Circuit training is a workout routine that combines cardiovascular fitness and resistance training. It was first proposed in the late 1950s as a method to develop general fitness. The initial routines were arranged in a circle, alternating betwee... Read more
"Time is money," Benjamin Franklin advised a young tradesman in a 1748 essay. Although we don’t know to what extent he applied Franklin’s wisdom, most of us do understand the implications of this adage in our own lives. When it... Read more
SparkPeople’s Exercise Reference Guides offer an in-depth look at the principles of fitness.
What is Aerobic Exercise?
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) defines aerobic exercise as "any activity that uses large muscle... Read more
Medicine balls are a great way to exercise any area of your body, whether upper, lower, or core. There are different sized exercise balls from 2-12, that you can use for numerous different exercises.
Medicine ball training is suitable for... Read more
When you think about “fitness classes,” what images come to mind? Do you picture skinny people (leg warmers included) jumping around and kicking their legs to loud music? Although that might have been the case 10 or 20 years ago, the late... Read more
I need to vent. I posted on a fitness coach's wall thanking her for her core class. I did a 10k and after entered a plank competition. I did a 6 1/2 minute plank. Today in the core class this woman said, "Who was the person who claimed they did a... Read more
Does anyone have a weight loss board, wall, journal or diary? Aside from a regular entry/blog, what do you include in it? I'm looking to start one to document my journey. Or any creative ideas for documenting progress?... Read more
Shin splints suck! Stand with your back to a wall, with your heels about the length of your feet away from the wall. Buttocks against the wall. Flex feet upwards toward your shins. Download this ebook ebook.endshinsplints.com. Good luck!... Read more
I won't keep sweet stuff around the house. If I am really craving chocolate, I'll make myself go to the gas station and buy two pieces of chocolate from the 25 cent bin. That's less than 100 calories and is enough to curb the cravings!... Read more
Dance while you do housework (put on music with a beat and use your broom, vacuum, dishtowel, dust rag for a microphone and add SINGING to the routine). It burns more calories, adds to your exercise minutes and makes the chores FUN!... Read more
Are you traveling for the holidays? Chances are high that you are—AAA reports that 93.3 million Americans will be traveling between Christmas and New Year’s Day, which is a 1.6 percent increase from last year. And when you're tra... Read more
By Robert J. Davis, Ph.D
We’ve all heard the usual explanations for Americans’ expanding waistlines--everything from too many carbs to too little exercise. But might hardware stores and hair salons also be r... Read more
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