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
Don't use exercise as a punishment for overeating; it will just make you associate exercise as being something you do when you've been bad, not something you do because it's good for you. Plan out tomorrow's meals and load up protein and veggies.... Read more
My exercise streak keeps me motivated-it's long enough now I can't bear to break it! That and working towards mini-goals-I'm 2 lbs away from my goal for the month of April, so I'm pushing towards it with all I have! :-)... Read more
I'm a working mom of a baby that's on the verge of walking and a dog that thinks he's still the baby. I'm lucky enough to work flex time and have some days at home with the baby, but this means that I'm trying to fit in a few extra hours of work whe... 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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