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 All Day activity I keep seeing 'All Day' activity on my friends activity trackers - sometimes for 0 minutes or 1 minute even! What IS it? what does it mean? Sun, 21 Sep 2014 13:04:32 EST Gazelle Anyone have a Gazelle? Do you like it and is it a good investment? Sun, 21 Sep 2014 08:25:00 EST Is SP capable of syncing Garmin VivoFit activity? I know SP syncs or picks up activity from its own activity tracker device and the FitBit to the fitness tracker and other goals. <BR> <BR> But is SP capable of syncing or picking up activity from the Garmin VivoFit? <BR> <BR> I want to trade my FitBit for a Garmin because I've been having major charging problems with my FitBit. The VivoFit runs on a battery with a life of one-year. <BR> <BR> I like the idea that SP has been syncing my activity from the Fit Bit but keeping it charged has ... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 07:17:06 EST Unable to do lunges I've been trying to add lunges to my workout in addition to squats. However, when I perform alternate lunges, my glutes and inner thighs get sore for a few days. I can do about 70 bodyweight squats quite easily in a single set. Every time I do lunges, I experience slight soreness the next few days. When the soreness is gone, I try another few and the cycle repeats. I haven't done more than 5 alternate lunges. <BR> <BR> As far as I know, I'm getting the form right. Having watched several vide... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 00:36:33 EST workout regiment critique/advice Please Help Hello people: <BR> <BR> I have a workout regiment that I have been keeping up with for 2 weeks. The workout is supposed to be a little intense, but not to where it injures me ( so far no problems). My total workout regiment is in the Planet Fitness gyms. I just basically want some critique or rather advice on if the regiment I am doing is good and any extra advice. I am currently 6ft 1inch and 300lbs. ok Here it goes: <BR> <BR> Monday: 30 min Cardio- 15 min on hill climb machine, 15 min tre... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 03:57:36 EST Fitbit and vibrating machinery if you are using a Fitbit flex you should not wear it while using heavy vibrating machinery. Last winter I wore it while snow blowing my driveway. Probably 1500 steps at best. That day I registered 20,000 steps even though while snowed in I did little else. My snowblower shakes the crap out of me, even though I don' walk that far (I have a 75 foot driveway). I also noticed that when I drove my scooter home from work today the Fitbit registered 300 steps while I was driving. The Fitbit is very... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:46:16 EST Best Tracker? I lost my SparkTracker and now need to shop for a replacement. The obvious question is why not just replace the tracker? The problem I had with it is that I have a laptop with three USB ports, used by my wireless mouse, wireless keyboard and USB extender. The tracker dongle requires that it be directly connected to a USB port on my computer. It did not work in the extender, which was a real pain. I had to keep switching out my wireless keyboard. I don't want to go through that again. Are t... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:31:29 EST One armed working out? Odd and confusing thread title, but let me explain. I had shoulder surgery on my right about 6 weeks ago and while I have rehab exercises for that, I just now got cleared for no limitations with weight on my left side. I've been stuck doing just leg presses, other leg machines, and core work for a while but now could do some isolation work on my left side. What do you guys think of the benefit for that? I'm right handed, so that side of me has always been a tad stronger in the weight room so ... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:56:48 EST Need Study Group So making small changes has resulted in big results for me. I'm down 4 pounds in a week. <BR> <BR> The only thing I've done differently is make small changes using the low glycemic index (eating clean). I am not eating anything processed! <BR> In other words I can have 300 calories worth of broiled chicken but I can't have 300 calories worth of chicken nuggets. <BR> I can't have white potatoes (as high as sugar on a glycemic index) but long grain rice ok. <BR> no white bread but pumpernicke... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:51:37 EST 10,000 steps + 30 Minute exercise? Should I be looking to do 10,000 steps or 10,000 steps + regular exercise? <BR> <BR> I'm asking because I can easily get in 10,000 steps a day before I go swimming or jogging. <BR> <BR> Note: I am not looking not loose weight. I'm looking to stay fit. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:20:32 EST When is the Best Time to do Yoga? I haven't done yoga, ever, and I want to start. I have stressful days and I'm not in the best of shape, so I think that would be a good place to start. I have dvds, I've done the typical thing, bought them and never used them. I'm finding that good intentions don't get me far, doing does. <BR> So anyway the question is... do I do it in the morning to start my day off well? Or do I do it in the evening to help relax and relieve stress? Those are my options because of my works schedule. An... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:54:12 EST Recommendations for a Weightloss/fitness camp? My husband and I have decided as gifts to each other for Christmas this year we want to go to a fat camp or weight loss camp or fitness camp. Has anyone gone to one? Any recommendations? Or exercise cruises? <BR> <BR> Thanks Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:52:55 EST Strengthening core for someone with limitations? I'm hoping that someone can give me some suggestions here. I've perused the exercises here on SP, but I'm not sure what would be best in my situation. <BR> <BR> I was in a car accident a few years back and while I'm technically okay now, some of my injuries have left me with some lingering issues. I broke several ribs, pieces of my vertebrae, and my foot. Due to the broken foot, I was immobile for over 6 months. <BR> <BR> Being immobile plus the broken ribs pretty much obliterated any cor... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:54:38 EST Cardio alternatives with shin splints Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> My lovely shin splints are back so I'm taking a couple days off from running. I still really want to get some cardio in today and I'm feeling incredibly motivated. I'd hate to waste my perfectly good motivation while it's choosing to make an appearance. Are there any cardio exercises I can do? My apartment has a very small gym but it does have a stationary bike, treadmill, and elliptical. Would any of those be okay? My legs were killing me yesterday but I iced them an... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:11:36 EST Midnight Munchies Hi everyone! I work full-time nights and eating during night is almost always something i forget to do. So I'm looking for suggestions as to what would be good snacks / meals for over night consumption. Currently I bring like yogurt with fruit, simple stuff. So any suggestions would help. Thanks a lot in advance. <em>381</em> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 06:08:18 EST Newbie in Crossfit. What does 3-3-3-3-3x means? Heya! <BR> <BR> I'm just recently trying to incorporate crossfit into my fitness regime and I have been looking up on the internet, google and stuff but I still can't get an answer to my question. So, what does 3-3-3-3-3x means? I'm using to generate a random workout so, for example it gives me the below: <BR> <BR> Bob's tasty combo #7 <BR> Rest as needed between efforts <BR> Power clean 3-3-3-3-3x @ 77% 1RM <BR> Push press 3-3-3-3-3x @ 72% 1RM <BR> <BR> Thanks fo... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 04:24:56 EST How does SP calculate Calories? Good evening everyone! <BR> <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> I noticed that on the workout videos there is a "track calories burned" button, and when I enter an exercise on my tracker, such as the walk I just took, it calculates the calories. <BR> <BR> I'm curious to know what it's using to calculate that information? Does the site automatically pull my weight info from my profile somehow and calculate it based on my weight? <BR> <BR> Or is this one of those "if you're a 130 pound woman, this i... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:01:40 EST ddp yoga anyone tried this? Diamond Dallas Page yoga? Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:09:24 EST how many times a week should i workout for weight I usually workout everyday for no less than 30 minutes. But today my muscles are SO sore from a workout its hard to walk. I feel really guilty for missing my workout today. I am going to walk my dog later but i still feel guilty. How often should i be working out in a week? Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:49:12 EST how many times a week should i workout for weight I usually workout everyday for no less than 30 minutes. But today my muscles are SO sore from a workout its hard to walk. I feel really guilty for missing my workout today. I am going to walk my dog later but i still feel guilty. How often should i be working out in a week? Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:47:56 EST Second wind Now that I am getting in better shape I find that I am getting my "second wind" after about 25 minutes running or cycling. I feel like I cannot do anymore at the 20 minute mark but at about 25 minutes I can go another 30 minutes quite easily. Does anyone know the physiology of this feeling? Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:57:52 EST "All Day" Activity I have just noticed the friend feed is tracking "all day" activity for me. I'm not updating my status with this. What is this? Where is this being picked up from? Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:20:08 EST Which is better to do today? My knee has been hurting me for quite a while now. <BR> but I want to do some sort of excersing today... <BR> <BR> so should I go jogging or do so home videos? <BR> <BR> FYI, I jogging twice already this week and done on home video from Sparks <BR> <BR> TIA Wed, 17 Sep 2014 07:52:25 EST demise austins thigh toner has any one ever used the thigh toner from denise richards? does it work? Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:17:44 EST Roku a free roku stick came with our new TV and there are a lot of free exercise videos on there. I'm going to do some yoga videos this morning while my fiance is taking a nap. It's my day off so I don't want to waste it watching TV, I know i'll feel better if I exercise and eat healthy food. I already took the dog for a short walk so I got outside... I want to go for a longer walk outside this evening with my fiance. He said he was feeling sick so I don't know if he can come too... <BR> <BR... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:52:44 EST Help!! Please!! Hip pain with new shoes?? Hi Ive been walking/running 3 miles for the past 4 weeks with non running New Balance shoes, old ones. I just got me some NB runners (with support and lots of cushion) <BR> I was able to run a little more but I noticed right away my hip was hurting but I kept going. When I got home I was an pain in both hips?? <BR> I went to NB store to get fitted for the right shoes for me, so I know they are correct. Do my legs, hips body etc just need to get use to the new shoes?????? Im taking a break t... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:57:33 EST It's too cold out to run my 5Ks anymore Hi, I started doing the Zombies Run 5K app program and was having a lot of fun and really surprising myself with my progress. I live in Canada and it's gotten so cold I can't motivate myself to go out anymore. I can't afford any of the Patagonia windbreakers, etc, and polar fleece I found drove me crazy it got so hot. I tried layers and ended up unable to carry them when I got hot running. Also my shoes from Walmart are breaking down and my knees hurt when I run in them. Is a windbreaker... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:31:32 EST Fitness Videos <BR> <BR> When I try to watch any fitness videos, the will not play. What would be the reason for this and how do I fix it? <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance! Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:23:00 EST Exercise & MS Hi! Newbie here, just joined today <em>524</em> <BR> I was curious, if anyone had any tips on exercising when there's very little leg strength. I found a few seated exercises on YouTube. As silly as it sounds I feel like I won't get the results that I would if I was up and about moving around. Any tips would so appreciated. Thanks everybody! <em>30</em> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:38:33 EST does spark adjust the calories burned? i know that when you loss weight you need less calories for your body to function. Sparkpoelpe adjust that for you as you weigh in and loose weight. And i know you burn less in workouts as you loose. Do they adjust the calories you burn for each workout too or do the stay the same? Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:14:34 EST why don't I build up strength with weights? Over the years I've tried weight programs. Each time I start out fine, then add a little weight, and am sore... try adding more weight after a few weeks and feel even worse... and finally give up. I've NEVER felt stronger and stronger over time. <BR> <BR> I've done a variety of different things -- nautilus, hand weights, classes... <BR> <BR> What am I doing wrong?? Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:15:14 EST in search of static and/or nearly sta ab exercises I'm terribly frustrated: really enjoy cardio classes, am fine with light weights, but for reasons that no doctor can determine I get terribly nauseous when I do sit ups or roll from side to side. Have tried everything to "cure" the problem, and now am trying to live with it. <BR> <BR> My problem is that every good class includes weights, cardio, and MAT EXERCISES. I lie down on the mat, do two crunches, and feel sick. As a result, my abs are very weak. Teachers say "you can just not do t... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:13:09 EST Am I doing workout minutes? The Spark Activity Tracker says you have to move 10 continuous minutes before they count it as a workout. How come this mornings it said I exercised 42 mins. but 0 workout min (and 0 out of 126 cal.) what gives?? Should I exercise at a higher speed? (treadmill) calories on machine vary widely but the mins. are correct on tracker and treadmill. Any advice:) Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:18:05 EST Best budget fitness band for cycling? I'm new to the fitness band things, and there are so many of them. I'm trying to figure out which one to get. Ideally it does it all, doesn't break the budget, and is accurate. Here's what I would want: <BR> <BR> * One that measures Heart Rate, distance, speed, and the usual metrics <BR> * One that I can use on my bicycle for tracking distance and speed for cycling outdoors (this seems to be the tricky one) <BR> * One that would sync to my Android (not a deal breaker, but hopefully data i... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 08:06:29 EST heavy Lifting, High protein diet But Stubborn Fat i am not asking for spot reduction, but i lift heavy, my deadlift is 90lbs, and squats is 80lbs, i run 3 days a week, and follow strength program 3 days a week <BR> I target 80-100 grams proteins a day <BR> i eat my veggies and complex carbs <BR> <BR> but darn i also eat cake slice or sugary snacks <BR> <BR> my back and my upper arm fat is the stubborn fat that refuse to go <BR> my heavy thighs give me tears <BR> <BR> and i am working out since last 5-6 years :( Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:38:47 EST Question about heart medicine Hi All <BR> Is there anyone who like me take an eye medicine that is a beater blocker and wheres a HRM when exercising? <BR> <BR> If there is please send a SP mail as I have a question for them. <BR> <BR> Ta <BR> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 17:25:38 EST Kettle bell question I would like to try a kettle bell workout, but I don't know how much weight I should start out with. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 14:55:23 EST Fatigued I am just getting back into an exercise routine and I am finding that I want to sleep all the time. This happened to me in the past but mainly when I was over training. Right now I am not doing anything crazy just a water aerobics class twice a week and 30 minute spin class twice a week with some walking on other days. I am trying to ease myself back into it. I seem to hold it together during the week when I can't sleep but every weekend I sleep til like 8-8:30 and wind up taking an hour o... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 12:12:33 EST tips please I have alot of cellulite and a little fat on the side of my knees, any suggestions/excercises to get rid of it? thanks! Sun, 14 Sep 2014 10:14:37 EST Black and Blue Toe Nails from 5K - Type 2 Diabetic I'm a type 2 diabetic have been doing a lot of 5K's lately, even one 1/2 marathon. Just walking, sometimes crawling. That's what I've been doing for my exercise. I'm down almost 70 pounds and am now off all of my meds. 5 shots of insulin a day gone. All oral meds gone. <BR> <BR> Last weekend I did my hardest event ever, no it wasn't the 13 mile half marathon. It was the 3 mile insane inflatable, which is a 3 mile walk in the sand crawling over blow up inflatables. Alittle fun, mostly grueli... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 08:01:52 EST Do you have to substract basal metabolic rate? Hello, <BR> so maybe you can help me. <BR> When I do an one hour workout and burn maybe 350 calories, does this include my basal metabolic rate? do i have to substract it? <BR> my basal metabolic rate is about 1600 calories per day. divided into 24 hours I burn about 66 calories per hour. these 66 calories I would have burned without a workout anyways. <BR> so. if i want to eat more calories on workout-days, can I eat 350 more calories or 280? <BR> I know, a body is not a robot... it's just... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 03:49:37 EST Showering at the gym I just signed up for the gym. I will be working out in the morning before work so I will be showering at the gym. I was looking for suggestions on what do do with my towel/swim suit afterwards so I don't get a wet musty pile in my car all day. Thanks! Sat, 13 Sep 2014 19:11:52 EST Fat and out of shape Hi all. I am embarrassed to say that I am at least 100 pounds overweight and definitely out of shape. I've been overweight since I was around 14 and it has gotten worse after having 3 kids and a miscarriage. My youngest is now 13 months old and it is beyond time for me to lose this weight. I have an appointment to go to the gym for a free 7 day trial membership to see if it is for me. I just wanted to introduce myself to y'all. Sat, 13 Sep 2014 16:58:32 EST Normal for calf to pop when walking or running? When I was working out earlier, my calf was popping a little. There is no pain from it though. Is this normal? Sat, 13 Sep 2014 13:18:52 EST I am so out of shape! I just started working out. I ran for about 20 seconds then I felt like I was gonna die!! And I walked for about 15 minutes. Now I am sore!! How long did it take you before you could work out without it hurting? There isn't anything wrong with me and I got the ok from my doctor to start. It is just that I am so out of shape! Sat, 13 Sep 2014 13:17:18 EST Pedometer advice needed What pedometers have ya'll found that are effective for someone with a large stomach? The ones I have tried in the past have jiggled too much and not reported accurately. Sat, 13 Sep 2014 02:21:36 EST reps on machines and elliptical success! I was wondering if there is a certain number or reps and sets that I should stick by when working out on weight machines or with similar activities? I do two sets of ten per machine typically. My other question beyond that was how do I know whether to use more or less weight? Sometimes I can tell right away, other times I am not sure and don't know what to go by or what to do. The elliptical success is my happiness I have been very excited about because I made it to 30 minutes on the machine ... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 22:23:48 EST good circuit training workout I am in need of a good circuit training workout... Any favorites out there? Fri, 12 Sep 2014 19:14:23 EST help! I have alot of cellulite and a little fat on the side of my knees, any suggestions/excercises to get rid of it? thanks! Fri, 12 Sep 2014 18:38:21 EST Could I lose 2 lbs. per week? This is my second weight loss journey, I'm trying to lose 50 pounds and I want to have lost 10 lbs. by Halloween. I've been doing circuit training for nearly two hours every day since I started my journey. Are there any high calorie burning exercises other than circuit training that could help? Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:47:23 EST Exercise after leg surgery I am having a total knee replacement the first of October. Can anybody give me some ideas on exercise. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:10:24 EST Anyone with cervical disc degeneration? I was diagnosed with cervical disc degeneration. Except for certain movements in my shoulders I have been cleared to do any exercise that doesn't hurt. Unfortunately, other than walking, I am not finding anything that doesn't cause pain or stiffness in my neck and shoulders. Even simple crunches and other floor exercises seem to cause me some discomfort. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to work on my core without involving my neck or shoulders? Fri, 12 Sep 2014 08:10:24 EST Today I ate a big lunch today and today is my day off so I'm not walking for work. It's 7PM and I'm feeling tired and lazy. I want to get out of the house and go for a walk or do a yoga video but I'm sooooo not feeling it. <BR> <BR> However, I just signed up for Pandora. so, I will listen to some pandora and go for a walk. and my fiance bought me new lululemon pants so i will wear those. <BR> <BR> :) <BR> <BR> plus, the dog gets a walk so he's happy too :) Thu, 11 Sep 2014 22:02:40 EST whats? The best ab exercise y'all gals have tried ??? Thu, 11 Sep 2014 21:45:55 EST exercise with knee pain - restriction by dr. I have a tear in my meniscus and problems on the patella.the dr.does not think surgery for the tear would help much, but there is damage to the patella and I will eventually need knee replacement surgery. next week I go to pt and will get exercises to strengthen my quads and surrounding muscles. what can I do at home to keep the weight from creeping back up.does anyone have ideas or suggestions for me? Thu, 11 Sep 2014 21:01:46 EST Ab Challenge? Leg Challenge? Squat Challenge? Has anyone tried any of these?? I've noticed that a lot of people are doing these challenges lately on sites like Instagram and Facebook. Has anyone tried them and if so, what are your results? (if any?) Or do you know anyone who has or is??? <BR> What do you all think about these???? Im thinking about starting some today :) Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:15:23 EST tracking website videos? After I finish a spark video online, I click and get my spark points, but how do I add it to my fitness tracker? <BR> I tried typing in the video names, but no matches come up. How to figure calories, etc. New at this. Please advise. Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:58:07 EST spinning nad yoga combo Hey I am planning to do 2 hot power yoga and 2 45 mins spin classes a week. <BR> <BR> im looking to loose a lb a week where poss and was hoping this would send me on my way i have done boot camps that worked but injurys stop me now. running can be an issue so thinking the bike is the way... thoughts/ ?? Wed, 10 Sep 2014 19:47:56 EST Target Heart Rate Calcs on Chemo? I'm looking for some advice on how to calculate my target heart range. I take a number of prescription medications. One of them is Metoprolol and I don't know how this might impact the calculation. <BR> <BR> Using the simplest formula for my Max Heart Rate: (MHR = 220-age), it would calculate to 169, making my target of 50 - 60% as between 84.5 and 101.4 beats per minute! Sigh. I reach 85 walking across the room! That's certainly not a valid workout range for me. <BR> <BR> Alternativ... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 17:17:54 EST heart rate I am 41 years old and my target heart rate at 80% is 144 on most stickers on the treadmills that I love to use. I am wondering what is too high of a heart rate to go above? When I get on the treadmill my heart rate is about 86-89 typically but unless I do interval running I hardly make it to the 60% mark of 126. I typically walk for 10 minutes and then I do 1 minute of running at 5.2 then go back and walk at 3.8 for another minute; then go 1 minute of running at 5.3 then back down to 3.8 f... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:37:41 EST fitness I never let myself get to hungry, I always carry a piece of fruit and water with me. If you feed the body it will help you lose weight. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 15:54:17 EST Exercising with a hurt knee Anyone have any suggestions on a low impact workout I can do with a pulled ACL. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 15:47:18 EST Nike Fuel Band Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> I have the Nike running app on my phone and I also have the Nike Training club. I saw an ad for the fuel band. Would any of you recommend it? I want to get a fitness band or a watch. What would you recommend? Wed, 10 Sep 2014 13:22:59 EST Starting the Couch to 5k soon and I'm terrified! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm pretty scared about starting the Couch to 5k program next week. I've been running in like 10-20 second intervals of running and I don't know if I could do a minute at a time. I've lost 70 pounds and I need to shed another 70 until I hit my goal. <BR> <BR> I just want to start the program, but I need some advice on how to safely do this without not fully going through with the program. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Wed, 10 Sep 2014 11:02:50 EST Cross-trainers and ankle pain I used to have a cross trainer, at first it was fine, and a lot of fun. <BR> Lots a lot of weight using that thing (30 kilo's!). <BR> But after a few months, whenever I tried using it, it gave me ankle pain so bad that standing on that foot became agony for weeks after training and I had to give up on it. <BR> I'm really short, only 5'1 (155cm), could it be the machines stride was too long for me? <BR> Tried to find more information on this but there seems to be little concerning this particu... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 06:24:20 EST Entering fitness minutes silly question... When we enter our activity on the fitness page and it says (example) Crunches how many sets weight and how long. Does it mean my weight? Or does it mean if I used weights with my workout? Wed, 10 Sep 2014 06:19:20 EST iPhone 5 armband Hello Sparkers! <BR> <BR> I am looking to purchase an armband for my IPhone 5. <BR> <BR> Having never looked into this before, I feel somewhat overwhelmed by the sheer range of armbands available, and can't decided on which one to buy. <BR> <BR> Can anyone recommend a good one that is comfortable, adjustable and also won't slip and slide all over the place while I'm running? <BR> <BR> Thanks a lot! Tue, 9 Sep 2014 23:42:16 EST suggestions please :) I have alot of fat stored in my thighs and the back of my legs along with alot of cellulite...what is a good way to lose weight in my legs and to help get rid of some of the cellulite? thanks Tue, 9 Sep 2014 22:21:46 EST Apple Watch For Fitness? Apple announced the Apple Watch (iWatch) today. One version is "sport". Based on their broadcast, it looks like one can replace their existing fitness watch with the Apple Watch to suggest, develop and track fitness activities throughout the day. The apps they showed looked amazing as well. Thoughts on if this will be as amazing as it looks for fitness when it comes out? Tue, 9 Sep 2014 21:05:14 EST beginning biker Okay so I want to start biking so I can loose weight but do not know where to start. Any advice would be appreciated!! Tue, 9 Sep 2014 20:53:07 EST Is there a wy to track walking stairs? I live in a one level home, but when I visit my daughter or best friend they each have a double stair way which I go up and down at least 20 times a day most days more. When I visit them I stay 3-4 weeks at a time, How can I track this on my fitness tracker? Tue, 9 Sep 2014 15:41:59 EST Going to extremes Hi all: I wanted to pick everyone's brain on a topic. I have been lifting weights for years I am interested in taking a body works class at my gym, LA Fitness. It a 55 minute class and I currently life from 20-30 minutes. Should I attempt to do this class or I wait and build up to 55 minutes? Thanks guys! GOD bless!! Tue, 9 Sep 2014 06:21:53 EST The Firm Express Get Thin in 30 Today I'll be starting The Firm's Express system. I'm so excited as this will be a new style of work out for me. Anyone else just starting on this system or have tried it in the past? What did you think? Mon, 8 Sep 2014 16:14:22 EST What exercises are effective for love handles? Topic says it all. :( <BR> I have a big problem with my love handles (lonhas, muffin top, whatever you want to call them). I hate them. They are one of the things that I just hate seeing in the mirror. So, how do I go about getting rid of them? Are there any exercises or machines that exist that help rid them? I am using hydroxycut pro clinical caffeine free as of today, and will be working out at least 4 times a week (aiming at 5). I will be using the gym at my apartments, so the machines ar... