Proper form is important for any exercise. When using machines, where weight targets specific muscles in specific ways, it’s even more important. This gym staple is a machine that many people use improperly. Avoid injury by making sure you&rsqu... Read more
Whether you have a disability or a chronic condition that limits your mobility, exercise doesn't have to be out of reach or even painful. In fact, depending on your condition, your health care provider has probably recommended that you increase y... Read more
You hear about them. You see people using them in the gym. They’re in stores, on TV, and have entire fitness classes designed around them. You think about these stretchy bands and what good (if any) they do. You want to know: What are the b... Read more
SparkPeople’s Exercise Reference Guides offer an in-depth look at the principles of fitness.
Every movement we make—from walking to driving—involves our muscles. Muscles are unique. They have the ability to relax, contract, and... Read more
"Time is money," Benjamin Franklin advised a young tradesman in a 1748 essay. Although we don’t know to what extent he applied Franklin’s wisdom, most of us do understand the implications of this adage in our own lives. When it... Read more
I had knee surgery in March (knee cap re-alignment and ligaments/tendons were replaced), I still have issues and the elliptical kinda hurts.
Any experience with Rowing Machines and knee issues?
I'd like to try but concerned how it would d... Read more
How do I tell whether I need to be using a higher or lower weight on a weight machine? I thought it was typically 2 sets of 8 or 10 and that within 3 reps of the first set I should feel like I am being challenged? I really am not sure about that but... Read more
I started my plan today and I'm on fire but I am concerned about exercise. I pulled my groin muscle and it hurts to walk, do leg lifts etc. I've actually fallen because of the pain and the fact that it will "catch" out of the blue. I am headed to d... Read more
What is a good weight to start with- and is it true that i'd rather have a lower weight to do more reps in a set? (is that the right terminology? i feel pretty clueless).
I went to planet fitness for the first time in a while last night, so i wa... Read more
Worked out yesterday for 45 minutes on the treadmill. I was wearing my Polar monitor. I entered the same information into the treadmill that is entered on my Polar. When I finished my workout the treadmill said I burned 576 calories and my Polar indi... Read more
If you get the Tip of the Day email, then you got this one, today. Are you asking for a knee injury? is the subject line. I could not get this machine to fit me, even with the instructor's help. It would put too much pressure against my knee and u... Read more
While you do things at home or work, add some strength training, stretching or cardio moves to what you are already doing. While brushing teeth you can do leg lifts; while talking on the phone grab a hand weight for curls; while cleaning add some dan... Read more
Last week's fitness blog featured strength training exercises a beginner could do at home. This week's blog features those exercises that allow you to do a full-body workout routine in the gym.
If you feel you do not have time to incorporate al... Read more
This past Monday kicked off National Sleep Awareness Week (March 7th-13th) bringing attention to the important role sleep plays, not only in our overall health, but our weight loss journey as well. Studies have shown that over the years the amount o... Read more
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