What is with all the weird looking toys you see in the gyms, sporting goods stores, and fitness magazines today? We see funny looking things like a cut-in-half stability ball called a BOSU. There are the small circular "pillow discs" that a... Read more
When you think about “fitness classes,” what images come to mind? Do you picture skinny people (leg warmers included) jumping around and kicking their legs to loud music? Although that might have been the case 10 or 20 years ago, the late... Read more
You hear about them. You see people using them in the gym. They’re in stores, on TV, and have entire fitness classes designed around them. You think about these stretchy bands and what good (if any) they do. You want to know: What are the b... Read more
Hiking on a wooded trail. Riding a bike down the street. Doing crunches on a stability ball. Hitting the slopes. Walking up the stairs with ease. These are more than simple pleasures you can enjoy by living a healthy lifestyle. They're also proof... Read more
Snow enthusiasts everywhere are counting down the days until they can hit the slopes. Both skiing and snowboarding are fun and exciting winter pursuits. But these demanding physical activities also pose high risks. Without proper training, you won... Read more
Life has been sending me quite a few curve balls lately and while not all of them are bad, I have been using them all as excuses to not take care of myself. I had originally lost 40 lbs through SparkPeople but gained 15 lbs back. I have resolved to g... Read more
Hi Sparkies! I'm searching for a circuit training video that I can use, but I'm not looking for anything extreme. I'm 61, in good health but overweight, and I've been doing walking and dancing DVDs. I like Jessica Smith and Leslie Sansome. I want... Read more
You shouldn't do that weight training workout every day or you'll risk injury due to overtraining. Men need to eat more than women, too. Spark shouldn't have given you a range minimum below 1500 if you're male.... Read more
Also, make sure your weight training is challenging. If you start at 10lbs that's fine, but make sure you're progressing when that gets comfortable. I'm not a weight lifter, but the smallest weight I use is 15lb and as much as 40lb for certain lifts.... Read more
Instead of being a couch potato when watching your favourite TV show, balance on a BOSU ball! Take breaks during the commercials if needed. Just by standing and balancing on the BOSU, you're constantly engaging the small stabilizer muscles in the up... Read more
On days I can't make it to the gym I will exercise during the commercials of the shows I watch in the evening. Pick your balance ball, resistance bands, free weights, bosu ball...even your hula hoop! Have fun!319... Read more
Walk into almost any gym and you have probably seen a stack of blue dome-shaped gadgets, better known as the BOSU (Both Sides Up) Trainer. This interesting piece of equipment allows you to use both sides for working on balance and proprioception whi... Read more
If you have been to any gym lately and listened to all the chitchat amongst trainers and their clients or picked up any fitness magazine, you may have heard or read the new buzz phrase floating around these days called functional exercise...AKA funct... Read more
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