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
Are you sick of the same-old cardio machines at the gym? Bored by the treadmill? Tired of the elliptical? Can't stand to do another mile on the stationary bike or another flight on the stair climber? Well, then, it's time you head over to the... 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
You hear about them. You see people using them in the gym. They’re in stores, on TV, and have entire fitness classes designed around them. You think about these stretchy bands and what good (if any) they do. You want to know: What are the b... Read more
I’m the first to admit that stretching is not high on my priority list. When I’m crunched for time, the last thing I want to do is spend an extra 5-10 minutes stretching after a workout. Consequently, my body has paid the pric... Read more
I've got an injured MCL in my right knee from a skiing accident (the ligament in your knee that makes sure there is not much inward movement to the leg) and plantar fasciitis in my left foot. They are ALMOST better, but I totally stopped exercising a... Read more
I know you need to eat enough when working out, but I haven't been seeing many results besides being more toned (which I'm not complaining about). My measurements have stayed the same, and my weight has stayed the same or gone between the same 2-3 l... Read more
Whose calorie range should I follow? I use SparkTracker, Fitbit & HRM. HRM says I burn 1165 cals daily w/o exercise but other say I need 1240-1460+. HRM gives fewer cals burned cardio kickbox (4.5/min) than others (7). Do I just try for midrange?... Read more
I currently have a bad shoulder since Nov or earlier. I essentially have a bone spur with an already naturally narrowed space. I've been doing pt for about two months, but have a surgical consult soon and my therapist said it could go either way.
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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
Strength training exercises are important for all of us to do, but they can be extremely helpful for walkers since they allow for greater muscle balance, flexibility and range of motion.Upper body strength training exercises are just as important to... Read more
I created this simple, five-exercise workout circuit to get your heart pumping and your muscles moving so you can torch some serious post-Thanksgiving calories. It doesn't use any equipment, and it can be done anywhere, even in a small hotel/gues... Read more
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