We hear it all the time—you changed your habits and lost weight steadily, but after awhile, that progress halted. You’ve been stuck at the same weight for days, weeks, or even months. There’s nothing more frustrating t... Read more
Pain is a real, well, pain! How many times have you been gung-ho to start a new workout routine only to feel like you've been hit by a ton of bricks on day two? Something as simple as walking down the stairs can feel like torture. Most of us have... Read more
We’ve all heard that a combination of diet and regular exercise is the best way to lose weight and keep it off long term.
For some of us, common sense dictates that the more you work out—and the higher the int... Read more
Depression is a mental illness, but it doesn’t just affect a person’s mind. It affects their body, their work, and their relationships with family members and friends. If you are close to a person suffering from depression, you probably k... Read more
If you've incorporated strength training into your exercise regimen, congratulations! You're cultivating a healthy habit that will help make you better at, well, pretty much everything. But just like any other part of a healthy lifestyle jour... Read more
I had a question. I'm an oldie to Spark so my account is not set to sync up between my Fitness and Food trackers. I had success last time on spark without them connected, and when I was using My Fitness Pal, i did not lose much weight... Read more
Mine's Pick Your Spot Pilates. It's part of the Crunch series. It's entirely floor work and that is really great when you're just starting out. After awhile, it just felt like second nature. I never really got bored with it...BUT I'm kind of ok with... Read more
I was doing P90x, and injured my achilles tendon. The doctor wants me off of it for a week, and then I can start adding biking and swimming. Any great seated exercises anyone can recommend? I don't want to lose the momentum that I've had!... Read more
Skim Milk is reccommended by just about everyone and it is just about perfect after a workout to help you recover and to provide portein to your tired muscles. I mix 1 cup milk with 1 pack stevia and 1 teas vanilla! Tastes like Vanilla Ice cream!... Read more
New York Times Phys Ed columnist Gretchen Reynolds says The Ultimate Post-Workout Beverage: Use chocolate milk to replenish sugars after an intense workout. Reynolds calls it an "ideal recovery beverage" because it has the right ratio of carbs and pr... Read more
Nutrition and sports professionals study every nutrient combination to look for just the right competitive edge. Post workout recovery was critical for Michael Phelps in his record setting Olympics performance, too. Well, this year's Olympics may jus... Read more
Six weeks from today, I, along with 11 of my fellow SparkPeople running pals of the Sparkin' Hood to Coast Team, will be participating in one of the most prestigious long distance relays in the world--The Hood to Coast Relay. The relay begins on the... Read more
Here is another cocktail that is especially nice for recovering from those cardio workouts:
1.5 cups milk
1 scoop of plain (or Vanilla flavored) protein powder
1.5 tbsp almond powder
0.25 - 0.5 tsp powdered green tea
Firstly, you mi... Read more
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