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
I've made it through 5 weeks of exercising 5 days a week and sticking to a healthy diet. I'm 260 lbs. Trying to get in better shape to feel good and look good in my wedding dress next April. I feel like I'm finally on my way.... Read more
I coped here in America today with exercise. I usually just retreat & introvert for days like these. I guess I didn't realize how much today would effect me until I realized I have to eat 1800 cal. & that's with a 700 cal. deficit for weight loss.... Read more
I have a tear in my meniscus and problems on the patella.the dr.does not think surgery for the tear would help much, but there is damage to the patella and I will eventually need knee replacement surgery. next week I go to pt and will get exercises t... 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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