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
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
I used to be a competitive long distance runner. Day in and day out I’d run mile upon mile, training for the next big race. Some days it meant running a six or seven mile loop that included several (seemingly endless) hills. Other days, I warme... Read more
Would you like to swap your usual workout out for one that's just four minutes long? Of course you would! Well, that's the allure of Tabata training, a type of super high-intensity interval training that is becoming more and more popular.
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We all know how important goal setting is to reaching our dreams. From walking four times a week to eating more fruits and veggies, declaring your healthy intentions is an awesome way to make positive changes in your life.
But if you’re lo... Read more
I've completed two Spartan Sprints, and will be at the Spartan Super in Las Vegas in April. The best thing would be Hiking, and a lot of upper body. Try carrying a weighted container, like a cooler or bucket while hiking. And practice BURPEES!... Read more
Hi Sparkies! I'm searching for a circuit training video that I can use, but I'm not looking for anything extreme. I'm 61, in good health but overweight, and I've been doing walking and dancing DVDs. I like Jessica Smith and Leslie Sansome. I want... Read more
You shouldn't do that weight training workout every day or you'll risk injury due to overtraining. Men need to eat more than women, too. Spark shouldn't have given you a range minimum below 1500 if you're male.... Read more
Also, make sure your weight training is challenging. If you start at 10lbs that's fine, but make sure you're progressing when that gets comfortable. I'm not a weight lifter, but the smallest weight I use is 15lb and as much as 40lb for certain lifts.... Read more
Choose a race now for spring or early summer. Start training now! Enjoy watching your skills grow in the coming weeks as you prepare for your event. And when it's race time, take time to enjoy watching everyone run her/his own race. It's an amazing t... Read more
This is a loaded question! If you ask 10 different trainers, you'd get 10 different answers. One trainer's answer is likely to be based on what they've seen help clients get the best results or their own personal preference for one type o... 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
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