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
I have heard different opinions about this topic. Is it best to eat before a workout. I have been working out in the morning and wondering if it is negatively effecting my body if I don't eat something before hand. I am not doing extreme workouts, ju... Read more
Hallo, I am new here! I joined because self-discipline is not really my strong suit. I have started to workout regularly sooo many times... And then I was to busy, to tired, ...
I moved to foreign country and I don't have any friend here to workou... Read more
Lately 15-20 min in I'm left with a splinting headache and this will last all day. Anyone else have this problem? I can't tell if it's not getting enough carbs, I'm getting a cold lol but I'm starting to associate exercise with pain... Read more
Hey everyone. ..I am looking for a fitness buddy in Michigan. I will give my location in a private message. I live in south east MI. Thanks! I use planet fitness for my gym...and when it gets nice out...i like to walk or jog outside. I am looking fo... 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
During the last few years, ultra-intense workouts have been gaining popularity—and not just among athletes or hardcore exercisers who are gluttons for self-punishment. Even the relatively unfit and overweight are jumping at the chance to push t... Read more
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