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 Affordable headphones Hi everyone. Any suggestions for affordable headphones for walking/jogging? I currently have a pair of Skull Candy headphones. They work great for just sitting still but the minute you take a step it is awful. You can hear your steps through the headphones and it over powers the music. I've been looking online and see some great ones but they're all around $200. I'm looking for a bit less in price. Any ideas? Thanks in advance. Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:32:01 EST Exercise Advice Needed I need advice about exercise. I used to be a runner, but now I cannot run or even walk for exercise. Just to be clear, I can walk. During the school year, I'm on my feet most of the day. But my doctor has told me to avoid walking or running for exercise. This has been since October, and I have gained so much weight. Running was my stress reliever, and not being able to has had a domino effect. I've struggled with weight gain and depression. I have a really old stationary bike at home, but it... Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:19:32 EST What's your favorite non gym activity? My favorite thing to do to burn extra calories is to dance with my daughter! Wed, 21 Jun 2017 07:10:48 EST What shoes should I wear to my first spin class? Just a preface: I understand the benefits of cycling shoes, and I'm definitely thinking about getting a pair, but I don't want to spend money on cycling apparel until I've gone to a few classes and know it's something I enjoy. <BR> <BR> Is there any conventional wisdom about the next best option? I know I need to stay away from anything overly flexible, but that's about all. Are cross trainers considered better than running shoes, or vice versa? Or should I just throw on whatever feels ... Tue, 20 Jun 2017 10:52:37 EST Swimming.. Cardio or St or Both? I'm confused Hi! <BR> <BR> Started Spark about 2 months, found a great gym with a pool 🏊?! Finally yay! 😀??Please help here, is swimming cardio, or strength or a little bit of both I am so confused. <BR> <BR> If it's one or the other I have to adjust in consequence and add a little bit of this or that to complement, but if it's both, well I'm good to go. Did some research on the web, one say one thing, the other link say something different and the trainer at the gym said it's only cardio and not go... Mon, 19 Jun 2017 20:06:14 EST Exercise With Arthritis Hello!!! My name is Tracey, and I am in a pickle. I start a fantastic job soon. However, I need to lose weight and exercise to ease the arthritis in my knees and back. I will eventually have to have knee replacement surgery, so I am working to prepare myself for what I have to accomplish. I have the motivation, and I am working on better nutrition. I have begun today to work out 10minutes, 3 times a day using WII Sports and Just Dance, as well as exercises specific to arthritis. Am I on the r... Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:57:00 EST Improve muscle tone for wedding Hello! <BR> <BR> Getting married in a couple of months and hoping to improve my muscle tone and lose some weight. What program(s) do you all recommend? <BR> <BR> Thank you! :) Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:25:56 EST Sweat or not to sweat? I hate sweating! is there exercise that you can do without sweating or do you need to sweat to lose weight? Mon, 19 Jun 2017 15:59:53 EST Discrepancy between treadmill and sparkpeople Good morning, <BR> Just a quick clarification. I use a treadmill. I walked 30 minutes at about 3.2 mph. My treadmill readout shows calories burned as 208. But when I look up walking on here it gives me lower numbers. It doesn't have exactly 3.2 mph but if I use the 3.15 mph for 30 minutes, it gives me 182 calories burned and when I look up 3.3 it gives me 201 mph. I know neither is an exact science but just curious how it arrives at these numbers. I'm assuming that I should err on the side of... Mon, 19 Jun 2017 10:11:42 EST Motivation after injury Let me preface this by saying I "know" all the right answers....just not managing to drum up the motivation to make it happen here lately. <BR> <BR> Long story short, over 6 months ago I (fairly badly) broke my left leg (tib/fib pilon fracture). Thus far this has resulted in 3 surgeries, and there will be at least 1 more to pull hardware later this summer/year due to an infection over the tibia plate. <BR> <BR> I'm in treatment for the infection, and in the meantime I'm supposed to be under... Fri, 16 Jun 2017 16:02:37 EST trackers I can't find the cholesterol and tricliceride trackers anymore. ? Fri, 16 Jun 2017 15:48:21 EST Mi Fit Does anyone use a mi fit? Can I use it on Spark People? Thu, 15 Jun 2017 23:05:14 EST Work out plan Under my nutrition you have the option to choose suggested meal plans. Do you have suggested fitness plans we can select? <BR> Where do I find for example the Strength - SparkPeople: 7-Minute Seated Arm Workout with Band (Coach Nicole)? Or the Strength - SparkPeople: Coach Nicole's Favorites: Back Extensions on Ball? Thu, 15 Jun 2017 22:49:40 EST strength training I want to start strength training on upper body, I have read your not suppose to train <BR> the same group of muscles two days in a row, they need time to recover. My legs are <BR> not in good shape, I do walk 2 to 3 miles a day but squats or any resistance on my legs especially knees is not good. My question is will strength training arms every day do more harm than good? Thu, 15 Jun 2017 21:03:08 EST Home cardio I need to do more cardio but can't do burpees or any real high impact moves. I use fitnessblender for strength but their cardio is too hard for me to adapt. Do you have any favorite at home (youtube or such) cardio links you could share with me? Thanks! Tue, 13 Jun 2017 04:31:08 EST To count steps or to not I never post my steps on my exercise tracker, do other people count this as part of their daily exercise tracker? Mon, 12 Jun 2017 22:51:39 EST EXCEEDED my goal It was hard, but I was able to get in 2.5 miles walking. Hope to go swimming tomorrow for 1/2 hour. Mon, 12 Jun 2017 19:42:58 EST Looking for someone to walk with Looking for someone in the New Paltz NY area to walk with Sun, 11 Jun 2017 15:17:53 EST Sciatica lower back and leg pain For the past two years I've had lower back and leg pain. It's been so bad I've had day's I cannot walk. I've seen chiropractors, massage therapists, Dr's including Neuro Surgeon. MRI and 3D exrays have been taken. As of today I am on several pain meds. My primary Dr has ordered a diet medication I'm supposed to start next week. I've signed up for water aerobics as well. I've gained up to 203 lbs. I'm at a loss as to what to do. I'm looking for guidance somewhere. It's overwhelming and I don't... Sat, 10 Jun 2017 22:29:32 EST Best workout program app for traveling professiona <BR> Hi there, <BR> I travel a lot for work (out of town 2-4 nights per week) and therefore spend a lot of time trying to squeeze in a workout at a hotel gym. Since the hotel gyms vary in what equipment they offer, I often find myself not being able to to do some of the exercises outlined in whatever pre-planned workout program I'm doing (usually on an APP). I'm not experienced enough to know which exercises I should do to replace the ones I can't do (the ones for which the equipment isn't t... Sat, 10 Jun 2017 21:10:09 EST Water bottle recommendations I keep buying water bottles that are either hard to open on the move, leak into my bag or otherwise cumbersome to carry. What do you guys recommend? I don't care about insulation or infusers, I just want something that is sturdy, easy to open/close and maybe has a carry loop or hook? Sat, 10 Jun 2017 13:55:28 EST Sparks exer videos, coaches R small, ? not my size Here's the link to a video on Sparks today "This girl can",,, <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ark-videos-detail.asp?video=161 </link> <BR> <BR> I was reading the comments and thought "They that's RIGHT !! On the Sparks videos for exercise, I DO NOT see anyone who's a size 18, 22, 24 even on the chair exercises !! <BR> <BR> Observation: Wouldn't it be so much more encouraging if I saw someone as I was a 3X doing the chair exercises as I started out doing. I... Fri, 9 Jun 2017 23:17:40 EST Starting out I've decided I need to get on top of this Sunday when I weighed in I was 289 lbs!!!!. So I was like I gotta start dieting and walking. . . Thankfully I have been ok with the dieting other then tracking I am bad at the actually tracking part of it. . .But the walking has me a little messed up . . . . I set my goal at 10k steps per day . .The first day was great I made 11k . . the next day I made 9.6 k but the last few days I have not gotten over 5 . . .My legs are killing me . .I think I burnt... Fri, 9 Jun 2017 04:53:11 EST Fitbit versus pedometer? I used both a fitbit and a pedometer today to see what the difference was and I was surprised to find out the podometer said I had 8,437 steps, while the fitbit had a total of 13,365. That's a lot of difference. Which is correct? What do I put down for steps today? Any help? Fri, 9 Jun 2017 00:42:06 EST How do I count my actual steps? When I count my 30 minute walk as exercise and then put down how many steps I did for the day is that not duplicating my steps? If that makes sense. It means my I am doubling up to a certain degree right? Fri, 9 Jun 2017 00:41:08 EST Protein Pancakes Has anyone tried the Protein Pancakes? There are so many I'm not sure which ones taste the best. Thu, 8 Jun 2017 17:27:26 EST Has anyone tried this exercise program? Has anyone tried the metabolic aftershock exercise program and did it work for you? Thu, 8 Jun 2017 15:15:49 EST Spark videos I'm trying to incorporate more strength into my routine. Spark has a number of good videos to get me started, but many of them are short, 5-7 minutes. Should I replay and do these as sets, the same video 3 times in succession? Or in the case of longer videos, like 28 minutes long, is one time through enough? I did one video yesterday, once through, for 28 minutes. Today I don't feel any muscle soreness or anything, so I wonder if I did enough, or if I did them right. Since I'm just star... Thu, 8 Jun 2017 07:15:54 EST When should I replace my running shoes? I use my running shoes for mostly walking. My knees can't take the impact of running. I also have an indoor pair for dance and aerobics. <BR> <BR> The soles of my ourdoor pair is wearing down a little but still wearable. <BR> <BR> So, when should I but new running shoes? Should I wait to get a newer model? The Hari Raya sales are on now. Should I get a pair on standby or should I wait? Wed, 7 Jun 2017 09:16:08 EST Has Anyone Done Country Heat? I was just wondering if anyone has seen real results with this workout set? I'm considering purchasing it but I don't know if it looks like a good workout or not? It looks like a ton of fun, I just don't trust ads for workout dvds you know? Like people claiming to have lost 40lbs in 30 days and such with certain dvds. Mon, 5 Jun 2017 19:21:36 EST cylic this weekend I did special Olympics for cylic I got 3 2nd places I did 25 miles all weekend. I want to write this. tell everyone I did good this weekend. tonight I'm doing golf for special Olympics .have agreat day Mon, 5 Jun 2017 15:11:40 EST walking for weight loss I was curious if there are other who can only lose weight with walking? No matter how much I try, I can't drop lots of necessary weight with strength training. Mon, 5 Jun 2017 14:01:59 EST How accurate are the calorie counters on machines? On the cardio equipment I use at my Y, you can type in weight, age, gender etc. <BR> <BR> At the end of the workout it will tell you how many calories have been burned. Are these somewhat accurate on the commercial type machines or overly generous? Mon, 5 Jun 2017 09:43:43 EST Help! Am I exercising enough to lose weight? I'm 5'6 115 lb and eat 1200 calories a day. I do 70 minutes on the treadmill monday-Friday and 2 hours on saturdays and Sunday s, at 15% incline and 4.4 speed. Is this enough exercise to lose weight? Mon, 5 Jun 2017 09:08:33 EST help! is this a good long term plan? Hi everyone, I'm new to this, <BR> but finally deciding to make a change to my life style as I'm fed up of being so overweight, sigh! <BR> I'm thinking over summer to kickstart my weight loss, I will do 2 hours a day (split up into intervals) on the cross trainer and 30 minutes of things like squats, lunges etc a day to aim towards burning 1500 calories a day through physical activity, and of course eat healthily with around 1000-1200 calories, <BR> I'm hoping if I do this I will lose 2-3 lbs... Mon, 5 Jun 2017 09:06:48 EST Regular vs Differential Calories when running I wasn't sure how to word the topic. Here's my question. Normally I am very strict about staying within my calorie range and never take into account the calorie differential. However, the last Friday and yesterday I prepared for and repaired my body after my 5k (not my first but first in a over a year). Previous when I ran, I just ran without really preparing my body and ended up injured and sidelined. This time around I'm attempting to do it right. So, that being said. All last week I ate to... Sun, 4 Jun 2017 10:08:59 EST What exercises do you do...... To firm up your abdominal area? I do side planks, regular planks, side crunches, regular crunches and the superman and swimming pose, along with other strength training poses. <BR> <BR> Nothing seems to help budge the muffin top. <BR> <BR> I am just curious to see if anyone else is doing other ones I haven't thought of. <BR> <BR> Thanks. Sun, 4 Jun 2017 07:05:22 EST Anyone experienced weight gain when exercising? Hi there! I'm new to exercising, I've started going to gym classes twice a week and on my other days I'll do weight and cardio at home or go on a long walk. My aim is to lose around 9lbs for my holiday in 2 months time, however 10 days in to my new exercise program (I'm not eating any differently, usually eat quite healthy) and I've actually put on weight! Just wondering if anyone else has had a similar experience? I've found it to be quite disheartening! Thank you :) Sun, 4 Jun 2017 03:21:09 EST Signed up for Softball! Hey All! <BR> <BR> I signed up for a new co-ed adult softball league in my area (yay me!) and talked a friend into doing it with me (double yay!). <BR> <BR> I haven't played ball since I was about 11. Back then, I wore cleats. <BR> <BR> This time around, I'm debating buying cleats or cross-trainers. Anyone have any advice/tips? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Sat, 3 Jun 2017 10:13:59 EST I want to start running again I've been researching beginner's running programs, but it seems like everything points me to the couch to 5K program, which in turn recommends running for 6 months before beginning the program. So either I'm missing something fundamental or the "couch" part is a huge misnomer. <BR> <BR> EDIT: As far as I can tell, it looks like the Official Couch to 5K program is now only available on an app. I'm looking for a schedule I can look at and enter/manage in my journal, not an app I have to ... Fri, 2 Jun 2017 10:34:57 EST Belly fat What exercises can I do that will help with my belly area? I already do crunches and planks on a regular basis. <BR> <BR> My waist is 33" but I have that pooch in my belly area that doesn't seem to go away. <BR> <BR> What other exercises will tone that area? <BR> <BR> Thanks. Fri, 2 Jun 2017 07:03:45 EST Question about my workout Hi, <BR> <BR> I am puzzled. <BR> <BR> About 3-1/2 weeks ago I started "My Fitness Coach" a fitness workout game for the Wii game system. I was pretty much a couch potato (maybe a 15 minute walk now and then) until I started the game. <BR> <BR> The game focuses on the whole body, 15 minutes of cardio, then 30 minutes of stretching (some yoga) and a different focus area of Flex, upper body, lower body and core exercises each day. I have been doing a 45 minute workout 6 days a week, resting o... Fri, 2 Jun 2017 07:00:32 EST 2 days no exercise! Sigh! I just got caught up in a Korean drama marathon! My Mom was watching a Korean legal drama with episodes back to back and I got sucked into it! It was just so interesting! <BR> <BR> I was also v tired for some reason and napped these 2 afternoons too! <BR> <BR> Sigh! So 2 days without exercise! The heatwave isn't helping either. It's just too nice to chill in the air conditioning! Thu, 1 Jun 2017 19:53:53 EST I have no idea where to start! Good afternoon! <BR> I am struggling to figure out where to start working out. <BR> <BR> I really struggle with cardio because I have VCD (vocal chord dysfunction) & a short description of this is that my chords collapse when I breathe in, so it's like breathing through a straw, and it's not treatable with an inhaler like asthma or the like. <BR> <BR> I''m 36 and have about 75 pounds I need to lose, and I know I need to get moving and do something in the gym, but I truly don't know where... Thu, 1 Jun 2017 17:29:15 EST Non-invasive transdermal CO2 for Microcirculation Before I start my own trial through a local physician, <BR> I was wondering if anyone has heard of this type of therapy designed to increase bloodflow and increase recovery rates between workouts. I have been given an SPO2 monitor which is supposed to capture the percentage of my blood hemoglobin that is oxygenated? <BR> <BR> b8 <BR> <BR> Thu, 1 Jun 2017 15:06:31 EST is there a way to track weekly? Is there a way to have spark give me a calorie range based on my weekly workout like it use to? i do workout classes 3 times per week and burn around 700 calories each time, but i would prefer to spread that out over the week not just on the day. Thu, 1 Jun 2017 14:40:20 EST Never miss a workout? Share your secrets! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm writing an article about the secret to never missing a workout. Are you someone who's always consistent with their exercise routine? How do you stay motivated on the days when you're tired or just don't feel like it? <BR> <BR> If you're someone who stays consistent with your routine no matter what, I'd love to talk to you about it! Please send me a SparkMail with the details. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Coach Jen Thu, 1 Jun 2017 10:23:01 EST Skateboarding Calculator Just wondering how accurate the calculator for calories burned Skateboarding is? I'm skating everyday and sweating plenty but I'm not sure how accurate it is. Just wondering how it derives it's numbers (Vert skating vs street vs park vs standing still)? Thanks! Wed, 31 May 2017 21:01:55 EST Wondering why creatine does not work for me? I have been drinking creatine before going to the gym. I drink plenty of water and I eat throughout the day. I would even go over my recommendation of servings a day and still I feel nothing. If anyone has advice on what I should do please let me know. Thanks! Wed, 31 May 2017 13:53:58 EST Kayaking Hi all, <BR> <BR> I was wondering about there a weight limit to the kayaks? I am scared of going to rent a kayak and being told I am too big....or falling out of the kayak or other horribly embarrassing things that could happen..... <BR> <BR> It looks like fun and I want to try it....but am afraid I am too big... <BR> Any info would be great... <BR> <BR> thanks <BR> hypatia Wed, 31 May 2017 13:15:33 EST How far do you push yourself? I have a few friends who work out to the point of feeling like they are going to throw up. I personally feel like that's a little excessive. I push myself to the point of exhaustion & like that feeling of being sore when I'm done but that's it. How far do you push yourself? Is it healthy to workout to the point of vomiting? Wed, 31 May 2017 11:53:27 EST Looking for a NON BLUETOOTH fitness tracker I want to start counting my steps, but I am not able to bring any wifi connected devices into my office. Fitness trackers are explicitly mentioned in our security policy and I am not allowed to just turn off the device or the wireless capability -- it can't be brought in at all. <BR> <BR> I am looking for a very simple, non-wifi/ non-bluetooth fitness tracker, but I'm not having much luck. It seems like Fitbit and the other big name manufacturers no longer offer basic step counters. <BR>... Wed, 31 May 2017 09:59:39 EST Kinect Workout Games I have a wishlist on Amazon just for work out stuff and things to help me get in shape... on that list is a majority if xbox360 Kinect games.. so my question is.. <BR> <BR> Who here uses video games to help them loose weight and what are your favorites? I also have a PS3 just have to get the PSmove stuff again. Mon, 29 May 2017 16:36:05 EST Anyone have any favorite home workouts? Hey guys, I'm looking for home workout dvd's I can do for maybe 30-60min in the morning before I leave? Preferably a dance workout with popular music. I can't seem to get into zumba when I don't know the song. I saw they had "zumba country" which I'm looking into, but I was wondering if y'all had any favorite dance workouts? Mon, 29 May 2017 12:00:32 EST Gym Newbie - Your Best Tips? Hi - I have never felt comfortable in a gym but have decided to join Planet Fitness because I need to lose 100 lbs and diet alone is not going to get me there. I'm looking for any tips or advice you may have to help a very overweight person (me) look forward to working out, how not to hurt myself, suggestions for earbuds that don't pop out, what are the best things to pack in a gym bag in case I do decide to use their showers instead of waiting til I get home...etc. What's your best advice fo... Mon, 29 May 2017 07:05:24 EST How Often Do You "Weigh In"? I know there is a place on the start page for weight loss. Mine still says 0 pounds lost :). I haven't made any attempts to change it because the last time I checked my weight, (which is the first day I logged my food on here) I hadn't lost anything. And I'd been trying to work out for a little over a week, so I was very disappointed. Then of course I learned the importance of healthy food choices as well, which I hadn't been making. I've done better with that for the past few days since... Mon, 29 May 2017 01:25:08 EST When You're Starting Out Slow... I guess I'm just needing some encouragement. I've been extremely sedentary for a long time, and so I'm starting out slow in the exercise department. But I still wonder if I'll ever be able to exercise enough to make a difference. <BR> <BR> I've heard to lose weight you have to burn more calories than you take in per day. Well, I don't know if I'll EVER get to that point. :( Right now exercising 10-15 minutes per day is a kind of a struggle. Spark set it up to where it recommends around ... Sun, 28 May 2017 13:51:16 EST exercycle use Is it ok to use exercycle when having lower back pain? <BR> Sun, 28 May 2017 10:03:20 EST Jessica Smith exercises There a quite a few spark people blogs / articles that include exercise videos from Jessica Smith (such as<BR>ost=feel_the_lowerbody_burn_with_this_<BR>quick_circuit_workout) <BR> <BR> How do we enter the information for those exercises into our fitness tracker? I can't seem to find them when entering the information for the exercise or the name Jessica Smith. Sat, 27 May 2017 13:07:49 EST Google Fit Has anyone heard of this app? I downloaded it, and it helps you track all sorts of workouts. I'll be tracking my walking and my swimming, as well as my water aerobics if I can. <BR> <BR> I'm stuck on something though, the pace. When I do some walking, it tracks my distance, time, etc. and of course my speed or pace, but the number looks like this: <BR> 20:55/mi - anyone have any idea what that means? What's 20:55 per mile? <BR> <BR> Thanks so much! <BR> <BR> Rushell Fri, 26 May 2017 23:52:43 EST knee replacement I had total knee replacement surgery in March and have been in Physical Therapy since. I just finished with PT last week except for maintenance. They gave me 6'long 6" wide bands, know handles, can I use any of your exercises with my bands or do I need to buy bands with handles? Thank you for any information you can give me Fri, 26 May 2017 23:16:23 EST due to surgery? I am going to be limited with no lifting for one week and very little walking. Can anyone give me ways to "exercise" or do I just have to quit for the time? Drs gave me no alternaties. Fri, 26 May 2017 19:29:13 EST IFBB Pro Ben Pakulski’s MI40 Extreme 2.0 Training Has anyone else used his program? It's working really well for me. <BR> <BR> I went from 218 lbs to 188 lbs, losing fat and adding muscle, following his protocols. Has anyone else had a similar experience with MI40 Extreme 2.0? It's not magic and required a lot of hard work, but it worked well for me. <BR> <BR> Fri, 26 May 2017 10:27:34 EST flab interferes with exercise moves I am verry apple shaped. does anyone else have issues with gut flab getting in the way when doing burpies or mountain climbers? Fri, 26 May 2017 00:13:45 EST Walking - How to Know my Speed? I logged a little bit of exercise today because we went for a short exploration walk today, my daughter and I. We like to go exploring and treasure hunting, so we were out walking (or hiking), climbing and exploring through the trees and brush this evening, I think for about 20 minutes or so maybe? When I logged it, it wanted me to choose how fast I was walking. I'm like, I have NO idea. LOL I naturally walk sort of briskly, but it's definitely not at a jog or run by any means. But I do... Thu, 25 May 2017 22:54:19 EST Extremely Sedentary Beginner Needs Help Hello! I just joined SparkPeople. I put an intro on the Introduce Yourself section of the message boards, but wanted to come in here and ask some more specific questions about exercise. <BR> <BR> My husband and I recently switched our gym membership to a location that has a pool. I have been sedentary all my life, and have never enjoyed even the thought of moving around and exercising. In fact, I've always hated anything active. But now at the age of 45, I'm around 40 lbs overweight, I ... Thu, 25 May 2017 12:11:32 EST Yoga for Newbies I have never done yoga, am 150+ pounds overweight, have joint issues and sit most of the day at a desk. I would like to find some yoga that would fit my needs, but help me with balance and relaxation. <BR> Suggestions? Wed, 24 May 2017 15:34:50 EST Calorie Burn ??? Hi i was wondering how many calories can u burn while shopping and pushing a cart and trying on clothes for 2hrs and 30 mins. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Lu Wed, 24 May 2017 10:35:39 EST Swollen Knee From Too Much Too Soon Has anyone else bounced back fairly soon after overusing their knee? I can't go to the doctor for another 2 weeks. I'm taking advil, & putting ice on it when I can but it's still swollen & painful. I'm also trying gentle stretches but it's aggravated. How long did you have to stop exercising before it got better? I'm chomping at the bit not being able to exercise but know not to continue & make it even worse than I already have. Tue, 23 May 2017 18:31:40 EST did it did the 40+ mins. Mon, 22 May 2017 15:00:29 EST Hard work may pay off I have to have a wearable defib while walking on treadmill. Burden that might help?? Mon, 22 May 2017 14:37:18 EST Home workout article: your input is needed! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> One of our writers is doing a story about working out at home, specially issues you might have that are unique to home workouts. Specifically, here are the questions she'd love you to answer: <BR> <BR> <BR> - How many times a week do you work out at home? (Cardio, yoga, strength training, etc?) <BR> - Have you changed your work out space - home gym, living room, etc. - to help motivate you? How? <BR> - How do you separate yourself from distractions? <BR> - Safety i... Mon, 22 May 2017 13:59:25 EST One for the Ladies Does anyone have any recommendations for a good sports bra that is supportive for the bustier gal? Mon, 22 May 2017 10:13:21 EST When Do You Exercise? Are you a morning bird or night owl when it comes to exercise? <BR> <BR> I'm just starting out but I've exercised once in the morning before breakfast and it went great. I had way more energy throughout the day and for some reason it curbed my appetite and I didn't eat as much that day. And then I've also exercised once in the afternoon and I was sluggish through the exercise, just walked/stationary biked for bit and all in all didn't accomplish much. Plus even though I waited more than 2 h... Sun, 21 May 2017 22:25:55 EST more treadmill Plan about 30 mins. on treadmill tomorrow Sun, 21 May 2017 21:23:18 EST Destination Running Hello All! <BR> <BR> Is anyone familiar with Isle of Palms, SC? I am going on a trip there soon and staying close to the beach. I want to get some good running in, so if anyone has some good suggestions I would appreciate it! <BR> <BR> <em>363</em> <em>67</em> Sun, 21 May 2017 12:40:10 EST Check out BLC Summer Challenge BLC34 - SUMMER CAMP IS REGISTERING NOW! <BR> <BR> (Registration will close on May 27....time is running out!) <BR> <BR> <BR> The Biggest Loser Challenge (also known as the BLC) is an 8 week challenge that was INSPIRED by, but not based on the TV show of the same name. We have been around for 10+ years encouraging HEALTHY weight loss and fitness by helping you on your journey towards your goals. <BR> <BR> What is it YOU need to reach your goals? <BR> Do you need lots of SUPPORT, to be CH... Sun, 21 May 2017 11:27:59 EST Fitbit now or wait? I can't decide whether to get a fitbit now or wait? I haven't tracked any exercise I've done because I struggle tracking it (hence why I want a fitbit). I'm looking into Alta HR. But I can't decide whether I should make it a reward for something or if I should just go ahead and get it now? <BR> <BR> Did you reward yourself with a fitbit or just get one when you decided to become healthy? Sun, 21 May 2017 09:48:58 EST What do you do when you just don't feel like it? What do you do when you are just feeling too lazy to exercise? Do you grit your teeth and do it anyway? Or do you procrastinate till it's too late? <BR> <BR> Sometimes I just do it, sometimes I just laze around till it's too late! Sigh! If only I was gung ho everytime it's time to exercise! Sun, 21 May 2017 05:29:28 EST Hula Hooping / Jump Rope I am trying really hard to get my mind and body in shape. Has anyone tried hooping and/or jump roping to lose weight? Was jump roping low-impact for you? I have trouble with my knees right now. Thanks! Sun, 21 May 2017 01:15:59 EST right neck My neck is hurting AGAIN!! I am getting tired of this. muscle relaxer not working right.!! Sat, 20 May 2017 14:38:40 EST DIY fitness assessment article There is something very wrong with the information in the following article, in the table: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1496 </link> <BR> <BR> It does not match up with any recommendations I have had from my doctor, physical therapist, or other sources such as FitBit, WebMD and many other sources. My doctor told me my pace of 19 minutes per mile was excellent. <BR> <BR> This article needs another look or clarification. Sat, 20 May 2017 09:42:07 EST A question about doing squats? Can doing squats help you lose your big belly? I read somewhere that doing squats could help in losing your belly. I know you can't spot reduce. Fri, 19 May 2017 23:03:30 EST To fitbit or not to? Just curious how many people are loving their fitbits or hr monitors...what kind do you have? And do you love it? Thanks everyone! 😊? Fri, 19 May 2017 15:43:44 EST strength training Today I got an orientation to the weight machines at the gym:-)! I have different weight amounts on the different machines, varying from 0 (the machine itself) to 60 on some of the leg exercises. How do I track this as it seems like the program only does a single weight amount? Thu, 18 May 2017 20:18:11 EST Need ideas for strength exercises Hi there. I am in the process of losing 25 pounds in preparation for surgery. I think I have my diet fairly in line, and walk for an hour a day, but I'd like to also add in some strength exercises so I don't lose too much muscle in this process. The catch is - the surgery I need is for 2 complex abdominal (incisional) hernias. My surgeon says I shouldn't lift anything over 15 pounds or do any exercises that use the abdominal muscles. It's a frustrating place to be. <BR> All I can think of is ... Thu, 18 May 2017 13:57:04 EST 15 is better than 0 I got on treadmill for 15 mins. Finally!!! Wed, 17 May 2017 21:16:11 EST So Much For That Excuse Time to kick it up a notch: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-such-thing-as-fat-but-fit-major-study<BR>-finds/ </link> <BR> <BR> <em>31</em> Wed, 17 May 2017 13:54:34 EST Using public transport reduces obesity rates It has been scientifically found that higher mass transit use is associated with lower obesity rates. <BR> I lose weight whenever I do not have a car and use public transport instead. It makes a huge difference for me!!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/2017/05/170516124020.htm </link> Tue, 16 May 2017 18:38:17 EST missed treadmill Had rough night last night, not much sleep so I didn't get on treadmill. Will do tomorrw. Tue, 16 May 2017 15:35:35 EST The Best Part About Swimming Generally the best part about swimming is that I get out of the pool feeling exhausted and sore, but also strangely energised and focused. Today, however, the best thing about swimming is that it is noon and I am already 49 calories over my range for the day, but once I do an hour in the pool, I'll have at least another 700 calories to burn. Tue, 16 May 2017 03:04:07 EST Find Free Fitness Classes Near You in Seconds <link><BR>Find-Free-Fitness-Classes-Near-You-398<BR>62940 </link> Mon, 15 May 2017 19:48:19 EST set Plan to walk on treadmill tomorrow!!! Mon, 15 May 2017 18:59:18 EST Walking/Running or Riding Bike Hi all, I am fairly new to the site, just have a quick question about which is the optimum way to get exercise. I am in good condition as far as being able to run and do that stuff without beating up my legs and feet, so I am wondering am I going to burn more calories riding bike or walking/running? I am still working on getting my legs and lungs into shape to run any type of distance but I know that walking and then running and going back and forth is working pretty good but which way am I... Mon, 15 May 2017 14:10:29 EST Hope to motivate others with my story Hello, <BR> <BR> I was always pretty active, I started goign to the gym when I was 13 off and on and played basketball through junior high and high school. At 25 I get certified as a personal trainer. One morning I was having horrible chest pain and I went to emerge, they did a cadio gram and it came back normal by my blood test did not. It was just random that they did the test they did. I was told to stop working out to see if my CK levels would come down ( though I might have been ove... Mon, 15 May 2017 11:46:13 EST Recovery time between workouts I went kayaking for the first time this season for 2 hours. My abs are a weird kind of sore today. Today was also a rest day. Is it safe to workout on the elliptical tomorrow? Or should I weight one more day? Sun, 14 May 2017 22:26:35 EST Albolene as a sub for sweet sweat Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> Has anyone tried using albolene w a wrist trimmer? <BR> Does it really work? <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Lu Fri, 12 May 2017 16:19:04 EST I can walk, no treadmill yet Well, Hope to get on treadmill by Monday. Then, 2 weeks from today, another operation, but hope it will keep me off the treadmill for only a couple of days. <BR> Still looking at getting to 180 by end of June. Looks very good for 185! Fri, 12 May 2017 13:22:49 EST Small Space Workout Equipment I live in a small 500 sq ft bungalow and it works great for me except that space is limited for working out. I have been looking at exercise bikes for my living room so I can workout while ready or watching TV in the evening. <BR> <BR> I ran across these fordable upright exercise bikes. I wanted to see if anyone else has tried them? <BR> <BR><BR>8X58/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_3?ie=UTF8&psc<BR>=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER Fri, 12 May 2017 12:56:40 EST Its not that hard but its mot that simple.. <BR> Being in shape or maintaining a healthy lifestyle are many Times looked upon as a reachable goal that once reached will then relieve that persons struggle or efforts torward maintaining that goal. Well leme break it to ya that this is not a one time effort achievable platu.Health and nutrition are a constant and the struggles with reaching and maintaining are constant but that being said its not that hard of a daily effort to take steps in the right direction. Keeping these quotes an ot... Fri, 12 May 2017 01:02:56 EST My legs are too week to run I've had a achilles tendon surgery twice. Not because it was injured but because it needed to be lengthened. I would walk on my toes as a child. I had really strong calves at that point because off the toe walking. Then I grew to be 6 foot three and had to have it done again. They only did it on the left side only. Right wasn't as bad. My feet still don't go much beyond 90 degrees, if that. So I've never really walked 100% properly. I don't think I bend my knees much when I walk an... Thu, 11 May 2017 21:37:47 EST Fitness tracker question Hi All, <BR> <BR> I am looking at getting fitness tracker (like a FitBit or something). I live in a rural location, so will most likely be ordering one online, and so I don't get to see it in person before buying. My question is, has anyone come across one that does not have metal on the side that touches the top of the wrist (on the back of the face)? I am allergic to many metals, so trying to find one with little or no metal touching my skin (I know...a tall order). <BR> <BR> Thanks... Thu, 11 May 2017 13:42:54 EST 4 day challenge I started this challenge May 1st. Down 5 pounds and many inches in 10 days. Now begins the max phase of the challenge. I have to incorporate exercise into my routine but cannot seem to think of ways. I have work from 7am-5pm. School from 5pm-9pm and a toddler when I am home. I already use stairs at work. Walk on my breaks. Any other suggestions? <BR> Thu, 11 May 2017 07:36:48 EST A hiit workout? 5 K? Your Opinon? <em>213</em> hello everyone! I came across this hiit treadmill workut, and have a few q's regarding this and more! <BR> Thankyou so much! <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> the pic is not very clear -this is what it says! <BR> <em>8</em> <BR> WORKOUT: <BR> Warm Up - 5mins <BR> Sprint - 30 seconds <BR> Walk - 15-30 seconds <BR> Pause - 30 seconds (if you walked for 15 seconds) 45-60 seconds (if... Thu, 11 May 2017 04:06:44 EST Push-ups and injury Hey guys. So I started getting serious with lifting in January, and even managed to add 12 pounds! I have a very high metabolism so yes, I'm trying to go up not down. I hit a major road block on Monday. I was doing decline push-ups when my left shoulder popped. Been diagnosed with a rotator cuff tear with surgery likely. My question is can push-ups really cause this? I'm an EMT and even I am dumbfounded. Help!! Thu, 11 May 2017 01:05:07 EST Fitness Trackers - what's your opinion? So I am getting serious this time about losing the weight. I am considering a fitness tracker to help keep me on track. But I want your opinions - <BR> 1. Does it actually help keep you motivated? <BR> 2. Does it really help you with your fitness goals? <BR> 3. I am considering the Fit Bit Charge 2 (on sale for two more days for $130), the Fitbit Alta (just under $100) or Fitbit Blaze ($150) <BR> <BR> Which of these do you have and why did you choose it? <BR> Do you wish you had gotten so... Wed, 10 May 2017 11:08:57 EST Lacking upper body strength!! I have really weak arms. When I do a push up I have to do it on my knees and I can't go as low as I am supposed to! My arms are just not strong enough to support my weight! I only go down like 2 or 3 inches! Am I doing it wrong? But I can't go any lower! Wed, 10 May 2017 08:10:06 EST Muscle imbalances I just started going to the gym again and I've noticed that I have a flute imbalance. I've tried doing exercises that focus on my weaker glute, but all I seem to feel is my stronger one. I'm really worried because I don't want this to continue to be a problem. I can flex my weaker glute while sitting and standing but it's very difficult to flex it during an exercise. Can anyone give me some advice? I've also been trying to stretch but it seems like nothing is working. My stronger glute always... Tue, 9 May 2017 21:49:49 EST Spark People TV Do you even plan on an app that could be down loaded on Roku to stream the exercise video's i love them but like them more if could us in my living room and not the kitchen Tue, 9 May 2017 18:21:28 EST Alcohol, Drugs, Nicotine, Etc. Should you attack them all at once or one at a time? This came up in another thread and I didn't want to hijack that thread, so I thought I would start another. So my question is this; we are an addictive personality community and it's my guess that there are lots of us here who have had a problem with more than just obesity in the past. My question is directed to those who have won the battle against other demons. Did you attack all your demons at once or beat them one at a time. I thin... Tue, 9 May 2017 13:31:10 EST How much exercise do you do a week? I do strength training 2-3 times a week. And I do cardio 30 minutes 3 times a week. Sometimes more. Tue, 9 May 2017 09:52:26 EST Healthy weight, but too high body fat! Help! Ive been trying to be in good shape, dont get me wrong, Ive always been on the chubby side but now, after trying really hard Im in a healthy weight with a BMI of 23 still the body fat is off the charts with 27.5% <BR> <BR> Im on a protein diet i.e. high protein but not more than 100/day, low carbs no more than 75/day and fat below 50/day. <BR> <BR> Im starting to get tired of dieting... so beside loosing more weight, what can I specifically do to get a healthier body fat %? <BR> <BR> Thank... Mon, 8 May 2017 18:38:12 EST How do I track DVD workout? I use the Walk Away the Pounds dvds, different miles, different workouts. How do I track this in the Fitness Tracker? Mon, 8 May 2017 11:28:04 EST Sweet Sweat???? Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> How many people use the sweet sweat ? Does it really work? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Lu Mon, 8 May 2017 11:14:28 EST New to working out So I'm a 28 year old male who has always eaten whatever I wanted and consider myself to be weak from a strength point of view. I've never been to a gym because growing up I was always naturally skinny. Unfortunately time has caught up to me and I'm now seeing the weight add up particular in my belly making me skinny fat. I'm getting a gym membership tomorrow and I've already bought a set of supplements for fat burning and cutting. The big challenge I will face is giving up smoking, alcohol, a... Sun, 7 May 2017 13:31:54 EST is it really possible to "rev your metabolism?" I understand that exercising and eating nutritious foods is good for your body -- but is it actually possible to change your inherited metabolism by eating differently or doing particular types of exercise? Seems like this kind of thing sounds better than it really is, but I'm curious! Sun, 7 May 2017 08:08:57 EST steps has any one figure out how many steps walking wal mart?was there over 1 hr most of it looking for my husband Fri, 5 May 2017 16:58:51 EST Cardio with bad knees? Does anyone know of a cardio video or some cardio exercises that I could do with bad knees? They are weak/tender and have been having some pain. I don't want to end up with an injury or make them any worse. I really miss cardio and my motivation has been slipping. Fri, 5 May 2017 01:16:27 EST basic pedometer I was using a pedometer that I clipped to my jeans and it was tracking my steps, miles, calories burned and time. Well, today it died on me (nope, not the battery <em>39</em> ). <BR> <BR> Anyway, I simply can not afford any of the fancy fitness trackers that are available but if possible I would like to get another pedometer that will in fact track my steps, distance / miles, calories burned and time (does not have to include time of day - just the amount of time spent walking). <BR> ... Thu, 4 May 2017 18:48:59 EST Exercise & Insanity So I have trouble with my weight due to medical issues but joined a gym & track my food. I do 50 mins of weights then 50 mins swimming tues - thurs. Then Insanity workout at home fri-sun night and rest on a Monday. <BR> A gym worker recently told me not to bother as Insanity was rubbish and why did I bother anyway. To say I'm defeated is an under statement. Has anyone had good results with Insanity ? Any input about anything gratefully received. Thanks Thu, 4 May 2017 11:23:49 EST BIGGEST LOSER SUMMER CAMP INVITATION BLC34 - SUMMER CAMP IS REGISTERING NOW! <BR> <BR> <BR> The Biggest Loser Challenge (also known as the BLC) is an 8 week challenge that was INSPIRED by, but not based on the TV show of the same name. We have been around for 10+ years encouraging HEALTHY weight loss and fitness by helping you on your journey towards your goals. <BR> <BR> What is it YOU need to reach your goals? Do you need lots of SUPPORT, to be CHALLENGED, to focus on NUTRITION, EXERCISE, or some combination of the above? ... Wed, 3 May 2017 16:50:48 EST Jump Ropes? Where can one buy a good and serviceable jump rope for adults? I am wanting to start jump rope for some cardio change up but only saw kids 7 foot long ones in Walmart today. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Wed, 3 May 2017 15:54:11 EST Added cardio to ST...gaining not losing weight! What gives? <BR> <BR> I needed to lose weight gained over the winter months (Dec thru Feb). I admit. I didn't exercise at all during this time. I resumed strength training in March thinking that would help. It wasn't enough. A trainer advised me to add cardio either 15 minutes a day or 30 minutes on days I don't do weight training. Since I started doing that, I've actually GAINED weight...not lose it! <BR> <BR> Now, I seem to remember. I quit doing cardio all of 2016 when I noticed ... Tue, 2 May 2017 14:34:37 EST Blood Pressure Hello. My name is Ana and I'm new to SP. I have a question about entering bp readings. On two separate days I entered my bp reading, but now I only see one reading. I did hit Save. Are the bp readings saved as to compare them later? Thank you for any info. Tue, 2 May 2017 11:22:14 EST Fitbit daily goal How do I change my daily step goal in sparkpeople? Right now it shows 6000 steps. I do 12000ost days so it shows 12000/6000. Mon, 1 May 2017 18:45:42 EST Anyone Using Grip Tension To Treat Hypertension? I've been doing it sporadically for a while now and my BP is down, but who knows why. I actually just did some more reading about it and discovered I was doing it wrong anyway. I've been trying to increase my grip strength and apparently that's not the goal. You're only supposed to be using 30% of your maximum grip strength for the sessions which will make it easier and I'll be more likely to do it as prescribed. Not gonna' buy one of the $600 devices designed for this, but I did just ord... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 12:16:59 EST How can Jogging with your Baby ? I am jogging with my baby via Baby Stroller. Sun, 30 Apr 2017 01:26:57 EST Exercise and fatigue I walk dogs for about an hour and a half five days a week at our local shelter. There's a pretty substantial hill that you have to climb for each walk to get to the walking path. This past winter I wasn't able to continue walking dogs due to a sinus infection/fever that lasted for three months. Upon returning, I was only able to walk one dog before I felt so fatigued I had to leave. I've since built my stamina back up and am back to my normal dog walking routine. Recently, I joined a meetup t... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 16:14:49 EST 50 years ago 50 years ago this date was my last working day in the Air Force. I had to rough it. It was a warm day in San Angelo, Tx. Had to get my bathing suit on again and go to pool as a life guard. I got off about 30 minutes early. I felt strange knowing this was it. I sorta wanted to stay in the service, but I knew I would be an E4 for about 6 years because I didn't kiss butts. Anyway, 13 months later I met my future wife! She is better than the military any day!!! Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:59:33 EST Question about calorie burn calculation So, I have been exercising 6 days a week. Three days a week I do two small monthly challenge things and walk 3.5 mph for an hour, burning roughly 400 calories according to when I track my exercise. The other 3 days a week I do 20 minutes of stretching, a 20 minute hiit Kettlebell workout and two small monthly challenge things for roughly 430 calories when tracked. <BR> <BR> I was looking through the workout videos posted here on the SparkPeople site though, and it makes it seem like the cal... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:38:01 EST Couch to 5K app I am using the couch to 5K app, and I have a question. <BR> <BR> The other night, the workout was run for 22 minutes. I did that. According to the app (the c25k app), I ran 2.16 miles with a 12:28 pace.This doesn't make sense to me. That isn't mathematically possible. Two miles in 22 minutes would be an 11-minute pace. Therefore, it stands to reason that 2.16 miles in 22 minutes would be a better than 11-minute pace, and definitely better than that 12:28 pace it thinks I had. <BR>... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:42:42 EST Need Meal Plans and Exercise Routines all in one? Does anyone know where to get a written out meal plan and fitness plan...TOGETHER...that is cheap or free? I find a meal plan but if I eat too much or too little and then workout too much or too little it defeats the purpose of the meal plan. Anybody know of any places to go for this? Fri, 28 Apr 2017 01:22:40 EST Need Exercise Routines for a Wheelchair Bound pers Hello, I was wondering does anyone know of any good exercise for cardio for a wheelchair and Hosiptal Bed bound patient. My mother has gain all the way up to 183Lbs and now its getting hard for me to pick her up and out of her wheelchair to hosiptal bed. Thu, 27 Apr 2017 03:11:37 EST fitbit won't synd exercise to SP I have the SP app on my phone and while my calories sync from my SP to fitbit, my exercise doesn't transfer from my fitbit to SP. Any help would be appreciated. <BR> <BR> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:20:44 EST Tips, Advice, Anything Appreciated I am running low on motivation. I use a treadmill and a bow flex for strengthening and I eat relatively well--lots of protein and veggies. I have energy, but I am not seeing results or feeling like anything is changing. Any tips on exercising and nutrition is much needed right now. Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:33:19 EST How do I track this video? Good morning everyone! <BR> <BR> Today's Best of Spark People E-mail had a video workout for a 30 minute power walking routine. The video exists on youtube, but not in the video section of spark people. How should I add the routine to my tracker? I don't know how fast I am walking when doing the video and there is no PowerWalking option in the drop down menu. Help? Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:13:06 EST Tight calf muscles Has anyone found something that helped them with super tight calf muscles? <BR> <BR> My dr said stretching and see a physiotherapist, physiotherapist said see a podiatrist, podiatrist said massage <BR> <BR> The stretching was making things worse, the massage was horribly painful <BR> <BR> I just want to be able to walk without causing more injuries Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:42:38 EST calorie burn question I have a 1 hour weigh lifting routine. I enter it into Spark, one exercise at a time, and Spark says it is about 250 calories. My heart rate monitor tracks the hour and says 450 calories. That sure is a big difference in calorie guesstimations. <BR> <BR> I tend to think the heart rate monitor would be more accurate by watching my exertion... For logging purposes, should I maybe split the difference and call it 350 calories? I am trying to be as accurate as I can, but I don't lose any sle... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 06:52:23 EST Beginning a life Exercise is not a means to an end. It's a tool for beginning your best life. Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:34:52 EST A.M. workouts - most efficient workouts? Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I have become what I thought I would never be: a morning exericiser! There's too many excuses after work not to go, and the only motivation I need in the morning is knowing that once I get home from work, my time is completely free. <BR> <BR> But, with this new change, I feel like I have to be much more efficient with my workouts. My usual routine was <BR> 20 minutes on treadmill <BR> 25 minutes on bike <BR> ~25 minutes of free weights/strength training <BR> 5-10 min... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:01:26 EST didn't walk far, but great Great day walking. Not real far, but felt great!!!! Sun, 23 Apr 2017 20:11:54 EST setting up a fitbit Im trying to set up a fitbit to replace my spark tracker. When Im in the SP site it says click to connect, when I do that it puts me into the fitbit site. Do I need to be registered with the fitbit site in order to be able to get it to sync with SP? I dont remember the spark tracker this hard to set up. Thanks Sun, 23 Apr 2017 17:13:24 EST tHOUGHT OF A NEW EMOTICION !! <BR> <BR> "SPARK IT " Sun, 23 Apr 2017 13:22:29 EST How long to rest between reps? Wondering what everyone does to rest between reps during machine and free weight workouts? And how long do you rest? I just sit and count, if I let my mind wander I lose track of time. :/ Sat, 22 Apr 2017 17:39:10 EST Migraines and Exercise Hi, all. For those of you that have migraines, what types of exercises do you do when you have one? <BR> <BR> A little about myself, I was diagnosed with chronic migraines a few years back and my current neurologist wants me to do 45 minutes of cardio at least 3x a week. He said I could do anything I want. I do not have any physical limitations. My blood pressure is slightly low so sometimes this will keep me from doing high intensity exercises like tabata or exercises that involve a lot of ... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 11:35:21 EST Only 20 minutes cardio at a time? This particular article claims that after 20 minutes of cardio you start burning muscle and not fat, so keeping cardio down to 20 minute intervals is the ticket. I've never heard this way of looking at cardio. What do you think? Is it true that the first 20 minutes of cardio will burn fat but after 20 just muscle? Hmm... <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>tures/odd-things-that-make-you-fat.asp<BR>x?pos=1&xid=nl_EverydayHealthWomensHea<BR>lth_20170421#04 Sat, 22 Apr 2017 07:28:14 EST Having trouble isolating glutes Hi...I am currently in physical therapy for 3 herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, arthritic spine, etc. etc....Been sedentary or over 1.5 yrs. :( <BR> <BR> We are trying to strengthen my glutes. We have tried many exercises, and previously when I was doing well and seeing a personal trainer, I cannot isolate and train my glutes. I only feel it in my thighs. Any idea why or what I am doing wrong? I broke my butt! <BR> <em>40</em> <em>39</em> <BR> My therapist seemed pretty... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 12:20:15 EST Need help setting a goal weight I need help on how to set a healthy all week. Should I be 115 pounds since I am 5'3" tall? Or should I go a little higher? Please help. Sorry, I meant to say a healthy goal weight. Wed, 19 Apr 2017 21:59:29 EST Exercises for mobilty challenged I have vertabrael osteomylitis with Candida Yeast/discitis on L2&L3, L4&L5 are extremely herniated & bulging and have fractured tailbone. Also I have 3 cervical discs herniated & bulging. I usually weigh 125 & am 5"3 but am now 190. I also have neuropathy in my feet and my legs go numb or swell daily. Edema is a constant in anything below my knees. I would like to try yoga or pilates but don't now if that would hurt or help. I wasn't getting far in physical therapy but that was a complete dif... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 10:52:39 EST Good Workouts with Resistance Bands I bought a set of resistance bands, but I've never used them before. I'd like to begin using them as part of my regular workout routine. Does anyone know of any good beginner's workout videos that focus on resistance bands? Or do you have any suggestions for me on how to start out? Thanks! Wed, 19 Apr 2017 08:59:43 EST Can walking in place still be considered a workout I"m trying to become more active during the day. I work from home but usually I'm pretty sedentary all day unless I go to the gym (3 x a week). I want to add in more workouts at home but I wasn't sure how to do this as I don't like walking on roads and I don't have equipment at home. After researching at home, I came across walking in place (eg leslie sansone's videos) and it seems like a good option for me but i'm wondering if it still has the same affects/benefits with weight loss. Has anyo... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 19:27:19 EST Calories Burned I may have missed it but ,,, What is the formula on finding calories burned for Fitness Tracker? Tue, 18 Apr 2017 16:50:21 EST SparkPeople Fitness Minutes Tracking I know there's something unusual about how SparkPeople tracks fitness minutes that are over two hours daily, but I can't remember what it is. I realize you only get a maximum of 24 points daily, but my "total monthly minutes" on my fitness tracking page is off. <BR> <BR> Can somebody remind me of how this works. My total monthly number is about 100 minutes less than what I've tracked. Help! <BR> <BR> Thank you!! <BR> <BR> Stephanie Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:01:47 EST Loose skin after weight gain/pregnancy Has anyone here actually managed tighten up a significant amount of loose skin after weight loose and pregnancy? More points if there were c sections involved. If so, please share what works outs worked for you. Its to the point i dont even care to loose weight because i hate how the skin looks thin anyway :( Mon, 17 Apr 2017 20:57:16 EST In-home walking I'm not completely certain... but I feel that the walk-at-home exercise routines, e.g. Leslie Sansone are causing my thighs to become larger. <BR> <BR> Anyone else noticed this? Or perhaps it's because I added running sprints into my outdoor walks? <BR> <BR> Or maybe I'm just sitting in front of the computer too much after long days at work on my feet. <BR> <BR> In any event, my skinnies are not looking so skinny with my legs in them. :-( Mon, 17 Apr 2017 13:05:46 EST Workout plan for busy college student/employee Hello! <BR> <BR> I am commuting to college 4 days a week, I've been working out 6 days a week which includes boxing, cardio, and weight lifting when I get home from school or before. Recently I wanted to start going to work more than just 2 days a week, I want to work 4 days a week and since I work at a restaurant I've had my fitbit on me and I've been hitting 5 miles every 8 hour shift since I'm always on my feet. <BR> <BR> I don't want to over work myself so I don't know how much should I... Sun, 16 Apr 2017 18:41:02 EST At the bottom of the latter, and I need help. Hi! My name is Tiffany, it is nice to meet you all. <BR> <BR> I am a beginner, I make beginners look like experts. I just started a membership at Planet Fitness and I am a little lost. I feel like I am just bumbling about the machines, with no idea what I am doing. I know a few people that go but they are way more advanced than me and I don't want them to see me struggle like a fool. <BR> <BR> Little back story. I was hurt and was off my feet for three months and in that time packed on way... Sun, 16 Apr 2017 11:38:38 EST What's a replacement for the Garmin Forerunner 305 My Garmin Forerunner 305 finally bit the dust. <BR> I'm looking ideas for ideas for a new device that is like the Forerunner 305. <BR> <BR> The criteria I'm looking for in this device, I want this device to <BR> 1) track the time and distance of mileage of my walks and runs. <BR> 2) allow me to upload the data from the device from my computer or from an app on my phone <BR> 3) tell me my average walking/running pace (example: 12 min/mile), average speed (example: 5 mph) and calories burne... Fri, 14 Apr 2017 17:18:22 EST Back strengtheners? Yesterday I bent forward to open a drawer and something went "pop". Now my back hurts, not enough to keep me from doing things, but enough to slow me down and force me to take caution changing positions. The pain is in the sacral area on down across my upper glutes. I am scheduled for a check-up next Wednesday, but any suggestions on building those weakened muscles and ligaments back up? Thanks. Oh I do live right on the sea so I can get in the water easily. Fri, 14 Apr 2017 08:48:29 EST Able to escape! Didn't have to have ingrown toenail removed. It's OK!!!! Thu, 13 Apr 2017 15:35:07 EST Aqua Trak I walk at my local pool's aqua track and am wondering if there is a way to determine how many points my walks are worth. There is a current in the track and so I am walking against that resistance. Or is there a way to calculate how fast I would be walking on dry land given the resistance. Wed, 12 Apr 2017 10:56:28 EST Exercise - pickle ball, badminton or tennis? Which is better for burning calories? Pickle ball, Tennis or badminton? <BR> This is for a group of elders above the age of 55. Wed, 12 Apr 2017 05:49:00 EST Need help with fitness questions Long time no see. I've been in a rut lately and there is a lot of contrary information out there that doesnt really fit so I thought I'd ask here. <BR> <BR> It seems like every suggestion page is so tailored to a particular group its difficult to pull things out of it. I want to run, but I don't ever intend on running marathons. I lift weights, but I'm not a bodybuilder. I just want to be healthier and stronger. <BR> <BR> First question set: Is it better to lift weights for strength or bo... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 02:22:03 EST Progress I'm trying to sort of keep up with my time since I started back running again. <BR> <BR> March 8th: 3.38 miles 1:15:22 (slow af) <BR> March 11th: 2 miles 28:52 <BR> 1st mile 12:12 <BR> <BR> March 23rd 3.35 mile 59:47 <BR> March 24th: 2 miles 26:47 <BR> 1 miles 11:41 <BR> <BR> April 9th: 3.35 miles 45:38 <BR> April 10th 2 miles 24:57 <BR> April 11th 1 mile 10:39 <BR> <BR> I did a lot between those dates but j... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 23:00:42 EST How to get step count with Fitbit when riding a bi Does any one know how to get steps counted when riding a bicycle with the Fitbit? <BR> Is it passable at all? Tue, 11 Apr 2017 12:23:42 EST YouTube exercise channels. I want to get in shape, but I can't drive, and I don't have a job, so I can't afford a gym membership. <BR> <BR> What are some good fitness channels on YouTube with videos of workouts I can do along with the video? Sun, 9 Apr 2017 20:56:40 EST Running Plans What program/plan/app do you use? I'm doing the C210K right now but eventually I plan on working to get faster not just endurance and I'm looking for what other people use for running. Sun, 9 Apr 2017 11:59:42 EST if your heart is pounding... I take fitness classes, and some are fairly intense. I go only three times a week, but others go much more often and are quite athletic. <BR> <BR> In the last few weeks I've found that my heart really starts pounding during some of the more intense portions of the cardio workout -- enough so that I feel a little dizzy. I take a few minutes, drink some water, and go back. <BR> <BR> My question is -- is that an ok response? Or do I need to find a different, less intense option? Is there a... Sun, 9 Apr 2017 09:46:24 EST maintenance question I got to a point where I thought I would try to find the balance point calorie wise. I had lost 65. The charts here put me at about 1875 calories for sedentary. I set my eating goal at 1800. I weigh and track all food, so I think I am pretty close. I walk my 10K steps, and usually get in a 45 minute bike ride every day. The way I read the charts I should have a 250-500 calorie deficit still from the exercise. But my weight is slowly creeping back up. I am open to comments Sun, 9 Apr 2017 08:50:43 EST Non Gym Days In January I joined the local gym for the first time in my life and I love it. My goal is to go 2-3 days a week and so far have been able to do that. What do you do on non gym days? I've tried to emphasize walking then. <BR> <em>252</em> Sat, 8 Apr 2017 16:23:28 EST Bad knees, bad hip. Kinda sick of it actually I really want to exercise. Just yoga would be amazing. But the last couple of months where I live have been super humid and my knees sort of ballooned, this is the first time this has ever happened. Even with the slow change of seasons to cooler weather haven't completely helped this. My hip has always been a bit...meh, but having trouble moving with my knees has made that a little worse. I feel like I'm whinging. Stairs, omg, no please. I try and walk a few kms everyday, but the knees still ... Sat, 8 Apr 2017 08:13:33 EST Pre workout powder for running Hi there! <BR> <BR> I'm cutrently searching for at pre workout power for running. I'm not intended to use it for every single run, but for some days when I really want to hit the gas! <BR> <BR> I wonder if Mr. Hyde or Mypre is an option. The problem is that I really do not like tyrosine becouse it give me headede. The beta alanin have to be there cause it gives me som kind of motivation. There is no need for creatine as I dont sprint. <BR> <BR> Any sugestions? <BR> <BR> Im sorry for my b... Sat, 8 Apr 2017 02:05:40 EST Question about cleaning house? My question is can you count cleaning house part f your workout? Like the heavy kind of cleaning, scrubbing floors, shampooing carpets, any thing like you would do if you was spring cleaning. Thank you for any replies. <BR> Fri, 7 Apr 2017 17:43:19 EST A great idea for sparkers? What do you think? I have a great idea! Spark: Why not pair with other companies like Vionics, Nike, Nautica, Nature Valley, other sports and health companies in terms of using our Spark Points to save on those companies products? For example: Save 5$ on Vionics shoes with 75 Spark Points, save 5$ on 2 boxes of Nature Valley bars with 100 Spark Points? It would give everyone something to use their Spark Points on instead of just virtual gifts and would benefit both Spark and the other companies? Sound good? Wha... Fri, 7 Apr 2017 14:25:35 EST Cardio drumming How do we log cardio drumming. Also where do find good videos besides YouTube? Fri, 7 Apr 2017 11:42:04 EST Gymboss Timer and Wristband Colour me stupid, maybe it's because I'm autistic, but for the life of my I cannot figure out how to attach the Gymboss timer to the wristband? I finally figured out all the ins and outs of the timer (I use the interval timer for running) but HOW IN THE WORLD do I attach it to the wristband? I'm so embarassed, it must be simple, but I don't see how to do it? Fri, 7 Apr 2017 11:12:24 EST Finding the proper weight? I was using the workout generator and I'd like to start the beginner's dumbbell workout. I have 2 questions about that particular workout. The beginner's dumbbell workout is here: <link><BR>_plan_generator_details.asp?id=122 </link> <BR> <BR> 1) I read the tips for choosing the correct amount of weights ( <link><BR>weight_tips.asp </link> ) but I still don't know what to do. I can't afford to just buy weight after wei... Fri, 7 Apr 2017 11:05:11 EST Need help I am a fitness tracker junkie, and I have settled ( until the next great device comes out) on the fitbit charge 2 and the apple watch series 2. I love both devices for different reasons. I know sparkpeople syncs with both fit bit and applehealth. So I am sure I can't have both devices synced to my account. I currently have my fitbit linked to spark people. Which is better?? Any thoughts?? Thu, 6 Apr 2017 18:43:49 EST Running really slow - on treadmill even I used to run 5k in 25 minutes - 11 months ago - and I actually gained almost 20 lbs in this past year! And so I joined Spark today as now I can hardly break a 15 minute mile on 1% incline treadmill - and after 2.5 miles... I am really sweaty (my treadmill is in a room with ac). and cannot wait for just 3 mikes to finish. I am really freaked out by this. Treadmill even at 1.5 incline is easier than outside - so what is wrong with me? Thu, 6 Apr 2017 17:26:43 EST what exercises can I DO I have physical limitations on the exercises I can do, I can not anything that requires jumping,running,or any strenuous moving because a bladder issue, I have some success walking as long as its not too fast,what other exercises can I do. Thu, 6 Apr 2017 15:50:48 EST What's on your workout playlist? Bruno Mars! Thu, 6 Apr 2017 13:33:30 EST just asking can total steps walked each day be counted as exercise, I wear a step tracker all day and I do a lot of walking as part of my job. Thu, 6 Apr 2017 12:23:00 EST Need advice on maximum heart rate So I've been looking up things about what my target heart rate should be, which seems to be 200 minus my age (which is 33). But I've seen no research or resources for people who are initially very sedentary before they start working out, people with very high BMI's (mine is 73), or even people with heart issues. (I don't have heart issues but I do have very bad heart related anxiety, as you can probably tell by all this googling.) <BR> <BR> I'm definitely going to talk to my doctor about thi... Wed, 5 Apr 2017 21:59:03 EST Inner thigh pain Well, actually it's right in the side next to the groin. There is a muscle, or a tendon or something, and it hurts. <BR> <BR> It feels just a bit tight when sitting, doesn't hurt at all when running, and when walking intermittently sends a sharp fleeting pain. <BR> <BR> Not sure what I did, or what I should be doing. I've been stretching after each run and since it started hurting (3 days ago) have added in seated butterfly and other inner thigh stretches. <BR> <BR> Is there something el... Wed, 5 Apr 2017 21:58:49 EST Calories burned during heavy Spring Cleaning Today I decided to clean out my son's room to turn it into my new fitness room. He moved out about 2 years ago and left a lot of his things behind.I worked on this room for 5 1/2 hours packing heavy books, getting up and down on a chair removing old posters, hanging new pictures, taking I don't know how many trips to the garage moving boxes and garbage bags. I was sweating my butt off. I went to the fitness tracker and entered heavy cleaning or house cleaning and it said for 330 minutes I bu... Wed, 5 Apr 2017 18:24:36 EST Help for heat rash during exercise! I noticed today that when I walk/jog on the treadmill for a good time, I start getting chafing/heat rash on my inner thighs. Maybe it was just the pants I was wearing today, but how do YOU prevent chafing? Wed, 5 Apr 2017 16:49:00 EST Jump Squats- Hurt Knee! I was doing HIIT yesterday and my knee started really hurting after doing some jump squats. It keeps "giving out" and sometimes there is a sharp stabbing pain. Also when I straighten my leg my knee sort of has a sensation of building pressure followed with a little pop. I am worried! Anyone else experience this post workout and did it go away or did you need to go to the doctor? Wed, 5 Apr 2017 12:17:07 EST Weight loss I have now kept track of everything I have eaten for two months. I only lost one pound. I exercise everyday, three times per week at the gym and walking the