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
I just started working out again last week and hit 10,000 daily steps yesterday, but I still cannot go very fast during my treadmill workouts. How long did it take you to build intensity and what goals around speed/distance did you set?... Read more
Does anyone else have sore thigh muscles when doing cardio? After the first 5 min or so my thighs hurt so badly that I can barely power through 15-20 min. This happens on the treadmill. Even more on the elliptical. Any ideas?... Read more
I understand that my weight gain is from muscle. My question is how long does it take for the muscle to show the weight loss. i have been at this for almost a year and really not seeing to much progress.... Read more
Hi Sparkers! I'm motivated to get back into exercise and healthier eating. Why? I need to reduce stress and lift my mood. I want more energy. And I'm tired of giving myself excuses. Usually I'm too shy to post, but this time I thought I'd take that e... 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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