SparkPeople’s Exercise Reference Guides offer an in-depth look at the principles of fitness.
Every movement we make—from walking to driving—involves our muscles. Muscles are unique. They have the ability to relax, contract, and... Read more
It's an excuse many of us have heard or even said ourselves: I want to get fit, but I can't afford a gym membership. While a health club can be a fantastic place to work out, it's not the only way to get fit. In fact, you can enjoy a vari... Read more
Bet you never thought you’d see the day when the federal government was the hallmark of clarity and common sense. But it just happened. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) just released th... 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
The Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) updated the Dietary Guidelines for Americans in 2005. You can easily incorporate these strategies into your everyday SparkPeople plan.
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I know building muscle won't happen overnight, but I'm just wondering about how long it takes to strengthen muscles some. I've been doing an arm routine for about a month now, and I've upped the weights I use from about 2 lbs to 2.5 lbs. I did this... Read more
I am not a runner or very athletic in any way. I am hoping to work my way up to be able to run/jog a 5K by May 11th and to tone muscle for losing weight to get into shape. I want to be healthier and lose my breathe climbing up a hill. I want to lose... Read more
I just started my exercise program about 21 days ago after being inactive (and very obese) for a long time. I've not missed a day of recumbent biking, building up from 10 minutes and now am up to 40. I am also doing upper body strength training eve... Read more
I have cut back on eating so I am sure to reap the rewards of that soon. Eventually, I'll want to buy some clothes. I'm on a budget right now , but worse than that is my closet is small so everything will have to be carefully chosen. Right now I hav... Read more
Today's article on the front page is about pain patches for relief of muscle pain. I have found a great method to relieve or stop sore muscles before it happens. It's called contrast therapy.You get in the shower, put the water on as cold as you can... Read more
If you take the oral contraceptives and are trying to build muscle, a new study shows it could be negatively affecting your results. Researchers studied 73 women between the ages of 18 and 31 who completed a 10-week strength training program. About... Read more
I've been teaching yoga for a little more than three years now, and I've been practicing almost twice as long. The most difficult part of the practice for me has been not the physical poses--though there still are many that challenge me, part... Read more
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