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
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
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
I used to be a competitive long distance runner. Day in and day out I’d run mile upon mile, training for the next big race. Some days it meant running a six or seven mile loop that included several (seemingly endless) hills. Other days, I warme... Read more
Some people can measure their weight loss by the way they feel and look: firmer thighs, a smaller waist, jiggle-free arms. But then there are the number-crazy ones who desperately need some kind (any kind!) of concrete proof that all their hard work... Read more
I just got my biopsy results back from Colon polyps that I had removed and was advised that they were pre-cancerous and since my grandma died of bowel cancer I am at a huge risk. I have started to change my lifestyle. Anyone have suggestions?... Read more
So, I tracked my walk this morning by GPS. It says 11 minutes at 4.6 km/h (sorry for the metric, but it doesn't really matter) equals 213 calories burned.
Yesterday I entered the same walk myself, 12 minutes at the same speed -- a good guess! Bu... Read more
We can spin our wheels so easily. We can be busy and get little done. The secret to long term success is doing "Result Producing Activities" I am all for getting Spark Points, yes, they have their place and may help a little, but what is really go... Read more
(Disclaimer: As I write this, it's 4:55 p.m. and I need a blog post for tomorrow. While I guarantee this post will entertain and delight you, don't expect anything too deep.)
When you think of aerobics, what comes to mind? Tights, thong leotards... 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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