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
Let's say I wanted to check on a specific day in the past on my nutrition tracker. Let's also say from a couple of months ago. Is there an easy way to do this other than using the back arrow which only goes from day to day? Is there nowhere to input... Read more
Hi! I'm a 37 year old mom that has been overweight my whole life. I had good success with Atkins about 13 years ago, so I'm starting over with a low carb lifestyle. But I do understand it's supposed to be much harder the second time around (this sc... Read more
Hi! I'm a 45-yr-old female. In this past year I've discovered fitness, nutrition, and how to accomplish my goals. I am feeling wonderful!!! The problem is I am not meeting my protein according to the "equation". On top of that, I workout pretty hard,... 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
Walking is an excellent way to start getting fit because it costs little to nothing and can be done almost anywhere and by just about anyone. (Learn more about the health and fitness benefits of walking.) So how do you begin with a walking program? H... Read more
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