SparkPeople Fitness and Exercise Messageboard Get and give fitness and exercise tips. Plus, quick answers to your fitness questions and strategies for success from the SparkPeople Fitness Experts. SparkPeople Fitness and Exercise Messageboard Running - Weightloss not happening yet?suggestions Hi everyone - so i started running end of June - just did half marathon last weekend. <BR> I feel great, asthma is doing fantastic, feeling solid and i did go down in one size but still no weight loss. <BR> I would like to lose maybe 10 lbs - what am I doing wrong? <BR> I was told that prior to the half marathon i shouldn't lose weight but now that it is over I would really like to lose that extra 10 -mainly hips, butt and thighs.(The usual culprits :P ). <BR> <BR> Advice appreciated :) Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:11:02 EST How did you get started? I am a mother of 4 kids under the age of 9. I was always an active child and was even more active in high school. Once I got married and we started our family I lost myself somewhere. I was so busy taking care of everyone else and I didn't take care of myself. I barely ever sit down. Everyday. But here I am sitting at my computer 72 pounds over weight and I don't know how to do this. I don't know the best way to eat because I thought I was. I eat salads. I eat small portions. I eat well. I ca... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:49:19 EST First Half Marathon hopes Hello! I used Spark People years ago and am back! Two years ago I ran a lot and participated in many 5ks. With job changes and moving, I quit running, but I have started again. I know it's a hefty goal, but I want to run/walk half marathon at the end of January. I found a 12 week program that officially begins next Monday. I have recruited a friend, and am really praying this works out. I am determined to do this. I've been searching blogs and sites for days to read people's stories. ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:23:10 EST Morning excersize and dizziness I love to workout in the mornings to get myself on track for the day, but I always end up feeling dizzy afterwards, and I don't feel that way other times of the day during excersize. Any ideas of how to stop this from happening? Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:30:16 EST Working Out Yet stuck Hello there!!!! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I have been active 5 days a week for the last one month. I am not a beginner, but not really advanced. I do HIIT on the treadmill and 2 or 3 times a week floor workouts. <BR> My weight has not changed in the last 3 weeks. It just goes down a notch and then back again (specially on the weigh-in day) <BR> <BR> This week, I tracked my weight daily, and today it WAS UP BY 1 kilo. <BR> <BR> I am just too devastated! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Also... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:03:09 EST P90X newbie! I'm starting P90X on Sunday and wondered if anyone had any advise. I am currently 195 lbs, 5'6", 40 years old and had a baby 19 month ago. I've lost 40 lbs since giving birth...mostly by running and walking. That's just not enough anymore. I need to kick it up! A very close friend of mine has done 9 programs over the past couple years and had making he loaned me his P90X. I don't want to let him down!!! Any advise and suggestions would be great!! Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:18:03 EST Recumbent Bike?? Hi! I'm fairly new to these boards (okay, I think this is my first post!) <BR> <BR> Anyway, my dad just had his knee replaced, and someone gave us a recumbent to use. Now that I have unlimited access to one, what is a great way to start? I am very new to bikes (spinning?), since I haven't been on one since I was 10. Is there a workout program out there for beginning-beginners? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> RMR Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:53:01 EST Exercises I'm really new to this site and have just started the workouts. <BR> <BR> Where do I track that I have done the certain ones each morning?? **or haven't done. :( <BR> <BR> I really want to keep this going as I have really gained weight over the last year. I'm definitely NOT happy with how I look OR feel. <BR> <BR> Thanks Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:20:19 EST 1 long work more beneficial than 3 shorter ones? At the moment I am walking 3 times per day and wondered whether it is just as beneficial for weight loss to do this or would 1 long one be better? <BR> <BR> I walk 20 mins at about 10am, then 30 mins at lunchtime and finally I walk my puppy for about 30 minutes in either the morning or afternoon, depending on the weather. <BR> <BR> The 2 day time walks are done at a brisk pace (about 5.4km/hour), if that helps. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:01:10 EST WHAT'S IN YOUR GYM BAG? I just washed my gym bag for the first time in quite a while and boy is it nice to have it clean! Mine is huge and full of stuff, so I rarely take everything out to wash it. <BR> <BR> Now that I am putting it back together, I wonder what other people have in their gym bags. Here's what I have in my large Nike bag. It is purple. <BR> <BR> Left Pocket: <BR> --deodorant (2) <BR> --shampoo, conditioner, leave-in conditioner, comb, brush <BR> --soap <BR> --toothbrush <BR> --handi-wipes <B... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:51:33 EST Sparkepeople was on my mind... Today was a great day for me. I thought about this site and everyone here. It helped me push harder at the gym. I did 44 minutes on the bite and pushed harder on level 8. I got off the bike and did my shoulders and lots of abs. I am over joyed to be here. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:13:27 EST Exercise Well I didn't at first till I started doing Zumba. Now I teach to seniors and I love it. I have fun with my students plus exercise is a bonus. <em>431</em> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:00:44 EST cramps I'm more accustomed to water aerobics and wanted to do some low impact aerobics out of the water.and I noticed my legs mainly my calves started to cramp. Should I start doing stretches? Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:06:14 EST I have workout ADD--HELP! So, I've been on my healthier life journey for about a year and a half. I lost 40 lbs in the first 6 months and have been toning and maintaining for the last year. I usually work out six days a week. I LOVE working out and I LOVE trying new and different workouts. <BR> <BR> I originally did lots of barre workouts--about 5 times a week give or take a day. I love them and at times even consider opening my own studio (just an example of how much I seriously love them). Because they're alwa... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:25:07 EST R U Look'n 4 a Walk/Run Group Southside of Chicago I've got the group for you! We use the Morgan Park High School Track on Tuesday and Thursday mornings 5-6am. We do Saturdays as well but on the street and time varies. For more information, please respond. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> <BR> Jewell <em>381</em> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:15:22 EST Sparks tracker I need to know if I add my exercise and what my tracker says to my fitness. Why I ? is because my sparks tracker recorder says I have stepped only 3.5 miles. My exercise was a tape that I did 4.5 miles and I had walked around the house doing morning chores, so I have walked more steps than what it counted. Please help me calculate. Thank you. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:11:59 EST Anyone have a Fitbit? or anything similar? Are you happy with your choice? Would you buy it again, or something different? I read that it "connects" to SP? How does that work? <BR> <BR> In the market to buy one, but just wanted to hear your responses first! TIA! Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:16:46 EST Are you always happy you exercised? Hello! <BR> <BR> I think most of us have those days where we just don't feel like working out, but whatever motivation we have urges us to push through it and do the workout anyway. In my case, I don't want to start over, AGAIN, and I know that if I skip one day, I am more likely to skip the next until, finally, I've quit entirely. Hence: keep going no matter what! <BR> <BR> However, I keep hearing people mention this same thing (not wanting to work out but doing it anyway), and they always... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:54:37 EST help me on beachbody program please I have done insanity.. t25.. and p90x3.. but there is no weight loss.. before I start insanity.. i weighted 65kg but after that i weight 75kg and get wider with fat!! My goal is to have a six pax without getting bulky.. i eat right.. seriously i eat right!! Then i try t25.. and guest whay.. my weight increase to 87kg.. and still got no 6 pax.. and getting more wider.. i need to throw all my old shirt because they won't fit me anymore.. I've change from size S to L in just 6 month!! What a sho... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:47:22 EST Working at comfortable pace or Pushing yourself? I have been doing C25K program and in week 7 now. Today was my 25 minutes run and i was dreading it so I did at a slow pace but it did worked my heart rate up. I am not feeling tired and fresh and I am liking this feeling. Otherwise normally I try to push myself so hard that I am tired for 3-4 hours after the workout. But will working at comfortable pace give me results? I work full time and a mom so energy through the day is important for me. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 03:25:35 EST Plank Question Hey all, <BR> When I go to add a plank onto my fitness tracker, it asks me for sets, reps, weights and minutes. I get the minutes and weights part, but I'm just holding the plank for as long as I can, so what do I put for reps and sets? <BR> <BR> Today, my 10 yr old son challenged me to a plank-off. I held it for 2:26 and he ALMOST got me.. he held his for 2:13! <BR> <BR> A few weeks ago, I could barely do 30 seconds. :) Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:40:15 EST Should I get a spark tracker? What are your guys experiences, do you like yours? I already have a pedometer to track my steps, just not sure if the spark tracker would be worth it. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:59:57 EST Cycling/Biking I came across this link (see below) and thought I'd share it with others. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>.html </link> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:18:03 EST Tracker vs. Online Fitness Tracker? I've been searching for this topic/answer but I don't have time to spend looking for it. When I workout my tracker posts more than half the calories LESS than if I look it up on the online fitness tracker provided. Like this morning...I rode my stationary bike for 35 min. at approx 14 mph. If I use the online tracker, it says I burned over 700 calories. My SP activity tracker only logged a little over 300 calories. Which one is closer to being accurate? Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:14:01 EST Video resource for Karvonen HR? Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I know this isn't an end-all as far as exercise intensity is concerned, but I want to use the Karvonen HR calculator that is on this site...except I read the article about it on here, and while it does give an example of it, it's not really clicking in my head. <BR> <BR> Does anybody know if there are good videos out there that walk through how calculating target HR zones through the Karvonen method works? Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:10:56 EST Knee Injury I have a knee injury what exercise can I do to still keep fit and burn calories please <em>40</em> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:46:16 EST low impact exercise Any suggestions for low impact exercise besides a stationary bike and swimming? I have a surgically repaired knee that I have to be very careful with. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:24:46 EST Virtual Runs I was looking at my email I received from about races in my area and noticed a couple of virtual runs. Has anyone done one before? How do they work? <BR> <BR> (sorry if this topic has come up before, I did a message board search but didn't see something that matched what I was looking for, but I could have missed it. <em>2</em> ) <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> <em>311</em> <em>182</em> <em>186</em> <em>363</em> <em>185</em> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 15:42:22 EST Insanity vs T25 I have done Insanity before but ended up injuring myself because I did not modify the exercises. I have been researching modifications and have come up with a list of what to do if I am physically incapable of the exercise. Now I have the Dr's go ahead to try out HIIT again. Now I just have to figure out which one to do! <BR> <BR> I already own Insanity and T25 both. Which one do you like better? Sun, 19 Oct 2014 01:34:11 EST Volkswalks Volkswalks, anyone do them? I participated in my first one last weekend and really enjoyed it (posted a blog about it). Took my dad along with me and this particular walk was along the river and through downtown Columbus, Georgia (we also crossed into Alabama for a bit). Volkswalks are normally 10k but they also have 5ks at most events and they are no pressure, no competition. <BR> <BR> Back in the early 90s my mom used to take us with her when she participated in them. I was a teenager at t... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 17:33:50 EST Update Spark Daily Update your spark page while doing cardiovascular or in between sets Sat, 18 Oct 2014 05:55:48 EST workplace exercise tracking Today, after forgetting my spark pedometer, I was teaching, on my feet most of the day and felt like I had done a workout. But I couldn't really track that. I was rarely sitting, did some standing and a lot of strolling around a classroom and some walking around the school. I would love to be able to find "average day teaching" on the list of exercises done. I am sure lots of jobs require exercise. In fact, when I do "heavy cleaning" or "housework", I can track that. I even track "standing fi... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 22:31:47 EST I am strong? I been going to physical therapy for about a month and she said I wass pretty stong then but yesterday she had me do her strength testt again and she poked at my ab muscles too and she said I was really strong again and that Iam on advanced workouts that shee can't even do... my question is when will my abs show that? she said they are there but my fat is covering them any tips or ideas on how to get these abs to show lol Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:58:39 EST Nike Fuelband Just got the NIke Fuelband and after one day LOVE it. Seems to be over counting calories. Does anyone else have that experience? Thu, 16 Oct 2014 20:15:10 EST Jogging in place not on tracker? How many calories Jogging in place is not on the list of exercises to track so how do I determine calories burned? Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:20:32 EST rotator cuff exercises for a dislocated shoulder You show 3 exercises for internal rotator cuff and also say if I have had a dislocated shoulder I need to do these. Do you have any more exercises? I dislocated my shoulder in June and have been doing exercises, but looking for more. <BR> <BR> Having videos help a lot. Thanks. <BR> <BR> Rosemary Lund Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:50:36 EST Took the plunge... Yesterday I started working out with a trainer. For the next 4 weeks I will work with her 4x a week. I am so motivated! I do cardio on a regular basis but have never really been able to stick to any kind of strength program. I would do the weight machines but never really ventured to free weights. I really just don't know enough about it to strengthen the total body. I guess you're never too old to learn something new! <BR> <BR> <em>23</em> <em>323</em> <em>357</em> <em>320</em>... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 11:57:36 EST map my walk or fitbit for leslie sansone Hi all <BR> <BR> Can you use either of these for her walking videos to keep track of steps etc? I have map my fitness but not sure it would be effective as walking outside with it. Thanks in advance <BR> <BR> Kelly Thu, 16 Oct 2014 07:44:42 EST What can I start out with? I'm obese, and have tried walking, but my lower back starts spasming and I have to stop. I'm trying to find something I can start out with to lose some weight and make it easier to start walking without pain. ANYTHING! Exercises at home would be best. Please help. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 23:11:29 EST Gift for a Friend *1st 1/2 marathon* My very good friend is running her 1st 1/2 marathon on Sunday and I want to get her a small gift to let her know how proud I am of her. <BR> <BR> I need my Spark Friends' help! I don't want it to be overly expensive, but I thought about getting her a small gift bag with things she may need like jelly beans and gels... but I am open to any suggestions that experienced Marathoners (is that a word?) may have. <BR> <BR> I also thought about including some things she may need post run as well.... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 21:59:13 EST hi I have a terrible time exercising, even though I have an exercise bike at home and membership to a wonderful gym. I'm horrible! <BR> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:07:22 EST Does Today's Trivia Question Make Sense?? The Question: <BR> What type of aerobic exercise involves sustaining one exercise intensity for several minutes? <BR> <BR> The Answer Choices: <BR> Ongoing training Steady training Continuous training Interval training <BR> Cross training Extended training <BR> <BR> Explanation <BR> Continuous training is the most common method of aerobic exercise. It involves sustaining one exercise intensity for several minutes 20-60 minutes (or more for long-distance training) at a time. <BR>... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:35:39 EST Wearing shapewear while working out Just curious, does anybody wear shapewear while exercising? Wed, 15 Oct 2014 01:20:44 EST How to measure activity I take care of 3 horses and clean the barn every day. I ride one horse almost every day...western, so not as taxing as English. <BR> <BR> Today I had to lift 12 tubs weighing about 60 pounds each; dump them into the trailer. That is after filling them with horse "dirt". <BR> <BR> I was active for about 90 minutes. Some of it was spent on the tractor, some was sweeping. The majority of it was spent cleaning the stalls. Didn't ride today. <BR> <BR> At almost 68 years old, that's abo... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 22:52:48 EST How do I log the actual number of calories burned I use a heart rate monitor when I exercise every time. When I log walking 40 minutes at 3.0 mph, spark people only gives me 175 calories. I worked at an incline and my HRM gave me 235 calories for the same exercise. How can I log the actual 235 instead on the lower number. Tue, 14 Oct 2014 19:32:52 EST Starting AGAIN I am starting today again to try and get fit and I have lost count how many times I have done this. I lost 11 pounds and feel like I've gained it all back. Too embarrassed to even step on the scale to see. I haven't been coming on Sparkpeople every day like I was in the beginning and I'm changing that today. When I did before, I lost the weight because there is so much support on here. I'm truly disgusted with myself and plan to make this the last time I'm starting over. My gym membership run... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 09:57:35 EST running posture abs and breathing from the belly "Proper form can help you conserve energy and avoid injury. Your posture should be upright—shoulders back, abs pulled in, and no slouching or leaning forward." <BR> <BR> Hi _ I was reading an article about running on SP. it said that the abs should be pulled in. But how can you breath from the belly then? I am trying to get myself to running. So I am very beginner. <BR> <BR> I do train every day: swimming, body pump, Pilates. But no running. as all beg I have problems with breathing.And I a... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 06:47:22 EST Help! Ankle feels out or not? Somehow I injured my right ankle slightly a few days ago. The bone that protrudes on the left side (inside leg) and surrounding area is tender to the touch and it's very slightly swollen. It doesn't hurt to walk on it but it is tender, and it hurts to go down the stairs putting pressure on it. I am right in the middle of a Jillian Michaels 30 day shred workout dvd and I really don't want to stop, but I also don't want to make it worse. Right now I feel I can probably tend to it on my own and ... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 05:33:59 EST Learning to Run I want to get in shape and I want to learn how to love to run. I am about 100 lbs over weight and I sit at a desk all day. I seen some people on these boards talk about a Couch to 5k or something along those lines. Where can I find that? Any tips on how to work my way into running and losing weight at the same time? Thank you! Mon, 13 Oct 2014 19:03:06 EST Working out at home question I am thinking about ordering the Focus T25 DVD set from Beach Body. I like working out at home. I am wondering if anyone works out strictly at home using DVDs. Has it helped you tone and lose weight? Mon, 13 Oct 2014 17:46:42 EST Treadmill Time....what gives?? I used the treadmill for 21 minutes with the activity tracker on, and it says that I have no workout minutes....Big difference in calories burned too, tracker 64, treadmill 141. What gives?? Mon, 13 Oct 2014 11:28:16 EST 15 minutes vs. 30 or more Can I get the same benefits from doing smaller amounts of exercise throughout the day, or is it more "weight loss" beneficial by doing a longer session, such as 45-50 mins. all at once. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 09:54:03 EST when to start jogging/running? Ok so here's my dilemma. I started out at 285 pounds and abo6t two years ago I began exercising and after losing about two months of walking i decided to start jogging and i liked it but after about two weeks i got lower back pain and had to go the doctor and she told me she wouldn't advise it until i lost a little more weight, i had lost around ten pounds at that point. Now forward to the present, i had gained the ten pounds back since then but i started up walking again and have lost 27 pou... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 09:12:33 EST strength exercises outside Hi When i go walk the trail ir lake when i break i like to do a plank or push ups is there anyother workouts i can do outside on my break when walking. For ex. I walk 1 mile do a plank for 1 min. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 07:14:19 EST Beginner vs. Advanced workout routines Is there a good way to tell if I am ready for advanced exercise routines, or should I stick with beginning routines for a week, a month, etc.? <BR> Thanks for all the support I get from this site! Sun, 12 Oct 2014 14:01:04 EST Pushing through the difficult times I try to remind myself every day that if I do my workout and stay consistent, that I will find I have more energy, sleep better and face each day with a renewed attitude. Pus through the difficult times and it will be worth it. Sun, 12 Oct 2014 12:38:02 EST Schedule for exercise and dieting This is my first day attempting to begin this new lifestyle, but I honestly have no idea what type of schedule to follow. Do I eat 3 times a day then exercise at the end? Exercise before I eat anything at all? Middle of the day? I honestly am not sure how to create my routine. Sun, 12 Oct 2014 10:39:56 EST Caloric burn - HRM or spark, which to believe? So I have been using a Garmin 405cx HRM for several years while running - longer than I have been on sprakpeople. The calories it states from running (usually 2-6 mi) is much less on the Garmin than the spark counter (like 300 cal on HRM v 700 on spark for same activity). I figured the HRM is correct. <BR> Yesterday I wore the HRM and the spark counter while fencing. 1.5 hours (warm ups, 1 lesson, 4 open bouts, group footwork), HRM said 444cal and the spark said like 290cal burned. <BR> So no... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 09:01:41 EST Seated Cardio Tracking So I fractured a couple of toes last night (nothing major, I'm strangely prone to toe fractures and they always heal up after a week or so as long as I keep my weight off of them as much as possible), and I'm now limited to seated workouts for a while. However, this makes any exercise outside of my regular strength training a little more difficult, as I can't even go for a walk or use the treadmill. <BR> <BR> I've done some hunting online, and there's a number of seated cardio videos on Yout... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 18:38:05 EST Fitness Minutes... I was just taking a look at the page where you can edit your fitness goals. There is no longer a place to enter in the estimated time for your strength training. So, are we supposed to include both strength training and cardio in the exercise minutes or just the time spent on cardio? If it's just for cardio, then should we just track our strength training in the notes section? I do prefer having things separated out, just seems like it would be better organized (at least in my mind). I realiz... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 17:14:37 EST JUMPING ROPE ...TO OLD WITH ARTHRITIS ? I have a lot of arthritis, fibro, bone spurs all over and i am in a lot of pain all the time . I do try to walk 2 miles every other day if possible but it really hurts my back, hips and knees . now with that said oh and i am a fairly young 70 . I would like to jump rope this winter as i won't be able to walk on our road . Anybody that can give me good advice ? Thanks Fri, 10 Oct 2014 18:35:11 EST Workout help and support post pregnancy amputee? So to put a long story short, in 2009 I became a right below knee amputee. Prior to this I was in excellent shape and very athletic. Since, I have had periods of time where I am in great shape and then periods where I struggle. A month and half I had my first child. Basically I am dying to get back into shape. Cardio is not an issue for me. It's strength training that is not always easy. I am hispanic and with that comes big thighs, hips, and butt. I don't want to completely lose them just to... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 17:46:57 EST Sore ribs and nauseous after ab day Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> Last night I did 45 minutes of cardio followed with 25 minutes of strength training (and 10 of it was abs). Before anyone asks, yes I am eating enough and eating right. lol Wondering if anyone else experiences this kind of delayed onset muscle soreness and what to do for it. I'd really like to go to my workout tonight, but don't want to injure myself or set myself back. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 15:56:16 EST How to find out your reasonable / ideal weight I lost a lot of weight over the course of 4 months and came to a stand still, "maintain" weight. I still carry a lot of fat around my mid section. It's been quite a few months since I tried losing weight so I'm back at it and the weight's coming off again. I've broken through this platue. My question is how do I know what a healthy weight for me is? BMI calculators are not very accurate to assess this so in which ways can I be watchful for in achieving a healthy weight? My goal is to be under... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 22:44:49 EST My ankle pops when I walk or use elliptical. Is this normal? It doesn't hurt any. Wed, 8 Oct 2014 18:43:47 EST clip won't click on tracker Well, I have changed the battery this morning on my tracker, and the clip won't stay in. Now what? Any ideas anyone? Wed, 8 Oct 2014 15:13:02 EST Spark Activity Tracker. Do you like it? Accurate? I just bought one today. Should get it next week probably. I have wanted one for awhile and it was on sale so I bought it! <BR> What are your experiences with it? Is it accurate, especially when on an elliptical (which is my favorite exercise to do)? And I plan on wearing it in the middle of my bra, which it said you can do. Is it accurate there too? I would be too afraid to wear it on my shoe or pants. I would be afraid of losing it. Wed, 8 Oct 2014 13:41:18 EST Spark Activity Tracker Not Found I finally happy to get the battery problem solved by turning the SPT slightly to the left & lifting up with a fine thin screwdriver & was able to remove battery. I replaced with the second battery that was sent to me with my new SPT purchased in May. I was able to use my SPT for about a week then something happened & I lost the Icon in my systems icon for dashboard. At that time the USB dongle light was green & last sync was yesterday morning. After the rest of yesterday's activ... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 11:15:48 EST Wii Fitness Does anyone here use the Wii Fitness programs? If so which ones? And have you seen results? Wed, 8 Oct 2014 09:55:23 EST Weighted Hula Hoop Does anyone hula hoop for exercise? I bought a weighted hula hoop last night and tried it out. I did about 30 minutes of it while watching a tv show, not sure if anyone else has experienced this, but it hurt! Not in a 'oohh my core is getting tight and sore' way, but more of, 'ouch i'm getting bruised from this hula hoop! I woke up with bruises, but i'm going to keep at it for this month and see if I can see any results in my core. <BR> I'm trying to tone my tummy and hips, any advice on how... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 07:07:23 EST should I alternate cardio with weight lifting So i've lost 13 kgs(28 pounds) so far, I still have at least 15 more kgs to lose though. For the past month, i've been kind of stuck in a plateau, i know it happens to everyone, but it could get frustrating at times. <BR> <BR> So for my workout routine, i run 3 times a week, and do a kick boxing DVD the 3 other days. I do occasionally lift weights, but i am honestly not that consistent. So i was wondering, is it a good idea to alternate between running and weight lifting days? It would mean... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 04:56:03 EST Need help with my glutes I would like to tone my glutes, have heard that squats and lunges helped and then I heard they don't help. I heard doing kickbacks with weights help too.....would like some information on what's best to tone my glutes. <BR> <BR> Thanks Tue, 7 Oct 2014 20:20:16 EST Yoga with a wrist injury? Before going away to college I did martial arts. I sustained a wrist injury that prevents me from bending it too far or putting to much pressure on it. I, however, have begun looking into yoga because I have so little space. My problem is many yoga moves involve placing pressure on your wrists or using your hands to support you. I was wondering if anyone knew of modified positions that don't aggravate wrist injuries. If so, you'd be a lifesaver! <BR> <BR> Thank you so much for your help! Tue, 7 Oct 2014 16:58:06 EST I feel guilty for not working out I have numerous workout DVDs (Jillian Michaels, Leslie Sansone, Coach Nicole). I have a gym membership. I use none of those. <BR> <BR> I have a fairly active job working as a personal shopper, but even with the bending, lifting, and such, the majority of my activity IS walking. Some of it can be fairly brisk, but not all of it. <BR> <BR> I replaced my Fitbit the other day. Saturday, at the end of the day, I had 18,841 steps. Sunday, I had 17,320. It's not unusual for me to see numbers nea... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 13:41:24 EST HELP!! Weight Watchers 15 Minute Boot Camp Video Is anyone using this Video? I just bought it and did the 15 Minute Core portion to check it out and am trying to figure out calories burned. I want to be able to track it correctly for my fitness tracker. <BR> <BR> Thanks for any help Tue, 7 Oct 2014 11:00:57 EST 21 day fix vs Focus T25 I've gotten waaayy out of shape being in college and gained too much weight. I'm looking for something to get started again with. I did Insanity a few years ago but it killed my knees with all of the high impact stuff. I'm wondering, is T25 a high impact deal? Are the 21 day fix workouts good? Just looking for some opinions. Tue, 7 Oct 2014 10:33:27 EST fit bit or spark tracker??? need your opinions??? which is better and what do u like? Tue, 7 Oct 2014 10:14:09 EST Is it ok to go to gym 7 days a week? I was wondering if it is ok to go to gym everyday? I'm talking like Monday,Wednesday,Friday - weights n other days just cardio, cause you can have active rest days right? Tue, 7 Oct 2014 06:15:46 EST Why can't I lose this baby weight? Hello everyone, after years of reading posts on Spark, I've decided to sign up and post my own question. Hopefully, somebody can help me out. <BR> <BR> I am 24 and gave birth 7 months ago to a beautiful, healthy baby boy. However, for 7 months now and after breastfeeding (almost exclusively) for 6 months, I weigh exactly the same as I did one week after giving birth. <BR> <BR> My story is this: before I got married I had managed to lose over 60lbs through healthy eating, exercise and interm... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 14:28:11 EST walking buddy I live in Odessa Rx & I'm looking for a walking buddy. Please get back to me at Thanks kathe Mon, 6 Oct 2014 10:34:54 EST Indoor cycling trainer--do distance computers work I just bought an indoor trainer for my bike. I am thinking of getting some sort of fitness band to measure HR and other things. <BR> <BR> Question is, I would like some computer that can calculate speed/distance that will work for an indoor trainer stand and will also work on the road. I'm not sure how to find one that will accurately know how far I've gone for the indoor setup. Cadence alone doesn't tell me very much. Speed would only tell me how fast I am going at that moment. I'm trai... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 07:37:11 EST FitBit syncing...doubling up? Sorry if this question has been asked and answered, but do those of you who use FitBit and sync it with SP ALSO track your activity. For example, walking on the treadmill for an hour: Do you sync your FitBit AND track your treadmill walk? It seems like I'm doubling up on my minutes. Should I just let the FitBit sync and not track any other activity? Sun, 5 Oct 2014 20:56:34 EST marathons Well today I and 2 very good friends joined me in doing my 1st 1/2 marathon. The Rock n' Roll was held in San Jose. Clocked 33,668 steps, 251 min and 17 miles. Which I don't understand. Oh, I put the tracker on before leaving the house.That's why the added miles and min. Sun, 5 Oct 2014 20:34:06 EST HELP! Bad pain after running... I'm a new(2 months) runner. I just started having severe pain at the top of hip bone protrusions, not joint, even sore to the touch. Walking hurts, stairs, etc. Better after 24 hours, can run every other day comfortably, but hurts each time. Immediately after running, and during running pain is, not second day muscle soreness... any ideas???? thanks! Sun, 5 Oct 2014 19:31:08 EST Has anyone had success with the Insanity workouts My local gym now offers insanity classes. I attended twice and decided to get the videos since it forces me to work on cardio. I was wondering if anyone's tried the workouts and has any tips before I begin? <BR> <BR> The program is 6 days a week and I might stretch out the workouts longer than suggested while trying to fit in some strength training in between. Any words of advice is appreciated thanks! Sun, 5 Oct 2014 18:10:31 EST Do you eat the calories you burn in excersice? I notice when I track my exercise it adds the calories burned back into my daily allotted amount? Do you eat them or not? I don't want to sabotage what I am doing by eating them? Sun, 5 Oct 2014 07:41:13 EST I need exercises for my arms. Hi, does any one have any good exercises for arms using dumbbells that help with flab under the arms ? Thank you! Sat, 4 Oct 2014 20:03:30 EST How many calories should I be burning a day??? Hello, <BR> <BR> So I've read everywhere that I should be burning more calories than I consume, and if I'm not mistaken I know that's including your BMR. I'm trying to lose 20 lbs by Christmas and i'm consuming between 1200-1500 calories a day (that's what it's telling me to do on here at least). My question many calories should I actually be burning a day to reach my goal??? I'm trying to research it, but i'm just not understanding it. Can anyone help me out please???? <BR> First ... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 17:40:11 EST Jillian Michaels DVDs HELP Hi! <BR> <BR> About Jillian Michaels DVDs... <BR> <BR> Is it Ok if I do 20 min Kickboxing, 30 Days Shred and No More Trouble Zones all together in one session of my workout 5/7? Is it too much? <BR> <BR> Have any of you tried something similar? <BR> <BR> Thanks for your help! :) <BR> <BR> (Sorry for my grammar, I don't speak English) <BR> :( Sat, 4 Oct 2014 12:57:29 EST Thanks for the motivation I woke up feeling blah and with a headache. I logged onto FB and saw Sparkpeople' s inspirational post about being one work out away from a good mood, and that helped get me going. I popped in a 30-minute workout DVD, and the rest is history! Exercise really IS the natural antidepressant! Sat, 4 Oct 2014 11:42:28 EST Spectating Twin Cities Marathon and 10 Mile Races Tomorrow is the Twin Cities Marathon and 10 Miles Races. I am going to watch with some friends from my run club and we know many people running the races. At least one is trying to qualify for Boston and another is running as a Master's Elite. Seeing the Elites is amazing but I love seeing the slower runners. I honestly find them more inspiring. Probably because I am one of the pokey ones. <BR> <BR> A local running store sponsors the Cheer Zone at Mile 24 (Mile 8 for the 10 Mile). The fi... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 08:36:55 EST Walking Question I enjoy walking as one of my ways to be active. This might be a dumb question, but does a person need to walk a certain pace in order for it to be beneficial? I don't walk at a snail's pace, but I was wondering if I should walk a 14 min mile in order for it to be beneficial. Thanks! Fri, 3 Oct 2014 14:31:05 EST kinesiology tape has anyone tried it with success because I have a nasty little ankle sprain and I have no choice but to be on my feet. I put ice on it I rest as much as I can I even switch up to heat and I wrap it up when I have to bear weight. Fri, 3 Oct 2014 13:16:41 EST help! my shoulder... Hi! I am fairly active, I do zumba 3 days a week, light strength training, and go for walks. Well a few months ago I started having problems with my shoulder. Sometimes it pops, sometimes it throbs, and sometimes it is just fine, but I do seem to have more trouble with full range of motion in certain exercises now. <BR> <BR> Do I just need to strengthen the muscles around it? Or are there certain stretches that help? Fri, 3 Oct 2014 11:33:14 EST Help! Shoulder and back. Help! I need to know more shoulder and back exercises so I can use proper form. Anyone have any sources? <em>303</em> Fri, 3 Oct 2014 01:10:46 EST Walking can you lose? Can you lose weight by just walking? I know you have to eat healthier but can your only exercise be walking or do you need to do something else with it? Thu, 2 Oct 2014 20:05:01 EST Quieting The Mind During Treadmill Warm-Up Greetings! I feel compelled to share a simple warm-up technique that has helped make my daily treadmill time a doubly-good way to start the day. <BR> <BR> I spend the first 5 minutes with my hands resting on the handles, walking at an easy pace with my eyes closed, centering my mind. It clears my mind of anything I might spend the next 20 minutes obsessing about and makes my workout - and the rest of my day - considerably more pleasant. <BR> <BR> And where else can you walk for 5 minutes ... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 14:25:51 EST water walking I walk in the pool. does anyone know how to calculate the calories or how to classify it? Thu, 2 Oct 2014 13:05:54 EST What to do when I end up missing a day or more? Sometimes mainly doing to have to work additional hours or shifts at work I end up having to miss a day or two or even at times more days in a row of my workout routine. I alternate between one day Cardio/Aerobic and next day strength training. <BR> <BR> If I miss a day or more in my routine, when I can workout again I have been just doing what would have been the next routine. If strength was next then that is what I would do. I know that the most important thing is that just get back to do... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 23:07:13 EST "You know you're a runner when..." Great article! <em>334</em> <em>363</em> <BR> <BR><BR>ies/you-know-youre-a-runner-when Wed, 1 Oct 2014 17:21:16 EST Pebble watch and fitness tracker Hi! Do you have one of these? I already have a FitBit and a Garmin for tracking, but this might be fun too.... <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 1 Oct 2014 15:03:55 EST alternative exercises? I have issues with one of my hips and find it difficult to run/walk for any length of time that would be beneficial. Does anyone have any ideas for good cardio workouts that I can do outside the gym? Thanks. Wed, 1 Oct 2014 14:45:59 EST Shins I've been doing great with my walking, getting faster and feeling good about the steps I'm making, but every time I go my shins kill me. My shoes are pretty new and they are saucony's so I'd think they were a decent brand. I try to stretch my legs out, but it doesn't seem to help. I feel like I could go further or longer if my shins weren't burning so badly and it's really frustrating. <BR> <BR> Any thoughts?? Wed, 1 Oct 2014 07:59:13 EST big lady seeking other big lady to exercise with Hey! <BR> Hope my topic caught your attention. I have a Goodlife membership and sometimes don't enjoy going alone to exercise. Hoping to find someone on here who would like to join me! My goal is 120 llbs of weight loss <BR> <BR> Woo!! <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance Wed, 1 Oct 2014 00:36:23 EST Unable to open Sparktracker I need to know what to do about changing the battery in my Sparktracker as I have used rubber gloves myself & had two other people try to open it. Also tried to loosen with a card. Have not tried using with a knife as someone said they did & got it open but someone else said you could damage it. I am very frustrated with it & want to use it but can't. Please advise. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:39:33 EST How to Fix and Elliptical? Does anyone know how to fix an elliptical? My son likes to use it while watching TV. Now it shutters every time I get to a certain part of the revolution. I love my elliptical, and I don't want to have to part with it. Thanks for your help. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:46:47 EST kettlebells - do you use them? Just wondering how many minutes you run a routine and what your favorite routine(s) would be. <BR> I have a range of weights & a great DVD. I plan to get my teen daughter working with me! Mon, 29 Sep 2014 22:32:20 EST Slim series 8 week calendar Does anyone have a pic or the calendar for the 8 week slim series? I have everything except for the initial workout schedule I have misplaced it Mon, 29 Sep 2014 22:25:30 EST Exercise Tracking - Beginner Good evening, everyone. <BR> <BR> I just started doing exercise along with food tracking yesterday, and I have some questions about the fitness tracker. To preface: I am 242 lbs (from 275 lbs); I am looking to lose weight with better eating and exercise. SP has given me a limit of 1320-1670. Yesterday and today, I walked 3 mph for 60 minutes. This information may not be necessary to answer my first question, but I would rather offer more than what is needed than not enough in this case. <BR... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 21:56:24 EST Can I sync my fitbit to SP? Fitbit flex. Can I sync to SP? How do I do that? Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:59:26 EST New Fitbit I am getting a new fitbit and want to give my older one to my daughter. I looked at their website and didn't find a definitive answer to my question. I know I can add a new device, but can I delete the old one. Then, will my daughter, who lost her old fitbit, be able to add my device to her fitbit account? Thanks in advance for any advice. Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:06:34 EST Need assistance for my mom Good Afternoon Fellow Sparkers! <BR> <BR> I have a huge favor to ask as I simply don't know what to do. <BR> <BR> My mom is 66 years old, will be 67 by the end of the year. She really has never been that "active" despite having a job where she stood most of the day for about 20 years. Since she retired about 6-7 years ago, her joy has been scrapbooking... not exactly a hobby where you move around and get up and down a great deal. <BR> <BR> Though she does not need to lose a tremendous ... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:10:44 EST Want to do Jillian Michaels 30 day shred? Do you have the DVD? Want to do it with me? I just started yesterday. Mon, 29 Sep 2014 06:12:33 EST Does work count as a workout? I'm a server at a restaurant and I walk a ridiculous amount during my shift. I often stay on my feet for 7 hours at a time, lifting heavy plates and trays. Can I include this as maybe a slow walk under fitness? I'm constantly moving, I often sweat and after my shift, I'm exhausted. My constant movement doesn't count toward my calorie count range estimation, I'm given the same calorie range for someone who works a desk job. I feel like 1,200-1,500 calories isn't enough for me, even to lose wei... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:23:22 EST Day off from exercise & quilt I know everything I read says you need to have a rest day from exercise and I've tried it today but I feel guilty and like I'm slacking big time. I feel like if nothing else I need to walk up and down the drive way for 30 minutes. Does anyone else have this issue or am I in need of therapy? lol I don't want to get burn out but not moving feels wrong too. Any advice? Sun, 28 Sep 2014 18:41:26 EST Injury - No Exercise I have recently gained back about 10 pounds. I have not been able to exercise because of a hip injury. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any tips for losing weight without exercise? Aside from eating barely any calories that is! Or any safe activities to burn calories that don't require your lower body at all. <BR> Thanks! Sun, 28 Sep 2014 17:59:02 EST Found a sale this week on jawbone up I found a good price on a new jawbone up and am looking for some advice. I have found one for around 60.00 but since price is normally over 120 I think it is a good choice. But I have also always like fitbit zip because its cheap. <BR> <BR> But since the fitbit items are still a bit pricey. I think the jawbone up might be a good option for me. Any advice about the jawbone up would be great please. Thank you. <BR> <BR> Plus I would like to know about sizes I like my watches to fit snug but ... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 17:45:23 EST Full Body No Equipment Strength Routine Hi, I was wondering if Sparkpeople might have a full body NO EQUIPMENT strength routine that I could print up to use while on vacation, away from my gym. I'd prefer not to drag along weights... I do have some resistance bands but would like to avoid any exercise that requires fastening them to something since I don't know if the hotel I'll be in will have a suitable place to fasten them (in other words, exercises that have me hold or stand on the bands are fine, but exercises that ask me to... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 11:26:17 EST Has anyone ever bought a swim parka before? Apparently, that's what they call the coats you can put around a damp suit after swimming while driving home. If so, what brand do you recommend? Sun, 28 Sep 2014 02:56:59 EST I love swimming I love to swim and am working on my freestyle stroke almost daily, sometimes as long as 2 hours.. Anyone else passionate about swimming? Sat, 27 Sep 2014 13:39:09 EST How much do you exercise? And what do you usually do? Right now I am using the elliptical about 20 minutes a few times a week. And a little strength training a couple days a week. Hoping to up the cardio up to 30-40 minutes as I get stronger. Sat, 27 Sep 2014 09:48:27 EST question for the SP coaches ????????? When will SP start to us members in the beginners videos that over weight and not fit yet to do them as the coaches are ???? Hearing the coaches suggest how to use help is not the same as seeing it from someone who is having difficulties too. <BR> <BR> It would really be a big motivator to see that it CAN be done by those who are out of shape and over weight !!! I know many SP members that are just not fit, or too over weight to do these exercises in the videos. Visualization is very i... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 08:22:03 EST Thoracic herniation Hi all! <BR> Before I type this all out, I just want to say I know I need to consult my doctor but I appreciate any advice/opinions! <BR> <BR> 4 years ago I was in a pretty bad car accident and found out that I have a bulged cervical and lumbar disc as well as a herniated thoracic disc. At the time, my weight jumped from 150-165 at the highest but I was always athletic and the year before the accident I had gotten into a gym routine. Since then, I've gained about 100lbs and I'm disgusted b... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 23:37:02 EST Hello my weightlifting friends.... I'm trying to come up with a schedule and routine for me to switch from weight loss to toning. <BR> <BR> Which type of schedule do you prefer? <BR> The 4 Day Upper/Lower Split <BR> The 3 Day Upper/Lower Split <BR> The Push/Pull Split <BR> Something else? Fri, 26 Sep 2014 14:12:53 EST help again lol How do i build my fitness level up? I've. Been. Do cardio at least 3 times a week 35-45 mins a week and im going to a zumba party is a hour and a half long. Its oct 18 and ive been excerising regular for about two months Fri, 26 Sep 2014 13:24:46 EST Do you use the Spark Activity Tracker (the clip) I've been considering an activity tracker for a while now, and I LOVE the price on this. I know it may not have all the bells and whistles, but I want something to give me an acurate picture of my movement and activity- both conscientious fitness in the gym and more passive stuff like cleaning the house. Any thoughts on this versus other devices? Fri, 26 Sep 2014 10:09:05 EST Why have I gained weight? I started my weight loss journey in January. I went from 187 to 152. At first I had just relied on diet. Then I stepped it up to walking a few miles every day. That is how I lost that amount of weight. <BR> <BR> A month and a half ago I decided to start running. I got down to 147. But now I am back up to 152 and my diet didn't change. <BR> <BR> Here is what I have been doing: everyday I hit around 1200 calories of clean eating. I jog a 5k. It's up hill and down hill training (192 ft gain... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 08:06:33 EST Walking and/or Exercise DVD's Would it be better for me to switch up from walking/jogging every so often? I have some exercise DVD's, haven't really used them, but my main exercise is walking/jogging and doing stairs. Would this be more beneficial to me? Fri, 26 Sep 2014 06:35:18 EST Cardio and strength training Hi all: I do cardio 5 times a week for 45 minutes. Two of those days, I do strength training. On the days I do strength training, should I do the full 45 minutes or should I do less cardio? I have been confused about this and I would like some clarity. Thanks all!!!! GOD bless! !!!! Fri, 26 Sep 2014 06:34:40 EST I lose 1 kg per 4 days hello ladies and gentelmen, i've lost 1 kg per 4 days, is it good result? Fri, 26 Sep 2014 03:24:42 EST Blasting belly fat. So I've been getting active again after not being for a few months, and want to work on my belly a little more. I've never had a problem building and developing the rest of my body, but stomach areas have always been the one place I've had problems developing. I would like to work my way to a six pack and am dedicated to spending at least 2 hours a day in the gym (45 min of that is usually cardio). So I also being working my lower abs everyday to tone and burn the fat there? and if so, does a... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 16:27:39 EST Does laying flat on the floor count? I am working up to making a habit by doing 50 crunches daily. No set time. Just whenever I can make myself do it. I get on the floor and lay flat on my back. Oh! Wait. I just want to lie there awhile! I stretch my arms over my head and lengthen my back and legs. Ohhh. There's a bit of a pain, or not pain but the stretching of unused muscles maybe? It feels SO good. <BR> <BR> Can I make all my exercises feel that good?! <em>334</em> Today was only my 2nd day and already ther... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 14:04:17 EST exercise today I am working from 2:30-11 and I'm not sure how much activity I will be doing at work so I don't know how much to exercise to do today. It might be a good idea to go for a jog this morning, I don't know. at least a short walk is always a good idea. <BR> <BR> I don't really have time for anything though. I just have to get to work. <BR> <BR> I am working the next 6 days at night. What I can do is set my availability for during the day so that I can go to the gym in the afternoon. ... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 13:38:12 EST Confessions of a haunted insomniac I can only hope that this is being posted to the right section. If it is not, please tell me where this belongs so I can repost it where it belongs. <BR> <BR> I, David, have a sleeping problem. I have it on both ends. <BR> <BR> I really don't know how to unwind at night. I've tried doing puzzles, reading books, doing something relatively mindless (like Yahtzee), but over the years I've gotten so good at using these things to hide from my...problems, that I've had addiction problems with ... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 13:34:53 EST need advice Well it's been a month since i changed my workout because i wasn't losing and weight or inches. So i increased my treadmill to an hour, and increased the weights for my strength training. I gained two pounds. I just don't understand what am i doing wrong, and what should i be doing? Thu, 25 Sep 2014 11:28:07 EST Do you exercise when sore after strength training? Hi All! <BR> Yesterday was only my second day ever of strength training. I started with the Beginner's Ball Workout. Today, of course, I'm a bit stiff and sore in my legs and chest. Is it best if I take today as my day of rest (no cardio or stretching) to let the muscles repair or should I go ahead with my regular stretching routine and maybe a slower than usual walk? <BR> I am doing this with rheumatoid arthritis and one of my goals with exercising is to "get rid of the pain," so I want to m... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 09:02:14 EST What is a good WALKING time for a MILE? I know I have personally shaved off minutes from my walking time, but I still feel like I'm really slow. I'm trying to get up the confidence to join my family in a 1 mile run/walk next month, but feel really self conscious about being the last one in. <BR> <BR> How long does it take you to walk a mile? Thu, 25 Sep 2014 08:35:18 EST Walking to work Hi all, <BR> <BR> So I have decided I am going to do my best to walk to work at least 3 days a week instead of the bus, but I find myself in a position where by the time I get to work, I feel... well, gross. As grabbing a shower at work is not a possibility, does anyone have any tips on how to ameliorate this? Thus far I've figured I can change into a clean shirt at work, but anything else? Thu, 25 Sep 2014 06:47:40 EST Even tho I'm staying with the program religiously, I just don't feel that great. i have aches and pains in joints and muscles that I never had before. i have eased into exercise by stretching, yoga, meditation....always using the lowest intensity to start out, increasing as my balance and strength increase and most times being able to complete all exercises at appropriate speed and in proper form. Under doctor's care i am decreasing some of the dosagesof meds I take. What could i be doing wrong?? Wed, 24 Sep 2014 22:14:39 EST pre 5k exercise I'm one week from finishing my c25k program and my first 5k is this Saturday. I usually run Monday, Wednesday, Friday so i was wondering if i should keep this schedule, move Fridays run to tomorrow and make Friday a rest day, or take both the next 2 days off. Any suggestions? Wed, 24 Sep 2014 21:47:35 EST Streaks I'm new and of the general streaks s 10 min of exercise per day. I just got of hospital a couple of weeks ago. While my doc does want me to exercise she wants it limited. I have a exercise goal of gym 3 times a week But I get to rest between days. Any suggestions on this daily 10 min exercise streak goal or is there a way to take it off for now. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Gina <em>213</em> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 18:18:55 EST Can I do 2 days of 10K training in 1? Hey all, <BR> <BR> i am currently doing the 10K trainer app by Zen Labs, the same people who created C25K. After work I am going for a run. I am on Week 3, Day 2. However, when I ran last night it felt too easy and too short. Would it be okay if I did Day 2 and Day 3 tonight? That would consist of warm up walk for 5 minutes, jog 90 seconds, walk 90 seconds, jog 3 minutes, walk three minutes, jog 90 seconds, walk 90 seconds, jog 3 minutes, walk 3 minutes, a cool down walk of 5 minutes, then r... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 16:46:17 EST POLL: Do you run in the morning or the evening? I've been running in the morning. I love the calmness of the air and watching the sun come up over the Pennsylvania hills. Running in the morning gives me energy for the rest of the day. <BR> <BR> Do you prefer running in the morning or evening and why? Wed, 24 Sep 2014 13:51:24 EST 24 hour fasting (once a week). I need help / advice? Is it okay to drink black coffee or tea during a 24hr fast? I've been doing some research and found that it is recommended and that it isn't -- so what is it? Today, is my first attempt in doing it. I plan on implementing it on a weekly basis. Tomorrow is my Cholesterol test and I think I shouldn't be drinking tea or coffee during my fast; it'll mess up the blood test. However, after my three months schedule cholesterol test is it okay to drink coffee / tea during a 24 h... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 12:38:22 EST Extra calories for exercise To those that have had great success with Spark People, who do you manage the extra calories Spark People adds in for you from exercise? Is it better to eat the extra calories to get to the total calories for the day? Or is it better to eat towards your original daily goal? Wed, 24 Sep 2014 12:25:59 EST What cardio machines in the gym do you like using? I'm wondering what cardio machines people on the boards like using that have given them results. Exercising right now isn't an option due to the insane high temperatures we are experiencing and I can only imagine that fires will be happening soon like every year especially with our drought. I've always been one to mainly just do weights, but I'm thinking to really sticking to cardio and see if that gives any results. Mainly focusing on weights and with a lower calorie intake (try to stay unde... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 10:22:36 EST Strength training and resting Hello everyone: <BR> <BR> I recently read an article about resting in between sets that stated you should not rest more than thirty seconds and to keep your body in motion for the most results out of your strength training. However, browsing here, I found the article, "Rest up to Build Strength" (which of course studied males). It stated that you should rest around 160 seconds between sets. Does anyone have any expert advice? I am working very hard to incorporate strength training and w... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 08:33:50 EST Getting blood out of my shoe Does anyone know how to get blood out of the inside of their shoes? I forgot to put a band-aid on my blister before I left for my run tonight and it ended up popping and bleeding onto the back of my shoe. I just got my new shoes a couple days ago so I want to be careful with what I use to treat it so I don't accidentally ruin the material. Tue, 23 Sep 2014 21:53:48 EST Help! sore/in pain (1st strength training session) So I had my first strength training session yesterday (Monday) evening. We focused solely on legs/glutes and the trainer taught me how to do some different weighted exercises and we worked out pretty hard. My legs felt like jelly about halfway through the workout but I didn't let up and kept pushing. By the end, I almost didn't know if I could drive home because I felt so weak. I made it home safe and had a protein shake right away (to reduce lactic acid build up as per trainer's advice). I w... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 20:32:20 EST Blisters..... My old shoes were 4 years old and killing my feet. Got new ones, they fit great but I got blisters. Now I'm dreading tomorrow's treadmill time. Are there preventative measures I can take? Do I just cover with band aids for now? <BR> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:36:23 EST How do you all log c25k? I don't have a fit bit or heart rate monitor. I run on the treadmill. So right now when I track I just track the time using my lower number for face paced walking. Thoughts? Ideas? Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:27:22 EST I had knee surgery no squats need ideas! I had knee surgery in June and I have to be careful doing squats and kneeling looking for ideas to do besides walking. Any ideas would be appreciated. PS I am done with post surgery rehab. Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:15:04 EST Legs & hips sore from daily walks Hi. <BR> I am essentially a newbie to exercise although I have been 'dieting' without success for over 20 years <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I had decided 21 days ago to change my life and part of this overall plan is to exercise each day and I am super excited to say I am feeling great about this. <BR> <BR> The only problem with my progress so far is that my hips are super sore, along with the newly formed (found?) muscles in my thighs (front and back) and calves (front and back). <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 06:10:37 EST Weights: Start with heavier or lighter weights? I've been using 3 pound weights to get back into strength training. I have a question -- should I start with a few reps with the HEAVIEST weight first (5 pounds right now) and then work with the lighter 3 pound weight? <BR> <BR> Or is it best to start with the lighter weights for a few reps before working with the heavier weight for a few reps? <BR> <BR> Help please! <em>34</em> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:57:00 EST Does anyone wear and use the Spark Activity Tracke Could I get some feedback on what people think about the Spark Activity Tracker? Has anyone used it to track swimming or water aerobics? I'd like to try it, but it's a little pricey and I want to make sure it's something I would use. Thanks! Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:19:39 EST What excersice to do? Hey all, I have recently lost 38 pounds and so have a lot of hanging skin in my body. I have just started exercise and I do not know where to begin...What exercises should I do to help tone and firm my muscles? Also, what is the best cardio exercise to do, I still have to loose about 20 more pounds... Thank you in advance for your help! Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:57:13 EST Calf pain from running Just wanted to ask re: advice for calf pain after running. It's not terrible and I don't think I have an injury after researching it a bit but it's very sore after running but does get better in a couple of hours and at most a day. I think I have to incorporate more rest days from running but at the same time, want to build my endurance and distance. Any suggestions/advice? Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:25:46 EST abs workout without twists or crunches? Am looking for an abs workout I can do during a class while other students are doing crunches and twists. I can't do the up/down back/forth movements (vertigo) but need a sequence of exercises to fill the time well. Would love a video or article; so far I've collected -- <BR> <BR> Superman <BR> Plank <BR> V-seat <BR> Bridge and Bridge with raised leg <BR> Inverted sit up Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:40:57 EST Coordination/ /Balance/Heart Rate I have a couple issues. I would like to add some core exercises to my routine, but I'm very uncoordinated, it will take me a month to be able to follow a routine, and I have very bad balance, I can only stand on one foot for 1-2 seconds. I also can't do anything on the floor, due to previous injuries. My daughter suggested a ball, but I'm afraid I won't be able to balance. <BR> <BR> Currently, I walk 90 minutes a day, in the hills. I have added some jogging, but I start to panic when my hear... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:40:35 EST HELP!! LOW ENERGY BUT EXERCISING REGULARLY!!!! Good morning SparkPeople! I need some advice for low energy after working out. I'm doing cardio and strength training as well as eating a healthier diet. I noticed though that i'm dragging a little bit afterwards. I believe I should have more energy. Is there something else I need to try like a supplement like B12? I would like to keep things as natural as possible. Some friends have suggested a product called Avocare but I don't know. Please help me. All suggestions are welcome. Thanks Spar... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 09:28:32 EST where can I find the step tracker? where can I find the step tracker on the fitness tracker page? <BR> SP was able to import the steps and other data from my FitBit. <BR> I got a Garmin VivoFit but SP currently does not import any data from that device. <BR> So I need to manually enter the steps. <BR> <BR> Is there a step tracker? If so, where is it so I record my steps? Mon, 22 Sep 2014 08:04:18 EST jillian michaels ripped in 30. I do the Jillian Michaels ripped in 30. I have been doing her video for over a month. doing week 1 for 2 weeks before moving to week 2. I did week 2 for 4 weeks and then moved to week 3. Wow. this week I went back to week 1. was not ready for week 3. Did anyone else have to do the same? how many calories do you burn on each week? I do have good muscle ton in legs and arms, but the scale WENT UP NOT DOWN. Is this normal or am I going in circles? Mon, 22 Sep 2014 07:33:11 EST Designing a strength training program? I'm sorry if this is in the wrong place, but I literally don't know where else to put this. <BR> <BR> Does anybody know any good ideas for putting together a strength training program using the exercises that can be logged here? All I really have on hand right now is a Pilates DVD and one of Jessica Smith's Walk On DVDs (the Stride and Strength one), and those won't be enough on their own. <BR> <BR> Alternatively, are there are any good videos I could follow along with for said strength tr... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 21:41:50 EST Walking the trails Hi! I'm thinking of walking the trails in a park. It has a lot of hills with twist and turns. Has any one walked this? Thanks Sun, 21 Sep 2014 19:50:57 EST Which Activity Watch Tracker is best I am looking for an activity tracker which tracks steps, calories, sleep, upload to an i phone and also has a heart rate monitor. Can anyone please make a recommendation. I do not have hundreds of dollars to spend but want one which will handle my needs, Thanks for your help. <BR> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 17:50:57 EST Good Warm Up Routine Before Weight Training I am returning to do weight training after a long lapse. Can anyone recommend a warm up <BR> routine to prepare the body for the exertion of weight training? I have some DVD's that tell you how important it is to warm up, but omit it from the DVD. I am basically a beginner. Sun, 21 Sep 2014 16:40:54 EST All Day activity I keep seeing 'All Day' activity on my friends activity trackers - sometimes for 0 minutes or 1 minute even! What IS it? what does it mean? Sun, 21 Sep 2014 13:04:32 EST Gazelle Anyone have a Gazelle? Do you like it and is it a good investment? Sun, 21 Sep 2014 08:25:00 EST Is SP capable of syncing Garmin VivoFit activity? I know SP syncs or picks up activity from its own activity tracker device and the FitBit to the fitness tracker and other goals. <BR> <BR> But is SP capable of syncing or picking up activity from the Garmin VivoFit? <BR> <BR> I want to trade my FitBit for a Garmin because I've been having major charging problems with my FitBit. The VivoFit runs on a battery with a life of one-year. <BR> <BR> I like the idea that SP has been syncing my activity from the Fit Bit but keeping it charged has ... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 07:17:06 EST Unable to do lunges I've been trying to add lunges to my workout in addition to squats. However, when I perform alternate lunges, my glutes and inner thighs get sore for a few days. I can do about 70 bodyweight squats quite easily in a single set. Every time I do lunges, I experience slight soreness the next few days. When the soreness is gone, I try another few and the cycle repeats. I haven't done more than 5 alternate lunges. <BR> <BR> As far as I know, I'm getting the form right. Having watched several vide... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 00:36:33 EST workout regiment critique/advice Please Help Hello people: <BR> <BR> I have a workout regiment that I have been keeping up with for 2 weeks. The workout is supposed to be a little intense, but not to where it injures me ( so far no problems). My total workout regiment is in the Planet Fitness gyms. I just basically want some critique or rather advice on if the regiment I am doing is good and any extra advice. I am currently 6ft 1inch and 300lbs. ok Here it goes: <BR> <BR> Monday: 30 min Cardio- 15 min on hill climb machine, 15 min tre... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 03:57:36 EST Fitbit and vibrating machinery if you are using a Fitbit flex you should not wear it while using heavy vibrating machinery. Last winter I wore it while snow blowing my driveway. Probably 1500 steps at best. That day I registered 20,000 steps even though while snowed in I did little else. My snowblower shakes the crap out of me, even though I don' walk that far (I have a 75 foot driveway). I also noticed that when I drove my scooter home from work today the Fitbit registered 300 steps while I was driving. The Fitbit is very... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:46:16 EST Best Tracker? I lost my SparkTracker and now need to shop for a replacement. The obvious question is why not just replace the tracker? The problem I had with it is that I have a laptop with three USB ports, used by my wireless mouse, wireless keyboard and USB extender. The tracker dongle requires that it be directly connected to a USB port on my computer. It did not work in the extender, which was a real pain. I had to keep switching out my wireless keyboard. I don't want to go through that again. Are t... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:31:29 EST One armed working out? Odd and confusing thread title, but let me explain. I had shoulder surgery on my right about 6 weeks ago and while I have rehab exercises for that, I just now got cleared for no limitations with weight on my left side. I've been stuck doing just leg presses, other leg machines, and core work for a while but now could do some isolation work on my left side. What do you guys think of the benefit for that? I'm right handed, so that side of me has always been a tad stronger in the weight room so ... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:56:48 EST Need Study Group So making small changes has resulted in big results for me. I'm down 4 pounds in a week. <BR> <BR> The only thing I've done differently is make small changes using the low glycemic index (eating clean). I am not eating anything processed! <BR> In other words I can have 300 calories worth of broiled chicken but I can't have 300 calories worth of chicken nuggets. <BR> I can't have white potatoes (as high as sugar on a glycemic index) but long grain rice ok. <BR> no white bread but pumpernicke... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:51:37 EST 10,000 steps + 30 Minute exercise? Should I be looking to do 10,000 steps or 10,000 steps + regular exercise? <BR> <BR> I'm asking because I can easily get in 10,000 steps a day before I go swimming or jogging. <BR> <BR> Note: I am not looking not loose weight. I'm looking to stay fit. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:20:32 EST When is the Best Time to do Yoga? I haven't done yoga, ever, and I want to start. I have stressful days and I'm not in the best of shape, so I think that would be a good place to start. I have dvds, I've done the typical thing, bought them and never used them. I'm finding that good intentions don't get me far, doing does. <BR> So anyway the question is... do I do it in the morning to start my day off well? Or do I do it in the evening to help relax and relieve stress? Those are my options because of my works schedule. An... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:54:12 EST Recommendations for a Weightloss/fitness camp? My husband and I have decided as gifts to each other for Christmas this year we want to go to a fat camp or weight loss camp or fitness camp. Has anyone gone to one? Any recommendations? Or exercise cruises? <BR> <BR> Thanks Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:52:55 EST Strengthening core for someone with limitations? I'm hoping that someone can give me some suggestions here. I've perused the exercises here on SP, but I'm not sure what would be best in my situation. <BR> <BR> I was in a car accident a few years back and while I'm technically okay now, some of my injuries have left me with some lingering issues. I broke several ribs, pieces of my vertebrae, and my foot. Due to the broken foot, I was immobile for over 6 months. <BR> <BR> Being immobile plus the broken ribs pretty much obliterated any cor... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:54:38 EST Cardio alternatives with shin splints Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> My lovely shin splints are back so I'm taking a couple days off from running. I still really want to get some cardio in today and I'm feeling incredibly motivated. I'd hate to waste my perfectly good motivation while it's choosing to make an appearance. Are there any cardio exercises I can do? My apartment has a very small gym but it does have a stationary bike, treadmill, and elliptical. Would any of those be okay? My legs were killing me yesterday but I iced them an... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:11:36 EST Midnight Munchies Hi everyone! I work full-time nights and eating during night is almost always something i forget to do. So I'm looking for suggestions as to what would be good snacks / meals for over night consumption. Currently I bring like yogurt with fruit, simple stuff. So any suggestions would help. Thanks a lot in advance. <em>381</em> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 06:08:18 EST Newbie in Crossfit. What does 3-3-3-3-3x means? Heya! <BR> <BR> I'm just recently trying to incorporate crossfit into my fitness regime and I have been looking up on the internet, google and stuff but I still can't get an answer to my question. So, what does 3-3-3-3-3x means? I'm using to generate a random workout so, for example it gives me the below: <BR> <BR> Bob's tasty combo #7 <BR> Rest as needed between efforts <BR> Power clean 3-3-3-3-3x @ 77% 1RM <BR> Push press 3-3-3-3-3x @ 72% 1RM <BR> <BR> Thanks fo... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 04:24:56 EST How does SP calculate Calories? Good evening everyone! <BR> <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> I noticed that on the workout videos there is a "track calories burned" button, and when I enter an exercise on my tracker, such as the walk I just took, it calculates the calories. <BR> <BR> I'm curious to know what it's using to calculate that information? Does the site automatically pull my weight info from my profile somehow and calculate it based on my weight? <BR> <BR> Or is this one of those "if you're a 130 pound woman, this i... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:01:40 EST ddp yoga anyone tried this? Diamond Dallas Page yoga? Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:09:24 EST how many times a week should i workout for weight I usually workout everyday for no less than 30 minutes. But today my muscles are SO sore from a workout its hard to walk. I feel really guilty for missing my workout today. I am going to walk my dog later but i still feel guilty. How often should i be working out in a week? Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:49:12 EST how many times a week should i workout for weight I usually workout everyday for no less than 30 minutes. But today my muscles are SO sore from a workout its hard to walk. I feel really guilty for missing my workout today. I am going to walk my dog later but i still feel guilty. How often should i be working out in a week? Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:47:56 EST Second wind Now that I am getting in better shape I find that I am getting my "second wind" after about 25 minutes running or cycling. I feel like I cannot do anymore at the 20 minute mark but at about 25 minutes I can go another 30 minutes quite easily. Does anyone know the physiology of this feeling? Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:57:52 EST "All Day" Activity I have just noticed the friend feed is tracking "all day" activity for me. I'm not updating my status with this. What is this? Where is this being picked up from? Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:20:08 EST Which is better to do today? My knee has been hurting me for quite a while now. <BR> but I want to do some sort of excersing today... <BR> <BR> so should I go jogging or do so home videos? <BR> <BR> FYI, I jogging twice already this week and done on home video from Sparks <BR> <BR> TIA Wed, 17 Sep 2014 07:52:25 EST demise austins thigh toner has any one ever used the thigh toner from denise richards? does it work? Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:17:44 EST Roku a free roku stick came with our new TV and there are a lot of free exercise videos on there. I'm going to do some yoga videos this morning while my fiance is taking a nap. It's my day off so I don't want to waste it watching TV, I know i'll feel better if I exercise and eat healthy food. I already took the dog for a short walk so I got outside... I want to go for a longer walk outside this evening with my fiance. He said he was feeling sick so I don't know if he can come too... <BR> <BR... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:52:44 EST Help!! Please!! Hip pain with new shoes?? Hi Ive been walking/running 3 miles for the past 4 weeks with non running New Balance shoes, old ones. I just got me some NB runners (with support and lots of cushion) <BR> I was able to run a little more but I noticed right away my hip was hurting but I kept going. When I got home I was an pain in both hips?? <BR> I went to NB store to get fitted for the right shoes for me, so I know they are correct. Do my legs, hips body etc just need to get use to the new shoes?????? Im taking a break t... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:57:33 EST It's too cold out to run my 5Ks anymore Hi, I started doing the Zombies Run 5K app program and was having a lot of fun and really surprising myself with my progress. I live in Canada and it's gotten so cold I can't motivate myself to go out anymore. I can't afford any of the Patagonia windbreakers, etc, and polar fleece I found drove me crazy it got so hot. I tried layers and ended up unable to carry them when I got hot running. Also my shoes from Walmart are breaking down and my knees hurt when I run in them. Is a windbreaker... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:31:32 EST Fitness Videos <BR> <BR> When I try to watch any fitness videos, the will not play. What would be the reason for this and how do I fix it? <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance! Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:23:00 EST Exercise & MS Hi! Newbie here, just joined today <em>524</em> <BR> I was curious, if anyone had any tips on exercising when there's very little leg strength. I found a few seated exercises on YouTube. As silly as it sounds I feel like I won't get the results that I would if I was up and about moving around. Any tips would so appreciated. Thanks everybody! <em>30</em> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:38:33 EST does spark adjust the calories burned? i know that when you loss weight you need less calories for your body to function. Sparkpoelpe adjust that for you as you weigh in and loose weight. And i know you burn less in workouts as you loose. Do they adjust the calories you burn for each workout too or do the stay the same? Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:14:34 EST why don't I build up strength with weights? Over the years I've tried weight programs. Each time I start out fine, then add a little weight, and am sore... try adding more weight after a few weeks and feel even worse... and finally give up. I've NEVER felt stronger and stronger over time. <BR> <BR> I've done a variety of different things -- nautilus, hand weights, classes... <BR> <BR> What am I doing wrong?? Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:15:14 EST in search of static and/or nearly sta ab exercises I'm terribly frustrated: really enjoy cardio classes, am fine with light weights, but for reasons that no doctor can determine I get terribly nauseous when I do sit ups or roll from side to side. Have tried everything to "cure" the problem, and now am trying to live with it. <BR> <BR> My problem is that every good class includes weights, cardio, and MAT EXERCISES. I lie down on the mat, do two crunches, and feel sick. As a result, my abs are very weak. Teachers say "you can just not do t... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:13:09 EST Am I doing workout minutes? The Spark Activity Tracker says you have to move 10 continuous minutes before they count it as a workout. How come this mornings it said I exercised 42 mins. but 0 workout min (and 0 out of 126 cal.) what gives?? Should I exercise at a higher speed? (treadmill) calories on machine vary widely but the mins. are correct on tracker and treadmill. Any advice:) Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:18:05 EST Best budget fitness band for cycling? I'm new to the fitness band things, and there are so many of them. I'm trying to figure out which one to get. Ideally it does it all, doesn't break the budget, and is accurate. Here's what I would want: <BR> <BR> * One that measures Heart Rate, distance, speed, and the usual metrics <BR> * One that I can use on my bicycle for tracking distance and speed for cycling outdoors (this seems to be the tricky one) <BR> * One that would sync to my Android (not a deal breaker, but hopefully data i... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 08:06:29 EST heavy Lifting, High protein diet But Stubborn Fat i am not asking for spot reduction, but i lift heavy, my deadlift is 90lbs, and squats is 80lbs, i run 3 days a week, and follow strength program 3 days a week <BR> I target 80-100 grams proteins a day <BR> i eat my veggies and complex carbs <BR> <BR> but darn i also eat cake slice or sugary snacks <BR> <BR> my back and my upper arm fat is the stubborn fat that refuse to go <BR> my heavy thighs give me tears <BR> <BR> and i am working out since last 5-6 years :( Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:38:47 EST Question about heart medicine Hi All <BR> Is there anyone who like me take an eye medicine that is a beater blocker and wheres a HRM when exercising? <BR> <BR> If there is please send a SP mail as I have a question for them. <BR> <BR> Ta <BR> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 17:25:38 EST Kettle bell question I would like to try a kettle bell workout, but I don't know how much weight I should start out with. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 14:55:23 EST Fatigued I am just getting back into an exercise routine and I am finding that I want to sleep all the time. This happened to me in the past but mainly when I was over training. Right now I am not doing anything crazy just a water aerobics class twice a week and 30 minute spin class twice a week with some walking on other days. I am trying to ease myself back into it. I seem to hold it together during the week when I can't sleep but every weekend I sleep til like 8-8:30 and wind up taking an hour o... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 12:12:33 EST tips please I have alot of cellulite and a little fat on the side of my knees, any suggestions/excercises to get rid of it? thanks! Sun, 14 Sep 2014 10:14:37 EST Black and Blue Toe Nails from 5K - Type 2 Diabetic I'm a type 2 diabetic have been doing a lot of 5K's lately, even one 1/2 marathon. Just walking, sometimes crawling. That's what I've been doing for my exercise. I'm down almost 70 pounds and am now off all of my meds. 5 shots of insulin a day gone. All oral meds gone. <BR> <BR> Last weekend I did my hardest event ever, no it wasn't the 13 mile half marathon. It was the 3 mile insane inflatable, which is a 3 mile walk in the sand crawling over blow up inflatables. Alittle fun, mostly grueli... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 08:01:52 EST Do you have to substract basal metabolic rate? Hello, <BR> so maybe you can help me. <BR> When I do an one hour workout and burn maybe 350 calories, does this include my basal metabolic rate? do i have to substract it? <BR> my basal metabolic rate is about 1600 calories per day. divided into 24 hours I burn about 66 calories per hour. these 66 calories I would have burned without a workout anyways. <BR> so. if i want to eat more calories on workout-days, can I eat 350 more calories or 280? <BR> I know, a body is not a robot... it's just... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 03:49:37 EST Showering at the gym I just signed up for the gym. I will be working out in the morning before work so I will be showering at the gym. I was looking for suggestions on what do do with my towel/swim suit afterwards so I don't get a wet musty pile in my car all day. Thanks! Sat, 13 Sep 2014 19:11:52 EST Fat and out of shape Hi all. I am embarrassed to say that I am at least 100 pounds overweight and definitely out of shape. I've been overweight since I was around 14 and it has gotten worse after having 3 kids and a miscarriage. My youngest is now 13 months old and it is beyond time for me to lose this weight. I have an appointment to go to the gym for a free 7 day trial membership to see if it is for me. I just wanted to introduce myself to y'all. Sat, 13 Sep 2014 16:58:32 EST Normal for calf to pop when walking or running? When I was working out earlier, my calf was popping a little. There is no pain from it though. Is this normal? Sat, 13 Sep 2014 13:18:52 EST I am so out of shape! I just started working out. I ran for about 20 seconds then I felt like I was gonna die!! And I walked for about 15 minutes. Now I am sore!! How long did it take you before you could work out without it hurting? There isn't anything wrong with me and I got the ok from my doctor to start. It is just that I am so out of shape! Sat, 13 Sep 2014 13:17:18 EST Pedometer advice needed What pedometers have ya'll found that are effective for someone with a large stomach? The ones I have tried in the past have jiggled too much and not reported accurately. Sat, 13 Sep 2014 02:21:36 EST reps on machines and elliptical success! I was wondering if there is a certain number or reps and sets that I should stick by when working out on weight machines or with similar activities? I do two sets of ten per machine typically. My other question beyond that was how do I know whether to use more or less weight? Sometimes I can tell right away, other times I am not sure and don't know what to go by or what to do. The elliptical success is my happiness I have been very excited about because I made it to 30 minutes on the machine ... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 22:23:48 EST good circuit training workout I am in need of a good circuit training workout... Any favorites out there? Fri, 12 Sep 2014 19:14:23 EST help! I have alot of cellulite and a little fat on the side of my knees, any suggestions/excercises to get rid of it? thanks! Fri, 12 Sep 2014 18:38:21 EST Could I lose 2 lbs. per week? This is my second weight loss journey, I'm trying to lose 50 pounds and I want to have lost 10 lbs. by Halloween. I've been doing circuit training for nearly two hours every day since I started my journey. Are there any high calorie burning exercises other than circuit training that could help? Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:47:23 EST Exercise after leg surgery I am having a total knee replacement the first of October. Can anybody give me some ideas on exercise. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:10:24 EST Anyone with cervical disc degeneration? I was diagnosed with cervical disc degeneration. Except for certain movements in my shoulders I have been cleared to do any exercise that doesn't hurt. Unfortunately, other than walking, I am not finding anything that doesn't cause pain or stiffness in my neck and shoulders. Even simple crunches and other floor exercises seem to cause me some discomfort. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to work on my core without involving my neck or shoulders? Fri, 12 Sep 2014 08:10:24 EST Today I ate a big lunch today and today is my day off so I'm not walking for work. It's 7PM and I'm feeling tired and lazy. I want to get out of the house and go for a walk or do a yoga video but I'm sooooo not feeling it. <BR> <BR> However, I just signed up for Pandora. so, I will listen to some pandora and go for a walk. and my fiance bought me new lululemon pants so i will wear those. <BR> <BR> :) <BR> <BR> plus, the dog gets a walk so he's happy too :) Thu, 11 Sep 2014 22:02:40 EST whats? The best ab exercise y'all gals have tried ??? Thu, 11 Sep 2014 21:45:55 EST exercise with knee pain - restriction by dr. I have a tear in my meniscus and problems on the patella.the dr.does not think surgery for the tear would help much, but there is damage to the patella and I will eventually need knee replacement surgery. next week I go to pt and will get exercises to strengthen my quads and surrounding muscles. what can I do at home to keep the weight from creeping back up.does anyone have ideas or suggestions for me? Thu, 11 Sep 2014 21:01:46 EST Ab Challenge? Leg Challenge? Squat Challenge? Has anyone tried any of these?? I've noticed that a lot of people are doing these challenges lately on sites like Instagram and Facebook. Has anyone tried them and if so, what are your results? (if any?) Or do you know anyone who has or is??? <BR> What do you all think about these???? Im thinking about starting some today :) Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:15:23 EST tracking website videos? After I finish a spark video online, I click and get my spark points, but how do I add it to my fitness tracker? <BR> I tried typing in the video names, but no matches come up. How to figure calories, etc. New at this. Please advise. Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:58:07 EST spinning nad yoga combo Hey I am planning to do 2 hot power yoga and 2 45 mins spin classes a week. <BR> <BR> im looking to loose a lb a week where poss and was hoping this would send me on my way i have done boot camps that worked but injurys stop me now. running can be an issue so thinking the bike is the way... thoughts/ ?? Wed, 10 Sep 2014 19:47:56 EST Target Heart Rate Calcs on Chemo? I'm looking for some advice on how to calculate my target heart range. I take a number of prescription medications. One of them is Metoprolol and I don't know how this might impact the calculation. <BR> <BR> Using the simplest formula for my Max Heart Rate: (MHR = 220-age), it would calculate to 169, making my target of 50 - 60% as between 84.5 and 101.4 beats per minute! Sigh. I reach 85 walking across the room! That's certainly not a valid workout range for me. <BR> <BR> Alternativ... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 17:17:54 EST heart rate I am 41 years old and my target heart rate at 80% is 144 on most stickers on the treadmills that I love to use. I am wondering what is too high of a heart rate to go above? When I get on the treadmill my heart rate is about 86-89 typically but unless I do interval running I hardly make it to the 60% mark of 126. I typically walk for 10 minutes and then I do 1 minute of running at 5.2 then go back and walk at 3.8 for another minute; then go 1 minute of running at 5.3 then back down to 3.8 f... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:37:41 EST fitness I never let myself get to hungry, I always carry a piece of fruit and water with me. If you feed the body it will help you lose weight. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 15:54:17 EST Exercising with a hurt knee Anyone have any suggestions on a low impact workout I can do with a pulled ACL. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 15:47:18 EST Nike Fuel Band Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> I have the Nike running app on my phone and I also have the Nike Training club. I saw an ad for the fuel band. Would any of you recommend it? I want to get a fitness band or a watch. What would you recommend? Wed, 10 Sep 2014 13:22:59 EST Starting the Couch to 5k soon and I'm terrified! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm pretty scared about starting the Couch to 5k program next week. I've been running in like 10-20 second intervals of running and I don't know if I could do a minute at a time. I've lost 70 pounds and I need to shed another 70 until I hit my goal. <BR> <BR> I just want to start the program, but I need some advice on how to safely do this without not fully going through with the program. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Wed, 10 Sep 2014 11:02:50 EST Cross-trainers and ankle pain I used to have a cross trainer, at first it was fine, and a lot of fun. <BR> Lots a lot of weight using that thing (30 kilo's!). <BR> But after a few months, whenever I tried using it, it gave me ankle pain so bad that standing on that foot became agony for weeks after training and I had to give up on it. <BR> I'm really short, only 5'1 (155cm), could it be the machines stride was too long for me? <BR> Tried to find more information on this but there seems to be little concerning this particu... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 06:24:20 EST Entering fitness minutes silly question... When we enter our activity on the fitness page and it says (example) Crunches how many sets weight and how long. Does it mean my weight? Or does it mean if I used weights with my workout? Wed, 10 Sep 2014 06:19:20 EST iPhone 5 armband Hello Sparkers! <BR> <BR> I am looking to purchase an armband for my IPhone 5. <BR> <BR> Having never looked into this before, I feel somewhat overwhelmed by the sheer range of armbands available, and can't decided on which one to buy. <BR> <BR> Can anyone recommend a good one that is comfortable, adjustable and also won't slip and slide all over the place while I'm running? <BR> <BR> Thanks a lot! Tue, 9 Sep 2014 23:42:16 EST suggestions please :) I have alot of fat stored in my thighs and the back of my legs along with alot of cellulite...what is a good way to lose weight in my legs and to help get rid of some of the cellulite? thanks Tue, 9 Sep 2014 22:21:46 EST Apple Watch For Fitness? Apple announced the Apple Watch (iWatch) today. One version is "sport". Based on their broadcast, it looks like one can replace their existing fitness watch with the Apple Watch to suggest, develop and track fitness activities throughout the day. The apps they showed looked amazing as well. Thoughts on if this will be as amazing as it looks for fitness when it comes out? Tue, 9 Sep 2014 21:05:14 EST beginning biker Okay so I want to start biking so I can loose weight but do not know where to start. Any advice would be appreciated!! Tue, 9 Sep 2014 20:53:07 EST Is there a wy to track walking stairs? I live in a one level home, but when I visit my daughter or best friend they each have a double stair way which I go up and down at least 20 times a day most days more. When I visit them I stay 3-4 weeks at a time, How can I track this on my fitness tracker? Tue, 9 Sep 2014 15:41:59 EST Going to extremes Hi all: I wanted to pick everyone's brain on a topic. I have been lifting weights for years I am interested in taking a body works class at my gym, LA Fitness. It a 55 minute class and I currently life from 20-30 minutes. Should I attempt to do this class or I wait and build up to 55 minutes? Thanks guys! GOD bless!! Tue, 9 Sep 2014 06:21:53 EST The Firm Express Get Thin in 30 Today I'll be starting The Firm's Express system. I'm so excited as this will be a new style of work out for me. Anyone else just starting on this system or have tried it in the past? What did you think? Mon, 8 Sep 2014 16:14:22 EST What exercises are effective for love handles? Topic says it all. :( <BR> I have a big problem with my love handles (lonhas, muffin top, whatever you want to call them). I hate them. They are one of the things that I just hate seeing in the mirror. So, how do I go about getting rid of them? Are there any exercises or machines that exist that help rid them? I am using hydroxycut pro clinical caffeine free as of today, and will be working out at least 4 times a week (aiming at 5). I will be using the gym at my apartments, so the machines ar... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 16:10:45 EST Suggested exercises schedule Hello, <BR> <BR> I've just started using Spark again after many years and I can't seem to find how to schedule fitness workouts for myself. I can only add what I have done already. But I remember that in the past it was possible for Spark to automatically assign suggested workouts for you in certain days similarly to the suggested menu plan in the Nutrition page. Is this still possible in Spark? <BR> Mon, 8 Sep 2014 14:59:54 EST Lifting plan with shoulder surgery? Legs First of all, I'm not actually asking rehab questions here. That's for the PT guy and the doc who did the surgery. I'm asking about what I can do for lower body since I can't squat or deadlift or even hold dumbells for lunges or goblet squats. <BR> <BR> I'm not a weak person, before injury I had a squat max of 385 and deadlift of 455. Not huge numbers, but respectable in my mind. Now, are my only options for resistance training really just leg press machine, ham curls, and frigging leg exte... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 13:49:37 EST spark activity tracker I bought the activity tracker and followed directions to install. Now when I walk or run I am unable to see the steps taken or mileage covered in my account. Can somebody please help. Mon, 8 Sep 2014 11:40:16 EST I need a Low Impact Sweat! Any suggestions for low-impact workouts that feel like a high impact workout without the stress on joints, etc. <BR> <BR> I suffered a back injury and have arthritis so I cannot jog or do high impact but I miss the intense cardio and sweat I had from them. I do yoga and walk but I need something! <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Judi Mon, 8 Sep 2014 11:31:25 EST burning calf muscles I do short warm ups on my treadmill before I do faster speeds, but my calf muscles start to burn and my legs ache after about 15mins. I go about 2.5 to 3.0 speed. This tends to make my workout shorter than I want it to be. Should I start out differently? Any advice Mon, 8 Sep 2014 02:08:00 EST Anytime Fitness I'm thinking of joining. Has anyone joined that gym? If so what are your thoughts? Sun, 7 Sep 2014 23:17:51 EST Overuse muscle Anyone knows good strecthes, or cardio that doesn't make your legs not too sore the next day?YouTube links or any other site for infos are appreciated. Thanks! Sun, 7 Sep 2014 15:43:09 EST Wii Fit Plus Just got a new Wii Fit Plus in our house and my daughter and I are loving it. I know it's been out a while, but this is our first experience with it and it is amazing. So many choices of plans to try. Can't wait to see what's next. Sun, 7 Sep 2014 10:45:51 EST Circuit workout for someone with 100lbs to lose I"m looking for some recommendations for a circuit program. I have bands, free weights and a yoga mat. I also have to keep it low impact as I have plantar fasciitis. I've been walking 3-5 miles a day 7x a week for a month and have lost 10 lbs. That is going well but feel I need to add in upper body and I'm just looking for something new. I've got P90X but I'm not there yet. I'm looking for something to get me there while keeping in mind I'm dragging a lot of weight around still and my j... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 10:22:16 EST People with Health Issues ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~<BR>~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> Hi, I would like to invite you to the team 'People with Health Issues United' , we are a small group and would like some more company. <BR> <BR> Here is the Link for the Team.... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=58444 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> Katie (Team Leader) Fri, 5 Sep 2014 20:49:51 EST Shoe recommendations Hello. Looking for some advice or personal feedback. I'm in need of some new running shoes and also a pair of sneakers for work. <BR> <BR> As far as the running shoes go, I'm interested in getting a pair of Asics Gel-Kayano 19's. I checked out the user reviews on Amazon and they are pretty well received, but I'm not certain that they are the best for my needs. Being overweight I'm not sure what to look for in a running shoe. Will the Asics work for me? Anyone have any experience with them? ... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 20:17:02 EST Exercising Through Pain How do I know if an exercise I want to do is safe for me? I have arthritis and often have joint pain. Fri, 5 Sep 2014 15:15:13 EST more weight or more reps? this question may have been asked before and if so I am sorry. however I just got back into exercising regularly and was working with the crunch machine at the gym. because it has been a couple months and I am just getting back into it I did 4 sets of 25 at 30 lbs and I never felt anything. So my question is should I up the amount of weight or should I do more sets? Fri, 5 Sep 2014 14:15:37 EST Speed Math What is the formula for figuring out how fast you are going? If I ran only .88 of a mile in 13 minutes, what would my speed be? Fri, 5 Sep 2014 12:47:21 EST Challenging myself Hi I am new to spark... I already walk and do yoga and pilates But I would love to have a more challenging workout for building muscles... any ideas or tips Fri, 5 Sep 2014 10:13:15 EST Exercise of the Day no longer on the website SP used to have an Exercise of the Day every day on the website. I have not seen it since the beginning of September. Has it been discontinued or has it been moved to a different place? If moved, where can I find it? Fri, 5 Sep 2014 08:28:46 EST Resistance Bands on sale Resistance bands are a cheap and compact solution to getting a strength workout at home. There's a very complete set on sale today for up to $20 plus $5 shipping. <link><BR>postid=5959131&ref=cnt_odet_jtd </link> Fri, 5 Sep 2014 08:11:49 EST Hate exercising, how to get motivated to do it? I've exercised maybe a handful of times in my life and I'm 34 years old. Never really had to until I started gaining weight since my hysterectomy 2 years ago. The problem is I hate exercising and sweating and it sometimes gives me a headache instead of that energy rush that everyone talks about. I'm about 50lbs overweight now and I NEED to get moving and get the weight off. I work at a desk all day, so that doesn't help me. I'm just wondering how to get going, especially since I hate it so ba... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 22:27:49 EST The best way to use nike fuelband/fitbit etc I'm currently using a Nike FuelBand and I'm not sure the best way to integrate it into SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> Here is an example of my conundrum: <BR> Today I did not "extra" activity outside of my normal daily routine. <BR> During the course of this day, I burned roughly 500 calories according to my FuelBand. <BR> <BR> What is the best way to record that on Spark or should I not at all since it wasn't exercise? <BR> I made a category called FuelBand and added 0 minutes but 500 calories b... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 19:37:41 EST Same Shoes? Do you exercise in the same pair of shoes that you use for general all around activities? Thu, 4 Sep 2014 15:20:34 EST Taking Muscles long time to recover I try to go to the gym 4 days a week (2 nights for pilates and 2 nights for 30mins cardio). The last month I am really struggling with muscle recovery. I will be a little sore the day after and REALLY sore 2 days after. I then skip the gym for a day or two and just take long walks instead to help keep my muscles stretched out. <BR> I am in my early 40's, so maybe age has something to do with it. But I am worried that I will need to resort to long walks instead of pilates and cardio. I l... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 13:25:19 EST TurboFire newbie I have Turbofire and was going to start doing the workouts next week. I am very obese, 255lbs, has anyone done Turbofire with that starting weight? Would you recommend me doing it, or should I start slow? Thu, 4 Sep 2014 13:22:22 EST what shoes do you wear i am needing a good pair of shoes, i have bought 3 pairs so far, and they all make my feet & shines hurt. they do good for the first week or so then they go down hill from there. Any suggestions? Thu, 4 Sep 2014 11:13:10 EST basic begining exercise with stability ball been awhile I had cancer and 6 operations and it cannot be cured I used to be on spark every day...the doc gave me permission to but begin with basic am I looking at all the videos under video? <BR> Thu, 4 Sep 2014 09:05:38 EST Aerobic exercise at home Any suggestions for aerobic exercise at home in smaller places without exercise machines like treadmills? Thu, 4 Sep 2014 09:00:28 EST Do You Yoga? What's your favorite yoga pose? Wed, 3 Sep 2014 20:31:03 EST To Use A Foam Roller Or Not? I have been using a foam roller for many years. I have heard pro's and con's about using one. What are your thoughts? Wed, 3 Sep 2014 15:48:00 EST Which is better? I am soliciting both opinions and professional advice here. Yesterday, for some reason, I was just not hungry. Not only that, but the idea of eating anything- even things I love- just didn't appeal to me. I didn't force myself, but I also feel too weak to exercise. I just skipped yesterday, reasoning that my calories for the day still came in under what is typical when I do exercise. <BR> <BR> It made me wonder again, though, as I often have. Is it better in the overall scheme of things... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 13:00:34 EST WORKING AROUND INJURIES... HI THERE. <BR> <BR> I HAVE A FOOT THAT HAS BEEN OPERATED ON TWICE, AND HAS BASICALLY BEEN RECONSTRUCTED. I KNOW MY WEIGHT IS THE MAIN FACTOR OF PAIN. I ALSO HAVE A SHOULDER THAT WAS INJURED AND OPERATED ON. I RECENTLY RE-INJURED IT. <BR> <BR> QUESTIONS: <BR> <BR> 1. HOW DOES ONE WORK AROUND A FOOT INJURY, WHEN THE FEET ARE VITAL TO WORKING OUT? <BR> <BR> 2. WHAT KINDS OF EXERCISES CAN I DO TO STILL BURN FAT AND TONE MY ARMS WITHOUT FLARING UP MY SHOULDER? <BR> <BR> 3. WATER AEROBI... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 12:48:01 EST I need help!! I'm taking in 1200-1,550 calories per day. I don't understand how to figure out how many calories I'm suppose to work off per day. Can someone please explain that to me. <BR> I'm 67.weight is 161.2. Right now I'm working out Jane Fonda dvd if that helps. <em>198</em> Wed, 3 Sep 2014 00:33:37 EST Have you tried Turbo Kick? Tonight I'm trying out a new class at my new gym membership. Turbo kick seems a bit extreme but I'm going to try it <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> Have you ever want to try a new workout class but was nervous? Well I am but at least I can say I tried it and will burn calories while trying! <BR> <BR> I did try U-Jam and that was great beside being off steps but got back on track. <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> So to all those who thought about trying it, or wasn't sure if you'll look good doing it,... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 18:58:39 EST Workouts You Can Do Anywhere Loved the SP Choices for the moving selections one can do to earn points. Especially the Workouts You Can Do Anywhere which had many many choices for picking something that fit into the day and time allowances so many of us face. You could keep that one on every day and SP users could pick and choose something new all month long. Sometimes articles or recipes are just rehashes of previous offerings, so of course you can not earn Spark Points because you've already done it once. (Surprising... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 18:57:14 EST Heavy Folks Climbing? Any people here with quite a bit of weight still to lose every done climbing? There is a local climbing place near my home and it looks like a lot of fun, I'm just worried with the amount of weight I'm carrying it won't be something I can handle. Anyone else tried? Tue, 2 Sep 2014 14:18:32 EST Elliptical and calories burned EQUATION!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Step 1 <BR> <BR> Use a scale to determine your weight in pounds. <BR> <BR> Step 2 <BR> <BR> Multiply that number by 2.16 to determine how many calories you burn in 30 minutes of elliptical use. <BR> <BR> Step 3 this is a good starting point :) <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 2 Sep 2014 14:00:48 EST Confused on amount of exercise Hello im chatty <BR> I am 5' short and 260 lbs and I have 2 very bad knees that have me on disability. <BR> Surgery is not a possibility due to no insurance so I endure the bone on bone pain <BR> but it don't stop me from exercising ...I use to walk slow but that got so painful I had to stop <BR> my doctor now I do in my little pool 10x30 water workouts ..less pain on the joints but don't know how helpful it is toward burning cals or building muscle. <BR> <BR> I have heard so many... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 12:40:31 EST Spark, Fit bit etc etc OK, I ride my bike, swim distance and run on pavement or treadmill. Biking involves elevations that don't seem to be logged by most trackers to take into account extra calorie burn. Swimming calorie calculators all say I burn "less" calories when I swim 1500 meters faster than my personal best time. Running often involves elevations which don't seem to be considered on most trackers. <BR> SO there a tracker out there that tracks biking, swimming, walking/running including elevations... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 11:44:54 EST just started T25 - who else? Hello <BR> <BR> Today was my 3rd day - it really got me tired. i have to lose 52 pounds so i am pushing my self to do the workout - any one suffered the same. i am soo out of shape and started and committed to lose the weight Tue, 2 Sep 2014 10:16:52 EST Figuring out the intensity level If one is older, what if 85% of one's resting heart rate does not feel intense (or at a level 8 out of 10)? Mon, 1 Sep 2014 14:40:33 EST how to set fitness goals when I'm in a wheelchair. I can't find where I can set goals for exercise that would fit my situation. I don't know how many calories I need to burn. The stuff that comes up automatically isn't realistic for my situation. How do I change that? What exercises can I be doing? Sun, 31 Aug 2014 14:43:13 EST Exercise morning, noon, or night? So, I'm not a morning person, at all. I'm a night owl all the way back since my baby days. My mom and I both used to get told that we had our days and nights confused. That being said, most morning I wake up with just enough time to get dressed, grab a bowl of cereal and head out the door for classes. <BR> <BR> However, being a commuter student to the local university, I've discovered if I want to find a parking space, I have to be there by like 8 o'clock in the morning. So, I've been worki... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 14:24:06 EST Calculating Calories Burned? I have a 30lb dog who is handicapped. When I take his sisters on long walks I like to take him with us in a wooden amish style wagon. I'm pulling him and the wagon, which is about 20lbs, for at least 30 - 45 minutes. So there a way to calculate how many calories an hour I burn pulling 50lbs of weight. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 19:07:45 EST Swimming/Treading water I'm thinking that I may add in some time in the pool (after doing the rowing machine or indoor cycling). I am not a strong swimmer so I'd need to work up to spending more than 30 minutes at a time in the pool swimming laps (side stroke, backstroke, etc.). I want to spend time treading water, the issue is that I'm not sure that I am up to doing 10 minutes at one time. I could probably do a minute or two at a time, then swim a few laps, tread water again, then repeat several more times. Would I... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:28:25 EST cardio beetroot! I'm fairly fit but much prefer strength training to cardio, having used cardio mostly as a form of extended warm up... anyway, I'm trying to 'do' more cardio but have discovered that I get very hot and my face turns a deep shade of red (almost purple). I'm not overweight and I'm just wondering if I should be concerned that this happens. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 11:13:17 EST fitness for people with spine injury? I injured my spine and can barely walk. What kind of exercise can I do to lose the 50 lbs I put back on from sitting/ Sat, 30 Aug 2014 06:44:32 EST Should I cancel my gym membership? Hi every one! I need some help with a decision that's really gnawing at me. I first joined the gym about a month ago because I had been plateaued for several months before that. I started out great, going 4-5 days per week, but for the last two weeks I've only gone ONCE. The weather is getting nicer out so I'll be getting out hiking and jogging again, which I much prefer over being in a stuffy gym. I just can't decide though, it almost feels like if I cancel my membership I will be quitting, ... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:09:11 EST Short, intense workouts for beginners. After some months of trial and error and failed attempts, I realized that my body enjoys short but fast/intense workouts. <BR> <BR> I've been searching on youtube for videos but cannot find any that are for beginners. <BR> <BR> I'm currently working out to a song and I do random high intensity movements , then rest for a few seconds and then back to intense. I replay the song 3 times. 4 min song 3 times =12 mins. <BR> <BR> <BR> It doesn't leave me exhausted like low intensity 30 min cardi... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:32:40 EST Walking sometimes hurts my feet and legs I do not know what it is, but walking sometimes hurts my feet and legs a lot. I do not know what I can do to relieve the pain Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:26:29 EST Types of Yoga - DDP yoga, Rodney Yee? I like Rodney Yee's style of yoga but have not been able to find any similar instructors/videos. I know it's my lack of knowledge of yoga styles (though I've tried to educate myself, but I'm not dropping $$ on possibilities until I know what I'm getting). <BR> <BR> I also like DDP yoga, but $80-90 for videos is just a little silly in my financial book. <BR> <BR> What styles are these two so I have a better shot of "trying before buying" without wasting hours and bandwidth? Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:02:49 EST does carb cycling really work? I was just wondering because ive hit a platu and can't get under 150lbs i keep checking once a week and it wont budge. I was thinking of doing the carb cycling. If i do do it, what web sites would be good to check out on it? And also has anyone here tried the Chris Powell carb cycling thing? And if so has it worked? Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:31:27 EST interval training I've been doing interval training for a while,and I heard somewhere that splitting it up into 2 workouts, one in the morning and one in the evening, can be more beneficial.anyone know if this is true? Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:11:37 EST what gives?..treadmill workout I used the treadmill today for 36 min. Spark Activity Tracker says I have no workout mins. or calories? Shouldn't some of that be counted as workout? Treadmill says 190 (regular cals.) tracker says 100?????? Advice please:) Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:51:36 EST To adjust or not? Hello all, <BR> I'm using fitness minutes instead of weight to measure success (at least through the tracker). I am relatively new and consider myself sedentary (I am at my desk mostly). So the goal set for me is only about 10 minutes a day. When I saw that I was going to make the monthly goal within about a week I doubled to about 20 minutes- which is about 620 minutes a month. <BR> <BR> I've actually been getting my cardio in twice a day (an hour total). While it feels great to know ... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:19:26 EST GAZELLE Does anyone use the Gazelle? I have one and love using it but since we go to the camper on weekends I have just not used it. I need to start up again and wondering if there is anyone else out there or a group or something to help me get some motivation and be able to chat with people who use this too. <BR> <BR> Thanks for your help. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:09:50 EST Steps vs Step Aerobics I have a 6 inch step stool that I do steps on but I am not sure how to track it. Can anyone tell me the difference between Steps & Step aerobics, or how to correctly log "stepping" without aerobics? I am assuming step aerobics is higher intensity... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:11:21 EST stuck Hi I've been going to planet fitness for some time. I do the elliptical for thirty five minutes. And strength training for at least twenty min. I eat between 1200-1500 cal. My problem is when i weighed in this month i haven't moved. for the entire month i haven't lost any weight or inches. <BR> what do i have to do to get unstuck. <em>39</em> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:42:42 EST Fitness Ideas! Okay Sparkers, I need your help! <BR> <BR> Here is the low down. I'm a 22 year old college student. I am a super senior! (I'm almost done with my undergraduate education! Whoo) I also work full-time at a nursing home. I just started and I really really hate my job. I love my residents but I hate my fellow staff members. <BR> <BR> So I've been really depressed and very stressed out. I long ago abandoned my fitness routine and I am stuck in a vicious circle of yo-yo dieting and major depress... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:17:04 EST exercising with injury. I fell and badly bruised my knee. I need alternative ways to exercise. The doctor wants me to rest and ice my knee. How do I get cardio and strength without hurting my knee. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:35:42 EST How accurate is the Sparkpeople Activity device? I am thinking about buying one but for almost $60 I want to make sure it is very accurate and works well. I have tried pedometers in the past and never found any that were accurate. Some would track steps while I was driving or sitting even. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:23:02 EST Does anyone workout 2x times a day? I've been think at starting and wondering if anyone has had success with working out 2x a day. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:40:26 EST Nike running app Anyone want to be running buddy's on nike running app?:) Wed, 27 Aug 2014 02:35:58 EST