days in between for at least 30 minutes. I have kept within the calories allotted to me. Is the fact that I am 81 years attribute to my failure to lose weight. Thank you. <BR> <BR> Becoming a bit discouraged. Wed, 5 Apr 2017 10:18:56 EST Hiking is the best weight loss exercise EVER I hate running. I do it because I can run intervals for 35 minutes and get a decent caloric burn in after work. I am also willing to do it outside in temps as low as 26 degrees. <BR> <BR> But on the weekends...I go hiking! I joined and then joined a local hiking group. They plan 4 hikes per weekend and I drive - sometimes an hour - to go along. But I never regret it. Because I can be social while burning 2500-3000 calories! It's amazing! And now I even hike alone. For 8 - 10 mile... Tue, 4 Apr 2017 21:39:48 EST did my minimum Got to just above 3 mis. today. Need to keep it up and watch the ugly and unneeded calories!! Tue, 4 Apr 2017 21:07:47 EST Beta Blockers and Working out I have been on beta blockers around six months now, my doctor said I can work out to tolerance. My heart rate zooms up pretty quickly when I am doing cardio. Therefor I have been doing short cardio sessions throughout the day, examples: Mowing the lawn with an old style push mower, I have been doing ruffly 15 minutes at a time. Prepping garden beds, turning soil, weeding, I can handle that activity for approx 20 minutes at a time. I am also doing core training/squats/pushups/leg lifts in... Tue, 4 Apr 2017 10:47:10 EST Not physically capable of doing cardio I am a little old lady of 72 and I have arthritis and I use a walker in places that are smooth enough. (Other wise I "walk" (toddle).) I read one of your articles saying that my heart rate has to reach a certain amount for my my walking to count as cardio. My heart rate never reaches that. So what do I do.) I have been timing and estimating how long my exercise takes, but obviously it does not count as exercise for Spark. <BR> <BR> How do I know how much to eat? Obviously I will continue to ... Mon, 3 Apr 2017 17:22:19 EST Core Exercises I really need to strengthen my core. But I can't get down on the floor very easily and getting up is harder. Are there any core exercises that can be done standing or sitting? Mon, 3 Apr 2017 13:33:07 EST Beginner training for cycling Hello Everyone. <BR> <BR> I have a new goal to become fit for a 50 mile scouting, cycle, day-trip for my son. The deadline is not yet made, so not a huge amount of pressure. <BR> <BR> Looking for a resource on sparkpeople or elsewhere for training. Does anyone have ideas where I can start? <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance for any help or motivational inspiration. <BR> <BR> I never expected to be a cyclist. Amazing what you become for your children. Mon, 3 Apr 2017 09:11:48 EST What is an alternate exercise for forward lunges? Today will be strength session #2 for me of the Walk This Way Challenge. The forward lunges from session #1 were causing one of my knees to make a popping sound accompanied with slight pain. Would you suggest lateral lunges as a substitute or something else? Mon, 3 Apr 2017 08:40:06 EST Not ready to move on I've decided to repeat day 10 For an additional wk, when I'm technically on day 15 should I not click on I walk/jog today (day 15)? Sun, 2 Apr 2017 19:13:46 EST Favorite SparkTV workout video or trainer? I'm loving the R.I.P.P.E.D. Videos that burn a lot of calories and actually feel my muscles have had a workout after completing them. I just noticed today that there is a warmup and a cool down video, too in this series. Sat, 1 Apr 2017 15:31:10 EST What's your fitness routine? Just trying to get a feel of what the community is doing to stay fit. I like to keep it light these days: a few squats, push-ups and sit-ups! This is coming from a former gym rat and a marathon runner. The truth is, I'm tired.LOL Sat, 1 Apr 2017 08:44:17 EST Activity tracker questions I just started trying to use the tracker again and am wondering how to find something and how to do the weight tracking. Am I doing it right to put how many sets, then on reps do how many average in each set? First I tried figuring all the reps total, then decided it meant how many each set. <BR> <BR> 2nd, I joined a class called Senior Sneakers Classic, which uses light weights, resistance bands, a small ball and works on balance, flexibility and strength. Is there anything that would re... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 18:22:19 EST Ketogenic Diet Is anyone doing this type of diet? Is it healthy? Does it work to get the pounds off? I'm trying a low carb diet and am amazed that EVERYTHING including veggies have carbs. Thoughts anyone? Fri, 31 Mar 2017 00:21:17 EST Calories burned I just discovered that you can organize the workout videos on Spark TV in order of number of calories it will burn! Thu, 30 Mar 2017 22:42:23 EST Bloating after exercise Okay slowly but surely I'm actually getting increased energy from exercise which is awesome :) 3 weeks in and I can do up to 3 miles of walk away the pounds. <BR> <BR> Question though.....does anyone experience bloating after exercise? lol I'm not talking about anything serious no I don't need to go to my doctor lol please I'm just talking about the your belly kinda swells a little bit but slowly goes down after a couple hours. No nausea, no pain, nothing that would cause alarm. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 18:01:28 EST Fitness Blender Does anyone use fitness blender workouts? If so, did you follow one of their plans or just pick different ones? Pros/cons? Thanks! Thu, 30 Mar 2017 13:21:42 EST Free weights for seniors Are there any Seniors who use Free Weights for fitness? <BR> Have just started a Jazzercise class and a portion of the class is using free weights. <BR> Any suggestions of size or things to watch for to avoid injury? <BR> Thanks, Wed, 29 Mar 2017 22:52:44 EST Rep/set help I just started lifting in January and since then I've seen pretty good results. I'm basically only doing arms (since I run) i do the bench, biceps, forarms, and triceps. My problem is... when I first started I did as many sets and I could until I couldn't lift anymore and I did that until I hit 15 sets for each part. And doing this takes forever and I don't want to spend 1hr 30min working out. So I've heard that it's best to lift fewer sets and higher weight. Is this true. Cuz I don't want to... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 20:00:29 EST triceps What is the best way to reduce and tone flabby arms? <em>39</em> <BR> Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:03:21 EST exercising with a bad back I was diagnosed with a herniated disc, degeneritive disk disease and a couple of pinched nerves. What do you recommend as far as exercising goes to strengthen my back. Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:23:44 EST Best workouts for upper body weight loss. Can someone point me in the direction of exercises for some with a large upper body and smaller lower body? I seem to loss all my weight in my lower body and hold the weight in my arms back stomach and chin. Thank you :) Tue, 28 Mar 2017 23:09:38 EST Chronic Bronchitis I have Chronic Bronchitis. This darn disease I think has been with me for over a year. I just have one coffee in the morning and have peppermint tea in the evening. What about exercise? I've read not to do anything strenuous. I have a constant cough I have started taking Achene's with garlic. I keep meaning to call the doctor for antibiotics. She gave me Apo-Doxy which made me ill. And that was because this stupid pharmacist told me to take it on an empty stomach. I talked to another pharma... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:30:48 EST Planks I have a question about doing planks. For those of you who have done them or currently do them (including a 30-day challenge): <BR> <BR> 1. Do you see results of any kind? If so, what? <BR> 2. Are there any cautions about doing planks nearly every day? I know there are often cautions about doing the same exercise too often - stress/strain on certain muscles or joints, etc. <BR> <BR> Thanks for your input! Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:42:30 EST My neck! Every couple of months I get this stupid neck pain (right side just inside of right shoulder blade) and I'm not entirely sure what's causing it. I've tried changing up pillows and stretching first thing when I wake up to try to loosen it up so I don't injure it further through out the day and I've also seen a chiropractor but I can't afford to pay for that weekly when this comes about. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any suggestions on how to keep the pain away for good? Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:58:07 EST Exercises for Arms & Abs only?! I am looking for exercises that focus on the arms and abs. I am very active at work (usually walk 10 miles a day), so I like to keep my legs well rested for that <em>20</em> I am trying to create a workout routine that lets my legs rest, but really focuses on my upperbody/arms/abs. I'm trying to get rid of arm flab, mostly. I don't have a gym membership, so I'm looking for things I can do at home. Any recommendations? <BR> <BR> Thank you! <em>30</em> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:47:03 EST Feedback on gym plan would be appreciated Hello, <BR> <BR> I'm new to exercise and would be extremely grateful for feedback :-) <BR> <BR> I'm a 160 pounds female. Assuming my diet doesn't change much (it is generally pretty healthy), does this sound like a good plan for losing 30 pounds and toning up in a few months or would it be better to do the same class more often? Would adding pilates once a week make a difference?: <BR> <BR> -Spinning twice a week <BR> -Cardio kickboxing once a week <BR> -Body sculpt once a week <BR> <BR>... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:51:24 EST Anyone doing Strong Curves? Just curious if any SP ladies have done or are doing Strong Curves by Bret Contreras? If so, how long and what's been your experience so far? <BR> <BR> I bought the book and just finished reading it. I'll be starting the first exercise in "Bootyful Beginnings" today (wanted to read the whole book first). I was pleased with his take on nutrition. Also never really realized what he said about women doing the same exercise regimen as men - but expecting to look different. That was eye-opening. Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:28:59 EST Beta Thalassemia Minor and Exercise Kinda long sorry! <BR> <BR> Okay short back story, I was diagnosed with BTM since I was 18, I'm 30 now. ALL MY LIFE I'VE BEEN TIRED! Even when I was 120lbs I was's the BTM. Basically one copy of my beta chain in my dna is broke, we all have two. So some times it's asymptomatic which means no symptoms......I wasn't so lucky. Even though I'm not iron deficient at all, I'm anemic. So even if I get 6,8,10, I've even gotten 12 hours of sleep......I'm tired. It's like your goin... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 16:51:49 EST tracking question i have been walking daily but when i go to try and track it the mph is off the lowest listed is 2.2 mph but i am going 1.1 mph is the a big difference and if so how do i add it to the list Sun, 26 Mar 2017 14:23:37 EST Returning to Spark. Where to start Hello everyone. I made my way back to Spark and boy do I need help and advise. I don't know if this is the best place to start if not, please direct me. <BR> Here is my plan, I'm soon to be 68 yr old, female with diabetes, and not in best of shape. I usually walk everyday and usually manage my 10,000 steps on Fitbit, have done several 5ks and a couple of 10ks, but not as well as I would like. Where do I start? I have a 5k and a 10k back to back(one one day, one the next) in Sept and I want t... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 11:01:22 EST fitville Does anyone know anything about them? Sat, 25 Mar 2017 22:21:18 EST Virtual Walking Map Is there a virtual walking map on Spark people that we can use to track our walking? I am at a lost to find or use one on the internet. I finally got the Fitbit Zip to replace the Spat and would like some motivation to keep track of my progress. Sat, 25 Mar 2017 17:39:37 EST When do you weigh yourself and how offten? Just wondering when do you weigh your self? <BR> I try at least 2 times a week and I do this in the morning. Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:03:02 EST lifestyle vs diet I'm having a hard time grasping this concept. I mean I get that fad diets and such aren't going to be sustainable, however in order to actually lose weight you must restrict in some way. I'm trying to make healthier lower carb choices. I'm definitely avoiding bread, sweets and such right now because I know lean protein, veggies, fruits and small amounts of healthy fats will keep me fuller for less calories. I don't however plan to avoid breads, potatoes and a sweet now and then forever. So ye... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:21:55 EST I made it back onto my treadmill Last night, I walked on my treadmill for 10 minutes after facing down the anxiety attack I had about it last week. I still had to stop 3 times and take deep breaths and I still felt some tension in my stomach, but I made it to the 10 minutes that I had set for myself. Thank you to the SP members who posted on my last blog about this subject. Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:31:59 EST Shoes? I walk, ride my Tadpole recumbent, Kayak and I am going to start training to run, any suggestions for a good shoe? Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:24:44 EST Fitness Leaderboards How do I get back to the leaderboard that shows steps for everyone in March? For some reason, now I only see the steps of "me and my friends" - but I liked it better when I could see where I ranked with all of the Sparkers out there! Tue, 21 Mar 2017 21:45:38 EST Weight loss plateau after starting to workout Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'll preface this with a little "about me." I used to be an active person and was a healthy 145lbs and worked out 2-4 times a week. I ran 2 half marathons, then had a downhill skiing accident and had to get multiple surgeries on my ankle. After about 2 years, with a job relocation to a new city and not picking up my pre surgery habit of working out, I looked down at the scale and was at a shocking 185 pounds. <BR> <BR> I started my weight loss journey in October/November.... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 18:26:46 EST When You Cannot Exercise I have medical reasons that I cannot exercise. But I make sure that I stretch and move. I wasn't doing that and I can attest that it hurts not to exercise. Moving is very necessary. So I do what I can without hurting myself. It's not much, I can't do aerobics or lift weights, or walk fast or long distances...but at least I am moving now. Tue, 21 Mar 2017 04:54:19 EST Using weights- advice This week I am going to aim to use the weights at the gym as well as get back to doing cardio. For the weights I am unsure as to what I need to do. I was thinking 3 sets of 10 reps ??? if that make sense for each machine for around 20 to 30 minutes. I usually do the elliptical for an hour but am just getting back to exercise. What are your workout routines and how many days each week? Thanks! Mon, 20 Mar 2017 19:59:25 EST The thought of doing the treadmill causing anxiety I am re-starting my healthy lifestyle but find that the thought of doing just 5 minutes on my treadmill is causing me anxiety. I always felt that walking was my preferred type of exercise, even thought I craved it. I tried reducing the speed to a very low number, but today I truly recognized the feeling as anxiety. I worry that my heart will beat too fast, that my knee will hurt and my lungs always feel like they are not completely open. Gosh, I sound nutty. I danced instead, just so I wo... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 00:03:30 EST Wii fitness I have an older Wii console that I would like to press into service for exercise. I have the balance board thing as well (I may be a bit heavy for it). <BR> <BR> Is anyone using this system regularly for exercise? What program / game do you use on it? Sat, 18 Mar 2017 14:29:36 EST Feet going numb I have been doing a 45 min Leslie Sansone walking video and about 1/2 way my feet start to feel tingling from the ball of my feet to my toes. What would cause this? Thu, 16 Mar 2017 22:39:13 EST Do you chart both? I wear my Garmin and sync it to SP, but on days that I walk on the treadmill should I also add that 60 minutes to the fitness tracker? <BR> <BR> I feel like it's sort of double dipping. <BR> <BR> What do you do? Thu, 16 Mar 2017 22:17:00 EST Where do you put your phone when you work out? Whenever I go for a run or to the gym I always have a problem of where I'm going to put my phone. If you have this problem how do you solve it??? Thu, 16 Mar 2017 21:06:02 EST Spring Challenge? Is anyone up for a spring challenge? I'm putting one together for my neighborhood fitness group, and would gladly share it here on SP. <BR> <BR> Basically it would run through spring (starts Monday) <BR> Would include a steps challenge (10K minimum per day) a fitness challenge (30 days at a time) and posting support/progress. <BR> <BR> <BR> Please respond to this post or send SparkMail. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> More details to follow! Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:29:58 EST Spark Fitness Tracker I have one I havent even set up yet and would like to but cant find where to do this. I hope this wasnt a waste of money now. Can someone help please. Thu, 16 Mar 2017 10:25:25 EST Pound exercises Does Spark People have Pound exercise videos and how do I find them? Wed, 15 Mar 2017 17:10:55 EST Exercise with a boot Hey everyone~! <BR> I have been in a boot since early December and feel like since it's nicer I need to get going on exercising but.... I am in a boot due to an ankle injury. Any suggestions or ideas would be greatly appreciated~! <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance, <BR> ClearLakeGal Wed, 15 Mar 2017 15:49:49 EST Muscle gain/fat loss I'm curious what every one thinks about this. <BR> <BR> Back story: <BR> I've been working CONSISTENTLY for 16 months, going from basically sedentary lifestyle, to increasingly adding more cardio. I took up swimming and it has really added to my physical improvements (lost some inches, gained stamina).And my calories are in range or close to range (compared to being maybe DOUBLE they should be) My scale barely moves (I began around 246 in September 2015 and I am around 236 (230ish) now, in M... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 14:44:05 EST Activity Tracker Data Transfer Question For Christmas I got a Garmin activity tracker. I have it synced with SP but the data is way off! <BR> <BR> This last week I was away in North Carolina mountain biking, (awesome btw!) and was mountain biking 2+ hours a day and the tracker transferred about a measly 200 active calories a day when the app for the Garmin shows well over 1000 active calories a day. <BR> <BR> March 10th shows 189 calories transferred for the day. I went on a 3 hour 40 minute bike ride and was camping so I was ... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 09:19:35 EST fat and embarrassed to exercise Ok so the title says it all really. <BR> I live in a small town where everyone knows everyone else and I have had comments already ("so-and-so saw you on a bike!!!") which doesn't help the many of us extra space-occupying humans who are sensitive enough already! <BR> I don't really want to exercise ninja style under cover of darkness or drive to a secret location where I can wobble to my hearts content. <BR> So how have you overcome this barrier? Wed, 15 Mar 2017 05:53:32 EST Exercise/Fitness Advice Needed - Who Can I Talk To As the title says, I am attempting to find out who I would ideally talk to about finding ways to exercise and workout effectively, given my personal issues. I believe I may need an exercise counselor with an understanding of sports, etc. <BR> <BR> I have been a pretty serious athlete all of my life until about 5 years ago. Over a four year period, at the age of 56, I was hit with Sciatica (first time ever), then a serious surgery on my left knee, then major eye surgery, then a serious surge... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 02:12:58 EST gym goers - do you have a plan? I tend to just wing it when I'm at the gym. I usually look up a work out online and follow that plan but it's always a one off workout and not any kind of progression other than I'm pushing myself harder or adding weight. What kind of plan do you follow or do you follow one at all? I currently tend towards tabata style workouts so I don't think it's hurting me yet but... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 09:25:25 EST Starting to exercise Hi, I wanted to start exercising. I broke my foot, a lizfranc break. Which means I can no longer run. Running for me helped with weight loss and was wanting to start exercising again. I found out I had low bone density (not osteoporosis). I have been walking a lot. My foot swells, if I am on it all day. I haven't started working full time yet, but when I do, I will need special shoes. <BR> So this is the info I'm wanting to know about: <BR> <BR> 1. Best low impact exercise for weight loss, b... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 00:36:25 EST Is a 1/2 Marathon realistic for an obese person? I signed up for my first 1/2 marathon for the 3rd of September. I have never ran more than a 5K. I want to run to lose weight and I have a training program but I am starting to wonder how realistic of a goal this is? <BR> Can an obese person run a 1/2 marathon in under 3 1/2 hours? <BR> Should I have lost the weight first or run to lose the weight? <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 13 Mar 2017 10:36:17 EST 4 min HIIT? hey ! <BR> <BR> I would like to know your opinion on hiit work-outs? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>8wyl8F4 </link> <BR> <BR> The above link, will take you to a video where the fitness you tuber does a 4 min hiit workout ( daily challenge) <BR> <BR> But, is this enough? <BR> <BR> <BR> Regarding weightloss I know <BR> your plate needs to be cleaner. But, how much is a good time to workout? <BR> <BR> I tried to do 5K's three- four times a week, but then I n... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 09:26:14 EST Nervous for starting Master's Swim at Y tomorrow! <BR> Hi all! I have been struggling with my 50 lb weight gain that happened starting in September with lots of transitions and stresses. After trying so hard (since January) to lose the weight, this past week I finally saw a 5 lb drop! I decided to stop tracking food and instead use the 21-Day Fix portion size containers, which has helped me get a lot more veggies in! But, other than my mental health and decision to stop tracking Calories, the big change for me was yoga. Before, I had been t... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 09:04:23 EST Exercise before or after a meal? I was wondering when is the best time to exercise- Before or after a meal? Sun, 12 Mar 2017 11:16:00 EST Open Water Swim-- What have I gotten myself into? Ever have one of those conversations where you agree to something before thinking it through? Maybe a beer or two was involved? Yeah. So the good news is, I have a year. The bad news is, I have committed to a two mile ocean swim, which I am in no way qualified to do at this point. <BR> <BR> I'm a strong swimmer, although not a particularly fast one, but I've never really swum in open water outside of placid little Midwestern lakes, and 2k is more my range, not 2 miles. <BR> <BR> Any ad... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 05:09:44 EST Belly Dancing? Has anyone had a friend or themselves had any success with belly dancing and reducing fat around the abs and/or obliques area? Maybe helped tone the core? I'd like to take a class just for the fun of it, but am curious as I've heard many rumors about this. Any help is appreciated, thanks! Sun, 12 Mar 2017 00:38:18 EST Sleep and lifestyle changes I tried posting this on the mobile feed, but I think it was the wrong place. I'm not sure if this is a good or exercise issue. <BR> <BR> I have been having very restless sleep lately. I haven't had trouble falling asleep, but I am waking at night. Sometimes for short periods and sometimes longer. I haven't changed anything drastically as far as food. Caffeine has never bothered me in regards to sleep. I usually only have coffee in the am. <BR> <BR> I am usually exercising at the l... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 22:00:34 EST Need a Replacement for lunges My knee went wonky about a month ago. Since then lunges HURT. I need a replacement exercise for lunges in my routines. I can do light squats, but not lunges. Ideas? Sat, 11 Mar 2017 15:16:06 EST Does this count? I wear my activity tracker whenever I take the train to work. I accumulated about 8,000 plus steps each of the days I take the train to and from work. <BR> <BR> Does this count as exercise? Or should I exercise more on those days? Sat, 11 Mar 2017 07:33:02 EST Suddenly the day got away So I was swept up in getting SP points, planning meals, getting work done, and suddenly it was time to make dinner. I am going to have to do a workout now tonight... bummer. I just wanting to relax. I guess this is the case where if you fail to plan for exercise, you have planned to fail. <BR> <em>230</em> Fri, 10 Mar 2017 18:16:25 EST Hernia Help?! I had a check up this week and told the doctor I could feel a lump in my lower belly. She felt it and said she thought it was a hernia. (I had surgery near that location 1 year ago to remove a ovarian cyst). She told me as long as it's not bothering me, I'm good, but if it is, I definitely needed to do something about it. Meanwhile, I have an appointment coming up with my surgeon for a follow-up. <BR> <BR> I believe I may have triggered it by using a kick-board during my swim session. <BR> ... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 00:06:13 EST Workout effectively...? Ok. I'm new here so hello! Let me give a few details before my questions. <BR> I'm 44,m, 245lbs,5ft9,with a 49inch waist at the belly button. <BR> I am on week two of working out, and I see fluctuations on the scale ranging from 239 to 243 <BR> I always weigh in the morning at the same time. <BR> <BR> I have been found treadmill for 30 minutes 4 times a week.. I cannot run on it yet, but I walk about 3.8 mph with a 2 to 3 incline. I work up a good sweat. <BR> <BR> Is this efficient? I... Thu, 9 Mar 2017 12:03:33 EST Do you track just five minute bouts of exercise? Hi guys, <BR> I do 2-3 8 minute walks a day up and down my driveway (which also has a hill) and do 5 minutes of indoor walking/walking in place a few times a day because as a student, I am sedentary and busy and apart from my gym visits I was not very active so I have started adding these things in. My question is, do I still add activities like this? Also, I do gentle yoga and do about 20 minutes most days but never feel like I'm working out or exercising so I don't know if I should count it... Wed, 8 Mar 2017 12:39:04 EST Probably stupid question When logging strength training with weights into the spark activity log, do I list the weight of one weight, or both? I'm using 2 3lb. weights. <BR> Thanks Tue, 7 Mar 2017 19:48:37 EST Loosing pot belly Hi. I'm new here anyway. I gave up smoking last year and I've put on some weight and developed a pop belly which I never had when I was smoking anyway. I'm wondering could someone give me ideas on how to loose my fat belly? <BR> <BR> Thanks. <BR> <BR> Jack. Tue, 7 Mar 2017 18:56:42 EST 5, make it 6, common injuries while walking or run I tripped while walking last year. Tripped on obstruction on sidewalk. Lost two front teeth. <BR> Mon, 6 Mar 2017 14:15:22 EST Exercise Minutes I seem to recall somewhere where you can get your total tracked minutes, but without the graph report. I'm looking for the bottom line number, not where I have to add together all the monthly totals. Mon, 6 Mar 2017 08:41:07 EST Workout ideas for "beginner"? Hi everyone! I'm just starting a new healthy lifestyle (after years of diets and weight loss, followed by binges and weight gain). I've been very active and athletic in the past, but feel like I can't start off on that same level, given my current weight. Does anyone have ideas for "beginner" workouts to kick off weight loss? Thanks! Sun, 5 Mar 2017 12:44:20 EST Burrr sitis Having trouble today with hip, need to rest my legs for a few days. Going to use my milk carton weights for my exercise for today and