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
A fitness trend is sweeping the nation that involves balancing oneself on an oversized ball while performing functional resistance movements. The ball is referred to as a "physio" or "Swiss" ball and has grabbed the attention of n... 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
I just want to say for all those out there who are looking at the scale and getting discouraged that the scale is my worst enemy. I was shedding pounds pretty steady and it was just like a sudden halt. However I am wearing the clothes I couldn't fi... Read more
I just started Jillian Michael's 30 day shred, and it is rather squat and lunge heavy. About halfway through on level 1 I could not do a squat or lunge without my legs and knees shaking like crazy and I was a little scared my legs were going to buckl... Read more
I have been "voluntold" to join the wellness committee at work. One of the projects is to provide better quality vending to the employees since the grill closes at 9pm and we have 2nd and 3rd shifts on site. Does anyone have any ideas for the... 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
I can no longer ignore the fact that I'm larger and unhealthier than I've ever been. I can't lie when I'm buying size extra large, a size I'd never worn. I cannot fit into any of my clothes, except the extra large I bought this season. I'm not going... 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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