Exercise is good for your heart, helps with weight loss and provides a variety of health-related benefits. At the same time, exercise comes with a certain degree of injury risk, and depending on the activity, it can also put a lot of stress on your j... Read more
Congratulations! You’ve made the decision to incorporate regular exercise into your healthy lifestyle, and take advantage of the its numerous benefits. Smart move.
But like many good things, exercise can also be risky—especially if i... Read more
What is with all the weird looking toys you see in the gyms, sporting goods stores, and fitness magazines today? We see funny looking things like a cut-in-half stability ball called a BOSU. There are the small circular "pillow discs" that a... 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
Hiking on a wooded trail. Riding a bike down the street. Doing crunches on a stability ball. Hitting the slopes. Walking up the stairs with ease. These are more than simple pleasures you can enjoy by living a healthy lifestyle. They're also proof... Read more
Don't be afraid of lifting weights. Balance cardio and strength. Also, I think 155 is a healthy weight for 5'7". Get your body fat tested to see where you really stand; it's just as dangerous to be underweight as it is to be overweight.... Read more
Definitely add in some strength training. Building muscle makes your body a more efficient machine. Doing some cardio interval training will "rev the engine" to make it burn fat. Making sure your calories are the right Quality AND Quantity is key.... Read more
I'm working on a Paleo lite diet and doing strength training 4 times or more per week. Is anyone else doing the Paleo or similar low carb high protein type of diet? If so, I'd love to hear from you. So far, I feel great and am havi... Read more
I just got back into the exercise routine about three weeks ago. Most of my exercise has been with the recumbent exercise bike for around 30 minutes 5 days a week. This time I have added three, hard-as-I can-peddle one-minute bursts, separated by a... Read more
I have created fitness groupings for my upper body and lower body strength training workouts. These are old-school items like squats, bench press, etc.
The problem I'm seeing is that the calorie totals seem way too low for the workouts. For exa... Read more
I cannot walk without the use of a walker or without contact guard assist when working on gait training (due to balance difficulties), so I have a mini-stepper that I position in such a way that I use it recumbent-style while running IV fluids or if... Read more
I like the change up in my regular walking routine that's been added by grabbing a pair of Nordic Walking Sticks; you can tell right away a new dimension has been added to the calorie burn!... Read more
SparkPeople's fitness experts advise against wearing wrist and ankle weights while doing cardio exercise and other general daily activities. Even though they are lightweight (usually two pounds or less), the risk of injuring yourself by wearing t... Read more
Zinc is a lustrous bluish-white metal found in group IIb of the periodic table. It is also one of the most important minerals used by the body. Just 2-3 grams, about the weight of a penny, is found in the body and serves as a key building block for a... Read more
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