SparkPeople Fitness and Exercise Messageboard Get and give fitness and exercise tips. Plus, quick answers to your fitness questions and strategies for success from the SparkPeople Fitness Experts. SparkPeople Fitness and Exercise Messageboard Do you hula hoop? Anyone interested in hula hooping or would like to learn more? Come join Hula Hoop for Fun & Fitness team. We are starting a new challenge on Monday. Come by and check us out. <link><BR>groups_individual.asp?gid=69739 </link> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 22:03:39 EST Yoga at home with cats Have any of you tried to do yoga at home with cats? LOL. I'll be in downward dog and my cats walk underneath me or tickle my face with their tail. They must be wondering what I'm doing. Just had to share. Fri, 22 Jun 2018 20:59:28 EST how do you lift weights I was wondering when it comes to lifting weights what some of you do. Machines; free weights and if so do you do a pyramid program or a 21 program or do you just lift Fri, 22 Jun 2018 16:42:13 EST naps Does anyone take naps during the day? Fri, 22 Jun 2018 16:29:00 EST I know the answer to this is in here somewhere but I don;t want to wade through all the pages of Q&A so if you don't mind, I'll ask again. Does my Garmin have to be connected to a USB port for SP to receive the data from it? Or will Bluetooth or WiFi send it? Fri, 22 Jun 2018 15:10:33 EST Piyo I started doing Piyo and was wondering if anyone else has done it and how it helped you reach your weight loss goals Thu, 21 Jun 2018 21:32:59 EST sports Does anyone play any sports for exercise, basket ball, baseball, softball? Thu, 21 Jun 2018 06:46:20 EST lifting limations due to a bad heart my cardiologist has put me on a restriction of 20 pounds. NO lifting, pushing, pulling. My question is should I do pyramid lifting and increase the reps.? Does any one else have these types of restrictions and how do you work around them? Wed, 20 Jun 2018 15:55:57 EST Stepping up to a more challenging workout Hi! <BR> <BR> I would welcome some input. <BR> <BR> How can you tell its time to go on to a more challenging workout? <BR> <BR> So you get a great workout, but are not doing this too quickly? <BR> <BR> Thank you for your time and advice! Mon, 18 Jun 2018 23:21:46 EST Skinny Fat Stomach No Matter What??? I have always used a calorie and exercise tracker. I am coming to you guys today with an issue that involves my biggest insecurity ! I am skinny fat, specifically in my stomach area. I always make sure I get in my calories for the day, and try to keep all my foods as whole and pure as possible. I rarely have cheat days, and when I do its usually a meal and not an entire day.... I exercise frequently, 3-5x a week. When possible I go to the gym to do lifting and weight training, but because its... Mon, 18 Jun 2018 18:11:59 EST A good workout app? I am a 20 year old just looking to get in shape, like to get ripped, not like Arnold schwarzenegger but I'd like to get good sized arms, triceps, abs and chest. <BR> <BR> I don't know where to start though is the problem, have a home gymn, tons of weights and a bench. Is there a good app where I can go on and each day it tells me what to do, like today is abs day so do this many reps of these exercises? How do you other guys know how to get ripped without a personal trainer? help appreciated... Mon, 18 Jun 2018 14:10:56 EST Best exercise motivation tips? I thought this might be a good topic, so I'll start with mine: My number one tip is if you can, get a dog(s)! They love walking, and walking is the best exercise that you can do! <BR> <BR> Another tip is to invest in a nice looking set of workout clothes that fit you NOW, whether they're for the gym, or just power-walking. I think it's important to feel as good as you can about yourself as you go out the door. <BR> <BR> More tips? Mon, 18 Jun 2018 03:52:40 EST Encouraging a smaller waist? I KNOW you can't spot reduce. But I've lost 7lbs recently and my waist is still about the same. Is there anything I can do to nudge my waist into being smaller? Sun, 17 Jun 2018 15:34:17 EST Feel like I'm losing weight too quickly. I'm in my forties and recently went from 187 pounds to 169 in a month. I am now tlosing about a pound a day, which I heard was bad. I eat a protein rich 1400 calorie diet and exercise everyday for about and hour and a half. Mostly brisk walking, some yoga (3 days a week), and about 20mins of jogging. Will my weight loss slow down? I'm concerned about my body not being able to adjust to the weight loss if it comes of too quickly. Thanks for the insight. Fri, 15 Jun 2018 09:16:11 EST SparkPeople videos miracle So I wasn't planning on working out today but I saw someone post about SparkPeople videos. I thought I'd check out a little 9 minute boxing vid and figured I might as well do it. Well, the endorphins kicked in so I chose another video, then another and before I knew it I'd got 30 minutes exercise under my belt with 155 calories burnt! I really didn't feel like exercising at all, but those first 9 minutes had a chain reaction - my little SparkPeople videos miracle. <BR> <BR> Don't feel e... Wed, 13 Jun 2018 13:49:40 EST Toned Arms for Women Bonjour, <BR> I am trying to get my arms toned up, most dresses over here, are no sleeves, so I want Demi arms . <BR> <BR> most women in France do not want any kind of muscle, they want string thin arms. I want arms that are firm and strong. <BR> can you please advise me ? I am taking advice from my trainer, but he is a man, and I do not think, we have the same outcomes ?? <BR> please advise , <BR> merci <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 11 Jun 2018 10:14:51 EST Drop 10 Workout 100 crunches <BR> 90 jumping jacks <BR> 80 lunges <BR> 70 squats <BR> 60 seconds of running in place <BR> 50 second plank <BR> 20 high knees <BR> 10 push ups <BR> <BR> The idea is that if you do this routine once a day for 2 weeks or 14 days, you’ll lose 10 pounds. <BR> <BR> Does the Drop 10 workout really work? I weigh 246 i'm not huge but not small. I wear a size 40/32 pants and xl/l shirts and I want to get own to like 220 maybe less and wear size 38-36/32 pants and L shirts and just be ... Mon, 11 Jun 2018 05:13:34 EST Exercise I have a question. My Garmin is finally syncing to my SP. It gives my steps and my active calories. I have not entered my individual exercises the last 2 days because I have a feeling it will double my calories that I earned. I hope that this makes sense. Should I just stick with my active calories or unsync my Garmin and enter it all manually? Thank you for your time Sun, 10 Jun 2018 18:46:55 EST How much training can I do without overtraing? I've been pretty much sedentary for about 1 year and a half. <BR> <BR> I'm currently not working or studying and quite motivated to start being fit and healthy. <BR> <BR> I am 1m80 (5 foot 9) and 105 kg (203 pounds) with a high body fat percentage (I would say almost 30%) <BR> <BR> I started lifting weigths at a club close to my house and doing others things, so 5 times for week I do : <BR> <BR> About 1 hour a day ABC of weigth lifting (about 4 machines for each group of muscles) <BR>... Fri, 8 Jun 2018 22:59:08 EST Squeezing in Activity during the day In order to get in extra steps and activity I pace or do "laps" while doing household activities such as cooking; doing laundry; flossing my teeth. Wed, 6 Jun 2018 10:48:44 EST Kaia Fit How do you track a class? I don't have a fitbit or anything like that. (: Mon, 4 Jun 2018 17:04:09 EST Trying to find the 5% challenge How do I get to the 5% challenge? Trying to get motivated again. Sun, 3 Jun 2018 19:03:32 EST Protecting your hair while swimming... Good Morning! Just looking for suggestions on how those of you that swim frequently protect your hair? Any products or routines that you can recommend? Trying to prevent dry, damaged hair. Swimming feels so good!!! Thank you! <BR> <BR> Have a great Saturday! DeAnna Sat, 2 Jun 2018 09:55:56 EST Syncing my fitbit Trying to sync my fitbit, but it isn't showing up here. I walk 5 miles/day and I'd like to keep track of everything on this site. Any helpful hints? Thanks! Fri, 1 Jun 2018 19:26:39 EST Do I need to add my Exercise Hello, so I am new to the program. I have an Apple Watch and I see that it is connected through my house but if I look at my watch and my activities I’m doing more than what my health is showing so if I walked for 30 minutes am I supposed to be lugging that under the exercise or just taking with the Apple Watch is telling the program . Thu, 31 May 2018 07:11:04 EST Why do I get so sore hey guys - I am new here, and I just started working out a few weeks ago finally. I am a 20 year old guy and just want to get nicely in shape and build some muscles. I've been slowly working up, running and doing some dumbells and a home gymn carefully and not doing too much. However, every time after I work out, the tops of my shoulders start getting sore and just get worse until i stop working out for a day or two. Also gets bad when I work at my desk, if I keep moving it isn't too bad.... Wed, 30 May 2018 09:48:20 EST 30 Day shred, how many inches did you lose? Hey everyone, I lost 21 pounds since I started my weight loss journey, but I wanted to look good for my vacation in July. Thought I'd start the 30 day shred and needed some motivation-what did all of your results look like? Tue, 29 May 2018 14:29:53 EST Step counting When you tally up your steps on a fitbit or similar, do you include any exercise? For example, I can tally up 10,000 steps on a training run and then do nothing for the rest of the day, but that's quite sedentary. Do you think it's better to keep the steps from running separate maybe? Tue, 29 May 2018 13:17:12 EST Try hula hooping for a fun, full body workout. Do you want a new type of exercising. Try hula hooping. Weather you waist hoop or dance with off body hoop tricks, it is a fun, full body workout. Come visit our Hula Hoop for Fun & Fitness team here on Spark People. We are starting a new healthy habits (Summer Prep) challenge on May 28, 2018. Come by and check us out.<BR>_individual.asp?gid=69739 <link>Do you want a new type of exercising that encourages family involvement. Try hula hooping. Weathe... Fri, 25 May 2018 08:50:13 EST Walking with weights? Does anyone have experience walking with like dumbbell weights? Does it make a difference in your arm strength? I go for a walk at least 3 miles every night so I thought that might be a good addition since I'm going out anyway. Also, if it helps what weight do you start with? Thu, 24 May 2018 20:04:22 EST Wheelchair Does anyone know exercises I can do while in a wheelchair, which will help me lose weight? Thu, 24 May 2018 11:15:13 EST What is the best fitness app? I was wondering do you use fitness apps to help you workout and if so which would you recommend? Thu, 24 May 2018 06:53:50 EST Why does my fat never go away Im 5 11 I was 158 lbs at one time and still my skin always sags like a big tummy it happens on my love handles too when I sit down like this <BR> <BR> when I stand it atleast goes in <BR> <BR> I was around 110 kgs before( dont know how much that is in lbs) and I lost like 60-70 kgs through dieting and cardio. I want to gain muscle, I tried a recomp with a trainer but even then my skin always sags like a tummy when I sit and looks a li... Thu, 24 May 2018 04:13:36 EST Do you wear underwear when you exercise? Hello, Sparkers! It's Melissa Rudy, a writer here at SparkPeople. I'm working on an upcoming article called "Should You Wear Underwear When You Exercise?" I would love to get some input from our members on this topic. <BR> <BR> If you'd like to contribute, please comment or message me with the following info: <BR> <BR> 1) Do you wear underwear while working out? <BR> 2) Why or why not? <BR> 2) Are there certain activities when it's better to wear them or not? <BR> 3) Would you recommend a... Wed, 23 May 2018 13:35:47 EST Walk before or after lunch? Which would burn off more calories of that walk before or after eating lunch? Wed, 23 May 2018 12:30:41 EST Building muscle at home gym. Limited In the past I had a meniscus tear and had part of it removed and was told I couldn't do anything extreme like mountain climbers, jumping jacks, foward lunges, etc. I also never really used my gym membership and recently cancelled it. I have created a home gym with a roman chair, treadmill, flat bench, kettle bell, stability ball, dumbells and air bike. I am worried that limits me to building strength and muscle and am wanting to get a decent six pack and maybe close to a lean muscular body. I... Tue, 22 May 2018 17:36:53 EST How much strength training should I do? How much strength training should I do per week? <BR> <BR> As it is I do arms and back twice a week and abs, back and legs twice a week. <BR> So four sessions per week of about 20 minutes, that's 80 minutes total. But it's a struggle to find the time, and I am often sore. <BR> <BR> So I was thinking to do 2 sessionsper week, of 30 minutes per session, instead. Would that be too little? <BR> <BR> I do exercises like squats, crunches, planks, pushup, superman etc. with some stretching ex... Sun, 20 May 2018 05:28:30 EST Exercising after eating How long should wait after I eat to walk my treadmill? I'm just starting out exercising and don't want to injury myself. I have a spinal injury and nerve damage on my left side due to a car accident but I'm prediabetic so I have to get in shape. Sat, 19 May 2018 12:08:38 EST So confused about intervals Hi. I do interval work on my treadmill using incline method. Doing research I see suggested intervals as 1:1 and lower. It would take thirty seconds or so for incline to go back to zero. How can I do a true interval workout taking this in to consideration? My goal is weight loss. Thank you. Thu, 17 May 2018 11:59:49 EST Dumbell squats and grip Can wrist straps help me put up big numbers with dumbell squats ? I have dumbells that can go up to 80 kg. Will wrist straps help me do those squats so that my hand doesnt give out before my legs ? Thu, 17 May 2018 01:11:44 EST 19 year old guy, weigh 170 pounds but still look f Over the past