It’s easy to want to count the calories when beginning a workout program. But, you don’t need to run 10 miles each day to effectively burn calories! It is good to consistently engage in physical activity each and every week. This will cre... Read more
Everything you do burns calories—breathing, sleeping, standing, and all of the active pursuits you enjoy. But what does it take to burn just 100 calories? You may be surprised by how little—or how much—activity you have to do to ach... Read more
Wouldn’t it be great if all the fat-burning secrets you see in magazine ads and TV infomercials actually worked? If sauna suits, cellulite-shrinking creams, herbal wraps, and pills designed to “boost metabolism and melt fat away” di... Read more
Would your friends lie to you? They just might be...
This time of year is all about starting fresh—new goals, solid plans, better habits. You probably have a new exercise routine to help you reach your weight loss and fitness goals.... Read more
Should I use the Cardio Tracker or my machine to figure out how many calories my exercise burned?
SparkPeople’s database estimates the number of calories you burn during exercise, based on generally-accepted rates of calories burned for va... Read more
I recently purchased a Spark activity tracker. Here is my problem...the treadmill says that I burned 400 calories but my tracker logged 800 calories. Why the difference? Do people find the tracker to be accurate? How does it calcul... Read more
I tracked my coffee/cappuccinos and it totaled 760 calories and 130 carbs. That is crazy! My desire for those have just shrank dramatically. It seems the liquid part of my diet is worse than the food part. So, now I know something else to help me... Read more
When putting in my information, one of the questions asked for is activity level. I work out a LOT (most days 70-80 min of cardio + strength, and about 40 minutes (total) of walking to and from school) but I'm also a med student, which means I spend... Read more
Is there a way to just add calories to the tracker for a dish at a restaurant. Tried the "search others" and it isn't listed but I do know the calorie count and want to put it in for my dinner. Clicked around and still can't find a way. I created a n... Read more
OK, I think it is terrific that everyone is exercising, but how the heck do some people have over 840 minutes of exercise for the month of March under the Activity Tracker when it is the first day of March? Curious minds want to know...... Read more
If I keep myself out of the kitchen and busy with some sort of activity, not only do I not spend time gorging on empty & wasted calories, but I also typically end up doing some sort of physical activity that burns calories too!... Read more
I started with a commitment to do 10 minutes of exercise a day 109 days ago. Some days it was hard just to get that 10 minutes in. I gradually upped my daily goal to 15 minutes and shoot for 200 cardio minutes per week. But it started with a commitme... Read more
The old running adage is as follows, “in order to run, one must run”—this is commonly referred to as the Principle of Specificity of Training. In other words, in order for you to become a more efficient runner, you must spend time running. But doing... Read more
Having a job that requires sitting most or all of the day doesn't mean that you can't fit in extra calorie burning activities throughout the day. For me, I work from home and am on the computer a lot of the day, however, I take breaks as ofte... Read more
Yesterday, a magazine article caught my eye. It was about how non-exercise activity can burn extra calories. Non-exercise activities??? Sure caught my attention! According to James A. Levine, M.D., Ph.D., a researcher at the Mayo Clinic, you can... Read more
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