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
When people begin a fitness program, they understandably have lots of questions, from how to perform certain moves to which exercises are most effective. One question that everyone seems to ask is how to breathe properly when working out.
I know... Read more
If only there were two or three more hours in a day, then I’d be able to reach the bottom of my to-do list. But between children, work and juggling the needs of an elderly mother, there never seems to be enough time. And like many women, exerci... Read more
There’s no doubt that getting older changes your body and appearance, but it also affects your ability to exercise. Your maximum heart rate declines with age, which means your heart and lungs can’t pump as much oxygen and blood to your mu... Read more
I am one of the few on this site trying to gain weight (currently 98 lbs...goal 133 lbs). My problem is trying to figure out how to increase the calories of my meals in a healthy way. I don't want to be eating out all the time or adding lots of sug... Read more
When I track my food, only the calories increase after my exercise is added in. I can't seem to stay within my range on the fat, carbs, etc and eat enough healthy calories. To get enough calories, most days I have to drink alcohol to get the calori... Read more
I am getting close to where I will need to increase the amount of weights that I use in my strength training. Since I am an absolute beginner I have started out with 3 pound weights. How much should I increase my weights? Should I go up one pound... Read more
Every time I don't see a drop on the scale, I remind myself that the steps I'm taking by eating healthier and exercising more are making me healthier for later in life! I'm lowering my resting heart rate, increasing lung capacity, firming up & havin... Read more
Cardio activity should be about building lung capacity NOT endurance. In order to "go the distance", one needs to store fat to complete the exercise. -- In the past I trained for a marathon. Now I need a steady, day-to-day activity that allows me fit... Read more
Inspiration for women focused on increasing lean muscle mass and lowering body fat through strength training and having FUN doing it. Some come on aboard and join up with us. You will not regret it!... Read more
A study at the University of Geneva has shown how something as small as taking the stairs instead of the elevator can have a big impact on your health. The study started with 69 participants who had a sedentary lifestyle, meaning they did less than... Read more
I recently came across a quote that read, "Healthy living is a life sentence, you will never be pararoled or pardoned." What I love about this quote is that healthy living is a way of living. It is not something that can be measured b... Read more
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