There’s no doubt about it: trying to lose weight can be a stressful thing! There’s nothing like trying to stick to a “simple” weight loss plan for bringing you face-to-face with the frustrating complexities of human natur... Read more
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
Have you thought about how great it would be to include your family in your pursuit to exercise more regularly? Family exercise will improve the health of your loved ones, make exercise more fun, and at the same time develop stronger connections betw... Read more
It's an excuse many of us have heard or even said ourselves: I want to get fit, but I can't afford a gym membership. While a health club can be a fantastic place to work out, it's not the only way to get fit. In fact, you can enjoy a vari... Read more
Many people claim that they don't have time to work out or cook healthy meals, yet they do find the time to park themselves in front of the TV. In fact, the average American watches 31.5 hours of TV per week, according to a 2010 Nielsen report. T... Read more
Hi everyone! I'm 21 years old, 5"4, and currently weigh 66.5kg. Basically, to cut a long story short, I did something stupid. Seriously reduced my calorie intake and upped my exercise intake in the last week. Ate an average of around 700 calories a d... Read more
Until a few weeks ago, I was able to do about 30-50 sit-ups before my abs would tire out. Now, when I can't do a single sit-up because it puts a lot of pressure on my tailbone. Every time I come to the top, I have to give up because it feels like my... Read more
Greetings! I feel compelled to share a simple warm-up technique that has helped make my daily treadmill time a doubly-good way to start the day.
I spend the first 5 minutes with my hands resting on the handles, walking at an easy pace with my e... Read more
I am returning to do weight training after a long lapse. Can anyone recommend a warm up
routine to prepare the body for the exertion of weight training? I have some DVD's that tell you how important it is to warm up, but omit it from the DVD.... Read more
Now that the warm weather is here remember that hot water such as a hot tub can speed insulin uptake and raise the risk of hypoglycemia. Hydration and extra blood glucose monitoriing is of the utmost importance. Drink water to stay hydrated in the... Read more
When I started running almost 4 years ago one of the cardinal rules of racing my running coach taught me was, "The shorter the race, the longer the warm-up." It is something that has been ingrained in me all these years and something I still practice... Read more
On those days when time is at a premium, it can be tempting to skip your warm-up and jump right into your workout. Is that a smart use of your time, or is it asking for trouble? Even though the warming up won't burn hundreds of calori... Read more
I recently found a website on the how and benefits of warming up and am hoping to incorporate it into an exercise regimen. I hope warming up will help my knees feel less odd. I tried a class in ballet since I've always wanted to dance on my own, wi... Read more
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