If you have high blood pressure, the best piece of advice anyone can give you is to listen to your body. How you feel can and should dictate the frequency and intensity of your workouts. While it is possible—and preferable—to lose weight... Read more
"Exercise improves your health." You hear it all the time, but what does that really mean? How much of a difference can exercise make in your life, and how much do you really need to do? You’ll be happy to know that you don’t ne... Read more
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.
The... Read more
Pop quiz: Can you name the most important muscle in your body? Nope, it's not your abs, hamstrings or triceps. It's your heart!
The human heart is an amazing muscle, capable of pumping about five quarts of blood throughout the body every... 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
Hey moms of little ones...when do you exercise? I try working out during their naps, but they always end up interrupting me or needing something...and maybe it's just me but I get soooo frustrated when I get interrupted during a work out...tips???... Read more
Since you do mostly seated exercise, a HRM would benefit you most in calculating an accurate calorie burn. The new Fitbit models (Charge HR and Surge) are wrist-based and have HRMs built in. Other trackers will count "steps" based on arm movements.... Read more
Looking for a good cardio workout cd/dvd/video that is good for uncoordinated people. I have the zumba videos but I get frustrated because I can't do them. I want a fun workout, that doesn't require equipment, and is easy for a beginner.
Any sug... Read more
I have been dieting and exercising now for almost 3 weeks and so far I gained 5 lbs the first week and then lost 2. I'm going to the gym 5 days a week and only eating 1200 cals. What am I doing wrong?... Read more
Well, no exercise for the days, the longest stint since I started in November with getting reward tattoos back to back with my period but I'm staying in calorie range and hope to be back to gym tomorrow!... Read more
As I was working yesterday, I heard a news report about a new heart health program by the American Heart Association. With an older brother that has already suffered a mild heart attack as well as a grandmother that died of heart related issues, I... Read more
The information on cardio machines can be deceiving. The "fat burning zone" is a myth that is based on a fact, but taken out of context. It's true that higher intensity exercise uses more glucose and glycogen (the form of energy yo... Read more
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