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
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
If you're new to exercise, overweight, or dealing with pain caused by an injury or a chronic condition like arthritis, your doctor may have recommended that you start a low-impact workout program. But what does "low impact" really mean&... Read more
"Time is money," Benjamin Franklin advised a young tradesman in a 1748 essay. Although we don’t know to what extent he applied Franklin’s wisdom, most of us do understand the implications of this adage in our own lives. When it... Read more
To gain muscle: eat more protein, lift HEAVY weights. I use Stronglifts 5x5 program. It's a good base to start, with simple exercises (watch videos on form). I usually add in some extras. Don't get down if you gain weight and lose inches, though.... Read more
Sorry, but our bodies don't gain muscle that fast. On the bright side, it's likely just water retention *in* your muscles. When you start/increase/change your exercise, they hold onto extra water help repair themselves. It's totally normal.... Read more
Ok, so muscle-fat discussion ChapterII :) I was curious if muscles are causing me weigh more on scale when my pants are feeling much looser, then how long is that gonna keep being this way? When is the fat leaving, when does the scale start moving do... 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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