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 work during the week (I'm in at 7AM and leave at 4PM). The best time that I can squeeze in a workout is typically in the afternoon, at around 6PM. That's when the group classes, that I'm interested in, are offered at my gym. I typically do zumba... Read more
Does anyone else have this problem? I can watch videos without a problem on YouTube, but for some reason they NEVER play through on here. There are so many video workouts I want to do, but can't because it gets about a minute in and freezes and just... Read more
I have some questions that I really need answered. All this confusion makes it really hard to know if i'm on the right track or not.
Last week, I hired a personal trainer. I went this route so he could help me to get st... Read more
For those of you who don't know me (pretty much everyone), I am Sherbie from Canada. I have rejoined again to get my weight loss back on track.
So.....I am curious to know what kind of workout people do??
Do you have an equipment at home and... Read more
Hi! I have been working out for a little while now, and I would love to get some different workout clothes. I feel like my t-shirts and cotton shorts get really stinky and sweaty, and I would prefer to have some material that is just more comfortab... 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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