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Before You Sweat: CrossFit Cheat Sheet

By: , – Melissa Rudy, Health & Fitness Journalist
5/13/2016  12:00:00 AM   :  6 comments   :  23,421 views

If your idea of CrossFit is a group of grunting, super-buff weightlifters who will laugh you out of the gym, it's time to send those stereotypes packing. Even the most accomplished CrossFitters started somewhere, and the majority are extremely welcoming to newcomers.

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'The Biggest Loser': Biggest Success or Loser Idea?

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
5/12/2016  12:00:00 AM   :  81 comments   :  24,717 views

Soon after its 2004 debut, "The Biggest Loser" became an American culture phenomenon. Each season, contestants push themselves to the limit, losing astounding amounts of weight in a relatively short period of time. Achieving these kinds of jaw-dropping results, though, requires tremendous amounts of exercise and a very strict diet. Given the extreme circumstances of the show's format, "The Biggest Loser" has experienced its share of ups and downs over the years.

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'I'm Winning the Battle Against Depression & Obesity, One Day at a Time.'

By: , – Melissa Rudy, Health & Fitness Journalist
5/12/2016  12:00:00 AM   :  17 comments   :  31,958 views

Lots of kids struggle with low self-esteem, but it's especially difficult when obesity is a factor. According to the CDC, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years, raising the risks of heart disease, diabetes and other conditions. What's more, obese kids are more likely to grow into obese adults—and that's one statistic that Tammy McLeod is determined to avoid.

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Fitness Superstitions: Magic or Mind Games?

By: , – Melissa Rudy, Health & Fitness Journalist
5/11/2016  12:00:00 AM   :  12 comments   :  11,798 views

One of my running buddies has worn the same shirt to every race for the past decade. Regardless of weather or fashion, she's convinced that the old pink Nike tank is directly tied to her performance on the course. I have a weird compulsion that requires me to always end a run at an even time on my stopwatch: If I’m back home at 38 minutes, I’ll add another quarter-mile to get to 40.

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Mediterranean Diet Could Help to Slow Aging and Prevent Bone Loss, Study Says

By: , – Melissa Rudy, Health & Fitness Journalist
5/10/2016  12:00:00 AM   :  12 comments   :  15,606 views

As if there weren't already enough benefits to warrant trying the Mediterranean diet—like improved heart healthreduced inflammation and greater overall wellnessnew research shows that this type of eating plan could slow down the aging process and prevent bone loss.

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Why I Decided to Get Off the Tracker Train

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
5/9/2016  12:00:00 AM   :  56 comments   :  35,182 views

Activity trackers are all the rage these days, as you see people wearing them on their waistbands, shoes and wrists. Popularized by Fitbit and Jawbone, it seems there is now a fitness tracker for every personality and health need. These tiny devices track a plethora of information—how many steps you’ve taken, how many calories you’ve burned, how many flights of stairs you’ve walked, how much sleep you’ve gotten and more. Basically, conscious or unconscious, your tracker knows your body better than you.  

Of course, more information is always better so that you know exactly how active you’ve been at any given moment of the day. Who wouldn’t want to have these stats at their fingertips? Cue me raising my hand right now. Surprised? The fact is, I gave up my activity tracker after I decided it was doing me more harm than good.

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