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
This is one challenge that I think would be bad for me. Because I'm on a blood thinner, I have to keep my levels of greens consistent. I usually have two servings included in my 5 of fruits and vegetables, but 5 would be too much of a change. Good l... Read more
Did not want to work out today. I exercise every day. I knew, though, from past experience that one day off leads to two...two to three, etc. Proud to say that I dug deep today and worked out. Progress, I guess. You guys all inspire me, so thanks.... Read more
I have been doing crossfit for over a year now. I have gained 4 pounds of muscle and lost zero pounds. I had this tested in a dunk tank. I have 155 pounds of lean muscle and 120 pounds of FAT. I need to lose weight and crossfit is not working. So I a... 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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