SparkPeople’s Exercise Reference Guides offer an in-depth look at the principles of fitness.
Stretching comes naturally to all of us. You might notice that if you have been sitting in a particular position for a long time, you stretch unco... Read more
Does this sound familiar? "My joints are achy, I feel stiff all the time, and it’s hard to get out of bed in the morning." If there were ever a good excuse not to exercise – if there were ever a defensible time to throw in the t... Read more
I’m the first to admit that stretching is not high on my priority list. When I’m crunched for time, the last thing I want to do is spend an extra 5-10 minutes stretching after a workout. Consequently, my body has paid the pric... Read more
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
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
I have been on Spark now for 15 days. I am following the program religiously and so far doing well.
On the body weight and measurement page there are only one set of measurements. I have measured both the right and left sides and... Read more
stumped- so when I exercise at night the calorie increases so much but I'm not going to eat a lot right before bed. I'm making the range for fat, carbs and protein but way under in calories (but within the calorie range before workout. Don't want to... Read more
I'm new. a little confusing where to post. I have just restarted sp and just recently overexercised and caused myself a little flare. Ugh. I walk my dog about 2-3 miles a day. I added a little strength training (like 10 min) two days ago (a si... Read more
I work 10 hours a day and am also a full time student and single mom, which leads to not a lot of time for much. When I am at work I spend my time standing in a forklift and our work is timed and tracked down to the second that doesn't allow... Read more
No matter how much pain I am in, I know that the only thing that is going to help me feel better is to get up and move. As I am moaning and groaning as I move across the room, I make that special effort to do my stretches and warm up for that work ou... Read more
I have some physical challenges that limit what I can do. For that reason, I don't use the workout generator and cannot do a lot of the daily exercises. Thinking about that is a real de-motivator, so instead, I focus on what I can do.... Read more
The Perfect Pushup is one of the most popular fitness tools around right now. For about $40 you can snag these specially designed pushup handles that rotate. But pushups are a pretty simple exercise, and they're great because they work so many muscle... Read more
Although not everyone agrees about when to stretch, how long to stretch or what to stretch, most people include stretching as a regular part of their exercise routine. Research has shown that flexibility and range of motion decrease as we age. Regu... Read more
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