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 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 Response to exercise I've found that my body responds better to certain types of exercise. I've done high intensity interval training, step aerobics, weight training, etc. With the serious, 40-60 min cardio routines, my body just gets tired and holds onto weight like crazy. Recently, I've started Piyo, which is like non-stop yoga/pilates, and my body has let go of inches within the first few sessions. It's not high impact but it is intense at times. I'm adding some interval jogging on top of that to increase my c... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:04:55 EST Favourite zumba dvd I lost 5kg doing zumba classes earlier in the year and 4kg of it has come back on :( so now I'm going to do it properly plus diet and actually shift the weight that's remained from my last pregnancy. <BR> <BR> Can anyone recommend a zumba dvd they really like? I go to classes 1-2 times a week and am now trying to do it at home again to youtube videos. My classes will end in a week for the summer holiday and I want to keep it going while they're not on and I'm away. <BR> <BR> So which ones ... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 04:55:53 EST Weight Gain With Caloric Deficit? I recently began what I thought would become a foolproof method of losing weight. However, instead of losing weight, I seem to be gaining it. I do about 45 minutes of upper-body strength training when I go to the gym 3 times a week, usually burning about 130 to 150 calories each visit. On the days I return home from my strength training at the gym, I get on my bike and burn another 400 to 500 calories on the bike path. On the four days of the week that I don't go to gym, I bike long/far enoug... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:48:34 EST Fat guy Couch-to-5k problems Today was Week 1, Day 1... but I've noticed this problem before. Every time I run or jog my back (particularly lower back, tending a little bit towards the right side) feels like it is being put in a vice grip. <BR> <BR> Is this something people should power through? It feels no amount of stretching before or during is really alleviating it. <BR> <BR> Today was particularly bad because, while I play basketball, I haven't done anything active at all in 4 months. I would love to hear that if ... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:17:35 EST Logging activity at the Gym I've been using the strength training equipment at the gym, following a prescribed route through 8 machines (and have just added a 9th for fun). But I am puzzled about how to log this circuit, as each of the different machines works the muscles of one specific area or two. And I use different weights for many of them. I haven't written down the specific time for each one either, and so have logged the total time spent at the gym. I am not satisfied that I am doing justice to the logging pr... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:15:46 EST What to Eat Before Workout ? I have been taking water aerobics classes 4 evenings a week and have 2 hours from the time I get off work till class starts. Classes are near work, and I don't drive across town to go home and then back again. I eat lunch at noon, and need to eat something before class starts at 6:00. I have been eating a Pure Protein bar*, and that works great to give me a boost and keep me till I can get home and have dinner, but I'm wondering if there is something else that would be better for me. <BR> ... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:50:55 EST Want to run..but i have arthritis in my hips Hi fellow spark mates, <BR> I want to run a half marathon this year. I had set it as a goal for myself this year and was working well towards it - by exercising and eating right. And then i had a very major flare up of my arthritis in May. It was so bad that i could barely walk. Even reaching the front door was a chore, let alone walk outside. Anyway - it cut short my workout routine and i ended up making bad eating choices. So the weight i had lost, has all come back and maybe more. <BR> But... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:10:46 EST What's your favorite song to workout to? I love having upbeat music on when working out. What do you listen to? Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:21:24 EST is it possible to get cardio in off your feet? I work on my feet 9 hours a day with rarely a few minutes here and there to sit so by the time I get home my feet hurt so bad I can hardly stand. Any suggestions for exercises that I can do not on my feet but still get some cardio as well? Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:17:17 EST Finding the right balance Lately, I have been getting extraordinarily hungry even when I am at the base line for maintenance instead of weight loss. Now that it is summer, though, I am being more active in the garden. I am trying to gradually increase my daily activity level on the tracker (i.e. sedentary to very light, very light to light, etc.) instead of putting in all my gardening hours. If I do something that is more effort than normal, though, I will still put that in, along with traditional exercise. <BR> <... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:18:34 EST BEST scales to buy? What do you think is the best digital scales to purchase? Looking for something that will last. <BR> In the past, I have purchased walmart digital scales. Never fails that within a couple of months, they stop working correctly. Put in new batteries and same thing. Have gone thru 3 different scales like this. <BR> <BR> I don't mind investing a little bit of money for scales that will last. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions? Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:44:03 EST Body Beast I know BeachBody's Body Beast workout is mainly geared toward men, but wondering if any of your Sparkpeople ladies have tried it and what kind of results you had. Did you feel it was worth it? Tue, 29 Jul 2014 03:52:46 EST Health Supplement After An Extreme Exercise! When I do an exercise, I make sure that I make the most of it! Sometimes, I push it to the extreme. I didn't worry of the possible outcome like strains and fatigues. I got an advice from a friend that I can take a health supplement that will help me recover faster after an intense training from exercise, sports and other physical activities. Can you share yours? Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:20:01 EST Where can I find my total number of steps for the Where can I find my total number of steps for the current month? I see the total minutes and the total spark points. But I can't find the total steps for the current month. <BR> <BR> I like to know how close I am to getting a bronze or even silver trophy. <BR> <BR> Thanks, chris Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:15:07 EST Squat / Lunges and shaking legs? I just started Jillian Michael's 30 day shred, and it is rather squat and lunge heavy. About halfway through on level 1 I could not do a squat or lunge without my legs and knees shaking like crazy and I was a little scared my legs were going to buckle. Once they started shaking, I could hardly feel a burn during those exercises, just a constant trembling. <BR> <BR> Is this normal? Is it something I need to work through, or should I be working on getting my legs a little stronger before I att... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:21:33 EST How do you log Group Classes? I take a couple of classes at the gym - BodyAttack and CX Worx - and I am wondering how to log these in my fitness tracker? <BR> <BR> TIA! Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:07:34 EST free weight dvd's What is a good dvd for free weights? I have a kettle bell dvd, I'm looking for a simple free weight one. Thanks. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 13:29:19 EST Question about squats... I thought that squats worked your butt and the backs of your thighs as well as the front? Why then do I only ever feel it in the front of my thighs? Am I doing them wrong? <BR> I did squats the other day with some girls at the gym and they said my form looked right but I am only sore on the front of my thighs. My butt is not sore and neither is the back of my thighs. <BR> What am I doing wrong? Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:59:48 EST Teacher headed back to work questions I will be headed back to school/work on Friday. I know that for the first two weeks back to work, I am always exhausted when I get home (I teach high school) The main goal those first two weeks is being able to rest and get used to the new routine. Knowing this, I have dinners covered for at least the first week. I have freezer meals prepared and slow cooker recipes ready to go. <BR> <BR> My question is working out. I am terrible about working out those first two weeks. I have tried getti... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 08:29:27 EST Bodyrider trainer 3 in 1 We recently bought a bodyrider trainer 3 in 1 and I love it. Does anyone else have one? I am up to 26 minutes on it. It is a bike..a recumbent bike and an eliptical all in one. I am only to 4 minutes on the eliptical..any tips that you can give me about going longer on the eliptical..please do! thank you. <BR> <BR> Rhonda Sat, 26 Jul 2014 18:20:41 EST help needed with walking I walk my dog 2miles every day, normally the same route at least 5 days out of 7. This I cannot change. However, I usually walk him after I have been to the gym or pool. The help I am looking for is ideas really on how to 'ramp' up the walk without turning it into jogging? I feel I am no longer getting any benefit from the walk as my body is now use to the routine. <BR> <BR> I took my bike with him today, but unfortunately its too fast for him and he didn't enjoy his walk &#128054; and wi... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 16:15:55 EST Help tracking housekeeping job calories I just started a housekeeping job in a hotel that has me moving nonstop for almost 8 hours a workday... for 3-4 days a week. By the end of the day I'm absolutely drenched in sweat and exhausted. On my days off, though, I'm almost 100% sedentary as my body is aching and all I feel like doing is resting. How do I record this? I had a sedentary weight loss plan before starting this job..what do I consider my caloric needs now? Any advice is much appreciated. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 13:02:12 EST what are the exact benefits of yoga? hello, <BR> quite a lot has been written on yoga, however, besides being a healthy exercise what exactly are the proven benefits from yoga? <BR> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:07:24 EST Getting Fitted for Shoes I asked in my home city boards (Houston), but things seem to be a bit slow there. So, I figured I'd ask here as well. <BR> <BR> I'm just starting the process of getting back into an exercise routine and eating healthier. One of the things I realize that I need to do is look into getting seriously, professionally fitted for shoes. Right now, I'm at walking, but I want to get into running. So two questions: <BR> <BR> 1) Should I get fitted for walking shoes and go back when I'm regularly run... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:45:32 EST Looking for HRM Recommendation I'm fairly broke but I feel like I'm not getting accurate calories burned reports on my programs. I keep looking at heart rate monitors but feel lost. I need something that doesn't go around my chest. And something that doesn't require internet, wireless or not. And something below $50 for sure. As you can imagine that doesn't leave me many options. Ones I'm finding that bluetooth to Android look like all chest straps. I am a single mom with car repairs. Getting to work snd keeping a roof ove... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:17:36 EST Is riding a bike good exercise? I am buying a bike next week and plan on riding it often. Right now for most of my exercise I walk. I am wondering how good of an exercise bike riding is? Sat, 26 Jul 2014 05:52:03 EST I really need some help after starting to exercise Hi everyone, I'm a 20 yo female, I'm 5'7 and weigh 160lbs. I hope to get to around 135-140. I've been restricting calories for abt 4 weeks now. I started with 1200 cals/day but decided to up my calories to 1400 cals 1-2 weeks ago. I usually end up eating around 1500 cals. Anyway, I stooped doing cardio and started the 30 day shred 2 weeks ago and ever since I started I've been starving allllllllll the time! Before, when I was only doing cardio, I found my calorie limit easy to reach and maint... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 01:22:07 EST Can Stomach Problems Prevent Weight Loss? Hello, <BR> <BR> I need some help. I have been trying to lose weight for 2 years now unsuccessfully. I don't know what else to do. I first started gaining weight when I went to college. It was the freshman 15. And that was fine. Everyone gains some weight the first couple years of college and then sheds it back off later. Unfortunately for me that was not the case. When I was a junior in college I was having awful stomach pains. The only thing I found that made them better was to eat. So for... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:48:15 EST Aqua or Water Zumba -- what a great workout! I tried aqua zumba (or water zumba) last night, for the first time. Boy, was it a great workout! I've had to stop doing any exercise that puts impact on my heel, due to a spur; so the doctor suggested swimming. I have taken up his suggestion, and I'm starting to swim laps; but on top of this, I'm now hooked on the aqua zumba! It's basically like regular zumba -- but in the pool. My local fitness club (Lifetime) offers a group class. I love how you basically don't pound on the pavement,... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:27:41 EST Routines anyone? I start the gym next week and I really want to maximize my gym experience. My gym is equipped with treadmills, elliptical, bikes and a lot of strength machines that frankly I don't know the name of. My aim is for slow and steady weight loss while incorporating strength training but I'm having a hard time creating a routine to follow. I find it much easier to have a structured routine to follow instead of flying by the seat of my pants. Anyone with any ideas or guides i could use to start that... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:25:10 EST is it enough? I can spend about 45 minutes to an hour in the morning exercising but the rest of my day is primarily seditary. Is it enough? Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:26:49 EST How I squeeze more movement into my day When I need a few items from Dollar General, I walk instead of drive. This gives me 10 minutes of movement I wouldn't get otherwise and I save money on gasoline. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:44:33 EST @ Home Walk Away The Pounds! Does Anyone Else use Leslie Sansones Walk @ Home DVDs? <BR> <BR> I do them almost daily now and find her to be completely pleasant and motivating! :) <BR> <BR> Anyone have any other ideas for a working mom? Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:05:59 EST Miami Trip in March I am going to start working out & eating better. I need to lose at least 60 pounds or more to be healthy. Need all the encouragement I can get. Plus our Miami trip really makes me want to lose it more. =) My starting weight is 205.6 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:24:41 EST Strength Training Afternoon all! <BR> <BR> Im trying to get a good routine going for my work outs, and I wanted to find out if, with Strength Training, is speed/number of reps mort important? or is Slow and steady better? <BR> <BR> For example, I've been doing wall push ups, and I can usually get through 30, in about 60 seconds or so before my arms start to turn into jelly. (I'm definitely a novice in this area) Would it be better to slow down, and only get through 15 reps in 60 seconds, or speed up until I... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:24:16 EST Pedometer/MapMyWalk Discrepencies Usually when I walk my dog (on trails, with hills and stuff, in the woods) I use MapMyWalk, but this place I've been going more recently doesn't really get service so I haven't been able to, there. Instead, I've been using a pedometer. I know I have short legs, but the pedometer is reading a MUCH farther walk than MapMyWalk (when I finally tested it at another location). <BR> <BR> Obviously, I'm going to track the shorter walk, but does my body think it's walking further because my legs and... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:50:52 EST JUMPING JACK CHALLENGE HI EVERYONE, <BR> <BR> RECENTLY I HAVE BEEN SET THE CHALLENGE OF HULA HOOPING OR HULA DANCING FOR 10 MINS A DAY (FIRST I HAVE TO LEARN) ANYWAY, I HAVE SENT PEOPLE HULA CHALLENGES AND SOME HAVE POLITELY DECLINED. <BR> <BR> SO ANOTHER SP FRIEND SAID THAT HE WOULD JOIN US BUT WOULD DO JUMPING JACKS, WHICH I THINK IS AN EXCELLENT IDEA <BR> <BR> IS ANYONE ELSE INTERESTED? <BR> <BR> I HAVE BEEN ASKED FOR HOW LONG AND WHAT I WILL SAY IT IS UP TO YOU, IS TO DO IT FOR HOWEVER LONG YOU ARE HAVING ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:55:32 EST Your first Triathlon? Hi, <BR> I'm thinking of signing up for an olympic distance triathlon next May, maybe as a sponsored challenge. I can cycle all day long but I can't run 20 minutes (improving all the time though) and I only know one swimming stroke which we call "doggy paddle" <BR> I've tried running before but I get to about seven weeks and my knees give out. I've splashed out on the proper shoes this time so hopefully I'll last a bit longer! I'm on week five already but had a worryingly familiar pain on ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:06:20 EST Rowing machine with post surgical knees? I had knee surgery in March (knee cap re-alignment and ligaments/tendons were replaced), I still have issues and the elliptical kinda hurts. <BR> <BR> Any experience with Rowing Machines and knee issues? <BR> <BR> I'd like to try but concerned how it would do for my knee. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:52:02 EST do I burn fat at my job I'm a cna and I'm constantly moving around do I burn enough calories to not workout on my dsy ro work Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:22:53 EST Looking for a little consult :) So... Since Monday, daily, I've been doing these exercises: jogging - 30 mins., pilates - 20 mins, yoga - 30 mins. and walking for about an hour or so, to hit the 10 000 steps. And to be honest, those past three days were really good in exercise kind of way, but a bit difficult with nutrition, because as I became much more physically active, my metabolic rate got higher, and all kinds of cravings hit me, but most of them I got rid of, and today I'm feeling much better, not really craving for ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 03:55:03 EST help I'm on this battle of loosing weight. again.. I just started kickboxing 3 months ago and have been going 2 times a week. and sometimes im really sore for a few days after. is this enough do I need more exercising I've been eating less junk I lost 15 inches this month and only 5 lbs since I started? most of my fat is on my tummy.. who am i kidding its everywhere. I guess that's what bothers me the most. I've been trying to do crunchies /sit ups every day too.. <BR> I'm trying so hard and re... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:18:02 EST Cardio or Strength Training... (Or Both) Just curious what everyone chooses for working out... if you just do Cardio... or Strength Training... or a mixture of the two... and do you switch days you do both? oxox Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:37:57 EST Swimming! I am interested in using swimming as my weightloss exercise... Has anyone had any success with swimming & weight loss? If so what was your workout routine! I know swimming is a great exercise for weight loss & has no impact on joints! Any input would be great!!:) Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:11:49 EST crossfit I am new to Sparkpeople. Does anyone crossfit? I'm not sure how to calculate. Thanks. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:04:24 EST Help? Hey everyone i'm Niamh and i recently joined the spark. For this week and next week i'm attending a language course. It only lasts the mornings but i'm also working until 7 that afternoon with almost no break in between. Have you any advice for fitting a fitness plan in there? I'm only a beginner with most fitness but i'd love to take up running. <BR> Also i nearly always get my eight hours sleep but lately i've been feeling tired, struggling to keep my eyes open in the morning, any clue why... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:46:37 EST Crazy Wrap Things I'm not sure where exactly to post this question. Anyway I wanted to know what the fitness experts thought of The Crazy Wrap Things. I have two friends that now sell these and it seems to be the latest craze. I was thinking that its just a temporary fix but wanted to hear what an expert thinks of these things. Thank you for your time. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:41:40 EST A real compliment I visited my daughter at her boyfriend's house. His little cousin asked my daughter who I was and my daughter told her" that is my dad". The girl replied" that can't be, Dad's have a big belly". We all laughed. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:30:25 EST Swimming: Question for an SP Coach, please! I'm 53, 5' 3" and 261 lbs. <BR> <BR> I've been going about 4X per week to a heated pool. I swim, tread water, water-walk / jog, etc. Usually about 90 minutes each time. <BR> <BR> I've had someone tell me that I'm "over-doing" the swim time. <BR> <BR> I wonder about that... I'm not doing laps -- it's casual swimming. The heated water soothes my arthritis... and I've lost 4 1/2 inches. <BR> <BR> Am I really over-doing it? This is low-impact and I really don't want to stop as we'll c... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:42:22 EST SLEEP Hi people full of great knowledge, <BR> <BR> last night I went to bed early, even though I had deadlines to reach, and today instead of feeling refreshed I feel worse, really tired. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:42:32 EST shoes When it comes to running and walking, I always tell people to go to a specialty shoe store to get fitted by an expert. HOWEVER, if hiking is more your thing, I was really impressed with REI's shoe department when we went there a couple of weeks ago. They were just as knowledgeable as any running store I have ever been to. I just thought I would pass that info along. :) <BR> <BR> Edited to put the correct store. Oops. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:07:13 EST Getting Back Into the Fitness "Game" I've recently gotten back into exercising more regularly. Of course, my "I'm going to exercise 6 times a week" ends up with a reality of twice per week. I actually enjoy it a little while I am there & feel so good afterwards. It's the getting there that trips me up. I've given up on Monday exercise - I need to go to the gym in the mornings before work & for some reason I cannot get myself into "weekday" mode until Tuesday morning. So, I'm trying to be better to myself & not berate myself... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:49:42 EST What else can i do? I walk 4 miles 2 - 3 times a week what else can i do to lose weight..i have been walkin for a about a month.. no results Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:15:12 EST Kettlebell workouts..awesome or not awesome? Hi! I am thinking of trying kettlebells out..but they are EXPENSIVE! Before I shell it worth it? Are they as good as everyone says? Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:47:23 EST Garmin question For anyone out there who uses a Garmin watch for running (especially the Forerunner 620), I'm having an issue and wondering if anyone else has experienced this and/or resolved it. <BR> <BR> I've had two runs now that I've successfully saved on my watch, which show up just fine when I look at the history on my watch, but which have not synced to Garmin Connect. I've had runs since those two runs (and they weren't two runs in a row--there were runs in between them, too) that have synced just f... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:13:21 EST Can you use step/calorie when using tread.. I have been using my step and calorie counter when using my treadmill. distance matches with the treadmill but the calories don't. Should you use a pedometer/calorie counter while on the treadmill? Which one is the correct calculation? Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:49:09 EST Getting Started Greetings everyone, <BR> <BR> I am new to using this site and I found while doing some homework for my fitness class I am taking. Thing is, I really want help becoming more active but I do not know where to find time in my schedule to do so. I work out Monday-Friday as a part of my class, but I want to incorporate some more into that. But finding time is the hard part. Not only that, finding the right exercises to work the areas that I want to work on has been difficult. Any advice??? Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:39:02 EST playing tag I've never thought of my son as my primary motivation to be fit, but last night we played "chase me" (basically tag, he was It and chased me around the park) and I had to really run to stay ahead of him. However, last night I was very very glad that I was fit enough to play games like that with my son and not be out of breath after 2 seconds. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:16:08 EST Hello i need help.. Hello, my name is Sam, im 24 years old and i lack all motivation and really am new to this. I signed up along time ago, i just never committed to it...and i want that to change. But i know i cant keep going on my own. So can anyone help me? I need to find out a good way to start.. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:59:01 EST stair climbing I just recently moved to VA Beach. I started walking at Mount Trashmore. How would I calculate calories burned for climbing the stairs. There is about 60 to 70 steps to each of the three stairs. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:16:16 EST When is a cramp more than a cramp? I've had a recurring cramp in my calf for the last week and was looking to pick your brains as to what do do about it. It only happens when I run - starting in the first 1.5 miles and not letting up, though occasional stretching helps. When it's bad, it feels like one of the muscles is like a really tight rubber band. It's fine during ST, its fine during the rest of the time. I've put in some serious foam roller time every night. So I'm at a loss. <BR> <BR> I'm going to not run for a couple... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:54:24 EST Cardio or strength So I have been doing cardio/ strength DVDs- the firm, biggest loser, weight watchers. What do I track these as? The ww DVD today was called lower body intervals- pretty much 35 minutes of lunges and squats. My hr was way up- 80-85% for 2/3 of the workout but my legs were also worked to near failure. Seems like more then the low intensity cardio listed but not quite p90x. Any ideas? Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:53:37 EST Need ideas for exercise/fitness games... I have started a "Biggest Loser" type challenge in our community and wanted to have games and activities that will be fun and help burn calories. The problem is that everyone in the group is of all different weights and physical ability. For instance, there are a few who just want to lose a little weight but wanted the motivation. Then there are those who have 100 pounds or more to lose. There is one who is not physically able to do a lot of hard physical stuff. So my question is.... wha... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:01:57 EST help, I'm sick! I have struggled for a long time to settle into a good exercise routine and I was finally doing well, feeling good and then BAM I got this cold from someone at work and I'm on vacation this coming weekend. :( In effort to get better as soon as possible I've been drinking lots of juice high in vitamin C, drinking TONS of water, eating chicken soup, oranges and trying to rest as much as possible with a full work schedule. So of course I stopped working out. But my question is this: how do y... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:51:58 EST what kind of scales I was wondering what type of scales any of you use or recommend. I don't know what kind to buy. Can I have some recommendations please. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:25:15 EST Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Does anyone out there have fibro or chronic fatigue? What do you do for exercise, and how do you get motivated when you are feeling really run down? I am really struggling the past few days. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 17:09:40 EST exercising when sore I did a lower body ST session on Friday and felt super sore yesterday and today. <BR> I went hiking today and walked a lot yesterday thinking that it would help but it doesn't seem to work. <BR> <BR> Should I do the same work out tomorrow if I am still sore ( but not in pain)? Sun, 20 Jul 2014 15:31:18 EST Yard Work I'm fixing to head out and mow my lawn plus a friends lawn..I'm going to be cleaning up tree limbs and some junk out of my question is how do you put yard work into your fitness tracker? I know there is mowing on there, I just could figure out how I would put general yard work on there. Thanks. <BR> Super excited about today. I love anything that keeps me going and busy while burning the calories :-D <BR> Have a great day everyone Sun, 20 Jul 2014 11:31:48 EST What are YOU going to try next? It's funny, sometimes, how something can seem like a good idea at the start, but as the day or moment arrives to take action, one suddenly becomes a big ball of doubt. Such was my experience when a co-worker proposed that we bike to work on Friday. <BR> <BR> I accepted the challenge on Monday, focusing on all the ways that this would make me a total bad-ass; exercise, team-building with a co-worker, no car on the road, trying new things. <BR> <BR> The week progressed and I prepared. I l... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 02:04:46 EST Did some excerise today My friend came over and she help me clean my apartment. She just swept the floors. I finish dusting and throw things away that I don't want. I will be moving. I say I did about 3-4 hours of cleaning today. I feel good I got some stuffs done but there still more to do. <BR> Tomorrow I will start working on papers that are old and throw them away or shredded them or file them. My friend will mop the floors for me. I feel disguised that it's a mess like this. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 23:33:39 EST Focus t25 I have am on week 4 of focus t25. It's really great but I have been losing a lot of weight. My aim was really to tone up and maintain the weight I have which is 135lbs. WhT can u suggest I do? I eat a lot but I have always been a healthy eater. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 14:34:37 EST Ladies - Bathrooms on Long Hikes? I've been taking extra long hikes (for me) about once a week now, and I'm prone to migraines when I get dehydrated so I'm always sure to bring a few huge bottles of water. <BR> <BR> So... my problem... I ALWAYS end up having to pee really really badly by an hour into the hike. I'm not quite poised enough to pop a squat behind a tree (read: super super clumsy), and those gadgets some girls use to do it standing up really freak me out. I've always envied men their ability to pee anywhere. <B... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 10:17:10 EST Edit Fitness Goals Tab Broken? When I click on the tab to change the number of calories I plan to burn each week, it opens up the weight goals. Anyone else having this problem? Sat, 19 Jul 2014 09:52:19 EST Beginning core exercises I have decided to start doing exercises to strengthen my core muscles to see if it will help with my back problems. Does anyone have a good starting place for a noob like me? I have NEVER been able to do crunches, so needless to say, my core muscles are horrible lol Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:27:15 EST Running and weight loss Hey all, <BR> <BR> I got back into running because I wanted an inexpensive way to exercise and lose weight. However, I have been reading several articles that talk about running can stall weight loss because your body gets used to the long distances and doesn't work as hard to burn calories after a while. <BR> <BR> My current schedule is this: <BR> Monday - rest <BR> Tuesday - walk/run 3 miles <BR> Wednesday - cross train on the stationary bike for 30 min and ST <BR> Thursday - walk/run 2 ... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:45:35 EST Ladies! We burn about 500 calories getting out of a sweaty sports bra right? <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I have tried the snap closure sports bras but like the support of the pullover racerback bras much better. But have mercy, some mornings... geez <em>46</em> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:23:49 EST Runners - question for you How long do you stretch your calf muscles? I do a full body stretch routine, holding each stretch 25-30 seconds but still have tight calf muscles. <BR> <BR> Thanks. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:20:26 EST walking v running I have just read an article (on-line) that said walking was as good as running. I won't ague with that but myself I burn more calories when running than walking. I would bet that most of us burn about 2/3 more. So how can that be as good. <BR> <BR> Anyone have some more thoughts on this. <BR> <BR> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 08:37:03 EST Uneven DOMS (Abs)? I work on my abs three times a week-Mon, Wed, and Fri. After the first and third days that I dedicate to my ab workouts, I have an equal amount of DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) throughout my entire core. On Wednesdays, I work strictly on oblique abs, but find on the day after that my right side is ALWAYS more sore than my left-even though I'm right side dominant (right-handed, etc). Since this began, I've started paying special attention to posture when doing left side exercises, ma... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:54:54 EST has anyone else noticed........... ........that if part of your excerise regime is walking (which mine is) and they take their dog with them (which I do) that not only am I losing weight but my dog is getting shorter! Lol. &#128054; <BR> <BR> I tease of course, but me being fit means the dog is fit, so its a win win for us both. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:48:10 EST Low Knee Impact Strength Training DVDs? Hey guys, <BR> <BR> In the month of May I overdid it, haha. I was doing a Jillian Michaels DVD every day and my knees paid the price for it, especially because I ended up going clubbing and wrecking my joints with low-dropping in heels. <BR> <BR> I took it easy for June and now I'm back exercising. I'm just starting the couch-to-5k programme, I'm going into week three. I do that three times a week and I'd like to do two or three days of a workout DVD for strength. <BR> <BR> I'm wondering s... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:34:05 EST Can't change my exercise goals I'm having some sort of technical problem with the site. I want to change my exercise goals to 30 minutes/5 times a week (a total of 150 minutes a week), but I when I update the numbers in my goals, it doesn't update in my exercise tracker. My exercise tracker still says my weekly goal is 180 minutes, which is 36 minutes/5 times a week. What am I doing wrong? Thu, 17 Jul 2014 08:59:09 EST would anyone know ??? I've only had my Spark activity tracker a few weeks.. but today it said, I did a 16 minute bike ride. I know I rode about 3 miles back and forth work. I think it was more... does this mean I'm slow?? Wed, 16 Jul 2014 23:39:45 EST Hiking I went for a hike today. The trail is considered moderately difficult. I only did part of the trail today since I had to meet a few people. So, I did 4.57 miles in 1 hour and 58 minutes (119 minutes) and the climb (or elevation change) was 872 feet. I know, that is slow but I did stop a couple times to get pictures and speak to some people that had dogs (I couldn't help myself), so the actual speed might be a little off. <BR> <BR> I had the MapMyRun app going on my phone and it said that I ... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:55:38 EST Weight Training ideas without weights? Ugh. I'm wearing a splint on my wrist and am on a 10lb lifting restriction from my doctor. Frankly, lifting anything heavier than a water bottle hurts. <BR> <BR> Any ideas for workouts that I can do in the interim? I'm walking a few times a week but know that I need to add some sort of weight training as well. <BR> <BR> Help!!! Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:52:10 EST Cooking food & Exercise ? 