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 When to take a break from working out I've been working out 3 days a week for 22 weeks straight now. I really don't feel like quitting as I enjoy it. I'm not tired of it or burned out by it. My workouts are all different. They vary in intensity. <BR> <BR> I'm just wondering if it is recommended to take a break after so many weeks. <BR> If so, for how long. I'm just afraid if I stop, it will be hard to get going again. It's now such a part of my weekly routine that I don't want to stop unless I have a good reason I can't d... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:38:41 EST The scale and strength training Hi guys <BR> <BR> I rapidly gained weight from 58 to 67 kgs by bingeing for nearly 2 months cus I focussed only on the scale and lost all my mojo realising I still had a stomach and a belly Nd big boobies despite being a low scale weight.. The lowest I'd been. Sure the whooshes and falls in the scale reading kept me going, but I wasn't feeling as good as the scale read. Long story short, I have over years of yo-yoing really lost muscle and gained tons of additional fat stores. Now I seriousl... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:17:52 EST Fluctuating weight without much improvement Hi there, <BR> <BR> Figured I would see if I could gain any friendly advice. <BR> I have been making a conscious effort to eat healthy most of the time (probably about 85%) for the last several months, along with walking a few times a week and an occasional more strenuous workout. <BR> My weight fluctuates like crazy, but I really never see any improvement. I'll have 5-6 great days in a row and drop down to 189, go out to dinner once with my boyfriend and be back up to 197 the next day. An... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 19:48:34 EST WHAT DO IN COOL DOWN What do you think?? <BR> <BR> its winter right now in aus, so its cold! on that note i will be wearing an extra layer of clothing to do my exercises outside and inside, i want to increase my bodies temperature so that it will get used to it by the time i start interval training in a month. <BR> <BR> what i want to know is if it is better to cool down inside my extra layer of clothes (eg jumper and trackey's) or is it fine to shed those extra layers when doing cool down exercises at the end... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 05:45:30 EST Fitbit Fitbit or no fitbit? Wed, 27 Jul 2016 02:45:01 EST over 4 miles Finally, did 4+ miles today, thanks to desire to do it and my wife walked with me for a little over 1 mile. Tue, 26 Jul 2016 17:58:35 EST Include commute in fitness tracker? Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> I recently started walking to and from work which is roughly 2hrs worth of walking round trip. Should I include this in my fitness tracker? I want this to become a regular thing unless its bad weather! Tue, 26 Jul 2016 16:29:48 EST How to track Daily Burn 365 Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> For those of you who use or have used Daily Burn 365 - how did you track it on the fitness tracker? I have found some old message boards discussing DB365 (all of them were over a year old), and even found some where people specifically asked this question, but none of them had a response to this question. <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance! Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:07:01 EST Taking off today. Planning to walk total of 1 mile. Started to feel guilty, but remembered what has been said about renovation of muscles. God took a day off after recreation. Mon, 25 Jul 2016 15:33:29 EST Exercising special condition I was excerising 60+ minutes a day on a brand new treadmill my husband got me but things went downhill from there, I started having horrible pain through my lower back and down my right leg, each day it got more unbearable with no relief. Saw a doctor, got x rays and found out I have grade 2 spondylolithesis. Walking, jogging, running are all out of the question right now. I want to continue my path to a healthier weight, does anyone else have this condition here that can give me safe exceris... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 04:02:39 EST Finally got close to 4 mi Did a little over 3.5 miles walking and treadmill. Most I have done in many years. Feels good. Sun, 24 Jul 2016 18:28:31 EST 15 Reps Max but No Next Day Muscle Soreness? With my current weights I experience muscle fatigue at 12-15 reps per set. However I never experience next day soreness. I know what that feels like because I once walked up & down several steps at a scenic site & I definitely felt it for the next couple of days. Am I still building muscle even if I'm not sore the next day? Sun, 24 Jul 2016 15:31:43 EST Frequency for muscle training workouts Hi, <BR> <BR> So I am trying to figure out an optimal workout schedule. My idea right now is to do three days of 1 hour cardio sessions and 3 days of weights/muscle training sessions each week, with a day of rest. I would alternate the cardio days and the weight days. <BR> <BR> I have divided my weight days so that the first day I do upper body, the second day I do lower body, and the third day I do core. This means that I only repeat training for a muscle once a week. Does this seem like ... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 13:40:27 EST Dorky/Cheesy Things At The Gym? Hi. <BR> <BR> My husband and I work out together/separately at the gym. We hate exercise but love the results. <BR> <BR> Yet, at times, I tend to get bored/distracted...and think some take this too seriously. Here's how you can find me: <BR> <BR> I'm the one wearing a tie dye t-shirt. When we first started working out early in the mornings (cardio), I also had on "Bozo the Clown" headphones on....I think there's a pic of me in my profile :0 <BR> <BR> If it's "weight night" I'm carrying ... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 22:47:10 EST Plus size work out gear I am struggling to find work out gear in my size. Not so much shirts, those are easy. But pants. I attend barre classes so I am looking for yoga type pants. But the kicker is, I need them for a plus sized body. I am in a size 18-20. Have any other ladies had any success in finding workout bottoms in larger sizes? If so, where, and would you recommend them? Fri, 22 Jul 2016 16:17:21 EST right amount of weight so I work out at home, how do I know if I am not using enough weight or using to much? Fri, 22 Jul 2016 09:43:21 EST You know you're making progress when.... You know you're making progress when...those 5# weights which killed your arms when you first started feel like 'feather weights' now... <em>362</em> <BR> <BR> OR, you know you're making progress when.... <em>23</em> <BR> <BR> Feel free to keep this thread going with your own fitness & exercise 'progress' lines! Thu, 21 Jul 2016 22:39:59 EST Fun Outdoor Workouts? Hey all! Lately my back pain has hampered my running (never really like running anyway!) and I have been looking for some ways to exercise outside. I recently bought a slackline which is difficult but very fun and a great core workout. Looking for any other suggestions that would be easy on the back. Thanks in advance. <BR> <BR> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 15:35:02 EST catch 22 I have bursitis in my hip. I need to lose weight to help alleviate the pain and walking is my exercise of choice - I'm a klutz so this is the safest. I am also 66 yr young. When I walk it hurts. Any suggestions? Wed, 20 Jul 2016 06:58:39 EST Depressed I don't know what to do, I want to get motivated but I just cant seem to get there :( :( :( Tue, 19 Jul 2016 20:22:11 EST weighing when is the best time to take your weight? I keep getting mixed answers and reasons. Thought I would see what others are doing. Tue, 19 Jul 2016 07:47:30 EST How much strength training is enough So I have a question. I recently started weight lifting and sense I am not the most coordinated person I have been following a plan from a very popular website. The workouts are about 5 days per week at the most. Each days workout targets about 2 different body part. Some of the suggested workouts will have about 4 workouts targeted to work the same area(so 4 different machines used each body part) and call for 3 sets for about 10-12 reps. So double this for the 2 body parts to work for t... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 19:49:54 EST feeling sick after exercise? Am I the only one who feels sick after exercising? <BR> I am not actually sick but I feel pretty green, i don't drink too much water before or during just a few sips every so often when my mouth gets dry then have a glass after. Mon, 18 Jul 2016 11:36:42 EST Question about water dumbbells and barbells I have been using these dumbbells in the pool: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> They are foam and weigh .66 lbs. Can anyone tell my what these weights "weigh" under water? Are they equivalent to 5 lbs? 10 lbs? I know that it's quite a workout and I am seeing rapid progress. <BR> <BR> But it's difficult to track. I've been tracking them as equal to 10 lb dumbbells. I don't know if this is accurate. <BR> <BR... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 11:00:18 EST Should I rest today? I really want to exercise right now but I ate something that didn't agree with me and now my tummy hurts! I've been to the toilet twice already but I still feel uncomfortable! <BR> <BR> I'm just worried I might have an accident if I were to workout today. I'm not making excuses, I really don't feel so good! Mon, 18 Jul 2016 05:54:52 EST Having issues with noticing weight loss When I started this I weighed 271 lbs. Now I am down to 255 (I'm 5'2 if that helps)but I have not noticed any weight loss at all. My scale says I lost weight but I cant tell. I still feel/look just as big as before. I have been walking almost 3 miles every day. Anyone have this issue or am I not doing something right? It's frustrating. Mon, 18 Jul 2016 00:54:17 EST Carbs burned vs Cals? I worked out a good bit today. I burned 400 calories with in total 1 hour of playing basketball. I have consumed 117g of carbs and 1300 calories today. I'm wondering how many carbs I burned? and if I need to add back into my system. I have tried looking for a calculator and haven't had any luck. Thanks! Sat, 16 Jul 2016 23:19:33 EST Need Help Building Exercise Plan Greetings, all. <BR> <BR> As I indicated in my profile, changing life circumstances have left me with abundant spare time and little interest in anything but exercise (with the goal of conditioning myself to learn a martial art). Though I would classify myself as a beginner, I took two semesters of weight training in high school and pay excellent attention to form; I am also familiar with yoga. I have approximately two free hours before work (I awaken at five AM every day) and two free hours... Sat, 16 Jul 2016 20:36:09 EST Still unable to do proper pushups! I do them on my knees and can't even go all they way down. My upper body, esp my arms lack strength. And my abs are really fatty! I wish I could look like those fitness models! With washboard abs and everything! Sat, 16 Jul 2016 09:46:36 EST Office Filing calorie burn? HI yall, <BR> Just curious but how much cals do u think ive burn doing office filing? <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Lu <BR> Fri, 15 Jul 2016 17:49:43 EST Which crossfit shoes would you suggest? I tried Reebok nano 5 but it was not too stable during intense wods...which crossfit shoes for women would you suggest? Fri, 15 Jul 2016 15:05:25 EST Disappointed in Calories burned Hi, everyone, <BR> When I got my membership I got a half an hour free with a personal trainer who developed a plan for me to do a mixture of weight machines with some cardio. After I am finished with my routine and input the weights and reps plus the cardio into the fitness tracker I am always very disappointed to see the low amount of calories I should have burned. I feel like I've had an amazing workout yet the numbers are so low. Currently I put in the amount of time I spend on the cardio ... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 13:14:04 EST Butt is uneven My butt cheeks are uneven and it bothers me. My right cheek is hanging low and a little saggy, while my right is not. It makes me feel concious about myself whenever i wear pants. Is there any exercise or medical advice to address this? Fri, 15 Jul 2016 10:12:36 EST I need a plan that will actually work Hey guys, <BR> I thought I would ask here for a bit of advice. I have tried quite a bit to lose weight and I know part of my issue is getting nutrition plus exercise to balance. <BR> My husband will eat some healthy food but not all the time. The same can be said of my children. I also can't afford a lot of the stuff we should be eating. <BR> <BR> I used to try to just workout daily and eat regularly. We make quite a bit from scratch, and cook practically every meal so I didn't think it was... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 09:41:51 EST Down to Goal Weight but Still Skinny Fat Hello all! I just hit my goal weight of 120 (actually at 119) dropping from 155 pounds. The weight really took a while to come off due to hitting a plateau for a whole year at 130-135. Doctor put me on a low dose of thyroid medication for hypothyroidism (though labs showed I was normal). That combined with my Vyvanse and eating an unhealthy amount of 800 calories a day dropped me down to 119 in 4 months. But now I'm skinny fat. Specifically my lower body which was the last area to see improv... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 09:24:57 EST spark activity tracker I wonder why the spark people stopped selling their activity tracker when they are available on Amazon. They cost much more there and are only water resistant as opposed to waterproof. What's up with that? Fri, 15 Jul 2016 08:40:34 EST How do i get rid of man "boobs"? Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm not sure if you could call mine manboobs but they are pretty flabby and unattractive. I'd like to know if anybody has any solutions to get rid of them? <BR> <BR> I've suffered with these probably since I was a teenager. I don't think medications are to blame either. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Thu, 14 Jul 2016 20:42:01 EST Incorporating more activity into my day The easiest way for me to add more activity is to take a walk. Exercise, for me, is going to the gym, Pilates, pool exercise or dance class. Some days though I look at my steps and see that I need to move more. A walk in my neighborhood gets my steps up and clears my head, a great combo. Thu, 14 Jul 2016 09:54:32 EST calories consumed minus calories burned Is there a way to show calories consumed minus calories burned on the tracker page? Wed, 13 Jul 2016 20:46:28 EST bike ride to xenia ohio anyone going to the Greene County Cycling Classic in Xenia Ohio ? About 20 of us from the Cleveland /Akron area are heading down south to partake in this awesome family bike ride that covers 60+ miles of paved bike trails. BEAUTIFUL. Wed, 13 Jul 2016 15:04:43 EST Help please? Does anyone know how to add a step tracker to my start page? <BR> <BR> Thank you in advance!! <BR> <BR> Trixy Wed, 13 Jul 2016 11:33:04 EST BMR changes? Why is it that my BMR changes on the reports? I was looking at my reports over the past weeks and noticed that my BMR changes on the Differential reports over time. I realize this may be an "average" but on the daily differential it states that my BMR is 2020 and on the weekly BMR it states that my BMR is 1569 on day, 1560 on another etc. I do have my activity level as active and haven't changed that. Wed, 13 Jul 2016 11:18:49 EST cheap equipment Author was talking of ways to save money on exercise equipment. These people seem to miss some inexpensive alternatives. Barbells - I have two empty milk cartons I cleaned out. Put water in them, now they are 7 lbs. each, barbells. Cost - the cost of cleaning the gal. cartons and filling each with 7 lbs of water. Wed, 13 Jul 2016 10:13:04 EST Not sure how to log my workout.... ...I did look. I just cant figure out which would be closest to what I did. Since the exact DVD I did is not on SP. I did Debra Mazda's Cardio Toning with Weights for the beginner for 30 min. <BR> <BR> This is the first time I have done exercise for that long and I REALLY would like to log it! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Here is a link to it on Amazon for those who are curious.<BR>Girl-Moving-weights/dp/B0026GDVAW/ref=<BR>sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1468418... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 10:04:04 EST upper body workouts for women? Can anyone suggests what's the best upper body workout for women? Wed, 13 Jul 2016 07:39:18 EST Arm ergometers I am a wheelchair user and I have a very basic arm ergometer. Absolutely, no electronics at all, just two peddles mounted on a base; allowing it to be peddled by either arms or legs while seated. <BR> <BR> I'm interested in SP "experts" thoughts on how to measure, intensity and or energy/cals used. I have done a bit of net searching and while most tend to rate it similar to a traditional stationary bike, (with ranges for light to vigorous intensities) some references ARE all over the map, ... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 19:45:54 EST Sport Bra Recommendations - Your ideas? I'd love a list of sport bra reviews. What do you like? <BR> <BR> I'll start: <BR> <BR> ENELL <BR> Sizes - many available <BR> General - Compression. Front hook and eye. <BR> Positives - Wonderful support. Very effective. <BR> Negatives - Doesn't lie flat under a shirt. There's a visible seam in the front. Fairly high coverage so it can be seen under a v-neck. <BR> Price - ? <BR> <BR> Tue, 12 Jul 2016 16:59:15 EST anyone wanna be fitbit friends? hi everyone, I have never posted on this slight before, so hello. <BR> has anyone got a fitbit? I would love some fitbit friends. Tue, 12 Jul 2016 16:29:53 EST More Bollywood Exercise Videos? I found a couple of Bollywood exercise videos on our SP site today, and they were so much fun AND I could actually do them. Is there a way I can request more of these types of workout videos from the SP coaches? Being 100 pounds overweight doesn't lend itself to a lot of the SP videos. :-( <BR> Thanks! <BR> Lori Tue, 12 Jul 2016 15:52:05 EST Barefoot running One danger that was not brought up when barefoot running. Running in sand!! What is sand? Silicon. What is one ingredient in glass - Sand.. Tue, 12 Jul 2016 07:25:47 EST post workout nutrition What's your favourite post workout nutrition? Tue, 12 Jul 2016 03:27:24 EST worked up about working out Hi Guys <BR> <BR> I'd been on a 500/600 calories, poor nutrition diet and lost 14 kgs over 3 months, and gained back 7.5 kgs of those in a month of binge eating. Post counseling, I'm eating about 850-1000 a day (slow increments) and doing light cardio 4 days per week for 60 mins each. My question: <BR> <BR> 1. Due to my blind attachment to the scale reading, I need the weight going down to keep me going. I weigh in twice/week. If I start Strength Training (alongwith 30-40 mins of moderate c... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 00:53:40 EST exercising with arthritis What kind of exercises can I do? My knees hurt even when I just walk. I tried riding my bicycle, it just hurts too much. What are good exercises that won't hurt my knees so much? Mon, 11 Jul 2016 19:38:15 EST Podst WorkOut Question Hi yall, <BR> After a real good workout is it common to have heavy / thick saliva coming up??? <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Mon, 11 Jul 2016 14:32:15 EST Workout buddies: Please share your experiences! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> One of our writers is looking for member quotes to be included in her story about workout buddies/accountability partners. Specifically, here are the questions she wants to ask: <BR> <BR> 1. How did you find your workout buddy? <BR> 2. For those that found their buddy through SparkPeople, how did you go about the process? <BR> 3. What tips would you give others looking for workout buddies? <BR> 4. How has it changed your relationship with exercise? <BR> <BR> Please ... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 13:03:13 EST The time is coming My wife goes back to work in a little over 3 weeks. It has been great her coming with me to the malls to walk!! I still have at least 7 weeks to swim outside, which will be good for me. Sun, 10 Jul 2016 16:55:57 EST Looking for device to measure my fitness progress So many Fitbit type things out there, I have no clue what to get. I'd like one that tracks my walks, like that Map my walk app, or my steps etc. I am looking for recommendations. Any help would be greatly appreciated. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> <BR> Laurie Sat, 9 Jul 2016 12:16:57 EST Yoga strap How do I go about picking one that is right for me? I've never used them before. Fri, 8 Jul 2016 20:23:20 EST Nike + App ~ Running Buddies Hi Yall, <BR> <BR> I was wondering how many of u guys use the Nike + app to run with if so I was looking for some running buddies to add and if you want to u can add me = username KSBride. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Lu Fri, 8 Jul 2016 16:54:36 EST Water weight question I didn't know exactly where I should put this, but I was hoping someone would have an answer. <BR> <BR> I have a body fat scale that I love. But as the weight and body fat have dropped and the muscle mass has increased, the percentage the scale tells me is water has also increased. I'm not talking about fluctuations over the course of a week or month, I'm talking a steady increase in percentage points over the course of months. I would have expected that as my sodium intake decreased, so to... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 15:39:14 EST Nike + Run App Issue - HELP HI Yall, <BR> <BR> I have an HTC EVO 4G LTE and the last time ive used my Nike + app was when I was running and the phone died while Nike was still tracking my run and ever since then I can't get it to track a run and play music either the only music it plays is the powersong even tho I have the music setting on tho. And it just keeps coming back to the old run the one that was when the phone died. Ive tried to end it snyc it and even tried to cancel the run and start a new one but it would ... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 10:08:47 EST Holding strong It very hard making time for myself. I am the only driver in my family so trying get my exercise in. I want to loose weight I start out good for about 3 weeks and I get lost on where to go. My goal is to buy a bike we are moving to a new home so I praying the space and better area will help promote better exercise encouragement. Fri, 8 Jul 2016 07:34:46 EST Big girl workout clothing? Anyone have any leads on some affordable, comfortable and "forgiving" workout tops for fat chicks? <BR> <BR> I have a mom hangs...I have taken to wearing the huge tank tops from the mens section that go to my knees to provide coverage but I look ridiculous. <BR> <BR> Hoping someone has a better alternative. Thu, 7 Jul 2016 11:48:02 EST 21 Day Fix Is anyone doing the 21 Day Fix? I'm on day 3 & feeling great! Thu, 7 Jul 2016 11:37:56 EST EATING OUT ON VACATION What are some good picks when you must eat out besides salads? Thu, 7 Jul 2016 09:49:04 EST Fitbit I want a Fitbit but don't know where to start. There seem to be a lot of different types. Can anyone out there explain the options? Any recommendations? <BR> <BR> Thx! :) Thu, 7 Jul 2016 00:03:44 EST Health rider cardioglider Does anyone own one of these and know the best way to register steps with a SparkTracker? Wed, 6 Jul 2016 21:15:31 EST Any success from loose skin after weight loss? is there anyone that has any success from loose skin after major weight loss using methods other than surgery? If so please tell me what you did and how much it helped. Wed, 6 Jul 2016 15:15:30 EST Workout Anxiety I enjoy working out at the gym. I always have enjoyed going, sweating, seeing the calorie burn, and the post workout bliss that I did something for myself. However, I am in a relationship with someone who has developed a very unhealthy outlook on healthy eating and working out. <BR> <BR> My boyfriend has serious workout anxiety. The very thought of going to the gym is enough to send him into an excuse/defensive attitude. Now, this is something that has sprung up from his all or nothing appro... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 14:26:47 EST Richard Simmons Stretching I am 65 and weigh 260 pounds with poor knee and hip flexibility so I need low impact exercise to start. Would using Richard Simmons Stretching Tape be an option for me? <BR> <em>252</em> <em>317</em> Wed, 6 Jul 2016 12:56:58 EST How long did it take for you to run a full mile? I started running at the beginning of May, had a minor set back with a respiratory infection and had to start all over mid june. I am someone who has very little exercise in my background, in fact i barely made 1 lap around the track in highschool, 1 time. But I've found with out an overbearing coach yelling at me, it's much more enjoyable. I've been using the couch to 5k app, and just this last week was able to fully run(slowly) a full lap. I'm just wondering if my progress is too slow? or i... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 23:08:05 EST Sweat with Kayla Has anyone tried Sweat with Kayla or any of the Kayla Itsines stuff? My friend recommended it to me but I wanted to get some other opinions as well. Tue, 5 Jul 2016 19:48:13 EST 4 weeks in - no weight change!!! Still not seeing any weight budge over 4 weeks in! Lost a few inches though. Eating healthy, exercising when I didn't before, walking everywhere, tracking everything - staying within ranges on daily nutrition. And, not doing weight/muscle building work. What am I doing wrong??? Tue, 5 Jul 2016 14:10:43 EST Non ambulatory workout I had foot surgery 5 weeks ago. I am non weight bearing right now and will be for a few more weeks, then light weight bearing. I'm loosing muscle tone and gaining weight. What kind of exercises can I do where I don't have to put any weight on my feet? Tue, 5 Jul 2016 13:54:34 EST Need Info and Tips on exercising and diet with my I belong to an HMO and have posed many of the following questions to my MD's and Phys Therapy professionals and can't get a good answer without having to go in and go to multiple appointments or they tell me to go take classes (usually held during the day while I work). I am 54 years old female, 5’0”, 145 lbs., apple shaped with a waist and hip measuring 40+inches. My A1c hovers at 7.0, I want to get it below 7.0 in order to get off of insulin. I take insulin once a night, have high blood pr... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 12:50:28 EST Vivofit data inaccuraties I am wondering why all of my steps are not transferring to SP. Yesterday I had over 5000 steps and SP only showed a little over 2000. Today I am at 1544 but SP shows 0 even though I just synced. Anyone else having this problem? #techsupport Tue, 5 Jul 2016 10:43:24 EST Working out while on vacation? I am going out of town for four days this coming weekend. We are staying at an Air B&B house, so no fitness room like at a hotel. Do you have any advice for getting in my workouts while I am out of town? <BR> <BR> I am going to check and see if my YMCA membership will work in another city, but I would like to have a backup plan just in case. Tue, 5 Jul 2016 08:30:23 EST Pain, and More Pain I had an amazing weekend, My husband and I went to Arkansas and hiked down and up Petit Jean, swimming at Long Pool and Falling Water. But now I find myself in a bit of a pickle. First off, my quads are killing me, I can handle walking up stairs, or it feels like my leg is going to hyperextend on me. Also I'm battling a chafed area. What Can I do to still get a good work out for cardio? Or do I need to suck it up? Tue, 5 Jul 2016 01:07:14 EST How much is too much? Hello fellow Sparkies! :) <BR> I have a question about exercise that has been asked before, but I wanted to get opinions on my plans specifically... <BR> How much exercise is too much exercise? <BR> I joined a GREAT gym and they have so many fun classes to do and it is so hard to choose which ones to do! I end up doing several in a row, and have spent up to 5 hours in the gym in one day! It is so fun to push my body and see how much I can do! :) <BR> Some of my friends are worried though, and... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 23:03:19 EST rowing machine Can anyone recommend a good rowing machine. I know the concept 2 is supposed to be one of the best ones but I am looking for something a little less expensive. Mon, 4 Jul 2016 11:30:42 EST Having trouble getting started Found workout video I like - but cannot figure out how to rewatch it after I select it to go on workout list. Any ideas?????????/// Mon, 4 Jul 2016 07:41:17 EST Elliptical Trainers I was wondering if anyone could recommend an elliptical trainer? I am not sure of the price range I want to be in. I might buy a higher end model if I could try it out. If I can't try it out, I do not want to spend much. Thank you. Sat, 2 Jul 2016 11:25:05 EST Couples who exercise together Hi. <BR> <BR> Are there any couples out there who exercise together? <BR> <BR> If so, I'd love to hear your stories. <BR> Who's idea was it to start? <BR> What exercises do you do and how often? <BR> Why do you continue doing it? <BR> <BR> Here's our story: really was all my fault (as my now-husband constantly points out). While we were dating, I once said that I loved the idea of working out together--it seemed like a nice, healthy thing to do. I hated my weight and wanted ... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 09:42:10 EST Exercise clothing Where can I find decent workout pants that are not skin tight? i don't like walking around town like that. i want capri style pants that skim the leg. Sat, 2 Jul 2016 00:21:22 EST Sports Bra Issues Does anyone else experience chaffing from wearing a sports bra? I am busty and wear an Enell sports bra. I often have chaffing around the seams near my arm pit. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have this issue and have solutions for dealing with it? Fri, 1 Jul 2016 22:10:33 EST Muscle recovery time? How long does muscles to stop hurting after being 'used'? <BR> <BR> And what to do to make the recovery time quicker? <BR> <BR> I seem to be stuck. Fri, 1 Jul 2016 18:02:11 EST Max Fitness Minutes Per Day Forgiving me for asking this question again. I know I have asked it & it was answered before put I can't find it. So here it is again: <BR> <BR> I noticed a while ago that my fitness minutes did not match up with my total fitness minutes. I remember the reply stating something about there was a max # of fitness minutes you could get credit for in 1 day. Ring a bell? <BR> <BR> Thank you again for you time & help! <BR> <BR> Walking the Day Away, <BR> OLK..... <BR> <BR> Fri, 1 Jul 2016 13:43:47 EST Exercises to get rid of hip dips/ violin hips? Maybe not 'get rid' but 'improve the appearance of'. <BR> <BR> My hip dips are a large problem for me. For years I believed I was over weight due to these dips. <BR> <BR> To improve my body image, I want to improve the look of these dips. It be nice to wear jeans and a crop top without cringing due to these unflattering dips! <BR> <BR> Thank you guys! Fri, 1 Jul 2016 12:18:14 EST shoes interfering with exercise Everyone, I need some suggestions... <BR> <BR> Today was yet another day that I had to cut short my daily walk because of my shoes. I just replaced some old fancy crock style shoes because the rubber detached. Looking for something that I could walk in for as cheaply as possible, I finally decided on some top band style sandles with memory foam padding. After walking in them for a few days, I developed a raw spot on my left foot from the top band. In order to wear them for my walk today, I p... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 23:37:25 EST 250 Steps an Hour So my job as a shift supervisor normally requires me to stay close to the shift floor to record actions of my team members in a master station log. I make it a point to get up once an hour to tour the facility. In addition to meeting a SP suggestion to get up and move around once and hour it helps me meet a FITBIT goal to get at least 250 steps an hour. Cheers, lj <em>381</em> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 22:15:24 EST remember the elderly It would be nice for SparkPeople to consider help for the elderly who are not as in good of shape as the youngsters. Thu, 30 Jun 2016 18:23:38 EST Is anyone doing the 21 Day Fix? Hello, <BR> <BR> I see some threads and posts on this topic from 2014-15 but nothing current. <BR> <BR> Is anyone currently doing this plan? I just started on Tuesday and could really use some Spark buddies who are also doing it. <BR> <BR> I needed something to help me with portion control. When I started using these 21 Day Fix containers I realized that I was eating way too much of even healthy foods. <BR> <BR> When I started the exercise DVDs I also discovered that the exercises I was ... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 13:14:21 EST out of curiosity how would you track vigorous strength training with LOTS of rest in between sets? The tracker only has an option for little to no rest between sets. Thu, 30 Jun 2016 11:32:01 EST 5K Mud Run I want to run a 5K/Mud Run and am not sure how to get started training. I'm not much of a runner, any suggestions? Thu, 30 Jun 2016 08:31:49 EST Do people eat their exercise calories? Hi All <BR> <BR> An area that I have long since been confused about in terms of my self is whether or not to eat exercise calories. I tend not to and feel sufficiently full but as you may have seen from previous posts, I have not consistently lost weight for the past 5 or so years. I am short and not particularly big boned so to eat this too would seem a lot. I am going on holiday soon and am disappointed that since the beginning of the year, I really have lost very little weight overall ... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 07:23:06 EST Gym Newbie Hello! I just joined Planet Fitness in my area and I have toured it with the personal trainer, but I am still a little lost and what a good "gym routine" would be. My husband is going to be going to the gym with me as well. Any tips on couples training together? Wed, 29 Jun 2016 15:08:55 EST Fitbit Can I add information from my fitbit? Wed, 29 Jun 2016 14:44:20 EST Commute Exercises? Does anyone know of any exercises/ stretches to do in traffic? Obviously I don't want to wreck so don't get crazy. I've been commuting an hour to work and sometimes 2 hours home and I can't stand feeling like I'm wasting time. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Wed, 29 Jun 2016 11:28:26 EST google step tracker. I downloaded the google step tracker to my phone but had problems with it. Im now using Pedometer, does any one know this app? <BR> Is it ok to manually enter my steps on sparkpeople? Wed, 29 Jun 2016 10:04:17 EST barre class I'm hoping to go to my first barre class Wednesday night... any tips or advice from anyone who has done barre before? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Tue, 28 Jun 2016 07:06:55 EST Swimming Laps To Miles ???? Hi Yall, <BR> How many laps does it take to make one mile swimming in an Olympic size pool? <BR> Whats the best meter coverter to miles website? <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Lu Mon, 27 Jun 2016 17:23:39 EST remedies for post-hike soreness? I went for an awesome hike yesterday, but overdid it a little bit and am more sore than I expected today. Hike went up a pleasant 1,500', but then down 3000', and it's definitely downhill soreness for me today. My legs are sore, but the most irritating stiffness is in my knees and hips. Nothing like an injury, but let's just say that I have a meeting up three flights of stairs later and am already planning a strategy for how to get there (and back)! <BR> <BR> Rest, stretching, gentle walking... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 16:20:06 EST Embarrassed to be seen exercising?? I don't just been embarrassed, I mean totally and completely humiliated. I would rather be paraded naked through the streets than be caught exercising. <BR> <BR> I moved my aerobics step out of my bedroom and into the living room today (my bedroom is SO hot atm) and while my parents were in the garden I was going to do 30mins on it, but then I thought 'What if they come back in and see what I'm doing?'. The mere thought of it had me in panicked hysterical tears for a full 10minst. <BR> <B... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 10:02:07 EST Piyo schedule Does anyone here do piyo? I was going to try and follow the schedule but need to move my rest day to saturday. Should i just start the program on a day that allows the rest day to fall where it would but be on Saturday instead of i think Thursday? And is anyone out of shape able to do this program? I have trouble with yoga and pushups and such. Sun, 26 Jun 2016 21:24:39 EST fitness device I am considering getting a fitness device/tracker to keep me motivated. <BR> I am currently walking and getting into swimming. I was previously sedentary. I would like to know my hr also. Any recommendations ? <BR> I dont need the top of the line but not the cheapest one either. Thanks Sun, 26 Jun 2016 17:15:58 EST About myself (fitness and exercise wise - advice?) I haven't done Spark People since 2012. I would like to get back to doing it again, but I don't know. <BR> <BR> I weigh about or a little over 240 lbs and I'm about 5'11 for starters. <BR> <BR> Now, I've got some medical issues that affect my balance, A-Taxia it's called so it's sometimes tough for me to do certain exercise. This isn't the excuse though, I'll also add I have a mild form of autism (autistic spectrum disorder) but that's something different. <BR> <BR> Being a little overwe... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 15:25:11 EST Fit firm & fired up dvd How come none of the workouts from Coach Nicole's fit firm & fired up is not in the search engine? I'm doing the dvd and I can't log it. Sun, 26 Jun 2016 15:05:59 EST Tracker question Hi, <BR> I am experimenting with using an app on my Android phone, called S Health that tracks my steps and minutes walking. <BR> <BR> I am then tracking my steps on my SP page under the exercise tracker. <BR> <BR> Here is my QUESTION: <BR> At the end of the day it shows how many minutes it considers me to have walked. <BR> Do I track that as walking exercise or is that redundant? <BR> I have been only tracking walking when I have gone out on walks - this tracks walking (all walking that I ... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 16:52:21 EST Swim work out? How often? I swim almost daily (heated pool) <em>237</em> and often use a pair of water dumb-bells. <em>34</em> <BR> <BR> Because it's low-impact, can I safely use the dumb-bells for arm workouts daily or do I still need a rest day between? <BR> <BR> Your advice is greatly appreciated. <em>304</em> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 15:21:03 EST Is anyone doing T25 or JM30DS? Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm a teacher who has one month left of summer break. Since I have the time, I will be starting T25 and JM30DS tomorrow. I'm currently on week 7 of C25K as well, and hope to run a half marathon in January 2017. <BR> <BR> Just wondering if anyone out there has/or is using T25 and/or JM30DS. I've been away from Spark for a while, and are looking to add some friends who are kind of in the same groove as me. :) Sat, 25 Jun 2016 13:09:34 EST Any recommendations for a fitness tracker? I'm looking to invest in a tracker and with so many out there these days I'd like some feedback on which ones are worth the money. I'm looking for one that will track not just steps but biking also. Sat, 25 Jun 2016 09:04:01 EST How much weight loss is safe in one week? I started my journey on June 20th. I am 52, will be 53 in 3 months. My start weight was 168.8. I was eating around 1200 a day. ( I take care of my elderly mom. She lives with us, plus I have my family and house to tend to. Needless to say I was forgetting to eat breakfast and was lucky if I took time to eat lunch.) I was working out 3 nights a week with my husband at the gym, but that didn't seem to work to well, I guess because of the way I was eating. I'm eating 3 meals a day and snack... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 08:44:59 EST Need a heart rate monitor tracker (Chest strap) Hi, <BR> <BR> am looking for a good heart rate monitor and tracker. You know the kind that goes around the chest. I'm not sure which one is good for both tracking and heart rate monitoring. I'm not sure what's out there. I know there's the Polar, but that the only one I've heard of. I'm hoping it would be something I can wear for swimming, too. I'm trying to stay in the aerobic zone heart rate wise. Having a tracker like this would definitely be a help, <BR> <BR> Anyone have a good one the... