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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Make sure you lift weights. You may be hauling your body over walls, so you should take some time to get acclimated to overhead motions like pull-ups. I've also talked to some former participants; they said be able to run more than the race distance.... Read more
Did 5lb bicep curls and leg lifts no weights. Feel like I have no energy now. That was this morning before lunch. I need to remember to eat a afternoon snack especially if I do weights. Since I don't want to do anything now.... Read more
I currently do a 4 day rotation with my weight lifting. Monday (upper body), Tuesday (lower body), Wednesday (rest), Thursday (upper body), and Friday (lower body) is my weekly routine. Here are some of my concerns:
1.) How long do you typically... Read more
Not all workouts are created equally. Lifting weights/strength training doesn't burn many calories during a session like HIIT does. If you often do the same workouts and it takes longer to burn your target cals, you're likely getting fitter...... 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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