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 am struggling with weight -loss due to having MS. I can only walk for short distances before my legs need a rest. I have to use a walker to walk so aerobic exercise is limited to swimming and stationary bicycle. I do to therapeutic massage weekly b... Read more
i finally decided that i want to lose weight and be healthy. i am 250lbs. when i started a year ago i was 240lbs, i have gain 10lbs since i last checked this site. At 5'5" and 250lbs i realize its harder to move, i have a lot less energy, and I'm mor... Read more
I'm having some sort of technical problem with the site. I want to change my exercise goals to 30 minutes/5 times a week (a total of 150 minutes a week), but I when I update the numbers in my goals, it doesn't update in my exercise tracker. My exerci... Read more
1) I am 54 years old and obese. For a few days, I do normal pace walking exercise 2 miles / day. I feel O.K but the muscle at my back hurts . I just wonder if it is ok to do my walking daily or I should just do 3-4 times per week . I mean is exerc... Read more
proud of myself for maintaining an exercise streak for almost 7 weeks now!!! woohoo!!! starting to realize the non weight loss successes but other successes along the way!!!thank you SP!!!... 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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