year, I've gone from 262 pounds to about 170 pounds, but I still have quite a bit of fat on me. How should I go about getting rid of it? Should I focus more on diet or exercise? Wed, 16 May 2018 21:00:44 EST Fitbit Can the active minutes be logged as exercise? If I have 77 active mini of moving does that count as 77 exercise minutes on Spark? It would be walking..thanks! Tue, 15 May 2018 16:44:35 EST So complicated I just dont understand barbell programmes, I was doing dumbell ppl routine but stopped because of family emergencies. I was thinking of investing in a home gym but its so complicated. Reading the programmes like 5/3/1 goes over my head. Dumbell prgrammes are so easy to understand just up the weight when you meet the requirements of repsXsets. <BR> <BR> But I heard dumbells are useless for muscle building especially legs so Im so confused now. Im thinking of dropping the plan for a home gym.... Mon, 14 May 2018 09:28:59 EST Help with Goodies! Can anyone help me figure out how to send Goodies? Thanks in advance! <em>303</em> Fri, 11 May 2018 20:51:32 EST Workout Partener in Downtown Toronto hey everyone. <BR> <BR> This working out alone is just not cutting it. Looking for workout partner in downtown TO. I prefer to workout during the day but can be flexible. <BR> <BR> Cheers Tom <BR> <BR> Fri, 11 May 2018 12:14:52 EST Points for Walking Do the number of points increase when an adjustiment is made by me, increasing amount of walking time and distance? Fri, 11 May 2018 09:54:00 EST Looking for a FITBIT pal to virtually walk with Hi, I am Francesca and I got my FITBIT three years ago. I have walked over 20 million steps and 8000 miles. I would like to find someone to walk with and do challenges with and also encourage each other and talk about weight and nutrition. <BR> Message me here if you are interested. <BR> Thu, 10 May 2018 21:12:36 EST Targeted breast weight loss? Help? Hello! <BR> I currently weigh 46 kg and my height is 163 cm. <BR> I have been losing weight for over a year now, my start weight was 57 kg. <BR> I have really large breasts, I'm a 32 DD, I started this weight loss journey mainly because no clothes fit me properly and I look weird in everything. <BR> I never want to go to the beach because whenever I put a swim suit on its tight from my boob area and it doesn't fit me properly over the rest of my body. <BR> I'm always in baggy clothes and I p... Wed, 9 May 2018 09:23:32 EST Squeeze in more activity, movement. I never sit for more than 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, if I am at a meeting I stand up, go to the side or back of the room for a few minutes - same thing at a movie. I may even do heel raises or march in place.People have come to accept this and it's no big deal. I have had 4 surgeries on my left hip and I get stiff if I sit for longer than that. The only exception is church. Wed, 9 May 2018 00:03:43 EST Recovery ideas I have been playing pickleball twice a week (this is a beginners/intermediate group for fun, not "out to kill" like most of the others), where play goes on for 3 hours (breaks between games when there are enough people). Even after just 3 games my legs are getting pretty tired. If I stay the entire time my legs don't want to relax back to normal and at night start tensing up. Does anyone have any ideas to get them to recover better? At night I will take ibuprofen and "calm legs" and soak in t... Tue, 8 May 2018 19:17:06 EST Calories burned during a HITT workout Approximately how may calories can you burn during a 30min workout?? :o/ Thanks <BR> <BR> SW 187 <BR> CW 182 <BR> GW 150 <BR> Tue, 8 May 2018 10:27:09 EST Looking for advice on cramping while walkin I need help! <BR> My problem is that my calves and my quads cramp up I get that lactic acid feeling when I’m walking. (In exercise mode, not strolling the mall) <BR> Ive been walking for about 3 weeks and started out with 5 min and now I’m up to 7-8 before it starts being bad. I stretch every night and also my calves in the morning. They are always tight. My biggest problem is that as I walk this makes my legs stiffer and stiffer and I end up walking with no flex in my foot so I hit the gro... Tue, 8 May 2018 02:26:29 EST SP Premium: fitness/diet guidance to those over 60 There's a lot of advice out there about exercises that people over 40 SHOULD be doing and should NOT be doing. I will be 64 next month. <BR> <BR> Crunches and sit-ups keep coming as the one classification of exercise to NOT be doing as it puts too much stress on the spine. I can attest to that! <BR> <BR> DVD workouts are another classification of exercise to NOT do because they're geared to younger people who are more flexible and capable to keep up to the demands of the workouts. I can... Sun, 6 May 2018 10:32:50 EST Weight loss without exercise Another question ... <BR> <BR> I've been nursing an injury for the last two months where exercise is out of the question. Normally I'm really active, but I've put on several pounds. Thanks to this website I've been counting my calories ... but after a week or so I haven't seen any results. Which isn't a surprise under the circumstances. <BR> <BR> The doctor says I will probably recover in another month or so, but with this injury it can be really hard to say. So while I agree that cutting f... Fri, 4 May 2018 12:00:24 EST Calories burned - total or 'extra'? I just went on a run and added it to my fitness tracker through the mileage tab. I ran 3.2 miles at a 10 min/mile pace (total time was 31 minutes, 55 seconds). SP said I burned 445 calories, which seems like a lot (I weigh 179 - 5'8 30 year old guy). That number has to include "basal" calories burned, right? As in that number represents the calories I burn during 32 minutes of living (TDEE [total daily energy expenditure] calories) + the calories burned while running. <BR> <BR> But if that's... Thu, 3 May 2018 18:07:00 EST Water first thing in the morning Has anyone else heard of the trick of drinking lots of water first thing in the morning? I came across this thing about drinking a lot of water on an empty system and waiting 45 minutes before ingesting anything else. <BR> <BR> It's hard to say whether it's "cleansing" me as promised, but I do find I'm much better hydrated when I do half my drinking before I even get dressed. And it seems to be reducing my appetite which is nice. <BR> <BR> Has anyone else tried this? What results have you ... Thu, 3 May 2018 12:04:49 EST OBESITY & Lupus challenged I have been a sparkmember for some years.Iam recently diagnosed with Lupus and I am mordidly obese. I have avoided exercise completely for MANY years. Where do I start and how? <BR> <BR> Gini Thu, 3 May 2018 04:23:09 EST No News, But A Good Reminder <link><BR>a-sci-sn-five-health-habits-20180430-s<BR>tory.html </link> <BR> <BR> I think we all know these things, but what I didn't know was how much difference it makes in cold hard numbers. <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Wed, 2 May 2018 17:09:52 EST Does anyone work out between 6 am and 8 am EST Does anyone work out between 6 am and 8 EST or even earlier. I could use some support during those hours! Tue, 1 May 2018 23:59:12 EST Inactive to Active Help Hello all, <BR> <BR> I have fallen into the Netflix Hulu vortex and have not been very active for about a year. For that, I've gained about 40 lbs. <BR> <BR> My concerns today are that I have been inactive for so long that it is painful to take a walk around the block. I'm scheduled to go on a work outing next month and we'll be walking the site (which is big) how do I get myself prepared? Do I start stretching first or do I take small walks every other day to get my bod used to movement a... Mon, 30 Apr 2018 11:32:59 EST Move an exercise routine/video So I read an article about a workout on Sparkpeople.TV and I'd like to move it over to my regular Sparkpeople fitness tracker exercises. How do I do that? Sun, 29 Apr 2018 16:24:29 EST Back problems Hi all....So walking has always been my exercise of choice. For the past year or so, my back has been really sore, especially after waking up but really all day long. I think its because I sleep on my tummy and sort of twisted below. If I sleep on my back I cant breathe. Anyway, I've been trying to walk more but it seems like when I go for a walk I am laid up for the next 2 days then I walk again and it happens again. Does this happen to anyone else and does anyone have suggestions on ho... Sun, 29 Apr 2018 11:48:57 EST Thankful Thankful joining sparkpeople, jazzercise, friends, my dog which all influence me to keep moving. <em>304</em> Sun, 29 Apr 2018 09:26:18 EST Anyone Crossfit? I've tried to look for Crossfit teams to join, but well, they are dead. Rather listed as inactive. No posts in well over 6 months to more than a year. <BR> <BR> I was at one time an active Crossfitter, but a new job had me quit cause I couldn't get to class. Now I'm restarting up at home with what I have in my home gym. <BR> <BR> Got a long way to go to get back to that fitness level I once was at. Sun, 29 Apr 2018 01:08:18 EST Sparkpeople on tv? Are there Sparkpeople videos that I can get on Amazon, Netflix or Hulu? <BR> Are there Sparkpeople dvds that I can buy on Amazon? <BR> Thx Fri, 27 Apr 2018 22:26:04 EST miles how do you change the miles if you made a mistake entering it Fri, 27 Apr 2018 11:34:20 EST Do you mind workout clothes? Hey guys, do you choose some special workout cloth? Or just buy whatever? :D <BR> <BR> Earlier I didn't really mind, but recently I started paying more attention to it. <BR> I have impression that it's improving my routine. <BR> <BR> Recently I'am totally on for tights of quality, this one turned out as best tights for gym so far <link><BR>ights-charcoal-marle </link> <BR> <BR> What is your experience? Do the ' special' workout clothes really improv... Wed, 25 Apr 2018 04:40:16 EST Good All-Around Exercise Recently I wondered what would be the best exersise for the most muscles at a time. I googled this intrigued, and found nothing. So I ask the question what exersise emphazises the most muscles a a given time. <BR> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 22:12:10 EST Social media accounts that inspire you to get fit? Do you follow any fitness, social media accounts for inspiration and tips? I'd love to find an account from someone a little older if possible. Any recommendations? Tue, 24 Apr 2018 19:21:59 EST Steps Hi everyone, <BR> I am new to the site and just finding my way around. I have put in my steps for today and I can find where the calories that i have burned are. I use a basic pedometer - not a fitbit. <BR> Many thanks for your help. <BR> L Sun, 22 Apr 2018 05:32:03 EST Treadmill or outdoor walking I am starting over again this week. I want to know if going for walks outside is more beneficial or using a treadmill? Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:42:28 EST POLL! Do you hurry to get your sports bra off? I don't! I love mine and wear it all day! Please answer yes or no and give your bust measure and size of sports bra worn. Please read my latest blog about this. I hope I can help someone find the comfort I have. Thanks, Faetta Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:25:18 EST 10k race in 6 weeks! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> So, I am signed up to run a 10k race in 6 weeks, which I am excited about. My training hasn't been exactly diligent up until this point, unfortunately, though. I can run 5k at a kinda slow pace, but comfortably enough (5k in 30-31 minutes). I have 6 weeks to figure out how to train best and what goals to set for the 10 k. I originally wanted to run the whole thing in under an hour (like JUST under an hour: 59:59 will do). I am not sure if I should keep that goal and if... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:58:50 EST Obese in home exercise needs Hello-I am 55 years old and weigh 350 pounds. I am very out of shape and quite weak. I tripped and fell at church last Sunday and had to have someone bring me a chair so I could get back up and it was very embarrassing. I am thinking about not even going to church anymore until I can get stronger. <em>39</em> I want to get stronger but I want to do it in my home and like I said I am quite weak. I have no idea where to start and how to get stronger. Can someone please help and give me some ... Tue, 17 Apr 2018 18:41:52 EST Dusting off my Billy Blanks Taebo Hi I am 59 yo and have been exercising since my 20's. I am going back to taebo to mix things up. I will be doing taebo with hand weights on cardio days. My question is can I weight train Mon-Wens-Fri, and do the weighted taebo on Tues,Thurs,and Sat? That would be 3 days of heavier lifting with 3 days of 1 lb weighted cardio in a row for 6 days aweek. I know you are supposed to lift weights every other day, but seeing the cardio weights are light, is it safe to do this? Thank You Tue, 17 Apr 2018 09:31:56 EST Hula hooping for fun and fitness If you are looking for a new way to exercise, try hula hooping. There is a new spark team called Hula hooping for fun and fitness.