It's an excuse many of us have heard or even said ourselves: I want to get fit, but I can't afford a gym membership. While a health club can be a fantastic place to work out, it's not the only way to get fit. In fact, you can enjoy a vari... Read more
SparkPeople’s Exercise Reference Guides offer an in-depth look at the principles of fitness.
Every movement we make—from walking to driving—involves our muscles. Muscles are unique. They have the ability to relax, contract, and... Read more
There's little I love more than a good run or high-energy kickboxing class where you leave completely covered and dripping with sweat. There's something about being drenched that signals—to me—that I've had a really good worko... Read more
If you’ve ever tried to break a bad habit, health-related or otherwise, you know how difficult it can be. Every morning, you awake to a daunting, gut-wrenching choice: to commit to change or to fall short of your goals. Those of you who have ta... Read more
It’s easy to ignore your skin when it’s doing its job right. For most people, basic washing and a little sunscreen is all they need. But when you have a problem with your skin, it can be all-consuming. Acne can break your self-confidence,... Read more
My name is Lori and I'm 51 years old. I have been getting back into the fitness swing and right now am doing yoga once a week, running (or some semblance thereof) several times a week, and weightlifting (my favorite) twice a week.
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I had great success here on Spark about 5 years ago. I'd been obese my whole life, and finally with Sparks help went from 245lbs down to 175lbs. I've had 3 children in the last 3 years, my first two natural home births, and my last a... Read more
I've been on Spark off and on for the past three years. I found when I was tracking my food, cardio and even vitamins/minerals, I lost weight and felt better physically and emotionally.
My weight hasn't budged lately, and I'm ready to work on m... Read more
This should be good news for me but he's been struggling with depression and food addiction so it just makes me frustrated and nervous. Every few weeks for the last few months he's decided to start over and start these crazy diets. He's a personal tr... Read more
Hello, a mother to a 7-year-old and 4-year-old. Trying to get back on track to regain a healthy body so that I can really be there not just physically but take an active part in my kid's lives. Having fun and spreading a smile.... Read more
If you have a bad day make sure you still track everything you eat. Either on the nutrition tracker or just in a notebook. Seeing all those calories in black and white can mean that having a bad day might end up driving you to have an excellent week... Read more
(Disclaimer: As I write this, it's 4:55 p.m. and I need a blog post for tomorrow. While I guarantee this post will entertain and delight you, don't expect anything too deep.)
When you think of aerobics, what comes to mind? Tights, thong leotards... Read more
I've been teaching yoga for a little more than three years now, and I've been practicing almost twice as long. The most difficult part of the practice for me has been not the physical poses--though there still are many that challenge me, part... Read more
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