When people begin a fitness program, they understandably have lots of questions, from how to perform certain moves to which exercises are most effective. One question that everyone seems to ask is how to breathe properly when working out.
I know... Read more
You've bundled up in your cold-weather gear and mustered the determination to head outside for an invigorating winter run. You feel great at first, but a few minutes into your route, you need to stop to catch your breath. After a few sto... Read more
What fun is being laid up with a stiff or bad back? What good is a perfect body if you are feeling less than perfect?
As far as your back is concerned, more fun comes from more functional fitness. The simplest, easiest, most basic moves are usua... 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
For some people, exercise itself is an uncomfortable activity, with all the sweating, huffing and puffing, and challenge that comes with elevating your heart rate for an extended period of time. But for people with seasonal allergies, the discomforts... Read more
I ALMOST had a perfect day yesterday! I exercised, stayed in my calorie range, are tons of veggies, no sweets. Just couldn't get my water in!! Erg, so close. Proud of what I did do though. Hopefully today!... Read more
I'm usually a morning exerciser. My regular workout time is around 10:00 a.m. Today, however, I had a lot to do. As I was sitting having my morning tea, I was thinking about when I would fit in my workout. I finished my tea, put on my workout... Read more
Even though breathing is an automatic reflex for each of us, did you know that during stress, people temporarily stop breathing at a normal rate? During stress and other crises, our bodies temporarily react to stress by breathing at very shallow lev... Read more
Yoga Deep breathing is a great way to cut the stress. Practicing breathing in Yoga, and during exercise engraves proper breathing on our beings. Then, when we are faced with stressful situations, we can easily fall into proper breathing to help us de... Read more
We get this question a lot. And we don't list sex in our cardio tracker for several reasons.For reference, a cardio workout is anything that raises your heart rate for an extended period of time, usually 20-30 minutes. It works all of the major m... Read more
For my students, breathing is the topic in yoga that prompts the most questions: How do you breathe in yoga? Should it be loud? How do I make that "noise" when I breathe? When the poses get too hard, I become out of breath. How can I keep b... Read more
Do you ever get confused about how to breathe when lifting weights?
Although there is not “right” or “wrong” way, meaning you won’t hurt yourself
by doing it the “wrong” way, there is a preferred method of breathing in
order to allow you to... Read more
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