<BR>ies_burned.asp?exercise=319 <BR> <BR> Come check it out. It doesn't matter if you have been hooping forever or just thinking about getting a hoop. We would love to have you join us. Mon, 16 Apr 2018 21:01:38 EST Help with EXERCISE Needs? Ok, here is the dilemma! What if I am limited to exercise because not able to do much because of having bad legs. I am unable to walk for a very long time. I have metal in the bottom of my foot so I am unable to do anything that puts any sort of pressure on the feet, due to having a tumor removed. Anyone have thoughts on some exercise regiment that will help me get some calories, fat, etc. burned off? <BR> <BR> Thanks Spark Friends <em>30</em> Sun, 15 Apr 2018 15:50:27 EST Brr weather out Yes it is spring, but us Wisconsinites are having a snowy icy day. So what do you do for a day like today? I actually going to watch what I eat and a rest day, I exercise 6 days in the roll I deserve it! Sun, 15 Apr 2018 10:39:31 EST Fitness Group Instructor/Mic or Voice Amplifier Hello, <BR> I teach Strong by Zumba and Zumba. Lately, I have been subbing a lot for other instructors in different facilities. Some facilities have a microphone and others do not. I am consider purchasing a voice amplifier. However, I am unsure if they will work due to my contact movement during class. Does anyone have any experience using a voice amplifier? If so, which brand do you prefer? Thank you! Sat, 14 Apr 2018 12:03:48 EST How are you using the new-ish SparkChallenges? I'm interested in hearing how folks are using the SparkChallenges. <BR> <BR> I set one up that to encourage me to do 10 minutes of fitness before lunch. Kind of a gentle daily nag. <BR> <BR> <BR> PS: If you're not using them, no need to respond -- I'd be disappointed to have this thread turning into a game posting of yes/no. Sat, 14 Apr 2018 08:35:42 EST Fastest way to improve cardio Hi. I'm out of shape and underweight. I want to regain my strength and cardio fitness as quickly as possible. This question is about regaining my cardio fitness. <BR> <BR> I know with strength training you can only get so much gains in a certain time frame. Does this hold true to cardio training? Does there come a point where jumping more rope in a day doesn't cause much of a result? Or does excessive cardio training continue to yield good benefits? <BR> <BR> Is it worth it to go al... Fri, 13 Apr 2018 16:24:07 EST keto diet help. i am doing it right ??? CARBS FAT PROTEIN FIBER <BR> 42 102 65 40 Wed, 11 Apr 2018 16:54:59 EST Les Mills workouts on Demand vs DVD I remember a sparker recommending these workouts. I saw on their website you have to subscribe to them to get access. Do they have them in video too? I'd rather do them on my TV vs my laptop. <BR> If you use the on demand feature I'd love to know how it works, how you like it. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Mon, 9 Apr 2018 18:57:17 EST Just dance Put on the music and dance while cooking cleaning or prepping meals. It's energizing and makes me happy. Mon, 9 Apr 2018 16:04:17 EST Legs? What workout did the most for your legs? Sun, 8 Apr 2018 14:59:03 EST Is it exhaustion? Today I feel completely drained barely able to keep my eyes open. I last worked out on Friday but I'm not sure if I've done too and should take a couple of easier days or stick with it push through the fatigue? Sun, 8 Apr 2018 11:13:05 EST Printable exercise workouts ... is it possible to print the printable exercise version without all the advertising? is very annoying... <em>234</em> Sun, 8 Apr 2018 08:51:09 EST Exercises in order of difficulty? My physical therapist had a set of exercises for my leg strength in order of difficulty. He showed me exactly what I'd be aiming for. <BR> <BR> Instead of taking an exercise and modifying it "lower" he had the progression to more difficulty. <BR> <BR> I am looking for sets of such exercises like this. <BR> <BR> chris Sat, 7 Apr 2018 10:21:07 EST exercise/walking buddy in jacksonville ,fl. Is there anyone in Jacksonville, Fl. that needs a exercise partner/ motivation buddy? <BR> Fri, 6 Apr 2018 12:31:52 EST exercise I walk my dog every day for approximately a 1 mile trip. <BR> I've been entering that as walking 2mph for 30 minutes. <BR> Is there an entry that is better suited for my walk or is my method OK? Thu, 5 Apr 2018 12:56:52 EST 5% Spring Challenge Where do you find this and how do join it? Mon, 2 Apr 2018 02:38:58 EST What happened? I progressed on my bench press for 2 sets of 8 (did 1 set of seven then second 5 then last 4 last week) then the third set i could just couldnt do more than one rep. I deloaded then still couldnt get in 4. Why did i progress for 2 sets then what it seems like regress for the other 3? Sun, 1 Apr 2018 04:17:10 EST does work routine count toward daily exercise? I am a custodian at night in a school. I spend at the minimum an hour vacuuming and 45 minutes to an hour mopping . My friends say I should count that toward my daily exercise time total. I am not sure kind of feels like I would be cheating LOL. What do you think? Sat, 31 Mar 2018 11:48:37 EST Thinking of switching programmes in some time Hey, im currently following dumbell ppl routine but i might switch to a barbell based programme like greyskull or starting strength <BR> <BR> My Question is for bench press can i substitute barbell for dumbell bench press? . Will i experience optimal gains if i do so?. ..even overhead press i might do with dumbells. Only squat and deadlift and barbell rows im comfortable using barbell. Any thoughts? Sat, 31 Mar 2018 05:30:14 EST Cardio and strength training I do two thirty minute sessions of cardio and one twenty minutes session of strength training a day and eat about 1500 calories a day. I read in an article here on spark not to overdo cardio. Could I be hendering my weight loss? Because I'm not losing like I'd expect. Thanks in advance for any advice on what I should do. Fri, 30 Mar 2018 16:32:50 EST How do I get better posture? I really don't know what good posture feels/looks like. Are there any tips I struggle most with my hips. Fri, 30 Mar 2018 12:24:37 EST I need help I am seeking help with the beep test on this forum because i like to keep struggles rather private.. although my instructor has given me a detailed fitness plan that i am following its been around 6 weeks with slight improvement. I have been fit my whole life so never had to push for anything until i had a baby, this test pushes you.. i need a score of 7.5 to start this job i was offered! One i was meant to start weeks ago they keep giving me chances to do it. Next will be my fourth, im 59-60... Wed, 28 Mar 2018 21:55:04 EST Water park! How would you track being at a water park? Pretty sure I did 44 flights of stairs today plus a bunch of swimming! Wed, 28 Mar 2018 14:47:03 EST Body type & increasing lifting weight I have a question regarding my body type. I'm having trouble figuring out if I am ENDO or MESO. I need to know in order to better pinpoint my weaknesses in workouts. Here's my dilemma: <BR> <BR> -I am a 21 year old 6'1" male and lost 70lbs in 9 months last year. I now weigh 195lbs. <BR> <BR> My weekly routine consists of: <BR> Mon- chest + back <BR> Wed- arms + abbs <BR> Thur - shoulders <BR> Fri or Sat- cardio + Abbs. <BR> <BR> I eat about 2... Wed, 28 Mar 2018 10:44:22 EST fitness trackers Are there any fitness trackers that can be connected directly with the spark people fitness tracking? <BR> Wed, 28 Mar 2018 06:47:59 EST Every Little Bit Helps ...... More Evidence More information is in: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>xercise-reduce-americans-risk-disease-<BR>death/story?id=53961659 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>57</em> Wed, 28 Mar 2018 02:11:12 EST Best ways to boost metabolism? I am exercising, staying as busy as I can (to stop those bored hands from raiding the kitchen) drinking water, I've cut alcohol down, sleeping well and I have increased my fibre levels too! <BR> I love strength training and generally being active as long as I have my headphones I'm happy. Is there any other ways to boost metabolism? <BR> I need to work on sleep patterns so I can wake up earlier though. Tue, 27 Mar 2018 16:15:36 EST Getting over fear of benching heavy I made this thread earlier i still have issues. <BR> <BR> Im working out at home today. Doing dumbells. Barbells doing only barbell rows. For bench press am failing at 25 kg dumbells. Thing is i always go to failure, how am i suppose to bench alone? Its quite scary. <BR> <BR> Im only doing upperbody as i enjoy it. I will start legs after i see me getting buff successfully. I dont mind chicken legs 4 a while lol. Any tips to bench alone? Tue, 27 Mar 2018 10:24:47 EST Office Jobs What types of exercise do you try to do when you are stuck at a desk all day? Mon, 26 Mar 2018 12:35:13 EST Endomorph Body Types! Whats the best exercise routine? <BR> <BR> I see weight-training is a must in about all the sites I've searched, but the opinion on cardio varies. <BR> <BR> Thoughts? Sun, 25 Mar 2018 21:33:59 EST Fitness tracker users, ? about the apps I am considering getting a fitness tracker and have a question about the App that pairs with it. I know they aren't the best at tracking spikes in heart rates (especially in gym scenario or high intensity interval workout) so I would consider wearing my regular heart rate monitor during my workouts. Are you able to add/edit activity in the App? For instance, my tracker says I burned 200 calories but the heart rate monitor says 250 would I be able to add or edit that info in the App? <BR> See... Sat, 24 Mar 2018 19:58:15 EST Are dumbells enough Im completely terrifies of barbell training. I also prefer working with dumbells. Im following my own modified routine from reddit. Will dumbells and calisthenics be enough for a buff physique. My dumbells go all the wai till 45 kg. <BR> <BR> Sat, 24 Mar 2018 02:57:42 EST New to lifting Hi I'm a 33 year old woman new to lifting weights, been about 9 weeks and I gained a couple of kgs. Is this normal? And is it true that I might get a bit bigger before getting smaller because of gaining muscle and still having fat at the same time? Fri, 23 Mar 2018 04:28:36 EST New exercises Is there a way to put average calories burned in the "favorites" list if you have put in an exercise that isn't listed? For instance, I just looked up how many calories burned playing pickleball, which it says is average of 300 if you are under 200 pounds and 350 if you are 200+. I didn't know how many when I first put it in, so have nothing for calories burned until I looked it up today. <BR> <BR> I should be losing weight somehow doing that twice a week. Total play time is 3 hours for gam... Thu, 22 Mar 2018 17:27:40 EST Hula Hoop for someone in Oklahoma I have a Hula Hoop for weight loss to give away to someone in Oklahoma (I'm in Tulsa, but often I'm down in OKC). It's in great condition but it's too large to mail to someone and I don't want it to go to waste. <BR> <BR> You can just drop me a DM through Spark if interested. If I can find a new home for it, I'll post an update to this thread (otherwise its still available). <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Thu, 22 Mar 2018 09:25:47 EST Does anyone know? What is the calorie burn amount in a 55 minute Pure Barre Class? Tue, 20 Mar 2018 12:50:24 EST is a rest day from exercise important ? I have exercised for 6 days, am wondering do I exercise tonight ? Will it mess me up if I don't . <BR> Sun, 18 Mar 2018 20:46:23 EST Gazelle (Tony Little machine) Does anyone use this for exercise? If so please let me know as I have a few questions about using it. Thank you Sun, 18 Mar 2018 10:16:41 EST Don't you just love ZUMBA?!?!?! <em>244</em> Sun, 18 Mar 2018 09:18:05 EST Performing massage therapy as activity? I've been using my Fitbit tracker and manually logging in Massage Therapist (standing) as activity. Much of the time, I'm not doing too many steps, I'm leveraging my body weight into a client's muscles using hands, soft fists, and forearms. The best I can describe the activity is doing tai chi (calories burned for both massage and tai chi are the same) while doing isometric resistance work. I did notice that SparkPeople does have tai chi as an exercise, but at a slightly lower calorie burn ra... Sun, 18 Mar 2018 00:43:12 EST Where does fat go? Lately, I've noticed several articles popping up on the Internet asking the question, "Where does fat go?" <BR> <BR> Reading each of these reveals they have the same scientific news source and seem to me to be lacking any useful information. Yes, I know we burn it over time, but more information is popping up about how the fat is actually burned up, or expelled, as CO2 (carbon dioxide) and water. It turns out very little is used to power the body. <BR> <BR> Well, that is news for me. If tha... Sat, 17 Mar 2018 21:26:05 EST Beat goes on When you work out, do you listen to music? What kind of music? <BR> For me its Techno for aerobics, weight lifting, and New Age for stretching. For relaxing I usually listen to piano. Sat, 17 Mar 2018 07:25:06 EST Well Ladies, Get To Work If this isn't incentive to workout, I don't know what it will take: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/2018/03/180315101805.htm </link> <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 12:03:00 EST Injury Help Hi Everyone! This is a little off topic, but I'm just looking for some suggestions or reassurance. I HAVE seen a doctor and I'm having some follow up tests today, but just looking for discussion in the meantime. <BR> <BR> About three weeks ago, I started getting low back pain and pain in my lower abdomen. Long story short, the back pain has migrated to the side of my right hip and the back pain is on and off. The abdomen pain was never severe, just a dull ache and its pretty much gone but s... Thu, 15 Mar 2018 13:06:29 EST ending a challenge/ starting a new challenge hi <em>334</em> I am almost done with completing the" 30 day walk my way"? challenge and was thinking about doing the "30? day walk this way" but it starts off walking 15 min ( i believe its 15 min) and i was thinking maybe i could just continue walking 3 miles three times a week and incorporate the other stuff (example -like strength,etc) that it show if you think that is ok then should i just click complete for the walking ? Wed, 14 Mar 2018 19:45:01 EST Amazon Prime Workout Videos If you have Prime membership you have access to work out videos! They can be found by searching by exercise type. Pretty much anything you want to try is out there. What will you try? Mon, 12 Mar 2018 10:18:54 EST Limited exercises Hi Everyone. Because of 3 knee surgeries and limited use Do some walking weather permitting and usually about 20-30 minutes at a slower pace There will be no further improvement as I had the surgery almost 4 years ago Is there someone who could direct me to a site with sitting exercises that I can do.or mild exercises .I used to ride my bike but I can no longer do that either. Still I am so grateful that I can walk and get around.Thanks for any help with this it is greatly appreciated. Mon, 12 Mar 2018 00:09:19 EST 30 Day Challenges Does anyone know how effective