SparkPeople Fitness and Exercise Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard_topics.asp?imboard=6 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard_topics.asp?imboard=6 Trackin Steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=37058033 How do you track steps with your pedometer? I have a Samsung Gear and not sure how to count my steps. Fri, 4 Sep 2015 06:59:53 EST Really embarrassing running question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=37057079 I started running in June and I have almost worked my way up to running a full 5K. But I have this problem. About 10 min into a jog I find that I REALLY have to go to the bathroom. I will stop, walk and the sensation will go away but when I start running again it comes back sooner each time I run. The last two times I ran I had to turn around and come home early because I needed to get to a bathroom. <BR> <BR> I run first thing in the morning. I can't wait any longer before I go out and... Fri, 4 Sep 2015 01:39:32 EST Exercise with stress fracture of foot http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=37055450 I have just been sidelined with a stress fracture of my foot. Wondering if there are any ideas of ways to keep exercising with injured foot. Thu, 3 Sep 2015 20:27:01 EST Frustrated with lack of results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=37051837 Im discouraged. I maintain a 1200-1500 cal diet consisting of meats, veggies, and some fruit. I drink water continuously throughout the day. I limit my carbs to ~ 100grams or less per day. I burn ~450 calories/day (4 days/wk) in cardio/strength training exercise. I'll lose 2 lbs and gain it right back in a few days. I do eat prunes/prune juice for regularity. What am I not doing! I just want the scale to move in the opposite direction. Im considered obese for my height and just want to get ba... Thu, 3 Sep 2015 09:27:01 EST How to Calculate Calories???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=37047674 Hi, <BR> I've been off and on here for over a year but never participated in the message boards (I don't have a lot of time to anyway). <BR> <BR> But, I was wondering, how do I calculate my calories burned manually? Like how do i figure that out? <BR> <BR> See, today I did some major heavy house cleaning. I moved 3 bunk beds w/frames, 4 chest of drawers and sweeping and moping a huge dorm-like area. In all it took me about 3 hrs. <BR> <BR> So???? I typed in on Spark people Track Fitness a... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 20:01:33 EST Fit Bit Question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=37047104 I am interested in purchasing a FitBit device but my question is, do I really need one because I have the Samsung Galaxy S5 smart phone and it has a pedometer, heart rate monitor and sleep built in it (Its called S Health) So, it basically functions the same as a Fitbit. I'm a gadget nerd and would probably spend the money on one just to have the latest gadget. :) Should I save my money?? Or invest in one?? Help! <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> <em>334</em> Wed, 2 Sep 2015 18:12:10 EST Heart Rate Monitor with specific features http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=37047008 Any recommendations on a heart rate monitor that shows heart rate (including average & high rates during exercise), in zone, calories burned and duration without needing a phone nearby? <BR> <BR> I have a Polar F4 which is perfect except it doesn't show distance. I really don't want a technologically difficult device though. Thanks Wed, 2 Sep 2015 17:54:58 EST At Home Workouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=37045811 Does anyone prefer working out at home and are you seeing results? Wed, 2 Sep 2015 14:58:51 EST I Fit.com http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=37040045 I just got an I Fit compatible treadmill. Does anybody else out there use I Fit devices? Tue, 1 Sep 2015 20:26:10 EST Links to Jessica Smith Workouts on YouTube http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=37038473 One of today's articles about power walking indoors led to a link for a 30 minute workout by Jessica Smith posted on YouTube. It was a great exercise and I was thrilled that even with my limited physical capacity I was able to do most of it. The thing that STINGS was that there was no way on SparkPeople to track the calories you burned. After all that hard work I want some credit. That's what keeps me motivated. Tue, 1 Sep 2015 16:04:07 EST Trekking Poles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=37038448 I'm looking for advice on good brands of trekking poles (mid-range price) that are collapsible so they can fit in a suitcase. <BR> <BR> Also looking for recommended resources on how to properly use the poles. <BR> <BR> Thanks for any help anybody can give me! Tue, 1 Sep 2015 16:00:52 EST Water Proof Fitness Tracker http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=37037435 I am wondeting if anyoe knows of a Waterproof Fitness tracker that can be worn in pool during aqua fit classes ? <BR> Thanks Tue, 1 Sep 2015 12:43:50 EST Horseback riding http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=37037013 I'm guessing there are others here who ride, but without a search function couldn't see if it's been discussed before! <BR> <BR> I grew up on horses - rode, trained, taught lessons, competed at local events. The last 4-5 years horses haven't been much of my life. When I was involved in horses my weight was never a major issues - a few pounds sometimes, but I think the most I ever had to lose when I was riding was about 5 pounds or so - never the 30 I ballooned up to this spring :-( <BR> <BR... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 11:30:56 EST Elliptical http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=37036894 Does the elliptical count as an arm strengthening exercise? My arms sure feel like it does! <em>104</em> Tue, 1 Sep 2015 11:07:00 EST Fitbit tracker, steps equal a mile ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=37036310 How many steps equal a mile on a Fitbit tracker ???? <BR> <em>313</em> Tue, 1 Sep 2015 09:57:30 EST Cardio or strength training first http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=37033704 Which one do you do first? does it really matter? Also what do you do first if your circuit training? Tue, 1 Sep 2015 00:10:26 EST Building Endurance http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=37033670 Does anyone have any tips on building endurance so that I can last longer when working out and not have to always take a little break in between the workouts in a video. I last about 15 mins before a break needs to happen. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 23:59:42 EST Feeling tired/weak http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=37031553 Ive been working out, running, and watching my diet since May. I've lost a total of 20 lbs and I've been feeling pretty good. But the last 3 weeks I've been feeling more and more run down. Tired. Last week I got a kidney stone and took the week off of exercise to recover. Today was my first run and I could not make it. Tomorrow I'm supposed to lift weights and I'm not sure I can do it. My body feels weak, like the thought of lifting my arms is so exhausting. What could be going on? Mon, 31 Aug 2015 17:55:26 EST Aquajog http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=37026128 Has anyone ever heard of or participated in Aquajog?? I'm recovering from a leg injury and trying to get active with low impact! I am assuming it would be low impact like shallow water fitness?? Sun, 30 Aug 2015 23:05:55 EST Spartan Race http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=37025256 One of my goals for 2015 was to compete in a mud race. I signed up for the Spartan Race and am excited. I signed up for the Beast and it is 8 miles and over 20 obstacles. My goal is to finish. I know that I am not in tip-top shape, but I am doing okay. Who has tried it? Any tips or best practices? <em>316</em> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 20:31:15 EST Manual wheelchair??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=37023066 When I go out in public I must use a manual wheelchair. Can anyone help me figure out how many calories I burn when I use my chair at let's say the mall? I go to the mall for exercise with my chair. I know I sweat while doing this but not sure how to calculate it. Any ideas? Sun, 30 Aug 2015 13:20:11 EST Triceps ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=37021679 I lift weights but I still have wiggly triceps. My sister is getting married in May and I don't want anything to jiggle. I need to lose 15-20 lbs. My triceps used to be worse years ago (when I weighed less). Anyone know a cure for wiggly triceps? Sun, 30 Aug 2015 09:13:58 EST Poor Endurance no matter what I try? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=37018276 Hi guys! So I've been a fairly active individual for a long time but most of my activities are moderately intense at best. I swim laps and cycle on a daily basis but I've given up long ago on ever 'sprinting' or 'beating the clock'. Even if I spend months trying to become faster and stronger I hardly ever see even minute results. <BR> <BR> I've been to doctors to see why I get out of breathe so easily but they rule out most medical conditions. <BR> <BR> Any tips on increasing the intensity ... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 18:16:26 EST Exercise help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=37017758 I have been working with my husband mowing lawns for 4 years and am still having trouble losing weight. We mow 50+ lawns a week, lots of walking (forward and backward while edging), lots of sweating (bucket loads), and can't get this weight off. Being self employed health insurance is an issue and instead of going straight to a doctor for lab tests etc, I need to exhaust other options first but I don't know how to begin. Any advice will be helpful. Thanks! Sat, 29 Aug 2015 15:58:04 EST Avoiding shin splints/shin pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=37017609 After some recent lifestyle changes, I've been more susceptible to shin pain. <BR> <BR> First of all, about a month ago I started a new job that's downtown. This means I spend a good amount of time each week walking on city sidewalks (which in my city, means lots of hills and uneven pavement). I usually don't walk more than a few blocks, but I usually take two different buses and occasionally I'll skip the first one if it's running late. On those days, I walk about a mile to the bus stop. I ... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 14:55:51 EST Post-C-Section exercises anyone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=37017293 Hello all- I am looking for good exercises to tummy-tone after a c-section. I have absolutely zero muscle in that area. Because I am starting from nothing, I'm wondering if anyone knows of good, relatively easy to accomplish exercises that would target that area and help me start to rebuild muscle. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Sat, 29 Aug 2015 13:33:08 EST SWIMMING POOL EXERCISE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=37016053 My favorite exercise is using a Noodle to move around in the pool. I am not a swimmer and have Osteoporosis, much pain, as well as some surgeries that keep me from strenuous activities. With the Noodle. I can move around the pool in different positions and exercise just about every part of my body without causing pain. <BR> I feel stronger and I see results. I sometimes walk in the shallow part of the pool for my 30 minutes of walking. I am dreading that soon the cold season will be up... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 09:58:24 EST Just starting - looking for some advice? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=37015262 Ok I am 27 with 2 kids ages 2 and 4 so I am limited with what I can do. I cannot spend all my time in the gym or take up aload of activities but I can do things at home. <BR> <BR> I am 5'11 and sadly just found out I weigh 13 stone! So I am 2 stone over weight. As I am tall I hide it well in clothes! but when my clothes are off im very wobbly! <BR> <BR> Before kids I always ate what I wanted and stayed slim. I don't need much exercise for me to lose weight so I was wondering if I don't have... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 07:35:01 EST Dealing with Shin Splints --low impact cardio http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=37014543 My doctor has explained that the pain in my right leg is a shin splint. That means no Zumba, no leg press, no elliptical machine for the next week. <BR> <BR> I need to figure out a way to keep up my cardio. I've been doing 1 hour a day cardio at 600 calories an hour minimum. Is there a low impact exercise I can do that will garner the same results? <BR> <BR> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 01:23:29 EST exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=37013755 Want to know anybody know any exercise work with stomach also legs. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 22:30:54 EST Plantar Fasciitis http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=37012092 Does anyone else have this?? I am finding it hard to walk, I walked 3.5 miles today and couldn't even walk on my foot after I rested. I know I need to get insets for my shoes, but does that really help?? Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:45:27 EST Morning or Evening Workouts? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=37008776 I am just having a hard time working out in the morning. I feel very tired throughout the day and I am not as "warmed up" as I am in the evening. When do you guys workout? Fri, 28 Aug 2015 06:40:42 EST Seeking confirmation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=37008510 My nephrologist (kidney doctor) said it's ok to exercise with handheld weights up to 2kgs max. I intend to buy a pair of 2lb weights and start toning my arms! <BR> <BR> Do you think it's ok? <BR> <BR> How abt stretch bands? Fri, 28 Aug 2015 05:33:19 EST Calories burned http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=37006235 I'm not really sure where to put this, so if this isn't the right place, please let me know!! <BR> <BR> Does anyone know where I can find how many calories I burned while doing an exercise or routine? I don't mean running, walking, etc. I get on websites (Self.com, Women's Health Mag) to get a lot of my exercises and I don't have a clue on finding out how many calories I burned doing something and I can't really log it as each individual exercise because most of the time it's do a move for x... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 20:32:29 EST Want to start biking to work http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36996529 I want to start biking to work, and am looking for a few tips.... <BR> <BR> I have a VERY easy commute - I work less than 10km from home, so really it's ridiculous that I drive. <BR> ......My challenge is that I have to drop my daughter off at daycare. Right now I have to add an extra 15 minute drive each way on my commute to drop her off at the sitter. I know the route isn't feasible to bike - I'd never make it. But this fall she's changing daycares to one that's closer. <BR> <BR> So my... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 13:02:41 EST Walking inspiration! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36995673 I just heard the most amazing walking programme on the CBC last night called 'Walking Matters' on the 'Ideas' programme. It was so amazing to give benefits and inspiration to get out there and get in touch with your local walking area. I hope you look it up and listen to it as well because it really touched me and got me off the couch and into nature. <BR> <BR> Let me know what you think of it! Wed, 26 Aug 2015 10:33:53 EST Bodyweight training http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36995270 I want to start with some bodyweight training for my non cardio days. <BR> <BR> Anyone now of a good begginers routine? Wed, 26 Aug 2015 09:16:33 EST Walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36993633 i really need a walking partner, if anyone lives in the North Oceanside ca area please write me! I'm really needing to do this but terrified to do it alone. Wed, 26 Aug 2015 04:37:49 EST Back fat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36992962 I have some back fat. While I know I cannot "spot reduce" does anyone have any suggestions on exercises that will strengthen my back muscles? Wed, 26 Aug 2015 00:22:43 EST Is Yoga a good starting point? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36989833 270 lbs, 23 years old and recently unemployed. I have nothing but TIME on my hands and NO excuses left. NONE. And I realized that today. <BR> <BR> Ive tried starting workout programs, purchasing DVDs, going to the gym like its my JOB, all that. I just never STUCK to them. So I was wondering, maybe I'm starting too big, just JUMPING into the deep end like that. <BR> <BR> Maybe theres a starting point, a first baby step? I thought 'what about yoga?' That DEFINATELY gets my heart pumping, bod... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 15:59:19 EST reconstructed my spine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36988848 I need help I had surgery on my back so I cant do much but I try to do as much as I can . I need to tighten up my med area. <BR> thank you and you can email <BR> DD Tue, 25 Aug 2015 13:12:05 EST When I'm sick http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36988787 When I'm sick, I don't know how much to exercise and feel guilty. How do you know how much is enough? Tue, 25 Aug 2015 12:56:28 EST Suggestions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36987256 Hello Everyone .. <BR> Well I decided to take some time off of logging and it is not a good idea ...I have put 2 pds on and I feel and look horrible. My issue is not to much the eating but the working out ...I have fybro and costo so I cannot do anything high intensity so no jogging or jumping no high impact so I do low impact 3x a week for 30 min but it is not helping ...I know I just need to tone again but I just dont know what to do ..my workouts consist of walking off the pounds/ stationa... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 08:18:51 EST Cramping while working out http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36984051 I was wondering if anyone would be able to help me. I have been working out the past 3 weeks, and I just started to do Cize. However, I am running into an issue where my calves and front of my legs are cramping up really bad. Any tips on what I can do to stop this from happening? I really love this workout and want to be able to do it consistently every day without my legs cramping up. Mon, 24 Aug 2015 20:42:18 EST Why am I not feeling a burn in my glutes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36982790 I have been exercising at home going on my 8th week now. My goal is to get my glutes and thighs in shape. My butt had become saggy and very fatty with a lot of cellulite for someone small :( . I have been doing a lot of HIIT training and a lot of squats etc. exercises for glutes along with total body. I use dumbells in my squats and lunges and a kettle bell also. I do stretch really well so is that what is keeping me from feeling sore or am I doing something wrong? I have seen a differe... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 16:32:42 EST Add me on FitBit! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36979502 I know that not everyone checks the FitBit forums so I just wanted to throw this out there. Feel free to add me as a friend and any and all challenges! <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.fitbit.com/user/2QTHQJ </link> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 05:36:55 EST Fit Bit distance tacker versus Treadmill distance http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36977428 Hi! I have been training for a 5k and I just ran what my treadmill said was 3 miles. My fit bit says I ran 4.5 miles (I put it on right as I got on the treadmill). <BR> <BR> What do you think I really ran? Which is more accurate? I lean towards the fit bit since my treadmill is pretty old. Sun, 23 Aug 2015 20:43:50 EST Heart Rate Monitors? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36977062 I bought a bluetooth HRM (chest strap only, connects to an app on my phone) and after 2 months it's died. I'd love to find a GOOD quality HRM, but, as a teacher, funds are rather limited. So... anyone have suggestions? I really liked not having to pair it to a watch (I already wear a FitBit, so that would be weird), but it's not a dealbreaker. Sun, 23 Aug 2015 19:17:41 EST Perfect planks? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36977057 I fall over too often during side planks even though I'm only a little overweight. Help? Sun, 23 Aug 2015 19:14:46 EST exercise motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36971447 need exercise motivation for a hurt foot Sat, 22 Aug 2015 21:30:49 EST Recovery HR http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36971136 I'm a 39 year old trying to get back on the healthy wagon. I've been back walking a few times a week on a hilly 2 mile road. Last year I completed a very hilly 5k but was a 50 min time. The event is coming up again in about 3 months so I want to start training. I downloaded the C25K app but really struggle to be ready to run again after only a 90 sec walk. <BR> <BR> Today I strapped on my Polar monitor. I did not do any intervals. On the hills my HR was up to 179 just walking (My max during ... Sat, 22 Aug 2015 20:47:00 EST Getting up super early for practice/exercise? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36968214 Hi guys! I've decided to join my local Masters Swim Team (adult swim team) to keep in shape during my college academic year. I'm super excited with the exception of the practice times which are at 5:30. This means I would need to get up at around 4:45 3x a week. <BR> <BR> I'm a better morning person than most but I still hate getting up before the sun comes up. How can I adapt to this new routine without wanting to die? How do you do it? Sat, 22 Aug 2015 09:46:08 EST Yoga and calories burned question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36967587 I have a question about the calories burned in Yoga. SP calls it general stretching, but I have a couple of Yoga DVDs that move at a rapid rate and really get my heart pumping. Wouldn't that be burning more than 85 calories in 30 minutes? <BR> <BR> Is there some way to calculate that? I feel like I've had an aerobic workout after doing these sessions. Sat, 22 Aug 2015 08:36:20 EST Walk or Run? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36967212 What do you prefer and how much have you lost? Sat, 22 Aug 2015 07:00:23 EST training for a 5K, fighting a cold http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36957861 I think I might be coming down with a cold, which is bad enough in general. But, this will be my first cold since I started working out AND I'm currently in training for a 5K in October and I don't have a whole lot of extra time in my training schedule to take days off. <BR> <BR> How should I handle being sick while training with a time-specific goal? In general, how does one handle sick days when you're trying to exercise daily? <BR> <BR> I'm downing vitamin C and chicken noodle soup, a... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 17:04:27 EST Has stepping 10K steps/day helped you lose weight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36957021 I know it's the rave to get an activity tracker and walk 10K steps a day every day. But has anybody done this and actually lost weight doing this? <BR> I've tried this and I'm not losing weight. I've actually gained weight! <BR> <BR> Not only that, it takes a lot of my time to get 10K steps in a day, at least 2 hours a day! <BR> <BR> This seems like a waste of time if I'm gaining weight! <BR> <BR> I have found that I spend less time doing strength training workouts and lose more weight... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 14:25:49 EST BodyMedia Fit armband http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36956341 I bought this bodymedia armband a few years ago to track my calories burned. The armband and phone app worked perfectly for the first 3 or 4 days, then it started to glitch all the time. It wouldn't sync, the website and the app would say different calories burned/eaten. It was a PITA. After about 2 weeks of dealing with it I stopped. I had gotten too time consuming to try and make it work. <BR> <BR> A couple of days ago I found it again. I thought I would try again and see if they updated ... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 11:49:11 EST So upsetting http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36951752 I feel like I take one step forward and two steps back. Saturday morning, while getting in a morning workout I managed to strain my achilles tendon. <em>46</em> Not fun! I remember weighing in that morning and my weight was what it usually is. I have been unable to do much as far as excercise since I am injured. I have done what I can but my body is used to very intense workouts. I have not changed my diet any in the past four days. I stepped on the scale today and felt like crying. I had... Wed, 19 Aug 2015 19:35:45 EST Thankyou http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36950696 I spent about 20 minutes writing a detailed post to ask for help, and then when i clicked post it told me I cant post a link to the NHS website couch to 5k program and deleted everything I wrote <BR> <BR> Thankyou forum moderators. I don't think I'll be writing anything else though <BR> <BR> Bye Wed, 19 Aug 2015 16:02:56 EST 7 DAY ARM CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36949552 Does anybody want to do an arm challenge beginning after labor day? Here are the details: <BR> <BR> http://skinnyms.com/7-day-summer-arms-ch<BR>allenge/ <BR> Wed, 19 Aug 2015 12:31:16 EST Manual Treadmill? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36948699 I would like to start running again and I am thinking about a manual treadmill but have never used one. I started off running on my mom's regular treadmill, and then when the weather got nicer I started running outside, which I much preferred to the treadmill because if I need to slow down/speed up I can do so without pressing buttons and guessing what speed to change the treadmill setting to. I guess I'm wondering if a manual treadmill is similar to that? I am a single mom with 3 young kids ... Wed, 19 Aug 2015 09:51:37 EST Is being a bit overweight a bad thing if I'm fit? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36945481 I'm over weight for the first time in my life. I've always had issues with sugar addiction and binge, but now it's caught up with me. I'm a busy Mum but always exercise everyday and do have a healthy diet but tend to over eat. My pulse indicates that I am athletic fitness so am I actually unhealthy being slightly overweight and I have low average blood pressure? What I don't like is that I have a belly and my clothes don't fit anymore. Also the extra weight makes me a bit slower. Tue, 18 Aug 2015 21:45:40 EST strength or cardio first http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36943049 I am struggling with what to do ~ cardio or strength first <BR> <BR> I read in "mind right, body type" to do strength first to get your muscles burning calories <BR> <BR> but I find that it tires me out and i have no energy for cardio lol <BR> <BR> oh boy <BR> <BR> will it still be affective if I do cardio first? Tue, 18 Aug 2015 13:55:21 EST Struggling with adding exercise when I work http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36942622 My work schedule is always different. I work three 12 hour shifts a week and they are overnight. My typical work day means leaving my house at 6:15 pm and getting home at 8 am. The days I don't have to work I go to the gym and interval walk on the treadmill for 45 mins or do a weight circuit. The last couple of weeks I haven't been going as much because there have been so many other things we have had to do while getting our 5 kids ready to go back to school (meetings at school and such) I fe... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 12:22:15 EST Weight Machines vs. Free Weights http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36940267 Hi ! Do you think the weight machines at the gyms are just as effective as free weights? I have one of those "circuits" at my gym that I want to start using. Tue, 18 Aug 2015 06:24:55 EST Slowly easing into it again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36939838 Since I sprained my left foot about 3 weeks ago, I've had twinges of pain if I jump or do anything high impact. So, I've been searching youtube for low impact workouts and I've found a whole bunch of them. Even found a new fitness guru today. But I have to reserve her workouts for later because her's are HIIT. Really brutal, so it's for when my foot completely heals. <BR> <BR> Going to take a shower now, didn't really sweat much but a shower will feel good anyway. I'm going for a haircut lat... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 03:08:13 EST SP Gym Equipment Lists http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36934804 How do I add a gym equipment exercise to my fitness tracker if it's not in the SP database? <BR> <BR> Thanks. Mon, 17 Aug 2015 10:32:27 EST Motivation to go to gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36933035 I have not been going to the gym all summer, its been hot and by the time I get off work the last thing I wanna do is hit the gym. However last week I went twice, and I want to keep the ball rolling. I packed my gym bag today, and after work I want to head straight to the gym, but I have a feeling by the time I am done with work I will head home and there goes my motivation... <BR> how do you keep the momentum up? Mon, 17 Aug 2015 06:35:24 EST apps on android http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36929936 Is anybody mobile apps to exercise with?? Like going to gym <BR> I mean I'm going to gym and I'm like using the treadmill everyday and some in the ab room .how long do yall exercise for and what machines do you use Sun, 16 Aug 2015 19:12:06 EST Help!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36929653 I am really struggling with my motivation and at the moment and am in desperate need of someone to text and help me stay focussed :( Sun, 16 Aug 2015 17:37:41 EST Should I Be More Sore? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36929318 I have been using weight machines at the gym for 3 months now. When I first started I was feeling very sore after every workout, but the last month I hardly ever feel sore. In the beginning I was doing more reps of a lower weight, but recently I switched to less reps of a higher weight to build more muscle. I feel like I'm pushing myself there and I have increased the weight, but I'm not feeling very sore a day or two later. Is this normal or should I consider increasing the weight more? I am... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 16:02:41 EST Beat blockers, target heart rate and exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36928733 Hi, <BR> <BR> I hope someone can help me out. I am wondering what my target heart rate should be when I am exercising whilst taking beta blockers? I have been prescribed beta blockers for an arythemia and high blood pressure. <BR> <BR> When I measure my heart rate at the beginning on the treadmill is about 78. After 15 minutes of exercise at 5.45 Km/hour it hovers around 105 bpm. At 6 Km/hour with a level 3 incline it is around 120 bpm. <BR> <BR> Question: What should my target heart rate ... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 14:14:12 EST Tracking steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36927200 Is there any way to track the steps I take each day in the fitness tracker? I monitor my steps with a Jawbone, some days I walk 10-13000 steps. <BR> Thank you, <BR> Jayne <BR> Sun, 16 Aug 2015 10:23:21 EST Pedometer/Miles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36926535 Question? How many miles is in 10,000 steps? I have an OMRON Pedometer. <BR> Not sure if I have it set right. <BR> Thanks <BR> Maryjo Sun, 16 Aug 2015 08:44:44 EST Getting back into exercising http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36925346 When I used to try running (before i quit for months) my issue was pain in the legs (which made me quit). Now that I've started jogging instead of running, I feel soreness in the area just above the knee, especially the morning after. What is this? <BR> <BR> Also, how many days a week should you jog when you are just starting? Sun, 16 Aug 2015 00:01:59 EST Gym Anxiety http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36922420 I joined Anytime Fitness on Tuesday and I have not been to workout yet. I have an appointment this Tuesday evening with a personal trainer for my assessment. I really want to go try out everything, but feel super intimidated. I have never been on a treadmill or used any kind of gym equipment (I've always walked and used little hand weights at home). Am I being silly? Or is it smart to wait til my appointment with the trainer to learn about the equipment? Sat, 15 Aug 2015 13:22:45 EST Are there any swimmers out there? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36915488 I am new to swimming for fitness. I have over 130 lb to lose, so I needed a low impact option. I will do other types of exercise too, but to start, I love swimming! <BR> <BR> I do laps. I just started last week and I am very slow and I don't go very far distances each swim yet. I started out with about 160 yards, this week I am up to 500 yards. Its is still not much, but its more than I did last month! I usually am able to fit in about 30-60 minutes a day right now.But I am building up! I'd... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 12:03:52 EST Pacing a mile run? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36915397 I've never really been much of a runner, ever, but I think I'm currently at one of the most fit points of my adult life, and I'd like to get a sense for what my capabilities are. My main forms of exercise are cycling (50-100 miles per week) and tons of walking. The last time I tried running was about two years ago: I did couch to 5K, ran one race at a 11.5 minute mile, got sick a couple of days afterwards, and stopped running. The fastest mile I can ever recall running was in 7th grade, and I... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 11:35:40 EST Anyone doing P90x3? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36914702 I have been seeing the commercials for the P90x3. I liked that it seems to be a combo of strength and cardio. And that is it only 30 minutes as I just don't have more time than that in the average day before taking care of my daughter, working full-time, and keeping up with chores around the house. <BR> <BR> Just wondering what equipment you need to do it. I have yoga mats and dumbells. Do you need anything else? <BR> <BR> Did you like it? <BR> Just wondering what you think of it. Fri, 14 Aug 2015 10:02:41 EST getting started and out of breath! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36914619 <em>39</em> Just getting started again trying to fit exercise into my sedentary life. But even the long walk from my car, or taking just one flight of stairs winds me. How long will it take for just those baby steps to get easier? Fri, 14 Aug 2015 09:46:18 EST What fuel do you feed your body for exercise? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36913366 I know this should come under the food section or should it? food and exercise is combined and depending on the sort of exercise you do, its important we know how to fuel our bodies correctly both before, during and after exercise. <BR> <BR> The sort of exercise I do could take anything from an hour to four or five days, with short intervals of sleep in between. During my chosen exercise I burn calories very fast, so its crucial I put in the right sort of food. Sometimes I need slow burners... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 06:50:08 EST How do I log this? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36904131 I walk 1.5-2 hours in the mornings and do what I call 'interval swimming" 3 evenings a week after dinner. Runkeeper keeps track of my walks, but I'm not sure how to log the other. I have a swim tether set up in my above ground pool. I swim hard until I get out of breath, jog in place until I catch my breath, then swim again. I have built myself up to 30 minutes. <BR> Should I log this as swimming? Wed, 12 Aug 2015 22:26:43 EST Do i exercise enough http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36903350 i haven't exercised a lot in the past 3 years. i'm now walking about 3-4 times a week. i walk 2 kilometers. it takes me about half an hour to do. is that good enough t start with? <BR> Wed, 12 Aug 2015 20:15:05 EST Overdid it today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36901962 I'm starting to add running to my walks (doing the Zombies, Run! 5K training program) and I completely misjudged my halfway point to turn around. I ended up having to walk almost a half hour extra to get home. Of course, if I hadn't been so wiped from the training run it likely would have been 15 - 20 minutes instead of almost 30, but I am bushed! <BR> <BR> Any hints on recovering from over doing it? Wed, 12 Aug 2015 15:48:18 EST Walk to the HIITs Workout Rotation? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36897532 Curious to know if anyone has suggestions on how to create an effective workout rotation using the Walk to the HIITs dvds new under Leslie Sansone? I have all 3 of them and wanted to see how to rotate them effectively with her Toning walks? I get so bored so fast I am trying to find ways to keep myself engaged and motivated. I have asked around and you wouldn't believe some of the feedback i have gotten, even from trainers, who tell me her program is a waste of time. I have been told the ... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 00:26:13 EST Advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36896063 What are the best exercises for me? I am 5'1" and my BMI is over 50. I am self-conscious about my weight. I want to change that. I want my stomach to be flatter and my butt to be bigger. Should I use weights? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bcc5fbf6-a09c-4089-bc17-a01bd216c615.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e3c138de-b560-45c6-866a-1ef59cf7d36c.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/13ab2d93-3e66-48e8-a83b-ab1748162cc6.jpg"... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 20:07:40 EST Insanity Workout and Supplemental Workouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36895061 I am starting the Insanity workout this week. Has anyone had good results with the program? Any recommendations to help make sure the program is successful? <BR> <BR> Also, is there any other workouts that would be good to supplement with? <BR> <BR> I'm thinking more like quick exercises I can do in the morning before work, during my lunch break (I work at a school, so I do have a track available to me), and things like that. <BR> <BR> Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 16:32:27 EST Restarting exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36894676 Hi all, <BR> I have been majorly slacking on exercising and have gained some weight back. I was wondering what is a good start-up routine after not regularly exercising for over 6 months? I don't want to overdo it and hurt myself. Any suggestions? Tue, 11 Aug 2015 15:16:37 EST Jogging with an artificial hip? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36893425 Morning all. I am 61, 13 years ago as a 48 year old I had to have my right hip replaced. They didn't want to do it because of my age (considered too young at that time) but I had gotten to the point where it was bone-on-bone and I couldn't even walk around my classroom any longer (middle school teacher). I have had absolutely no issues with the artificial joint, it was the best thing I ever did. I can do almost anything, just have to be careful and aware. I am wondering if anyone out the... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 11:46:49 EST wheelchair exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36889677 I am doing my fitness in a wheelchair. There are many things you can do sitting or laying down. Some good help on SparkPeople and other websites. Mon, 10 Aug 2015 22:16:35 EST Move App http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36888115 Has anyone used the Move phone app? <BR> <BR> I read an article on here about working from home and setting an alarm to get up and exercise every hour, (small exercises just to get up and move) <BR> <BR> So I used the app and did 20 squat jumps, and it said 22 calories burned, on Spark People it said 4 calories burned from doing squats for one min. That's a pretty BIG difference. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions on how to track accurately? Mon, 10 Aug 2015 17:19:59 EST Very tired after workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36887470 Is it normal for someone who is fairly new to strength training to feel very tired most of the day after a workout in the morning? <BR> <BR> I recently started doing nearly one hour of body weight exercises mostly, I use small weights, think of the type of exercises that are in the fitness plan generator. I am surprised by how tired I feel later in the day. <BR> <BR> Mon, 10 Aug 2015 15:47:11 EST Jogging plateau? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36882534 When summer first started I could not jog a block without stopping. I have never been in shape... but I kept with it. Most of the summer it seemed I could speed walk a mile faster than I could jog it bc jogging got me winded..then I would slow way down to recover. I have gotten to the point where I can slow jog almost the entire mile without stopping.for me that is about a 14 min mile. My goal was to hit a 12 min mile before summer was up..I am running out of time (literally)..lol..but I can... Sun, 9 Aug 2015 22:49:11 EST Can I list my DVD workout programs here? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36880874 I hurt my shoulder ( had surgery and now do not have full range of motion) and I have several DVD workout programs that I have decided to sell. I plan to just walk/run and lift light weights from now on. <BR> <BR> Can I sell my programs on this board? Sun, 9 Aug 2015 16:45:46 EST I am at this point. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36875282 I can truly relate to those who hate exercise. I am at a point where I feel like giving up. I know I don't want to but I would like to know how I can set realistic goals and expectations for myself. How do I create and follow an exercise goal that is workable and realistic? Sat, 8 Aug 2015 21:17:26 EST Sugar intake issues http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36873012 About a year ago I gave up milk. Now I went back to drinking coffee and it's not the same with the coconut milk I use. for the coffee to taste decent I need a tblspoon of sugar per cup I usually have 3tbl of sugar with my coffee and 1tbs with oatmeal etc. So during the day it really adds up. I was leary to go back to milk but have to limit my sugar intake just wondering if it's worth going back to milk in my coffee for Sat, 8 Aug 2015 13:12:50 EST Almost passed out on a bike ride, not sure why http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36870130 I go for frequent short bike rides, and not that many years ago there was one route that never gave me any trouble. Back in June my boyfriend took me on a 32 mile bike ride, and while I did have issues it wasn't until around the 20 mile mark, and after that I walked a good portion of the rest. <BR> <BR> A few days ago we decided to go on another bike ride, probably not as long as the first, but I was hoping for a total of about 15 miles. After starting out, I needed a rest about a mile in, a... Fri, 7 Aug 2015 23:18:08 EST Who here uses a "Misfit" tracker? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36867692 Hi, <BR> <BR> II have decided since the Spark Tracker is now unavailable for purchase forever, I would go with the "Misfit". <BR> <BR> Please share you experience with it. I can't wait for it to arrive in the mail. :) <BR> <BR> I am a swimmer so I am sure I'm going to be using it in the pool. Do any of you know what data it records in swimming? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> <em>252</em> Fri, 7 Aug 2015 14:30:41 EST when it's too much too soon http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36864709 How do I know when I'm doing well or too much? Fri, 7 Aug 2015 02:15:08 EST How did I lose 6 pounds in one day? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36863383 Hey everyone, thank you for reading. <BR> <BR> For 3 weeks I've been lifting weights along with doing cardio exercise. While I felt physically stronger and better, my weight stayed roughly the same at about 240 pounds. I was hired to work as an overnight stocker for a local grocery store and had my first night yesterday. Its basically non stop lifting, squatting, pulling and pushing of pallets and grocery items all night. I went home after work, woke up, weighed myself and to my surprise I ... Thu, 6 Aug 2015 21:44:59 EST Hiit Workouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36862555 Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> Recently I have started doing hiit workouts for beginners. Since the video is not on SparkPeople, I don't know the calories I am burning. Is there a way to calculate this? Are there any hiit videos on SP because I can't seem to find any that I can track with calories burned. Thu, 6 Aug 2015 19:01:43 EST Is it possible to build muscles and lose fat ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36860631 <em>15</em> Is it possible to build muscles and lose fat at the same time ? <BR> <BR> i want your answer , so please post below! <BR> <BR> Thu, 6 Aug 2015 11:50:22 EST Does anyone use a "belt" to aid with fat loss? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36860043 Hey there! <BR> Wanting to know if anyone uses or has used one if those neoprene waist trimmers, like the Gold Gym type or similar? What are your thoughts on them? Do they really work? Or just make you extra sweaty? By the way, I'm not referring to the waist trimmers that have the ability to make your core muscles contract etc.... But I would be interested in thoughts on those as well. <BR> Thanks in advance! Have an awesome day! Thu, 6 Aug 2015 10:09:50 EST Pedometer &swimming question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36856945 This may be a dumb question but if I put my pedometer in a waterproof bag and hang it on my wrist will it count my steps as I do water walking? Wed, 5 Aug 2015 22:02:53 EST Trouble Walking - So what do I do for cardio? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36853975 I used to be able to walk without any trouble. But now I have a degenerative back problem and can't walk for long periods without my leg going numb and I start listing to one side. So walking for cardio is completely out of the question. I do use the recumbent bike at the fitness center, but that is about as exciting as watching paint dry. I don't have access to a pool so water aerobics are out. I keep seeing "find an activity you like and do it". Well, I don't have one (unless you coun... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 13:16:07 EST Speaking of Fitness Apps http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36853288 Does anyone know of a good ios app for heavy bag training? <BR> <BR> I really like the Zen Labs apps and was hoping they could give me something, but they are not quite there yet. <BR> <BR> I'm looking for something with coach who will be in my ear while i'm wailing away on the bag. Lookin' for some structure to my chaotic violence towards the defenseless inanimate object. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions would be appreciated =) Wed, 5 Aug 2015 11:13:11 EST Exercises with out a lot of neck strain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36852841 I had a disc replaced in my neck almost a year ago and the beginnings of arthritis in my neck. I really could use some suggestions on exercises that can help without putting too much strain on my neck. Wed, 5 Aug 2015 10:08:37 EST HATE to exercise but NEED to execise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36852370 Happy Day to all! <BR> <BR> I hate exercise, just hate it. I have never ever felt an endorphin even during long, hard exercise routines. <BR> <BR> What do you do for exercise when you hate doing it? How do you make yourself do it? Wed, 5 Aug 2015 08:45:44 EST Very overweight, just started http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36848867 Just wanted a bit of guidance. All the information online on working out seems to come for people who are in shape looking to get into better shape. I am roughly 80 pounds overweight, and have no aspirations to lose 40 pounds a month or similar, that's not my issue. <BR> I have cut my calories and am eating a much, much healthier diet. I'm not having any real issues being hungry. My issue is cardio. I have an elliptical i got for this adventure, but on day 2 i am topping out at about 15 minut... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 18:00:41 EST New to bike riding http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36848539 Hey all! <BR> <BR> I have decided that I want to switch up my exercise routine and I'm interested in trying bike riding. I haven't ridden a bike in about 10 years. I have a Schwinn that's in great condition. What do I need to know about getting into bike riding? I plan to go for a short ride tonight after work just to get back into the motions. Tue, 4 Aug 2015 17:06:19 EST Bad weather running http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36843412 Hard core runners: what do you do in the rain and snow? Do you have like eight running shoes in rotation, or what? <BR> I feel like wet sneakers = trash <BR> lol - but I have never tried a full run in the rain. <BR> Also - do you find it best to add spikes in winter? Where I am, there will be no plowed sidewalks..... <BR> If you have a specific brand of something you like, let me know. I appreciate it!!! <em>304</em> Mon, 3 Aug 2015 22:50:47 EST How much is too much? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36842367 I've been doing about 3 hours of workout per week and it's not doing too much. I've been thinking about going in for 30 minutes per day and on Wednesdays do my yoga for an hour but maybe I should be shooting for an hour per day? I'm trying to get ready for my Dublin internship for next September. Ideally, I'd like to be at least 80 pounds smaller. That would make walking, hiking, plane riding, and dancing a lot easier. I could barely fit into the seatbelt on my last plane ride to Europe. I th... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 19:11:56 EST Anyone else using a Fitbit ALL the time? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36842234 I am what they call a "fitbitter"... I am extremely happy with the motivation it gives me, however I couldn't find a "calorie counter" that I liked, then I remembered Spark People... My problem is I don't eat enough calories for the amount of calories burned by activity... Part of the problem is not a good tracker and part of it it is that I was borderline anorexic way back and I associate calories with weight gain... and my logical brain knows that my body is hanging on to what I have becaus... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 18:31:38 EST C25K prompts? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36841719 I'm wanting to start c25k but I'm in search of a prompt(something that tells me when to walk and when to run) I'm running in to an issue because I don't have a smartphone so I have no way to use the apps that are available. I have a laptop and an ipod mini, are there any resources I could check out that would work with those? Mon, 3 Aug 2015 16:40:02 EST Blister? WDYD http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36841199 I wore a pair of rubber boots yesterday without socks. Yes, I know it was a bad idea, but I didn't expect to be outside for long. I was wrong. Now I have a nice lovely blister on my heel. How do I protect it so I don't make it worse on the elliptical this afternoon? Mon, 3 Aug 2015 14:28:20 EST Back to work http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36839376 I have had the best summer of success on working exercise into my routine..however when my summer is over and I go back to work I am terrified of losing my progress.. I am a morning person..and kind of know that if I put it off it wont get done in the evenings..and I dont want to be all gross and sweaty on my lunch break but getting kids up and out the door along with myself consumes my mornings during the school year and although I am a morning person..adding an extra 45 minutes may be more ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 09:04:39 EST SP suggested strength training http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36838757 When I was on SP a few years ago I had my account set up so that every 2nd day some strength training popped up in my fitness tracker. These were exercises that SP had suggested for me. I used the list as a reminder and would check each off as I did them. If I clicked on the exercise there was even an explanation of the proper form to use. How can I get this back? Mon, 3 Aug 2015 07:22:47 EST Knee Buckling http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36838006 Pain and arthritis are linked to knee buckling, it’s believed that inflammation in the knee stops the quadriceps muscles from contracting. This destabilizes the joint, and weak quads were found to be a risk factor for knee buckling. <BR> <BR> <link>www.doctorshealthpress.com/pain-arti<BR>cles/warning-an-unexpected-danger-to-y<BR>our-knees </link> Mon, 3 Aug 2015 03:17:12 EST Running after back surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36837575 A few days ago, I had back surgery for a ruptured disk in my lumbar region. I was a beginner runner before my injury, and I'm hoping that my doctor will give me the ok to run again when I'm recovered. I was wondering if anyone had been able to either return to or begin running after recovering from a back surgery. Mon, 3 Aug 2015 00:17:54 EST Having a hard time with energy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36836226 I will admit, I don't do aerobics as much as I should. I'm just getting started back on my program after a horrible few months, and I am having a really hard time with low energy. After I moved, I had a lot of energy for a couple of days, then I just crashed. I have lupus, with all that entails and I'm 63 years old. I'm wondering if I'll ever be able to build my endurance back up. <BR> <BR> I am at the point now where I can't walk much over a mile. Some days I feel like I can hardly make it... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 18:54:59 EST Fitbit vs Jawbone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36836006 My reward if I stick to my workout plan all month is going to be to treat myself to a fitbit. Or it was. I can't decide between a fitbit or a jawbone, so if anyone would like to offer their opinion please do-I have a month to make up my mind! Sun, 2 Aug 2015 17:41:09 EST The Spark Tracker is no longer available!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36835696 Hi, <BR> <BR> I went to buy a new Spark Tracker and they say it no longer available! Is this permanent? <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> Sun, 2 Aug 2015 15:33:43 EST ankle brace http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36835582 I broke my ankle brace from walking today. It's sort of good because I'm getting off my tush and walking (finally). Sun, 2 Aug 2015 14:44:03 EST Need total body strength training ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36830856 I am looking for 2-3 total body strength training routines that I can rotate between. I would like something fairly short, 20-30 mins that covers the body. I will be using dumbbells. Sat, 1 Aug 2015 18:08:02 EST Toning Up the Arms http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36829035 Hello, everyone. I was just wondering if you guys had any tips on how to tone up your arms. My left upper arm looks terrible, as you can see from the picture I'm including. I know that you have to do strength training exercises, but are there more ways to tone up? Thanks everyone and have a great weekend! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/54d3f289-d5f7-48c3-ae3e-27c077c7fbf3.JPG"> Sat, 1 Aug 2015 10:31:27 EST Running Shoe Recommendations http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36825969 So I'm thinking about starting to run soon and I know that I need to get a pair of sneakers for it since my current gym sneakers are kind of old and have probably lost their support. I've never run before and am going to start off using the Couch to 5K program. Does anyone have any good recommendations for sneakers, preferably on the more affordable side? I don't want to invest in super expensive ones just yet. Fri, 31 Jul 2015 20:23:02 EST cannotsynce fitbit to spark people http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36825896 nothing is tracking. I give up .going out for a cheeeseburger Fri, 31 Jul 2015 20:15:30 EST Running, cross-training & food http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36823990 I am looking for help on what is my next step! <BR> I have been running program training since February. Started with a 5K, then a 10K and now I am working on half marathon. Doing 4 runs a week (2x 2-4 miles, 1x 1-2 miles, & 1x 6-13 miles.) I have been using my SparkPeople nutrition tracker, logging everything I eat, trying to keep at 1400-1500 calories a day & eating lots of fruits, veggies, lean meats & healthy carbs. I keep losing & gaining but on average I am only down 4-6 lbs. <BR> I ha... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 13:13:01 EST Desperate for HulaHoop Advice, Please!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36823824 I have a 1lb. hulahoop and have tried to shoulder hoop, but feel like a loser :( because I cannot do it. I also have a 3 lb. hulahoop, but am scared I may injure myself with this on my shoulders. Any advice? Fri, 31 Jul 2015 12:16:19 EST reset http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36823823 Hi. I just joined in the middle of July. Do the fitness trackers reset when it's the beginning of the month, which is tomorrow, or do I have to reset them. My 250 minute Award just came today. <em>30</em> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 12:14:54 EST Strength Question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36820154 When starting strength training, is it better to start small and do more reps or to start a little bit higher and work your way up to more reps? Thu, 30 Jul 2015 21:43:51 EST Muffin Top Exercises... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36818549 Happy and Healthy day to all. <BR> <BR> Just curious what is everyone's favorite muffin top reducing exercise? I am walking daily at least 7000 steps (most fo which away from desk job) and doing some dance cardio in evenings. But looking for something to help reduce better and maybe quicker <BR> <BR> TIA for any pointers <em>386</em> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:13:05 EST Calorie burning exercises for Seniors http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36818252 I am just short of my 74th birthday and in relatively good physical shape. I do water jogging for 45-50 minutes three times a week---but I seem to be stuck on a plateau in my quest to lose weight. I'm down 9 lbs in four weeks (want to lose 20 more pounds), but in the past week the number seems to be stuck on my scales. <BR> I am eating 1200 calories a day. Any suggestions to get back on the losing track? Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:08:31 EST Bye Bye Scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36817984 I have started this journey now 3 weeks and I guestimated my starting weight. I am starting to see results and I am doing amazing tracking my food and fitness. However, I have not stepped on the scale. I feel like it may demotivate me. Is this healthy? I mean is this okay? I would rather see results in my clothing. I dont want to be a scale watcher. <BR> <BR> Has anyone else used this approach and found success in it? Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:44:08 EST Desk Job? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36817836 Hello! I'm looking for advice! I work at an RV Dealership and its usually in 7-10 hour shifts. I work at the front desk so I sit and answer phones, help customers, and I also run the facebook pages for all 3 of our stores. And soon I'll be starting my last year of Undergrad school! (Finally) so I am literally always sitting. What does everyone do when they have a desk job to get more steps in? I have a fit bit and I have the goal set at 3000 because I have a hard time even getting to that mos... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:21:38 EST Change calorie burn? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36817073 I wear a Polar heart rate monitor when I exercise with a chest strap. Is there a way to change my calorie burn when I log my time in SP? For example, I typed in 45 min for In-door cycling and it said like 400 calories. I actually burned almost 500 calories. Thu, 30 Jul 2015 10:43:18 EST Pinched nerve http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36817056 Has anyone else had a pinched nerve ? I've been dealing with it since the end of May. The worst pain is over and I'm off the pain meds. I have been told by my Dr and a movement expert that it will take me 3-6 mths to completely get over it and that it will be like a roller coaster- good days and bad days. It is like that and I'm getting frustrated. I want to just get progressively better. On the bad days, when it's hurting, they said to not push myself, because I could make it worse. Any advi... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 10:41:52 EST Can't wait to start sweating it out again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36816807 I was starting to incorporate HIIT tabata style training and really sweating it out when I sprained my left foot about a week and a half ago. And no, I didn't injure myself while exercising. I sprained my foot in a supermarket parking lot! Really careless and stupid of me. <BR> <BR> My weight keeps going up! I am frantic! Today, I did some core pilates and worked my arms. But I still felt I didn't do enough! My shorts are still tight! I still have a belly roll! I don't feel attractive at all... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:48:15 EST Workout Weight Gain? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36816722 Hi everyone! About a year ago I started a low carb diet for an event I was participating in and lost 15 lbs in a two months. Since then, it has all been gained back and I've recently started a new journey, this time incorporating exercise. About three weeks ago when I started my diet, I added work out classes (circuit training/light weights, HIIT, spin) to my routine and have not only not lost a single pound, but have actually GAINED 2 lbs that have stayed with me the entire 3 weeks! I was ju... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:33:09 EST Exercising with Bad knees http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36816380 I have osteoarthritis in my knees pretty bad so I can't do a lot of exercises. I'm working on my diet too but I hoping adding exercise would help too. I've found a few seated workouts on here that I'm going to try. Does anyone else have any pointers? Or have you dealt with the same thing? Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:05:22 EST Hey Hey Hey! I burned 1000 plus calories!!! Whoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36813889 Painting for 5 hours was over 1000 calories.... and it was outside in the shade at 90 plus degrees. I really enjoyed it.... so much better than exercise which doesn't yield much in the way of "getting something done" (that,s just me I don't like exercising). I drank water every time I came in which about an hour apart.... a lot .... too. Now here's the silly....because I drank water and followed my diet thus far ( peanut butter sand lunch)....dang.....I am not reallty hungry, so I won't ... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 21:29:24 EST Pound workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36807145 Has anyone done the Pound workout (the one with the "drumsticks")? How would you track that? Tue, 28 Jul 2015 19:54:54 EST Bodybugg bug http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36806588 Hi, <BR> <BR> I recently purchased a bodybugg and noticed that it is not counting all my steps. This has happened a few times already. It is not a little off....its way off. Example, I routinely walk almost 2 miles over my lunch break. My bodybugg said I only walked 1035 steps during my 35 minute walk today. This was a few thousand steps off! It happened the other day as well. My device has been firmly strapped to my arm all day and so it isn't because it wasn't contacting my arm. Has any... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 17:21:37 EST Vionic or Orthoheel? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36805342 Has anyone used or are using this brand? I have trouble with knee and hip pain and a friend suggested these. Any thoughts? Thanks Tue, 28 Jul 2015 11:44:44 EST Emotional during workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36802008 Hi, <BR> I started a fitness class recently. It seems like a good class; it's challenging, but the leaders are very encouraging and are good at modifying the exercises for people beginners, like me. <BR> Today was the 3rd class.I was having an "off day" and just couldn't do what I had hoped or expected. Partway through, my throat felt tight, and I was really having to concentrate on my breathing. (I have athsma, that is well controlled, as long as I pay attention.) I stopped to work on my br... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 22:23:58 EST I just purchased turbo fire please seeking help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36795448 I have just recently did 5 minutes of the turbo fire and i am lost with the steps as I am not very well coordinated.....for those that use the turbo fire was this a issue with you? and did it affect your weightloss? Also were you eventually able to do the steps like the video? Sun, 26 Jul 2015 21:39:11 EST Over 70 and exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36792890 Hello, Trying to get in better health and control diabetes. I have been walking...slowly....every day with my dog. I also do a lot of gardening every day - weeding, trimming etc. Do you think I will make progress just walking, gardening and housekeeping ??? I'm afraid it is too little too late !!!!! Sun, 26 Jul 2015 11:49:04 EST Starting to exercise at 65 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36792860 I rode a stationary bike for 2 and 1/4 miles and did some hip exercises. I thought that was a lot until I saw someone ride 20 miles. How much is enough?? Sun, 26 Jul 2015 11:43:34 EST hulahoop ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36792355 Can anyone recommend a hulahoop I could purchase for dancing? I recently purchased a 3lb. weighted hulahoop and use it often just as one would use it like when we were kids, but does not work when I want to use it on my shoulders and to dance with. Any help would be much appreciated. Sun, 26 Jul 2015 10:15:51 EST struggling with exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36787087 hi, <BR> I have gained quite a bit of weight in the past 1.5 yrs. <BR> I am about 40 pounds my ideal weight. <BR> I am short, so I feel heavy. <BR> <BR> These are my problem areas - my thighs are humongous, my stomach protruding as though I'm pregnant, and my butt is huge. I am walking x 20-30 min daily, and trying to be consistent (which is a challenge for me). <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any tips for exercises that will help me see result in my problem areas? <BR> <BR> I tried doing l... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 13:19:36 EST Jillian Micheals revolution program http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36786446 I have been doing Jillian's revolution program and have been seeing great results. But I have been getting pain in the front of calves just to the side of the bone when doing the cardio, and not from being tired it hurts from begining to end, I have been using rub a5 to try and finish the work out but it is getting worse. Does any one have any suggestion as I am seeing results and want to complete the program? Sat, 25 Jul 2015 11:05:13 EST Cize challenge group coming soon http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36781451 Hey All. <BR> <BR> I don't know how many of you might be interested in the new Cize program that's out but if you are, I'm going to start a challenge group. Post here if you're interested. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Fri, 24 Jul 2015 14:55:03 EST Using lean/ fat mass as guidance http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36781325 I am reading up more on setting goals properly in terms of using my lean mass and fat as a guide versus strictly weight on the scale. Doing this, I chose a goal of 20% body fat. I'm stuck though...I'm trying not to focus on the weight, yet you need that number to get the other numbers! I guess I'm looking for a realistic goal for myself so I can focus on the right things. For example, If I'm at 92 pounds of lean body mass, how much should I aim for gaining per month? Any guidance would be gre... Fri, 24 Jul 2015 14:04:58 EST Weight Loss Stops When I Start Exercising??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36780206 This is kind of unusual. I use MyFitnessPal to track my caloric intake per day. In the past, when I've eaten below the guideline amount, I've lost generally anywhere between a pound to a pound and a half per week. I am way overweight, like 279 lb at 6' 1", so I know I'm not nearing a plateau point. Anyway, I started to lose weight at about that rate a couple weeks ago, but then decided I wanted to work on my cardiac health, so I started walking 5 days per week on a 3-4 schedule, generally... Fri, 24 Jul 2015 10:14:21 EST exercises for the homebound http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36777408 I am at a loss at how to make a chair exercise better for me. I am very ill and at this point allowed to do anything I can manage. I want to work my legs enough in the chair so when I get up to walk, they feel like legs again, not jello. I was an athlete before all this started and I am finding motivation for people who are homebound is lacking. I can't breathe well enough yet to get up and go outside and walk so that is out for now. But, that is what I would like to work up too. <BR> <BR>... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 20:35:04 EST Running and weights and no weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36775681 Hi everyone. <BR> I started running at the end of January this year. I trained hard and finished two half marathons earlier this year. I've kept up my running. I go 3 to 4 times a week Each run is anywhere from 5.5 miles to 8 miles. I've also started to do some light weight work (10lbs). I haven't changed my diet. You'd think I'd be losing weight but I've gained 4.4 lbs. would this be muscle?? Thu, 23 Jul 2015 12:36:48 EST High weight and low rep or Low weight and high rep http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36774977 Hey guys! I recently joined a gym and started working out there. I am going to be mixing cardio days with weight training days but I need help. I am 234 pounds right now. My doctor said my healthy weight is 215 and under due to my build. What kind of weight training should I do so that when I am at 210-215, I am lean? Basically I want to be a pretty solid 215lb guy and not flabby. Should I be doing heavy weights with low reps, or lighter weights with high reps? I don't want to get ripped and ... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 10:00:17 EST exercises not listed on fitness tracker? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36771202 I am finally able to do chin-ups for the first time since I was a little kid. I am very very proud of my 3 sets of 4 chin-ups that I was able to do today! The problem is that I can't find chin-ups or pull-ups listed when I search for it on my fitness tracker. There was nothing found when I searched "chin" and when I searched "pull" my only options were assisted pull-ups or vigorous pull-ups. I am very proud to say I didn't do assisted pull-ups, but I also can't honestly say that strugglin... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 20:10:49 EST vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36771038 I was on vacation for two weeks, and it was hard to say in touch and also hard to track my meals and drinks. I am back and ready to get back on track. My name is Tilde hope I will hear from you guys soon. Wed, 22 Jul 2015 19:19:28 EST how do you sync fitbit with Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36770110 I have a fitbit flex and want to sync it with my spark. How do I do that? Wed, 22 Jul 2015 14:43:14 EST Piyo http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36769964 Is anyone else doing Piyo? If so, how are you logging it in? Wed, 22 Jul 2015 13:55:38 EST Jillian Michael's 60 day body shred http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36769793 Hi! I just got Body Shred and am about to complete it. Does anyone know how to maintain after the program? Do you repeat from the beginning or keep rotating higher levels? Wed, 22 Jul 2015 13:03:11 EST Curves???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36769291 Does anyone belong to Curves? I would appreciate any advice, comments or tips! Thanks! Wed, 22 Jul 2015 11:03:44 EST Help! Need some great problem-solving exercise ide http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36764502 Hi everyone and thank you all in advance for your time! <BR> I recently fractured both of my feet and am now in two immobilizer boots, one on each leg, that end right below the knee. I cannot really do any exercise while standing, but I'm still allowed to do sit ups, as long as I don't bear the weight of my legs, and to work out my upper body, however, I also have cubital tunnel (elbow) and carpal tunnel syndrome in both arms, so working out my upper body heavily exacerbates my injuries and i... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 19:14:23 EST Virtual Walk? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36763889 (Cross posted in the SP Cafe) <BR> <BR> When I was a part of SP years ago, there was a group that was doing a virtual walk following the story of the Lord of the Rings..... <BR> <BR> Does anyone know if there's any other virtual walks that follow a book or story in that way? Or a trail? <BR> I've seen virtual walks of the West Coast Trail, Pacific Crest, Appalachian, etc, that all have info along the route you're walking, and pictures as you go, but they all cost money through various other... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 16:30:27 EST Exercise/ Lower Back Issue http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36763820 Hi all! <BR> <BR> I take medication that contributes to weight gain, and have been too ill and symptomatic to participate in regular exercise. In a short year I've gained 40 pounds (I'm 4'10 so that's rough) I'm 27, I really want to get back into good shape!! Unfortunately when I stand upright for too long my lower back starts burning and pain shoots down my legs. My doctor said it was sciatica, and to take prescription anti-inflammatory medication. Well, I'm out of meds and I still experie... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 16:09:42 EST When does your job count as your cardio? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36762550 Hey all, <BR> <BR> Newbie to exercise. I understand it's important to have both cardio, and muscle work outs. However, as I'm making my exercise plan I'm wondering if I should actually have a cardio day. I'm a subway employee. My tracker (pacer) is recording an average around 7,5000 steps in the 3-4 hour shifts I work every weekday. <BR> So, in your opinion is this cardio, and I should focus more on muscle building? Tue, 21 Jul 2015 10:44:28 EST Mosquitos!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36761355 OMG I went walking the other day and my arms are covered with lumps and itchy bumps. I'm glad I had long pants on because my legs would be a mess. This certainly is a bad year, all the rain is making monster bugs. <BR> <BR> I'm in Illinois and these blood suckers are the size of trucks. I hate spraying myself because I worry that even after a shower the chemicals may be an issue with my cats. <BR> <BR> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 07:16:36 EST When do you work out? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36761106 Morning or Evening? Tue, 21 Jul 2015 06:04:08 EST Daily Burn http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36759539 I just signed up for Daily Burn so I can alternate workouts. I have a question..when you chose your program will Daily Burn tell you each day what workout to do and keep track for you? Thanks! Mon, 20 Jul 2015 22:01:28 EST Overtraining vs Maximum training http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36758884 Hi All <BR> I have been on weight loss/ fitness journey for over 3 years. <BR> Currently I am weight training 3-5 times a week and would like to add Insanity/ T-25 and yoga to keep my fat % down. I wanted to know if I fuel myself well and appropriately, would addition of the above exercise be overtraining or can it actually help me get better. Mon, 20 Jul 2015 19:24:16 EST Need help planning workout! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36757902 I'm an 18 year old male, 200 pounds with a lot of fat: mostly in my gut, chest, and thighs, and almost no muscle. I do almost no exercise but am starting to eat healthier. <BR> <BR> Where do I start?? I don't know what kind of exercises to do, and what is too much or too little. I've tried doing some jogging and pushups but I just have no idea what I'm doing. <BR> <BR> Please help, thanks! Mon, 20 Jul 2015 15:20:48 EST Curves http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36757449 Does anyone here go to Curves? <BR> If so, have you noticed a big difference, or has it helped with weight loss? <BR> <BR> I went years (and YEARS) ago and wasn't very impressed with it, but I just got a great deal on a 1-month membership and thought it would be worth trying again. I'm rather excited to give it a try and see what's changed. <BR> <BR> If you go to Curves, how do you log it in the tracker? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Mon, 20 Jul 2015 13:46:48 EST Low impact excerise ideas for home? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36753169 I need some ideas on some low impact exercises I can do at home, that will burn around 100 calories or so. <BR> <BR> I have been going on 30 minute walks with my Airedale terrier and have been using the GPS tracker, and that burns around 100 calories. Sometimes its just too muggy to be outside walking. <BR> <BR> I live a fairly sedentary day, as I work from home, and am not used to heavy exercise (yet), I decided to try a cardio/strength workout that I found on pinterest https://www.pint... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 21:21:31 EST Injuries from exercising http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36748021 I am so out of shape. My back muscles are always causing me issues. Everytime I start exercising I end up hurting myself one way or another. I appreciate sparkpeople website I am surrounded by people who couldn't care less about getting healthy. I'm just tired of doing this on my own. <em>234</em> Sat, 18 Jul 2015 23:08:58 EST Strength training and Yoga - New Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36746766 I'm coming back to sparkpeople for another try after a long break. It seems like I remember in the past that the website would create a strength training program with specific exercises for me. Now, I can't seem to figure that part out have no idea how to do it as I've always been more of a cardio person. I'd really like to do strength training and yoga, but need it to just be bodyweight since I have no equipment yet. Is there a way to generate this on the site or do any of you have any r... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 20:58:26 EST Have questions about beach body systems http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36745295 I want to try one of those beach body systems, but I have exercise induced asthma and bad knees, can anyone suggest which one I should try. Can anyone give me det's on what they are doing and is working for them? Sat, 18 Jul 2015 16:46:41 EST tracking obstacle race http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36741771 How would you track a mud/obstacle race? <BR> <BR> I'm doing one today and bviously I will not be wearing my Garmin. Sat, 18 Jul 2015 06:49:22 EST dumbbell question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36736836 My arms have always been weak so I have been trying to dumbbells on work breaks. I started at 3 pounds and after a while they became too easy. So I went to 5lbs and that was still somewhat easy. I tried 10 lbs and that was too much so I dropped to 7 and I still feel like I am struggling to keep good form. So my question is do I stick with 5 with decent form or do I do 7 with not so decent form? Fri, 17 Jul 2015 09:59:20 EST Muscle pain and fatigue after an intense workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36736395 I have recently begun this weight loss journey and I've lost 10 lbs since the beginning of June. Last week I signed up at a new gym called YouFit and started personal training sessions twice a week. <BR> <BR> This past Tuesday I had a really intense workout with my trainer. We worked on the elliptical and my legs gave out on me at the end. After I work out I've been getting nauseous and headaches despite drinking a ton of water before, during and after my workouts. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I n... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 08:44:59 EST Military diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36733717 Just finished day 3 of military diet, tomorrow I weigh myself .. Hope I get good results. Felt a little hungry ... But it's been doable Fri, 17 Jul 2015 00:00:34 EST Would love some information on interval training http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36732918 Hi! I'm curious if there is a form of interval training for beginners, or people just starting exercise. Thu, 16 Jul 2015 22:03:23 EST Achilles Tendon Help!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36732696 Hi Everyone! <BR> Last November I started running on my treadmill and after about a week I noticed that my Achilles' tendon in my left foot was tight and sore. I stopped running and, when the paid didn't entirely go away, poked around a little and found a small bump on the tendon (pea sized). Well it's still there after all this time. I've tried using an ice pack every night for 15-20 minutes. I've stopped running or even walking for exercise. It hurts more sometimes depending on what shoes ... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 21:34:23 EST exercise too much http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36731445 Hello! I am trying to lose weight. I am a female, 5'6" and weigh 220 pounds. I want to know if it is possible to exercise too much. I ride my exercise bike for an hour 6 days a week. Three days a week I add in weight lifting and Pilates. I take one day a week totally off from exercise. I eat 1200-1500 calories a day. My scale is not budging. I could really use some advice. Thu, 16 Jul 2015 16:51:03 EST ..and when do I Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36730243 Okay my day begins at 5 AM -coffee, shower, dress & (6 AM) drive off to work -Sit 11.25 hrs. <BR> <BR> Drive home cook, eat, sit outside with the dogs for 25-20-mins before turning in. <BR> <BR> Get in bed by 8:30-9 PM, read/ watch Television and start all over. <BR> <BR> I do this 4-5 days a week, -Weekends Run errands, groceries, clean house, wash clothes, etc,. sounds too exciting right? Well did you read where I found time to exercise? <BR> <BR> Probably not so please share with ... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 12:18:41 EST my heal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36728622 When I wake up my heal hurts. I took Excedrin it stop hurting. It comes and go with this pain. I am looking good pair shoes . I enjoy walking. Thu, 16 Jul 2015 07:54:57 EST Good article about making exercise a habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36725293 https://www.yahoo.com/health/the-essential<BR>-trick-to-make-exercise-a-daily-habit-<BR>124084001802.html <BR> <BR> <BR> I find that if I put my tennis shoes on I suddenly feel like exercising is more doable. It's just that one step I have to get past. So weird how accurate this article is for me. <BR> <BR> What is your thing? <BR> Wed, 15 Jul 2015 20:23:14 EST What is the cost for Spark Coach? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36723387 What is the cost for Spark Coach? Wed, 15 Jul 2015 13:16:10 EST How many minutes do you work out? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36719097 How many minutes do you work out to lose weight and see results? Tue, 14 Jul 2015 21:02:49 EST Looking for a song! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36718701 I have been enjoying Zumba but can't figure out what a certain song is! <BR> It has a whole lot bum ba da dum ba dump ba dum repeated in the background but sort of fast Any one know what I'm talking about?!? I've tried googling with no luck. Tue, 14 Jul 2015 19:31:44 EST Spark, MisFit and Polar-calories burned vary?!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36718486 Not sure which tracker to believe! I worked out on my elliptical for 35 minutes tonight... My MisFit says I burned 170 calories. Spark says I burned 326. And my Polar heart rate monitor says 281. Weird!! I'd like to go with my Polar, but I don't know how to alter Spark calories burned. ?? Anyone else have this same issue?? Tue, 14 Jul 2015 19:08:54 EST Burnt out? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36718244 I work out 5-6 days a week. I do Insanity, T25, Jillian Michaels, Zuzka Light and currently on my 2nd round of Insanity Max30. So this past wknd I started my workout and had to stop with 10 min left. This was a workout I've gotten thru several times. I gave myself a rest on Sunday then when got home from work Monday started a workout and was completely out of gas 8min in and had to stop that. Today, I came home and didn't even attempt a workout, just feel wiped out. My diet hasn't ... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 18:26:13 EST What are some good exercises without my arms? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36717299 Hello everyone. I just joined and am looking for some good exercises I can do. I suffer from severe migraines with an aura and the doctor found nothing that was causing the pain and I just found out I have carpal tunnel in my left wrist and ulnar neuropathy in my right arm. I am limited on exercises that I have known my whole life. What are some good exercises that will help me lose the weight but not put too much strain on my arms and won't trigger a migraine? Any help will be great. Thank ... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 13:38:44 EST PLEASE HELP!! Jillian Michaels beginner shred... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36713881 Hi, I have asked this many times, and either no one knew the answer, or no reply, lol. <BR> <BR> I started beginner shred, and was curious as to how I would track this? It's very modified, so I am not sure if I would track this under circuit training like I did for the original 30 day shred? I hope someone can help!! Thanks in advance. Tue, 14 Jul 2015 01:07:38 EST LF buddy or team challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36707721 I need a competition to keep me motivated when it comes to working out... anybody know any team challenges that I could get involved in or want to start one? Mon, 13 Jul 2015 06:24:12 EST Starting T25 tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36706160 Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> So my best friend is getting married in October and I'm a bridesmaid and I am also moving to Alaska this fall and I have some weight I need to lose. I have these big life events and I want to be in better shape for these things and I want to be able to do the hikes and xc skiing in Alaska. I am looking for some people to help motivate me to get my rear moving. Is anyone else starting T25 this week? Are you eating from the meal plan, or just making healthier food cho... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 22:02:58 EST I need to get back on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36704255 I have arthritis and I've been at a standstill for awhile. I have been having lower back pain and some mild hip pain. Where is a good place to begin? Sun, 12 Jul 2015 15:26:51 EST How to start yoga? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36703920 Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm very much a beginner at yoga and still about 60lbs overweight. I used to do some Kundalini yoga videos years ago before I gained weight, but wondered if there was a good video or technique you could recommend to a complete beginner who is also a bit chunky and inflexible? Thanks! Sun, 12 Jul 2015 14:03:11 EST misplaced tracker http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36702391 does it have a way to send a signal like fitbit I misplaced it somewhere in the house My fault Sun, 12 Jul 2015 09:30:31 EST excerfcise with plantar facitis and tendonosis http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36700851 I am trying again to lose weight, and this time round I have such sore feet that exercise like walking is impossible. Even standing for more than 5 minutes triggers pain. <BR> <BR> Has anyone overcome foot pain to find an exercise program that is efficient in burning calories? Sun, 12 Jul 2015 04:35:06 EST Nutrition http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36700544 When I'm depressed I quit eating, people worry about me but I don't Sun, 12 Jul 2015 01:36:28 EST Walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36697509 Did a half mile up hill and a half mile down. Sat, 11 Jul 2015 16:17:52 EST I've got 8 weeks to see what I can do. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36693683 I've been working on getting into my very best shape over the last year. But the last two months, due to multiple unforeseen issues, I've been way behind. I've gained back all the weight I had lost! <BR> <BR> I have a big event in 8 weeks and I'd like to see how much I can improve by then. Is it realistic to hope to lose 10-11 pounds in that amount of time? <BR> <BR> I'm 26, 5'2", and 123 pounds (Which is heavy for me. I'm feeling uncomfortable to say the least. It's really biting into my... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 23:55:45 EST Does anyone know how to time strength training? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36689621 I have a trivial question for all my fellow sparkpeople out there. I started strength training about 2 weeks ago and I started the sparkpeople tracker as of yesterday. I loved that there are so many strength training exercises on the app that you can input, however I am not sure I am timing it correctly. For example: I input preacher curls, 5 sets, 15 reps, with 25 lbs. I clocked each set at about 30 seconds so about 2 and a half minutes total to complete... when I input that in... I burn... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 11:47:31 EST I don't know where to start! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36689448 Hi! I'd really appreciate any advice or words of wisdom. I'm 18 going on 19, and I want to get in shape. I've always been slender, but I've never been fit. <BR> <BR> I am about 5' 8'' and 134 pounds of pure body fat. I am happy with my size, but not with all the jiggles. What I want to do is get rid of some of this fat and replace it with toned, healthy muscles, but after what feels like centuries of google searches and even doctor's visits (just walk, they said, you'll change, they said), ... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 11:05:23 EST Which workout plan is best to lose weight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36682943 I gained 4 pounds after going to Zumba classes for an hour 5 days a week for 10 weeks! How is that possible? Is it because I didn't do any strength training this whole time? (Note: I only did all this Zumba because the Zumba studio was closing down and I had all these punch cards to use before they closed. I didn't have time or energy to do strength training during this time!) <BR> <BR> After the 10 weeks of Zumba, a friend invited me to join her in these FitBit Challenges. I never thoug... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 09:55:09 EST Runners, how many miles/week? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36680253 Runners, how many miles per week would you consider healthy and sustainable? How often do you rest? What do you consider overtraining? Thu, 9 Jul 2015 00:56:41 EST Yoga and Strength Training Rotation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36678050 Hi Peeps! <BR> I am a deer caught in the headlights. I am trying to figure out the best way to add yoga into my weekly cardio and weight training. I have noticed that I am at a loss on this one. <BR> Any thoughts? Wed, 8 Jul 2015 18:13:22 EST Vintage Videos - I am on this kick - anybody else http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36677415 I just posted a blog about Dirk Benedict - actor , from A - Team ? <BR> <BR> I like vintage workouts, they make me laugh while I am in pain Wed, 8 Jul 2015 16:15:53 EST Post effective leg exercises here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36675747 I'm in really bad need of leg exercises. My legs are so bad I can't wear shorts in the summer. I have 15.5 inch calves. I am a woman. I want nice legs, and am trying to lose weight overall. My legs are stubborn. I want slender legs. I would like to wear shorts next summer (probably too late for this summer) I am not looking to wear shorts with a 1 inch inseam, more like a 4-5 inch inseam. But I can't find good leg exercises. I think the good ones are kept secret, only to be known to $1,000 an... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 10:58:17 EST Has anyone tried the essentrics stretching workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36672705 Has anyone tried the essentrics stretching workout dvds? There is the book called Aging Backwards. Wed, 8 Jul 2015 00:24:25 EST im a beginner runner and im 194 pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36671434 I am 194 pounds and want to start running. I have never ran in my whole life but when i was in high school. I am wanting to run a 5 mile race in October 2015. I have no runners experience at all. I just started the 21 day fix extreme program today. Im looking for advice on how i can start running, is there any programs you recommend, or how should i start running. I wanna make a schedule and stick to it Tue, 7 Jul 2015 21:36:13 EST WOOT WOOT - 1st 10 mile day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36670961 been upping the exercise. doing a little stregnth training, when i do the tread mill im doing only 30 minutes but 1 minute intervals of walk/ run 3.5/5.0 <BR> <BR> also switch off just low carbs and trying this carb cycling thing <BR> <BR> + TODAY I WALKED MY FIRST 10 MILE DAY, <BR> <BR> THis wont be everyday as I want to incorporate more running which is killing me but just <BR> <BR> bragging today Tue, 7 Jul 2015 20:24:46 EST Has anyone hosted a 5k? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36670763 We are wanting to do a 5k as a fundraiser for the high school band. Has anyone hosted one? I need to pick somebody's brain. Thanks. Tue, 7 Jul 2015 19:52:52 EST I am looking for a new program http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36669644 Any thoughts on Slim in 6, the 21 Day Fix, or the Firm Express? <BR> There are things I like about each program, and I cannot decide. <BR> Does anyone have any experience with any of these? Tue, 7 Jul 2015 16:53:34 EST fat Percentage Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36668420 Okay so . I'm moving to a new country in 3 months <BR> I'm 5ft7inch tall and My weight is 183 pounds .my body fat percentage is 36 .I want to reduce the fat percentage to 24 before I leave . <BR> Is it possible and How ? And how much fat percent can I lose in a day ! Tue, 7 Jul 2015 11:54:16 EST Fitness Tracker no longer goes into my Nutrition http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36668242 My fitness tracker use to post my exercise to my Nutrition Tracker and say you can burn more calories. It doesn't do that anymore. Has there been a change? Tue, 7 Jul 2015 11:21:41 EST Tight lower back/hip muscles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36668191 Hi! silly question here...are pilates (easier versions like Ellen Barrett) go to help loosen my back muscles? They are always tight. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Tue, 7 Jul 2015 11:06:59 EST What's on your workout playlist? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36666923 I've just been pulling up YouTube and picking an album to play while I work out. My goal is to make it through to the end of the albums. Lately, I've been listening to Seether's Isolate and Medicate, Disturbed's 10,000 Fists, Halestorm's The Curious Case Of, and Pop Evil's Lipstick on the Mirror. <BR> <BR> What is everyone else listening to? Tue, 7 Jul 2015 07:58:08 EST So, when will I feel the effects? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36665391 First off, I apologize if posting in the wrong board. I've been debating for days if I even wanted to ask this question or not, but I think at this point I need motivation to continue. <BR> <BR> Anyways, three months ago after trying for years to drop some weight, I actually got serious about it. Cut back on the food and reduced my alcohol consumption (getting an actual job outside the house helped with that greatly). Now it's three months later and I dropped 30 lbs of my 50 lbs goal, but... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 02:42:52 EST How do you exercise when it's just too darn hot? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36664654 I'm 62, overweight by about 80 pounds and cannot tolerate heat. I have no AC to speak of and fans can only do so much. I'm not complaining, some people have it much worse. I really want to exercise and lose the excess weight but I could really use some ideas on how to do it without killing myself in the process ( kind of defeats the purpose...) Any thoughts or ideas would be welcomed and thanks in advance for the help. <BR> Mon, 6 Jul 2015 23:36:37 EST pulse rate http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36660958 hello ..i have just bought a treadmill today is my first day to get my health on track ,i have only managed 10 mins in a total of 3 sessions ,my question is what should my heart rate be to keep save ,thank you Mon, 6 Jul 2015 12:24:06 EST Compression Socks or Kinesio Tape? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36657560 I'm trying to find ways to help alleviate my plantar fasciitis. I've been to a podiatrist and I have seen a PT. I was doing well for about 2 or 3 months and left PT, but life turned upside down and I stopped running and working out for a whole month. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I've been easing back into running since June, but despite my stretches and PT routines, my PF is starting to irritate me again. The pain is NOT unbearable, yet my foot is really tight in the mornings and I still feel t... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 03:14:05 EST Exercise Help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36656283 I am overweight, about 150 lbs overweight. <BR> <BR> I keep reading that jumping jacks are one of the best cardio exercises. But I struggle with jumping jacks and running and anything that requires bouncing. I have a lot of knee and ankle pain, and an additional problem that I'm not sure how to overcome. <BR> <BR> I have a rather large breast (G cup - two sizes above what can be found at the plus size stores). My husband and I are looking into me getting reduction surgery but that will b... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 22:03:21 EST I didn't feel that I worked out hard enough today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36652459 There's a heatwave going on right now in Malaysia. Everyday feels like you're trapped in an oven! I've started walking after 7pm but now, even 7pm is too hot. If I go out after 7:30pm, it starts to get dark, so I mostly exercise at home now, in front of the PC with the air conditioning on. <BR> <BR> I don't know if it's because of the heat but normally I would get up a good sweat. I did about an hour of Pilates with a little cardio in between from youtube. It's under Fitness Blender. However... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 08:29:34 EST preparing for hip surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36648480 I am in need of hip replacement surgery. I was always active, walking, horseback riding, playing with grandchildren and zumba until my hips have become so bad that I need replacement. I would like to keep some sort of physical activity going before surgery to strengthen muscles, keep up cardio and help lessen recuperation time. Does anyone have any suggestions for a low impact/seated exercise? Its difficult to walk or stand for more than 15 minutes at a time. I am going to try Aqua Zumba ... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 11:09:54 EST Will it work? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36645836 Hello! <BR> <BR> I am 23 years old, 5 ft 0 and weight currently 120lbs. I joined the gym this week with the purpose of working on my abs, getting bigger in my lower body. In other words, I want a bigger butt and thighs. I want to make sure that the exercises I have been doing will give me those results. <BR> <BR> To work my lower body I have done the following.....( I know I have to gradually increases the lbs I use) <BR> <BR> I started using the leg press machine ( it was my first time s... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 22:32:57 EST Are these appropriate calorie adjustments? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36645833 Hello. I realize that the SparkPeople Nutrition Tracker automatically adjusts my calories allotted according to the cardio exercises I enter. For example, today I did an hour of Zumba. It said I burned more than I think is possible. The instructor may have burned that much because she is high energy and all over the room. I have to do a lower impact version, though, due to some prior injuries and getting back into shape gradually. I usually take no more than 1/3rd to 1/2th of the extra ... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 22:32:08 EST 30 day shred anyone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36639071 I've started doing the 30 day shred again today after achieving results from as little as 5 days in the past, and this time I'm determined to finish. (I will not quit after 11 days again!!!) <BR> <BR> I went to find the team for it to find it was innactive so came out to search for others who'd be interested in doing it. Or if anyone has finished, how did you find the 30 day shred? <BR> <BR> To anyone who hasn't heard of it, it's Jillian Michaels. 3 minutes of strength, 2 minutes of cardio ... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 19:01:32 EST It will be worth it, right? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36638998 I just finished my first day of Jillian Michael's ripped in 30. I am so out of shape. Halfway through, I almost started crying because I feel like I will never make it past week one. My modifications seemed so lazy, but necessary. I almost want to quit already and just stay fat. I mean, I know this will (should) get easier, but that is hard to remember at this point. Thu, 2 Jul 2015 18:32:23 EST Beginner and Advanced Strength Training. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36638817 I need to add strength training to my routine. <BR> My complex has a little home gym for such things, but I'm wondering which ones I can do to atart. <BR> <BR> I remember there used to be a list of beginner and advanced ones on the old SP, but I don't know what to find it or if I have to figure it out on my own. Thu, 2 Jul 2015 17:19:05 EST Question about dumbbells http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36637256 Hello, <BR> <BR> I started keeping dumbbells at my desk to get a little exercise during my day at work. I have a handfull of exercises I have been doing all seated . I started out at 10 reps and 3 sets for each exercise . Its been about 3 weeks and Ive moved up to 20 reps and 3 sets. Monday thru friday with weekends off. My question is that the last two days Ive noticed more soreness and fatigue than usual . Is this normal? Do I keep going as I have been or am I doing something wrong? Thu, 2 Jul 2015 11:57:23 EST How to stop from burning out? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36631908 Whenever I get motivated to get fit I go from couch potato to pushing my limits. I try to do everything thinking it's the way to better myself but It always results with me finishing the first month exhausted, suffering headaches after workouts and it kills my motivation and good intentions. I quit, spend another 2 months back doing nothing and then start all over again. <BR> <BR> How often should I be aiming at the start to workout a week and for how long? <BR> <BR> I'm sorry if this a du... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 16:18:29 EST Calories burned with Turbofire HITT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36630947 How many calories are burned doing the 30 minute HITT Turbofire? Wed, 1 Jul 2015 12:19:14 EST Running everyday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36627984 I am doing the couch to 5k. I have been doing it everyday instead of 3 days a week. Is this okay ? I do feel my legs starting to hurt in the calves tonight but feel horrible if I take a day off. Tue, 30 Jun 2015 23:50:48 EST Personal trainer Certification http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36627926 What is the number one place to get certified? Online, self paced. Tue, 30 Jun 2015 23:38:51 EST lunges http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36626102 Doing lunges aggravates my foot with the bunion when it's the one in back. Does anyone have a suggestion for lunge-free lower body videos or routines? My knees are fine, I just can't put pressure on the balls of feet/toes. Can anyone relate? Tue, 30 Jun 2015 19:18:20 EST Help! Metatarsal Stress Fracture?? How to heal it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36625552 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2cb0159c-c0da-4186-95eb-343f505a7d75.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I used to run (a few years ago), and recently starting running and walking again. Here's what and how I've increased exercise: <BR> <BR> March 9 - started walking for 1-1.5 miles at lunch 3-4 times a week, increased to 2 miles 4-5 times a week around April 20 <BR> May 4 - very light almost unnoticeable foot pain started during 2 mile walk at lunch <BR> May 5 - foot pain was terrible, couldn... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:54:54 EST stationary bike same as reg. bike in miles ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36624682 When riding my stationary bike I can do 14 miles at 12 miles per hour. Am I entitled to the same caloric burn as a regular bike ? Tue, 30 Jun 2015 12:20:17 EST extra movement http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36623475 To be honest I am new to this way of thinking. I am 63 and 110 pounds overweight. I recently started the 28 day challenge group on SP. I have one knee replaced and one that is bone on bone. So (pause) I am so glad that my activities have started to show quite an improvement. I have to stay focused on my goal or I'll quit like I did my whole life, it seems. Just being honest. No longer a quitter. My goal is lofty, I want to be 180 pounds by June 2017. I lost 48 pounds so far with just a few hi... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 08:10:44 EST Help! :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36621990 There is an exercise I do that I don't know the name for, so I can't figure out how to track it! Hopefully someone can help... <BR> <BR> I lay on my back, legs straight out & heels just off the floor. I bring my knees into my chest, then raise my feet straight up. Separate the legs into a wide "V", then bring my feet back together. Then I bring my heels back down, knees to my chest, and extend my legs out straight again. <BR> <BR> Anyone know the name for this?? Tue, 30 Jun 2015 01:01:36 EST BODYBLADE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36619739 Hiya, has anyone used a Bodyblade, I have just ordered and willing to try it for 30 days Mon, 29 Jun 2015 17:07:51 EST Tracking Stadium/Stair Jogging? Workout? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36619406 I've been jog/walking up and down the beach stairs as a workout. Given that this makes me sore for a week afterward, I'm pretty sure it burns more calories than "stair climbing" on the SP tracker. I do the stairmaster at the gym and it is definitely not as rigorous. Does anyone else do this sort of workout? How do you track it? Mon, 29 Jun 2015 15:23:14 EST Fueling before/during a long run? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36614426 After running 5Ks for a while I'm slowly working my way up to a 10K and after my last long run felt awful. Totally drained and exhausted. I'm prepping for another long run tomorrow and want to do better, so I'm planning on eating something like toast and pb (maybe with banana) before my run. Not sure about fueling during a run and whether or not it's necessary. What are your suggestions for what to eat before a run and fueling during a run? At what distance/time does fueling during a run real... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 21:37:49 EST which activity level to choose http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36612341 I changed jobs three months ago and it only just occurred to me that i should change my tracker. <BR> <BR> I'm working 8 hours a day as a dog groomer which consists of bathing, drying and cutting dogs I'm on my feet all day with around a 15min break <BR> <BR> I am unsure if this falls under active or lightly active Sun, 28 Jun 2015 13:30:18 EST Degenerative Disc and working out http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36612299 I have degenerative disc. My spine is literally bone rubbing bone. If I lose weight it will relieve some of the pressure but it literally hurts me to do most exercises. <BR> Any suggestions???? Sun, 28 Jun 2015 13:22:51 EST Did I just burn out? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36611292 I exercised for 5 days consecutively last week. I took a break on Friday because I was having dizzy spells after dialysis. Then Saturday, I took another break because I was still having DOMS. <BR> <BR> I was supposed to exercise today (Sunday) but I woke up this morning feeling horrid. I kept feeling like I was going to throw up. In fact, I did throw up a little in the night. Didn't have much appetite today so I didn't eat much today. <BR> <BR> Did I push myself too hard? Is it because of ... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 09:39:42 EST Health & Fitness Apps http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36610601 Besides Spark People, what is your favorite health & fitness app? Sun, 28 Jun 2015 07:49:44 EST mucles without a gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36607166 can you build muscles without going to a gym? <BR> <BR> I can not afford a home gym, and I'm not trying to become a body builder. Also I have quite a ways on my fitness journey. <BR> <BR> Can I build muscles with just body weight and home weights and resistence bands? <BR> <BR> this is what I can afford. <BR> <BR> Again not trying to be a body builder, I just want to get stronger and get a bigger booty. Sat, 27 Jun 2015 18:22:33 EST lunge alternatives http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36607154 right now I can NOT do lunges. not front, not back. etc. <BR> <BR> Right now I'm too overweight and they hurt my knees. <BR> <BR> Any good alternatives since they're in my jessica smith and fitness blender workouts. <BR> <BR> ideas please? Sat, 27 Jun 2015 18:19:14 EST Water lost? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36606329 Hi , I'm 5'1 female and I have been on a keto diet for about 8 days and i have been drink at least 4-6 bottle of water but ever since i have been drink more water than i usely do which for me is is like 1 bottle a day, so my weight stated at( 246 50% body fat 35% water ) and i have been checking my weight body fat and water intake it went gradually to 238 weight 50% fat, 33% water how is it possible the more water i drink to more my water weight go down. Some one help. Sat, 27 Jun 2015 13:20:45 EST Did I do the right thing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36604891 I have been exercising for 5 days straight last week. I didn't exercise yesterday (Friday) because I was having dizzy spells after dialysis. But today is Saturday and I still have DOMS. I decided to take another day's break to enable my muscles to heal completely. I will definitely have to start exercising again tmrw! (Sunday). <BR> <BR> Am I doing the right thing? Or should I just push thru today (Saturday). Sat, 27 Jun 2015 08:37:48 EST not enough sleep and exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36601251 should I still exercise on days when I haven't gotten enough sleep? <BR> <BR> some days i'm so tired I feel sick (I have kidz with autism that sometimes wake me up way toooo damn early) <BR> <BR> and some days I'm torn between it being an excuse and not being sure if my workout will still affect my muscles if I'm tired <BR> <BR> I would deeply appreciate the help. Fri, 26 Jun 2015 17:01:05 EST What does everyone suggest? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36600683 I have been doing the 21 day fix through team beach body, and my muscles are being torn apart by the workouts. is anyone else having this problem? Is the eating plan plus different exercise effective as well? Does anyone have any suggestions for what kind of exercise to do? I have about 100 lbs i'd like to lose. I have an autoimmune disease that makes eating gluten bad for me, as well as processed sugars and dairy. I am trying really hard to do the beach body workouts...but I don't think they... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 13:22:09 EST Breakfast and morning workout a bust! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36600669 Hey all! I am stuck in a rut and need some suggestions. I prefer to wake up early and do my morning workout. Which is usually Zumba in my living room. I am already lacking a little energy but If I eat breakfast before I work out, I feel too full to do Zumba and even a little sick. Any suggestions on what I can drink/eat to make me not feel that way and still get in my workout? Is it ok to not eat and still do my workout? <BR> Fri, 26 Jun 2015 13:18:18 EST why do i look slim and still wearsize 7 jeans? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36595146 I am pear shaped and I now weight 120 lbs and I am 5`3 tall. I am happy where I am .However I wear size 7 jeans but I look slim even in photos. However,my sister who is still carrying baby weight can fit into size 5 jeans. Then again she carries most of her weight in her upper body,stomach etc.She also looks heavier than me.I exercise but I do moistly cardio <BR> <BR> What`s the logic behind this Thu, 25 Jun 2015 16:44:17 EST Posture http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36595058 So many things to consider. Posture is very important to my health. Here is a saved link to help you move forward. http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitnes<BR>s_articles.asp?id=1407 Thu, 25 Jun 2015 16:10:16 EST Crunchless Core workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36593963 this is great in general, and I can do most of it. However I have extreme knee issues including severely decreased ROM and extreme pain when kneeling do to advanced arthritis and bone spurs. Any suggestions on ways to achieve similar results with out kneeling? Thu, 25 Jun 2015 11:16:55 EST Fit Bit and Spark People together--How? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36592915 I recently bought a Fit Bit to motivate me to get moving. I've been doing that and figured I would use that site instead to track all my progress. Problem is I miss the SparkPeople motivation and other things it has to offer. But I don't know if I can spend the time tracking in two places. Anyone have a good idea on how to track use both of these sites at the same time? I like the Fit Bit site too--but I love Spark People. I am busy--like everyone else and don't know how to do it so I will st... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 08:36:26 EST Support System http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36588725 Hey guys, Something came to mind today. I always try to find people to add to my friends list but, it seems like its hard to find active people on this website. Alot of SP Pages are from 2013 ect. So, if you active NOW and you want support NOW.. Add me as a friend!! We need all the support we can get! Im here for you guys!! Love you all, and lets get this weight loss journey accomplished with the thoughts and ideas of others!! Wed, 24 Jun 2015 15:33:56 EST Wearable Fitness Trackers. Yay or Nay? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36588340 I've been considering buying a wearable fitness tracker, like Fitbit or the spark activity tracker, to help with my health goals. <BR> I was wondering what your experiences are with them? <BR> Do you find the bracelet better? or the clip on? <BR> Do they motivate you? <BR> Do you find it more accurate than tracking manually? Wed, 24 Jun 2015 13:37:35 EST Continued Leg Pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36587321 Hello, folks. I'm hoping some of you might be able to offer some insight or advice. <BR> <BR> I'm a 40 year old male about 6 feet tall, currently 220 pounds. Approximately 10 weeks ago I began a regimen of daily walks combined with dietary changes to lose weight. At the beginning I weighed 240 pounds, so in those 10 weeks I've lost 20 pounds. <BR> <BR> Normally I will walk 1 mile in the morning after breakfast, and then again in the evening after dinner. Sometimes the walks are longer, ... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 10:05:11 EST Discouraged about starting fitness...Let myself go http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36583286 I haven't valued my body. I want to so bad. But, now my joints and feet are swollen. Its been going for three weeks. I am resenting how poorly I've treated myself. Now that I am so serious about getting healthy I can't work out. Tue, 23 Jun 2015 19:03:24 EST Left gym because I got sick http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36583281 Having a bad day...Left the gym early because I was feeling ill. I know it's my meds..I got sick yesterday as well after I got home from working out. Ugh..just feeling kinda down. Gotta talk to the doc and see if he can change my meds or quantity. I really was motivated to work out today. I have to remember this is not Sprint but a marathon. Thanks for letting me vent. Tue, 23 Jun 2015 18:58:24 EST Exercise and Blisters...? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36582686 Hello everyone <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> I'm just stopping by to shoot a quick question. I'm trying to do the PiYo program but I have some painful blisters that make some of the moves feel impossible. I'm trying to figure out if I'm being a baby or if I really need to postpone this program. I'm only on day 2 and I really love the program, I just don't love the pain. What should I do? Tue, 23 Jun 2015 16:22:41 EST Home workout DVD's? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36582071 Hi Everyone - <BR> Just wondering for all you people who work out at home - what do you use? <BR> Youtube channel (which one?) <BR> DVD's? (which ones?) <BR> Spark people videos? <BR> Websites? <BR> Pinterest/create your own schedule/routine? <BR> <BR> Once upon a time I used to do bodyrock, but it's changed so much in the past couple years that I don't follow them anymore. I found Zuska, the other creator of Bodyrock and joined her website, but it's $10/month, and my fitness isn't at a le... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 13:09:25 EST strength training http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36581996 I use the Walk Away the Pounds dvds for my exercise. In many of the videos I use a resistance band while I walk. Does this qualify as strength training for my arms? Do exercises like squats, leg raises on the floor or standing qualify? Tue, 23 Jun 2015 12:30:29 EST Sore legs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36581086 I've been walking 5-6 days a week for a little over 4 months now. I started out at a slow pace and only walked about a mile a day. I've now worked my way up to about 3 miles per day and it usually takes me about 50 minutes, so still not at a really fast pace. My legs stay sore and tired most of the time, even when I'm not walking. They feel very tight and tense, especially after sitting for a long time. Does anyone have any idea what may be causing this and what I can do to help it. I r... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 09:01:09 EST sore back http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36577053 I've been exercising with weights for about a month now (2x a week). I normally feel sore the days afterward, but it's always been my arms or legs, and occasionally my butt if I'm lucky. Today it's my back. This worries me because I'm wondering if this means I injured myself. It isn't a sharp pain, but I definitely feel stiff when I try to move. It's more around my lower back and there's one spot that has more of a tender feeling than the rest. I have the stiff feeling in my upper back too, b... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 15:12:28 EST exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36576995 I have been really motivated the past month to do an exercise video every morning and at night too in preparation for a performance where I had to get up on stage. Now that it's over I'm not as motivated :( <BR> <BR> However I'm hoping that getting back on spark people will "spark" me to get back into it!! <BR> <BR> I'm also planning on getting married in December Mon, 22 Jun 2015 15:01:12 EST Starting to exercise with pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36573626 Hi everyone. I'm starting to exercise (again) and I have been having a LOT of pain issues. I have chronic pain in my back/neck and wrist and after an accident at work 2 years ago I have twinges in my knee. I want to get in shape, I have been struggling after a car accident in 2011 and then the accident at work. I am healthy enough for exercise now but when I get up in the morning EVERYTHING hurts. It is so hard to get out of bed for a walk when Im so stiff and achy can barely roll over t... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 01:03:00 EST when it's too much too soon http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36571231 How do you know when you're overdoing exercise after not being active for awhile Sun, 21 Jun 2015 16:03:25 EST Why do I seem to be sweating easier now? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36570029 Not too long ago, I wouldn't even sweat much despite a full on workout, but these days, I sweat quite a lot when I push myself. I am not pushing myself harder, but it just seems that I sweat easier now. <BR> <BR> Could it be the weather, no, because Malaysia has always been hot and humid. So, I've heard of "training your body to sweat", is this what is happening? Sun, 21 Jun 2015 09:48:48 EST Why does SP not have a BUILTIN tracker http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36565898 Why does SP not have a built in tracker like "mapmyrun" or "runkeeper" <BR> <BR> Is it built in somewhere and we just cannot find it? <BR> We just want to put one device in our pocket and take off. <BR> Anyhelp is appreciated. <BR> Thank you Sat, 20 Jun 2015 15:43:23 EST acid reflux and jogging/running http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36561578 Now that I am jogging/running internals I now get really bad acid reflux during my workout. Does anyone know how to make it stop ? Fri, 19 Jun 2015 20:57:22 EST Best Yoga Video http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36560550 It's been a million years since I've done yoga, but I desperately need some stretching and stress management lately. I know that I like more "athletic" yoga (versions that flow more quickly) as opposed to more "meditative" yoga (spend a million years in each position). Verbal instruction is a must, Bonus if the instructor also includes some Pilates-type moves for strength/toning. I don't want to buy BeachBody products, because they're prohibitively expensive, but if I can find a good DVD on ... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 15:52:24 EST Join me!! 30 Day Ab Challenge!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36560399 Hey guys!! I need to commit to Sparkpeople and im having a rough time!! I thought i would post this 30 day ab challenge to unite SP friends, Encourage each other, And commit to our healthy lifestyle!! Communication can be left on SparkPages.. Or on this message board!! If you wanna join with me on this challenge, Lets get to know each other so we can hold each other accountable!!!! We need accountability partners!! <BR> <BR> http://www.wcvb.com/image/view/-/2630208<BR>6/highRes/1/-/max... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 15:22:53 EST steps equal ?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36560186 How many fitbit steps equal a mile ? Fri, 19 Jun 2015 13:56:11 EST Sports Injury http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36559176 I was just out walking/jogging with my dog when I turned my ankle pretty badly. I had to walk another 1/2 mile to get back to my car. I'm icing it now, but how can I work out if I can't bear weight on my ankle? What exercises can I do to not let this be a setback? Fri, 19 Jun 2015 09:31:24 EST Total Gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36556075 I bought a piece of equipment like the total gym but it is made by weider. I want to tone - not build major muscle. My problem is that it didn't come with any instructions on the workouts to do at all. I have tried to do research online but am finding nothing useful. I don't know where to start and am hoping someone can help me out who has used this type of machine before... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 20:58:58 EST 10 Minute Trainer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36553762 Hello everyone!!! I have done 3 months of Bootcamp with a personal trainer and lost 30 lbs. I want to workout at home from this point foward. I was given the Tony Horton's 10 minute trainer and a few other DVDs. Is there anyone who has gotten results from this program? Or is there a program that you suggest? <BR> <BR> Thanks in Advance, <BR> Angela Thu, 18 Jun 2015 10:44:39 EST Can someone please change my ticker....I have not http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36550820 lost 200 pounds or close to it Wed, 17 Jun 2015 22:41:58 EST is walking effective way to lose weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36550335 how far and how fast should a person walk to lose weight?, I did not lose that much weight not sure how to change the tacker <BR> Wed, 17 Jun 2015 21:37:08 EST How long did it take you to lose 10+% body fat? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36550284 If you are someone who started out with very high body fat % - 40% or higher, and you have lost at least 10% of that -- how long did it take you to get there? Did you have to do mostly weightlifting, or was anyone able to lose a lot of body fat eventually just through high-protein or high-fat diet and any kind of exercise? Wed, 17 Jun 2015 21:31:36 EST What is the best and most effective weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36549989 exercise to start off with when you have 75 pounds to lose..I have been watching what i eat and exercise on the treadmill for over an hour most days but noticed the weight is not going anywhere and I am not losing inches please help Wed, 17 Jun 2015 20:55:44 EST what kind of exercise did you do today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36549977 I was hoping to get your daily exercise as a booster for me. I do enjoy challenges and would like a recommendation please <BR> Wed, 17 Jun 2015 20:54:14 EST Anyone have a GYM BOSS? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36549941 I am using my gym boss to help boost my walking workouts. An article in Woman's World sorta inspired me. The June 15, issue. Titled "No diet needed!!! Walk off 10 lbs in 54 minutes. Well, to do that, does NOT mean you loose 10 in 54 minutes, but over the week breakdown your workouts into SPURTS for 30 seconds x 18 minutes each to total 54 in the week. Nothing really helps me, but it is worth a try! Wed, 17 Jun 2015 20:45:29 EST calf muscles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36549548 what is the best exercise to build calf muscles ? Wed, 17 Jun 2015 19:26:23 EST Spark Activity Tracker and aqua zumba... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36548953 So... I'm new to the spark activity tracker. Can/should I wear it in the pool when doing aqua zumba? Wed, 17 Jun 2015 16:51:25 EST Treadmill Questions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36548825 I try to walk everyday about 4-7 mile and on top of that decided to add some treadmill work in appox 1 hr a day <BR> <BR> I go 3mph with 3% incline, If i go faster i tend to make my top of my leg muslces to hurt somewhat and if i raise the incline too much it starts hurting my ankles somewhat (as I brok my leg about 8 years ago) <BR> <BR> my usually pulse rate is about 56-65 beatsa minute and when I do the treadmill it only gets up to 110-127 (127 about the top end) Is that getting... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 16:27:13 EST Spark Activity Tracker???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36548326 Does anybody use the Spark Activity Tracker? How well does it work? It says it can tell the activity that you are doing (Walking/running/elliptical/bike)??? What about aerobic (video) type exercises? Does it seem to be accurate? I have a fitbit charge, but I think I might prefer to have the tracker clipped to my bra, as it would be easier to wear out and to work. Actually be able to wear my nice watch more often then. Looking for suggestions and experiences with this, I appreciate any ... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 13:44:01 EST shin splints ouch!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36547038 My leg started to hurt yesterday ( on the lower part of my shin ) while I was out on my walk and when I got up this morning I couldn't put much weight on it. I have been hobbling around all day. I am very upset because I don't want to stop my fitness streak, and I am in the middle of a challenge which I also don't want to stop. Is there any cardio exercises I can do with just upper body?? My Skinny Jean Challenge calls for 30 min. cardio along with other exercises. I'm only on day 12. <em... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 08:37:23 EST Does walking to work count??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36543665 Does walking to work count as exercise? I recently got a job and I walk to and from work every day, I am also on my feet all day. I do laundry at St. Lukes. So does going to work count as exercise or not? let me know...... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 20:38:48 EST lower back and knee aches http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36542547 I am a 69 yr old lady and I have a lower back ache with an aching knee on the left side. I feel a little weak there. Is there anything that helps the pain and strengthens those muscles? I would like to exercise again. <BR> <BR> I have had this for weeks. It is not getting better. Tue, 16 Jun 2015 15:54:20 EST Gallbladder Removal/Slow Weightloss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36542541 So a little over a year ago I was losing about 2 pounds a week on my diet, without much issue for a few years. I had my gallbladder removed last September and ever since, my weight loss has slowed down to barely 1 pound a week. I know losing slower is great and all, but I was wondering if anyone else noticed this too after having their gallbladder removed? Tue, 16 Jun 2015 15:51:34 EST help me identify this zumba song http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36541896 It's an upbeat song..kinda.sounds like.... ready i ready i ready i...saayy waaa. Then a girl shouts mami or mama Tue, 16 Jun 2015 13:47:24 EST Start yoga? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36540930 Well I have been running up till now, and I love it. Yeah I turned into the weird person that likes to run, its kinda funny. Anyway, doctor just diagnosed my foot pain as plantar fasciitis, so no more running till its healed. I dont have a bike and can't afford one, nor can I really put out money right now for anything extra as I am in college...so I guess my question is can I lose weight with yoga? If so how do I start? Does anyone know of any free online yoga through a site or YouTube? <BR... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 10:20:52 EST Choral Singing as exercise? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36537516 Hi! Does anyone have any info on choral singing as exercise? I sing 4 hours per week in rehearsal. My breathing and stamina have improved and it is certainly a mental boost. Has anyone done any research? Thanks! Mon, 15 Jun 2015 20:54:46 EST exercising with kidz http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36537392 my kidz have autism and are a roudy bunch, lol <BR> <BR> any ideas or tips for getting in your exercise with kidz home all day. sometimes its seriously hard to get in with them. they're up from 5 am to 8pm usually and its just really difficult sometimes. Mon, 15 Jun 2015 20:11:46 EST Do You Have a "Yoga Body?" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=36536490 Do you have a body? Yes? - You have a "Yoga Body!" <BR> <BR> Really loved this article, and it's inspiring pictures! <link>www.takepart.com/article/2015/06/11/<BR>10-photos-smash-yoga-body-stereotypes?<BR>cmpid=tp-ptnr-upworthy </link> Mon, 15 Jun 2015 16:32:02 EST