1) I am 54 years old and obese. For a few days, I do normal pace walking exercise 2 miles / day. I feel O.K but the muscle at my back hurts . I just wonder if it is ok to do my walking daily or I should just do 3-4 times per week . I mean is exercise 1 day, skip the next day . <BR> <BR> 2) How do you calculate the calorie of certain food (Broccoli with beef) if you cook it your self. Please give me an example so that I can understand . I want to cook my own food <BR> <BR> 3) I have been ... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:24:37 EST UP fitness tracker Anyone have an UP fitness tracker? Trying to figure out the best way to track the info it gives me. Resting burn vs Active burn, active minutes etc <BR> <BR> How do I get the info into spark? I have connected it as per the directions from june 9 article Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:36:41 EST How to get enough nutrition? I am stumped. I have a difficult time eating 1200 calories a day which is the absolute minimum anyone should have to meet daily nutritional needs. <BR> <BR> My problem is meeting the calorie intake that Spark People says I should have when I do my fitness program. It goes up on a daily basis according to how much fitness I do in a day. <BR> I can't eat more than I am because I am not a big eater. My weight gain came through eating junk food which I have eliminated. <BR> <BR> I am never hung... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:20:48 EST Exercise Bike Technical Difficulty... So I've been using this exercise bike my boyfriend's dad saved from the basement. It's pretty old, and the display that shows speed/mileage/etc doesn't work because the wires are frayed. I've been having to guess at my speed when imputting the exercise into the Fitness Tracker, is there any way I can find out how fast/far I'm actually going, so I have a rough idea how many calories I'm burning? Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:29:00 EST Swimming at the gym for the first time and NERVOUS Alrighty, so I just joined a gym for the first time in my life and today I will be using the pool for the first time. I used to be on swim team in high school, but that was 6 years and 40 pounds ago when I was actually fit lol. I'm SUPER NERVOUS about swimming in front of people! Especially since when I went yesterday there were two men already in the pool who were fit as could be :/ Does anyone have any tips on how to build up my confidence enough to do laps in the pool???? :( Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:09:42 EST App to Manually Track gym Mileage I have several goald going on, and one is just to see how many miles I'm putting in a week. But the majority of those are on the gym equipment. The recumbent bike, elliptical, treadmill, and arc trainer. Since my speed is not constant I can't just plug in the treadmill option. And when I choose Elliptical or bike it just goes off time to figure calories. I want to just have a simple log that adds up all my miles on the equipment or from my pedometer. The Spark App doesn't seem to have this op... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:22:50 EST EXERCISE GOAL QUESTION On my tracker my goal for exercising is 180 minutes and 1070 calories to burn in a week. I am doing 30 minutes of walk away the pounds three times a week. Which right now I burn 388 for 30 minutes plus a few calories from squats. <BR> Here is my question. Which goal do i try to meet the calories burn at week or minutes of exercising. <BR> Here is my math. <BR> <BR> 3days at 30 minutes each equals 90minutes out of the 180 suggested <BR> <BR> 3days at 388 calories burned per 30 minutes equal... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:49:07 EST HULA HOOP CHALLENGE HI EVERYONE, <BR> <BR> ONE OF MY SP FRIENDS HAS GIVEN ME A CHALLENGE TO LEARN HOW TO USE A HULA HOOP. IS THERE ANYONE WHO WANTS TO JOIN ME, I AM UNABLE TO KEEP IT ROTATING AND IT KEEPS DROPPING. BUT IT WOULD BE GREAT IF OTHERS WANT TO LEARN TOO. <BR> <BR> HAVE A GREAT DAY Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:31:53 EST WHO USES A HULA HOOP HI EVERYONE, JUST WONDERING WHO USES A HULA HOOP, AND CAN YOU RECOMMEND ANY GOOD ONES? THANK YOU Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:36:19 EST Heat exhaustion It is hitting the 90's here either via humidity or actual temps. I experienced heat exhaustion Sunday after a two mile walk. I did not eat before I left which did not help. I have done a few 5k's in the 80's. <BR> <BR> How can I avoid another episode while exercising? Tue, 15 Jul 2014 10:32:54 EST Probably dumb strength training question I ran out of time at the gym today so I had to skip my last two arm exercises: overhead press and horizontal row. I had already done squats, deadlifts, bench press and assisted pull ups. My next planned ST session is Thursday. Is it a good idea to do the two I skipped tomorrow after I finish my speed workout or just leave it until Thursday? <BR> <BR> I guess it's worth mentioning that at the moment I do full body ST on Tuesdays and Thursdays and running workouts on M/W/F. Thanks! Tue, 15 Jul 2014 10:27:58 EST Having trouble squeezing in my workout! I've been going to the gym since November and have recently started tracking my diet to help lose weight. Lately, though, I feel like I just don't have enough hours in the day! I work full time, have three kids, and take courses to try to finish my degree. Between work, housework, and homework, squeezing in gym time is getting harder and harder! The only way to get it in is to just get less sleep (5-6 hours at most), which I keep reading is horrible for weight loss efforts as well. I'm h... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 09:57:54 EST I have a question ...what is Intervals? I have a question ...what isI have a question ...what is Intervals? it the same for all workouts? or does it vary by walks, runs, etc? Thanks it the same for all workouts? or does it vary by walks, runs, etc? Thanks Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:42:02 EST Hate counting calories- John Jubilee? Counted calories has worked well for me in the past, along with rigorous exercise, but with my two little kids, it's hard to find time to work out the way I'm used to. I used to fast one day a week as well (not fluids of course). That always kept my weight in check, but it's hard to be food celibate when I have to prep 3 meals a day for everyone else these days.. I have cut out soda and extra milk/juice. I'm eating more organic and drinking more water, taking supplements etc. I did weigh... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:27:33 EST Isn't the treadmill supposed to be "easier"...? I've read quite a few places that when you're used to working out on a treadmill, switching to the road or a track can be quite the wakeup call and it's much harder. However, I seem to be experiencing the opposite. My natural walking pace when I walk outside or on trails seems too fast when I try to do it on a treadmill. I do often set a decent incline on the treadmill, but I notice it still feels fast even at a 1-2% incline which is what is supposed to "offset" the treadmill belt and make it... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:42:34 EST Bananas bad for weight loss? I love bananas, but I keep seeing them on lists that say they aren't good for weight loss. Anyone know the real scoop? Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:18:10 EST what IS cross country hiking?? I just went for a 45 minute hike with my kids. there was a lot of hills and uneven terrain. Is that cross country?? I had NO weight on my back (besides a 5 minute piggy back to a 40 pound 3 year old boy :) Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:18:09 EST Spark Activity Tracker team Hi - I'm trying to find the Spark Activity tracker group so I can read some posts and see how people like it, etc. I can't seem to find this team no matter how I search. Is there one? Can someone provide a link to it? <BR> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:06:17 EST Favorite YouTube Fitness Videos I've been doing Jessica Smith's YouTube workout videos for about a month now and really like them. I love that there are so many that I can do a different one every time and it keeps me from getting bored. She has a great personality and I like the informality of the setting and her cues, it's like being in a live class with her. And it's free! Can't beat that. <BR> <BR> Any recommendations for other good trainers and workout videos you've seen on YouTube? Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:48:58 EST For the ladies I am a little hesitant to put this up here, but have any of you ever had the issue of men, or ANYONE in general, cat calling or yelling at you from their car windows while you are outside exercising? This has happened to me several times, one of them last year which was rather heartbreaking (a group of teenage boys had driven by and yelled out "Big 'ol a**" at me.) It happened again last night and for a moment I thought about not walking outside without my husband. This thought immediately ma... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:39:29 EST 10,000 steps I purchased the Spark tracker in May and have been striving to achieve 10,000 steps in a day. Easy for some maybe, more difficult for others. I've come close a few times, but I'm extremely happy to say that I hit it last Thursday and got to see it light up and flash for the first time <em>248</em> . I'm a very happy to do it again, and again and again! Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:57:01 EST post back surgery Hi I had back surgery back in April, they removed a disk and fused it. I also have 1 slightly herniated disk that doesn't cause discomfort. I want to get back on track with exercising but I don't want to over do it either. Right now I do physical therapy stretches everyday and pt strength training every other day. I also try to walk once a day for ten min. The only main restriction I have is lifting. Does any one have any suggestions on what I can do to burn some calories? Something that's... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:05:57 EST Anyone else having issues with Spark Tracker Today Hi, <BR> <BR> My spark tracker only said that I did 816 steps today and I should have over 13,000 (I normally get around 12,000 steps from riding my recumbent bike for an hour and today I did 75 minutes). <BR> <BR> Tapping on it shows I got my 10,000 steps and battery is green and fully charged. Last sync was at 5:08 this morning which was when I got off of the bike. <BR> <BR> Frustrated! Mon, 14 Jul 2014 07:44:36 EST Shin stretch??? The featured fitness bit for today is not a shin's a calf stretch. And actually the shin is in slight contraction for this. Who posted this? Mon, 14 Jul 2014 06:20:00 EST normal walking exercise ? Hi, <BR> I am new to this website and I am trying to understand how everything works in order to stay on track of my goal . <BR> <BR> Today, I begin my first exercise . I walk as normal speed for almost two for around 45 minutes. I am guessing I burned around 150 calorie . How can I figure out how many calorie I burned . <BR> <BR> Also, after I enter my walking exercise under fitness plans, I look at the food track list . somehow the planning calorie ( in planning calorie) number was cha... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 02:21:39 EST How did this happen After oral surgery I could barely eat. 3100 calories in the past three days. I was weak and tired. I decided to go to the gym because I could not stand just laying around in pain. Two things happened, I had a great energized work out and most of my pain went away. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 23:08:26 EST Exercising To Stop Smoking? Possible? Have you done this? Is exercising can help stop the habit of smoking? Other possible option will help a lot! Sun, 13 Jul 2014 22:28:06 EST Heart Monitors I have been thinking of getting a heart monitor to help with exercise. Was wondering the pros and cons of one and what brand you would recommend.? Would like something very easy to use since this would be my first heart monitor. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 21:02:22 EST Ditch the Gym Campaign- Free Exercise Suggestions Hello my fellow Sparkers, <BR> <BR> I'd like to hear your suggestions of free exercise routines/ideas that you enjoy. <BR> <BR> Today I stumbled upon the **Fitness Blender** YouTube video series and put me to some serious work. It's a H.I.I.T. series for all levels and lengths of time. <BR> <BR> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 16:24:03 EST