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'm training for my first marathon. It is in May 2015. Anyone else training. Buddies would be awesome. My long run today is going to be 7 miles. Struggling with the cold and getting out there. Anyone else in the same boat?... Read more
If you're doing a lot of weight training, your muscles may be retaining water to help themselves repair. Your weight can also fluctuate based on how much/little water you're drinking, when you weigh, and whether you're close to your TOM.... Read more
I am a beginning runner. I have read that runner's need to do strength training that focuses on the muscles not used in running, but I don't know which muscles to target. Does anyone know which strength training exercises to do in order to keep the... Read more
Hi everyone! Brand new here and was wondering if you guys had any advice. I've been pretty sedentary for the better part of two years and want to get back in shape in preparation for next year's soccer season. I'm about 145 lb. and 5 4. There is a lo... 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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