You hear about them. You see people using them in the gym. They’re in stores, on TV, and have entire fitness classes designed around them. You think about these stretchy bands and what good (if any) they do. You want to know: What are the b... Read more
Congratulations on purchasing SparkPeople's Fitness Starter Kit! You've taken the first step in making fitness—and all the benefits that come with it—a priority in your life. So you've got the kit…but where do you begin... 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
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
Whether you have a disability or a chronic condition that limits your mobility, exercise doesn't have to be out of reach or even painful. In fact, depending on your condition, your health care provider has probably recommended that you increase y... Read more
Im trying to get a good routine going for my work outs, and I wanted to find out if, with Strength Training, is speed/number of reps mort important? or is Slow and steady better?
For example, I've been doing wall push ups, a... Read more
My big goal for 2014 along with being fit and losing weight is to complete The Running for the Bay half marathon (13.1 miles) in Apalachicola, Florida on October 26, 2014. I walked it last year on October 20th and finished in 3 hours 45 minutes at a... Read more
So I have been doing cardio/ strength DVDs- the firm, biggest loser, weight watchers. What do I track these as? The ww DVD today was called lower body intervals- pretty much 35 minutes of lunges and squats. My hr was way up- 80-85% for 2/3 of the wor... Read more
I just tried the new Leslie Sansone's Bootcamp, which consists of 3 miles of intervals, including jogging (boosted walking) and strength training (resistance band included). It was fantastic even for a conditioned walker and feasible for a beginner.... Read more
The TRX is a great strength training tool and program you can use at home and some gyms offer classes with it, too. It looks like resistance bands but isn't stretchy; it allows you to strength-train using your own body weight in a variety of ways. I... Read more
Now that summer vacations are in full swing, many of us will be heading off to destinations that may not allow us access to equipment to help us maintain our strength training routines. Finding ways to integrate cardio activities into our time away... Read more
Strength training exercises are important for all of us to do, but they can be extremely helpful for walkers since they allow for greater muscle balance, flexibility and range of motion.Upper body strength training exercises are just as important to... Read more
I am getting ready to set up some strength training with resistance bands. I have a set of 3. On the tracking,you need to put sets,reps,and weight. What do you use for the weight???? Thanks for the help. Appreciate it. 304 30... Read more
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