SparkPeople Fitness and Exercise Messageboard Get and give fitness and exercise tips. Plus, quick answers to your fitness questions and strategies for success from the SparkPeople Fitness Experts. SparkPeople Fitness and Exercise Messageboard Body Beast I know BeachBody's Body Beast workout is mainly geared toward men, but wondering if any of your Sparkpeople ladies have tried it and what kind of results you had. Did you feel it was worth it? Tue, 29 Jul 2014 03:52:46 EST Health Supplement After An Extreme Exercise! When I do an exercise, I make sure that I make the most of it! Sometimes, I push it to the extreme. I didn't worry of the possible outcome like strains and fatigues. I got an advice from a friend that I can take a health supplement that will help me recover faster after an intense training from exercise, sports and other physical activities. Can you share yours? Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:20:01 EST Where can I find my total number of steps for the Where can I find my total number of steps for the current month? I see the total minutes and the total spark points. But I can't find the total steps for the current month. <BR> <BR> I like to know how close I am to getting a bronze or even silver trophy. <BR> <BR> Thanks, chris Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:15:07 EST Squat / Lunges and shaking legs? I just started Jillian Michael's 30 day shred, and it is rather squat and lunge heavy. About halfway through on level 1 I could not do a squat or lunge without my legs and knees shaking like crazy and I was a little scared my legs were going to buckle. Once they started shaking, I could hardly feel a burn during those exercises, just a constant trembling. <BR> <BR> Is this normal? Is it something I need to work through, or should I be working on getting my legs a little stronger before I att... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:21:33 EST How do you log Group Classes? I take a couple of classes at the gym - BodyAttack and CX Worx - and I am wondering how to log these in my fitness tracker? <BR> <BR> TIA! Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:07:34 EST free weight dvd's What is a good dvd for free weights? I have a kettle bell dvd, I'm looking for a simple free weight one. Thanks. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 13:29:19 EST Question about squats... I thought that squats worked your butt and the backs of your thighs as well as the front? Why then do I only ever feel it in the front of my thighs? Am I doing them wrong? <BR> I did squats the other day with some girls at the gym and they said my form looked right but I am only sore on the front of my thighs. My butt is not sore and neither is the back of my thighs. <BR> What am I doing wrong? Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:59:48 EST Teacher headed back to work questions I will be headed back to school/work on Friday. I know that for the first two weeks back to work, I am always exhausted when I get home (I teach high school) The main goal those first two weeks is being able to rest and get used to the new routine. Knowing this, I have dinners covered for at least the first week. I have freezer meals prepared and slow cooker recipes ready to go. <BR> <BR> My question is working out. I am terrible about working out those first two weeks. I have tried getti... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 08:29:27 EST Bodyrider trainer 3 in 1 We recently bought a bodyrider trainer 3 in 1 and I love it. Does anyone else have one? I am up to 26 minutes on it. It is a bike..a recumbent bike and an eliptical all in one. I am only to 4 minutes on the eliptical..any tips that you can give me about going longer on the eliptical..please do! thank you. <BR> <BR> Rhonda Sat, 26 Jul 2014 18:20:41 EST help needed with walking I walk my dog 2miles every day, normally the same route at least 5 days out of 7. This I cannot change. However, I usually walk him after I have been to the gym or pool. The help I am looking for is ideas really on how to 'ramp' up the walk without turning it into jogging? I feel I am no longer getting any benefit from the walk as my body is now use to the routine. <BR> <BR> I took my bike with him today, but unfortunately its too fast for him and he didn't enjoy his walk &#128054; and wi... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 16:15:55 EST Help tracking housekeeping job calories I just started a housekeeping job in a hotel that has me moving nonstop for almost 8 hours a workday... for 3-4 days a week. By the end of the day I'm absolutely drenched in sweat and exhausted. On my days off, though, I'm almost 100% sedentary as my body is aching and all I feel like doing is resting. How do I record this? I had a sedentary weight loss plan before starting this job..what do I consider my caloric needs now? Any advice is much appreciated. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 13:02:12 EST what are the exact benefits of yoga? hello, <BR> quite a lot has been written on yoga, however, besides being a healthy exercise what exactly are the proven benefits from yoga? <BR> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:07:24 EST Getting Fitted for Shoes I asked in my home city boards (Houston), but things seem to be a bit slow there. So, I figured I'd ask here as well. <BR> <BR> I'm just starting the process of getting back into an exercise routine and eating healthier. One of the things I realize that I need to do is look into getting seriously, professionally fitted for shoes. Right now, I'm at walking, but I want to get into running. So two questions: <BR> <BR> 1) Should I get fitted for walking shoes and go back when I'm regularly run... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:45:32 EST Looking for HRM Recommendation I'm fairly broke but I feel like I'm not getting accurate calories burned reports on my programs. I keep looking at heart rate monitors but feel lost. I need something that doesn't go around my chest. And something that doesn't require internet, wireless or not. And something below $50 for sure. As you can imagine that doesn't leave me many options. Ones I'm finding that bluetooth to Android look like all chest straps. I am a single mom with car repairs. Getting to work snd keeping a roof ove... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:17:36 EST Is riding a bike good exercise? I am buying a bike next week and plan on riding it often. Right now for most of my exercise I walk. I am wondering how good of an exercise bike riding is? Sat, 26 Jul 2014 05:52:03 EST I really need some help after starting to exercise Hi everyone, I'm a 20 yo female, I'm 5'7 and weigh 160lbs. I hope to get to around 135-140. I've been restricting calories for abt 4 weeks now. I started with 1200 cals/day but decided to up my calories to 1400 cals 1-2 weeks ago. I usually end up eating around 1500 cals. Anyway, I stooped doing cardio and started the 30 day shred 2 weeks ago and ever since I started I've been starving allllllllll the time! Before, when I was only doing cardio, I found my calorie limit easy to reach and maint... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 01:22:07 EST Can Stomach Problems Prevent Weight Loss? Hello, <BR> <BR> I need some help. I have been trying to lose weight for 2 years now unsuccessfully. I don't know what else to do. I first started gaining weight when I went to college. It was the freshman 15. And that was fine. Everyone gains some weight the first couple years of college and then sheds it back off later. Unfortunately for me that was not the case. When I was a junior in college I was having awful stomach pains. The only thing I found that made them better was to eat. So for... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:48:15 EST Aqua or Water Zumba -- what a great workout! I tried aqua zumba (or water zumba) last night, for the first time. Boy, was it a great workout! I've had to stop doing any exercise that puts impact on my heel, due to a spur; so the doctor suggested swimming. I have taken up his suggestion, and I'm starting to swim laps; but on top of this, I'm now hooked on the aqua zumba! It's basically like regular zumba -- but in the pool. My local fitness club (Lifetime) offers a group class. I love how you basically don't pound on the pavement,... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:27:41 EST Routines anyone? I start the gym next week and I really want to maximize my gym experience. My gym is equipped with treadmills, elliptical, bikes and a lot of strength machines that frankly I don't know the name of. My aim is for slow and steady weight loss while incorporating strength training but I'm having a hard time creating a routine to follow. I find it much easier to have a structured routine to follow instead of flying by the seat of my pants. Anyone with any ideas or guides i could use to start that... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:25:10 EST is it enough? I can spend about 45 minutes to an hour in the morning exercising but the rest of my day is primarily seditary. Is it enough? Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:26:49 EST How I squeeze more movement into my day When I need a few items from Dollar General, I walk instead of drive. This gives me 10 minutes of movement I wouldn't get otherwise and I save money on gasoline. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:44:33 EST @ Home Walk Away The Pounds! Does Anyone Else use Leslie Sansones Walk @ Home DVDs? <BR> <BR> I do them almost daily now and find her to be completely pleasant and motivating! :) <BR> <BR> Anyone have any other ideas for a working mom? Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:05:59 EST Miami Trip in March I am going to start working out & eating better. I need to lose at least 60 pounds or more to be healthy. Need all the encouragement I can get. Plus our Miami trip really makes me want to lose it more. =) My starting weight is 205.6 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:24:41 EST Strength Training Afternoon all! <BR> <BR> Im trying to get a good routine going for my work outs, and I wanted to find out if, with Strength Training, is speed/number of reps mort important? or is Slow and steady better? <BR> <BR> For example, I've been doing wall push ups, and I can usually get through 30, in about 60 seconds or so before my arms start to turn into jelly. (I'm definitely a novice in this area) Would it be better to slow down, and only get through 15 reps in 60 seconds, or speed up until I... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:24:16 EST Pedometer/MapMyWalk Discrepencies Usually when I walk my dog (on trails, with hills and stuff, in the woods) I use MapMyWalk, but this place I've been going more recently doesn't really get service so I haven't been able to, there. Instead, I've been using a pedometer. I know I have short legs, but the pedometer is reading a MUCH farther walk than MapMyWalk (when I finally tested it at another location). <BR> <BR> Obviously, I'm going to track the shorter walk, but does my body think it's walking further because my legs and... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:50:52 EST JUMPING JACK CHALLENGE HI EVERYONE, <BR> <BR> RECENTLY I HAVE BEEN SET THE CHALLENGE OF HULA HOOPING OR HULA DANCING FOR 10 MINS A DAY (FIRST I HAVE TO LEARN) ANYWAY, I HAVE SENT PEOPLE HULA CHALLENGES AND SOME HAVE POLITELY DECLINED. <BR> <BR> SO ANOTHER SP FRIEND SAID THAT HE WOULD JOIN US BUT WOULD DO JUMPING JACKS, WHICH I THINK IS AN EXCELLENT IDEA <BR> <BR> IS ANYONE ELSE INTERESTED? <BR> <BR> I HAVE BEEN ASKED FOR HOW LONG AND WHAT I WILL SAY IT IS UP TO YOU, IS TO DO IT FOR HOWEVER LONG YOU ARE HAVING ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:55:32 EST Your first Triathlon? Hi, <BR> I'm thinking of signing up for an olympic distance triathlon next May, maybe as a sponsored challenge. I can cycle all day long but I can't run 20 minutes (improving all the time though) and I only know one swimming stroke which we call "doggy paddle" <BR> I've tried running before but I get to about seven weeks and my knees give out. I've splashed out on the proper shoes this time so hopefully I'll last a bit longer! I'm on week five already but had a worryingly familiar pain on ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:06:20 EST Rowing machine with post surgical knees? I had knee surgery in March (knee cap re-alignment and ligaments/tendons were replaced), I still have issues and the elliptical kinda hurts. <BR> <BR> Any experience with Rowing Machines and knee issues? <BR> <BR> I'd like to try but concerned how it would do for my knee. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:52:02 EST do I burn fat at my job I'm a cna and I'm constantly moving around do I burn enough calories to not workout on my dsy ro work Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:22:53 EST Looking for a little consult :) So... Since Monday, daily, I've been doing these exercises: jogging - 30 mins., pilates - 20 mins, yoga - 30 mins. and walking for about an hour or so, to hit the 10 000 steps. And to be honest, those past three days were really good in exercise kind of way, but a bit difficult with nutrition, because as I became much more physically active, my metabolic rate got higher, and all kinds of cravings hit me, but most of them I got rid of, and today I'm feeling much better, not really craving for ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 03:55:03 EST help I'm on this battle of loosing weight. again.. I just started kickboxing 3 months ago and have been going 2 times a week. and sometimes im really sore for a few days after. is this enough do I need more exercising I've been eating less junk I lost 15 inches this month and only 5 lbs since I started? most of my fat is on my tummy.. who am i kidding its everywhere. I guess that's what bothers me the most. I've been trying to do crunchies /sit ups every day too.. <BR> I'm trying so hard and re... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:18:02 EST Cardio or Strength Training... (Or Both) Just curious what everyone chooses for working out... if you just do Cardio... or Strength Training... or a mixture of the two... and do you switch days you do both? oxox Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:37:57 EST Swimming! I am interested in using swimming as my weightloss exercise... Has anyone had any success with swimming & weight loss? If so what was your workout routine! I know swimming is a great exercise for weight loss & has no impact on joints! Any input would be great!!:) Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:11:49 EST crossfit I am new to Sparkpeople. Does anyone crossfit? I'm not sure how to calculate. Thanks. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:04:24 EST Help? Hey everyone i'm Niamh and i recently joined the spark. For this week and next week i'm attending a language course. It only lasts the mornings but i'm also working until 7 that afternoon with almost no break in between. Have you any advice for fitting a fitness plan in there? I'm only a beginner with most fitness but i'd love to take up running. <BR> Also i nearly always get my eight hours sleep but lately i've been feeling tired, struggling to keep my eyes open in the morning, any clue why... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:46:37 EST Crazy Wrap Things I'm not sure where exactly to post this question. Anyway I wanted to know what the fitness experts thought of The Crazy Wrap Things. I have two friends that now sell these and it seems to be the latest craze. I was thinking that its just a temporary fix but wanted to hear what an expert thinks of these things. Thank you for your time. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:41:40 EST A real compliment I visited my daughter at her boyfriend's house. His little cousin asked my daughter who I was and my daughter told her" that is my dad". The girl replied" that can't be, Dad's have a big belly". We all laughed. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:30:25 EST Swimming: Question for an SP Coach, please! I'm 53, 5' 3" and 261 lbs. <BR> <BR> I've been going about 4X per week to a heated pool. I swim, tread water, water-walk / jog, etc. Usually about 90 minutes each time. <BR> <BR> I've had someone tell me that I'm "over-doing" the swim time. <BR> <BR> I wonder about that... I'm not doing laps -- it's casual swimming. The heated water soothes my arthritis... and I've lost 4 1/2 inches. <BR> <BR> Am I really over-doing it? This is low-impact and I really don't want to stop as we'll c... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:42:22 EST SLEEP Hi people full of great knowledge, <BR> <BR> last night I went to bed early, even though I had deadlines to reach, and today instead of feeling refreshed I feel worse, really tired. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:42:32 EST shoes When it comes to running and walking, I always tell people to go to a specialty shoe store to get fitted by an expert. HOWEVER, if hiking is more your thing, I was really impressed with REI's shoe department when we went there a couple of weeks ago. They were just as knowledgeable as any running store I have ever been to. I just thought I would pass that info along. :) <BR> <BR> Edited to put the correct store. Oops. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:07:13 EST Getting Back Into the Fitness "Game" I've recently gotten back into exercising more regularly. Of course, my "I'm going to exercise 6 times a week" ends up with a reality of twice per week. I actually enjoy it a little while I am there & feel so good afterwards. It's the getting there that trips me up. I've given up on Monday exercise - I need to go to the gym in the mornings before work & for some reason I cannot get myself into "weekday" mode until Tuesday morning. So, I'm trying to be better to myself & not berate myself... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:49:42 EST What else can i do? I walk 4 miles 2 - 3 times a week what else can i do to lose weight..i have been walkin for a about a month.. no results Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:15:12 EST Kettlebell workouts..awesome or not awesome? Hi! I am thinking of trying kettlebells out..but they are EXPENSIVE! Before I shell it worth it? Are they as good as everyone says? Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:47:23 EST Garmin question For anyone out there who uses a Garmin watch for running (especially the Forerunner 620), I'm having an issue and wondering if anyone else has experienced this and/or resolved it. <BR> <BR> I've had two runs now that I've successfully saved on my watch, which show up just fine when I look at the history on my watch, but which have not synced to Garmin Connect. I've had runs since those two runs (and they weren't two runs in a row--there were runs in between them, too) that have synced just f... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:13:21 EST Can you use step/calorie when using tread.. I have been using my step and calorie counter when using my treadmill. distance matches with the treadmill but the calories don't. Should you use a pedometer/calorie counter while on the treadmill? Which one is the correct calculation? Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:49:09 EST Getting Started Greetings everyone, <BR> <BR> I am new to using this site and I found while doing some homework for my fitness class I am taking. Thing is, I really want help becoming more active but I do not know where to find time in my schedule to do so. I work out Monday-Friday as a part of my class, but I want to incorporate some more into that. But finding time is the hard part. Not only that, finding the right exercises to work the areas that I want to work on has been difficult. Any advice??? Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:39:02 EST playing tag I've never thought of my son as my primary motivation to be fit, but last night we played "chase me" (basically tag, he was It and chased me around the park) and I had to really run to stay ahead of him. However, last night I was very very glad that I was fit enough to play games like that with my son and not be out of breath after 2 seconds. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:16:08 EST Hello i need help.. Hello, my name is Sam, im 24 years old and i lack all motivation and really am new to this. I signed up along time ago, i just never committed to it...and i want that to change. But i know i cant keep going on my own. So can anyone help me? I need to find out a good way to start.. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:59:01 EST stair climbing I just recently moved to VA Beach. I started walking at Mount Trashmore. How would I calculate calories burned for climbing the stairs. There is about 60 to 70 steps to each of the three stairs. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:16:16 EST When is a cramp more than a cramp? I've had a recurring cramp in my calf for the last week and was looking to pick your brains as to what do do about it. It only happens when I run - starting in the first 1.5 miles and not letting up, though occasional stretching helps. When it's bad, it feels like one of the muscles is like a really tight rubber band. It's fine during ST, its fine during the rest of the time. I've put in some serious foam roller time every night. So I'm at a loss. <BR> <BR> I'm going to not run for a couple... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:54:24 EST Cardio or strength So I have been doing cardio/ strength DVDs- the firm, biggest loser, weight watchers. What do I track these as? The ww DVD today was called lower body intervals- pretty much 35 minutes of lunges and squats. My hr was way up- 80-85% for 2/3 of the workout but my legs were also worked to near failure. Seems like more then the low intensity cardio listed but not quite p90x. Any ideas? Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:53:37 EST Need ideas for exercise/fitness games... I have started a "Biggest Loser" type challenge in our community and wanted to have games and activities that will be fun and help burn calories. The problem is that everyone in the group is of all different weights and physical ability. For instance, there are a few who just want to lose a little weight but wanted the motivation. Then there are those who have 100 pounds or more to lose. There is one who is not physically able to do a lot of hard physical stuff. So my question is.... wha... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:01:57 EST help, I'm sick! I have struggled for a long time to settle into a good exercise routine and I was finally doing well, feeling good and then BAM I got this cold from someone at work and I'm on vacation this coming weekend. :( In effort to get better as soon as possible I've been drinking lots of juice high in vitamin C, drinking TONS of water, eating chicken soup, oranges and trying to rest as much as possible with a full work schedule. So of course I stopped working out. But my question is this: how do y... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:51:58 EST what kind of scales I was wondering what type of scales any of you use or recommend. I don't know what kind to buy. Can I have some recommendations please. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:25:15 EST Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Does anyone out there have fibro or chronic fatigue? What do you do for exercise, and how do you get motivated when you are feeling really run down? I am really struggling the past few days. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 17:09:40 EST exercising when sore I did a lower body ST session on Friday and felt super sore yesterday and today. <BR> I went hiking today and walked a lot yesterday thinking that it would help but it doesn't seem to work. <BR> <BR> Should I do the same work out tomorrow if I am still sore ( but not in pain)? Sun, 20 Jul 2014 15:31:18 EST Yard Work I'm fixing to head out and mow my lawn plus a friends lawn..I'm going to be cleaning up tree limbs and some junk out of my question is how do you put yard work into your fitness tracker? I know there is mowing on there, I just could figure out how I would put general yard work on there. Thanks. <BR> Super excited about today. I love anything that keeps me going and busy while burning the calories :-D <BR> Have a great day everyone Sun, 20 Jul 2014 11:31:48 EST What are YOU going to try next? It's funny, sometimes, how something can seem like a good idea at the start, but as the day or moment arrives to take action, one suddenly becomes a big ball of doubt. Such was my experience when a co-worker proposed that we bike to work on Friday. <BR> <BR> I accepted the challenge on Monday, focusing on all the ways that this would make me a total bad-ass; exercise, team-building with a co-worker, no car on the road, trying new things. <BR> <BR> The week progressed and I prepared. I l... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 02:04:46 EST Did some excerise today My friend came over and she help me clean my apartment. She just swept the floors. I finish dusting and throw things away that I don't want. I will be moving. I say I did about 3-4 hours of cleaning today. I feel good I got some stuffs done but there still more to do. <BR> Tomorrow I will start working on papers that are old and throw them away or shredded them or file them. My friend will mop the floors for me. I feel disguised that it's a mess like this. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 23:33:39 EST Focus t25 I have am on week 4 of focus t25. It's really great but I have been losing a lot of weight. My aim was really to tone up and maintain the weight I have which is 135lbs. WhT can u suggest I do? I eat a lot but I have always been a healthy eater. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 14:34:37 EST Ladies - Bathrooms on Long Hikes? I've been taking extra long hikes (for me) about once a week now, and I'm prone to migraines when I get dehydrated so I'm always sure to bring a few huge bottles of water. <BR> <BR> So... my problem... I ALWAYS end up having to pee really really badly by an hour into the hike. I'm not quite poised enough to pop a squat behind a tree (read: super super clumsy), and those gadgets some girls use to do it standing up really freak me out. I've always envied men their ability to pee anywhere. <B... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 10:17:10 EST Edit Fitness Goals Tab Broken? When I click on the tab to change the number of calories I plan to burn each week, it opens up the weight goals. Anyone else having this problem? Sat, 19 Jul 2014 09:52:19 EST Beginning core exercises I have decided to start doing exercises to strengthen my core muscles to see if it will help with my back problems. Does anyone have a good starting place for a noob like me? I have NEVER been able to do crunches, so needless to say, my core muscles are horrible lol Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:27:15 EST Running and weight loss Hey all, <BR> <BR> I got back into running because I wanted an inexpensive way to exercise and lose weight. However, I have been reading several articles that talk about running can stall weight loss because your body gets used to the long distances and doesn't work as hard to burn calories after a while. <BR> <BR> My current schedule is this: <BR> Monday - rest <BR> Tuesday - walk/run 3 miles <BR> Wednesday - cross train on the stationary bike for 30 min and ST <BR> Thursday - walk/run 2 ... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:45:35 EST Ladies! We burn about 500 calories getting out of a sweaty sports bra right? <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I have tried the snap closure sports bras but like the support of the pullover racerback bras much better. But have mercy, some mornings... geez <em>46</em> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:23:49 EST Runners - question for you How long do you stretch your calf muscles? I do a full body stretch routine, holding each stretch 25-30 seconds but still have tight calf muscles. <BR> <BR> Thanks. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:20:26 EST walking v running I have just read an article (on-line) that said walking was as good as running. I won't ague with that but myself I burn more calories when running than walking. I would bet that most of us burn about 2/3 more. So how can that be as good. <BR> <BR> Anyone have some more thoughts on this. <BR> <BR> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 08:37:03 EST Uneven DOMS (Abs)? I work on my abs three times a week-Mon, Wed, and Fri. After the first and third days that I dedicate to my ab workouts, I have an equal amount of DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) throughout my entire core. On Wednesdays, I work strictly on oblique abs, but find on the day after that my right side is ALWAYS more sore than my left-even though I'm right side dominant (right-handed, etc). Since this began, I've started paying special attention to posture when doing left side exercises, ma... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:54:54 EST has anyone else noticed........... ........that if part of your excerise regime is walking (which mine is) and they take their dog with them (which I do) that not only am I losing weight but my dog is getting shorter! Lol. &#128054; <BR> <BR> I tease of course, but me being fit means the dog is fit, so its a win win for us both. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:48:10 EST Low Knee Impact Strength Training DVDs? Hey guys, <BR> <BR> In the month of May I overdid it, haha. I was doing a Jillian Michaels DVD every day and my knees paid the price for it, especially because I ended up going clubbing and wrecking my joints with low-dropping in heels. <BR> <BR> I took it easy for June and now I'm back exercising. I'm just starting the couch-to-5k programme, I'm going into week three. I do that three times a week and I'd like to do two or three days of a workout DVD for strength. <BR> <BR> I'm wondering s... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:34:05 EST Can't change my exercise goals 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 exercise tracker still says my weekly goal is 180 minutes, which is 36 minutes/5 times a week. What am I doing wrong? Thu, 17 Jul 2014 08:59:09 EST would anyone know ??? I've only had my Spark activity tracker a few weeks.. but today it said, I did a 16 minute bike ride. I know I rode about 3 miles back and forth work. I think it was more... does this mean I'm slow?? Wed, 16 Jul 2014 23:39:45 EST Hiking I went for a hike today. The trail is considered moderately difficult. I only did part of the trail today since I had to meet a few people. So, I did 4.57 miles in 1 hour and 58 minutes (119 minutes) and the climb (or elevation change) was 872 feet. I know, that is slow but I did stop a couple times to get pictures and speak to some people that had dogs (I couldn't help myself), so the actual speed might be a little off. <BR> <BR> I had the MapMyRun app going on my phone and it said that I ... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:55:38 EST Weight Training ideas without weights? Ugh. I'm wearing a splint on my wrist and am on a 10lb lifting restriction from my doctor. Frankly, lifting anything heavier than a water bottle hurts. <BR> <BR> Any ideas for workouts that I can do in the interim? I'm walking a few times a week but know that I need to add some sort of weight training as well. <BR> <BR> Help!!! Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:52:10 EST Cooking food & Exercise ? 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 exercise 1 day, skip the next day . <BR> <BR> 2) How do you calculate the calorie of certain food (Broccoli with beef) if you cook it your self. Please give me an example so that I can understand . I want to cook my own food <BR> <BR> 3) I have been ... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:24:37 EST UP fitness tracker Anyone have an UP fitness tracker? Trying to figure out the best way to track the info it gives me. Resting burn vs Active burn, active minutes etc <BR> <BR> How do I get the info into spark? I have connected it as per the directions from june 9 article Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:36:41 EST How to get enough nutrition? I am stumped. I have a difficult time eating 1200 calories a day which is the absolute minimum anyone should have to meet daily nutritional needs. <BR> <BR> My problem is meeting the calorie intake that Spark People says I should have when I do my fitness program. It goes up on a daily basis according to how much fitness I do in a day. <BR> I can't eat more than I am because I am not a big eater. My weight gain came through eating junk food which I have eliminated. <BR> <BR> I am never hung... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:20:48 EST Exercise Bike Technical Difficulty... So I've been using this exercise bike my boyfriend's dad saved from the basement. It's pretty old, and the display that shows speed/mileage/etc doesn't work because the wires are frayed. I've been having to guess at my speed when imputting the exercise into the Fitness Tracker, is there any way I can find out how fast/far I'm actually going, so I have a rough idea how many calories I'm burning? Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:29:00 EST Swimming at the gym for the first time and NERVOUS Alrighty, so I just joined a gym for the first time in my life and today I will be using the pool for the first time. I used to be on swim team in high school, but that was 6 years and 40 pounds ago when I was actually fit lol. I'm SUPER NERVOUS about swimming in front of people! Especially since when I went yesterday there were two men already in the pool who were fit as could be :/ Does anyone have any tips on how to build up my confidence enough to do laps in the pool???? :( Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:09:42 EST App to Manually Track gym Mileage I have several goald going on, and one is just to see how many miles I'm putting in a week. But the majority of those are on the gym equipment. The recumbent bike, elliptical, treadmill, and arc trainer. Since my speed is not constant I can't just plug in the treadmill option. And when I choose Elliptical or bike it just goes off time to figure calories. I want to just have a simple log that adds up all my miles on the equipment or from my pedometer. The Spark App doesn't seem to have this op... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:22:50 EST EXERCISE GOAL QUESTION On my tracker my goal for exercising is 180 minutes and 1070 calories to burn in a week. I am doing 30 minutes of walk away the pounds three times a week. Which right now I burn 388 for 30 minutes plus a few calories from squats. <BR> Here is my question. Which goal do i try to meet the calories burn at week or minutes of exercising. <BR> Here is my math. <BR> <BR> 3days at 30 minutes each equals 90minutes out of the 180 suggested <BR> <BR> 3days at 388 calories burned per 30 minutes equal... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:49:07 EST HULA HOOP CHALLENGE HI EVERYONE, <BR> <BR> ONE OF MY SP FRIENDS HAS GIVEN ME A CHALLENGE TO LEARN HOW TO USE A HULA HOOP. IS THERE ANYONE WHO WANTS TO JOIN ME, I AM UNABLE TO KEEP IT ROTATING AND IT KEEPS DROPPING. BUT IT WOULD BE GREAT IF OTHERS WANT TO LEARN TOO. <BR> <BR> HAVE A GREAT DAY Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:31:53 EST WHO USES A HULA HOOP HI EVERYONE, JUST WONDERING WHO USES A HULA HOOP, AND CAN YOU RECOMMEND ANY GOOD ONES? THANK YOU Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:36:19 EST Heat exhaustion It is hitting the 90's here either via humidity or actual temps. I experienced heat exhaustion Sunday after a two mile walk. I did not eat before I left which did not help. I have done a few 5k's in the 80's. <BR> <BR> How can I avoid another episode while exercising? Tue, 15 Jul 2014 10:32:54 EST Probably dumb strength training question I ran out of time at the gym today so I had to skip my last two arm exercises: overhead press and horizontal row. I had already done squats, deadlifts, bench press and assisted pull ups. My next planned ST session is Thursday. Is it a good idea to do the two I skipped tomorrow after I finish my speed workout or just leave it until Thursday? <BR> <BR> I guess it's worth mentioning that at the moment I do full body ST on Tuesdays and Thursdays and running workouts on M/W/F. Thanks! Tue, 15 Jul 2014 10:27:58 EST Having trouble squeezing in my workout! I've been going to the gym since November and have recently started tracking my diet to help lose weight. Lately, though, I feel like I just don't have enough hours in the day! I work full time, have three kids, and take courses to try to finish my degree. Between work, housework, and homework, squeezing in gym time is getting harder and harder! The only way to get it in is to just get less sleep (5-6 hours at most), which I keep reading is horrible for weight loss efforts as well. I'm h... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 09:57:54 EST I have a question ...what is Intervals? I have a question ...what isI have a question ...what is Intervals? it the same for all workouts? or does it vary by walks, runs, etc? Thanks it the same for all workouts? or does it vary by walks, runs, etc? Thanks Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:42:02 EST Hate counting calories- John Jubilee? Counted calories has worked well for me in the past, along with rigorous exercise, but with my two little kids, it's hard to find time to work out the way I'm used to. I used to fast one day a week as well (not fluids of course). That always kept my weight in check, but it's hard to be food celibate when I have to prep 3 meals a day for everyone else these days.. I have cut out soda and extra milk/juice. I'm eating more organic and drinking more water, taking supplements etc. I did weigh... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:27:33 EST Isn't the treadmill supposed to be "easier"...? I've read quite a few places that when you're used to working out on a treadmill, switching to the road or a track can be quite the wakeup call and it's much harder. However, I seem to be experiencing the opposite. My natural walking pace when I walk outside or on trails seems too fast when I try to do it on a treadmill. I do often set a decent incline on the treadmill, but I notice it still feels fast even at a 1-2% incline which is what is supposed to "offset" the treadmill belt and make it... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:42:34 EST Bananas bad for weight loss? I love bananas, but I keep seeing them on lists that say they aren't good for weight loss. Anyone know the real scoop? Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:18:10 EST what IS cross country hiking?? I just went for a 45 minute hike with my kids. there was a lot of hills and uneven terrain. Is that cross country?? I had NO weight on my back (besides a 5 minute piggy back to a 40 pound 3 year old boy :) Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:18:09 EST Spark Activity Tracker team Hi - I'm trying to find the Spark Activity tracker group so I can read some posts and see how people like it, etc. I can't seem to find this team no matter how I search. Is there one? Can someone provide a link to it? <BR> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:06:17 EST Favorite YouTube Fitness Videos I've been doing Jessica Smith's YouTube workout videos for about a month now and really like them. I love that there are so many that I can do a different one every time and it keeps me from getting bored. She has a great personality and I like the informality of the setting and her cues, it's like being in a live class with her. And it's free! Can't beat that. <BR> <BR> Any recommendations for other good trainers and workout videos you've seen on YouTube? Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:48:58 EST For the ladies I am a little hesitant to put this up here, but have any of you ever had the issue of men, or ANYONE in general, cat calling or yelling at you from their car windows while you are outside exercising? This has happened to me several times, one of them last year which was rather heartbreaking (a group of teenage boys had driven by and yelled out "Big 'ol a**" at me.) It happened again last night and for a moment I thought about not walking outside without my husband. This thought immediately ma... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:39:29 EST 10,000 steps I purchased the Spark tracker in May and have been striving to achieve 10,000 steps in a day. Easy for some maybe, more difficult for others. I've come close a few times, but I'm extremely happy to say that I hit it last Thursday and got to see it light up and flash for the first time <em>248</em> . I'm a very happy to do it again, and again and again! Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:57:01 EST post back surgery Hi I had back surgery back in April, they removed a disk and fused it. I also have 1 slightly herniated disk that doesn't cause discomfort. I want to get back on track with exercising but I don't want to over do it either. Right now I do physical therapy stretches everyday and pt strength training every other day. I also try to walk once a day for ten min. The only main restriction I have is lifting. Does any one have any suggestions on what I can do to burn some calories? Something that's... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:05:57 EST Anyone else having issues with Spark Tracker Today Hi, <BR> <BR> My spark tracker only said that I did 816 steps today and I should have over 13,000 (I normally get around 12,000 steps from riding my recumbent bike for an hour and today I did 75 minutes). <BR> <BR> Tapping on it shows I got my 10,000 steps and battery is green and fully charged. Last sync was at 5:08 this morning which was when I got off of the bike. <BR> <BR> Frustrated! Mon, 14 Jul 2014 07:44:36 EST Shin stretch??? The featured fitness bit for today is not a shin's a calf stretch. And actually the shin is in slight contraction for this. Who posted this? Mon, 14 Jul 2014 06:20:00 EST normal walking exercise ? Hi, <BR> I am new to this website and I am trying to understand how everything works in order to stay on track of my goal . <BR> <BR> Today, I begin my first exercise . I walk as normal speed for almost two for around 45 minutes. I am guessing I burned around 150 calorie . How can I figure out how many calorie I burned . <BR> <BR> Also, after I enter my walking exercise under fitness plans, I look at the food track list . somehow the planning calorie ( in planning calorie) number was cha... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 02:21:39 EST How did this happen After oral surgery I could barely eat. 3100 calories in the past three days. I was weak and tired. I decided to go to the gym because I could not stand just laying around in pain. Two things happened, I had a great energized work out and most of my pain went away. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 23:08:26 EST Exercising To Stop Smoking? Possible? Have you done this? Is exercising can help stop the habit of smoking? Other possible option will help a lot! Sun, 13 Jul 2014 22:28:06 EST Heart Monitors I have been thinking of getting a heart monitor to help with exercise. Was wondering the pros and cons of one and what brand you would recommend.? Would like something very easy to use since this would be my first heart monitor. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 21:02:22 EST Ditch the Gym Campaign- Free Exercise Suggestions Hello my fellow Sparkers, <BR> <BR> I'd like to hear your suggestions of free exercise routines/ideas that you enjoy. <BR> <BR> Today I stumbled upon the **Fitness Blender** YouTube video series and put me to some serious work. It's a H.I.I.T. series for all levels and lengths of time. <BR> <BR> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 16:24:03 EST How often should I do HIIT? With all that I've read on HIIT so far, nothing really states just often this can be done. Every day? Every other day? Multiple times a day (as long as it isn't too crazy hard)? <BR> <BR> I figure with pushing yourself to the max as often as you do in these exercises, it could eventually be hard on your heart/nervous system. <BR> <BR> So then, maybe incorporate it into your regular workout, but just only every other day? <BR> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 20:49:44 EST Exercise to lose weight Hi I need help ASAP, I am 27 and 5 ft 2 and 205 pounds need to lose weight ASAP, but I keep getting nowhere and it's driving me insane, my question is if I do Zumba twice a week how many calories should I be eating ? Or what should I do please help. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 18:46:29 EST Exercise and IIH. Hi I got diagnosed with IIH at the end of May after my eye doctor told me my optic nerves were swollen. The doctor put me on 750mg a day of diamox which is making it hard to exercise anyways due to fatigue and head pain. But the ophthalmologist said he is going to suggest higher dosing because I just had to have my second LP last night with a even higher starting pressure then my first. First starting was 43 and second was 47. I guess my real question is how am I to lose weight with the diamo... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 16:37:56 EST Best app tracking?? For those of you that run or walk, what app in your estimation, is good at tracking for either walking or running? Sat, 12 Jul 2014 13:19:39 EST T25 Starting t25 on Monday anyone else doing it? Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:44:07 EST Pre-Run Foods I am currently training to do a 1/2 marathon in November. I am looking for suggestions on what to eat and how long before my run I should eat. I was eating a bagel thin with peanut butter and I increased to a regular bagel - but now that my runs are over 7 miles, I'm starving at the end of them and I don't think this will hold me as my runs get longer. Any suggestions? Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:50:36 EST water during worjout I saw an artical now I can't find it but how much water are you suppose to drink a day when working out and when's the best times to drink when working out? Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:38:29 EST Half Marathon training - eat more? I am training for my first half marathon and have no idea how much additional I should eat on long run days. <BR> <BR> I usually eat around 1400 calories per day. I'm trying to maintain my weight now - my doctor said not to lose any more weight. I do a 55 min kettlebell class 2x/week and run 3x/week (30-45 min twice and 60-120 once). Spark says my calorie range to maintain is 1480-1830. I will only be running more than an hour once every two weeks. <BR> <BR> I have consumed 200 calories in... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:28:59 EST Question for Coach: Swimming 3X week I swam 3X this week (90+ minutes each time) and yet, I show no weight loss. I stayed within the 1200 /1400 calories range, too. <BR> <BR> Now, on Tuesday, my hubby ordered pizza. I ate about 1/2 of one pizza over two days. Am I holding sodium? <BR> <BR> Just trying to figure out what I did wrong (other than the darn pizza). Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:27:33 EST I lose more weight when I don't exercise. Why is that? When I eat great drink my water. I lose more weight then when I do all 3. I work out hard and my scale barely budges. I'm eating good drinking a lot of water and some days I'll burn around 600 to 700 calories. <BR> <BR> I know they say you are building up muscle.. But if I continue to just build muscle and barely lose at this rate it will take me years to finish my journey. A part of me wants to go back to what I was doing before. (not exercising) but I don't want to do that. ... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:31:32 EST Do you guys use a personal trainer? Hey guys, was thinking of getting a personal trainer and don't know where to start so I thought I'd ask and see if you guys have any stories/feedback/or suggestions! <BR> <BR> Anything along these lines would help me decide if I need one and what to look for. <BR> <BR> What made you decide to look for a trainer? <BR> <BR> What's important to you when looking for a trainer? <BR> <BR> If you stopped using a trainer why? <BR> <BR> Thanks guys/gals! Stay fit! <BR> <BR> P.S. I may try postin... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 03:51:08 EST Question for the experts re body fat testing I have some extra skin in my abdomen due to pregnancy/stretch marks (and possibly weight loss). Will this impair the accuracy of caliper measurement of my body fat percentage? Thanks for your response! <BR> <BR> <em>362</em> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:11:53 EST Do you do what you want or what you should? I am a loyal exerciser and I switch things up daily. I switch between cardio and strength training, I do different types of cardio. Some days I just want to do something that's not what I "should". (I.e. It should be a weights day or maybe I have done the same type of cardio several days in a row. I get so locked into what I should be doing and I am starting to dread the workouts. So, what do you do? Do what you want or what you should? Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:56:03 EST Help! I am 65yrs and I am 5'7" I weigh 144lbs so I am not over weight.. But I do have a bit of a belly! Unfortunately I have bad knees (I just had my second scope of my right knee) and I have a bad back.. I try to walk at least 3-4 times a week. <BR> My question is how do I get rid of this darn belly??! Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:42:16 EST How often do you weigh in, if at all?k I was wondering how often do you weigh in if you do weigh in? One of my facebook friends said she weighs in everyday..i have been with spark people off and on for a while.. others said they weighed in everyday...I will weigh in every 2 weeks <em>192</em> <BR> <BR> jjust wondering thanks Wed, 9 Jul 2014 23:43:33 EST Sparkpeople fitness tracker Can anybody tell me if they have used and found value in the spark people fitness tracker? I see this advertised but don't see any reviews for this product. I have seen coworkers wearing similar types of fitness devices. This one advertised here is significantly less in price and I would like to try it out, but would like some positive reviews before purchasing it. <BR> <BR> Thanks for your help. I am new at this and desperately seeking any help I can get. Wed, 9 Jul 2014 22:23:04 EST What is considered moderate exercise? So I got the ok from the doctor to exercise. He said my heart shouldn't be a factor and just to start out moderately and work my way up. <BR> <BR> So my question is this. What is considered moderate exercise? Wed, 9 Jul 2014 20:43:34 EST Zumba Etiquette I joined a Zumba studio in January of this year. I go to the night classes every week Monday through Friday. When I first started I noticed that there was a group of ladies that like to be all together. The class would start at 6pm but they would save spots for late comers by putting their water bottles/towels on the floor. The owner/instructor notified everyone they were not allowed to do that and they would just have to find a spot when they arrived. I arrive at the studio and get my spot 1... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 16:22:50 EST Any boxers/kick boxers out there? I love kick boxing. It is one of my favorite workouts. I bought some gloves to help protect my hands but I still am breaking my knuckles open. I work in an office and my hands are on display with my customers all the time. <BR> Is there a way to prevent bloody knuckles? Wed, 9 Jul 2014 14:03:55 EST Help with my exercise plan PLEASE I have a very simple plan but I need some help with it. I walk everyday (yes everyday) and i have gotten myself up to 1 hour at around 3.2 miles per hour. That is very good for me since when i started it took everything i had just to go a mile at 2.7(this was a couple months ago), anyway, I was doing some bicycle crunches and other crunches to help with my abs, but i keep running into not enough time or the big part is it is to hard on my back and my neck right now. So I dont do them that oft... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 11:56:15 EST Anyone tried Les Mills Grit classes? What are your thoughts about these classes. I have taken the Strength, Plyo, and Cardio. Every time I finish with these classes I feel like I need to take 2 days off. Very intense. I like that you get a lot in in 30 minutes though. Wed, 9 Jul 2014 07:32:10 EST How do you know when you no longer need trainer Hello Spark family, <BR> I began this year January with my personal trainer. I have lost 27 lbs this year so far. I went from a size 12 to a 6. I went from 167lbs to 140.6. I only have 5 pounds to go to reach my goal. I now want to become a personal trainer. I feel and look better than I have ever looked! I think I am almost afraid to let my trainer go and do it on my own. I worked out with PT 1 hour out of the week. So really a lot of it I already did on my own. My eating and exercise are ... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 06:57:36 EST Exercises for ACL Injury and Knee Joint Effusion Hi, <BR> I recently showed my knee to an ortho and had an MRI taken. <BR> Here's what the report showed: <BR> - Minimal knee joint effusion <BR> - Sprain of Anterior Cruciate Ligament <BR> <BR> I have a 15 day course that includes Collagen peptide (in both tablet and powder form), and have been advised to wear knee braces throughout the day. The doc hasn't told me about any exercises though. Are there any workouts that I can do in the meanwhile, that will help strengthen the joints. Also, ... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 02:39:08 EST Am I the only one? Who *likes* DOMS? <BR> <BR> I'm sure some will think I'm crazy, but it makes me happy to feel that soreness 24-48 hours after my yoga class (it's usually closer to 48 for me, but anyway). I know I am always doing good things for my body even when I don't get sore, but I just love knowing I've pushed my muscles to do something they aren't used to. It makes me feel like <em>224</em> ! I've even come to like the way this particular soreness feels. <BR> <BR> I never thought I would ever say th... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 02:01:26 EST Does exercising help quit Smoking? Does exercising help quit Smoking? Is there other alternative? Want Dad to quit the habit and I'm finding solution for him to do it. Wed, 9 Jul 2014 00:41:20 EST Calories burned while massaging??? Hi! I am new here and trying to set reliable food intake goals. I am a massage therapist and massage 4 to 5 clients a day. This includes lots of upper body, leg work, also it can be like a slow dance. I lift lots of limbs. I am wondering if anyone knows the calories burned for such a activity. If so I would appreciate the feedback. I am looking for 1 hour of Massage calories burned. <em>9</em> Wed, 9 Jul 2014 00:13:26 EST Need help: Working out without a gym or equipment Hello everyone:) my name is Julianne and I just moved to Las Vegas and do not have a gym or equipment to use. What are the most effective body weight exercises to do inside an apartment since it's 110 degrees out most days. Tue, 8 Jul 2014 22:58:35 EST Calories During an Exercise Break? I am hitting a few of the signs that I need to take a week-long exercise break. Workouts have become impossible that I was able to complete fine a week ago, heart rate is getting too high too fast, and I am deeply tired. I usually run twice a week, row once a week, and strength train twice a week. I am thinking of at least taking a walk instead of running and rowing. Anyway... I have only taken a break like that once before nearly six months ago and cannot remember if I adjusted my calorie in... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 20:52:22 EST Share your Favorite Playlist! Hi, <BR> <BR> Maybe there is a topic already out here on this, but I thought it would be fun to share your favorite exercising playlists. I myself like classic rock, 1980's tunes and disco so I don't really like current pop music, but I am sure there are others who would love to see that as well. <BR> <BR> Some of mine are: <BR> <BR> Relax - Frankie Goes to Hollywood <BR> Disco Inferno - The Trammps <BR> Turn Me Loose - Loverboy <BR> Man, I feel like a woman - Shania Twayne <BR> Susie Q -... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 19:59:57 EST Tracking on the paleo diet I was wondering what would be the correct settings for your calorie/carb/fat/protein intake? I feel on the paleo diet and using the spark counter it's not working. I feel what spark people have it set at for my recommendation is wrong. If you can understand my Having a hard time trying to explain it:) Please help me out. Thanks Tue, 8 Jul 2014 16:57:26 EST Abdominal soreness I've started to actually work my abs with Coach Nicole's 15 min abs workout. I feel some soreness in the lower portion, but mostly its in the muscles right where my ribs meet. They're really sore, tender to the touch. I'm just wondering if that because they're the weakest. I had a kid 3yrs ago and I haven't worked my abs at all, so I know that my core is very weak. I'm just wondering if the muscles near my ribs should be this sore? <BR> Any answers are appreciated! Thanks. <em>41</em> Tue, 8 Jul 2014 16:24:34 EST Swim Time I got to spend almost 2 hours in the pool last evening. <em>237</em> I'm going to try to swim 3X a week until we close the pool in October. Tue, 8 Jul 2014 13:04:38 EST Brazil Butt Lift I am doing the brazil butt lift DVDs by beachbody. Can anybody make a suggestion as to what they should be recorded under in my fitness tracker? Thanks! Tue, 8 Jul 2014 10:56:58 EST Weight Size? I am out of shape for sure but I would like to start doing strength training. I am a woman too. <BR> <BR> I am about to head to the store to buy some hand weights and I am wondering what size is best to get. I am thinking 5lbs is a good start. Not too big or too small. <BR> <BR> Does that sound good? Tue, 8 Jul 2014 09:00:09 EST What do you do for exercise? Right now I am doing weights, walking and the elliptical. The bouncy aerobics classes just seem not for me anymore at my age... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 06:19:17 EST Work and exercise; do they mix? Question for everyone out there, <BR> I am going to be working for my step-mom who has started her own cleaning business and I was wondering if that could be considered daily exercise? I don't do much now, but I'm starting a new exercise schedule later this week. <BR> Also, if it doesn't, what can I do to start without wearing my self out before I go to a job that will be labor intensive? I love the idea of having more energy, but I still would like to be able to walk at the end of the day. ... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 19:06:12 EST so proud of myself I went to the gym alone, which I hate but did an hour on the treadmill at 3mph at a 10 incline - the treadmill said I burned 501 calories - when I put it into my tracker it says 618 thats a huge difference? Any ideas Mon, 7 Jul 2014 15:57:08 EST Mondays exercise I did the 11 minute cardio chair exercise. It made me feel so good because even though I am in a power chair, it was still something I could do. Mon, 7 Jul 2014 15:56:49 EST Need advice for first half marathon Hey everyone! I am currently beginning my training for my first half marathon. Right now I can only run a mile without stopping but I found a great training schedule online that takes you from couch potato to half marathon runner in about 14 weeks. It's a slightly more advanced version of C25K but the concept is similar. Even though the program is only 3.5 months long, I'm going to allow myself 4-6 months to train to make sure that I'm not hurting myself in the process. <BR> <BR> Since I'm s... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 13:25:33 EST Anyone here watch TV while walking on treadmill? Does anyone actually do that? <BR> <BR> Can you stay focused? <BR> <BR> I don't have a treadmill and I don't want to waste money if this doesn't end up working. <BR> <BR> It's just that, I would like to do something while catching up on shows/movies etc. <BR> <BR> Better than not doing anything and gives it some variety. <BR> Mon, 7 Jul 2014 11:55:24 EST Alcohol, strength training and weightloss. Hi! <BR> <BR> So I'm 5'3 and 125 lbs, and I'm mostly just trying to lose some extra weight around my belly and tone up. My current routine is 20 min jogging at 8.0mph, followed by body weight exercises. Once a week or so I'll swap out jogging for swimming, and a couple times a week I'll also add in 20 minutes on the bike doing intervals. I alternate upper and lower body strength training, so on day 1 I will do a circuit of lunges, squats, burpees, etc. and on day 2 I will do sit ups, pushups... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 09:54:59 EST Exercising for my age On the Elliptical, at my gym, there are heart rate ranges for age. They show a 60% and an 80% of max for working out. The chart suggests that I should be at least at 136 bpm for a cardio workout at my age. Does this mean that I should never be over 170 bpm when getting a cardio workout? I have found that at 136 bpm I don't even feel that it is a work out. I consistently keep my heart rate between 155 and 160 beats per minute when working out but I do go all out for a minute at a time and do r... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 09:05:23 EST 30 Day Shred question This is for anyone who has done the 30 day shred. Is it meant to be done everyday consecutively or is it better to do it, say Monday, then Tuesday do something new, then Wednesday do the shred? Sun, 6 Jul 2014 20:17:37 EST Up n running Does anyone know when the spark activity tracker is going to be up n running? Mine has been down since July 3rd. I heard it was suppose to be down for 24-48 hours and it has been longer. Has anyone heard any thing new as to how much longer it will be? Sun, 6 Jul 2014 18:38:19 EST What is going wrong here? I have been working out since April. 