If you're new to exercise, overweight, or dealing with pain caused by an injury or a chronic condition like arthritis, your doctor may have recommended that you start a low-impact workout program. But what does "low impact" really mean&... Read more
I believe that most people would say jumping rope is for play, not for exercise. After all, you jumped rope as a kid on the playground and you probably forgot about it entirely after fourth grade. And it certainly isn’t touted as a benefit of j... Read more
Ever notice how you can’t spell "workout" without the word "work?" Most of us view work as something we have to do, not necessarily something that we want to do. It's the opposite of leisure and the killer of fun. We all... Read more
You all probably know how great aerobic activity is for your heart, body and mind. After all, regular cardio exercise has been shown to reduce body fat, decrease total cholesterol, boost mood, lower resting heart rate, and improve heart and lung func... Read more
SparkPeople’s Exercise Reference Guides offer an in-depth look at the principles of fitness.
We often hear a lot about aerobic or “cardio” exercise and how it improves fitness, reduces one’s risk of lifestyle diseases, an... Read more
My big goal for 2014 along with being fit and losing weight is to complete The Running for the Bay half marathon (13.1 miles) in Apalachicola, Florida on October 26, 2014. I walked it last year on October 20th and finished in 3 hours 45 minutes at a... Read more
In the month of May I overdid it, haha. I was doing a Jillian Michaels DVD every day and my knees paid the price for it, especially because I ended up going clubbing and wrecking my joints with low-dropping in heels.
I took it eas... Read more
Greetings fellow Sparks! I'm a senior who lives most of the week on an 18 wheeler with my over the road trucker husband. I've gained 15 pounds in the more than 2 years I've been riding with him and I need to rein it in! It's very challenging but I... Read more
Ugh. I'm wearing a splint on my wrist and am on a 10lb lifting restriction from my doctor. Frankly, lifting anything heavier than a water bottle hurts.
Any ideas for workouts that I can do in the interim? I'm walking a few times a week but know... Read more
I ran out of time at the gym today so I had to skip my last two arm exercises: overhead press and horizontal row. I had already done squats, deadlifts, bench press and assisted pull ups. My next planned ST session is Thursday. Is it a good idea to do... Read more
When it's too cold outside or I can't make it to them gym, my favorite way to fit in some flab blasting cardio is going for a thirty minute run... up and down my stairs! Sometimes I add in twenty minutes of jumping jack intervals, man are those fun!... Read more
Tight on time?Don't give up on your workout today. If you have a mere four minutes—that's just 240 total seconds—to spare (and who doesn't), then you do have time to squeeze in a super effective workout that provides major hea... Read more
In October, SparkPeople partnered with National Geographic Kids magazine to attempt to break a Guinness World Record for the most people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period. We needed more than 20,000 people to do jumping jacks to break the recor... Read more
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