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.
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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
I work a job where I get 15,000 steps a day at work easily- then the next week I don't work and get 5-10,000 steps per day depending on the day. I have been saying I'm sedentary my week off work since I don't consistently make 10,000 steps. I change... Read more
It is normal. My weigh in day is Saturday, and for fun I weighed myself this morning. I gained 4 pounds. But, by next Saturday, it will show I lost 2 pounds. It is weird, but day by day your weight will change like that. Water, hormones, stress etc.... 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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