One of the most common mistakes new exercisers make is not measuring the intensity of their cardio workouts. Guidelines say that aerobic exercise should be “moderate” or “challenging,” but what does that feel like? You might m... Read more
Pop quiz: Can you name the most important muscle in your body? Nope, it's not your abs, hamstrings or triceps. It's your heart!
The human heart is an amazing muscle, capable of pumping about five quarts of blood throughout the body every... Read more
SparkPeople’s Exercise Reference Guides offer an in-depth look at the principles of fitness.
What is Aerobic Exercise?
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) defines aerobic exercise as "any activity that uses large muscle... Read more
Wouldn’t it be great if all the fat-burning secrets you see in magazine ads and TV infomercials actually worked? If sauna suits, cellulite-shrinking creams, herbal wraps, and pills designed to “boost metabolism and melt fat away” di... Read more
Many people with diabetes have special needs that should be considered when planning an exercise program.
Exercise can cause your blood glucose levels to drop too much, especially if you take insulin or other glucose-lowering medications. Sympto... 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
Well, it's pancake day in England (Do you have it in US?)
I'm cooking pancakes at Church tonight for people who live alone and so wouldn't make pancakes normally. So I shall no doubt eat a few and have to really eat healthily tomorrow!
I'm... Read more
I was wondering if anyone knows how I could possible have gained 4 pounds in a 3 day period? I've been exercising A LOT more ... I jog 2-3 days a week for at least a half hour, I also went hiking up in Mt. Charleston this Saturda... Read more
Between working, going to college full-time, and being a single mom I never have enough time to get everything done. I squeeze in workouts almost everyday. On my days off I do longer workouts. But I feel like I go go go and never have time to just re... Read more
When you hit a plateau in your weight loss, try adding a few higher intensity bursts or intervals to your cardio workouts. This elevates your heart rate, makes you work harder and burns more calories to help shock your body and jump start your weight... Read more
Everyone can make a good excuse...the only thing i make is time to workout. On days that i work, i get up and hour early to make sure that i have at least 60 mins in for the day in case i cannot workout in the afternoon..if i can GREAT! 2 workouts in... Read more
I've found that as I get older, making sure I take good care of my body and get enough rest is very important. I used to be able to do a hard workout and get up the next day and do it all over again. I never used to stretch after workouts (shame on... Read more
We all know that regular physical activity has a variety of health benefits and can help with weight loss. But wouldn't it be nice to know how much you need to exercise daily in order to prevent weight problems in the first place? According to a ne... Read more
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