More and more kids are gravitating toward weight training. In most cases, strength training is safe and encouraged for kids. However, when done incorrectly, whether too intensely or too early in life, it can lead to permanent damage. Fitness trainer... Read more
Have you ridden the Exercise Vortex? It’s the most popular fitness roller coaster of all time.
You go up, you go down. Fast fitness climbs are interrupted by burnout and steep drops in activity--until you bottom out and start a... Read more
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
Imagine you’re in Pamplona, Spain, in July. You’re sightseeing, shopping through downtown for that perfect souvenir for your spouse back home (hey, someone had to watch the kids, right?). You notice a crowd. Then a commotion. Then, right... Read more
You've heard the rumblings about bacteria. Once seen as just dirty germs, these microbes are now more accurately divided into two categories: disease-causing agents, or "bad" bacteria, and health-promoting "good" bacteria.
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How often should you lift weights when trying to lose weight? Every other day? Twice a week? Wanting to build a little muscle so I don't lose muscle instead of fat. And I don't want loose skin from losing weight.... Read more
I'm just starting to get into strength training and really enjoy it! But I've been noticing I'm barely able to raise my heart rate, and don't know whether I'm getting a very effective workout.
When strength training, is getting your heart rate... Read more
Where did my energy go? I exercise 6 times a week, I do zumba, weight lifting and I try new classes such as spinning and kickboxing but this week I feel like I can't keep up with my routine. My performance is poor. I just don't have the energy. Help... Read more
It works almost every time! A good intense workout is the best mood booster! Especially sprints! But I love my heavy weight lifting too! A good high intensity morning workout is the recipe for a good mood for the day!... Read more
Music goes a long way with motivating me to work out. I can't imagine running, teaching Spinning class or even lifting weights without some good tunes to keep my mood and energy levels high. When I teach classes, music takes center stage. I take a lo... Read more
Tight on time?Don't give up on your workout today. If you have a mere four minutes—that's just 240 total seconds—to spare (and who doesn't), then you do have time to squeeze in a super effective workout that provides major hea... Read more
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