1st I went 3 days a week to the gym and walked 2 miles a day. I didn't see much change so I spoke with one of the gym staff. I changed to 4 days a week 45 mins of cardio and weight lifting. I didn't feel very different so No for the past 3 weeks I have been doing circuit training 5 days a week. THIS I feel but haven't seen I real change in my weight or body. I have changed many of my eating habits. Averaging 1500 calories a day. My base metabolic rate is 1... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 15:48:32 EST How much is too much? Question, How much exercise is too much? <BR> <BR> I have the week off from work and my plan is to go to the gym every day. I don't have a set amount of time I plan to spend there right now. Just plan to go and take some of the classes I can't take during the week because of my work schedule and do some other things while I am there. <BR> My husband is upset because he feels like this plan is too much. He doesn't think I should go every day and thinks I should only spend an hour tops at the... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 10:07:14 EST chest pains I am a young, healthy 33yro adult and I walk uphill on the treadmill for exercise. Lately I've been noticing chest pains that subside when i stop moving but pick up again when I resume my workout. this wasn't happening before. Should I be concerned? i can't tell if it's my heart or my lungs. Sun, 6 Jul 2014 00:45:33 EST Spark activity tracker Is anyone else activity tracker down? Mine is still red and not recording anything yet. When is it suppose to be fixed and how long will it keep before it has to download? Sat, 5 Jul 2014 22:43:28 EST exercise how many days do ya'll exercise? <em>30</em> Sat, 5 Jul 2014 21:57:20 EST What do you know about animal flow? I understand this is the newest thing - doing movements like animals for strength training. That's about the extent of my knowledge. I'd love to learn what my SP community knows. Sat, 5 Jul 2014 18:40:33 EST weight machines and effectiveness How do I tell whether I need to be using a higher or lower weight on a weight machine? I thought it was typically 2 sets of 8 or 10 and that within 3 reps of the first set I should feel like I am being challenged? I really am not sure about that but I do want to know how to tell whether I should use more or less weight on different machines. The same with the elliptical too, I can do 20 minutes on a level 3 or 4 and am fine though after that I get a little more tired. If I do a harder level, ... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 16:22:30 EST Help with Fitness Tracker please I've been using a pedometer, clip on, which shows steps, miles, and calories burned. <BR> <BR> I am working with a health care advocate who is encouraging me to do 10,000 steps program. I am working my way up to it. <BR> <BR> But, there is really no way that I can see where I can just enter in this information unless I have a time. <BR> <BR> Is there a way that I can do this? I am suppose to wear my pedometer all day long. <BR> <BR> It is not one of the new fangled electronic ones, just ... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 14:37:19 EST Umbilical hernia. Any exercise ideas? If someone has an umbilical hernia what type of exercises are good? Sat, 5 Jul 2014 11:41:24 EST July 4th and Beyond're eating and drinking or the holiday and you deserve it...but what is your plan moving forward? To lose weight? A 5K race? Get stronger? Gain weight? Fri, 4 Jul 2014 18:46:44 EST exercise twice a day I just got started and have a mini air stepper which I like. I want to know if there is as much benefit if I do 2times 15 minutes or better to do 1 workout for 30 minutes? Fri, 4 Jul 2014 15:56:49 EST Shoe Question Yesterday on a trail ride, my shoes got drenched. They are Nike Flex Run - am I able to put these in the dryer? Fri, 4 Jul 2014 15:18:20 EST Sets vs Reps This might be a silly question, but I'm going to ask. <BR> <BR> I did some exercise today where I did as much of [insert exercise] as I could in one minute. I'm not sure how to track it. <BR> <BR> My brain confuses reps vs sets. <BR> <BR> I did 30 wall push-ups in a minute. Is that 30 reps in one set or 1 rep of 30 sets or something else entirely? I'm not sure how to break it down; I read a few articles, but it still left me confused. I'm not good at this yet! Fri, 4 Jul 2014 14:59:09 EST i need help with a proper exercise program I have CIDP, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and other diagnoses that leave me tired and in a lot of pain. I also have foot drop in both feet ( I am unable to lift them) I need to find exercises that will fit with my limited mobility and pain and fatigue issues. I am at a loss where to start. My goals are weight loss and building and toning muscle. <em>33</em> Fri, 4 Jul 2014 14:27:05 EST Calf Cramps with Exercise Lately - the last week or so - every time I exercise, I get cramps in my calf about halfway through. It's almost always in my left calf. To avoid them turning into full cramps, I have to stop and rest my foot flat and stand still so my foot is exactly perpendicular to my leg. Trying to stretch my calf just then is very painful, but letting the muscle relax by letting my toe point more results in a full-on Charley Horse. Yesterday, I didn't get the cramp all through my workout but at the e... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 13:53:27 EST calories don't match My runkeeper says I burned 414 calories walking 2.16 miles in 40 minutes spark people says 185 in tracker but 204 if I Google it, I do think 414 is to high but it's confusing Fri, 4 Jul 2014 12:37:12 EST Achy knees, should I still hike? Other cardio? Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I did a really good strength training workout yesterday. I have some typical muscle soreness, but my knees are achy. I was really hoping to do a hike today - at least an hour but maybe more with some elevation gain. I've never had a specific knee injury, but I do consider them to be my weakness. <BR> <BR> Would a hike possibly help with my knees? Should I go an easier hike? Rest day? Yoga? I really don't want to rest, but I certainly don't want to get an injur... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 12:07:42 EST Les Mills Combat Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm crazy about Les Mills and their DVDs are my main source of cardio. I am looking for some friends that I have a few things in common with so I was wondering if there is anyone else on here that uses this program as much as I do <em>30</em> Fri, 4 Jul 2014 07:21:07 EST Fat burning without running, walking or jumping? I love my eliptical machine dearly, but I have ankle problems during summer. Sometimes I swim just to do some cardio, but I can do it once a week due to work. Does anyone know how to exercise without taxing feet too much? <BR> <BR> Can it be some pilates, circuit training or something crazy like standing and swinging kettlebell for some time? <BR> <BR> So far, I have barbell, dumbells, bench and pull-up bar, and also some rubber bands and pilates ball. <BR> <BR> Can anyone tell me if pila... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 05:41:55 EST Problem Area:Midsection I am looking for someone who has had success with a exercise or exercises that would help me with my stomach area. Everything else on my body could use some toning but are not as bad as my stomach. If I had to describe my body it would be an apple shape...well more like a snake that swallowed a beach ball. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I'll try anything, please!!! Thu, 3 Jul 2014 18:18:15 EST Injured leg. Exercise ideas wanted I started my plan today and I'm on fire but I am concerned about exercise. I pulled my groin muscle and it hurts to walk, do leg lifts etc. I've actually fallen because of the pain and the fact that it will "catch" out of the blue. I am headed to doctor but due to 4th of July I must wait. Any ideas to get some cardio? Thu, 3 Jul 2014 11:19:25 EST Steps per Day Quick question for all you 'sparkers' out there. Do the steps you do at work count toward exercise or just toward the 10,000 steps per day you're supposed to try and achieve? Thu, 3 Jul 2014 09:30:54 EST 4 fast miles walk away the pounds tracking ?? I was wondering if anyone else is tracking the 4 fast miles workout for walk away the pounds? There is 25 min of interval training were you jog then walk for 5 sets. Do i track some of it as regular low impact(walk away) and the rest as high or is it interval training? <BR> <BR> It is a 51 min workout, so it would be 36 as low impact for sure, just do not know about the other 25 min. <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> <em>312</em> <em>311</em> <em>312</em> <em>311</em> Thu, 3 Jul 2014 08:30:50 EST How many steps to lose? I know there are a lot of factors as far as what you eat, etc. But if you walk 10,000 steps is that enough for an average person to start losing weight or should they be taking more steps? <BR> For anyone that has a fitbit or has tracked with a pedometer, what changes have you seen? How many steps were you averaging before you started to lose? Wed, 2 Jul 2014 15:38:41 EST Seated Cardio Workout Video I usually save my exercise for the evening, but just found out that our evening is packed with some family plans. No big deal, but I feel odd not having done "something" before I go to bed, so I decided to finally try one of the seated workouts at work. Shut the door to my office, kicked off my heels, left the 11-minute seated cardio video on mute and followed along by watching. Thank you! I thought it might be a bit easy, but I was surprised that it did actually get my heart rate up a bi... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 15:25:48 EST Top 10 exercises for cutting weight? Im 23 years old, 200 pounds and I've been reading a ton about weight loss exercises. If you all could give me your top 5 or 10 weight loss exercises what would they be? Thanks for your insight! Wed, 2 Jul 2014 15:25:30 EST just a very helpful website to check out<BR>b.html Wed, 2 Jul 2014 15:18:21 EST spark activity tracker My light is staying red and did not count any steps today I was told u can use it in the pool which i did and was doing pool exercises - help - i;ve only had this for one day <em>46</em> Wed, 2 Jul 2014 13:51:19 EST Abs protruding worse after doing ab target videos? Hi guys, <BR> Was wondering, does anybody know if you have a belly problem and you start to do exercies as well as entire videos that focus on abs, can the working of those ab muscles start to actually make your belly protrude even more? I feel like my belly has actually GROWN <em>39</em> and it is not premenstrual time. I guess I could have had too much sodium lately but I would figure that would make other things feel bloated and not just stomach. My sister said that I was making the ab... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 13:03:01 EST "squats with barbell" Don't bend more than 90 degrees at the knees? Squats are supposed to BREAK parallel. <BR> <BR> Also, is the weight entered in pounds or kilograms? Tue, 1 Jul 2014 23:54:08 EST Sportline 560 duo heart rate monitor? I just bought one of these things and ended up resting it but it says 475 in my calorie consumption counter. Is that how many calories I have burned? or does it mean something totally different?. it also shows I have 25G fat burn. anyone know what what this means at all. I'm new to these things so ya lol. It makes a really nice watch to! Tue, 1 Jul 2014 18:27:26 EST spark activity tracker would anyone know how to track swimming with the tracker - i know they say it's waterproof but don't think i should wear it in the pool? Tue, 1 Jul 2014 12:07:59 EST fit bit I am sure this has been asked but I am not finding where or really what I want to know. <BR> I am trying decided on Wether to get a fit bit or not and which one. If you have one please tell me which one and why you like it? Also are they just a way to measure step or do they account for other forms of exercise and how? Tue, 1 Jul 2014 11:32:25 EST HELP! Exercise=Getting A Cold=Stop/Start Cycle Okay Site Experts...Here's the deal. <BR> <BR> I recently identified one of the things that contributes to an on again / off again exercise discipline for me. There seems to be something of a pattern that goes like this: <BR> <BR> 1. Exercise resistance (and self-blame for not exercising) <BR> 2. Saturation point (physical/emotional discomfort great enough to force motivation) <BR> 3. Start working out (almost daily to make it a normal routine and increase adaptation vs. three times a week.... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 07:24:35 EST One more attempt before giving up I wanted to lose weight but when it's so hard to be consistent with exercise and diet I figured it was time I accept my body the way it is. I have an autoimmune disease and other ailments that make everything painful but most of all hard to be consistent. <BR> <BR> I decided that I'll keep my weight but tone up. I find weight training a little easier because I'm not huffing and puffing or trying to keep up with the movements. I lack any visible muscle tone. I have skinny lower legs, thick th... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 23:54:20 EST PiYo DVD's will be here Thursday I checked and there is nothing in the fitness tracker for this. How do/would you track this? I am excited to start this new workout! Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:48:11 EST Tough Mudder type obstacle course races For those that have participated in these type of events, what kind of training do you suggest? <BR> <BR> I can run a 5k no problem, I am currently working on my upper body strength. I have 9 weeks until my race which is 4 miles long with 17 obstacles including climbing ropes, scaling walls, things of that nature. <BR> <BR> Im very concerned about the upper body strength which I severely lack, any thoughts on how to get that up quickly? Mon, 30 Jun 2014 13:50:56 EST Suggestions for New Running Shoes Summer is finally here and I'm ready to start running again. However, my old shoes have seen better days. What's your favorite brand of running shoes? Mon, 30 Jun 2014 11:10:14 EST Question about the SP Fitness Tracker Curious: Why does Yoga (general stretching) burn more calories than Stretching (flexibility)? Mon, 30 Jun 2014 08:05:11 EST Fitness/Exercise or Diet/Nutrition plz help I didnt know where to put this question.... is it really important to get tape measured? ...i wanted to have a family member measure me today but i forgot to ask them .. and tomorrow im starting my exercise..... and i dont really care the measurements im sure i will know by my clothes in the next few weeks (if i am persistent) <BR> <BR> <BR> Thanks Sun, 29 Jun 2014 21:36:58 EST fueling while running I've recently started running longer distances (8-12 miles) and have noticed that eating a snack or a light meal beforehand isn't really enough to keep me fueled for that long of a run. What do people use to refuel during a run and how often/how soon do you use it? I've tried bloks and those upset my stomach. The GU gels are ok, aside from the horrid taste, though I can't get through more than 1/3 of a gel.. they are just gross. <BR> <BR> I realize that this is one of those things where... