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
A cool wind whipped around me as I crested the final hill along my running route. "Ah, relief!" I thought, pulling my dripping T-shirt away from my skin. This will cool me off. But instead of making me feel refreshed, the wind chilled me to... Read more
You waited all year for summer to arrive, dreaming of all the activities you could do if only the weather was nice. But now that warm weather has arrived, the extreme heat and humidity can make it difficult to spend any time outdoors—let alone... Read more
It’s "summertime, and the livin' is easy." But for kids, life during summer can be downright sweltering. Many activities—ball games, tennis clinics, band camp, and football training—take place during this hot season, a... Read more
Rain or shine, warm or cold, walking outside can be a year-round activity. But before you head out, you’ll want to make sure you are dressed for the elements. It can be a very uncomfortable walk if you don’t have on the right gear! Here a... Read more
During my time in Spark people, I've been able to learn how to deal with stress and to stop using food as a way to escape my feelings. Still I'm not perfect and there are parts of my life that I cannot control: My parents are going through a divorce... Read more
I have lost 22 pounds and, so far, it has been easy, but my calories are high enough that it isn't a problem right now. I know that as I continue to lose that the calories allowed will drop - and, honestly, hunger when I got down to the lower ca... Read more
This game is for you to use your imagination and try to escape before the Hunted Mansion locks you in. If you don't make it out with 10mins you are going to be hunted down by ghost.
GoodLuck!... Read more
Summer is almost here, which means the temperature will continue to rise. Some of you may have already experienced some early summer-type heat and are already starting to get acclimated to it. As we change over to summer weather, we need to remember... Read more
It's common for beginners to experience muscle soreness that lasts for a week or two, just as seasoned exercisers will be sore after a tough workout. Yes, you should keep working out even though you are sore, but there is more to it than that.&nb... Read more
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