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:54:15 EST tracker only goes to 10000 steps??? Disappointed! Went on all day hike. Did 10000steps and then tracker turned over and started again. When I got home to computer to sync it only registered 4044. Big disappointment. Didn't even get credit for daily goal. Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:46:44 EST HELP confused Okay heres the problem I go 23 mph on my stationary for 20 mins a day and my bike is calibrated for a 150 lb person and can not be changed. What I am having problems with is how much am I actually burning. In order to get the speed right I have to put it as biking but is the calories listed based on my weight or someone elses? Each of the other sites I've gone to have different results. Grrr. Fri, 24 Jun 2016 01:32:02 EST FIT BIT STEPS WHERE CAN I ENTER MY STEPS THAT I LOG ON THE FITBIT INTO SPARKPEOPLE? Thu, 23 Jun 2016 10:33:24 EST Metabolism I need a serious boost to my metabolism and am not sure if this is more of an exercise issue or a nutrition issue. Recommendations? Thu, 23 Jun 2016 08:41:00 EST Active Recovery This was a new term for me but I see searching on here that lots of you have commented on this. So, I thought I'd start it up again and ask you what you do for active recovery days? <BR> <BR> For those that don't know (like I didn't); I've been working out hard three days a week with a personal trainer. Another two days, in between sessions, I've been working on core, stretching and a light cardio. A kinesiologist following my weight loss said they liked my 'active recovery days'. <BR> <... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 14:56:10 EST Exercises for at work, in small apartment? I take care of my grandmother everyday in her small apartment. She sleeps much of the day leaving me to sit and do nothing! What are some exercises I can do in a tiny space with no equipment that won't make a ton of noise? Wed, 22 Jun 2016 14:15:36 EST THE ULTIMATE YOGI Hey All! <BR> I'm Meg Marie- I am a yoga teacher and own a small studio in my hometown. <BR> Looking to get into the ultimate yogi dvds and see what its all about! I did a search and have seen posts for this series in the past, but nothing current. <BR> Anyone out there still doing this? I just ordered mine... should be in the mail soon! <BR> Let me know! Id love to connect and start a support group for it! Wed, 22 Jun 2016 10:51:10 EST New to resistance bands, questions I bought a resistance band, and have been using it with one of the Sparkpeople videos, for upper body, it's about 7 minutes long. My question is, how much should I be doing it? Should I do the video twice, or increase the number of each movement for more reps? I can feel the muscles in my shoulders and upper back and arms, not in a "oh gosh it hurts" way but just a slight tightness, I think it's a good thing. I've only been doing it for 5 days, once through, and I feel like I could do more... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 09:57:03 EST Stupid scale or Stupid Feet? My scale told me I gained a few ounces--I'm not a daily weigher, more like weekly, Monday and Friday, that sort of thing. The low-carb Atkinish diet's been working for me, using Carb Manager app to track the ins. About a week ago I started spicing my regular a.m. walk with intervals, actually breaking a sweat and everything (no running, just fast walking for 10 secs). I also do squats about once a week, sometimes twice, and aquarobics when the mal de mer isn't plaquing. I feel like my cal... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 08:33:55 EST I can't do a full bridge! My arms are not strong enough! I used to be able to do it when I was younger. I tried doing it today and I just couldn't lift my upper body up. My arms lacked to strength to support my upper body! <BR> <BR> Does anyone here know how to do it? Any tips? Wed, 22 Jun 2016 08:28:06 EST What exercise classes/sports classes do you go to? What exercise classes or sports do you enjoy? Why do you enjoy them? Wed, 22 Jun 2016 06:42:15 EST Reintroduction to swimming Hi there. <BR> <BR> I moved into an apartment complex recently that has an outdoor pool. I used to swim a lot when I was a kid. I haven't really swam since then. So now at just under 40 I decided to swim some laps... <BR> <BR> Shock #1 - I went to swim normal freestyle, put my face in the water, and even though my mind knew to blow out, my body froze. I couldn't blow air out and when I turned my head out of the water I had too much air held in to breathe panic episode.. <BR> ... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 22:34:27 EST 2 months with major body changes no weight loss So I started a health and fitness journey March 1st. <BR> 1. I have half a non working thyroid (thyroidectomy) Diabetes and fatty liver. <BR> 2. I have been eating SUPER clean and healthy and have had my diabetes meds cut in half, with the hopes of being off them completely in a couple months. <BR> 3. I have major body changes, look better and feel better, but NO weight loss. I started at 233 of pure fat, and now hover between 230 and 233 still. I know I am making a huge difference, but th... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 11:35:33 EST Legs don't want to move Last evening (after taking Sunday off as a recovery day) my legs did not want to move. I had to slow everything down. I still spent 45 mins on the treadmill but I couldn't go at my usual slow pace (i had to go slower) and I had to walk more. Very frustrating!! Tue, 21 Jun 2016 07:59:27 EST What are the best scales on the market in the UK? Anyone? <BR> <BR> Do people think the all singing all dancing scales that measure weight, BMI, Water etc are actually accurate OR would you just stick with standard ones? <BR> <BR> Tue, 21 Jun 2016 05:53:47 EST Vitamin D Deficiency Fatigue Any suggestions to help with energy when dealing with the fatigue during a recovery period that could take months? <BR> <BR> It's really cutting into my exercise routine, the muscle weakness doesn't help either but I wont get started with that. Mon, 20 Jun 2016 21:34:47 EST Exercise after knee surgery. I had surgery about 3 weeks ago. I tried working out last week and it just felt off. <BR> <BR> Today I awoke with pains in my calves and shoulders. I decided to try a light workout. I can honestly say it was the best decision. My joints and muscles feel pain free although I have lost some strength for taking off a few weeks. <BR> <BR> I now understand what people mean when they said listen to your body. My body was not ready last week. This week my body was grateful for the movement... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 17:19:58 EST Calling all Fitbit users The challenge: "Fitbit: Million steps of Summer Challenge" <BR> <BR> Begins: Tomorrow, Monday June 20th, the first day of summer. <em>67</em> <BR> Ends: September 22nd, the first day of fall <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> The goal: Walk a million steps throughout the summer. That's just 10,526 steps a day. <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> Open to: All Fitbit (and other tracker) users <BR> <BR> Location: Worldwide in the great outdoors, and/or on treadmills and ellipticals everywhere!!! <BR> <... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 17:34:31 EST First bicycle ride in 8 years - help needed Today hubby and I went on our first bicycle ride in 8 years. (Hubby broke his femur 8 years ago, and we haven't ridden since). Any ways, now everything hurts.We only managed 45 minutes, but I wasn't prepared. I probably should've done some exercises prior to. What exercises should I do prior to my next ride to get me ready? What should I do OR not do after completing this ride as far as pain goes? <BR> <BR> Any tips or tricks will be greatly appreciated! <BR> <BR> Deirdre Sun, 19 Jun 2016 16:52:49 EST Rhomboid Strain Exercises About a month ago, I sneezed when I was sitting and pulled/strained my rhomboid back muscle. It hurts if I lay down or do any exercise related to stretching out my arms (e.g. lat pulldown) or crunching my stomach (e.g. situps, crunches, even hamstring stretches). I can't believe a sneeze has prevented me from doing so much. I was wondering if there are good exercises to help my back loosen up and feel better? Sun, 19 Jun 2016 15:51:52 EST What's your weekly exercise routine? Hi. <BR> <BR> My husband and I workout together and have been doing so for more than a year. We're curious about what other people's exercise routine looks like. <BR> <BR> Here's what we do. We workout a total of 4 hours a week. <BR> M, W, F 5:30am ish to 6am ish <BR> Stairmill hell. <BR> <BR> Monday and Friday evenings (we have no life or kids :( 1 hr <BR> 10 minutes stairmill <BR> The rest of the time we're doing a full-body workout. <BR> <BR> Saturday mornings <BR> 1 hr <BR> Swimmi... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 23:25:53 EST Fun time Got to get my wife to go with me to mall, not shopping!! We walked a mile, and it was free, no buying!!! Fri, 17 Jun 2016 20:23:37 EST Ideas for working out with lower back pain? Hi guys! I'm new here. <BR> <BR> I thought this would be a good first step in my fitness journey. <BR> <BR> I wanted to see if anyone here has struggled with lower back pain due to obesity and has had issues with working out because of it. I work a sedentary office job where I'm on my butt all day, but outside of small walks around the office I find that standing and walking for periods of time is almost unbearable on my lower back. This really sucks because I'm only 21. I want to be out ha... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 02:48:27 EST Spark fitness teams Looking for a spark team that primarily focuses on fitness (walking). Thu, 16 Jun 2016 22:45:51 EST When does muscle start to burn fat... and in turn reduce the number on the scales? <BR> <BR> I have been following a strength and aerobics routine for some time now and have adapted my diet accordingly however, alarmingly, the numbers on the scales are rising! <BR> <BR> This is the first time in 5 years that I have seen any aesthetic difference in myself physically and certain old clothes that I couldnt get in to previously are now fitting/looking better. Others have also commented on my emerging 'shape' so why is this not ref... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 04:42:24 EST estimated weight with tape measure I'm lacking a scale, so as I approach my 4th week on steady diet and exercise plans, I find myself curious as to what my weight is. I did not allow myself to look at the scale in the doctors office because I have been known to become very upset about the changing or lack of changing numbers of the scale. <BR> In any case, I don't have access to a working scale, but I have been taking body measurements with a tape measure. After a lot of research and no small amount of confusion, I found an in... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 04:00:00 EST Apps Does anyone know of a good app for interval training? I want to be able to personalize my own timers. Does anyone know of one that is good for kickboxing? I have an android device. <BR> And preferably a free app. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Wed, 15 Jun 2016 23:31:57 EST Using the fitness maps... I like to design routes to walk using the Fitness Maps feature, but I can't figure out how to delete a point on the map that I put in by mistake. The instructions say to "simple click on a marker to delete the marker" but that doesn't work. Any ideas? <BR> Thanks.... <em>313</em> Wed, 15 Jun 2016 17:37:21 EST Any casual bike riders? I decided to buy a bike to be able to get outside and get some exercise. Most likely just around the neighborhood. I started looking and there are so many different ones. Comfort, cruiser, road, and so on. Any suggestions for a reasonably priced bike to start with? What should I look for in a bike? Wed, 15 Jun 2016 14:48:21 EST Cardio or Weight training when losing weight I have been working out for a few months. The trainer I am working with swears by weight training. I have asked how much cardio should I be doing and she said no more than 10 minutes after lifting. I will add I am trying to lose weight as well. I am on a 1300 calorie menu with Carbs 35%, Protein 35%, Fat 30%. I have been on this plan for about 7 weeks and have lost only 3 pounds. I am not cheating, I am journaling everything I put in my mouth. Thoughts? Wed, 15 Jun 2016 11:55:44 EST Biggest challenge? Hi <BR> <BR> My name's Mike and I've just started my fitness journey. I've become fed up with being out of breath in climbing a couple flights of stairs, I'm struggling to keep up with my kids and it's not a pretty sight in the mirror. <BR> <BR> I'd like to throw a couple questions out there to help me along and it'd be great to hear your stories. <BR> <BR> What was your single biggest challenge or difficulty in starting off in becoming fit? How did you overcome it? <BR> <BR> Thanks for ... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 05:30:44 EST My Fitbit Charge HR doesn't synch my workout My fitbit doesn't show my workout. I worked out, burned 758 calories according to my charge HR, and I had to manually enter it here? Anyone know why? <BR> On another note. I saved 46.00 using the 20% off coupon an buying the fitbit on sale at Bed Bath and beyond. The coupons says excludes fitbit but the girl at the register said I could use it. I paid 103.9 before tax for my Charge HR! DEAL! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 14 Jun 2016 13:56:29 EST Tummy Misery: Stubborn Fat or Loose Skin? <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have tried to show some pictures of my stomach. When standing, there are no wrinkles or folds. <BR> First photo shows me sitting down <BR> Last photo shows me grabbing the skin. When I push the ski... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 10:03:23 EST Does anyone own a Samsung Gear 2 classic? I'm eyeing the rose gold one! I am wondering if a smartwatch like this one is a wise investment. Does anyone own a smartwatch? Are they a necessity? Tue, 14 Jun 2016 03:56:53 EST Garmin 235 I just recently got a Garmin 235.. Can anyone tell me how to daily sync it and how to get the step counter to work.? I am confused Tue, 14 Jun 2016 01:50:45 EST Anxiety and getting the heart rate up It's been a year since I took antibiotics for a stomach infection.I'm a little better every day. But I had severe anxiety off and on for that year. Though I've only had a few incidences since then my fight or flight is still all out of whack. If my heartrate goes up just walking fast I get a small panicky feeling, even thinking I'm eating something that might bring my infection back raises my heart rate. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions? It's so hard to work out when it causes panic for even the s... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 23:00:18 EST Pedometer - Walking in Place Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I downloaded a pedometer on my phone today and was shocked how few steps I actually took during my chores and yard work. To try to reach my goal, my husband suggested walking in place while cooking dinner and doing dishes - does walking in place actually count? It seems like cheating or that I wouldn't be working hard enough. That being said, I racked up a couple thousand during each task. <BR> <BR> Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you. Mon, 13 Jun 2016 21:11:02 EST Exercise Routine I am looking for comprehensive exercise routines I can use to "change" up from the normal things I'm doing now. I do 3 days of cardio (45 minutes mostly on an elliptical) and 3 days of strength training (depending on what I do, depends on how long). If someone could give me some ideas that would be appreciated! <em>304</em> Mon, 13 Jun 2016 17:00:44 EST Walking for Exercise Does anyone know how much walking each day will help with weight loss? Mon, 13 Jun 2016 08:43:03 EST Achilles Tendon calcification tendinitis Does anyone have cardio suggestions for when the doctor says you should give the Achilles' tendon a 2 to 3 month rest? I don't have access to a pool to use regularly. Any help appreciated! Sun, 12 Jun 2016 18:45:06 EST Fitbit vs Garmium (sp) I am looking at both of these and was wondering which works best with the Sparkpeople App and which seems the most accurate? As a professional cook I move my arms continually. Thanks for any feedback Sat, 11 Jun 2016 12:56:02 EST Distance or speed? I can now jog on a treadmill at 4 for twenty mins and not feel tired. Is it better to work on being able to go farther at 4.0 or start faster intervals? Sat, 11 Jun 2016 12:46:46 EST excersied to much yesterday? what to do..... No , dumb question... right? I really over did myself yesterday. painted the house, cleaned gutters and raked the lawn...... I did not consume anywhere near the needed to the task. I was just to tired to eat. I need some advise on what I should do today? I do plan to take a 15 min walk later, maybe some stretches. But really I am totally worn out. HELP any advice would help Sat, 11 Jun 2016 10:49:09 EST Some Moderate Exercises Ideas Here are some moderate exercises you can do and enjoy: <BR> <BR> 1. Do the Walking. Make use of your surroundings. You can walk your dog, with your partner or child. Encourage your family to do the walking exercise daily and you will find yourself burning calories while enjoying the surroundings and getting enough sunlight that is also good for your body. <BR> <BR> 2. Discover the wonders of Yoga. Yoga is one effective exercise that energizes not only your body but also your soul. You may ... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 09:37:25 EST Bill Phillips Programs Is anyone doing any of Bill's Programs? His Transformation program or his newest Back to Fit? Fri, 10 Jun 2016 14:55:03 EST Ab Wheel I know there used to be a way to look up exercising with an ab wheel but now I can't find it. Can anyone help? Fri, 10 Jun 2016 14:37:51 EST Loosing weight with mainly cardio? Can it be done? I am trying to loose weight. I have started eating healthier, and I know that is a larger part than exercise, however I am fairly active as well. I work in a daycare so am on my feet and moving for a good portion of the day 5 days a week. I go to the gym 3-4 days a week. I hate strength training and only really use the elliptical and treadmill at the gym. I have been using the elliptical for 12-15 mins (am slowly building up the time) and have been walking on the treadmill for roughly 45... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 10:40:52 EST Who is swimming this summer? I am blessed that I have access to a heated pool from May through November. I try to swim at least 3X per week (more if possible). <em>237</em> <BR> <BR> I tend to swim for about two hours each time -- pool walking, treading water, swimming. <BR> <BR> Anyone else a "water baby"? Thu, 9 Jun 2016 16:21:53 EST How are calories burned calculated? Yesterday, I worked for 7 hours straight cleaning out and reorganizing a garage. I worked muscles I forgot I had! When I entered the exercise it showed a calorie burn of 3600! That seems crazy high to me. I'll take it, but is that a realistic amount? How is calorie burn calculated and doesn't it depend on a lot of factors that vary from person to person? Thu, 9 Jun 2016 11:57:35 EST Does dehydration cause shin pain in running? I spoke with a friend this morning about running. I told her I have trouble getting into it because I get shin pain and she asked how much water I drink. I said on days I try to run I try to get 6 - 8 ounce cups before the run (then I drink more after) and she said I should be drinking 3 times that amount and that's what's causing my pain. <BR> <BR> 3 times?! I have enough trouble getting in my 6 cups and now I'm supposed to get in 144 ounces/18 cups? <BR> <BR> Is this right? I know there a... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 10:17:06 EST Weight gain with strength training I ran a marathon at the end of April. Afterwards I needed to cut back on the mileage due to allow some aches and pains to heal. In the meantime I have been running ~20-25 miles per week and taking body pump classes (hoping to gain some strength in my legs in the meantime). I am having a really hard time regulating my weight since decreasing the amount of running. Part of me thinks I have gained some muscle, while the other part wonders if it's just an increase in fat. I obviously don't want t... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 07:55:55 EST Stretch before or after? Guru's, before or after? Thu, 9 Jun 2016 04:07:10 EST Ideas for working out with your kids I am seeking ideas for working out with or near my kids...any ideas ranging from baby to teenager. The idea is to not dump them with a sitter, gym-care, or miss a winning goal because I am 100 yards away walking the track. Thanks! Wed, 8 Jun 2016 16:04:05 EST My first 5 K I signed up for my first 5 K which is next week and I am tickled that my husband and daughter are going to do it with me! I am not a runner, so I will be walking it but maybe I will job short distances. I am looking forward to it! Wed, 8 Jun 2016 15:22:30 EST no loss around hips? Not sure if this is the right board for this question, but needed to ask. <BR> First thing you need to know is, I'm dirt broke. My diet consists of mostly vegetables, some fruits, brown rice for carbs, and beans, nuts, and eggs for protein. Even that much, I'm having trouble keeping stocked on. I'm not tracking calories, but I tested my blood sugar the other day and it was in the high range of normal, so I'm fairly sure I'm getting enough. On top of the diet, I have a one hour daily walking g... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 14:10:40 EST Exercise after critical illness I'm looking for information about resuming exercise after going through a critical illness. My doctor isn't very helpful and I don't have access to a physiotherapist. <BR> <BR> I spent most of the month of March in ICU with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS has the same symptoms as pneumonia but it's worse) and respiratory failure brought on by the H1N1 flu. I was on a ventilator and feeding tubes for two weeks while in a coma. I now need to strengthen and rebuild my lungs and ove... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 20:43:06 EST Cardio Workouts I want to try doing some cardio exercises but am unsure of where to start and where to do. Any sample workouts or recommendations? Thanks <em>41</em> Tue, 7 Jun 2016 18:58:23 EST Exercise for Paraplegics HI: I am looking for exercise suggestions for Paraplegics to do for helping with weight loss please? Tue, 7 Jun 2016 17:41:37 EST Pre Exercise snacks Any idea's on what to eat/snack on before you exercise <BR> and what about after you exercise, i'm having a hard time <BR> trying to find out the proper foods. Tue, 7 Jun 2016 15:04:28 EST Developing an exercise plan with a DVT Hi. <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed with a blood clot in my leg about 3 weeks ago. I'm looking for advice or examples of what others with a DVT have done in order to make a fitness plan that would create the healthy lifestyle needed to prevent future clots without risking movement of the current clot. Mon, 6 Jun 2016 23:20:28 EST Has anyone discovered this coach for larger people I just discovered Coach Tullin on Youtube. Not sure if you can find her elsewhere. She is a larger woman who is also a fitness coach and she gives great tips for altering exercise moves to accomodate heavier people. <BR> Maybe you can find her here and go back to find all her other exercise videos. <BR> <BR><BR>rXU&list=PLM44VK2bBR_mWSl1BFj1rn7EmeQv<BR>rppNM&index=11 Mon, 6 Jun 2016 23:03:45 EST achilles tendon Today, I go in to find out if my Achilles tendon is torn. I'm so bummed. I haven't been to the gym since last Weds. and all this sitting around is driving me crazy. I just want to live a healthy and active lifestyle. It shouldn't be this difficult. Mon, 6 Jun 2016 09:52:40 EST easy listening music Prefer quiet time music vs. present day music. Present day music hurts my ears and makes me nervous. Sun, 5 Jun 2016 15:23:18 EST Spark tv I have seen some workouts on the spark TV I would love to do, but trying to do them from my phone is ridiculous, so I looked into the roku and subscription to spark TV . My question is what are your thoughts? Is it worth it? Do you use it, or prefer something else? Sun, 5 Jun 2016 10:12:39 EST plantar fasciitis and exercising?? Help! I hate shoes and I dread wearing them but my plantar fasciitis is kicking my butt. I can barely walk in the mornings and it has now progressed to being painful throughout the day. As much as I hate it I am now wearing shoes all day. :( Looking for some exercise options that won't aggravate it as I am healing. Kickboxing is out for now and even walking has been painful. I am looking into swimming but I need some ideas for home workouts besides yoga. Any suggestions and tips are welcome. Sun, 5 Jun 2016 08:37:31 EST Exercises to do in bed? Looking for exercises to do in bed. <BR> <BR> I've found a good way to get myself going in the mornings is some exercise in bed. My problem is that I'm not sure if the exercises I'm currently doing are okay. So far, I have not suffered any pain or discomfort to suggest I shouldn't be. I've currently been doing hip exercises, such as thrusts, to tone my buttocks while in bed. <BR> <BR> Is there any exercises I can do in my bed? Sat, 4 Jun 2016 17:34:34 EST Can anyone recommend a treadmill? I'm in the market for a treadmill. I don't need an expensive high-end NordicTrac, (if I was rich, maybe, but...not). Just a basic motorized treadmill with calorie, time, etc. display, HRM a plus but not absolute necessity. For now I'm just walking, trying to get my speed and heart rate up at intervals, but eventually would like to try running. The reviews I see online are so all over the place for every brand, from it's the best ever to it's a piece of trash. If anyone has a treadmill at... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 10:48:33 EST Pedometer steps Good morning. How do I add the steps I walk during the day in my fitness tracker. I'm a very busy MA and walk around 17000 a day, and at a very fast pace. Sat, 4 Jun 2016 08:55:16 EST SHIRTFALL ON EXERCISE POINTS I know it's only 1 point, but why am I only getting 10 fitness points for today when I did 55 minutes work? I don't know if this has been a regular shortfall, or just one today - either way, is there a problem, please? <BR> <BR> Thank you. Thu, 2 Jun 2016 17:52:34 EST New here hello Hi I'm 28 and weigh 184 pounds I would like to get down tob130 as that is what my weight should be I do cardio some days and walk five miles when it's nice out any tips and suggestions would be great... thank-you Thu, 2 Jun 2016 07:16:02 EST When Obese, do cardio only or weights too? I have at least 60 more pounds to go before I'm in a weight range where running/jogging are even remotely comfortable. The elliptical machine has been my best friend for the past month, and I love it. <BR> <BR> My question is, as an 'obese' individual, should I lose the extra 60 pounds first with cardio to lighten up before I do weight training? Or do I do the weight training 2 of the 5 day workout, because of the loss of muscle mass during weight loss? Wed, 1 Jun 2016 21:17:07 EST Starting workout despite arthritis Hi- I have not exercised in 20 years. My doctor says that I need to start moving around and some light weight lifting. Tweet years ago I was in the Marines and could run 10 miles and do 30 pull ups with no problem. I am now 100 pounds overweight and have arthritic shoulders and hips. <BR> <BR> How do I start exercising again? Tue, 31 May 2016 11:48:47 EST How long did it take you to lose your last 5 lbs? I thought I would bring back an older thread I came across but start it up again. How long did it take you to lose your last lbs? Whether it be 10, 5, or 2? lol I have been at the last 5 lbs for 2 months now! lol Ugh! So close yet so far! Tue, 31 May 2016 10:57:20 EST How do you help your kids to keep good habits? I've maintained my goal weight for a year now, with the help of Spark. My main driver to start this journey was modeling good healthy habits to my toddler kids. We can regulate their food while in daycare and they get decent outdoor play there. But soon they will be going to public school. How do you help your school-age kids to maintain healthy habits? Tue, 31 May 2016 09:37:11 EST Daily Steps Hi, all- <BR> I have a semi-sedentary desk job...some days I am tied to my desk all day, some days I am not. I was struggling to hit 6,000 steps per day so that's where I set my fitbit daily goal. I started hitting it every day, so I raised my goal to 7,000...I have hit that the past week and a half so I am thinking about raising it to 8,000. I don't think with my job I will ever be able to get 10,000 per day like the Heart Association says is good for you. Am I doing myself any good or shoul... Tue, 31 May 2016 06:48:22 EST need hip replacement and have torm miniscus What type of exercises are safe for me to do? Mon, 30 May 2016 23:04:01 EST Extremely out of shape needing exercise plan I suffer from PTSD with depression and anxiety as well as fatigue and trouble sleeping. As I am coming out of it, I am becoming health conscious once more and wanting to start an exercise program. My doctor has been encouraging me to do this as well, but will not go as far as to help me develop a plan. I am a teacher, and stand or walk for pretty much the entire school day. However, whenever I try any form of formal exercise (brisk walk, elliptical, yoga, etc.) I end up even more tired th... Mon, 30 May 2016 22:08:02 EST Fitbit vs Garmin I am looking into buying into buying an active tracker, and I know nothing about them. what are peoples thoughts on Fitbit or Garmin? Are they both SP friendly? Can I wear them swimming? What features should I look for <BR> Mon, 30 May 2016 10:50:36 EST confusion on weights I was adding my reps etc into my weights and it asked for the weight of the bands is the weight in kg or lbs ? mine is 5.9kg band. would appreciate any help <BR> thanks Mon, 30 May 2016 10:45:15 EST Help! Meeting with a Trainer. What to expect? Ask? I'm meeting with a Personal Trainer tomorrow for the first time in my life. I'm excited, yet nervous, because I don't know what to expect. I also don't know what questions to ask. <BR> <BR> What can I expect? What should I ask? What info should I make sure I get from it? Tips? Pointers? <BR> <BR> Mon, 30 May 2016 10:30:04 EST Gym buddy(s): Auckland, NZ I am looking for a gym buddy in the Auckland NZ area. I go to Les Mills New Market. <BR> <BR> I prefer the classes but don't mind doin just a normal workout. <BR> <BR> Hoping to make new friends and have someone to keep me company at the gym. <BR> <BR> If you are interested please let me know :) Mon, 30 May 2016 07:39:54 EST Newbie struggling with Mileage Tracker - pls help! I have set up a Fitness Goal to walk 15 miles per week. <BR> <BR> The Goal shows at the top of my Fitness tracker page, but the total is stuck at 0/15 even though I have entered 60 mins of walking at 19mins/mile. <BR> <BR> Why hasn't the goal total registered the three miles, please? Am I doing something wrong? <BR> <BR> Thanks for any help. Mon, 30 May 2016 06:11:12 EST Planks I see them done on the elbows and on the hands with arms extended. Can anyone tell me if there are advantages to one way over the other? Sat, 28 May 2016 23:17:22 EST Daily Exercises Hello! <BR> <BR> New to the community here :) <BR> <BR> This year I started doing exercises each morning, starting with only 5-10 reps and gradually building up each week, and adding new exercises. <BR> <BR> I was wondering if anybody could suggest any more that can be done easily before work or while cooking dinner. <BR> <BR> This is what I do each morning: <BR> 60 x dumbbell lifts (4kg) <BR> 22 x dips <BR> 22 x single-leg deadlifts <BR> 12 x frog bends <BR> 12 x reverse crunches <BR> 5... Sat, 28 May 2016 22:55:13 EST Warm-ups & Cool-downs Laying the background: I recently joined a fitness center. I bike to get there and back home (specifically, using a tri-wheeler). <BR> <BR> It's a 20-minute trike to the fitness center and a 25-minute trike going home (I stop at the grocery store on my way home to pick up any produce, etc., that I'll need for the day; and it's a 5 minute trike in the opposite direction of my route). <BR> <BR> Once I get to the fitness center, there's about 5 minutes of non-activity before I begin my work-... Fri, 27 May 2016 17:52:29 EST walking, try to do things around the house I try to take a 25 to 30 minute walk each day. I also try to do things around the house. Fri, 27 May 2016 14:49:02 EST 50 miles Running my first 50 mile race tomorrow. Hopefully in under 15 hours. I ran 8 hours a couple weeks ago. Gotta stuff my face with carbs today. Fri, 27 May 2016 07:07:31 EST Concentrated excercise I like to go hiking but can only get out once or twice a week. My hikes generally last from 2.5 hours to 6 hours. How does this concentrated exercise work with weight loss? Is a 3.5 hour hike one a week the same as working out for thirty minutes every day? Thu, 26 May 2016 20:28:52 EST LOOKING FOR BUDDIES ON JAWBONE :) Hi everyone, I have just purchased a Jawbone fitness device, and am looking for buddies to encourage, motivate, challenge, and support each other. If you also feel the same, then please add me as a friend! My search ID is "Suzanna Hot", with a profile picture of a sunflower :) Thu, 26 May 2016 14:10:00 EST clothes fit different but ... How can it be that my clothes fit differently and I am losing weight (33 pounds since the first of January) but when I measure I have not lost any inches in some parts and even gained some in others. My clothes are falling off of me though. Literally. I put on a pair of pants from last year and I swam in them. My other pants and PJs are all too big now. My jacket is getting too big. I can actually wrap it around me an inch or so past the zipper. It was kinda snug before (and a size 5X). I tri... Thu, 26 May 2016 13:33:38 EST Drink after work out What is your favorite drink after a workout, mine is cold water Wed, 25 May 2016 19:30:59 EST Meaning of "calories remaining" When Spark says you have a certain number of calories left per day, as determined by both diet and exercise, does that mean the number of calories you can consume and still meet your weight-loss goal, or the number you can consume and still break even? Wed, 25 May 2016 11:21:41 EST Treadmill left alone for a LONG time? Hello! I'm not sure if this is the right spot for this, but it looks like it is, so if I'm wrong I apologize! <BR> I have a treadmill at home that i haven't used or turned on in nearly a year. I don't have the user manual, and the ones for this model I found online don't tell me what the heck to do with it for maintenance after a year of nothing. Is there anything I should be doing besides wiping off the dust and re-lubricating the belt? I'd love to start trying to lose weight again, and it'd... Tue, 24 May 2016 14:44:32 EST Staying active At 62 I workout at lease 3 days a week. The aches and pain I once experienced have almost disappeared. I physically feel so much better. Tue, 24 May 2016 09:21:12 EST Question About Knee Pain Hi there! <BR> <BR> For the last 5 years I have lived in a home with no stairs (no basement, no attic, single story) after having lived with stairs all my life. There are also no stairs in my office... Basically, I haven't walked stairs much at all in 5 whole years (unless I've been lucky enough to find some and then I'm sure to use them), and I can see where it has taken a huge toll on my physical health (muscles are weak... really weak). <BR> <BR> Anyway, I am having a lot of pain in my ... Mon, 23 May 2016 21:29:15 EST 5K I ran my 1st timed, official entry 5K Saturday. Overall, it was fun. <BR> <BR> my time of 49:01 minutes, I wished was better. I'm going to do more, but first I think I need to get off the treadmill and start using the streets. The pavement isn't as forgiving. <BR> <BR> Some muscles still feel weird even though I do 65 minutes at the gym on cardio everyday. (not sunday) Mon, 23 May 2016 09:54:13 EST Kettlebell I love my kettlebell! <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any favorite kettlebell exercises they wish to share? <BR> <BR> My personal favorite is the one-arm swing. You do the swing like you would with both arms (swing the bell between your legs), then come up, switch hands in front of you, then repeat. I could do this for several minutes at a time! Mon, 23 May 2016 09:29:41 EST Moov Fitness Tracker? Has anyone used one, and if so what are your thoughts on their performance? Mon, 23 May 2016 06:37:45 EST Workouts The workouts posted st this site are awesome and you will get results however a message to spark people I started a new one from here without a warm up and now I have a crick in my neck do bad I can't move. Your people on the workout should start with a warm up and end with a cool down to prevent injury Sun, 22 May 2016 09:16:23 EST Suggestions for shoeless exercises? I really really hate shoes. Sometimes I forgo a workout simply because I have no desire to but on my sneakers. I do yoga and some dancing but don't feel like this is enough cardio. Any ideas for some fun workouts that are safe to do barefoot? Sun, 22 May 2016 08:49:36 EST help in reduction exercises Hi, <BR> I am a sixty eight year old male, 5'4" tall but weighing 73 kgs, with a prominent paunch. I wish to come down to 64 kgs but cannot do running for exercise because of knee problems.Walking, diet control and on the spot exercises no problem. <BR> Help please <BR> Sartaj Sun, 22 May 2016 08:31:33 EST Your experience using a PT or wellness coach? What has been your experience when finding a personal trainer or wellness coach? Has it been easy to find someone? I'm in the process of looking for a trainer and wondering if there are any systems that connect you with a trainer. Bit confused on who to go with and don't want to spend too much! Thanks Sun, 22 May 2016 00:01:35 EST How do Fitness tracker work????? Hi, <BR> I ride a treadmill several times a week on different programs and I can't figure out how to track it in the fitness tracker....Duh.....It's just not working for me <em>198</em> Sat, 21 May 2016 23:09:37 EST Can we search here to look for old topics. I was hunting for old talks about swimming as exercise. It seems like no one swims Sat, 21 May 2016 15:09:34 EST I need a fitness tracker.. ...that is waterproof and works with my computer. I have ordered (and returned) several for various reasons. One only worked with androids so I tried to connect it to my tablet but it needed os android 4.3 or higher and mine was 4.2.2. The latest one and the one I would have really liked is the Polar m400. The great disadvantage with it is that I have to manually connect it to y computer and let it go through the syncing process every time to see my progress. If it had a syncing dongle l... Sat, 21 May 2016 14:08:26 EST BOSU exercises but no BOSU...balance exercises? I used to go to a gym that had BOSU balls, balance boards and wobble boards. The gym I go to now doesn't have any of these items. I want to continue doing the exercises I did on the BOSU balls or exercises similar to them but don't know what other substitute I can use to get the same effect of standing on a BOSU. I do these exercises primarily for balance. Examples: squats, bicep curls, shoulder presses, woodchops with medicine ball, etc. Anybody have any ideas? <BR> <BR> If not a subst... Sat, 21 May 2016 13:34:32 EST Dear dog lovers... Now why did y'all not educate the world about trikes? I have been frustrated with my workout schedule for 10 years... and when I adopted a stubborn pekingese, I hit a major obstacle workoutwise. After enduring my funk for 9 months, I finally got depressed enough to get creative and a few weeks ago, I ordered a trike, thinking I could strap her into the back basket. It came last weekend and my life has CHANGED!!!!!!!!! I had one of the worst weeks ever this past week, but I sailed through ... Sat, 21 May 2016 12:06:37 EST Comparing fitbit data to sparkpeople exercise I went on a 4 mile, 80 minute walk with a friend this morning. He had a fitbit. His fitbit said he burned over 1,000 calories, but when I manually entered exercise of walking at 20 min/mile pace for 80 minutes, it said just 400ish calories. Seems like someone/something must be "wrong." Any advice you have is helpful. Seems like I have more reason to buy a fitbit these days. Sat, 21 May 2016 12:03:11 EST Seeing results from exercise. My question is: how soon should someone begin to see results from exercise? <BR> <BR> I know I don't exercise consistently. But during the times I have exercised on a consistent basis, I don't see results for at least 6 months. To not see any positive results in a reasonable period of time is really discouraging. <BR> <BR> Now, I'm very restricted in what I can do because of back problems. I use a recumbent bike for cardio (boring). I can walk but it's considered a stroll because po... Sat, 21 May 2016 12:00:20 EST HIIT Hi everyone. I have tried HIIT over the past years and just heard something about it again on the radio today. It is great for people who are short on time. A lab study compared the results of adults doing HIIT for 10 minutes to those doing 50 minutes of cardio and those doing nothing. HIIT = long cardio in the study. So if this is true and effective how would we log it into our spark tracker? Imagine getting your exercise in and saving all of that time! Pretty easy to get 10 or 12 min... Sat, 21 May 2016 10:58:45 EST site is confusing. Pls put all workout videos in 1 How can I save 12-Minute Low Impact Cardio Workout to My Workouts? Sat, 21 May 2016 05:35:25 EST working 40 to 60 hrs per week I finished up a wildlife project in Oklahoma and now starting on another wildlife project in North Dakota. This job will require that I work 40 to 60 hrs per week, 5 days per week. It will definitely be closer to 60 hours per week from now until the end of August/early September. The job will require me to be on a boat for a bit and then doing A LOT of walking in sand (look for bird's nests). I'm staying 30 minutes away from where I meet my coworkers, so my days will be 13 hrs long and not in... Fri, 20 May 2016 18:29:40 EST Question about building arm strength I want to be able to do pull ups. We have a pull up bar at home and I can currently do 0 pulls ups.