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 16:10:45 EST Suggested exercises schedule Hello, <BR> <BR> I've just started using Spark again after many years and I can't seem to find how to schedule fitness workouts for myself. I can only add what I have done already. But I remember that in the past it was possible for Spark to automatically assign suggested workouts for you in certain days similarly to the suggested menu plan in the Nutrition page. Is this still possible in Spark? <BR> Mon, 8 Sep 2014 14:59:54 EST Lifting plan with shoulder surgery? Legs First of all, I'm not actually asking rehab questions here. That's for the PT guy and the doc who did the surgery. I'm asking about what I can do for lower body since I can't squat or deadlift or even hold dumbells for lunges or goblet squats. <BR> <BR> I'm not a weak person, before injury I had a squat max of 385 and deadlift of 455. Not huge numbers, but respectable in my mind. Now, are my only options for resistance training really just leg press machine, ham curls, and frigging leg exte... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 13:49:37 EST spark activity tracker I bought the activity tracker and followed directions to install. Now when I walk or run I am unable to see the steps taken or mileage covered in my account. Can somebody please help. Mon, 8 Sep 2014 11:40:16 EST I need a Low Impact Sweat! Any suggestions for low-impact workouts that feel like a high impact workout without the stress on joints, etc. <BR> <BR> I suffered a back injury and have arthritis so I cannot jog or do high impact but I miss the intense cardio and sweat I had from them. I do yoga and walk but I need something! <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Judi Mon, 8 Sep 2014 11:31:25 EST burning calf muscles I do short warm ups on my treadmill before I do faster speeds, but my calf muscles start to burn and my legs ache after about 15mins. I go about 2.5 to 3.0 speed. This tends to make my workout shorter than I want it to be. Should I start out differently? Any advice Mon, 8 Sep 2014 02:08:00 EST Anytime Fitness I'm thinking of joining. Has anyone joined that gym? If so what are your thoughts? Sun, 7 Sep 2014 23:17:51 EST Overuse muscle Anyone knows good strecthes, or cardio that doesn't make your legs not too sore the next day?YouTube links or any other site for infos are appreciated. Thanks! Sun, 7 Sep 2014 15:43:09 EST Wii Fit Plus Just got a new Wii Fit Plus in our house and my daughter and I are loving it. I know it's been out a while, but this is our first experience with it and it is amazing. So many choices of plans to try. Can't wait to see what's next. Sun, 7 Sep 2014 10:45:51 EST Circuit workout for someone with 100lbs to lose I"m looking for some recommendations for a circuit program. I have bands, free weights and a yoga mat. I also have to keep it low impact as I have plantar fasciitis. I've been walking 3-5 miles a day 7x a week for a month and have lost 10 lbs. That is going well but feel I need to add in upper body and I'm just looking for something new. I've got P90X but I'm not there yet. I'm looking for something to get me there while keeping in mind I'm dragging a lot of weight around still and my j... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 10:22:16 EST People with Health Issues ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~<BR>~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> Hi, I would like to invite you to the team 'People with Health Issues United' , we are a small group and would like some more company. <BR> <BR> Here is the Link for the Team.... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=58444 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> Katie (Team Leader) Fri, 5 Sep 2014 20:49:51 EST Shoe recommendations Hello. Looking for some advice or personal feedback. I'm in need of some new running shoes and also a pair of sneakers for work. <BR> <BR> As far as the running shoes go, I'm interested in getting a pair of Asics Gel-Kayano 19's. I checked out the user reviews on Amazon and they are pretty well received, but I'm not certain that they are the best for my needs. Being overweight I'm not sure what to look for in a running shoe. Will the Asics work for me? Anyone have any experience with them? ... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 20:17:02 EST Exercising Through Pain How do I know if an exercise I want to do is safe for me? I have arthritis and often have joint pain. Fri, 5 Sep 2014 15:15:13 EST more weight or more reps? this question may have been asked before and if so I am sorry. however I just got back into exercising regularly and was working with the crunch machine at the gym. because it has been a couple months and I am just getting back into it I did 4 sets of 25 at 30 lbs and I never felt anything. So my question is should I up the amount of weight or should I do more sets? Fri, 5 Sep 2014 14:15:37 EST Speed Math What is the formula for figuring out how fast you are going? If I ran only .88 of a mile in 13 minutes, what would my speed be? Fri, 5 Sep 2014 12:47:21 EST Challenging myself Hi I am new to spark... I already walk and do yoga and pilates But I would love to have a more challenging workout for building muscles... any ideas or tips Fri, 5 Sep 2014 10:13:15 EST Exercise of the Day no longer on the website SP used to have an Exercise of the Day every day on the website. I have not seen it since the beginning of September. Has it been discontinued or has it been moved to a different place? If moved, where can I find it? Fri, 5 Sep 2014 08:28:46 EST Resistance Bands on sale Resistance bands are a cheap and compact solution to getting a strength workout at home. There's a very complete set on sale today for up to $20 plus $5 shipping. <link><BR>postid=5959131&ref=cnt_odet_jtd </link> Fri, 5 Sep 2014 08:11:49 EST Hate exercising, how to get motivated to do it? I've exercised maybe a handful of times in my life and I'm 34 years old. Never really had to until I started gaining weight since my hysterectomy 2 years ago. The problem is I hate exercising and sweating and it sometimes gives me a headache instead of that energy rush that everyone talks about. I'm about 50lbs overweight now and I NEED to get moving and get the weight off. I work at a desk all day, so that doesn't help me. I'm just wondering how to get going, especially since I hate it so ba... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 22:27:49 EST The best way to use nike fuelband/fitbit etc I'm currently using a Nike FuelBand and I'm not sure the best way to integrate it into SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> Here is an example of my conundrum: <BR> Today I did not "extra" activity outside of my normal daily routine. <BR> During the course of this day, I burned roughly 500 calories according to my FuelBand. <BR> <BR> What is the best way to record that on Spark or should I not at all since it wasn't exercise? <BR> I made a category called FuelBand and added 0 minutes but 500 calories b... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 19:37:41 EST Same Shoes? Do you exercise in the same pair of shoes that you use for general all around activities? Thu, 4 Sep 2014 15:20:34 EST Taking Muscles long time to recover I try to go to the gym 4 days a week (2 nights for pilates and 2 nights for 30mins cardio). The last month I am really struggling with muscle recovery. I will be a little sore the day after and REALLY sore 2 days after. I then skip the gym for a day or two and just take long walks instead to help keep my muscles stretched out. <BR> I am in my early 40's, so maybe age has something to do with it. But I am worried that I will need to resort to long walks instead of pilates and cardio. I l... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 13:25:19 EST TurboFire newbie I have Turbofire and was going to start doing the workouts next week. I am very obese, 255lbs, has anyone done Turbofire with that starting weight? Would you recommend me doing it, or should I start slow? Thu, 4 Sep 2014 13:22:22 EST what shoes do you wear i am needing a good pair of shoes, i have bought 3 pairs so far, and they all make my feet & shines hurt. they do good for the first week or so then they go down hill from there. Any suggestions? Thu, 4 Sep 2014 11:13:10 EST basic begining exercise with stability ball been awhile I had cancer and 6 operations and it cannot be cured I used to be on spark every day...the doc gave me permission to but begin with basic am I looking at all the videos under video? <BR> Thu, 4 Sep 2014 09:05:38 EST Aerobic exercise at home Any suggestions for aerobic exercise at home in smaller places without exercise machines like treadmills? Thu, 4 Sep 2014 09:00:28 EST Do You Yoga? What's your favorite yoga pose? Wed, 3 Sep 2014 20:31:03 EST To Use A Foam Roller Or Not? I have been using a foam roller for many years. I have heard pro's and con's about using one. What are your thoughts? Wed, 3 Sep 2014 15:48:00 EST Which is better? I am soliciting both opinions and professional advice here. Yesterday, for some reason, I was just not hungry. Not only that, but the idea of eating anything- even things I love- just didn't appeal to me. I didn't force myself, but I also feel too weak to exercise. I just skipped yesterday, reasoning that my calories for the day still came in under what is typical when I do exercise. <BR> <BR> It made me wonder again, though, as I often have. Is it better in the overall scheme of things... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 13:00:34 EST WORKING AROUND INJURIES... HI THERE. <BR> <BR> I HAVE A FOOT THAT HAS BEEN OPERATED ON TWICE, AND HAS BASICALLY BEEN RECONSTRUCTED. I KNOW MY WEIGHT IS THE MAIN FACTOR OF PAIN. I ALSO HAVE A SHOULDER THAT WAS INJURED AND OPERATED ON. I RECENTLY RE-INJURED IT. <BR> <BR> QUESTIONS: <BR> <BR> 1. HOW DOES ONE WORK AROUND A FOOT INJURY, WHEN THE FEET ARE VITAL TO WORKING OUT? <BR> <BR> 2. WHAT KINDS OF EXERCISES CAN I DO TO STILL BURN FAT AND TONE MY ARMS WITHOUT FLARING UP MY SHOULDER? <BR> <BR> 3. WATER AEROBI... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 12:48:01 EST I need help!! I'm taking in 1200-1,550 calories per day. I don't understand how to figure out how many calories I'm suppose to work off per day. Can someone please explain that to me. <BR> I'm 67.weight is 161.2. Right now I'm working out Jane Fonda dvd if that helps. <em>198</em> Wed, 3 Sep 2014 00:33:37 EST Have you tried Turbo Kick? Tonight I'm trying out a new class at my new gym membership. Turbo kick seems a bit extreme but I'm going to try it <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> Have you ever want to try a new workout class but was nervous? Well I am but at least I can say I tried it and will burn calories while trying! <BR> <BR> I did try U-Jam and that was great beside being off steps but got back on track. <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> So to all those who thought about trying it, or wasn't sure if you'll look good doing it,... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 18:58:39 EST Workouts You Can Do Anywhere Loved the SP Choices for the moving selections one can do to earn points. Especially the Workouts You Can Do Anywhere which had many many choices for picking something that fit into the day and time allowances so many of us face. You could keep that one on every day and SP users could pick and choose something new all month long. Sometimes articles or recipes are just rehashes of previous offerings, so of course you can not earn Spark Points because you've already done it once. (Surprising... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 18:57:14 EST Heavy Folks Climbing? Any people here with quite a bit of weight still to lose every done climbing? There is a local climbing place near my home and it looks like a lot of fun, I'm just worried with the amount of weight I'm carrying it won't be something I can handle. Anyone else tried? Tue, 2 Sep 2014 14:18:32 EST Elliptical and calories burned EQUATION!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Step 1 <BR> <BR> Use a scale to determine your weight in pounds. <BR> <BR> Step 2 <BR> <BR> Multiply that number by 2.16 to determine how many calories you burn in 30 minutes of elliptical use. <BR> <BR> Step 3 this is a good starting point :) <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 2 Sep 2014 14:00:48 EST Confused on amount of exercise Hello im chatty <BR> I am 5' short and 260 lbs and I have 2 very bad knees that have me on disability. <BR> Surgery is not a possibility due to no insurance so I endure the bone on bone pain <BR> but it don't stop me from exercising ...I use to walk slow but that got so painful I had to stop <BR> my doctor now I do in my little pool 10x30 water workouts ..less pain on the joints but don't know how helpful it is toward burning cals or building muscle. <BR> <BR> I have heard so many... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 12:40:31 EST Spark, Fit bit etc etc OK, I ride my bike, swim distance and run on pavement or treadmill. Biking involves elevations that don't seem to be logged by most trackers to take into account extra calorie burn. Swimming calorie calculators all say I burn "less" calories when I swim 1500 meters faster than my personal best time. Running often involves elevations which don't seem to be considered on most trackers. <BR> SO there a tracker out there that tracks biking, swimming, walking/running including elevations... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 11:44:54 EST just started T25 - who else? Hello <BR> <BR> Today was my 3rd day - it really got me tired. i have to lose 52 pounds so i am pushing my self to do the workout - any one suffered the same. i am soo out of shape and started and committed to lose the weight Tue, 2 Sep 2014 10:16:52 EST Figuring out the intensity level If one is older, what if 85% of one's resting heart rate does not feel intense (or at a level 8 out of 10)? Mon, 1 Sep 2014 14:40:33 EST how to set fitness goals when I'm in a wheelchair. I can't find where I can set goals for exercise that would fit my situation. I don't know how many calories I need to burn. The stuff that comes up automatically isn't realistic for my situation. How do I change that? What exercises can I be doing? Sun, 31 Aug 2014 14:43:13 EST Exercise morning, noon, or night? So, I'm not a morning person, at all. I'm a night owl all the way back since my baby days. My mom and I both used to get told that we had our days and nights confused. That being said, most morning I wake up with just enough time to get dressed, grab a bowl of cereal and head out the door for classes. <BR> <BR> However, being a commuter student to the local university, I've discovered if I want to find a parking space, I have to be there by like 8 o'clock in the morning. So, I've been worki... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 14:24:06 EST Calculating Calories Burned? I have a 30lb dog who is handicapped. When I take his sisters on long walks I like to take him with us in a wooden amish style wagon. I'm pulling him and the wagon, which is about 20lbs, for at least 30 - 45 minutes. So there a way to calculate how many calories an hour I burn pulling 50lbs of weight. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 19:07:45 EST Swimming/Treading water I'm thinking that I may add in some time in the pool (after doing the rowing machine or indoor cycling). I am not a strong swimmer so I'd need to work up to spending more than 30 minutes at a time in the pool swimming laps (side stroke, backstroke, etc.). I want to spend time treading water, the issue is that I'm not sure that I am up to doing 10 minutes at one time. I could probably do a minute or two at a time, then swim a few laps, tread water again, then repeat several more times. Would I... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:28:25 EST cardio beetroot! I'm fairly fit but much prefer strength training to cardio, having used cardio mostly as a form of extended warm up... anyway, I'm trying to 'do' more cardio but have discovered that I get very hot and my face turns a deep shade of red (almost purple). I'm not overweight and I'm just wondering if I should be concerned that this happens. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 11:13:17 EST fitness for people with spine injury? I injured my spine and can barely walk. What kind of exercise can I do to lose the 50 lbs I put back on from sitting/ Sat, 30 Aug 2014 06:44:32 EST Should I cancel my gym membership? Hi every one! I need some help with a decision that's really gnawing at me. I first joined the gym about a month ago because I had been plateaued for several months before that. I started out great, going 4-5 days per week, but for the last two weeks I've only gone ONCE. The weather is getting nicer out so I'll be getting out hiking and jogging again, which I much prefer over being in a stuffy gym. I just can't decide though, it almost feels like if I cancel my membership I will be quitting, ... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:09:11 EST Short, intense workouts for beginners. After some months of trial and error and failed attempts, I realized that my body enjoys short but fast/intense workouts. <BR> <BR> I've been searching on youtube for videos but cannot find any that are for beginners. <BR> <BR> I'm currently working out to a song and I do random high intensity movements , then rest for a few seconds and then back to intense. I replay the song 3 times. 4 min song 3 times =12 mins. <BR> <BR> <BR> It doesn't leave me exhausted like low intensity 30 min cardi... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:32:40 EST Walking sometimes hurts my feet and legs I do not know what it is, but walking sometimes hurts my feet and legs a lot. I do not know what I can do to relieve the pain Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:26:29 EST Types of Yoga - DDP yoga, Rodney Yee? I like Rodney Yee's style of yoga but have not been able to find any similar instructors/videos. I know it's my lack of knowledge of yoga styles (though I've tried to educate myself, but I'm not dropping $$ on possibilities until I know what I'm getting). <BR> <BR> I also like DDP yoga, but $80-90 for videos is just a little silly in my financial book. <BR> <BR> What styles are these two so I have a better shot of "trying before buying" without wasting hours and bandwidth? Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:02:49 EST does carb cycling really work? I was just wondering because ive hit a platu and can't get under 150lbs i keep checking once a week and it wont budge. I was thinking of doing the carb cycling. If i do do it, what web sites would be good to check out on it? And also has anyone here tried the Chris Powell carb cycling thing? And if so has it worked? Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:31:27 EST interval training I've been doing interval training for a while,and I heard somewhere that splitting it up into 2 workouts, one in the morning and one in the evening, can be more beneficial.anyone know if this is true? Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:11:37 EST what gives?..treadmill workout I used the treadmill today for 36 min. Spark Activity Tracker says I have no workout mins. or calories? Shouldn't some of that be counted as workout? Treadmill says 190 (regular cals.) tracker says 100?????? Advice please:) Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:51:36 EST To adjust or not? Hello all, <BR> I'm using fitness minutes instead of weight to measure success (at least through the tracker). I am relatively new and consider myself sedentary (I am at my desk mostly). So the goal set for me is only about 10 minutes a day. When I saw that I was going to make the monthly goal within about a week I doubled to about 20 minutes- which is about 620 minutes a month. <BR> <BR> I've actually been getting my cardio in twice a day (an hour total). While it feels great to know ... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:19:26 EST GAZELLE Does anyone use the Gazelle? I have one and love using it but since we go to the camper on weekends I have just not used it. I need to start up again and wondering if there is anyone else out there or a group or something to help me get some motivation and be able to chat with people who use this too. <BR> <BR> Thanks for your help. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:09:50 EST Steps vs Step Aerobics I have a 6 inch step stool that I do steps on but I am not sure how to track it. Can anyone tell me the difference between Steps & Step aerobics, or how to correctly log "stepping" without aerobics? I am assuming step aerobics is higher intensity... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:11:21 EST stuck Hi I've been going to planet fitness for some time. I do the elliptical for thirty five minutes. And strength training for at least twenty min. I eat between 1200-1500 cal. My problem is when i weighed in this month i haven't moved. for the entire month i haven't lost any weight or inches. <BR> what do i have to do to get unstuck. <em>39</em> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:42:42 EST Fitness Ideas! Okay Sparkers, I need your help! <BR> <BR> Here is the low down. I'm a 22 year old college student. I am a super senior! (I'm almost done with my undergraduate education! Whoo) I also work full-time at a nursing home. I just started and I really really hate my job. I love my residents but I hate my fellow staff members. <BR> <BR> So I've been really depressed and very stressed out. I long ago abandoned my fitness routine and I am stuck in a vicious circle of yo-yo dieting and major depress... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:17:04 EST exercising with injury. I fell and badly bruised my knee. I need alternative ways to exercise. The doctor wants me to rest and ice my knee. How do I get cardio and strength without hurting my knee. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:35:42 EST How accurate is the Sparkpeople Activity device? I am thinking about buying one but for almost $60 I want to make sure it is very accurate and works well. I have tried pedometers in the past and never found any that were accurate. Some would track steps while I was driving or sitting even. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:23:02 EST Does anyone workout 2x times a day? I've been think at starting and wondering if anyone has had success with working out 2x a day. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:40:26 EST Nike running app Anyone want to be running buddy's on nike running app?:) Wed, 27 Aug 2014 02:35:58 EST What would you call it? My gym offers a class called PC Fit. I usually call it "boot camp" for tracking purposes. however, I am wondering what it would actually be considered? <BR> <BR> Today's class <BR> <BR> using a weighted bar, we did ten push outs and ten milatary presses <BR> ran a suicide <BR> then did 9, ran, 8, ran and so on all the way down to one push out and one press with a suicide in between each set, then ran a lap. <BR> <BR> after that, we did 5 kettle bell swings, 5 squats, then bear crawled half... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:17:45 EST Kickboxing fitness calories Hi all, <BR> <BR> So I go to fitness kickboxing 2X a week and would like to track it on my SP fitness tracker but it says that it's like 750+ calories burned/hour. Can that be right? I would assume the class will be different depending on the gym/centre you go to. Anyone have any idea how many calories it would burn? We do a good 20-25 min of intense cardio before be do any actual kickboxing. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 22:37:05 EST cardio/strength exercise is it ok to do cardio and stregnth excercise on the same day or should they be done on seperate days? Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:14:05 EST Frustrated... I've been hitting the gym hard 4-5 times a week. Mixture of cardio and weight training. Been paying close to attention to what I'm eating (and yes its the stuff I should be eating). And I weigh yesterday and I'm exactly the same as I was 4 weeks ago. I know theres always people saying changing in body composition, muscle weighs more, etc etc. I understand that. But its still incredibly frustrating to make a lifestyle change and hit the gym as hard as I have lately and absolutely nothing. Ugh.... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:42:01 EST help Hi, im vary obese ,312, and i just started back exercising three weeks ago and how do i increase my endurance? Right now im doing water aerobics 2 to 3 times a week. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:48:26 EST NEED HELP Okay,here goes. I am 60 years old and am out of shape (that is putting it mildly). Anyway, I need to lose at least 50 pounds and wondering what kind of exercise program to do. I have some Leslie Sansone tapes and wonder if those would help me to lose weight? I also have hand weights and a stretchy band and also have Wii (which I don't know if it helps lose weight but is fun to do). Have all this stuff but haven't done anything. Now I desperately need help and advice. Hoping someone wil... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:56:38 EST Splitting up a strength training routine. Hi; first time here. I just started weight training again today. I have a small home gym and it would be more convenient if I could split my workout in the course of a day. Since I don't go to a gym, I don't need to get it done all at once. <BR> <BR> For example: Tuesday, chest and triceps. Chest workout in the early a.m. triceps workout before lunch. Thursday: back and biceps. Back in the early a.m., biceps before lunch. Is there any disadvantage in doing it this way? I would ap... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 07:45:38 EST Cardio I have limitations due to recent surgery (elbow replacement) WHat are some examples of cardio I can do. Everything is walking in my list. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 04:49:58 EST Excercises for disabled Can you help? I'm looking for excercises that maybe I can do, that will help tone my belly, and thighs. Rest of me seems okay but I plan to work all I can work. <BR> <BR> I have a blown total L5-S1 and L3 and L4 , My neck is shot, waiting on the MRI reports for that from a wk ago tuesday's MRI. I know I have arthritis in what I call the T-bone zone - neck/shoulder blade/upper back area. Which is Severe pain almost constantly , but worse when there' s weather coming (rain/cold/ect ) . Dr tr... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 04:00:40 EST running challenger ! I am looking for some one with the nike running app to run against! im looking for some one who is faster then me and some one who runs 7-10 miles a week!! I run a average pace of a 9.35 mile! I find that I do better when I have some one to try to keep up with <em>30</em> thanks!! Tue, 26 Aug 2014 00:39:30 EST What to do after Bootcamp I just did my last workout from the 28 day bootcamp DVD. (yay!) <BR> <BR> I'm trying to figure out what to do next. I was thinking of doing DVD based strength and cardio interval sessions 4 times a week (I have a couple of Nicole's DVDs). I'd like to rotate between different ones to keep from getting bored. I'd like to keep these sessions to 30 minutes to fit into my morning routine. <BR> <BR> I also bought a tracker - so I'll add a daily steps goal along with the DVD workouts. <BR> ... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 09:45:49 EST balance board I want to buy a balance board but i don't know which shape to buy Sun, 24 Aug 2014 17:13:38 EST Half marathon Hello SparkPeople! <BR> Though I have been a "member" for awhile, I have to admit I have not really used this site to my full advantage. My husband and I have signed up for our first half marathon. I have done a 5k, though with a lot of struggle. Running is not my strong suit.I have never had the strongest lungs and I always get a sharp pain in my side when I try. Not to mention the 5k helped because it had fun obstacles to take my mind off the fact that I was running and this half marathon... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 13:34:00 EST PiYo Calorie Burn I'm thinking of trying PiYo. Anyone know how many calories it burns per hour? And how do I track it through Spark if it doesn't come up in the search? Any info is much appreciated! Sun, 24 Aug 2014 09:35:49 EST has anyone lost 40 pounds in 6 months?? I had my first baby last summer, and lets just say i overate BIG TIME. I was already overweight when i started my pregnancy at 150 (i'm 5'2) I gained 68 pounds!!! I hit 218. Anyways after I had my baby I decided to do Atkins and I got back down to 150 by Jan. My father died in the spring I got depressed and gained 20 pounds....So i'm pretty much starting over. I'm 170 and my goal is to go back to 128 in 6 months..has anyone lost 40 pounds in 6 months?? I'm now eating 1200-1500 calories a day ... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 23:06:43 EST how long? How long did it take for you to start seeing weight loss and results after staring to workout? Sat, 23 Aug 2014 22:47:20 EST Ankle Injury :-( Need good cardio ideas! I recently took up running as an alternative to my elliptical, and absolutely fell in love with it! I was doing great, logging 4-5 miles 6 days a week. I have excellent running shoes. In fact, every other time I have started running in the past, I had to quit due to my knees killing me. Invested in a pair of Newton's, and the knee pain has been a thing of the past! But.... the morning I decided to add a mile to my route, and pick up the pace a bit, it proved to be too much. Now here I ... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 21:38:39 EST High Intensity Low Impact Exercises What are effective high Intensity low impact exercises? I ran on the treadmill on Monday at 4.5 mph and my knees are still aching on Saturday! I need a good workout to burn calories without a lot of impact on my knees. Sat, 23 Aug 2014 17:00:41 EST Work as exercise? I work at a job that has me doing a lot of lifting and moving for my entire shift. How does this affect my exercise count for the day? Sat, 23 Aug 2014 12:12:45 EST Should a morbidly obese female lift weights? So I'm 26 years old, 5'5, and 245 pounds. I have done some weight lifting in the past, but it has been at least a year since I last touched a weight. Not only do I want to loose about 100 pounds, I want to get fit and healthy too. I'm worried about losing muscle while dieting so I want to lift weights (just some 20-25 lb dumbbells), but I'm also worried that it will put too much stress on my joints since I'm already so heavy. I can't do lunges because they hurt my knees so bad, but I woul... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 21:18:40 EST battery life I have had my tracker for 1 month and the battery is at 50%. Is this the typical life for the battery? Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:07:57 EST comment on calorie burn discrepancy I biked 32.55K (just over 20 miles). My Garmin 305 with HRM said I burned 2607 calories, which is ridiculous, I don't burn 2600 calories running a marathon and this was MUCH easier, effort wise. <BR> <BR> Spark fitness tracker says I burned just over 600. Obviously I'm going with that number but I'm just baffled/shocked at the massive calorie burn discrepancy. <BR> <BR> Also, any thoughts on why my Garmin would give what I would consider to be a relatively accurate calorie burn for runnin... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:48:58 EST Generating a weekly workout Good morning/afternoon/evening everyone. I need just a "little" help. I'm "TRYING" to generate a weekly workout from My Fitness. <BR> <BR> I am going to my trackers, my fitness and selecting the items that I have access to at my gym and when that is done, it gives me categories to choose from (Beginner/Advanced, etc). I select one program for "Core" and it's only for that one day. <BR> <BR> How do I create a "weekly" workout? Will I need to do this on a daily basis, or is there another way... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:57:26 EST Tae Bo? Anybody a big Tae Bo user? I just ordered a 3 disk set... It was either that or Richard Simmons.. ha! Figured this might suit my needs. Anybody else have success with this program? Thx! Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:46:24 EST Should I track my break walks? I am trying to lose weight and my current caloric intake goal is set at 1200-1500 per day. At work (desk job), I get two breaks, and if I am not being lazy, I go for a .7 mile walk, ranging from 13min to 20min. They are each about 60 calories burned when I enter them into the fitness tracker (around 120-140 total calories for the day depending on how fast I walk). Should I track these walks? When I do track them, the calories are added to my daily calorie range and on low calorie days (aro... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:46:25 EST Low carb and glycemic diet Does anyone out there in Spark Nation have some ideas on low carb and low glycemic index foods and diets? This was suggested by my Doctor and what I've found on-line so far hasn't been that informative or they want a price $$$. Any ideas would be greatly apprectiated and always remember 1 pound at a time, 1 day at a time... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:49:16 EST Tricks & Training Before Working Out <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> Before I work out... I lay down and relax in my bed... to get my mind & body connected together... and tell myself that... "Working out is the Best Feeling.... My Body really loves doing it".... <BR> <BR> So my Question for others is... do you have to do anything to get yourself ready for that workout of yours... <BR> <BR> Thanks for Reading and Hope that you reply.... <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:19:36 EST Cleaning house instead of going to the gym Saturday morning I looked at the house and groaned. When I started back to work, dh said that he would keep the house clean. He would vacuum/dust/clean the floors/fix meals/ wash dishes and otherwise be the world's best house-husband. Then I started work. <BR> <BR> Yeah, that prophesy came to pass. It lasted about 2 weeks of 'semi' clean house. He never quite got around to vacuuming. The dishes were always done, but I started hiding my laundry. Rich, like the kids, don't care to sort the la... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:43:49 EST Is Yoga Cardio or strength training? I've been doing some yoga and, for me, it's a serious workout. As in I experience muscle soreness for 2-4 days after doing it so I'm wondering would it be considered cardio or strength training?? Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:31:34 EST Prepping for TM!! Hello everyone!!! <BR> <BR> I am just starting to prepare myself for tough mudder next year. I was wondering if you guys had any suggestions or advice on how to prepare for one. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:26:15 EST FitBit Being new with FitBit, can someone tell me how to Sync my SP account with my FitBit? is it done on SP site or with my FitBit device? <BR> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:20:18 EST Obstacle race panic Having a moderate panic attack over the race on Sunday. I haven't strength trained like I want to, with the lack of heavy weights. The heaviest weight I have at home is only 35 pounds. And if you say, "just skip any obstacles you're not comfortable with" then obviously you don't know me very well. <BR> <BR> edited to add: I'm not exactly scared that I can't complete the obstacles. I'm just panicking over the race in general. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 05:51:55 EST How to track DDR? So I have an old PS2 at home and recently picked up the DDR games along with a couple of dance mats so that my man and I have an alternative to going out for daily walks when we don't have the car. There's a calorie counter on the game built in in workout mode, but I'm not sure how accurate it is. The cardio certainly gets my heart rate up and breathing heavy, but I'm not sure how to track it. I guess what I'm asking is: <BR> <BR> 1) How accurate is the calorie counter? A google search just ... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:02:27 EST Is 20 minutes daily exercise okay to maintain? I've lost a lot of weight already and can't seem to find it in me to stick to these hour long workouts 6-7 days a week anymore. Since I lost weight I am much more confident and therefore out and about doing things with friends more. I know I still need to exercise though to maintain good health. I'm thinking of exercising daily, but for only 20-30 mins at a time instead of an hour. I feel it would be easier to keep up with than hour long sessions and that I could enjoy it that way. I'm not tr... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:10:48 EST battery died so how do I enter my water workout? it was 58 minutes . I put that in manually. It did not register it as a workout. And I got no steps for this. <BR> <BR> If the tracker enters the same info, it registers steps. <BR> <BR> Oh--also the spark page said the battery was still charged. It had red lights and did not record, so I changed the battery. <BR> <BR> Thanks, chris Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:10:20 EST exercising after surgery Had surgery 4 weeks ago still have 4 weeks of restrictions, but I can finally walk - so I am thinking starting with a mile a day for now and working my way back up....just wanted to say how excited I Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:30:07 EST Healthy weight vs. Perfect weight My girlfriend is 5 feet tall and weigh's in at 106. She wants to get down to 98 pounds which is her "perfect weight". I just don't understand this obsession on one number. I am happy anytime my BMI is 24.9 or below. And most of my adult life I have been overweight. Why would someone be so stuck on one number? Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:44:24 EST Should I be stretching before my long walks? I have worked my way up to walking about 5 miles each morning. Most days my legs seem to be tight and hurt, which is slowing my time down. Other days, they are ok. I am wondering if I should stretch before I start my walk? I take the dogs with and they pull pretty hard, so could that be causing more leg pain? My legs seem to feel better after the 2-3 mile mark, but that doesn't make sense to me. When I go up and down a small hill, that seems to give a little relief for a very short time... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 07:22:12 EST Exercise after multiple blood tests? I have had seven vials of blood taken out within the past 48 hours, and I'm feeling pretty weak and woozy. Should I refrain from exercising today? <BR> <BR> I'm petite and too underweight to donate blood (not because I'm underweight per se, but because a normal BMI at 5'1" is often not high enough to donate), so I suspect it's having an effect on me. It would be nice to know for the future. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 03:12:47 EST Do you use the exercise ball? I love Coach Nicole's 15 minute workout. When I lie on the ball and lift my legs to do the back strengthening exercise, I feel like I can feel something in my tummy. Does anyone else have this experience? Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:47:20 EST Should I hire a trainer or do a boot camp? I am not active. I do have a two year old, a three year old, and a six year old. I spend a lot of time sitting, and I know I need to make changes. I want to. <BR> <BR> I will be starting a part time job soon, that pays well, and my husband told me I could "blow" the first paycheck-- the rest will be calculated into our normal budget in the future. <BR> <BR> I am considering hiring a personal trainer at $45 an hour, twice a week for six weeks while making a commitment to go to the gym on m... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:32:21 EST 30 Day Early Run Challenge! I like to run early in the morning but haven't been very consistent so I'm challenging myself! I'm doing it as a study in discipline and to build a new healthy habit. And because I love to run and I really miss it. <BR> <BR> Join me and compete with yourself. <BR> <BR> Wake up and go for a run for 30 days, 6 days a week with one rest day of early morning runs, for however long and far you want. <BR> I start tomorrow morning! August 20 - September 18th Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:30:20 EST Logging Cycling mileage Just did one of the map routes. I traveled over 2 miles on my bike this morning and the tracker only logged .31. How do I change the log to record the actual milage? Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:39:46 EST water weight loss at the start of a diet Does anyone know how much weight that comes off initially during a diet/corrected eating habits is actually weight from water? I know there is a great deal of water locked up with glycogen storage, and as glycogen goes down initially it appears like much weight is lost. <BR> I cannot find a formula or estimation of weight loss to expect to be water. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:16:33 EST Paddle boarding I bought a paddle board this summer for use on our lake. I haven't been tracking exercise for quite a while, but decided to start again. <BR> <BR> I can't find any information on the workout page on calories burned for paddle boarding--there is paddle boating, but I don't think that is the same thing. <BR> <BR> I realize it's probably not a lot of calories burned, but it is better exercise than you'd think--I feel it in my arms, legs and core. <BR> <BR> I don't go that far or long--mayb... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:11:50 EST Suggestions for core exercises I would like suggestions for core exercises that don't involve crunches. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:30:44 EST Music/Dancing breaks I try to take time-outs during my day to move. I work from home, so I have some flexibility with this. I'll often put a song or two on YouTube and then do Leslie Sansone steps (walk in place, knee lifts, side steps, kicks, tap out, lift foot behind) and/or jog in place. I strive for about 10 minutes of movement per break. Music? Springsteen, Talking Heads, Grateful Dead, Stones, Zevon, etc. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:13:20 EST exercise after surgery Once again! every single time I begin a nutrition and exercise routine something ALWAYS happens. I had a partial hysterectomy 1 week ago (I know this is still very early) but, is there any type of routine I can at least do to "jump start" my routine so I don't completely give up? I also pulled a muscle and a stitch after a coughing episode I had a couple of days ago. Frustrated to say the least!!! Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:05:01 EST Walking advice I have been getting ready to walk a 5K this Saturday. I have walked 2 or 3 miles every day for the last week. I'm tired and my joints ache a little today. Should I skip my walk today, go on a shorter one, push ahead and walk as usual? I had my Drs ok to start this exercise program. Any advice? Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:06:21 EST Difficulty falling asleep after afternoon workout I work during the week (I'm in at 7AM and leave at 4PM). The best time that I can squeeze in a workout is typically in the afternoon, at around 6PM. That's when the group classes, that I'm interested in, are offered at my gym. I typically do zumba once a week (during the week days) and two days of water aerobics. On the weekend, I'll swim on Saturday morning for an hour, and either swim or do zumba at lunchtime, on Sundays. Whenever I work out in the afternoon, or in the evening, my body... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 09:43:43 EST Question on trivia question This question has gotten me for a while. It asks if it is true or false that walking 15 minutes can keep you from gaining weight if you don't change your eating. The answer is False. <BR> <BR> If a person is not gaining, why wouldn't walking 15 minutes a day even help you lose a little bit or at least keep you from gaining weight then? It would seem that would be a true possibility. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 19:34:53 EST Spouse finally asked for help! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I don't know where to start - other than at the beginning... <BR> <BR> I have lost 90lbs 3 yrs ago (via exercise and a change in diet). I am a believer in making changes that you are willing to stick with; this has worked for me , as I have been maintaining the weight loss ever since. I was *only* 254lbs when I started my weight loss journey - I was able to walk (with a little running) without too much trouble. I went from being hardly able to run, to running 5km in 3... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 18:28:32 EST back pain to the max hi I been suffering with bavk pain since oct. 2012 at my last physical (couple days ago) my doctor was going to have a mri done to see if something is wrong with my muscles... the only problem is my insurence from the state won't cover an mri foil I lose weight 70-90 pounds to be exact... this obviously made me mad so can someone explain to me hiw I'm suppose to exercise when if I lift weughts for a long time like 10 mins or more my back hurts if I bend for repitition it hurts and even doing ... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 10:50:56 EST wrist I hurt my wrist 3o years ago and when the weather <BR> changes it acts up. So is there any thing I can <BR> take to feel better. <BR> <BR> thank you Sun, 17 Aug 2014 10:24:53 EST Workout and Calories - Help Hello SparkPeople, <BR> <BR> I have some questions that I really need answered. All this confusion makes it really hard to know if i'm on the right track or not. <BR> <BR> Last week, I hired a personal trainer. I went this route so he could help me to get started on my weight loss/tone up journey. He's great and totally kicks my butt in our sessions. We do circuit training which is about 650 calories burned, or so my tracker tells me. I have 2 sessions with him a week, plus I do 1 fitn... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 10:22:39 EST Soreness I did cross fit yesterday and my legs are so sore. I would like to go to the gym and ride the bike. Will it add to my soreness or will it help work it out? Sun, 17 Aug 2014 09:31:39 EST cardio and water retention in ankels I notice every time i do my cardio i end up getting water retention in my ankels they swell up pretty bad and are painful to the touch. I was wondering since i dont have any health care ins. If anyone had any ideas or suggestions for me on how to get rid of this till i can see a doc. Thanks :) Sun, 17 Aug 2014 02:04:10 EST What Fitness apps do you use? I use sparkpeople for tracking and JEFit for my routine. Sat, 16 Aug 2014 20:34:55 EST Tennis anyone? My daughter recently joined her high school tennis team and she wanted me to "help" her with the training that she has to do. We have gone to our local tennis courts to hit the ball and help with her serve. Well I have to tell you I really enjoy getting exercise while helping her. I haven't played in years. I am not quick on my feet and sometimes get winded, but it is exercise and I am having fun. Anyone else play tennis and can you give me some pointers to give to my daughter? I am not an ... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 15:57:10 EST bicep curl pain whenever I do a bicep curl, it hurts on the inside of my elbow. I can do it with 2# weights just fine. but I can lift 5# weights, but it hurts the inside of my elbow :( Sat, 16 Aug 2014 15:47:31 EST ANother injury SUPER BUMMED SInce starting my diet, I was walking a bunch and due to the type socks i was wearing, i started to get blisters, thinking they would turn into calluses I kept working out, until i couldnt walk with shoes on. That took over 3 weeks to fix <BR> <BR> Now im back in the groove dropped about 15lbs walking close to 7 miles a day <BR> <BR> decide to hit the treadmill and do 30 minutes 7% incline (since I remember julian fro the biggest loser saying you will lose more in you incline walk) ... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 13:24:40 EST Problem with HRM I wonder if anyone else has had a problem with interference from a treadmill with a Heart rate monitor. <BR> <BR> I have a Garmin Forerunner 110 and and only when on the treadmill it shoots up from 140 BPM to 230 (the highest I have seen) it only come right down if I stop and get away from the treadmill. <BR> <BR> I doesn't seem to do it outside or on any other equipment. <BR> <BR> Any ides? <BR> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 04:40:13 EST I gained weight and I don't know why? I've recently gained six pounds, which took me quite a few months to get off... And I'm trying to figure out why. During these months, I've had to the a break from running since April because of back problems. I did notice that I lost weight (probably from muscle) when I stopped running. Anyway, I started running again last week and I took up weight lifting again (I had kind of gotten out of it). Could my change in exercise regimen be the cause of my weight gain? I'm also 18 and just wonderin... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 00:37:08 EST Advice needed: chafing I am morbidly obese and some of my fitness this week was a lot of extended cardio (stairs, walking, biking, and hiking). I now have a very raw spot on my inner thigh. Even walking around doing errands today was painful. I can put a large bandage over it, but walking or stationary biking creates sweat which makes it fall off. <BR> <BR> Should I just lay low on cardio until the area heals? Any advice is welcome! <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> omadarlin Sat, 16 Aug 2014 00:34:56 EST Spark Activity Points How do I go about getting my points and that cute pic under my display pic? <BR> <BR> I just ordered the Spark Activity Tracker and never received points, nor got the little cute picture that says I ordered it. <BR> <BR> This may be a petty question, but I love me my SparkPoints. :) Fri, 15 Aug 2014 21:41:12 EST Confused....?!?!?! Ok, If I have to eat 1400 calories a day, does that mean I have to burn those 1400 calories a day to lose weight? <BR> <BR> Since I've been telling my family about me wanting to lose weight, I've been hearing a bunch of different things from everyone and now I'm confused. <BR> <BR> Help! Fri, 15 Aug 2014 18:16:37 EST Wrist/biceps stretch for computer-users? The link below is the SP "exercise of the day." Please let me know why or how it especially pertains to being at the computer. Something to do with preventing carpal tunnel, perhaps? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>es.asp?exercise=278 </link> <BR> <BR> Thank you. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 16:38:27 EST Rest Days..What do you do? I'm training for a 10k run and one day a week I'm scheduled for a 'Rest Day'. I don't want to sit on the couch and watch TV all day, so I'm thinking about taking a long walk and doing some light yoga. My muscles are feeling sore but I'm not in pain. Do you think this will be enough of a rest for my muscles? <BR> <BR> What do you do on your rest days? Fri, 15 Aug 2014 10:48:31 EST Does SP still have doctor as one of the "experts" I have frozen shoulder. I see you tube videos of people being healed quickly by doctors who know acupuncture and other Eastern medical techniques. I am going for various treatments for my shoulder. It has improved but not fully useable yet. And a friend was doing her therapy exercises and her shoulder suddenly unlocked. I have had acupuncture, lots of PT, stretching by a chiropractor, PEMF (pulsing electromagnetic field), Graston technique, electrical stimulation for 2 full months, spinal adj... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 18:54:07 EST Hello from Kansas I am joining today to pray with your group I can start and continue to improve my weight (345) down to a healthy weight of 150. I do understand this will not be easy but I am ready to care about me. I cannot count on others who in my past discouraged me until I didn't care anymore, I didn't care if I lived or died to be honest but I am worth fighting for and by God I am going to give it my best. I am tired of always being sick, can't buy decent clothes, hang my head in shame when I'm in publi... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 11:29:05 EST Spark won't let us RESET ARTICLES READ ! Spark won't let us reset articles we have read. I have been on spark for years. Often the articles are reposted year after year. In order to get points your supposed to read them. But now that option is no longer available. Hey spark, it's not fair. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 11:13:12 EST Is there an app I can use to help me keep track of pushups/sit ups *crunches*/ weight lifting and the amount of reps I do. <BR> YES I can put it on the computer - but I want something that I can have on hand at all time <BR> <BR> I have Map My Walk - I got myself a fitbit, I would like something to show calestenics! Wed, 13 Aug 2014 23:44:08 EST upper ab/ low rib cage reduction? Seeking opinions and advice if possible. Every year on wedding anniversary, I put on my wedding dress & take a photo. It's my #1 motivation to staying fit. ( at least until I have kids & my body forever changes) This year I almost didn't fit, but the culprit was a new problem area for me: it was too tight in my lower rib cage/ upper ab area. I usually gain weight in the thighs and low belly. The only difference in my fitness routine has been an increase in jogging, but not greatly. My diet ... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 23:19:21 EST suggestions please :) just started back, trying to lose 50 pounds by spring, what would you suggest would be some good excercises to do this, I carry my weight in my legs, hip and thighs and i have a little bit of a belly, i want to slim down and tone up....any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! thanks Wed, 13 Aug 2014 22:40:04 EST Running I was woundering is it normal for your legs hurt really bad the next day? I just started running last week Wed, 13 Aug 2014 20:43:26 EST workin on my abs and backside Well i do 45min of cardio 3 times a week and the other 3 60min <BR> On the 45min cardio days i also do the strength exercise the Brazilian Butt lift and working on my transverse abdominal muscles. I enjoy every min of my exercise and love the way i feel after. :) Wed, 13 Aug 2014 20:30:05 EST Tracking Walking/Steps Hey guys! Quick question about if you would track something or not. I have a pedometer that tracks my steps/time walked per day. I used to track the time walked per day into my tracker. However, I'm not sure if it should count. Is this included in our BMR? Or since it's for a "seditary lifestyle" should I still be accounting for this? Thanks in advance for your advice! <BR> <BR> -Andrea Wed, 13 Aug 2014 17:19:04 EST I started today and nearly died I am 31 years old. 5'2 and 169 pounds. I haven't worked out in years, so today I tried a 20 minute turbo jam workout and couldn't finish. I think I got 10 minutes in. Then got on the elliptical a bit later and could only handle 5 minutes before my legs felt like they were jello. <BR> <BR> I'm embarrassed and disappointed in myself. How long did it take you to be able to do more? Am I hopeless? Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:25:58 EST Think positive thoughts!! Even if you are using a stair stepper or another exercise machine, just crank up your music or watch a favorite t.v show to keep yourself busy. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 13:33:16 EST Fat burning zone I am so confused. I have been working out consistently at the gym with a personal trainer for over four months. Before that I was using workout DVD at home but hit a plateau so I decided to mix it up. I change my routine every two weeks with the trainer and do weights twice a week and cardio at least twice a week for 50 minutes. Still no results or no weight loss so I increased my cardio to 70 minutes. Still nothing. I'm so frustrated I'm in tears. My trainer told me in the beginning... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 10:34:11 EST NaN Does anyone know what NaN stands for when posting daily exercise tallies???? <BR> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 10:24:25 EST Hurt Knee I hurt my knee, but I dont want to stop exercising while it heals. Any suggestions on what I can do to get a cardio workout without putting more stress on my knee? Wed, 13 Aug 2014 10:08:33 EST ChaLEAN Extreme Question Does anyone have this workout series from Beach body? I recently started PiYo and I love it but I am thinking of mixing it up, especially since I am going to quit the gym. I am wondering how long the videos are? Thanks! Wed, 13 Aug 2014 06:16:06 EST Time Frame Hello. Please forgive me if this is something that has been answered before. I am just starting a two month goal to lose fat, cut alcohol and soda out of my diet and most of all feel better physically and mentally. This chronic feeling was the final straw to do something about it. I will be starting with cardio to get as much fat burned as possible and will be doing at least 30 min five days a week. My first priority is not the lose of fat, but to feel better. I don't know how much longer I c... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 21:18:31 EST Bluetooth SPARKTRACKER ANy chance of a bluetooth version of the step tracker coming out, so i can use this on my android table as opposed to being stuck at the pc to get my steps counted right Tue, 12 Aug 2014 15:13:32 EST Nicole's Video on Resistance Bands Do these exercises burn calories? <BR> <BR> If they do, how do you account for them? <BR> <BR> Why do I want to do these exercises? Do they target certain areas, or just all arms? Tue, 12 Aug 2014 13:01:00 EST Fitness minutes & calorie burn So I have noticed something which I find some what interesting. <BR> <BR> If I track 15 push ups, which can take me somewhere between 12-60 seconds depending on how controlled and fast I want to do them. and I track this at 1 minute my tracker shows 4 calories burned. Ok cool. <BR> <BR> Today I have my annual fitness assessment and I did 48 push ups in one minute. I track this and I still show only 4 calories burned. It's the same with sit ups. <BR> <BR> While I realize the calories burned... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 12:59:05 EST Gym or Home? I have a gym membership but don't seem to be using it much as it seems easier for me to work out at home with my DVD's ( I just started PiYo) or to run if it is nice out. Does anyone else work out strictly at home? Tue, 12 Aug 2014 06:17:57 EST Skin Has anyone ever lost 100lbs does your skin go back and not be so lose or what? Mon, 11 Aug 2014 19:04:25 EST Fitness bands Is there anyone weaing a fitness band? I'm plannin to buy one, but don't know yet which one. Fitbit Flex, Polar Loop, Nike Fuel+, Vevo.....Which one have you bought and what' are the pro's and cons? Mon, 11 Aug 2014 17:27:51 EST cardio drumming Anyone do this? It looks like fun, but not sure how much cardio workout you would really get. How would you track this ... according to breathing rate? Mon, 11 Aug 2014 15:27:58 EST should I use my spark activity tracker should I use my spark activity tracker while using the treadmill? The readings are very different. I'm not sure of which results to use or if I should log it/or any part of the results on my trackers page. Mon, 11 Aug 2014 10:03:52 EST I pulled my calf muscle. I was walking up a hill on thursday and I was walking up this hill, when I heard and felt my calf muscle pop and after that I couldn't hardly walk on it. Today is Sunday and it still hurts but not a bad as it was. I was wondering what kind of exercise I can do to keep active until my leg heals? Sun, 10 Aug 2014 18:44:08 EST Fat Calories & Regular Calories burned..? When you walk/run on the treadmill.. do you record the fat calories burned and the regular calories, or are the fat calories already added into the regular calories? For example.. the treadmill said I burned 116 calories and 36 fat calories. I just recorded my walk as 116 calories, because I thought the 36 was already added in. Am I right or wrong? <em>20</em> Sun, 10 Aug 2014 18:10:49 EST Can anyone recommend a ballet/dance fitness DVD? I would like to try something which is a bit more dance than exercise. I am 60 and reasonably fit but with a few health problems, and I am a little slow in following moves. I want something where I remain upright preferably with good music in rhythm. Can anyone help? Sun, 10 Aug 2014 16:08:22 EST Polar Sports Watch with Heart Rate Sensor I posted this question in my team, but wish for a larger audience feedback. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> ========================================<BR>========================== <BR> I am wondering if anyone has any feedback on Polar Sports Watch with Heart Rate Sensor. I am searching for a replacement for my current watch. I don't run outside so I don't need a GPS. I just need a simple watch to track my cardio activities. <BR> <BR> How good is the battery life on the watch and the heart rate ... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 15:28:19 EST Hiking HI Everyone! <BR> <BR> So in three months I'm going to Hawaii with a few of my friends who are all really in shape. They want to do a few hikes and I'm excited to do them too, but I'm also a bit scared. You see, I am really NOT in shape, in fact I'm obese (265 pounds at 5'7) and I don't want to be the one who has to stop everyone 2 seconds because I feel like I can't breathe lol. I've changed my diet and I'm doing pretty well on that, but as far as exercise, is there any tips anyone could... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 15:27:19 EST Ideas to increase fitness? Hi all <BR> <BR> I have a fitness goal of a fairly strenuous hike up a sand dune that is very high (over 1,000 feet) and very steep (75% incline some say) and have 3 months left to prepare. <BR> <BR> Can anyone offer me suggestions of how to better prepare for that? I have another 3 months until travel and have been exercising now for 6 months. <BR> <BR> Although I have lost 22lbs so far, I still have a long way to go - current weight is 190. <BR> <BR> Current workouts - 45-60 mins da... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 12:08:53 EST Jogging calories- Spark or equipment? When it comes to jogging I go over uneven terrain, but measure it out with google earth. My Sync watch measures my heart rate and gives me a calorie burned for a jog, and it's usually quite different from what SP tells me. Take today for example, SP says I burned 266 calories on my run while the watch reports a whopping 546cals. <BR> It was a 37min run. <BR> What's a girl to do? <BR> I suppose as long as I make sure to eat when I'm hungry right? I'm in weight maintenance mode right now and I... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 10:49:42 EST How can I determine calories burned from.... I have been in a severe depression for a long time. I joined SP a few days ago and I am feeling much better. I am 5'1"and weigh appx 225 down from 240 3 weeks ago. I used to spend most of my days in bed. Now I am up and doing house work for several hours at a time (houses get messy and full of clutter when you are in depression). I sweat so much that I can almost wring my underwear. I wear gym clothes to clean. I have a bad knee that I am getting physical therapy for. I am frustrated because ... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 19:36:56 EST What kind of workout do you do?? For those of you who don't know me (pretty much everyone), I am Sherbie from Canada. I have rejoined again to get my weight loss back on track. <BR> <BR> So.....I am curious to know what kind of workout people do?? <BR> Do you have an equipment at home and do you use it? <BR> Do you have workout videos that you do your workout and which videos to you use? <BR> Do you go to class, like boot camp, or Zumba, etc?? <BR> Do you go to the gym?? <BR> <BR> For me, I do outdoor boot camp once a we... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 18:06:30 EST What do you do to put more movements in your day? I take the stairs at work instead of the elevator. It's only1 floor but it adds up during the day. Sat, 9 Aug 2014 15:08:29 EST Anyone else use a Treadclimber? Hi everyone! So, a couple years back my mom thought it'd be a good idea to buy one of those big bulky Bowflex Treadclimbers and set it up in my room (but that's besides the point). I've finally decided to actually start using it since it's not going anywhere and just collecting dust. <BR> <BR> I want to put it in as my cardio workout, but it's not on the list of options. And when my mom bought it, she just bought the basic deal so all it tells me is how fast it's going, how many minutes I'v... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 14:29:55 EST Cardiovascular fitness I've been "jogging" for a few months now, and I can't seem to make any improvements in my fitness level. <BR> <BR> I know I'm not 25 (49) anymore, and I'm +30lbs from when I ran a marathon many years ago, but it's not getting any easier. I have a 1 mile loop/park and I still have to take walk breaks a lot while jogging. I try to go very early so it's not 85 degrees when I'm doing it, but it is still hard. <BR> <BR> Maybe I'm just venting, any thoughts? <BR> smarge Sat, 9 Aug 2014 14:08:25 EST Glute Machine Help I want to add my exercise at the gym on the glute machine, but I cannot find that specific piece of equipment to add to my fitness tracker. I've searched in every way I know how; I've looked under "gym equipment, lower body" and entered "glute" and other words but find nothing. Any help would be appreciated. Sat, 9 Aug 2014 11:21:41 EST Why would my hands swell while I'm exercising? I have noticed a slight swelling in my hands while I am power walking. The swelling is more pronounced in my right hand than my left. I felt it today while I was walking. I usually walk for 30 to 40 minutes early in the morning. The swelling usually becomes noticeable after about 20 minutes. I drink water before and during my walk. Any idea? Sat, 9 Aug 2014 01:46:01 EST Walking as I shop.. exercise? Can I record however long I am shopping as walking execise? I didn't get around to doing any cardio today, and I have to go shopping when my husband gets off work.. I was just curious if this would actually be trackable? Fri, 8 Aug 2014 22:59:29 EST Exercise... fun? Remember when we were kids? Unlike today's children, we were out playing all summer long, and after school the rest of the year. I want you to focus on the playing. Kids now have every minute planned out with organized sports and other activities. Nightly homework starts as early as 1st grade, which takes away time spent playing outside and family bonding time. <BR> <BR> When I was teaching, I refused to assign homework. My opinion was that, as a teacher, it is my responsibility to teach. I... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 13:41:14 EST New but not new :) Hi, <BR> <BR> I Hope I'm posting in the correct section, I'm new to this forum. Anyway, my name is Geoff and I live on the east cost of Florida and have been doing exercise videos for about 14 years and have between 150 and 180 videos in my collection. Within the past year, I have kind of fallen off track a bit in doing my exercise video routines. I will maybe do a few videos in a month, when I was doing about 20 videos a month on average a little over a year ago. However, I do have a dog an... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 13:32:56 EST Roger black gold This is a shot in the dark. <BR> <BR> Has anyone got one of these treadmills and if so does the timer keep time. After 20 minutes the timer is 15 seconds slow and I wondered if they were all the same. <BR> <BR> Trev <BR> Fri, 8 Aug 2014 13:17:04 EST What is your favorite Warmup and Cool-down Song? On my playlist my warm up is "Every Praise is to our God" <BR> My cool-down song "Your Raise Me Up" <BR> That's how I start my fitness day. What's yours ;-p Fri, 8 Aug 2014 08:03:29 EST Weakest arms in the worldddd! Throughout my entire life, I don't believe I've ever been able to do more then 5 push ups.. I have plenty of exercises I'm starting to do that involve my legs/abdominal area, but I am completely clueless when it comes to my arms. Also, the only weights I have are these huge ones that are my husbands. What would you recommend starting out with? I want strong arms for the first time in my life! Thu, 7 Aug 2014 18:13:42 EST Exercising for a mom of two.. I am a mother of a five year old boy named Marley and a four month old named Camdyn. I am finally trying to get back to exercising, but it is hard because my husband and I only have one car. He takes the car to work from 3pm-midnight & I no longer have room in my sons room for our treadmill. I am finding it hard to get any running in. I've been focusing on jumping jacks, stretching, squats, crunches, lunges, and well those sorts of exercises.. but I really felt that running was what helped m... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 16:06:59 EST For those who walk 10k steps a day Do you do any other exercise? Like you're supposed to do 60 minutes a day of cardio... do you just walk fast to get there, or do you include some other sort of exercise too? <BR> <BR> Did you make walking 10k steps your first goal then add other exercise? or do it the other way around? <BR> <BR> I found that I got great results just from getting the steps in. I didn't know you were supposed to do an additional 30-60 minutes of cardio a day on top of that! Thu, 7 Aug 2014 15:00:10 EST Workout Clothes Bargains Hi! I have been working out for a little while now, and I would love to get some different workout clothes. I feel like my t-shirts and cotton shorts get really stinky and sweaty, and I would prefer to have some material that is just more comfortable for basically cardio workout videos and running/riding bike. Has anyone shopped around for this stuff recently and found some good stuff for a good price? I don't go shopping very often, and I'm pretty sure the last time I bought athletic gea... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 10:42:30 EST Free walking app for android phones Hi there wonderful SP community <BR> <BR> Can anyone recommend a free walking app for android phones? <BR> <BR> Thank you Thu, 7 Aug 2014 10:38:44 EST 5K? I really want to start training to walk my first 5K. How do I find out when and where they have these events? Thu, 7 Aug 2014 09:52:27 EST Overwhelmed by Choices - HELP! I'm a beginner at creating a strength training program for myself. There's so many books about strength training and so many choices to start with no matter where I look, even here on SparkPeople, it's overwhelming! I'm willing to be patient to get results but I want to make sure my time is invested on the right workouts. I know that I'd rather workout at home. I have Walk Away the Pounds DVDs, weights, band, my own body resistance and about 30 minutes 3x per week to start. I just don't know ... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 06:28:52 EST six meals a day to lose weight <em>20</em> I went to the dietitian yesterday and being I am diabetic, she wants me to do six meaals a day. She says if I eat more protein and less carbs it will even the blood sugars out so I don't have the constant highs and lows. She also says I can do the same thing at home and cheaper that Medifast does. I've never bought the high protein meal bars but it seems there's a whole new market out there to help us pudgy diabetics. Has anyone tried this to lose weight.? <BR> Thu, 7 Aug 2014 04:08:11 EST Turbo Jam's Ab Jam? What would Turbo Jam's "Ab Jam" by Beachbody 10 minutes be considered under SP's Fitness tracker? <BR> <BR> "Ab Jam" is standing ab work only with a bit of kickboxing, dance and martial arts. <BR> <BR> Calisthenics? <BR> Isometrics? <BR> Dance? <BR> Wed, 6 Aug 2014 18:57:24 EST Kettlebell DVD? Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I want to give kettlebells a try, after hearing lots of good things about them. My gym (the local Y) doesn't have any, but I think one of the trainers can give me an intro on how to use them. <BR> <BR> I'd like to pick up a DVD that I can use at home, but I'm having trouble deciding which to get. I've found 2 that look like they're both pretty good: Kettlebody by Brook, and Iron Core Kettlebell. Has anyone used either/both of those? Anything to say good or bad abo... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 14:11:44 EST cal burn question its been several months since i truly got in a great workout i did about 50 min and usually my hrm says for this particular work out the cal burn would be about 250 or so but this time it read almost 700 could it be that i gained alittle weight and its been a while that is why the cal burn is so high? i know my batteries are brand new in my hrm just trying to figure out the answer to this Wed, 6 Aug 2014 13:51:22 EST Strength Training? I am currently incorporating strength training into my workout routine. I downloaded an app, JEFit, to generate a strength training routine. <BR> <BR> I haven't settled on a single workout yet. <BR> <BR> Any recommendations? Wed, 6 Aug 2014 12:13:09 EST Activity Trackers I was just wondering if anyone uses them and what's your experience. Do they help you to improve your fitness goals after seeing what's recorded? Which brands do you find the best? Which ones doesn't see to work as advertised, etc. Wed, 6 Aug 2014 11:02:54 EST Need help with pedometer I have a basic pedometer I received as part of incentive program at work. I do not have the instructions for it. It has stopped counting steps. It has 3 buttons: reset, set, and mode. <BR> Any advice? <BR> Wed, 6 Aug 2014 10:27:40 EST Posture Hello everyone! I'm new to this board but not to Spark People. I'm using the SparkCoach program (it's pretty great, BTW), and one of the community challenges was to come to this board and discuss posture. It just so happens that years ago I posted a blog about how to find and maintain good posture, and I thought I would share it, if you don't mind: <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3193524 </link> <BR> <BR> I'm really glad to have found this b... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 09:25:01 EST hiit and strength Those are my favorite type of exercise. It helps with my nervous energy and helps me burn fat and gain muscle. Love it <em>334</em> Wed, 6 Aug 2014 04:06:03 EST 'fitness Just trying to keep up with my routine. <em>334</em> Tue, 5 Aug 2014 22:00:02 EST Exercise, good diet, thyroid meds...fat! This is beyond frustrating for me. I have recently been diagnosed with number for tsh was 18.14 and it's supposed to be under 3. That's correctable...but my frustration is that I spend quite a few minutes weekly at the gym...when I am there I do NOT phone it in --- I work my tushie off! I follow this program and track each morsel of food going into my body with no results. I really only want to lose 12-15 pounds. I know I am very much stronger but the muscle build up ... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 21:25:59 EST V-ups for beginners I was following a new routine that includes v-ups and I couldn't do it. Is there a beginners variation I can start with and progress from there? Tue, 5 Aug 2014 21:15:01 EST Question for implant users? (Sorry if this is in the wrong place!) <BR> <BR> I have had nexplanon for 3 months now and I love it. Only thing is, when I exercise and do say, push-ups the site where the implant is itches. Not straight away though. I guess it could be my imagination (I'm good at imagining things when it comes to my body) but has anyone else experienced this? <BR> <BR> It also goes away if I ignore it! <BR> Tue, 5 Aug 2014 18:02:47 EST Pain between shoulders - What am I doing wrong? For the past 2 weeks I've had this achiness in my upper back between my shoulder blades. I work out every day and I have tried to take it easy on the upper body stuff, but each day around 5pm my back feels tired and a little achey again. I took off 4 days from working out because I was out of town. My back got all better and I felt like the tiredness was over. I went back to my routine on Monday - cardio for 15 minutes, weights, and cardio for another 10 minutes - and I'm a little sore today ... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 12:25:25 EST Should I take some time off exercising? My shoes have been giving me lots of blisters. I went for a 2-3 hour walk a few days ago, and now I have blisters on the soles of my feet. They really hurt. <BR> <BR> I don't have a gym membership, and the pools are really expensive. Should I stop walking for a while and go back once my feet have recovered? Should I just walk 10-20 minutes for a while, then build up? <BR> <BR> I felt a lot of energy when I was walking. Every part of me felt good except for my feet. My feet were ready to cal... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 11:58:17 EST What did you eat fior breakfast Breakfast can be pretty boring so I was wondering what everyone ate for breakfast. I ate a wrap with egg and cheese, grapes and .5 c. of 2%. Tue, 5 Aug 2014 09:12:42 EST First time jogging! Went to the gym last night with my husband to walk on the treadmill, and actually wound up jogging in little spurts! I was so proud I've never jogged on the treadmill before :) Now I'm excited to go back! just had to share this!! <em>104</em> Tue, 5 Aug 2014 08:03:11 EST Cardio for sciatic type pain I have been having some tightness/pain in my lower right back, hip and bum. What type of cardio cn I do that will not agrivTe this. I was doing the Leslie Sansone walking DVDs but I think the side steps agrivTe that area. I don't have a bike or stationary bike. <BR> <BR> Thanks michelle Tue, 5 Aug 2014 07:30:28 EST Properly determining calories burned for videos I exercise using a variety of Leslie Sansone videos. She incorporates some strength training in with the walking / aerobics. So have been having a hard time deciding just how many calories I burn and or how to document it properly in my tracker. Today I just put 3 miles in 45 minutes. This doesn't take into account the use of 3 lb hand weights throughout the session. Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions for documenting my exercise? Thanks! <BR> Mon, 4 Aug 2014 19:42:16 EST Tips for choosing a Gym (or not choosing one) I was using my school's weight room for the weightlifting and occasionally I would use their exercise bike. The problem now is that since I've finished taking the classes and they don't allow non students of the course to use the room. That doesn't affect my walking/running because I always used the local HS track. I like lifting weights more than running though. <BR> <BR> Do you guys have any tips for choosing a Gym? what to avoid in a gym. Should I even sign up for a gym? <BR> <BR> Thank... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 19:37:43 EST Can I really wear the Spark AT into the pool? I ordered the Spark Activity Tracker a couple of days ago after watching a HSN video with Coach Nicole. In the video she said that you could wear the Spark into the pool. Later I noticed that the stats say that the unit is water resistant not waterproof. This seems a contradiction to what Coach Nicole said in the video. <BR> <BR> A big part of my workout is in the pool. I do water aerobics twice a week and swim laps three times a week. Other than walking the dog everything else is in ... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 18:29:40 EST 7 No Sweat Office Workouts The site picked for today on SP was so packed full of great information and things to do (or try) that I just wanted to spend the whole day checking out all the places for reading articles and watching videos. There's just not time enough. Each of the 7 workouts would be worth placing on the start page so we could look at each in more depth. Would that be possible? Mon, 4 Aug 2014 11:49:18 EST HIIT vs 5k hi everyone! <BR> <BR> What do you think is a better way to lose weight...and get fit? <BR> <BR> 3 miles four times a week on the treadmill? <BR> <BR> OR some floor workouts (squats, planks, etc) twice a week and HIIT on treadmill thrice. <BR> <BR> <BR> Thanks! Mon, 4 Aug 2014 10:49:02 EST women only question. I recently noticed that I burn more calories exercising during my mentrual cycle and I'm more prone to injury......Any other ladies observed this? Mon, 4 Aug 2014 09:46:49 EST Runners I have a question! When I run (5k) I have no problems. When I go for a walk (5k) with my family my back hurts. Does anyone else have this problem or know why it happens? Mon, 4 Aug 2014 01:29:16 EST Pulling Weeds Hanging laundry I know that is work some times, How many calories? Hanging laundry again how maney calories? Sun, 3 Aug 2014 22:19:46 EST What are compound exercises? What are compound exercises (as in strength training)? Sun, 3 Aug 2014 18:41:14 EST Drastic Cal. differences between HRM and machines I purchased a chest strap heart rate monitor and had very drastic differences between the calories burned on the machines and the app that records my heart rate. My HRM had my calories burned much higher. The heart rate stayed consistent between the two, so it was recording my actual hrm. It recorded my calories at least 33% more than the machines. <BR> <BR> Could it be the app (MapMyFitness) doing this higher or is it possible I'm burning that much more. I know as the pounds drop it will ta... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 11:04:20 EST How can I determine the calories burned? I climbed the Great Wall of China two days ago and I would like to know how I can determine what calories I burn when I do these kinds of things. This was some serious climbing of stairs and steep inclines for 1 1/2 hours with rest stops for 1 to 3 minutes at intervals along the way. I would be interested in learning how to do this. Thanks. Sun, 3 Aug 2014 06:43:59 EST TMI girl's topic I've got my monthly and I'm crampy, bloated and grumpy. I don't want to do any exercise but I know I should, what do you recommend? <BR> I absolutely don't want to go to the pool (shaving my legs is just way too much effort today), and the idea of core work (like pilates) turns me off. I'll probably end up taking a bike ride, which is my go-to-lacking-inspiration work out, but I'm curious, are there specific exercises that help during these times? Sun, 3 Aug 2014 03:23:12 EST NEED a new Fitness band. I've been a loyal Fitbit member since they started with their very first fitbit. <BR> But while I still have a flex I did afterwards purchase two Forces which now cannot hold a charge. I NEED something that can track stairs but also it'd be nice if it could sync up with Sparkpeople though I am going to give Sparkpeople's tracker a try soon but i still ultimately want a nice activity band tracker. <BR> I have been out of the activity game for a while now thanks to some surgery a death threat... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 19:24:21 EST Advice For Sedentary People I'm one of those people that the most activity I do in a day is walk out to my car. I work in an office and sit at a desk, and while I'm home, I sit in front of the computer. <BR> <BR> I used to like walking and jogging, and I want to do the Zombies, Run! Training, but I feel like I'm not strong enough to start it yet. At the same time, it seems like what I AM able to do just isn't making a difference. I walked a mile yesterday at a pretty good pace - I was definitely feeling my thighs and b... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 16:54:21 EST tightening up excess lower abdominal skin/weight l I have just joined this site because I am now stuck in a rut and can not loose the additional 15lbs I need to. I have lost 55 lbs over this last year and I have a small amount of lower abdominal skin that I have been trying to tighten up for the last 6 months; it has worked a little but I am now considering option I would rather not choose because I have an inherited blood clotting disorder. I am doing 500 sit ups total on three different machines three times a week. Has anyo... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 12:55:53 EST treadmill tracking can you enter your treadmill time and calories burned on the "my fitness" page while using the spark activity tracker? Or will it be adding extra cal. etc. Which one is correct? The equipment, or the tracker? Sat, 2 Aug 2014 03:51:01 EST Headaches?? On Wednesday I went for a walk after work. It was 6p and about 100*. I walked along the lake where there was a nice breeze and never broke a sweat. I had already had 64oz of water that day and brought a 16oz water bottle with me on the walk. It was 2miles and 30min long. After the walk I drank another 16oz water bottle. I then had 24oz through the rest of the night. Afterwards and all night long I had an awful headache like never before. When I went to bed it only got worse. I thought I was d... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 16:56:02 EST Treadmill Advice Anyone out there have advice on a good treadmill. I bought a refurbished Life Fitness bike and it has been nothing but trouble. I am looking at NordicTrack treadmills. I can afford. $2000.00. Any and all input appreciated! Fri, 1 Aug 2014 07:52:13 EST walking in paris hi, <BR> i have a new job in paris, which requires me to walk alot - i used a pedometer , and its over 7200 steps - i manage vacation apts - so i have to visit them .. <BR> <BR> how come, when i put in my walking steps - it does not show how many calories i burned ? <BR> <BR> according to the scale, i am losing very slowly - which makes me crazy ..but its been 3 weeks! <BR> <BR> advice ?? ideas ?? <BR> <BR> merci <em>10</em> Fri, 1 Aug 2014 01:22:36 EST Running plateau I'm stuck. I got back into running about 2 months ago after taking a short hiatus from exercise. Obviously, when I got back into it, it was rough. I'm doing a lot better now. I'm in a lot less pain and my time is improving. I'm super stoked about that part. However, the part where I'm stuck is that I've seem to hit a sort of running plateau. I can't run past a mile no matter how hard I try. <BR> <BR> I set out for a run tonight and I felt great. My legs felt strong and my lungs were clear. I... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:25:16 EST Looking for a 60+ team about fitness not gossip Any tips? Thanks! Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:23:59 EST exercise chair does anyone no or has seen this on tv. has anyone used it. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:42:06 EST Flexibility, lower ab pooch, pelvic tilt question Sorrrrrrrrrrry for the long post <BR> <BR> So my weight loss is coming along fine. One thing I have noticed though is that I am no longer as flexible as I was 3 years ago (before the injury and weight gain). I have also noticed that my lower abs protrude quite a bit and though I still have fat to lose (abs + everywhere else), it makes it seem like I am pregnant. I did research that I might have a pelvic tilt (anterior). I never had it before. I think when I gained weight and stopped working... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:33:31 EST Insanity and 5:2 diet Hi I've just started Insanity I'm on day 2. I also do 5:2 diet which I've been on for about three weeks but have fasted before that here and there. Tomorrow is my first fast day during Insanity so I'm a bit nervous as I get really hungry even when I dont exercise so its going to be a challenge. I just wondered if there was anyone else out there doing the same or similar to me to share you journey with. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:30:19 EST Burning calories while ironing Does anyone count activity points for standing up and ironing? I just ironed for 2 hours, and surely burned more calories than if I'd just been sitting in a chair... but it isn't included on the fitness charts. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:08:45 EST How many minutes How many minutes does it take to be considered work out minutes? I purchased the SP active. tracker, I used the treadmill 27 min. and it said I didn't have any work out mins? The calorie reading is different from the treadmill too. Which one is accurate? Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:57:29 EST Muscle Cramps Hi there! <BR> <BR> I've been learning to drive for the last year and I find that when I raise my foot off the accelorator to slow down a little, if my foot goes to less than 90 degrees of my leg, I start to take cramp up my shin and calf! I'm more comfortable the lower the seat is, but then I am struggling to see out of the car properly! <BR> <BR> I do have a very sedentary lifestyle, but is there any particular exercise anyone can recommend to help me avoid this situation? I have my dri... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:11:05 EST Swimming -- weight gain Since I started swimming about 4X per week. <em>237</em> I haven't lost any weight, but I've lost several inches. <em>7</em> <BR> <BR> I can FEEL the difference in my legs and arms -- I'm stronger. <BR> <BR> I just wish this "exercise" plateau would pass! <BR> <BR> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:02:23 EST Marathon Tips? I am contemplating signing up for my first marathon and to say I am afraid is a huge understatement! I have done 3 1/2 marathons and felt pretty discouraged after my most recent one in February with how horrible I felt after mile 10 and for the following few hours. I have not run more than 6 miles since my last 10K in March but have been keeping my base around 4 miles 4-5 days a week. It is on my bucket list before I turn 30 and really feel like I could stick to a training and nutrition plan ... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:05:08 EST Runners - Question regarding heart rate I bought a Polar FT4 heart rate monitor (to see what kind of calories I was burning) and used it for the 1st time today. <BR> <BR> I am on week 5, day 3 of the C25K program (I did spend 3 weeks on week 4). Today was supposed to be a 20 min run. I stopped at 10 min in because the monitor showed my heart rate way above what it was supposed to be. I was only running 4.5 mph to begin with. I slowed down to 4.4 but I can't run any slower. I walked for about 5 min and started running again and ha... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:52:06 EST