More and more kids are gravitating toward weight training. In most cases, strength training is safe and encouraged for kids. However, when done incorrectly, whether too intensely or too early in life, it can lead to permanent damage. Fitness trainer... Read more
Imagine you’re in Pamplona, Spain, in July. You’re sightseeing, shopping through downtown for that perfect souvenir for your spouse back home (hey, someone had to watch the kids, right?). You notice a crowd. Then a commotion. Then, right... Read more
You've heard the rumblings about bacteria. Once seen as just dirty germs, these microbes are now more accurately divided into two categories: disease-causing agents, or "bad" bacteria, and health-promoting "good" bacteria.
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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
I used to be a competitive long distance runner. Day in and day out I’d run mile upon mile, training for the next big race. Some days it meant running a six or seven mile loop that included several (seemingly endless) hills. Other days, I warme... Read more
I've recently gained six pounds, which took me quite a few months to get off... And I'm trying to figure out why. During these months, I've had to the a break from running since April because of back problems. I did notice that I lost weight (probabl... Read more
My doc recommended me to lose weight.
Did any of your physicians talk about your weight? How did they approach the topic? Did it offend you?
Should healthcare providers even talk to us about weight loss? Is it their business?
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Hello everyone! My name is Mona and this is my second time around at using Spark People but the first time wasn't my best effort. I had my baby 4 months ago and am ready to lose the baby weight and the weight I needed to lose before I even got pregna... Read more
I hate monitoring all my food. Especially when you're at the mercy of a computer for data entry. Since diabetics have a set amount of carbs each meal they should not go over, (mine was set by my doctor) I think I will try this approach to a food diar... Read more
Music goes a long way with motivating me to work out. I can't imagine running, teaching Spinning class or even lifting weights without some good tunes to keep my mood and energy levels high. When I teach classes, music takes center stage. I take a lo... Read more
As I've mentioned before, Spinning is one of my favorite workout classes, whether I'm taking the class as a student or leading the ride myself as the instructor. I love to teach Spinning, and I try to draw on various motivational techniques a... Read more
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