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
hello all my name is Melinda. I am returning to get my perspective as I have gotten lost in life's shuffle. I am the married mother of 3 and caregiver to a terminally ill mother. I have had 3 hernia repairs in the last 6 years and working out is t... Read more
I have closed my old sparkpeople account and am starting over. I need to have a clean slate to work with. My name is Sandy and I am 55 years old, married to my best friend of 32 years and I have a beautiful daughter Jess. I need to stay on track,... Read more
Hi. Really want to feel more comfortable in my clothes. I should be able to lose 40 pounds and be the right size. I just barefoot surgery and have not been able to exercise for 3 months. I want to focus on making better food choices. I hope to be abl... Read more
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.... 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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