* <BR> <BR> I can't afford to join a gym to use their weights and machines so what are some good at home exercises for me to build up arm strength? Push-ups, resistance bands? Free weights? <BR> <BR> All tips and advice are welcome :). <BR> <BR> *My husband has no problem on the pull up bar but at his work they are constantly carrying around heavy pieces of metal while I work at a computer (t... Fri, 20 May 2016 18:18:00 EST SUGGESTIONS FOR ABDOMINAL WALL STRENGTHENING I recently underwent emergency hernia surgery, and my surgeon said my abdominal wall is very weak. He said I need exercises to strengthen it to prevent a reoccurrence of the problem, but the only suggestions he had involved my getting down on the floor on my hands and knees. I have nerve damage in my knees, and the pain is too great for me to be on my knees on the floor, EVER. Even exercise mats are not enough cushion to alleviate the pain. Are there any suggestions for either sitting or stan... Fri, 20 May 2016 16:35:27 EST Training for hiking in higher elevation At age 69, I'm planning on going to a women's adventure retreat next spring. Part of it involves hiking several miles up a steep mountain (so I can get to where we'll go rappelling). I live at an elevation of 500 feet and where I'm going will be 4,000 feet or more. How do I train for that? Fri, 20 May 2016 11:44:07 EST How to make immune system strong? • Quit smoking: Smoking significantly hampers blood circulation and provides less oxygen to the cells, thereby making your immune system weaker. <BR> <BR> • Cut down caffeine and alcohol: Excessive consumption of coffee and alcohol may compromise immunity. Drink minimum amounts of these drinks to keep your immune system strong. <BR> <BR> • Nutritious diet: Body utilizes nutrients from real food rather than supplements. Include fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet. Lean meat, eggs, nut... Fri, 20 May 2016 02:39:27 EST Eating and Exercise timing Do you eat before or after a work out? And how long do you wait to work out after eating? Thu, 19 May 2016 15:29:21 EST stomach fat and how to burn easy i wiegh around 350 now was 380 i go monday wedsday and friday to gym and im trying to understand more excercises too do that dont cause stress for lower back till i lose a bit more weoight any help with ideas and excercise greatkly appreciated and menu help too would be great Thu, 19 May 2016 14:57:30 EST Women Only: Breast & under arms fat Hi all, <BR> <BR> I have since my teens had a fatty chest and I developed a more than generous chest. Since we didn't have money to afford good quality ones at that time, I ended up wearing tight cotton illfitted bras n used to pretty much never wear them. <BR> <BR> As a result, I was a 42DD at 16 years with A LOT of back fat, armpit fat and big, droopy breasts that are rather close to my navel (im 5'6 btw with a pretty evenly elongated torso.) and a ton of back pain. Severe ptosis, really... Thu, 19 May 2016 05:42:39 EST Pre-preggo working out? So, I find myself in an odd situation. I have bounced up and down about 15 pounds over the past two years or so. I am trying to get back on track,however, hubby and I are kinda, sorta, trying to get preggo. Now, I realize this means putting weight on, but I want to stick with developing a healthy lifestyle in hopes of feeling good if it does happen, and getting back on track afterwards. Anyone been in a similar spot? I'd love any insight as to what changes you made while trying to conceive or... Wed, 18 May 2016 18:51:12 EST losing inches i have finally reached my weight goal but i have not lost any inches. For the past two years iv'e gone to planet fitness. I do thirty minutes on the elliptical, and strength training for 15 minutes. while i am thrilled that the weight has come off, now i need to know how to get the inches to come as well. Wed, 18 May 2016 18:16:16 EST Physical therapy Hi Ladies and Gentlemen I have a question why is it that when I track Physical therapy exercises that I get no points for them? Wed, 18 May 2016 09:22:03 EST Sneakers So frustrating, every pair of sneakers that I buy my toes are going right through the mesh tops. I don't know what to do anymore. Nike, addias, reebok, puma all the same. Anyone else have this problem? Tue, 17 May 2016 21:18:36 EST Strength Training Recommendations I officially started my journey March 1 and so far, I'm down 35 lbs. <BR> <BR> At over 400lbs, it was tough for me to start exercising. I started walking good about four weeks ago and have been using the treadmill for the last two weeks and can do close to 30 minutes of exercise 3-5 days per week, now. <BR> <BR> Now that I've worked on being more active and am just under 400lbs, I want to start incorporating some strength training, but I have no clue what to do that is appropriate for my s... Tue, 17 May 2016 16:44:11 EST I need help and I know this isbthe right place. Okay so I just start a new job two to three weeks ago. I'm working for a local super walmart packing and picking online orders. Anyways I'm always on my feet and moving. I just downloaded pedometer for the second time and at the end of my day it said I rouughly taken about. 22000 step at about 10 miles and burned around 3000 calories. Is this absolutely possible and if so what can I do to use this to my advatage. Im working today so on break ill be back to make responses. Thanks SP family. Tue, 17 May 2016 11:18:53 EST Exercise 5 days in a row Yea me, 5 days in a row I'm up to 30 minutes on the stationary bike. Does it matter what time of day you exercise? Mon, 16 May 2016 19:55:16 EST Lost Tracker I've lost my tracker after several years of being so very careful and I'm heartbroken. It was a daily part of my getting ready each day. I bought one from Ebay and it doesn't work with the sync provided. Is there anyway of ever getting another one? I loved it and I don't want a Fitbit. Thank you. Mon, 16 May 2016 13:46:55 EST New World Record for Holding a Plank Position This was on the news this morning. There is a new world record, done by a Chinese policeman, for holding a plank. 8+ HOURS !! that is some very serious stamina and core strength. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The previous record holder is American. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 16 May 2016 12:21:04 EST Trackers problems Today I did 45 minutes setting up tables and chairs for a Special Olympics Banquet and 30 minutes cha-cha. How should I record them? I took a guess calling cha-cha as Dancing: fast, twist, foxtrot. Did I record it right? I feel full from dinner..I went 400 calories over range, Friday I was in midrange and Saturday I was under 1000-1200, so I banked those for bonus today. I have one off day each week and it helps me keep on track the remainder of the week. Somehow I maintain my weight loss whe... Sun, 15 May 2016 19:19:23 EST On crutches with cast - what exercises can I do I will be on crutches with a cast from toes to knee for the next 12 weeks - can anyone recommend any exercises I could do? I really don't want to become a bump on a log!.... Thank you Sun, 15 May 2016 12:44:35 EST exercise First post, just been to swimming baths first time in 15 years still in recovery after surgery managed 16 lengths [quarter mile] then walked across pool [in the water ] 10 times feel good bit further next week. Sun, 15 May 2016 04:57:40 EST need exercise ideas Hi Guy's, I work selling wooden flooring and by the time I get home I have the usual housework, kids etc to deal wit. Can anyone give me some ideas of exercise I can do while I am work that do not involve laying on a dirty freezing cold floor. <BR> Sat, 14 May 2016 15:08:18 EST Getting close Doing the 2.5 mi./day. Also, did 3.5 min. 1.5 mi. This is good for me, but I did the sub 6 min. mi. 50+ yrs ago. At least I am trying. Next level is 3 mi/day, at least 3 days per week. <BR> Sat, 14 May 2016 14:51:42 EST using the elliptical I am 69. I just sent for a preform elliptical from hsn. I have prediabetes. I get backaches sometimes. Do you think this right for me? Sat, 14 May 2016 10:33:03 EST Running in place I was wondering what you think of running in place? Not jogging, running. <BR> If I use the treadmill at the gym I feel too self conscious about really going all out so I usually just do a medium and steady pace. <BR> Lately I've been trying to get my 250 fitbit steps in each hour. I've noticed that when I run in place around my house it not only gets my fur babies curious about what I'm doing but I take much smaller steps but my steps are falling much faster than I would EVER do outside or... Fri, 13 May 2016 13:09:09 EST Fitbit Challenges There is a lady friends with me on fitbit who walks a TON... like she must work at an amusement park or something. <BR> <BR> anyways.... she motivates me to get way more steps than I used to! <BR> <BR> Do any of you have a fitness partner (or friendly competitor) without whom you would not be as active? Fri, 13 May 2016 12:55:52 EST dimpled arms Am I too old to ever get rid of the wrinkled, dimply, and crepe paper arms? I am 59 and weight train 5x a week. I lost a lot of weight about a year ago and i just have hanging skin. I am female by the way!!! Fri, 13 May 2016 10:55:25 EST Strength training How many times per week and how many minutes per workout should I do strength training? Fri, 13 May 2016 10:04:55 EST Looking for a fitness/gym buddy. I go to the Planet Fitness in Bensalem, PA and work out on nice days on playgrounds. <BR> <BR> I do mostly cardio at the gym, but do a combination of cardio and strength at playgrounds. Occasionally, I'll also sign up for a boot camp whenever I feel like I've hit a plateau. <BR> <BR> Looking for someone who wants to work out first thing in the morning, need that accountability and motivation? Me too :) <BR> <BR> Fri, 13 May 2016 00:13:52 EST PIYO with Wrist/Ankle Weights???? Any ever tried it? I'm thinking of trying it soon. Thu, 12 May 2016 22:14:17 EST DeskCycle I just purchased a DeskCycle to use at work. I love it! It has a display where I can track distance and it's got tension control. Thu, 12 May 2016 17:24:08 EST obese and have MS workout ideas? I want to start making changes in my life. I have been overweight all my life and it's never really bothered me, until recently! 4 years ago I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and slipped into a depression and of course gained more weight so now I'm 5'-4" and 300-plus pounds! the most I've ever weighed in my life! and honestly being overweight does not help the MS. So I was wondering if anybody has any thoughts on workout routines? thanks in advance and please no rude remarks Thu, 12 May 2016 14:23:45 EST A New Approach <BR> Once again the current "wisdom" is being challenged by reality. New research on healing injuries now promotes activity in lieu of total rest. Here is the article on the topic I culled from my newspaper. <link><BR>-doctors-are-now-promoting-activity-to<BR>-help-recover-from-an-injury/378814621 </link> Thu, 12 May 2016 13:51:36 EST Looking for health/fitness trainer When selecting a health or fitness trainer, are you more driven by the goals you want to achieve or by recommendations from family/friends/online testimonials? Thu, 12 May 2016 08:26:11 EST I run so very very slow A couple of months ago I started running again. I am now up to 5 - 6 km's but I am just still so slow.. and I mean slow. I am overweight so I know thats probably one factor but I thought that I would be getting faster at some point but Im not. I almost feel like I am embarrassing myself by being out there but I really love to run. It's my time alone, away from the kids, house, life and I don't want to stop. <BR> <BR> Should I be trying to improve my time? or how long I can run for? Should I... Wed, 11 May 2016 19:57:25 EST Motivating walking music I just bought an I-phone & would like to download some energetic music. What is available and how do I do it? Thank you. Wed, 11 May 2016 11:25:17 EST Ab exercises for pelvic prolapse Are there any articles or recommendations for exercises for pelvic prolapse issues? Wed, 11 May 2016 10:30:28 EST Looking for some serious help I am 173.2 lbs and trying to get to 150 and tone up my mid section cause its my trouble area i still look pregant even though my kuds are 15 g and 13 b with 3 grandkids HELP Tue, 10 May 2016 22:56:00 EST Excerising with Sciatica I'd found it an extreme challenge to drop weight when it's hard for me to exercise due to sciatica pain, numbness, and tingling in my lower back and leg. I would like to hear from others that face this challenge and if and what solutions they have found for it. Tue, 10 May 2016 21:01:51 EST Sweat enchancing workout clothes I am finally healthy enough to resume workouts and I have been seeing lots folks on Instagram swearing by sweat enhancing workout clothing. Has anyone tried waist wrap (not waist trainer), or "hot" workout pants? Thoughts? <BR> <BR> It is so hard to tell if people are being paid to promote so I am hoping to get some real life reviews. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Tue, 10 May 2016 14:06:30 EST Calorie intake vs. calories burned I am to be on a 1200 calorie diet. I also burn around 1300-1500 calories a day. I'm confused on do I just stay with 1200 calories or should I be eating more since I burned that much? I always thought your supposed to burn more calories than what you eat in order to lose weight. Is that correct? Tue, 10 May 2016 11:39:12 EST Any Ideas On How To Workout When You Don't Sweat? Hello all, <BR> <BR> First off, a little history about me. I'm 20 years old and have Hypothyroidism. I've never been able to lose weight no matter what I tried until recently. I was recently diagnosed with ADHD and started on Vyvanse. I ate as normal (1,200 calories), but the weight (about 30 pounds) just melted off in about two months. I went from 155 to 123, but now I'm at a plateau. Even though my weight is close to my goal (115), I don't look how I want. My face and arms are slim, stomac... Tue, 10 May 2016 09:32:04 EST Working out at home using DVDs For those of you that workout at home using DVDs how do you stay motivated to stick with it? I'd like to workout using Jillian Michael's DVDs, but am concerned i won't make time to actually do them. Any advice or tips would be great! TIA Mon, 9 May 2016 16:38:55 EST Plateau At the beginning of the year, I started the process of losing the baby weight from my second child. I have been slowly but steadily losing weight and to date have lost 18 pounds. However, I seem to have hit a nasty plateau and my weight hasn't budged (other than the amount it goes up and then down the same time every month). I have continued to eat right and exercise but haven't seen any progress in at least a month and a half. Anyone have any great suggestions as to how to break through ... Mon, 9 May 2016 10:24:46 EST I have multiple questions about workout routine. I want to lose a lot of weight, but my main goal to become a runner in the long term. I keep quitting cardio because I try to skip straight to running and it never ends well. I was thinking of doing a c25k program on a treadmill at the gym, but since only 3 workouts per week are covered, could I do elliptical workouts the other 3 days or would it be better to go with an exercise bike? <BR> <BR> About actual routine: <BR> <BR> I was thinking of: <BR> <BR> C25K, leg training <BR> Elliptical,... Sun, 8 May 2016 19:25:01 EST Does anybody know what happened to my thighs?? I noticed this last Sunday night, but haven't really paid any attention to it until today. At first I thought it was the dye from my new yoga pants, but it's still there after several showers. Kinda looks like bruising, but a weird pattern. I did do a leg workout the day before I noticed that left my hamstrings sore for 3 days after... could it be related? These marks are on both my legs. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <i... Sat, 7 May 2016 23:42:46 EST daily or over time? Which is more important, having less calories eaten daily or average over time. <BR> I just found the "calorie differential over time" report and I've been under every single week, even though I've had days that I've gone over. Sat, 7 May 2016 15:16:12 EST Question about strength training How many reps and sets should you do for each exercise when strength training? Fri, 6 May 2016 21:11:36 EST belly fat Sigh....I appeared to have gained 5.2lbs in 10 days but my other scale says I only gained 2. I am eating greek yogurt, taking a probiotic, not drinking enough water,I only have been drinking about 2 cups of water per day . I guess I will try changing up my workouts and start using the treadmill again. I don't think what I am doing is working anymore. I am not sure if it's belly fat or bloat or both. Help please? Should I reduce carbs? Up my cardio? More water? I am also on the road alot and ... Fri, 6 May 2016 12:24:16 EST deep blue for aching legs Since I started running again I have major aching legs around 2 in the morning... so bad that I can't sleep. My gf is into DoTerra oils and has recommended Deep Blue. I have voltaren but that doesn't help and Deep Blue is the same thing pretty much except 3 times the price. I was wondering if anyone has tried Deep Blue and what you think of it. Or any other suggestions that you have. Thank you in advance. Fri, 6 May 2016 09:12:57 EST Fat girl on a bike Hello, I recently got a bike and so badly want to start riding it to school and back but I'm embarrassed when I'm on it around a lot of people, because a) I'm super wobbly still b) I'm 370 lbs and scared the bike won't hold me and will crash to the ground. I'm really looking for others who have chosen a bike for exercise, and encouragement, tips, and tricks would be great. Thank You! Thu, 5 May 2016 22:45:03 EST HRM Question So I have issues with my HRM. There are times when I completely lose signal when I am doing my workouts. Is it better to just ignore it or just input the exercise under the categories given by Sparkpeople? I much prefer the HRM but sometimes it's such a pain to keep it reading! Thu, 5 May 2016 21:03:30 EST How do you log your workouts? I was curious to hear what people are using to keep track of their strength/resistance workouts. I don't mean just calories burned, but for examples, weight, sets, and reps. Thu, 5 May 2016 18:12:16 EST Question How can I exercise when I am a double amputee Thu, 5 May 2016 15:41:04 EST Can anyone REALLY run? I never ran, I'm the worst runner I know. And yet I want to do Couch to 5k but I'm discouraged because I'm not overweight and I can barely run for a minute. any success stories from extremely bad runners starting? Thanks Thu, 5 May 2016 15:20:43 EST Why do you want to be healthier? I'm wondering what reasons you have to be healthier. A lot of people say they want to lose weight to look good in a bathing suit, feel more confident, feel better in general, prevent disease, but why? <BR> <BR> What are the deeper reasons of wanting that bikini body or feeling more self confident? Thu, 5 May 2016 12:22:53 EST Questions about strength training I have been working on designing my own exercise program. A trainer is not an option right now. <BR> <BR> I know that cardio can be done every day and strength training should be 2-3 times per week with 1-2 days rest in between. <BR> <BR> My question is about exercises that involve strength training on rest days. For example, articles suggest doing squats, lunges, etc. while doing household chores. If I do all of my strength training on Monday, should I be doing squats and lunges on Tu... Thu, 5 May 2016 10:20:28 EST Leslie sansone I started working out with Leslie sansone DVDs this week for a change of pace. If you have done these work outs, have you had any success and weight loss with them? Thu, 5 May 2016 09:33:24 EST Does it really count? I was talked to a co-worker and she said that her doctor told her to get more exercise. She walks all the time. But her doctor said it doesn't count. I thought that some movement is better than none. <BR> So what really counts? Wed, 4 May 2016 19:29:10 EST Walking just to walk I did intense cardio this morning and want to go back just to walk for walks sake. Even if your heart rate isn't increased into exercise zones, does it really do anything for you? <BR> <BR> Thanks Guys, <BR> <BR> Jodi Wed, 4 May 2016 16:42:07 EST LOGGING STRETCHING EXERCISES How do I log using a stretchie band and doing standing exercises? Wed, 4 May 2016 14:10:14 EST Stay Loose <BR> <BR> Now that the weather has turned or is turning away from winter I see a lot of people taking advantage of the nicer weather to start running out of doors again. The coach in me cringes at what I see a lot of those out running doing. They are wound as tight as the spring on the screen door. Arms are held locked at the elbow, fists clenched and held rigidly in front of the chest with the hands almost at shoulder height. Added to the rigid arm carriage is an upper body rotation in an ... Wed, 4 May 2016 12:50:05 EST What tracker to use? I need to buy a new activity tracker - I had a fitbit zip but it is not working any longer. There are so many I am having a hard time deciding. I just really want something that will track my steps and my activity. I have no need for the HR option. Any suggestions? Thanks! <em>41</em> Wed, 4 May 2016 12:15:01 EST Wrist Injury Exercise I had my right wrist fused several years ago, so now it won't bend. Any suggestions for compatible exercises Wed, 4 May 2016 09:22:36 EST Running for newbies I'm thinking about maybe starting to run a little. Most of the information I read for new runners is to walk a certain amount of time and then run a certain amount of time. Is there an app to keep up with these times? Something that will warn me when it's time to switch up? I hate trying to keep up with it on my fitbit! Thanks! Wed, 4 May 2016 08:44:01 EST Weights? So right now I just started incorporating weights into my workout routines. At the moment, I am using 5 lb weights dumbbells. But here's the thing: the only other set of dumbbells I have are 12 lbs. So would it be wise of me to upgrade directly to 12 lbs after I grow strong enough with the 5lb ones? Or should purchase a 7-10 lb set for in between? <BR> <BR> Thanks a bunch! <BR> <BR> -J Tue, 3 May 2016 22:34:57 EST How do you spice up your exercise routine? Sometimes the smallest changes make a difference, like new workout gear, new music, etc. For you personally, what are the little things that inspire you or get you motivated to workout? Tue, 3 May 2016 22:19:03 EST What Is Your Favorite Workout Routine? Mine is a lot of walking and step counting followed by strength training and cardio. Tue, 3 May 2016 20:30:40 EST 21 day Hotel stay workout plan? I am going to be going to work related training next week for 21 days, staying in a hotel with decent gym and pool. I am looking for a workout routine to do on my stay with the available equipment. All of my normal excuses for not working out (kids, meetings, chores) will be absent so I really want to kickstart my journey back to a solid exercise regime during this hotel stay. Any advice or workout plan would be appreciated. I am Female 37, slightly overweight and it has been several years si... Tue, 3 May 2016 20:11:55 EST Calves The project that I am doing for work right now requires "a lot" of walking in boots over various types of terrain. Becasue of this, I haven't done as much purposeful cardio (i.e., rowing machine, riding my bike, etc.) as I'd like to do. Today, I probably walked/hiked a little over 7 miles. When I got finished for the day, I decided I go ride my bike for 30 minutes, maybe a little longer. As I went to get on my bike, I felt my calf muscle in my left leg turn. I don't know how to describe it ot... Tue, 3 May 2016 18:15:33 EST Plateau? Or muscle? Hey guys! I was losing about a lb per week for about 8 weeks and I decided to add 5 lb dumbells into my workouts. Since i added them ive gained back 3 lbs and I keep gaining and losing 1-3 lbs over and over. Is this a plateau or am I gaining muscle mass? I just don't know what to do. I still have 20 lbs to my goal weight of 130 Tue, 3 May 2016 14:25:21 EST i do not understand fitness goals why are my goals in a red color, and my minutes in black ? <BR> who set the goals ? <BR> how can I be over, and still be fat ? <BR> ty <BR> <em>40</em> Tue, 3 May 2016 11:33:04 EST Tracking steps? Good morning dear sparkers. Just returning back to spark and trting to figure out how to track my steps. I do have my runkeeper app connected but that only works outdoors. Correct? I do not have a iphone. I do have an app on my phone called pacer that counts my steps indoors. ..not perfect but helps. I can't figure out how to log my steps/mileage on spark that I track with the pacer indoors. Any help,ideas,on other app suggestions would be great. I don't have a fitbit. Tue, 3 May 2016 10:47:15 EST 100-Year-Old Woman breaks record If this woman can do this, the rest of us can too! She is my hero!!! <link><BR>/100-year-old-runner-breaks-world-reco<BR>rd-at-penn-relays/ </link> Mon, 2 May 2016 17:38:35 EST help I really need to loose weight for health reasons. I have the best intentions and try but never go more than a week. Beginning to wonder what my problem is.Are there any suggestions. I am not feeling sorry for myself just need a buddy who can give me some advice Mon, 2 May 2016 14:45:31 EST Confused by calories burned Sparkpeople vs Runkeep I added runkeeper because of the automatic tie in to Sparkpeople. I have been adding my 45 minutes of swimming directly into Sparkpeople. It as been around 850 cal When I let Runkeeper add it was 325. I guess the difference makes me wonder how to best manage my deficit for the day. <BR> <BR> I have to say the lower number seems more realistic. I swim nonstop but at a moderate pace. I will go with the 325 number. Mon, 2 May 2016 10:15:54 EST Steps I'm excited, I really pushed it this morning and got 10k steps before 9 am!!! Mon, 2 May 2016 09:07:13 EST