SparkPeople’s Exercise Reference Guides offer an in-depth look at the principles of fitness.
What is a Warm Up?
A warm up is the act of preparing for an athletic event or workout by exercising or practicing for a short time beforehand.... Read more
The Well-Watered Exerciser
Except for oxygen, there’s nothing your body needs more than an adequate supply of water. And the more you exercise, the more important it is to drink the right amount of water before, during, and after your workout... Read more
Why do you exercise? Whether you want to increase your energy, reduce your health risks, or lose some unwanted pounds, do you ever wonder if all that working out is working for you? That's where fitness assessments come in, and they can be great... Read more
Snow enthusiasts everywhere are counting down the days until they can hit the slopes. Both skiing and snowboarding are fun and exciting winter pursuits. But these demanding physical activities also pose high risks. Without proper training, you won... Read more
Weight training is a critical component to the success of an athlete.
By becoming stronger and increasing muscular endurance, an athlete is able to perform more efficiently and is better able to avoid injury. Furthermore, there are a numbe... Read more
Aside from biking 3 miles a day, as far as weight lifting goes I only have dumb bells. I was wondering if anyone out there could help me find a program that only uses dumb bells that works the while body? I am working on both trying to trim fat and b... Read more
Hey, I'm Carrie. I've been going to a Pure Barre studio pretty religiously since February when I started getting serious about losing weight and getting healthy. I am addicted to it and the results I've had. I know many people do at home Barre workou... Read more
Ok, I am quite new to this site, so if this has already been discussed I do apologize.
I love cardio. I absolutely love it. I used to take dance classes two hours every day when I was in high school, and it did wonders for me. Now that I've bee... Read more
I have been procrastinating starting an exercise program, finding every excuse I could. Today, I joined a gym and promptly had my first workout session. The first one in several years! I am so proud (and so tired)!
Just had to share.... Read more
I dread winter weather just as much as the next guy, but this year, I made a commitment to myself that I would stick with my outdoor runs all winter (as long as it's not so cold that it's unsafe for outdoor exercise). Luckily, temperatures in... Read more
Catch up on the week's most popular healthy living headlines. Fruit, Not Fries: Lunchroom Makeovers Nudge Kids Toward Better ChoicesNPR says that tweaking the lunch line options is having an impact on kids' diets. But how well does "up-s... Read more
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