these style of workouts are? Sun, 11 Mar 2018 19:56:41 EST I don't even know how to begin. Hello everyone. <BR> I joined sparkpeople years ago, however I quickly fell off. <BR> I hope I can speak candidly here, and I hope someone will understand/have advice/any kind of help. <BR> <BR> I am 5'5", and I am currently at my highest weight of 238lbs. While yes, I have never been skinny, I have always been a healthy weight. <BR> <BR> But the last 5 years have just had a devastating blow to my body, mind and weight. <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed with depression and general anxiety disorde... Sun, 11 Mar 2018 19:37:05 EST Running advice I am not a runner but running is a big part of a new gym I joined, it's a HIIT workout gym. The use curved manual treadmills which are supposed to be better for those of us flatfooted people who suffer from plantar fasciitis. I've been going for a month now and other than some slight aches in my knees, it's been fine. I have real pain in my knees and they get swollen after running on a powered treadmill or even outdoors. Now that I know these manual treads don't give me the same issues, I'm r... Sun, 11 Mar 2018 13:18:49 EST The Doctors Workout Program Does anyone do this program? I am 59 years old & have been doing some form of exercise for years, always with weight lifting. I try to get 60 active minutes a day and between 12,000 and 18,000 steps a day. I was getting bored my routine and wanted something new. I have been doing this program for 2 weeks & do enjoy it, but notice it is lacking certain moves like the row and other exercises that I thought were a must. Is anyone else doing this program & do you feel it covers all the fitness ... Sun, 11 Mar 2018 08:50:46 EST exercising despite hungry? so I have a voracious appetite. and dieting makes me hungry...I find I have to live "slightly hungry" all the way in order to's hard for me to exercise when I'm feeling hungry. does anyone else feel this way? Fri, 9 Mar 2018 10:03:53 EST Improving running endurance I've traditionally avoided running because it makes my knees hurt and my plantar inflamed. I've recently started a new gym/trainer that uses running a lot and I seem to have found a formula that avoids the two issues above. We do a lot of HIIT jog/sprints. Here's the issue I need advice on, I've been walking some of the jogs and jogging some of the sprints because I get winded and my legs get super tired. I want to improve- do you suggest working on jogging for longer periods or sprinting fas... Thu, 8 Mar 2018 08:47:54 EST How long of an exercise band, and what strength? I was given a 6-foot length of exercise band. Of 5 tension levels offered, with 1 being the easiest, this one is level 4. I've found some printable exercises and want to get started, but I'm a little confused on how to start. <BR> <BR> I went to the Spark printable exercise library and am interested in Seated Rows with Band, Bicep Curls with Band, Triceps Rows with Band, Lying Abduction with Band, etc. When I start the exercise, should there already be tension in the band, or should it be... Wed, 7 Mar 2018 17:59:31 EST Tracking classes I am starting to take a class called Silver Sneakers Classic. It seems to be a mixture of cardio, light free weights stretching and resistance training. Today was more cardio than the others with stretching closely following. Last week more stretching and free weights. How would somebody track those? Is it anything like cross training, though not as strenuous? Wed, 7 Mar 2018 15:44:18 EST 99 and still walking My wife works at an assisted living center. <BR> <BR> A new tenant moved in who is 99 years old. He brought with him his treadmill. She talked to him about his treadmill that was installed in his room. <BR> <BR> He walks 5 miles a day. Wed, 7 Mar 2018 12:29:41 EST What do with muscle soreness? Exercise or not? Sunday I worked out with a yoga ball. Even though its two days later Im really feeling the effects in my muscles. They are very sore from using them. Strange, the exercises were so easy and im feeling the burn in my abs especially. Should I do another ball workout today or take another rest day and do light walking? Tue, 6 Mar 2018 08:02:08 EST Cutting down on cardio. Hello fellow Sparkers, <BR> Just after Christmas I was laid up for 6 weeks with a really nasty flu bug. <BR> Now I am starting to regain some stamina and strength, and have been back at the gym for a few weeks, slowly building myself back up. <BR> I always used to work out every day (just taking a rest day here and there when my body was really tired). <BR> I usually did 45 minutes cardio daily, be that running, cross trainer or cycling, followed by strength for about 20 minutes before a cool... Sat, 3 Mar 2018 23:52:00 EST Best Pandora Workout Stations? What's are some of your favorite workout stations on Pandora? Looking to revive my current list. Sat, 3 Mar 2018 10:13:35 EST Leslie Sansone 10 min mix and match walk dvd Has anyone calculated how many miles you walk if you follow the entire dvd? It doesn't need to be exact- just an estimate would help. Thank you. PV Fri, 2 Mar 2018 14:58:10 EST Trying to get in shape I’m 5’10 and 164 lbs. I want to get in shape for a fitness test I have later on this year. I really need to work on my cardio. I can barely run for a full minute without getting tired. I need to be able to run 1.5 miles in under 12.59 secs. I need to work on my abdomen. I need to be able to do 40 sit ups in 1 minute. I also need to work on my flexibility. I need to be able reach 18.0 for sit and reach and I just need to work on getting stronger period. I eat so many <em>249</em> unhealth... Fri, 2 Mar 2018 13:23:45 EST Exercising with disabilities Are there any specific exercises that i can do as a disabled person i cant lift weights over 5lbs, cant run or stair climb, cant walk distances. I cant do pushups, yoga pilates etc. i really want to find something fun to stay active but its been so hard HELP??? Fri, 2 Mar 2018 02:37:04 EST Use Caution! Be vewy, vewy careful. There are some wascally wabbits out there: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>t-thin-charges-20180228-story.html </link> <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> Fri, 2 Mar 2018 02:27:18 EST Exercise step I've been a real blerch about going to the gym, so I bought an exercise step to make myself exercise at home. What are your favorite workout plans or videos? Thu, 1 Mar 2018 09:13:27 EST What's your passion? Last July I finally bit the bullet and contacted a local yogi here in town. I have always wanted to try yoga for both the physical and mental benefits but a class environment trying something like this new was intimidating. I found a yogi who did one-on-one sessions and only four or so sessions in I was hooked and ready to roll in a classroom. It has become my new passion!! It has helped beyond belief with my chronic neck pain (I was diagnosed with cervical radiculopathy last year) and th... Wed, 28 Feb 2018 19:34:24 EST Calories burned always inaccurate I've noticed that my calories burned amount is never accurate. I exercise outside running/jogging/walking. I use the MapMyWalk app to gps track it. After I workout I enter the time and pace from my app into SP. I get wildly different calorie burned amounts (I'm talking 200-300 difference for a long workout). I've tried different apps and different trackers and it's never consistent among any app or tracker. Anyone else have this issue? It's to the point where I just don't factor burned calori... Wed, 28 Feb 2018 16:46:50 EST Putting in low intensity bike riding. I went to the gym today and spent a short duration on a recumbent stationary bike, and a normal stationary bike. <BR> <BR> Stationary: 18 Minutes, 3 miles, 84 calories burrned <BR> Recumbent Stationary: 18 Minutes, 2.03 miles, 73 calories burned. <BR> <BR> When I went to try to enter the activity in the fitness tracker, They only had moderate, so I put in the 15 minutes, and it gave 203 calories burned. <BR> <BR> I know they are both estimates, but I normally don't see such a huge diffe... Tue, 27 Feb 2018 21:30:50 EST How often do you do cardio? So I've hit a plateau in my weight loss and am wondering if part of it is not doing enough cardio. I usually do cardio every other day for about 15-20 minutes, however some of the information I've been reading hints at doing cardio daily. Do you do cardio daily? What do you find works best for you (knowing that everyone may be a bit different)? Mon, 26 Feb 2018 09:56:28 EST Building Glutes and toning thighs Hi everyone. I need some advice on how to work out my glutes. I am 120 lbs with a fat butt. I don’t want to lose the fat but at the same time I want to build muscle. What are some exercises you recommend? And will the stair master build my glutes? Sun, 25 Feb 2018 21:42:32 EST Flooring help I am looking to replace our current Berber carpet in the basement. One of the rooms is my exercise room. I want something I can move around on without torquing my knee, as the Berber does. Since it is the basement, it is on concrete so cushioning is mandatory. Any ideas? Something, not gym mats. Sat, 24 Feb 2018 07:39:09 EST Is there a way to add steps done in a day ? I have a different fitness tracker to the ones you can link with, so is there a way to add the steps ive done today to my fitness ? <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance Fri, 23 Feb 2018 00:53:21 EST Weight gain AFTER exercise? Can anyone explain to me why you gain weight AFTER exercising? I'm not THAT sore. I've been eating healthy for awhile, drink nothing but water, no sweets, all good stuff, and weight gain? It's NOT muscle. I have 35 pounds left to do lose and still have a good amount of fat on me. It just doesn't make sense to me at all. It's very discouraging. I know weight fluctuates from day to day too. It just sucks waking up, weighing yourself for the week to see you've gone up 2 pounds instead. I'm eatin... Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:16:39 EST Never Too Old I am 73 and have a lot of bone problems, so I have been making excuses not to exercise. I read on Sparkpeople " don't think of what you can't do , think of what you can do". I realized I had been trying to do the same exercises I did when I was younger and healthier, so I made a new plan that includes walking with my walking sticks, sit and be fit and some stretches before getting out of bed. I am doing fine with this and will see where it goes. Perhaps it will improve my health. Thanks Spark... Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:14:12 EST Help. what to do for an apple shape? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I hope I did the posting a picture right. I have a question. I'm shaped like an apple and all my weight is all from my belly up. What can you do for this. I know you can't spot reduce. What kind of exercise to do? TIA Sat, 17 Feb 2018 20:38:47 EST cardio for someone with mobility problems I am disabled (I have muscular dystrophy) and it effects my strength, balance and mobility. I am able to walk for short distances but very slowly due to balance problems (and I use a cane). I've been using a combo of strength training and cardio exercises to help with my overall health but am looking for some suggestions on keeping my cardio routine fresh. <BR> <BR> Currently I'm using Spark People's seated cardio workout video (which is great), step ups, and a version of a recumbent bike ... Thu, 15 Feb 2018 11:12:11 EST how to count exercise video on tracker I just did Jessica Smith's "Best Inner Thigh Exercises" workout video. <BR> How do I count it on my tracker? <BR> I thought since it was recommended in a spark article It might be in the tracker, but I couldn't find it. <BR> Wed, 14 Feb 2018 18:20:30 EST Leg Training Hi all <BR> I have been working out consistently for a few years and I noticed that when I train legs it has gotten easier. I mostly use free weights or a body bar. My arms get tired from holding the weight before my legs do. I don't really use the leg machines at the gym because I am short and I find them hard to fit into. Any advice on how I can add more resistance to my leg routine without using machines? Thanks! Wed, 14 Feb 2018 14:27:53 EST Strength training advice I am a Type 2 Diabetic, and my diabetes educator says I need to start strength training to gain muscle, without loosing weight. I weigh 140 lbs, and am on a very strict diabetic food plan. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions on how to incorporate strength training here at home would be very appreciated. Especially for the lower body. TIA Tue, 13 Feb 2018 13:36:17 EST Exercises for Severe Degenerative Joint Disease? Help! I've had both shoulders, one hip and one knee replaced and am still doing PT for my most recent surgery (rt shoudler). Does anyone have exercises they can suggest that I can do at home without being on my knees or doing any jumping/running? Tue, 13 Feb 2018 09:13:11 EST Light cardio vs working out So I have a bit of a dilemma and I'm not sure if it's a bad thing or not. I'm nearing my weight loss goal and wanted to start working out in addition to my daily cardio to build muscle now that I'm almost at my goal. I started doing the P90x program. <BR> For the first month it was going great. I would do the workouts then spend an hour or two walking. I was seeing really great results all around. <BR> The issue I'm having now is with step two of the program. I've been on this step for just o... Tue, 13 Feb 2018 06:28:38 EST How/ count fitness minutes from a dance convention Over a three day period I will be attending approx. 