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 have an hour at lunch time and would like to start doing something active during that time. I went walking yesterday, at a fairly brisk pace in a winter jacket. The challenge I have is how to avoid coming back in from my break sweaty and especially... Read more
on the low and high end of the calorie range you're given to account for nursing. You'll probably have to experiment a little to figure out exactly the right number of calories for you, based on milk supply and weight loss progress.... Read more
Trying to get recumbent cycling tracked. My tracker won't record it properly. I can't erase the tracker record, and there's no selection on the drop-down menu for the recumbent cycling to switch it to the right activity. I don't want credit for so... Read more
I find it impossible to stay in my calorie range if I don't workout. Even the high number of 1500 seems like so little food! I've gotten in the habit of checking the calorie count before I eat & keep finding I need to reduce the portions.... 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
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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