SparkPeople’s Exercise Reference Guides offer an in-depth look at the principles of fitness.
What is a Cool Down?
A cool down is the act of gradually lowering body temperature, heart rate, and breathing rate following exercise.
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Both beginners and experienced exercises can be guilty of a few fitness blunders from time to time. Some may even become a regular part of your fitness routine, much like a bad habit. But, to get the best results from all your hard work, it’s i... Read more
With the hectic pace of our society today, most people don't have hours to spend in the gym. That's why it's so important to make the most of the workout time you have available. Are you cheating yourself out of the best strength workout... Read more
Many of us have a great pre-workout and workout routine. We drink plenty of water before and during exercise, warm up, stretch, work the entire body, and even get in some cardio training as well. Then, after the last exercise, we promptly head back t... Read more
Jazzercise, created by Judi Sheppard Missett, is the world's leading dance-fitness program. Since 1969, millions of people of all ages and fitness levels have reaped the benefits of this comprehensive program, designed to enhance cardiovascular e... Read more
2 things to share! 1) I did it! I exercised for at least 20 minutes (usually 30-60) every day this week including my 3 strength training days! 2) I found my new guilt free snack! 1 tbsp of peanut butter mixed with 2 tbsp of low-fat whipped cream...... Read more
A Big Let Down for my workout today. :( did my 4th run this week and felt the pain come back in my knee after only two intervals. Had to slow down and add incline instead to finish my workout. Feeling discouraged, but I'd rather have a slower rate of... Read more
What do you count as "exercise?" I worked in my yard for about 3 hours (laid mulch, prunned plants and pulled weeds.) I already had my official workout this morning before going outside. Would you include "yard work" in your fitness tracker?... Read more
Am very proud of myself! Down to my pre Lilianne weight (& more). I have myself 12 months and it took almost 14. Better later than never :-) am going to be hitting the 180s soon! Haven't been there in years!... Read more
I've been taking aerobics classes recently and working myself pretty hard, but I don't ever feel that I'm completely cooled down. I drive right home after them and take Oliver for a good walk to cool down. Three benefits: 1- A tired dog. 2-I've c... Read more
SparkPeople has advocated short bursts of fitness for the past 10 years because we've seen how it can change people's lives and help them reach countless goals. Recent research has been proving our hunch that those 10 minutes of exercise real... Read more
What we're reading this week: Power Up With These Healthy Pomegranate Recipes: This Fall favorite is an antioxidant powerhouse — we're talking superfood status — and not too shabby when it comes to vitamin C, potassium, and fiber.... Read more
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