10 to 20 instructional dance classes. Each class will be about 1 to 2 hours in length. Question is: classes are compromised of instruction where the dance is being explained and your just standing around listening, and dance where your actually exercising. But, problems arise when when your listening for a couple minutes and dancing a couple minutes.... and roughly this goes on all day for three straight days.... How do I know how much of th... Mon, 12 Feb 2018 18:27:46 EST Fun exercises? I was wondering what the funnest indoor(from home) exercises were that people have had success with? Mon, 12 Feb 2018 13:05:58 EST If you're starting over... I am, are there particular workouts from the Workout Generator or from other places that you would start out with? I would like very much for exercise to become a regular thing again but am feeling overwhelmed about what my options should be. Sun, 11 Feb 2018 19:14:23 EST Exercise Equipment Witch one gives you a better work out the treadmill or elliptical? Sat, 10 Feb 2018 21:48:53 EST 1 lb a week. Eat half calories burned? I am able to lose 1 pound a week on my current diet. <BR> <BR> I am planning on working out again. <BR> <BR> Do I eat into my calories burned by half to hopefully lose 2 pounds a week? <BR> Or do I not eat into the calories burned, to hopefully lose 2 pounds a week? <BR> <BR> Science of weight loss is not my specialty lol <BR> <BR> I will either do 30 minutes of cardio or 45, I have to start slow right now due to fibromyalgia. Sat, 10 Feb 2018 15:26:10 EST gym time I have been going to a gym for over a year now and have improved muscle tone and volume. I am pre-diabetic and want to lower my body weight so I joined spark to assist my efforts. I haven't been able to figure out how to enter my time at the gym as far as caloric use. I do primarily weight and strength training since I also have a heart condition that limits what I can do cardio wise. <BR> I spend at least two hours a day three times a week at the gym doing my exercises. <BR> Can anyone offer... Wed, 7 Feb 2018 06:26:40 EST Question for longtime runners.... Do you walk, or do any other form of exercise on your day off from running? Do you think it is necessary to take more than one rest day per week? Wed, 7 Feb 2018 03:27:06 EST Motive Ring fitness tracker Wondering if anyone out there has one.....have watched their video and am intrigued at the prospect of a ring instead of a bracelet! Have worn Jawbone Up for several years and loved it, but they are no longer in business! My bracelet was dainty & looked more like jewelry than a black or colored rubber bracelet. Loved the Jawbone App too! Mon, 5 Feb 2018 21:37:44 EST In Cincinnati Oh. & need personal trainer Hello all! <BR> I have a herniated disc in lower back & I am looking for a personal trainer that can help me strengthen core and help me with diet. For some reason I can’t do this on my own and I need quidanxe to be accountable to someone else. <BR> I have put on 15# with all this over the past 6 months. <BR> Any referrals would be greatly appreciated! <BR> Mon, 5 Feb 2018 20:19:51 EST Deleting or editing fitness minutes Hi, <BR> <BR> I goofed up and must have made an incorrect entry on my fitness tracker. I always use the mileage option and I think I switched total minutes with kilometres during an entry last week because suddenly my progress meter says I walk 80+ kms. Thank s in turn upped my total 2018 kms. Is there a way to edit this? <BR> <BR> Susan Sun, 4 Feb 2018 21:33:27 EST Bras and bouncing!! OMG, I am going nuts!! Maybe one of you has a suggestion?? <BR> <BR> I'm in relatively good shape for a woman near 60, and I take a cardiokickboxing class. <BR> <BR> I have no problem with the class until the instructor says "let's do jumping jacks!" <BR> <BR> As a "full figured gal," I literally have to cross my arms over my chest to avoid painful bouncing... and even a structured athletic bra doesn't seem to help much. The same is true for ANY kind of up-and-down exercise (jogging, ... Fri, 2 Feb 2018 09:01:41 EST advice in purchasing an elliptical machine? Hi, what elliptical machine is best for weight loss and losing fat? Also, is it better than treadmill? Thu, 1 Feb 2018 19:38:41 EST Setting Fitness Goals I'm struggling with what fitness goals I want to set for myself. My big goals are pretty vague - lose body fat (I don't know what number to go for - I'm thinking 24%?) and be "more fit". <BR> <BR> I work out at the Y and this is the first time, I've actually enjoyed exercising. I don't have a ton of weight to lose (again, don't really have a number I'm shooting for), and I'm losing very slow which is fine. I was 156 and 30% body fat in August and I'm 146 now and 27% body fat now. <BR> ... Thu, 1 Feb 2018 11:03:25 EST Help me reduce HI everyone, I am new to this forum and really want a lot of help. I want to lose my post pregnancy weight as early as possible as it's already been 1 and a half years I am struggling. your help, tips and advice is much needed. Thanks! Thu, 1 Feb 2018 02:08:42 EST Motiv Ring fitness tracker Anyone have one? Exploring options as my Jawbone UP3 died and I want to find a tracker that isn't so bulky and masculine looking. Loved my Jawbone UP but they are no longer selling their nice sleek bracelets. Saw the Motiv ring and it looks like it would be great, but a little pricey - but not as pricey as an Apple Watch! <BR> Wed, 31 Jan 2018 21:04:58 EST Fitness trackers Can I sync the new Motiv ring tracker to my fitness tracker page? I did not see it listed with the apps that connect and list your steps and activity like my Jawbone UP does.....and my Jawbone has died so I am trying to find a new fitness tracker that is not so big and bulky....perfer somethng smaller and more feminine than some of them. <BR> Tue, 30 Jan 2018 23:52:36 EST Too many Fitbit calories I don't know if this topic has been addressed but my Fitbit seems to be adding way too many calories to my daily allowance. I walked 8/10's of a mile/ 23 min today and the Fitbit synced with SparkPeople and added more than 700 calories to the total I could eat today! I know that can't be right! Is there a setting I am not aware of that I need to address? At this rate, my efforts to walk will be making me FATTER!!! <BR> <BR> Thanks! Tue, 30 Jan 2018 23:42:34 EST Does anyone use a Misfit tracker? I have been using a Misfit tracker to help me stay active but I have noticed that my tracker tells me one thing but the progress on SP is always lower. Now I am confused as to which one I should use to know how many steps I have done or how many calories I have burned. I know that the MIsfit doesn't register calories until you have consistently moved for at least 10 minutes, any thing less just registers steps. Has anyone else used this tracker or noticed the same results with any other track... Tue, 30 Jan 2018 10:20:13 EST What do you do when you're sick? I have been on a good roll with my exercise and eating healthy (lost only about a pound, but that's another post!) I now have a cough and kinda runny nose, but after 2 days of not exercising, I'm over it! I'm worried I'll start coughing if I work out too hard, but can't just lay on the couch anymore! Any suggestions as to what you do in this situation would help! Thanks in advance!! Tue, 30 Jan 2018 08:52:08 EST Am I doing something wrong? I'm not really struggling with weight loss, fitness or nutrition, at least not any more, just the results aren't exactly what I thought they'd be. <BR> So this summer I was consuming a lot of vegetables and fruits, along with an occasional bag of chips, ice cream or anything else high in carbs. :D But I actually lost 13 pounds. <BR> So as the autumn started I figured, I should cut out the carbs and sugars to as minimal as possible, but I actually gained the weight back, which, anyone else wou... Sat, 27 Jan 2018 11:13:59 EST Im looking for an eliptical I am a 6'2 male and live in a condo where all rooms are 7.5 (90 inches) feet tall. I am looking for an eliptical that's $999 or less. Are there any good ones that will allow me to fit without my head going through the ceiling? I also have somewhat bad knees and need it to have a good stride length. Sat, 27 Jan 2018 09:46:08 EST The Perfect Exercise Plan if You're Morbidly Obese The article, "The Perfect Exercise Plan if You're Morbidly Obese" is a great read and I would like to use it's exercises, but they give no information about the size of weights to use. The color of the weight changes, so I assume that the weight size does, too. I checked Amazon, and depending on the manufacturer, the same color weight could be different sizes. The post comments section states not to leave questions there, but on the message boards. Any ideas of how to get an answer? Fri, 26 Jan 2018 15:41:43 EST All Inclusive workout for any size Can you put this on your video work outs? I would love to be able to do that routine and track it here without having to enter each exercise separately. thanks! Fri, 26 Jan 2018 12:17:51 EST Kettle ball suggestions Hi! I recently bought myself a kettleball as it looked like something I can use indoors. I haven't started yet because I'm a bit anxious. I have fibromyalgia and typically the day after any heavy activity (including vacuuming :() just leaves me in such pain and with swollen joints. For this reason I only snagged a 5lb for now, but was wondering any suggestions from fellow SP people so I can compare. Thanks for any suggestions :) Thu, 25 Jan 2018 16:49:59 EST Non Weight bearing Exercises I'm about to become non weight bearing on my one foot for about 6 weeks or more. What can I do exercise wise, to still be active? Thu, 25 Jan 2018 13:41:37 EST Question about Exercise Videos I was looking at the exercise videos. Can I search for walking videos only? Maybe I am not looking close enough but I did not see a way to do this. Thu, 25 Jan 2018 13:28:50 EST how much exercise? Hi everyone, I am a mother of 2 years old son and I am trying to lose weight since after my delivery. I put on a lot during pregnancy, average weight to put on during is around 8-12kg, but I put on 25 kg. It’s been two years I am trying so hard, and doing everything that is possible, eating healthy, taking small meals and doing exercise almost 6 days a week, but my progress is very slow. In two years I have just lost 15kgs and still 10 more kg to go. What shall I do to speed up my weight loss... Wed, 24 Jan 2018 01:44:39 EST Shin Splints? My right leg hurts right by my ankle and up to almost my knee on the outside of my leg.....couldn't finish my walk today. Looked up shin splints and it said they are usually on the inside of the calf....but mine is on the outside. Anyone else have this problem? <BR> Sun, 21 Jan 2018 19:47:21 EST For women... What do you do to stay motivated and keep yourself exercising and eating right when it's that time of the month? Unfortunately I have major PMS symptoms and I really struggle! Sat, 20 Jan 2018 22:57:01 EST It's Not About Liking the Exercise I was in an online conversation with someone about whether or not he should join a gym. I blithely said, “Just find an exercise you like and you’ll stick with it!” He pointed out that all exercise is work and he doesn’t really like any of it. <BR> <BR> *Blink blink.* He’s right. Exercise IS work. After all, we’re trying to change our bodies, to get stronger, to get more fit, to get healthier. That’s NOT easy to do. If it doesn’t challenge us, it will not change us. If we’re not push... Sat, 20 Jan 2018 17:03:05 EST Anyone around Longview tx Hi I'm angel I'm 24 I weigh 181 and am 5"5 in looking to loose 40-50 pounds but can't do it alone I need a workout and diet buddy asap to loose weight and better or selves together!!!! Sat, 20 Jan 2018 16:24:20 EST I'm so tired..... I have not posted before this but am feeling frustrated at how tired I am. I am 5'6 <BR> and weight 251. I have lost a few pounds by following SP in the last few weeks and recently started walking with my husband, in an effort to speed up the process and hopefully gain more stamina. We have walked most days for the past 3 weeks. <BR> My issue is that I have to literally drag myself out the door each day to go walk and I am afraid that I will lose the incentive to do even that. I am so t... Sat, 20 Jan 2018 15:27:12 EST Looking for gym buddy No you don't have to live near me! Just looking for persons where we can message and say did you go? why didn't you go? get your butt into the gym woman... I have a hard time motivating myself right now - it's so cold and getting into a cold car to go to the gym is just not happening. <BR> <BR> Anyone else looking for someone? Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:26:45 EST Problems assembling small door gym So, I ordered a little gym frame to use mainly for assisted pull-ups. But somehow these longer screws don’t seem long enough to secure TWO metal pipes that measure about 1 inch, each. Guess I’ll deal with this tomorrow. Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:25:09 EST Post Antidepressant body Hey guys, <BR> <BR> I was hoping to get some feedback. <BR> <BR> When coming off of antidepressants it is and is not the greatest feeling in the world. <BR> <BR> Great because you finally are off and are learning to get back on track. <BR> <BR> Not so great because you're struggling with all of the weight gain and you have to take it easy the first few weeks or so .. <BR> <BR> I joined a studio where they have personal trainers. Just curious to see what other exercises can help build the... Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:05:15 EST After more than a month away....... ......from the gym due to a horrendous bout of flu, I think I am just about at the stage where I can consider resuming my regular gym workouts. <BR> <BR> I used to go 6 or 7 days a week, working out for an hour at a time both cardio and strength, so that should give you some idea of how active I am generally. <BR> <BR> I had the flu for about 3 weeks, and now am no longer symptomatic - although I am still fatigued and my muscles are weak. I notice a distinct decline in both my cardio vascul... Tue, 16 Jan 2018 01:46:40 EST What do you love about running? i love walking. i find i am ok with adding a few intervals but i never liked "running" i think because i was generally more of a sedetary person and overweight. <BR> <BR> other than weight loss.. What do you love about running? Mon, 15 Jan 2018 21:11:50 EST Walking in house I know that any walking is better than sitting. I walk more in the house than I sit but I don't know how to figure that unless I use the pedometer. Any ideas how to track and record this movement? Sun, 14 Jan 2018 20:58:14 EST SPIN THE WHEEL What are the points earned by spinning the wheel for? <BR> Sun, 14 Jan 2018 20:55:42 EST trying to stretch any tv videos that are better Sun, 14 Jan 2018 18:02:51 EST sleep i have acid reflux any foods that help Sun, 14 Jan 2018 18:01:58 EST Do I need to get a pysical? In the past for exercise I have used a mixture of walking on the treadmill for 60 min at about 3.0-3.4 and weight training 6x a week. I followed this schedule along with a good diet for the about 7 months with good results.That was last year. I want to get back on the wagon again but I'm concerned about my heart or lungs. Very recently my husband had open heart surgery, triple bypass. He didn't have any idea he had almost complete blockage of all his arteries. If he had pushed himself to exer... Sun, 14 Jan 2018 14:56:24 EST lower back excercises I've been doing some sparkpeople mobility excercises and I was wondering <BR> if there was one for stretching you back so it's not so soar. Sun, 14 Jan 2018 14:16:52 EST Need to know calories burn ??please I did a home video it called point plus fitness workout with Jennifer cohen it 30 workout but don't know how to put it in so I can get my calories burned? How many calories is it or do I put it as light 30 min cardo? Thank you Sun, 14 Jan 2018 14:02:55 EST Meditation I do regular cardio and strength training (and stretching), but have been considering adding meditation to my exercise groupings. I believe it's good mental exercise and while not calorie burning, just as important as physical exercise. <BR> <BR> Thoughts? I would be especially interested in hearing from a Spark Coach, but welcome other thoughts. I don't want to feel like I'm "cheating" on getting exercise points! <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Stephanie Sun, 14 Jan 2018 13:57:08 EST How do you record 'miles walked' My local TOPS chapter is setting a goal of 12,000 miles to be walked by the group. The leader said that count not just the actually miles you accumulate in walking but if you 'shovel snow for 20 minutes' or do chair exercises for 20 minutes to convert that to 1 mile walked. <BR> <BR> I have a problem with that - doing chair exercises does help me but is now where near a mile walking. Also not all members would walk 1 mile in 20 minutes. <BR> <BR> The group was very insistent that this is... Sat, 13 Jan 2018 14:11:59 EST Blisters I just started walking again on my treadmill and developed a blister on the back of my heel. This is preventing me from continuing to walk and I was finally getting motivated. Any suggestions?? Fri, 12 Jan 2018 11:15:02 EST What’s Your Favorite Seated Yoga Pose? What’s your favorite seated Yoga Pose? Thu, 11 Jan 2018 15:11:30 EST Asthma-Allergies & stress effecting WorkOuts HELP Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I have asthma and anxiety as well when im in very stressful situations so i find mysel in this circmstance im dealing with alot of emtionals cause i have my grandma thats supposablly dying don't know whats going on with her health cause of a person in my family that has bioplar and always makes things look worse than what they really are then my aunts spouse is dying from cancer then issues within my marriage - MIL as well but lately my chest is tight , dizziness, mot... Wed, 10 Jan 2018 17:49:40 EST Tracking calories - strength training Hi there, <BR> <BR> I'm working with a fitness consultant and doing cardio some days and strength training on others. It's easy to track the cardio, but some of the strength training exercises I'm doing aren't in SP so I add my own custom, which shows no calories burned, since I have no idea. The ones that are already in there only show 10-30 calories, so it's like 70 calories burned at the gym. <BR> <BR> I don't think that's accurate exactly, but I'm sweating, shaky and sore afterward,... Wed, 10 Jan 2018 14:52:27 EST Fitnation Recumbent Flex Bike I just ordered one from QVC today. Does anybody here have one? If so, do you like it? Do you think its a decent workout? Tue, 9 Jan 2018 18:07:00 EST Weight training w/ golfers elbow! Hey everyone, I am new here. I plan on starting the 5k your way walk/jog as soon as all the ice in my area melts. For now I am hitting the gym 4 times a day. <BR> <BR> Some how i managed to hurt my left inner elbow, for a few days i couldn't bend it/straighten it. I started icing it, taking aleeve daily and bought a copper fit compression sleeve. Yesterday i could bend and move it freely with very little pain, today after doing the shoulder press at the gym i am back to not being able to be... Tue, 9 Jan 2018 12:24:51 EST can't decide on shot for plantar fascitis. I have been going to physical therapy and doing stretches, icing my foot, and stopped running for 6 months. My plantar fascitis is not improving and I'm actually starting to get it in my other foot.. My foot doctor has wanted to give me a shot for about 5 months now, and I am afraid to as I've read different negative things about it. Anyone have any advice on this being helpful or not. Tue, 9 Jan 2018 07:18:41 EST Running with Asthma I've always wanted to try to become a runner. Unfortunately within 15-25 seconds of running, I feel like there is an elephant on my chest and I can't breath. It's my asthma, I know it. I recently met with an asthma management doctor and he is wanting me to set a goal of at least being able to jog if not run. With that being said, send me all your advice for getting started to becoming a runner/jogger. Thanks in advance! Tue, 9 Jan 2018 01:20:13 EST Ideas for Workouts Any ideas for workouts I could do at work when I'm not busy that doesn't require touching the floor? I work in a hospital, in which the flu is prominent right now, I do not want to touch the nasty hospital floor (it may look clean, but all nurses know there are germs crawling everywhere). Mon, 8 Jan 2018 23:31:42 EST Stationary or Spin Bike Purchase I miss biking in this Chi Town cold weather. I would like to purchase a good quality stationary bike or a spin bike. Anyone have any recommendations/opinions that they could share? <BR> Thanks for any info! Mon, 8 Jan 2018 19:00:51 EST beginner exercises after back surgery I am 3 months post spinal cord simulator surgery on my back. I am walking for exercise at this time but would like to add low impact exercises. Any advise? Want to get in shape and loose weight for summer after 4 1/2 years back injury. Mon, 8 Jan 2018 14:34:15 EST Change of Fitness Routine For Winter Cold Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm curious if anyone changes their fitness routine during the winter due to the cold weather? <BR> <BR> I have always had difficulty getting myself into a gym routine, so a gym membership hasn't really been a great option. <BR> <BR> Instead my outdoor activities drop down to only walking in the winter, with running and biking taking a break until the Spring. <BR> <BR> Then I focus on weight training I can do at home - bodyweight exercises and some weights with a set ... Mon, 8 Jan 2018 14:10:44 EST Treadmill Question I am 73 and have been a couch potato for probably the last 4 years. I have gained about 15 to 18 lbs and am ready to get it off. I have 2 stents and exercise induced asthma so I bought a treadmill to walk for exercise. The most I have done at one time is 10 minutes but I was OK with that figuring I would do several times during the day. (Never did). Last 2 times at 5 minutes my knee was really hurting so had to stop. Thinking I will try several more times to do 5 minutes at least but wo... Mon, 8 Jan 2018 11:02:08 EST Exercising When You Can't Sit I'm a mess! I've been fighting injuries for over 2 years, and recently added a fractured and displaced tailbone to the mix last week. It was bad enough that the doctor said that he didn't even have to look hard for it in the x-ray. I knew I wasn't going crazy with this extreme pain! <BR> <BR> Anyway, I had been recovering from a badly sprained ankle (2 more weeks until fully recovered from it), herniated disc in the lower lumbar section of my spine from a fall last winter (l4/l5 - had 3 inje... Sun, 7 Jan 2018 22:45:25 EST Temperature, Calories and Exercise Does anybody know of walking in cold weather (9F today) burns more calories tan the same in warm weather? Sun, 7 Jan 2018 08:09:18 EST Amazing Find at Dollar Tree So I stopped in my local Dollar Tree this evening just to browse the aisles. As I walked in I found a little shelf with Jillian Michaels workout DVDs. Three different ones all for $1 each! That's amazing and I'm excited about it. So I will be trying out extreme she'd & shred. Fri, 5 Jan 2018 20:57:53 EST Exercise Needed I have been using the elliptical and have been getting weakness behind and above the knees. I used to get this same weakness when I was running and it forced me to stop until the weakness went away. <BR> <BR> I am wondering if there might be an exercise that would strengthen other muscles in the area that help with the load while exercising. Perhaps there is another machine that would work better for this problem? (I want to exercise to get my heart rate up for half an hour.) <BR> <BR> I... Fri, 5 Jan 2018 10:05:52 EST DDP Yoga + Diet Hi there! I was curious in knowing if anyone has done the DDP Yoga workout and diet - and if so, did you have success with it? If you did, did you also follow the strict DDP diet? I am only asking because I would prefer to stay around a certain caloric range per day (1300-1500) but not limit myself to not being able to eat certain things. Keep in mind this isn't because I am not willing to eat right, I do and want to. But I also have a history of an eating disorder, so restricting things alto... Thu, 4 Jan 2018 17:43:36 EST My body is getting used to the exercise I'm doing So I started biking a lot about 2 years ago. I would bike either for fun or transportation, partially for exercise and partially because I hate driving. I was averaging 15-20 miles a day about 5 days a week, and some light mileage on the weekends. When I started college and got a job, that went up to 25-30 miles a day during school days and maybe 5-10 miles a day on the weekends. When I first started, I was losing weight even though I ate whatever I wanted, but two years of heavy biking later... Thu, 4 Jan 2018 17:31:02 EST Easy Workouts Sufficient? Hey! I am getting back into exercise and have a question. Are easy workouts some days sufficient? I did a 20 minute ab workout today following fitness blender, and I definitely felt the burn and the shake, but I was able to complete it without breaking a sweat. Other days I do more challenging workouts, though I am still just a beginner. Do easier workouts still count? Thu, 4 Jan 2018 14:00:15 EST Oh no! In traction (broken femur) Need ideas for burning calories/"exercise" as I'm recovering in bed. I'm not creative enough to think of anything more than 'arm circles'.....any ideas? Wed, 3 Jan 2018 14:37:04 EST Limited Mobility I was hit by a car which left me unable to bend my left knee at all and I am looking for some workout plans that includes more then just walking. Any Ideals? Wed, 3 Jan 2018 10:44:55 EST Running (or walking!) when it's COLD! What's your favorite gear? <BR> <BR> I finally was able to run outside when it was below 10F today because of a neoprene/fleece face mask! Previously, my lower limit was about 15-20F, depending on windchill. <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 3 Jan 2018 08:31:58 EST Zumba Workouts on Youtube? Does anyone have any good Zumba workouts (or other upbeat dance aerobics) that are free on Youtube or elsewhere they would be willing to share? <BR> <BR> I really like the Easy Zumba one with the skinny Australian fellow, but am looking for some variety. A lot of what I have found is just short one or two song snip-its... I would love a full work out one that doesn't have large pauses or sales pitches in it! <BR> <BR> Thank you for your help! Tue, 2 Jan 2018 10:51:01 EST getting off a flat bench without hurting my back It wasn't until this past year that I started having a problem getting up after doing a flat bench exercise. I can't rise myself up and off the bench without hurting my back. <BR> <BR> I've twinged and pulled muscles. I'm short (5'0" tall). My feet can't touch the floor. I have bent my knees and placed my feet flat at the bottom of the bench when I do flat bench exercises. Tried placing steppers on both sides of the bench, parallel to the bench for me to rest my feet on but that didn't help... Tue, 2 Jan 2018 06:17:13 EST Weightlifters! What are your goals for the week? I don't really see anything specifically targeted to weightlifters on here. I'm doing three sessions with my personal trainer this week, but considering going rogue on some of those other days. What are your goals this week? Any set of exercises you're looking forward to trying out? Mon, 1 Jan 2018 23:27:40 EST Seated cable row My friend told me that he is capable of doing 800 consecutive reps @15kg of the seated cable row machine. <BR> Clearly he is lying lol. But what would be the threshold and the maximum amount of reps a person could do with 15kg? I doubt I could do fifty. Sat, 30 Dec 2017 00:58:15 EST Getting back in shape is tough... I decided to start exercising again and thought that getting a bike would be good for me. I ordered it online and it arrived within a few days. I was so excited when it arrived. I thought I would ride it all over the place! Well, sad to say...I only made it about half a mile. My legs burned and I thought I was going to die. <BR> <BR> I went back to walking but I still missed the idea of biking. I rode my bike a lot when I was younger and really loved it. So...I looked into getting an electr... Thu, 28 Dec 2017 22:55:10 EST Exercise after Surgery-1-step forward_3-stepsback Hi All, <BR> <BR> I am having a very tough year. I had two surgeries (bi-lateral mastectomy and a reconstruction surgery) I'm trying to get back into working out yet it appears that I am straining muscles very easily. Does anyone have some motivation for me? Very frustrated with 1-step forward, 3-steps backwards progress. <em>39</em> Wed, 