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 19:22:26 EST Fitness Tracker Progress is Wrong Today is my first day on this site and I have already messed it up. LOL When I went to track my fitness that I completed today (Walk 4.5 miles), I somehow put it in too many times. It says my progress is 15/5 when it should only be 4.5/4.5. Please help! How do I fix this? <BR> <BR> Thank you! Sun, 29 Jun 2014 11:19:59 EST Participating in a 4th of July Run? Hi! Are you participating in a 4th of July run/walk this coming holiday weekend in the US? If so, why and what distance? Are you going alone or with family/friends? <BR> <BR> I, personally, am running the Excelsior (in Minnesota on Lake Minnetonka) FireCracker Run. I am doing the 10k this year. I last ran it in 2009. I am so excited except for the being really slow these days part. :) We all get to the same finish line and I make those fast people look good. I am running alone but maybe... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 09:16:53 EST How should I count my walking? I walk quite a bit. I have a 15 minute walk to and from work, and I also walk the dog for 15-20 minutes twice a day. I was wondering if I should count this as daily activity or as fitness minutes. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 07:32:09 EST Hills/Running Routine? I live in a hilly area. Anyone have any training/fitness routines on how to work them in, aside from running up and over them at my usual slow jogging pace? <BR> Sun, 29 Jun 2014 02:53:25 EST How hard should exercising be? Since I finally began exercising, in addition to tracking what I eat, I'm wondering just how hard I should be pushing my body to move when I work out. I see people on here doing a heck of a lot more than I am even capable of, and some of them weigh 100 pounds more than I do! It makes me feel like I must be doing something wrong. Either that, or some people exaggerate how much exercise they're really doing. I hate to sound negative, but I have been wondering this for a while now. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 19:28:41 EST How Many Times A day?? How many times a day do you go for a walk for exercise? I plan to walk 2 x a day everyday for an hour each time! its weather is cooler around 5 am hour and 6pm hour Sat, 28 Jun 2014 18:14:56 EST 5K virtual run Has anyone any idea when this will be? <BR> <BR> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 17:31:52 EST Mowing Grass - How are calories figured? I mowed our tiny back yard today and wore my HRM (finally got the battery fixed, yay). Out of curiosity, though, I tried the default calories-burned entries to see how they compared. Goodness, it was way off! <BR> <BR> The whole back yard only took me 22 minutes, and that included 5 minutes of cool down as I was done, just putting the mower away and walking the yard a bit to bring my heart rate back down. <BR> <BR> My HRM said I burned 212 calories in that short 22 minute window. <BR> The... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 15:05:46 EST food record please keep your record its very important plus plenty of water Sat, 28 Jun 2014 13:36:09 EST Printable Workouts (vs. DVD/Video usage) There are many workouts that I come across that are video/DVD/youtube and they are good ones. Previously we were given the option to print the workout. I have noticed here lately all the video routines I'm receiving do NOT give that option. While videos are good to workout to - I personally like to print them and take the printed copy w/me to the GYM and use it there. I do not have the option (nor do I wish to) to utilize the dvd/video at the GYM! <BR> <BR> Is it possible to get that option ... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 12:24:17 EST grow taller and loose weight at the same time Hello :) <BR> I want to ask about a program to grow taller and loose weight at the same time. I'm 71 kg and 62m, I already lost 6 kg but still have 10 kg to loose. Is it possible to gain height and I'm 27? If yes, how can I do ? Thanks Sat, 28 Jun 2014 10:59:24 EST Penance for the Midnight Snack Last night I fell prey to the dreaded midnight snack, right around 1:30. I'm counting it on today's tracker, but half my calories for the day are GONE.In an attempt to 'earn back' some of those calories, I'm planning on a long bike ride and some walking. <BR> <BR> What do you do the morning after a late night binge? Sat, 28 Jun 2014 10:49:13 EST Shopping for a treadmill. What brand do you use? I'm in the market for a treadmill and was hoping someone could recommend a brand to me. <BR> Thanks <em>315</em> <BR> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 08:57:59 EST Exercise routines First a little background... I fractured my back when I was 17 so I deal with the long term affects of that. I had a severe open fracture to my tibea and fibula on my left ankle. The bones were both broken off the ankle. I have 2 plates and 9 pins. I almost lost my leg. This was about 7 years ago. I have osteoarthritis in that leg. I also had cancer when I was 24 and had a full hysterectomy so surgically induced menopause is an factor. I am a closing manager at a grocery store. I stock shelv... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 03:57:14 EST Spark Activity Tracker issues I bought the Spark activity tracker a couple weeks ago, and it's been mostly good, though the syncing seems to be pretty buggy. No big deal, that, but today I went for a run and the tracker registered the time, but nowhere near the distance. It's saying I ran .79 miles but Runkeeper logs 2.97 miles, which is way closer to reality than .79 miles. Tracker was on my shoe, as recommended. <BR> <BR> Has any users of the Spark activity tracker had similar issues? I confess to being a bit irked tha... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 23:25:18 EST Anyone Run/Walk? I havent been walking for a while (maybe 2 months or so) and .. i wanna enjoy the weekend then re-start walking on Sunday...i wanna walk/run when i have been walking for a week or 2.. <BR> Do you Run/walk?...and how do you do it? And how long have you been doing it for? <BR> <BR> <BR> Thanks ..Wanda Fri, 27 Jun 2014 20:51:37 EST Sooo Confused Right Now Ok, I figured out my BMR...based on my weight, height, age, it's about 2898...(wow)...anyway, for three months, I've tracked my calories, have not gone over 1700 a day; have been walking and bicycling for about 600-900 calories a day, and yet the scale has not moved one pound! <BR> <BR> What the heck? I don't I just keep on keeping on, and "one day" the weight will start to disappear? I've been at this for 6 seems discouraging to eat right...oh yeah, I gave up sug... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 12:12:29 EST Fitness Motivation in Dewey, Arizona I haven't been in to The Spark People web in over a year, so much has happened. I got married, and moved out of the Valley of the Sun to a more north central area of Arizona. We thought it would be much cooler...NOT. We live in the foothills of the Bradshaw Mountains on a little over 2 acres, our driveway is almost straight down and once at the top of the driveway it is a steep incline or sharp decline depending and one way in and out. Not walk friendly at all. I am having a great deal of dif... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 10:29:14 EST Strength Training vs. Cardio So have tried recently to be better about what and/or the amounts I am eating although there is still room for improvement. Besides that, I have been working out with a personal trainer about 2 times a week for more strength training such as weights, resistance bands, lunges, squats, planks, abs, etc. I usually only manage at this point to do 2 purely cardio workouts a week of about 30 minutes long (usually aerobics video or walk/jog intervals on treadmill). I have been doing the personal tra... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 09:41:40 EST Lost my Spark Tracker I lost my Activity Tracker yesterday while I was outside working in the yard. I had it clipped to my waist like I always do. I think the clip broke off. I walked the yard multiple times and can't find it. I am not going to give up looking for it. Not sure if I am going to buy another Spark tracker. Anyone have a favorite they like? Fri, 27 Jun 2014 06:43:50 EST Support for Fitness Tracker Hi ! <BR> <BR> I am new to SP (SparkPeople), so I am wondering about something... How hard would be for people who make SP App to add Fitness Trackers (FT) to App. I am in process of getting Vivofit and I really like SP App, so I was thinking of trying to figure out how their protocol works (I am java programmer and I intend to add support for it into my Diabetes application (for PC)), so when I am done this code could be used by your people. I know that some devices have open protocol, but ... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 04:33:58 EST working out at home I'd like to start working out at home and have bought T25. I'll be working out in my carpeted living room. When you work out at home do you have to wear sneakers? It doesn't feel right not, like I need the support or something, but I'm so much more comfortable in socks or bare feet, plus I don't love the idea of jumping around with sneakers I wear outside. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 19:06:24 EST When your knees hurt first My knees are always the first place to get tired on my body. I'll admit that I haven't seen a doctor for this, and I probably won't for a while, so I'm guessing, but it doesn't feel so much like there's something specific wrong as just my knees protesting that they're old and tired of carrying around so much weight (I'm 45 and weigh about 220 lbs). <BR> <BR> Today was a good example, I walked about 1.5 - 2.0 miles twice today by walking to/from the subway station instead of riding the bus.... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 19:03:18 EST How do I begin Good grief. Walking is simple, right? It used to be before I gained 100 pounds. Now I can't get out of my own way. I'm 5 feet tall and my stride is short. I feel like I have walked a full marathon when I only go a mile. My hips hurt and my back hurts........I feel defeated already. When does this get easier? Its so discouraging. <BR> Should I try another activity instead?? If so, what? Thu, 26 Jun 2014 13:57:04 EST I need some advice I have been training for a half marathon for a little over four weeks. I weight train and my runs have been slightly increasing every week. I just finished my first five mile run yesterday. I am still getting used to the distance, but today I woke up feeling like I have the flu. I run <BR> a 14 minute mile, so I didn't feel I was pushing myself too hard. This has also happens with a 3 mile run also. Is this a normal body response? I eat a protiein bar before the run and I drink a ton water. ... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 10:10:08 EST Do you exercise even if you have guests over? I'm expecting guests this weekend. Although I don't want to be rude, I still want to workout. When I'm alone, I feel free to do strength work while watching TV. Should I go to the gym so I don't make a spectacle of myself? Thu, 26 Jun 2014 09:18:20 EST Body Wraps- Do they help with loose skin?? I have quite a bit of loose skin on my arms, stomach, and inner thighs. I've been losing the weight slowly (95 lbs over two years) and have youth on my side (I'm 25) but it's still there and I'd like it gone. I don't want to go the surgery route. I find it so terrifying!! I've been seeing the body wraps and I've been wondering if those legitimately tighten skin. From the before and after photos, it looks like they do but looks can be deceiving. If they do work, I am so prepared to plunk... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 08:38:44 EST My goal on walking/exercise is to walk a mile a day. Does this sound like enough? I'm only burning 89 calories...should I be doing more to lose 2 pounds a week? Thu, 26 Jun 2014 08:14:56 EST Tracking Dumbbell Workouts What Weight to Enter? This may sound like a dumb question but please humor me if you can, lol <BR> <BR> I am using 5 lb dumbbells. <BR> In the fitness tracker for dumbbell exercises, it asks what weight you are using - do I enter 5 or 10 for both? I can understand entering 5 if you are only using one at a time, but if you are using both would it be 10? (I was just thinking that if using a barbell with 5lbs on each side it would be 10 - so s that the same reasoning with dumbbells?) <BR> <BR> Thank you for clearin... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 07:54:27 EST What to do while sick I've just been to the doctor, who says I have athsmatic bronchitis and shouldn't run for a few weeks. I'm assuming that means no cardio. <BR> But I didn't think to ask about other kinds of exercise. Can someone advise me as to what is generally considered safe during a chest infection? <BR> I've just started my healthy habits and don't want to be totally derailed by this. <BR> Thanks! <BR> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 22:04:32 EST Zumba OMG! I just got back from the gym. I took their Zumba class and almost didn't make it. That class is not for the faint of heart and definitely not for someone 50 lbs. overweight. I guess it's back to water aerobics with the old ladies for me - lol. I'd really like to graduate from water aerobics to something a bit more strenuous, but I'm just not fit enough for it, or the cycling class, boot camp, body works or step plus. It's unfortunate, you almost have to be in shape and fit to participat... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:07:33 EST Physical Therapy Question I am just starting my physical therapy (today was my first day). The exercises she is giving me to do are strength training (resistance bands), she wants me to do them everyday twice a day. <BR> <BR> I always heard that strength training is supposed to be done every other day. Not two days in a row. <BR> <BR> Why does the therapist's orders contradict this? Is it because the intensity is so low? Does this mean that I could do low intensity upper body toning each day? <BR> <BR> I'm a b... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 19:00:33 EST Calories burnt during yoga? Hi there, first time posting here! I started my journey to get healthy. I have found I love love love yoga but am having problems finding an "accurate" number for calories burnt. <BR> <BR> I have a 90 minutes beginner yoga class today, and while MyFitnessPal says I'm only gonna burn 287 calories, Sparkpeople says I will be burning 450+. Does anyone know of an accurate way to measure calories burnt during yoga/pilates? And if not, which app is more realistic at "guesstimating" the correct am... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 16:13:49 EST How to warm up without dragging for the first mile I do not get going until after the first mile during 5k's or training. I can feel my calves tighten. <BR> <BR> I have a 5k Sunday. How can I losen my legs before a 8 am race start? Wed, 25 Jun 2014 15:42:24 EST Rusty at swimming I love swimming, but due to lack of (convenient) access to anywhere to do it for several years, I have a feeling that I've gotten a bit rusty. While I remember the basic strokes (mostly), I can't, for example, do a flip turn anymore (or maybe I can and the water I tried it in was just too shallow), and my rhythm is definitely off, especially with the backstroke (which is my favorite stroke!). I want to swim more, and I'd like to take advantage of lap swim time at a nearby park...but I also do... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 15:22:55 EST Pulled muscle Hi there! <BR> I pulled a muscle on the inside of my leg yesterday. Applied heat and did some gentle stretching. It's still a little sore this morning and I'm wondering if I should still do my workout. My plan was to modify Coach Nicole's seated cardio video and 20 min dumbbell video. Am I overdoing it, or am I OK as long as I'm modifying the exercise to my comfort level? <BR> Thanks Wed, 25 Jun 2014 10:16:28 EST pool workouts I have a pool and I jog in it sometimes but I was wondering if anyone has gotten in shape working out in the pool? I have thought about getting the dvd's for pool workouts but wanted to find out before I spend the money. <BR> <BR> Thank you for your help. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 09:13:18 EST cool down videos Does spark have any cool down videos? The one on my dvd doesn't work it skipps. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 23:05:51 EST Strength training or cardio? I just joined spark people today, is it best to do cardio for one hour, strength training for one hour or break it up, 1/2 hr cardio, 1/2hour strength training? I read somewhere you lose more calories burning muscle with weight lifting than cardio workouts. My goal is to lose weight. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 21:30:21 EST Fitbit bands I recently bought a fitbit and saw that there was a Tory Burch line coming out in the Spring and I liked that idea because it looks like the fitbit can be easily hidden and look nice at the same time. The line still is not out, but I found some really cute ones on esty via FUNKtionalWearables and I really love it because I can wear it out without people asking me what the thing on my wrist is! <BR> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:52:14 EST Feet problems while exercising? I have flat feet, so they hurt easily. I walk about 2 miles everyday about 5 days a weeks and by the time I've walked a mile my feet are killing me. I want to keep up the good work but I don't know if my feet can keep taking this. Advice? Tue, 24 Jun 2014 14:59:20 EST Sports Watches Does anyone know if there is a watch out there that will track calories burned and calories consumed? Tue, 24 Jun 2014 08:25:50 EST StrongLifts 5X5? I've been doing it a few weeks now and I LOVE it. I'm getting stronger, but little by little. It's not that hard, even though i'm lifting Olympic barbells, lol. Anybody else here tried it? Tue, 24 Jun 2014 02:28:19 EST Such a thing as too much? So, my car broke down a few months ago, and I just got a job nearby. I've been walking 20 minutes to work, do my shift(4,5 to 6 hours), then walk back home. Another 20 minute(mile) walk. <BR> My fiance is telling me that I'm not losing weight, or getting more energy because it's just endurance training, and not real cardio. So, I want to put cardio with that, but...I fear it may be too much. <BR> We're also about to fix up my bike so I can start using it to go to work. <BR> <BR> Just, right ... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 01:35:08 EST Hard to Exercise I am very overweight and it is hard for me to move my body. It makes me depressed and unmotivated. But I am realizing that I don't have to stay this way. So, I am going to take it slow at first. I'm going to start walking and eating fresh foods. I want to move easily so I can make it up to my third floor apartment without feeling like I'm going to pass out. I also have a balance ball which is a lot of fun just to bounce on. It doesn't take all the air out of my, but it does burn more calories... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 21:10:24 EST I don't want to get frustrated Am I supposed to gain weight or stay at the same weight once i start exercising? Should I start exercising more? I am not yet frustrated but I am having a hard time losing those first five pounds. What is the best that I can do during the day? My caloric intake is between 1200-2200 calories. Should I lower ir? I have PCOS and could that be the reason? Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:53:43 EST The Great Shoe Controversy Another set of white coats weigh in on the shoe controversy. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/262452651.html#tdkWkkw6AKy7HGjy.97 </link> <BR> <BR> Things get curiouser and curiouser. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:30:17 EST Karrimor Antibes Sandals Ladies Hi <BR> <BR> has anyone tried these sandals, do you know if it is advised to use them instead of your walking boots or trainers in the summer? <BR> <BR> Please see below <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndals-ladies-188011?colcode=18801103 </link> <BR> <BR> thank you Mon, 23 Jun 2014 11:42:34 EST C-section incision pain after ab workouts I had an emergency c-section October of 2012 and had a very long recovery. I've been trying to build my core muscles which have always been weak. I avoided doing this for over a year afterward to give that area extra time to heal. Anyways, I've been doing a short ab workout (around 6 minutes) along with cardio and other strength exercises. I work the abs 3-4 times per week. I've been experiencing a lot of pain around my incision area but it feels internal. I think I have a slight adhesion as ... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 23:42:28 EST Trikke? Has anyone ever used one of these? I am learning to ride one, with a friend who bought herself one. I'm going to get one as well. Once we get the hang of keeping them going I think they will be great fun, sensible transportation, and a good workout. I can't ride a bike because my knees don't bend far enough; but I can do this. The manufacturer makes claims of users burning 500 - 650 calories per hour. Does that seem reasonable? Sun, 22 Jun 2014 23:25:47 EST am I doing ok? So ive been here n and off ovrr the yeara. Guess you could say im back on the wagon. I bought a treadmill and have had it for two days. I have about 150lbs to lose overall. Ive been on the machine bith yesterday and today. I do 15 mins in the morning and 30 in the evening. Is this good to start? Im only going at a 2.0 walk with a slight incline. Sun, 22 Jun 2014 23:21:40 EST When Do You Rest? For me, taking a day off of exercise is important, and I usually make it Sunday. <BR> <BR> How often do you rest your body? Sun, 22 Jun 2014 22:30:12 EST How do I find a personal trainer who specializes I am looking for a personal trainer who specializes in obese women. Is there some professional organization I can contact to find someone in my area? Sun, 22 Jun 2014 21:12:53 EST Quick question When should you start seeing results from strength training? I do cardio 5 days a week and kettlebells 3 days a week (plus other dvd's that use hand weights) and I was wondering when I should see something start to firm up other than my biceps. (which look Everything else still jiggles and doesn't look any firmer. I have been doing the strength training for a month by the way. <BR> <BR> Thank you for your help. <BR> Sun, 22 Jun 2014 21:08:25 EST Stress Balls Anybody exercise with those squishy stress balls to strengthen forearms? If so, have your arms tightened up using them? I have 5 lbs hand weights that are too bulky to carry to and from work. I can easily squeeze the stress balls at my desk. <BR> <BR> Sun, 22 Jun 2014 20:11:17 EST Should I be doing more,or less exercise? For the last week Ive been using my stairway as exercise for now till the 1st,today i waked 9 flights of stairs,should I start slow or keep doing what im doing for results? am anemic and diabetic. thanks Sun, 22 Jun 2014 18:23:22 EST Running tips Im am not sure if its been mentioned here or not but I have a question. I dream to be a running and when i think about working out, running is always on my mind. However my body doesn't agree with my brain and its frustrating. I dont run fast do to stiffing pain in my lower calves and i am wondering if other new runners have experienced the same and what they did to help the situation. Ive been told to just keep pushing it but when I do im afraid of causing injury. <BR> Sun, 22 Jun 2014 16:52:39 EST What part of the month did you start or restart? I know it doesnt really matter when someone starts a program or just re start exercising but, did you start at the beginning of the month, the middle of the month or last week of the month? <BR> Thannks Sun, 22 Jun 2014 16:33:11 EST Cardio Is it ok to do cardio 6 days a week? I feel good and I don't have any pain. Sun, 22 Jun 2014 15:59:25 EST need a boost At the last weight loss plateau, I bumped up the number of calories that I need to burn by 20%. I am really having trouble meeting that goal. The weeks I do master this goal, I tend to lose .5 - 1 pound. For three weeks now, though, I have NOT met this goal and I am stuck. I am walking and taking the stairs. I tend to meet the goal on the weeks that my husband and I can take a Saturday morning and go for a nice long hike. However, he has been in Europe, so I have had to do shorter walks. <B... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 08:02:46 EST Train for 5k in 3 weeks Can I get some help on the best way to train for a 5k in 3 weeks? I am a constantly busy person but haven't had a lot of time for exercise but I really am trying to get into the habit. Now my 5k is only 3 weeks away and I am not ready. Please help me!! Sat, 21 Jun 2014 21:49:22 EST calorie allotment How come when you increase your exercise your calorie allotment goes up so much? <BR> Is it also related to what you weigh? <em>652</em> Sat, 21 Jun 2014 21:45:28 EST PiYO Has anyone else heard about this new program? I just ordered mine and I'm really excited about it. It's supposed to really help with flexibility which is my weakest area. Sat, 21 Jun 2014 21:16:41 EST strengh training and getting bigger not smaller I just started strength training 3 weeks ago and my legs (thighs) and stomach are getting bigger. I thought they were supposed to tone up. What is going on? Thank you for any help on this. It is freaking me out a little. Sat, 21 Jun 2014 14:49:12 EST working above target heart rate: good? bad? Hi, <BR> I've been working out for about 2 years now (cardio/strength circuit training). I just bought my first heart rate monitor. <BR> I also calculated my target heart rate for the first time using:<BR>ator_target.asp <BR> For me - 50 yr old female with resting rate of 60 bpm - my higher end at 85% is stated as 154 bpm. Some of my regular work-outs (Insanity and others) push my heart rate up to 166 bpm or so. I feel fine doing it (tired & sweat... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 13:47:52 EST What kind of workout shoes should I buy? I currently have Nike's that are meant for running. They were pretty pricey and I eve bought the sport insoles that the store clerk suggested but they still hurt my feet. <BR> The fit is okay but no matter what socks I wear my feet slide forward and my toes end up pressed against the ends of my shoes. Should I buy a new pair or just get some different insoles? Sat, 21 Jun 2014 13:17:46 EST walking with a bad ankle My ankle is really sore and puffy it doesn't hurt to walk on it but is it recommended? Fri, 20 Jun 2014 21:43:57 EST Probably the dumbest question asked on this forum I don't have any exercise equipment but I would like to do strength training. I know it is a dumb question. What do I need to buy or just do? Fri, 20 Jun 2014 15:31:25 EST Calorie Counter vs. NO Calorie Counter? So I do high intensity workouts. I haven't ever put any money into a calorie counter/ or heart rate monitor. Does having one push you to work harder during your workouts? I was thinking it would push me. Also, on a budget so the most I can really spend on one right now is around 18.00 and I just want one that counts calories, IDC if it counts heart rate or not or time. Amazon or ebay is probably my best bet, but which brand should I look for or does it not push you harder during your workouts... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 15:06:24 EST I run like a dinosuar I joined the track team in high school (9 years ago) to get in shape and quickly became known as "Court-a-saurus" because I ran like a dinosaur... I quit after a year of pre-historic jokes. Since then I've avoided running in public at all costs. <BR> <BR> Well, after losing 30 lbs and being stuck at a lengthy plateau, I threw caution to the wind and added the Couch to 5k program to my exercise routine (I also kick box and play ultimate frisbee). I wake up 3 days a week at 5:30 AM and do the... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 15:01:03 EST Garmin & wonky satellites Hi! Last night I went on a great run! I was watching my Garmin and I really felt I was running faster than it was showing. I uploaded the map and the satellites were showing that I was all over the area, but far from my actual route. So being off by several meters for 45 minutes is why my pace and time were way off. I guess the distance was way off too! <BR> <BR> Anyway...I've tried Googling for a solution ... one person said to change settings to make sure I have several satellites locked f... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 14:13:29 EST lack of strength training=lack of strength I started a training program and have been kind of drained, so I haven't been gotten any strength training in the past month, I have been getting cardio because it is a 25 minutes walk to the bus stop, so I don't really have a choice on that one. <BR> Today I decided to do strength training because it was my day off and I really have lost strength this past month. I was at the point before where I was considering buying 10 pound weights, now the 8 pound weights were definitely enough. <BR>... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 12:15:55 EST weight machines... What is a good weight to start with- and is it true that i'd rather have a lower weight to do more reps in a set? (is that the right terminology? i feel pretty clueless). <BR> <BR> I went to planet fitness for the first time in a while last night, so i was using like 30lbs on most of the machines (i was working my arms/upper body. on some of the machines, that didn't feel like very much, but on others (like biceps) it was too much, so i lowered it to 15. <BR> <BR> anyone have any advice? Fri, 20 Jun 2014 10:54:21 EST Help with fitness How do I formulate an exercise plan that I can stick to? I want to lose 100 lbs and I am a beginner. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 08:33:23 EST Exercising Can a person exercise when they are sore? I am so sore right now and I want to lose weight. I have diabetes that comes with having polycystic ovarian syndrome and I want to know how often should I exercise per week? Fri, 20 Jun 2014 08:32:14 EST Knee pain during and after walking Hi, I started a walking program 2 weeks back. I walk for about 90 minutes 3 times a week. I have a bad left knee from 3-4 years ago, when I had started running. I don't know what it was about that running program, maybe bad form or something else, but my knees started hurting badly. I haven't gotten into a weight loss routine since. However, even walking brings the knee pain back. I don't feel it all the time, just some of the time, especially during the final few minutes of my walking. It do... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 08:18:38 EST why cant i get myself to exercise Hi guys , I a m 31 and working mother and need to loose over 30 KGs. <BR> I eat around 1200 - 1500 calories a day. <BR> I know i would love to exercise like walking/jogging or running but i cant seem to do it. how do i give myself a push ? <BR> <BR> Has anybody faced such a problem. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 05:54:43 EST Heart rate question Hello, I am 49 years old, 6'5" and weigh 410 pounds after loosing 90 pounds these past six months. My current resting blood pressure readings is fairly consistent which is usually 124/74 with resting heart beat of 58. No caffeine, alcohol or added sugar. As I continue to loose the next 150 pounds I will get quite active throwing 45 pound hay bales around frequently and finally lost enough to start walking on the treadmill. Being healthy, no health issues, what heart beat range do... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 04:34:49 EST How to get a bigger buttt? Brazil Butt Lift? I am desperate to know what is best to get that bigger butt and smaller waist. I ordered Brazil Butt Lift but all the photos I see they are tighter and lifted but A LOT smaller. I want bigger. Any tips? Fri, 20 Jun 2014 03:59:23 EST Looking for a Beginner Running Workout Have decided to run in a 5k in August for a Charity 5K for a family friend and am looking for a series of "beginner" workouts to start to train. Any thoughts or direction anyone can push me? Thu, 19 Jun 2014 22:40:20 EST How Often Should You Switch Up A Weights Routine I'm just getting back into working out again, and am starting out with my strength training at home (will move to a gym at some point). I've done the Spark generators in the past, but this time I'm liking a couple of the Xhit videos on youtube a lot and have been doing those. I know I will need to increase the weights I'm using as time goes on, but when should I actually switch routines altogether? I know boredom is a factor as well, but I'm more curious about when it stops being as beneficia... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 18:18:20 EST Heart rate 90% Ok so I have had heart problems in the past where my heart was beating irregular and too fast. Had a heart murmur. Blah blah. This was of course 8 years ago and I haven't went back to the doctor over it since it no longer bothers me as long as I keep my caffeine intake to 1-2 cups of coffee a day. <BR> However now that I have started exercising more I have noticed that when my heart rate picks up I back off. I finally went and bought a watch with a heart rate monitor so I could check it whil... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 16:49:01 EST foot hurts I did something to my right foot at the gym last week. <BR> Hurts when I put pressure on it. <BR> Have to rest it for ten days. <BR> Really miss going to the gym! Thu, 19 Jun 2014 13:09:56 EST Might sound ridiculous, but I'm scared to work out Back in October the deck I was standing on collapsed. I fell eight feet and broke my arm in half. I am on a 2 lb limit for lifting, can't do any resistance, etc. I did physical therapy and it hurt so bad I was often in tears. Now I am afraid to work out. I am more than 100 lbs overweight, so I know I NEED to, but just thinking of possibly hurting myself again scares me. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 11:22:11 EST Zero weight loss - 3 months at the gym :( HELP!! <BR> <BR> My husband and I joined a local gym back at the end of Feb and started going at least 3 times a week. Fast forward to now and we go 4 days/week (M,T,Th, F) before work. While there I typically do 2 non-concurrent days of cardio - at least 45 min each, and 2 non-concurrent days of weight training. I am also completing Hip Hop abs at night 5 days a week. <BR> <BR> I am getting between 6-7 hrs of sleep each night. Drink plenty of water each day (the only other thing I drin... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 10:37:17 EST Pre-workout Hey everyone! I want some opinions on the best pre-workout supplements. I need something to get me into beast mode and keep there!! Thu, 19 Jun 2014 10:37:02 EST Tough cardio workout but few calories burned? I have a question about whether I should continue using this cardio equipment or not, since my goal is to burn calories and lose weight (I do pilates and strength training to tone up!). <BR> <BR> I found these Star Trac elliptical-type things at the gym. I don't know really what they are, there is no name on them except Star Trac. They're not like regular elliptical machines, using them feels like you're trying to run through deep water or mud. It is TOUGH. I have been doing traditional ell... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 09:44:54 EST Most AWESOME strength worout DVD's HI everyone! <BR> <BR> I am constantly on the look out for great strength workout DVD's. I enjoy mixing it up as I get bored easily with a few DVD'S. <BR> My favourite instructor is Jessica Smith, and my favourite strength DVD so far is her 10 min. solution bootcamp. Really good work out! and always stiff afterwards. <BR> Any suggestions? I am keen to try kettlebells...have never used them before! I currently use 4kg weights for most of my strength exercises. what weight should I start with?... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 06:29:02 EST Light headedness after aerobic exercise Hello everyone! I'm Nancy. I've been using SparkPeople for 34 days now and I've lost 19lbs. I feel fantastic. I have led very sedentary lifestyle until now. Because of the changes in my life, I've got a concern that perhaps someone can help me with. Yesterday and today, after power walking at least 10 minutes, I began to feel light headed. Yesterday was about 20 minutes after I ate supper. It is really hot in Beijing (where I live) so, I thought that perhaps I was overheated. However,... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 02:40:57 EST Tight hips.. I was looking for some exercise for tight hips, (hip flexors) but found, through a blog post from one of the coaches, that you get those from having a desk job. I have a standing job, and after my shift, I can't move. Once I sit down, I have a hard time to get up. I've been laying down on the floor, on my tummy, just to relax and stretch my hip muscles and back. Would hip flexor exercises be a relief for that? Or do I need something else, as a preventive measure? Thank you... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 15:16:45 EST Yoga DVD recommendations? YouTube? I use to like occasionally doing yoga at the gym, but me and my hubby never went consistently enough to justify the cost, so we dropped the membership. I try to get outside and do some cardio a few days a week, but did always enjoy yoga and would like to start doing it at home. Any recommendations? Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:23:18 EST The Modern Woman’s Guide to Strength Training? Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> I'm new never posted on here before. <BR> <BR> My Gym closed down last week I joined them two months ago and paid for 12months membership upfront,it was really expensive, the gym went into liquidation and it seems unlikely that I will get my money back. This was the only ladies only gym anywhere near me so I'm gutted about the closing. <BR> <BR> I have been doing fitnessblender workouts which is amazing but I really need to focus on strength Training because my body... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 11:22:14 EST Lower Body Workout 60+ Bad Knees I didn't think I had bad knees but when I try to do squats or lunges my knees can not take the pressure. I have followed the videos so I am quite sure I am doing them correctly. I am 64 years old. Does someone know of a lower body workout that doesn't involve squats or lunges? Tue, 17 Jun 2014 21:07:07 EST Any runners here? I hesitate to call myself a runner, but "jogger" just doesn't have the same ring LOL <BR> <BR> Anyway, 3 years ago I had lost over 100lbs and was running 5-5.5 miles at a time. I was never breaking any land speed records, my 5K race pace was just under 10min mile, and when running for workouts I was more like 11min mile. Anyway, I suffered a back injury, still have it actually, but have been cleared to work out. <BR> <BR> Today I ran 1.1 miles, the furthest I've ran since May 2012. I'd like... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 15:55:45 EST I want/need your opinion I play doubles tennis 5x a week for a minimum of 2hrs for 4yrs now but I've continued to gain weight. I know this is because of my terrible eating habits. In the past I've added addtl. exercise to challenge myself as well as changing my eating habits....but I always get defeated because I don't want to permanently keep up such a hard exercise regime and then I find myself binge eating....and then quitting on myself. :( <BR> <BR> This time I'm just changing my nutrition to be in compliance ... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 15:34:05 EST How long until I start to feel more fit? I have just started making a commitment to exercise and am actually doing it. I am. I have done M, W, F, Sat for one week and am starting second week. Don't laugh, but it's probably the longest I've ever stuck to it and I really am in this for the long haul. I am just making the time and not allowing excuses. I hate to exercise (I know, horrible mind-set). I am doing combo of cardio and weight training and feel confident I am doing right thing, getting good workout (i.e. checking heart ... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 13:23:35 EST Daily recommended Cardio What would be a good recommendation for cardio everyday ( minutes wise) for overall weight loss? Tue, 17 Jun 2014 11:41:15 EST Walking for exercise Can you really lose weight just walking? I know you have to eat right as well but is walking really enough? Tue, 17 Jun 2014 10:34:22 EST Track Pedometer Steps in Sparkpeople Android App I'm about a few weeks old to Sparkpeople and its respective app. Having done a calorie counting program last year, daily swimming regime, and quitting smoking, I lost a lot of weight. Then I injured my shoulder, needed surgery, and I'm still in recovery. I have a bad back so here are my exercise options: swimming and walking. <BR> <BR> Recently purchasing a pedometer (following the advice from a friend), I programmed it and configured it to track my daily steps in order to burn at least 5... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 09:23:30 EST Triathlete lounge Hi I'm an ex ironman triathlete. I got injured and boy oh boy I put on I'm starting over. My knee surgery was 2 weeks ago. My three hour workouts are 20 minutes now. I'm looking for posts from anyone who wants to buddy up who is interested in triathlon or who has done one. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 08:15:41 EST Body composition, fuel... Hi, sorry if this has been asked somewhere else - I did a search but couldn't find a similar topic. I wanted to ask about how your body composition (how much muscle to fat but also body shape) relates to how much energy you burn while exercising, and how much/what time of 'fuel' (i.e. food!) you should be eating. <BR> <BR> I have noticed that, having quite a naturally muscular frame, and being hour-glass shaped, I tend to be healthiest at a higher body weight than some charts recommend (rig... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 06:38:45 EST working out with a 20m old Hello. I am wondering if anyone has any tips for working out with their kids... I use to take brooke to the park and for walks but its been raining non stop here in mn. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 00:34:57 EST Advice on exercising with a summer cold. Started with a summer cold Friday and wondering if you should exercise will having a cold or to take a break. I have recently started working out again and have just gotten back to walking daily on a treadmill for 30 minutes at 2.5-3 mph. Any help is appreciated. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 21:39:40 EST Overestimating How Hard We Exercise An interesting article from the NYT about how people think they're working much harder than they actually are at the gym.... <link><BR>dging-badly-how-hard-we-exercise/?_php<BR>=true&_type=blogs&_r=0 </link> <BR> <BR> I know this was true of me when I first started I use the heart rate monitor to ensure I am in my target zone. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 21:00:17 EST I'm having a hard time I work a lot and I'm having a hard time starting an exercise program. In the morning I say to myself I'll work out tonight. When I get home from work I say I'll work out later. When later comes I say oh well, I'll start tomorrow. It's a viscous cycle. I need some ideas to stop the cycle. Any suggestions? <em>24</em> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 20:32:28 EST Suggestions for a Walking Play List?? I want to put together an '80s playlist for walking at a moderate pace and am looking for suggestions. Anyone got any ideas? Mon, 16 Jun 2014 19:38:10 EST Tips for increasing walking speed I've given jogging a try and I think I would rather focus on fast walking. <BR> <BR> There are a bunch of programs on the internet to move people into running, but I could not find any on how to increase walking pace. <BR> <BR> Do you have any suggestions? <BR> <BR> This is what I was thinking: <BR> Since I will do some workouts on the treadmill, I will do an 'easy' pace for 2 minutes and a 'fast' pace for 3. Then I'll increase the pace over time. Next I will do the easy pace for 1 minu... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 18:36:53 EST Exercise with Physical Limits I have type 2 diabetes, torn rotators cuffs on both shoulders, just had two toes amputated and just completed open heart surgery for an aortic valve replacement. This limits the number of exercises I can complete to meet my 10 minute goals minimum each day. So far walking and hiking are the only options. Any alternative sugestions? I am 6'6" and weigh 310 lbs working towards 225 lbs Mon, 16 Jun 2014 17:51:20 EST Exercise Group I was looking to join an exercise group or something where we can walk or do something as a group. I am in West Baltimore if you are in the area and would like to work out please let me know. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 15:45:17 EST So I started the Couch to 5K Yesterday was my 1st day. <BR> <BR> It gets easier, right? <BR> <BR> <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> My quads are so sore today. I made sure I stretched well yesterday and even did some stretches this morning. <BR> <BR> My arms were even sore! I wasn't expecting that (especially since I've been using dumbbells for 8+ weeks) but they feel better now. <BR> <BR> But, I did it. (Well, I skipped the last run interval because really, this was a lot more challenging than I thought it would be!!) <B... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 09:42:26 EST working out with shoulder pain Any tips on work outs that are achievable without using or jarring the shoulders? Obviously upper body exercises are out, as are high impact cardio, plank variations, and any twisting the torso...i'm fed up because I love working out, especially my core, but really can't afford to damage myself any further! Mon, 16 Jun 2014 07:18:12 EST Tracking interval training Good Morning all! My typical workout is an interval training class that encompasses all sorts of things i.e .weghts, cardio, squats,pushups. I want to track this properly on sparkpeople but I'm not sure exactly how as it is not either pure cardio or pure strength. Any suggestions? <BR> Thanks! Mon, 16 Jun 2014 06:37:19 EST