inner side of my knee cap. It isn't cancerous and shortly after I found out about it, I lost my insurance and I was also just plain scared to have surgery cause I tend... Read more
I had umbilical hernia surgery last Thursday. I had it done at the Shouldice Hospital in Toronto, Canada. www.shouldice.com/the_shouldice_repair.htm I went there because they fix hernias without using mesh which I didn't want used in my body.
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I lost 10 lbs using the nutrition tracker and exercising daily but the past few weeks the scale won't budge. I thought my calories might be too high, so I started playing around with my weight loss per week goal and realized that spark is giving me... Read more
No matter how much pain I am in, I know that the only thing that is going to help me feel better is to get up and move. As I am moaning and groaning as I move across the room, I make that special effort to do my stretches and warm up for that work ou... Read more
I have some physical challenges that limit what I can do. For that reason, I don't use the workout generator and cannot do a lot of the daily exercises. Thinking about that is a real de-motivator, so instead, I focus on what I can do.... Read more
Anything triathlon! There are lots of great members in this group ranging from thinking about a triathlon to Ironman finisher. Anyone is welcome to stop by and ask questions and/or offer advice.... Read more
Although not everyone agrees about when to stretch, how long to stretch or what to stretch, most people include stretching as a regular part of their exercise routine. Research has shown that flexibility and range of motion decrease as we age. Regu... Read more
The Perfect Pushup is one of the most popular fitness tools around right now. For about $40 you can snag these specially designed pushup handles that rotate. But pushups are a pretty simple exercise, and they're great because they work so many muscle... Read more
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