a couple of days. Sat, 4 Mar 2017 14:32:15 EST Treadmill My treadmill has the option to incline but it does not show what the % of the incline is. How can I determine my incline? Fri, 3 Mar 2017 23:26:34 EST COLD WEATHER I WILL BE GLAD WHEN THIS COLD WEATHER GO AWAY SO THAT I CAN GET BACK OUTSIDE AN DO SOME WALKING. Fri, 3 Mar 2017 22:00:33 EST gain 2lbs in a day while eating healthy Hi, I weighed myself this morning and I found out that I gained 2lbs, I have been eating healthy and exercising for the whole week. it makes me very sad . Fri, 3 Mar 2017 15:23:47 EST changing for a few days Have trouble with hip, sooo. I am not on treadmill yesterday, nor today, but walking 5 min. in home just about every hour for about 6-8 times. Also, doing 10-20 squats. Used to do 100, but that was 50 years ago! Fri, 3 Mar 2017 10:57:12 EST Home Gym Options Who here has a Bowflex Blaze? I've read really good reviews, but thought I'd ask you all as well. Fri, 3 Mar 2017 10:09:27 EST On the treadmill On my mileage counter, when on a treadmill, the miles on the treadmill don't count. Not fair when attempting so many miles per mo./yrs. etc. Wed, 1 Mar 2017 20:42:38 EST Any good exercises to get rid of this extra skin? I had a gastric sleeve surgery about 6 months ago and before I did the pre surgery diet. I went from 420 ish to 300 in a space of a like 9 months. I have some extreme extra skin now..;( Cant afford plastic surgery so am curious if anyone has any good exercises to tone belly and lose belly flab..;( <BR> <BR> I see a personal trainer but just was curious if anyone else had any good exercises. Tue, 28 Feb 2017 18:09:23 EST Fitbit suggestions I'm thinking about getting one, but I'm not sure I understand them. How do you use it? Exactly what does it do? Does it offer you significant help and inspiration? <BR> Thank you so much. Tue, 28 Feb 2017 08:52:58 EST Resistance Bands This past October, I fractured my humerus (upper arm bone / shoulder) and I have been in physical therapy. A number of exercises use round tube resistance bands. <BR> <BR> I am getting ready to ramp back my therapy and do exercises at home. Searching the web for the round tube bands and can only find where they sell them in bulk rolls (like what the phys therapy center might buy). Kinda pricey. <BR> <BR> Anyone know a source to maybe buy this stuff by the yard? Or should I just get a se... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 08:45:56 EST Arms Is there an exercise I can do to strengthen/sculpt I can do without bending my wrists? Pushups, etc. are out of the question because I have a metal plate in my wrist. Any help/suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Tue, 28 Feb 2017 08:21:52 EST Someone please be going through this too!!? I want to get healthy which to me means losing weight and expelling toxins from my body. <BR> <BR> My biggest problem is that when i diet i feel very nervous like ik not getting enough and i fail bery quickly. Ive tried most diest from huicing to paleo to just tring to eat better but after a day or so i start to feel very anxious. Im a hypochondriac to the 9th degree. <BR> <BR> I feel like gettinf healthy will help alleviate this anxiety and stress but i cant start because of the nervousn... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 22:27:23 EST Bob Harper had a massive heart attack<BR>le-4264584/Bob-Harper-Biggest-Loser-su<BR>ffers-heart-attack.html Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:25:05 EST Is there any good pedometer app for android? I've tried pedometers before. My first two were ok but didn't last long and then my third one that I brought online rattled with every step and just was not 'discreet'. I want to invest in a Fitbit tracker but can't really afford it right now. I'm just wondering if anyone knows of any good android pedometer apps? I'm pretty sedentary but I feel like it could be a great motivator. Thanks in advance. Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:42:55 EST weights question I'm about 5'2 and I weigh about 235, when I do exercise I mostly walk. my question is do you weight until you a lot of weight before you start to lift weights or do you go ahead and put weights into your workout? I don't want to bulk up, just tone as I go. I have heard don't lift weights until you lose the weight cause you will put muscle on of the fat, then I've heard yes go ahead and at weights to your workout. Need so guidance's. TIA, Sat, 25 Feb 2017 20:05:38 EST Fitbit sync Is anyone else having issues with Spark and Fitbit not syncing? Mine stopped yesterday about midday, and still hasn't synced. Sat, 25 Feb 2017 14:44:05 EST C25K app Does anyone know of a good C25k app that allows you to listen to your own music from an iPhone while using the app? <BR> <BR> I have one by Active Network which I really like. It even allows me to change the coaching personalities and voices but... for some reason I can no longer hear the voice cues other than the opening announcement. The only way I'm able to know when it's to walk or jog is that my music gets quieter for about a second. Sometimes I end up walking when I should be jogging a... Sat, 25 Feb 2017 14:12:09 EST FITNESS I am in need of any suggestions on getting the mind set to exercise, need to lose about 40 more pounds. Fri, 24 Feb 2017 22:00:50 EST Give me suggestions for 6 lb wts. So, I've been adding pounds gradually to my dumb bell workouts, and I'm about ready for something MORE than 5 lbs. But they only seem to have 8 pounders next. There's no way, I can do 8lbs safely. <BR> And it's too risky to try to grasp a 5 pounder and 1 pounder at the same time and lift above my head, etc. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any tips for how I can get 6 lbs for an arm and shoulder workout? <BR> The sooner you reply that more grateful I will be! :) <BR> <em>41</em> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:43:56 EST Can't do piyo due to tendinitis - help! After losing 36 pounds doing piyo, Natalie Jill, and PIIT, my doctor confirmed today that the nagging pain in my arm that won't go away is bicep tendinitis, and absolutely no planks!!! until it's healed. Piyo was what worked after years of walking and doing cardio with no change in my body. I know I can still walk, do cardio, and treadmill, but what's left for sculpting and yoga if I can't put weight on my arm? Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:47:20 EST Podcasts I like to listen to podcasts while I walk (also while driving). Anyone else out there a podcast fan?...If so, which ones?...I am always looking for a new one. <BR> <BR> I am currently following: Adam Savage's "still untitled" podcast; Mysterious Universe; This Week in Tech; Gilbert Gottfreid's podcast and a few others.....yes I am a geek. Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:43:53 EST Coach Jen a question for you Since the Spat is no longer in business I recently got the Fitbit Zip and love it as I can wear it on my shoe for just steps. <BR> <BR> I am synched with Spark here, and Fitbit by way of dongle, however, since there is no longer any use for the Spat and I have disconnected it, how do I get rid of the box that pops, which is all red from spark, on my computer saying that I need to put in a dongle for the Spat. <BR> <BR> Any help would be appreciated. <BR> <BR> Thank you! <BR> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:27:41 EST weights rep range hi everyone can anyone tell me what medium weights or what rep range that would be my physiotherapist told me i can only do medium weights at the gym does anyone know what rep range i should stick to ? Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:38:39 EST Completely clueless I've never worked out before. I've never even touched a weight. Can anyone help me get started. Im not happy with my lifestyle. I have no idea where to start Wed, 22 Feb 2017 23:35:15 EST Exercise while watching TV/playing Most evenings, my husband is working so it is just the kids and I at home. I have a 3 year old and a 4 month old. I know with our busy schedules I sometimes feel like I don't get to spend as much time with them as I want to. What are some good exercises to do while we play with his tractors and cows (his obsession) on the livingroom floor? Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:37:19 EST Why did I gain 2 pounds in 1 week while working ou Hi Im in a 60 day fit challenge at the gym and did 6 gym classes an hour long each and gained 2 pounds what did I do wrong. I did step, pillaties, metabolic, total body and watched my calorie intake. Sore everywhere lol , but still determined to lose the weight. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:14:19 EST Is anyone a boxer? I started boxing a few months ago and really enjoy it. It would be nice to talk to some people who also box, and perhaps get advice Wed, 22 Feb 2017 04:17:43 EST Pushup question I got an app that says it will get me to 100 pushups in a month. First day I could do like 23. Now, 1 month later I just did 5 sets of 25. So... they were not lying. <BR> <BR> But... since I am older than Methuselah I do get sore sometimes (ok I am only 53 but still...). After pushups my right shoulder hurts bit. Not real bad - but yeah, more than I think it should? Not like a muscle burn from working out, more like a clicking/stiff soreness. It just does not feel normal. <BR> <BR> So... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 04:13:37 EST Exercise to reduce belly fat Can anyone suggest some exercises to reduce belly fat? Wed, 22 Feb 2017 01:06:30 EST nutrition tracker and fitness tracker coordination I changed my nutrition tracker to add my fitness into the mix. Today I worked out 45 minutes on a stationery bike- rode over 11 miles- so now the nurtrition tracker says I can eat like 800 more calories- I'm at 1330 for the day - I'm 5' 7" 1/2 and have a sedentary job. I try to work out 5-6 days a week. If I don't eat a lot more, will my body think its starving and slow the work out. Ie- what should my minimum intake be? Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:36:06 EST Protein intake witjh one kidney I have one kidney and I just found out my potassium levels are high. I do work out and at present I am 5'10" 160 lbs, but I would like to add more muscle. I read that too much protein is not good for the kidneys. <BR> My question is, if eating or drinking more protein is needed to gain muscle, how can I do this without causing damage? <BR> Also, does anyone know of any low potassium protein powders? <BR> <BR> Thank you Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:45:47 EST Not sure if exercise is good for me or not? I am concerned about what plan of action I need to take right now. I have already been diagnosed with arthritis in the joints of my lower back, but the last several weeks I am now feeling achy dull pain all over my body. This is especially intense when I lay in bed at night or when I wake up. It is so hard to move out of bed because I am so stiff. The doctor says that moving is important so I have never stopped exercising. I do take a rest day once a week when I do yoga which I did yesterday.... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:55:06 EST Fitness tracker How do I set my fitness tracker to a low active persons tracker? Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:12:48 EST Heart Rate Monitors I need a heart rate monitor that I can check when doing zumba and such. The fitbit is so expensive. What do you use? Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:40:04 EST Planet Fitness They are about to open a Planet Fitness gym in my town. Anyone have any thoughts about them...good or bad? <BR> <BR> I have not been to a gym in a while and was wondering if I should go ahead nad join this one. Sat, 18 Feb 2017 16:22:36 EST Modified workout ideas I was wondering if anyone has any modified workouts? My ankles are messed up due to having arthritis as a child, so they don't bend as much as an normal ankle would. Does anyone have any ideas of ways to get around it? I would love to do squats but unfortunately I'm unable to! Any advice and ideas would be greatly appreciated! Sat, 18 Feb 2017 15:51:26 EST what is the preperation needed to run and exercise I am training for a tough mudder and so im doing a 1 hour workout every day and running every other day. <BR> <BR> I notice that I am more likely to stick to my plan when workouts/runs are in the morning, at the moment i do one in the morning and one in the evening, however it would be better for me to do them both in the morning. <BR> <BR> I am usually a little tired and hungry after my morning run, and usually go straight for breakfast afterwards. im worried that I wont have the stamina t... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 15:04:49 EST I can wear my Fitbit Zip on my shoe! I am very excited about my new Fitbit Zip! I can wear it on my shoe! Yay! <BR> <BR> I was disappointed that the Spat would no longer be "active" so to speak but searched for a tracker that would be able to replace it and I wanted one that I could wear on my shoe for steps. <BR> <BR> Today is my first day of wearing the Fitbit Zip on my shoe and we shall see how it goes! <BR> <BR> Syncing it was very easy. First make sure your old Spat is disconnected. <BR> <BR> First you must go to the F... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 10:49:58 EST Are my workouts still helping my weight loss? I'm not a total beginner to exercising, I joined a gym 4 years ago, lost some weight (was morbidly obese at 14) and was really enjoying it. Then I hit a rough patch and although I said I was exercising I was only doing 1-2 pathetic workouts a week and regained all I lost plus more. <BR> <BR> Now though, I'm determined to get fitter because my health has suffered so much and I am working out for 3x45mins per week and hopefully increasing to 4 or more times. But now I'm in worse shape, I've b... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 23:10:37 EST What can you do now--post weight loss? Being overweight can make some activities harder. I'm writing an article about what our members can do now that they've lost weight. Tell us: Are there any activities you can do now that you couldn't do before you lost weight? What is the activity/activities and how do you feel now that you can accomplish them? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Elizabeth Lowry <BR> Assistant Editor Thu, 16 Feb 2017 13:56:46 EST