I’ll admit it—I’m vain. So when I put on my summer tank tops a few months ago and noticed the dreaded "batwings" growing on the back of my arms, I panicked. I was too young to have my arms jiggling when I moved! I had to d... Read more
Think you’re too old to start a strength training program? Well think again! Strength training is just what your body needs to fight the loss of muscle, bone mass and strength that comes with age.
Everyone, no matter how young or old, shou... Read more
Remember when you were a kid and claimed that your dog ate your homework, when really you just didn't get around to writing your book report? Of course, your teacher knew you were fibbing. While most of us are past blaming the dog instead of taki... Read more
Pop quiz: Can you name the most important muscle in your body? Nope, it's not your abs, hamstrings or triceps. It's your heart!
The human heart is an amazing muscle, capable of pumping about five quarts of blood throughout the body every... Read more
SparkPeople’s Exercise Reference Guides offer an in-depth look at the principles of fitness.
Every movement we make—from walking to driving—involves our muscles. Muscles are unique. They have the ability to relax, contract, and... Read more
I am a woman in her late 50's. I've done ST in the past,nothing serious in recent years. I don't want to end up like my mother, who has trouble moving things around if they weigh more than three or four pounds. And that's a load for two hands.
... Read more
In relation to the calories it actually burns, it's exhausting. Is it the low-intensity? Is it the soul-crushing nature of the chore in general? Same with grocery shopping. I've been doing both all weekend and I'm very tired, but according to my c... Read more
Is it a good idea to do strength training each day? I think I enjoy strength training more, at least for now. Is it safe to do it every day? Everything I've read suggests 3 times a week and cardio 3 times a week.
Susan... Read more
I'll be in NYC for one week with my BFF in which most of the time we will be walking, albeit at a slower pace, plus we will be out all day/night since it's a city that never sleep. I am training to walk in my next marathon (I haven't actually signed... Read more
As a member of the Baby Boomer generation, each year I edge a little closer to those wonderful golden years. In just a little over six months I will be celebrating my 50th birthday, a milestone I am eager to reach, after all how can I complain when I... Read more
Should children and adolescents strength train? For years, many said "no", believing that it could damage a child's growth plates, thereby stunting their growth. The risks of injury seemed to outweigh any benefit that strength training could provid... Read more
Well it looks like WW-III disputes in my neck are being resolved and a treaty of sorts has been drawn up. Had a relatively peaceful sleep last night and in all likelihood the issues of pain in my neck will be resolved.
Now itís time to... Read more
Today was the first full hour of strength training with the trainer. Very interesting. I worked with a couple of machines, a few free weights and then I had to run.
The interesting part was my trainer saying, "don't get on the scale for the ne... Read more
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