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
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
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
Whenever you walk or run, your core muscles are active, keeping you upright, balancing your body as your weight shifts, and absorbing the impact as your feet hit the ground. Your body’s core forms the foundation of all your movement. If you... Read more
On food packages the nutrition values are based on a daily 2000 calorie diet. Alot of people I've met on SP eat below that (including myself), usually 1200-1600 a day. Is the 2000 calorie a day normal? Or do you think 1200-1600 SHOULD be the normal a... Read more
Have I really thought things through? Really. There are times when I don't wish to lose weight. Do I want to lose weight? Do I really need to lose weight? The desire is not there. As I type this, I am surprised by my candor. But at the same ti... Read more
Finally got legs and lungs back. Havent been running since fell and broke elbow and put big hole in knee (9/1/13) life also stepped in as we moved 1500 miles to new house. Can finally put time into training and today ran 2.5 miles in 30 min.... Read more
Today I gave away ALL my way to big clothes and for some reason feel somewhat sad. I should be feeling happy i'm no longer that size and that someone else can wear them! I never planned on wearing them again and didn't want to be "tempted" by keepi... Read more
I have discovered the joy of volunteering to help with research studies at the university. I don't do any of the ones that require taking new medications, but I have been in several that deal with muscle fatigue, lung capacity, and metabolic rate.... 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
By Beth Donovan aka ~Indygirl
People of size or those with limited range of motion have special challenges when trying to get fit. Not only do they have a longer way to go or a harder time getting there, but they have trouble finding equipment... 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
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