SparkPeople’s Exercise Reference Guides offer an in-depth look at the principles of fitness.
What is a Warm Up?
A warm up is the act of preparing for an athletic event or workout by exercising or practicing for a short time beforehand.... Read more
It's an excuse many of us have heard or even said ourselves: I want to get fit, but I can't afford a gym membership. While a health club can be a fantastic place to work out, it's not the only way to get fit. In fact, you can enjoy a vari... Read more
Make your fitness dreams come true once and for all, starting with the classic pull up!
Pull ups are one way to showcase ultimate strength and conditioning, and they're no easy feat for the beginner. But both men and women can achieve pull-u... Read more
What “fitness feat” have you always wanted to accomplish? I think we all have something in mind, a seemingly insurmountable task that we just wish, for whatever reason, we could do. You see other people accomplish it with ease, and you se... Read more
"Where did the day go?"
Is this a common question in your life? Many of us jam-pack so much stuff into our daily routines, seemingly there’s no time to relax for just one minute, let alone exercise. Lack of time is one of t... Read more
First week of exercise and food tracking went pretty well...had a "mini binge" last night, but back on track today... Going to the mall, so will be walking alot. Tomorrow is first weigh in, hoping for positive results.... Read more
This is week one of exercising. I hiked five miles last Sunday and did the tread mill Monday and Tuesday. I'm going back today and am hoping my knees hurt because I haven't worked out in so long! Any suggestions? Should I use an incline or not?... Read more
Visible abs come from diet more than exercise. Those who have them also have extremely low body fat. In most cases, their body fat is below the "healthy ideal" range (18-22% for women). You can damage your health if your body fat % is too low.... Read more
When I started running almost 4 years ago one of the cardinal rules of racing my running coach taught me was, "The shorter the race, the longer the warm-up." It is something that has been ingrained in me all these years and something I still practice... Read more
On those days when time is at a premium, it can be tempting to skip your warm-up and jump right into your workout. Is that a smart use of your time, or is it asking for trouble? Even though the warming up won't burn hundreds of calori... Read more
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