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
Over the years I've tried weight programs. Each time I start out fine, then add a little weight, and am sore... try adding more weight after a few weeks and feel even worse... and finally give up. I've NEVER felt stronger and stronger over time.... Read more
Hi. My name is Lisa and im from Norway. I always struggle to loose weight,i am active and walk aloot almost every day but that is not enough for me to loose weight only to maintain my weight because i over eat almost every day.These last month Jesus... Read more
1) Can I strength train everyday? Can I do the same muscle area 2 days in a row? example: arms, legs, and belly? everyday?
2) Something is wrong with my elbow...tennis elbow?? Anyway, for example: It really hurts to do hammer curls. So I ha... Read more
I'm training for a race, and to adjust my body to running more, I'm supposed to only run 3 days a week and rest for the other days. I don't want to miss out on exercising, any ideas for something less intense and still get a workout?... 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
If you are concerned about how many calories you burn during strength training, chances are that you are actively trying to lose weight (or might want to ensure you are eating enough to support strength training without losing additional weight). Alt... Read more
I confess, I'd been letting this aspect of training slip and slide away. Last night I was determined I'd get at least ten minutes in... and I did. My body *did* remind me that I'd been using my muscles in my triathlon training... but not in quite t... Read more
Progressively overloading your muscles is the key to effective strength training. But increasing the weight you use too rapidly can lead to burnout, chronic soreness, and overuse injuries. A better approach for most people is to increase the weight (... Read more
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