27 Dec 2017 17:15:35 EST help me get or fine a trainer i'm an 18 year old girl who wants to lose weight bad. i know the basics like eat healthy, exercise and drink more water. but i just need someone to tell me how to do this all right. like my calories and what kind of exercise i should be doing and just check up on me. also i weigh 198 and what at least get too 150 by the end of march or less. but thank you so much Tue, 26 Dec 2017 22:34:42 EST door attachment resembling cable cross machine? Does anybody here have a door attachment that allows you to do exercises resembling a cable cross machine with bands? If you do, please share what you have and if you like it enough to recommend it. Tue, 26 Dec 2017 09:16:26 EST Motivation <em>521</em> While in El Salvador this year I was asked why I was not obese? They said they thought all Americans except athletes and actors were obese like las viejas. (old women) in their country. I was embarrassed and offenend. But I realized how perceptive (they watch USA television). That is motivating! Sun, 24 Dec 2017 22:45:53 EST AB exercises and farting Hello all, so sometime in June I religiously started doing planks and advanced ab exercises every day for about 15mins a day and yes I saw some results, by October I stopped doing the ab exercises because I felt my stretches after my run ( which is when I typically did my ab exercise) had suffered. About a month after in November I had started farting a lot. Smelly farts. I thought this was strange because prior to this time I hardly usually farted except the usual period farts. I then though... Sun, 24 Dec 2017 04:18:04 EST need to lose weight but can't exercise I am a single, working parent and I barely have time to take care of everything and pan and prep healthy meals. I have no help, no family (parents both deceased). I don't have time or energy to exercise. I lost weight before just through diet and walking every day (weight watchers). Unfortunately, I gained it back and I'm trying to get back down so I can wear my clothes. The problem for me is that my daily calorie expenditure is so low and I'm barely losing, like 2 pounds a month, this month ... Sat, 23 Dec 2017 17:34:27 EST Tracking steps Is there a way to track steps on Spark People? I know I can track walking by miles or kilometers but how about steps? Fri, 22 Dec 2017 00:45:37 EST How to do strength training without weights? I’m starting my weight loss journey, and I’ve been doing cardio but I need help how to do strength training without weights since I don’t have a gym membership and to also figure out days that I need to do which body parts. Thu, 21 Dec 2017 03:13:38 EST If you're sore... For example, CRAZY sore, do you still work out the next day? Or do you wait to recover? <BR> <BR> I did Zumba for the first time in awhile on Sunday, and my calves were killing me. I did calf stretches as often as possible, but they didn't start feeling better until today. <BR> <BR> So, I didn't work out Monday and Tuesday because I hurt so much. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions? Or maybe I did something wrong that I should take care to do next time? <BR> <BR> All advice is appreciated!! Wed, 20 Dec 2017 11:16:41 EST Looking for a great core workout What's your favorite core workout that's accessible on the internet? I want one that doesn't involved a lot of HIIT or lower body work. Suggestions much appreciated! Wed, 20 Dec 2017 04:36:30 EST Struggling to exercise while on low carb. This past week I decided to bust the plateau I'd been on by cutting carbs. I try to eat between 50-100 carbs daily so it's not severe. <BR> <BR> Today at the gym I struggled with my routine, was weak with the weights and sore. Is there a relationship with low carb and how I felt? Tue, 19 Dec 2017 17:13:24 EST Getting enough exercise when you live in country So I use a Fitbit primarily to track my steps and exercise. I exercise 6 days a week but struggle to get enough steps for the day. I live in the country (~15 miles from town) so walking everywhere isn't an option. When I am in town, there is little to no sidewalks to walk to the stores. I also work a desk job and try to move as much as I can; my building doesn't have stairs or many hallways to walk in. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any tips for getting more steps or has anyone faced this befor... Mon, 18 Dec 2017 13:42:23 EST Update from my doctor Hi, <BR> <BR> I went to see my doctor today. He has put me on Cyclobenzapr (10 mg) for now. I am also scheduled to have an MRI as well. Sounds to him like I have Spinal Stenosis, but will know more after the MRI is done. Mon, 18 Dec 2017 13:28:16 EST Working Out in an Apartment - Worried About Noise Hi Sparkers, <BR> <BR> I recently moved into the 2nd floor of a 3 floor apartment building. As in any apartment, I can usually hear some of the neighbors activity, and I try to not be too loud as to disturb them. I'm worried about doing work out dvds in my apartment, but with winter coming it seems inevitable. <BR> <BR> Do you guys have any tips for working out in an apartment when you're super worried about the noise you will make? <BR> <BR> Thanks for taking the time to respond. Mon, 18 Dec 2017 07:17:11 EST Exercising good. Hi <BR> I've been keeping active by helping my Mom and 2 days ago I shoveled the driveway and walkway. I used a pedometer and tracking how many steps I did. I was surprise I did it but i had to sit down quite a bit. My Mom keeping me busy by doing this like cleaning up after dinner help her fold laundry, etc. <BR> My brother will be flying in on Thursday so I will be helping both of them. Wow busy lady. But I have to take time out for myself and just either rest or go out. But kind... Sun, 17 Dec 2017 14:03:18 EST Modified abdominal exercises Good Morning everyone, <BR> <BR> I was wondering if anyone can possibly help me. I have a back and neck issue which is bothering me, but I want to work on getting my abdominal area back to the way it used to be. However, crunches put a strain on the neck and back. What would be some good exercises to add to my walking routine? Thanks. Have a great weekend. <em>41</em> Sat, 16 Dec 2017 12:44:44 EST Why am I losing weight so easily? Please help! A quick background on me: <BR> I'm 5'3 <BR> When I was 17 I weighed 112 lbs and I was already quite slim. Since starting university I started losing weight, even though I've been eating the same amount of calories (1,600). I have become vegan since then and eat cleaner but recently I've been losing weight very fast! <BR> <BR> I now weigh 97 lbs! I lose weight easily but don't understand why is it my metabolism? I do the same workout as before however everyday I do a 40 minute walk on the tre... Sat, 16 Dec 2017 12:18:51 EST Question on calculating BMI Hello all, <BR> <BR> I used to be 5 foot 4.5 inches, but now I have degenerative disc disease and I'm down to 5'3. I feel like the height loss in "artificial" since it doesn't reflect other changes in my body, so I'm not sure which height I should use to calculate my BMI. Any thoughts on that? Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:05:10 EST What's your favourite SP beginner exercise video? I'm dealing with chronic fatigue and cannot do my old workouts, especially if it means having to get out of the house to go to the gym or the pool. I'm also without a TV these days, so the Leslie Sansone and other DVDs I have aren't available to me these days. Some of the videos here on SP look pretty good, especially Coach Nicole's, which I plan to try. I'm looking at her chair videos, in particular. Anybody have others they like? I know I need to keep moving! Fri, 15 Dec 2017 04:24:09 EST What exercise is best to eliminate back fat? What exercise can you recommend to eliminate back fat? It makes me so uncomfortable when I wear collar shirts. I've been searching for some strategies but nothing seems to be effective for me. Thank you for answering my question! It would be a gratitude if you will help me. Good day! Thu, 14 Dec 2017 21:17:17 EST Exercises for curve in low back and neck Good Morning, <BR> <BR> I sure hope that you can help me. I was in a car accident 29 years ago and it was never really treated properly. I have a curve in my lower spine and have to wear an abdominal brace to support my back. My back is pushing my stomach out. Also, I have neck issues related to my accident. Can you tell me what exercises I can do without creating more pain in my back and neck? It really has affected how I look and feel. <em>39</em> Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:52:59 EST Best new fun workout DVD looking for a new fun workout DVD. Would like to incorporate dance and weights. Any suggestions? Looking for something that is approx 20 min to 45 min long. Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:49:48 EST I am newbie to exercising and want to loose weight Hi, <BR> I am 18 years old, my height is a bit short and its 5 foot 4 inches, my weight is 67 KG. (148 pounds). <BR> . <BR> <BR> There are 2 things i want to do, i want to loose weight and reach 60 KG (130 pound) and i have a a rounded shoulder posture and i want to correct posture thats causing some of my low height, please suggest which exercise i should do on daily basis? <BR> . <BR> Currently, I use android application "Loose weight in 30 days" and do each days exercise from it,... Thu, 14 Dec 2017 02:33:41 EST Starting Again and Heart Rate at 50 yrs old Question: I decided to get back into exercising and eating healthy... little bit of a hiatus <em>2</em> (I realize that is not great; but I've been in decent shape in the recent past). I walked yesterday for 30 minutes and then today I got on the treadmill and walked 10 minutes and did minute intervals of jogging at 4.2 mph and then walked at 3.5 mph. It was difficult but not too difficult and I didn't feel really out of breath during the 10 minutes, but my heart rate was up to 155. Does ... Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:46:23 EST How to use alexa/echo for health habit improvement <link><BR>/slideshow.asp?show=212 </link> <BR> <BR> I have no idea how to do that. I just bought the amazon echo . <BR> <BR> How can it motivate me to exercise and eat healthy? <BR> <BR> chris Wed, 13 Dec 2017 09:46:44 EST Stair-stepper Virgin I am bad at stairs- I can't even walk up to the 6th floor without feeling winded! I need to get better because I can tell my cardiovascular health is not nearly as good as it should be. <BR> <BR> Stair-steppers: how did you start getting into stairs? And do you have any advice/messages of support for an anxious stair-stepper virgin? Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:43:16 EST How do I get started? Hello! I am a 19-year-old female nursing student at a university in America. As such, I don’t have much time for anything besides school... Recently, I have come to the realization that I cannot continuously sacrifice my physical and mental health for my education. All my hard work means nothing if I’m not healthy. <BR> <BR> For my whole life, I have struggled with my body image. I always feel like I am too fat for my height. In high school, I went through intermittent periods where I was af... Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:05:02 EST Strange moment during workout today So, I've recently started a new exercise program after being depressed for over a year and putting on most of the weight that I lost a few years ago. I've always been overweight (even at my lowest) and I've always hated exercise, but during my workout today, all the pain suddenly went away. I could go faster and harder and I was like wow this can actually be effortless one day. I was on a high from it for a few hours, it's really helped to motivate me. I've never had that before and I've trie... Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:49:44 EST My abs hurt When I do a new ab exercise my abs hurt even the next day. Is something wrong with me? Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:20:45 EST How much exercise per day is TOO much? I guess I have to adjust my w/o time. <BR> The scale is not going down even though I'm within my calorie range and I've cut back on salt, and haven't had pop for 16 days (thus I should be getting rid of extra fluids). I've been doing 30 min of cardio 3 or 4 times a week, with 10 min on the between days and Sunday off. I do toning with 8 lb dumbbells 3x a week along with some ab exercises. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have an opinion on how much to INCREASE it to? <BR> <BR> I weigh about 250 and... Sun, 10 Dec 2017 22:21:29 EST Embarking on the 30 Day Shred I have done it once before, years ago, and it did make a difference. I am more out of shape now though, then I was, so I'm nervous. Any tips? Experiences? Fri, 8 Dec 2017 12:17:07 EST Heart Rate Monitor and Lifting Weights Does anyone wear a heart rate monitor while lifting weights? Would this give an accurate calorie burn? What are your thoughts on this? Thu, 7 Dec 2017 10:22:50 EST MIleage Tracker I use a pedometer and enter my steps for the day manually. I have also added mileage tracker to my fitness page. How does that work? it shows 0 even though I enter the steps for the day. Does it work only with synced fitness trackers? Thu, 7 Dec 2017 08:46:19 EST Getting Back on Track Getting back on track with my exercising. <BR> <BR> I've done Leslie Sansone's 3 mile walking video the last 2 days, so I'm starting to get back with my exercising. Today, I have 3 of Leslie's walking videos coming in. I ordered them with a gift card I got for Christmas. I really like her Walking to the Hits video that I already have, so I am getting the other 2 in that series. Then, I got a 5 mile video too that is supposed to have some hit music. I really like good music when I exerci... Tue, 5 Dec 2017 14:11:39 EST Need advice for starting a new job I may be starting a second job soon. I am a caregiver for my mom now and I'm lightly active but I'm able to sit down too. With the second job, i will have to be very active and on my feet for 11 hours a day. Being very obese, I know it will be challenging but I know it will help too. <BR> My question is, what can I do for the next week to help get me ready for it? <BR> Also, what foods would boost my energy for that whole time when I start the job? <BR> Any advice or tips would help and are ... Sun, 3 Dec 2017 20:34:28 EST How many day go to gym is better? How many days go to the gym is better? Sun, 3 Dec 2017 10:48:29 EST Any Daily Routine Advice ? Hi, <BR> I just started my a diet and daily routine exercises. Despite, I set my daily exercise routine, i am not satisfied what i am doing, so i really want hear from you, what should i do as a daily routine exercise. Many thanks. <BR> Cafer <BR> Sat, 2 Dec 2017 14:50:14 EST Solutions for obstacles Hi, <BR> I am new here:) I just started my a diet and daily routine exercises. But sadly some obstacles keep me away from my goals. Do you have experienced these kind of things. What should i do do know. Could you please advice me something. Many thanks. <BR> Cafer Sat, 2 Dec 2017 14:25:02 EST Need to Get Back on Track with Exercise I was doing good with exercising, then I ended up with a cold where I had no energy. I kept going back and forth with the cold for 3 weeks and now I feel like I've lost all my progress. <BR> <BR> I need to get refocused and start back again, but it's so frustrating knowing I can't pick up where I left off. Sat, 2 Dec 2017 13:30:40 EST favorite Neat way to add exercise I like to go up and down the stairs when going out to lunch, or just about anytime I have a choice. Thu, 30 Nov 2017 12:27:22 EST Crunches in a Chair- calories burned? I find crunches on the floor to be very difficult for me. <BR> However, I get a really good workout while doing crunches in a chair. <BR> I sit on the edge of my chair and, keeping my tummy tucked in, I lean way back, until I brush against the back of the chair. <BR> <BR> If I did these for 5 minutes, about how many calories can be estimated that I burn? <BR> <BR> (I happen to weigh 250 right now). <BR> Do you suppose I can use the regular crunches to record my burn? Would it be close enoug... Tue, 28 Nov 2017 14:07:43 EST Long Term Goal- Chin-ups How to progress toward Okay, here's a challenge for any coach-y type people out there. <BR> <BR> I've had weak muscles all my life,(probably from thyroid disease?) even when I was within my healthy weight zone. <BR> One thing I've always had trouble with was anything that required me to hold my own weight (chin ups, climbing a rope, crossing the monkey bars). There's a possibility that my joints are weak as well. <BR> <BR> I would love to have chin-ups as my long-term goal, but know I will have to work up toward... Tue, 28 Nov 2017 13:43:36 EST Trying to lose weight again Hi, <BR> I had lost weight and was happy but since the move to East coast and my Mom being sick. I've gain like 20 pounds back. I'm starting to keep track of what I eat on Sparkpeople again. I just need to get motivated to exercise again. It's kind of hard I rely on the wheelchair not that I can't walk I can. But say "lazy." I also have bad knee due to being overweight and no cartilage and fluid in both knees but the left is painful at times. I did a little bit of sit to be fit this ... Mon, 27 Nov 2017 16:27:41 EST Chafing skin on heavy people...what to do? Hi, I was wondering if there was any advice on how to handle the chafing caused by folds of skin on heavier people. Problem areas are : beneath the belly, underarms, and upper inner thighs. Sweating is obviously a problem and infections can develop. How can we handle this best until we can lose that weight? <BR> Thanks! Fri, 24 Nov 2017 22:40:17 EST Exercise to help various forms of lower back pain ideas? Fri, 24 Nov 2017 08:35:59 EST Garmin Question Anybody have a Vivoactive HR or Fenix 3 HR? Opinions? <BR> <BR> <em>309</em> Thu, 23 Nov 2017 23:55:03 EST FITBIT what's your favorite model and why? <BR> <BR> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:37:02 EST Yoga with a bad knee I've fallen, several times, and damaged my right knee. It makes it very painful to do yoga, or any exercise that involves bending or putting pressure on it. Even knee pads hurt. <BR> <BR> My grandmother's pool used to do like a tai chi in the water that was super comfortable, but my local pool doesn't offer the class. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions are welcome. Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:34:02 EST New Exercise Equipment So I just bought Gold Gym's Home Gym Door Gym (hope that made sense), I've done some exercises on it and was wondering how I would record them on the tracker. The exercises I have done were bicep curls, rows, lateral raises, tricep kickbacks, chest press. It is like resistance bands and the cable machine you fine at the gym. Sat, 18 Nov 2017 11:44:41 EST creating an effective regimen for home I have been doing upper body strengthening with dumbbells with pretty intense bike riding for about 4 months. The aim was strength and to finally be able to do a real push up. I'm pretty disciplined and used the weights 3 times a week ( 2-3kg weights), and rode the bike 5 days a week. No noticeable progress on any front--- strength or weight loss. <BR> <BR> So. I was turned on to HIIT by a member here. I found some wonderful low impact HIIT routines on UTube . Did 3 sessions and loved it. I... Sat, 18 Nov 2017 00:22:48 EST New mom- exercise while sleep deprived So I am a newish mom of a four month old baby who hates sleeping and loves nursing. <BR> The past few days he's just been sleeping in two hour bursts.... I'm so tired I can barely function <BR> I'd like to be able to go for a run or go to the gym...but I can't... I have a baby.... <BR> And even if I could have the actual time to do it I'm too tired to do anything lol <BR> <BR> Are there any new moms or experienced moms who can tell me when it will get better???? Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:25:51 EST cardio and strength days I was hoping to do walking/ jogging until I got a little more in shape. Then add a strength dvd. I was hoping to exercise 5 days a week. The research I seem to be reading is that I shouldn't wait to start the strength. Would 3 days cardio and 2 days strength. Would this be sufficient to lose weight? <BR> Thanks! Thu, 16 Nov 2017 20:05:11 EST speed doesn't matter? Let's say I do intervals with fast walking and jogging for a mile. Taking less than 15 minutes to complete a mile. I walk a meandering mile for an hour. And the slow mile burns more calories? <BR> Is that right? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Thu, 16 Nov 2017 19:18:03 EST Working out when you're sick I've been sick for close to a month now--serious lower respiratory infection compounded by a work schedule of 21 days in a row, including international travel with 30 children and two swim meets, and some personal life drama added stress. I've done two rounds of antibiotics, plus bronchodilators, cough syrup, etc. At one point, between rounds of antibiotics, I thought I was feeling better and I got into the pool for a couple days, but it wiped me out completely, so I have not been exercisin... Wed, 15 Nov 2017 23:21:25 EST new blood pressure guidelines. I wasn't sure which board to post this under and I know that I am trying to control my blood pressure with exercise and diet. I just heard that they have now changed the guidelines for high blood pressure the other day and was wondering if anyone had any input on these new guidelines. Tue, 14 Nov 2017 16:46:27 EST Hunger Management after Long Distance Run Any tips for managing the BIG hunger I get after a half marathon or training long run? Seems like I more often than not eat MORE than the calories I've burned and then have to cut in days following in order to manage my weight. Part of it is wanting to eat to feel better. Maybe some other ways to feel better would help! Tue, 14 Nov 2017 09:29:19 EST Staying active with an injury... I have a tendency to hurt myself in the stupidest of ways (queen of being accident prone) and was wondering if anyone had tips for staying active when you have an injury. (currently nursing a badly sprained ankle) Mon, 13 Nov 2017 05:01:11 EST Intense workouts in extreme cold. Looking to gain lots of muscle this winter, but my workout room varies from -23 F to -31 F. The cold makes breathing difficult, makes too much mucous to not choke when benching, and gives me bad joint pains. I typically want to spend 30-40 minutes doing intense lifting, but with my heart condition, I am not sure if this will be even worse than intense lifting in room temperature (which I'm not supposed to do in the first place.) If anyone has any pointers or tips on how to prevent mucous and ... Sun, 12 Nov 2017 12:14:59 EST Feeling worse before feeling better? I'm 400 pounds and horribly deconditioned; MD has cleared me for activity. This last week I have definitely been moving more but am finding that I become more winded in general but also with activities I was already used to doing. <BR> <BR> For example... walking from parking space to apartment used to have me on a 4-5 out of 10 scale with being winded but I was also more sedentary in general. Now, I am up moving at least every hour and doing more activities around the house in general (no... Thu, 9 Nov 2017 17:34:27 EST How is it possible to lose weight without losing I always wanted to lose weight,lose more like the fat on my belly so i could see my abs better. I was striving to do that but i wasn't able to. In this summer a problem occured with my belly and lost 10 kg i went from 68 to 54 and my belly is still there and is just that i am wondering like how is that possible? <BR> <BR> I've read an article somewhere saying that they abs are covered with fat and you need to lose the fat in order to see your abs. I don't know how correct or wrong is that bu... Thu, 9 Nov 2017 13:03:01 EST Feet issues Love walking but develped fallen arches that sometimes makes it hard to go my usual steps..I am doing the arch support shoes...but some days are trying and I try to push to get the steps in until I can't Any suggestions for staying/getting fit will help. Very active don't want to slow down Thu, 9 Nov 2017 11:09:33 EST Bosu Ball Does anyone know of any good workouts to do with the bosu ball? One was given to me & I would love to put it to good use. Wed, 8 Nov 2017 22:51:39 EST 1st thought today when you hear diet <em>40</em> Oh no Wed, 8 Nov 2017 22:06:41 EST Tips to get to the gym after work? Historically, I always preferred to work out in the mornings - not because I like mornings (hate them actually), but I preferred the simple fact that I was WAY more consistent and my day started off feeling somewhat "accomplished." <BR> <BR> An injury nearly a year ago turned my life upside down this year, but I'm finally at a point where I need to be back at the gym and getting my fitness back (I was VERY fit before this). <BR> <BR> Issue is, this injury takes a LOT of time to warm up. I ... Wed, 8 Nov 2017 13:03:22 EST Good posture I always have a problem with holding my shoulders back and wide chest. My bust is 50 inches. When I practice good posture, I feel like I'm poking my breasts out. That's very uncomfortable for me. I try to NOT draw attention to them. I've even bought a minimizing bra. My back and shoulders always hurt, but I'm just not sure I can keep them back and down. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions? Wed, 8 Nov 2017 10:53:00 EST streaming issue with the videos I have not had any issues until this evening with watching the videos (my workouts that I have saved here on SparkPeople) After watching one without any problems the next one I tried to watch started and then all of a sudden I get a rotating circle that lasts for anywhere from 1 minute to 3 minutes, then it will play a few more seconds and do the same thing again. <BR> I have cleared the cache, history, cookies, flash player, as well as tried following the steps for streaming issues at ht... Tue, 7 Nov 2017 19:34:56 EST Wrist Strength? I'm just beginning an exercise program and have a long way to go. <BR> <BR> Years ago I broke my wrist seriously, and right now I'm unable to put much weight on it for any length of time (downward dogs, push ups, etc.). It immediately gets sore and fatigued. But I know those exercises are amazing, and I'd like to include them in my workouts. <BR> <BR> Does anyone know if wrist strength improves with continued exercise? And, in particular, has anyone had experience with strengthening a previ... Tue, 7 Nov 2017 11:54:16 EST How Burning fat without losing weight???? Hi everyone. <BR> I've sent a message already but I think my info. was incomplete... Here is my question: <BR> Actually, the size above my bellybutton is 32 inches and below my bellybutton is 34. I want to cut the size down to 27 inches. <BR> My body is fit in general.just cutting down on my belly would solve my issue. <BR> i go walking most days. <BR> I do pilates very hard inspite of that no size-cut in my belly. <BR> I dunno how I can change the size of belly without losing muscles from ot... Tue, 7 Nov 2017 05:48:45 EST Burning Belly fat Hello all, <BR> I'm wondering how I can burn my belly fat without losing my weight and getting thinner! <BR> <BR> I watch my diet and I do pilates and yoga regularly. Mon, 6 Nov 2017 15:45:01 EST Do I have a good start? I’m a 21 yr old female. 5’3 132lbs. My daily calorie intake from June to end up September was 1300. I ate within the calorie range not tracking my macros. I want to build muscle and my butt. I started increasing my calorie intake slowly from 1300 and now I’m at 1800+. I go to the gym 5x a week. Legs/glutes MWF And upper body Tues and Thurs. My macros are 130g protein 60g fat and 180g carbs. On days I go to the gym I get 130g of protein. I think that’s the most important. I’m a college student... Mon, 6 Nov 2017 14:39:09 EST walking after work? I work overnight and am fairly tired after work, then after getting my oldest two up and on the bus on time, which is a challenge and a work out, and then getting my two year old up and dressed, what is the best way to get in a walk? Sun, 5 Nov 2017 08:19:04 EST