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 Best exercise regime with rowing? Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> New here! <BR> <BR> I'm 22 and have been pretty inactive the past couple of years so I decided to buy a rowing machine for use at home. <BR> <BR> I'm just wondering what the best way to lose weight/ tone up my body and legs is? <BR> <BR> I've started doing 10 mins of rows a day for 5 days a week. What is the best workout regime to include this with (that can be done in a living room)? <BR> <BR> I do get a bit of walking done through work so not looking to add in ... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 15:55:11 EST stationary bike how do I convert riding a stationary bike to steps Mon, 8 Feb 2016 13:07:47 EST I am trying to fig. out activity to cals. Okay I spent 60 mins. on my car detailing the inside.Not just cleaning it out but shampooing the interior,I put in car detail for activity and got no calories in the box! <BR> I know I burned a lot but I don't see where anyone else has used that as it shows no results found.. How on earth do you find out ?? <BR> Thanks, <BR> Allie <em>24</em> Mon, 8 Feb 2016 10:54:21 EST Home gym I am looking for some helpful advice. I am beginning to get my home gym together. I have 10x14 I think, building. With highish ceiling. I want to buy some things with my taxes. I know what things I like when I go to the gym, but I don't want to spend 5k on my gym (over time maybe). I was thinking about a elliptical/bike I seen some for around $100 online at amazon, or walmart. But they are a much simpler smaller version than at the gym. <BR> <BR> I have: up to 8# dumbbells, step, big bal... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 08:59:10 EST Running Questions Hi All. <BR> <BR> I have some running questions that I am hoping you all can help with (you guys never let me down!). I have signed myself up for my first half marathon in May and was doing very well following the Hal Higdon training plan. In fact, about 10 days ago, I was able to do a half marathon on the treadmill (the roads are super icy here so much of my training is on the treadmill at this point). I was really pleased with being able to do the 1/2 so I am considering doing the full... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 06:24:59 EST Does the total gym help for weight loss? Has anyone tried the total gym? Does it really work for weight loss and muscle strength? I am thinking of trying it but I am not sure . I am 69 and I am tired and out of shape. I need to lose 20 or. 30. Lbs. Sun, 7 Feb 2016 22:14:50 EST limited mobility exercises I have Multiple Sclerosis and I have limit mobility, what are some good exercises to lose weight on Sun, 7 Feb 2016 21:19:05 EST A little freaked out by 10k I've been reading this message board for awhile now. I've really been able to learn a lot from it. I'm looking for some advice and hoping you all can help me. I'll try to be as concise as possible (won't succeed) while trying to include all necessary info. I posted a similar thread on Reddit, but it won't show up for some reason. <BR> <BR> I'm 32 years old. I've played sports most of my life, most recently I played semi pro football a few years back. After many years of trying to quit, I ha... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 13:10:25 EST Introducing a stability ball My regular fitness routine involves walking uphill on a treadmill, push-ups and dumbbells. I want to introduce the stability ball into my routine, but don't know where to start. I have looked at a couple of videos on SP, but they look a bit more complicated than a beginner level. (e,g,: crunches on the exercise ball, when I can't even do decent crunches on the mat.) Can anyone get me started with a few beginner moves? Thanks Sun, 7 Feb 2016 12:07:16 EST Anyone play pickleball? I am an avid tennis player but due to injuries I have had to cut back on my play. I found pickleball and it is a great alternative, competitive and a great skill game. <BR> Anyone else here play the game? They call it the fastest growing sport. Wherever I travel throughout the world, especially in the US and Canada, I am able to find places and people to play with. Sat, 6 Feb 2016 18:41:17 EST Swelling after Walking I walk on my lunch hour inside my office each day for about 25-30 minutes. I drink 80-120 ounces of water a day, 40 ounces before lunch. While I am walking, I can feel my hands swelling. When I am finished walking, my rings are hard to put on. I notice the swelling at night when I finish walking at home but goes away after my shower. Of course, I am not putting my rings back on after my night workout either so not sure if the swelling is actually going down or if I am use to it. Does an... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 15:20:43 EST Planning on running a 5k in September Running a 5k is on my bucket list. I have started a couch to 5k routine from an app on my phone. I like it, but I'm on day 2 and I can't even run the 1 min 30 sec intervals after 3 intervals of that. Anyone else struggle with this when they started running? I have never been a runner, but would love to be able to go for a 3 mile run with ease. Fri, 5 Feb 2016 15:16:30 EST Any Other Skaters? I'm kind of new here. My exercise of choice is figure skating. Are there any other ice skaters / ice dancers out there? Fri, 5 Feb 2016 11:44:22 EST Rowing I just got started on...hopefully a lifestyle change. Plan to lose 30 lbs and KEEP IT OFF. <BR> I tried the rowing machine at our wellness center and Love it. <BR> For those who have not tried it, I highly recommend it. Great cardio, plus works the back, legs, core and arms. Also, not as menotinous as the treadmill. <BR> Give the rowing machine a try. Fri, 5 Feb 2016 10:02:35 EST push ups Is there a name for the push ups you do against the wall while standing? I've started doing those as I cannot get up off the floor. I don't know to log them. Thu, 4 Feb 2016 21:13:08 EST Beginning to exercise I want to begin exercising. I just had surgery on my left wrist. I will have surgery on my right wrist in a month. I weigh 338 pounds. I have been sedentary, due to diabetes, angina, and fibromyalgia, sjogrens, and lupus. Is there something I can do to build up my strength? <BR> <BR> Thanks Thu, 4 Feb 2016 19:35:57 EST foot problems/walking shoes I am trying to be more active & start a walking program, but my feet start hurting after being on them for a short period of time. I went to a store that sells only athletic shoes to be fitted, but they carry nothing in a WW width. I bought New Balance shoes in wide width & purchased expensive arch supports, but my feet are still throbbing!! Any advice? Anyone found shoes that help? Thu, 4 Feb 2016 19:23:06 EST Disappointed in myself for not working out today! I woke up ard noon, went grocery shopping with my Mom, went home. Then, I spent most of the late afternoon and evening basically chilling with my tablet. <BR> <BR> Then, just as I was going to workout, I got hungry and had an egg salad sandwich. I was still thinking of working out later in the night when my Mom said she wanted to go shopping again! <BR> <BR> On the bright side, I got a pretty new skirt! And all that mall walking must count for something, I hope! Thu, 4 Feb 2016 10:42:26 EST How often do you work out? I was going to the gym every day for about 3 weeks. This last week and half I've only gone about 4 days. I've scaled my workout back a little because I was worried I was doing too much. I originally started out doing the treadmill 30 minutes and then doing about 30 minutes of weight machines. Then I bumped it up to 30 minutes on the elliptical & 30 minutes on the treadmill along with the 30 minutes of weight machines. This past week and half I have done the treadmill 30 minutes with only... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 10:22:55 EST body fat % About 4.5 yrs ago, I had my body fat % done and, if I remember correctly, it was between 38% to 40% (pretty sure it was closer to 40%). It was in August (2011), a couple of months before my 30th birthday, and 8 months after deciding that I wanted to lose weight and get into better shape (including eating better). This morning, I had my body fat % checked again and I am now down to 31% body fat percentage. I was surprised when I was told that I was at 31%, although I wasn't surprised to hear t... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 09:33:58 EST Do You Exercise at a Certain Time of Day? I'm usually a morning exerciser. My regular workout time is around 10:00 a.m. Today, however, I had a lot to do. As I was sitting having my morning tea, I was thinking about when I would fit in my workout. I finished my tea, put on my workout clothes, and popped in a 30-minute DVD. This was at 7:00 a.m.. I'm actually thinking of switching to that time because it just set the tone for making healthy decisions the rest of the day. I need to lose 50 pounds, so it also helped with pl... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 22:23:13 EST Have you successfully rehabbed a painful knee(s)? I've had knee issues since junior high, so it's not something new, although I haven't had any real issues in years. <BR> <BR> I certainly don't do high impact stuff, so no running for me, although I tired to take this up again last fall, but brought about pain so i went back to walking. I don't have issues in class like Zumba, but toss in a bunch of squats or lunges, ugh. <BR> <BR> Working with a personal trainer twice a week and all of a sudden my knee which hasn't had any real issues in... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 21:01:32 EST Exercise/healthy eating helped your depression? I've been suffering from depression for awhile now. My most troublesome symptom is the mental fog. I just cannot think and it's hard to communicate with people. It just doesn't come naturally and I have to concentrate just to carry on a decent conversation. <BR> <BR> I was on antidepressants but continued to be unemployed and hardly functioned. I was then diagnosed with hypothyroidism which I'm on armour thyroid, but that's all controversial...mainstream doctors recognize T4 and not T3. So I... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 17:43:27 EST Rowing Machine Workouts Wondering if anyone has any rowing machine workouts/intervals? Or what do you do at the gym along with rowing? Thinking of doing 5000 m in 15 min or less and then treadmill for 30 min...not enough? Wed, 3 Feb 2016 17:06:02 EST Running Watches - built in GPS & heart rate I have owned the same Garmin 405 Forerunn for over 6 years and am looking to finally upgrade. But, I can't find another watch that has everything I want <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> What I am looking for: <BR> 1. heart rate monitoring - preferably on the watch versus the chest strap <BR> 2. built-in GPS - I don't run with my phone and don't want to start <BR> 3. ability to set up running programs - i.e. set up interval runs, run 1 mile walk 1 min, etc. <BR> 4. ability to also track cycling <... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 14:14:17 EST new Ideas I work out at the gym after work but I don't feel like I'm working out that hard I stick to the same thing and ideas to help me out so I can burn more calories Wed, 3 Feb 2016 11:25:53 EST Stretching Routines with Nicole and Melinda The Hip-Opener and the Chin Splint stretchers were helpful to my high legs and ankle. Wed, 3 Feb 2016 02:59:31 EST Advice needed Hi so I'm new to this whole thing. I need some advice I have a Metatarsal fracture in my left foot. It happened almost 5 weeks ago and I still have at least another 6 weeks to go. My podiatrist told me I can walk on it as long as I'm wearing the boot they gave me but to try and take it easy. I'm a preschool teacher and attend school at night so I tend to be on my feet a lot as it is. Before I injured my foot I was going to the gym and dieting trying to lose weight but now I can't really do wh... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 00:38:25 EST Am I walking wrong? So this is going to come off as a very oddball question. I have been walking on my lunch twice a week and didn't have any issues. However, last Thursday I experienced pain in my right foot. I kept off of it as much as possible to let it heal. Today I thought it felt better and went for a walk again. The pain is back again and it really hurts to stand on it. Doesn't hurt when I sit or when I lie down, just when I stand. Am I possible doing something wrong? I have NEVER had this happen to me be... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 20:43:26 EST Just getting over being sick and want to workout I missed Monday and Sunday for working out due to chest congestion I am starting to feel better any tips on how to ease back into my circuit training? Tue, 2 Feb 2016 10:54:57 EST Whats the best way to find a workout buddy? I am just starting my journey and would like to find someone with similar goals. Mon, 1 Feb 2016 22:40:15 EST Running & Cross Training I've been a runner all my life. Over the last decade I've had periods of significant weight gain and loss. I've finally decided that I need to quit messing around and get in shape so that I can enjoy running to the fullest. It's hard to enjoy a really long run when you're hauling around an extra 10-20 pounds. <BR> <BR> My first plan of attack is to be more diligent in tracking my nutrition and sticking to a healthy limit for calories each day. Next, I'd like to add strength training and cro... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 17:17:16 EST Wearing headphones, again Article by Molly Galbraith about feeling better at weight room. She, as others, say to wear headphones. You like to go deaf?? Not smart in my book. Mon, 1 Feb 2016 16:16:57 EST FitBit - Time for a new one? I received a FB One for Christmas 2012 and have wore it 24/7 since then. I've only ever had one issue with syncing and it turned out to be my laptop and not my FB. But lately I've noticed I need to recharge more often. I used to be able to go almost 2 weeks between charges, now its about 4-5 days. I'm also having issues with properly syncing. Do you think its time for a new FB? <BR> How long have you had your FB? Mon, 1 Feb 2016 16:09:52 EST Walking at work? I'm an RN that usually walks approximately 13,000+ steps, which is about 6 miles a day according to my Samsung Gear. Problem is, it's usually less than 0.25mph. How do I record this under exercise? Mon, 1 Feb 2016 13:57:08 EST What's your favourite form of exercise? Mine is Aquafit <BR> <BR> <em>237</em> Mon, 1 Feb 2016 09:12:16 EST Exersice after Injury/surgery So I'm sure I'm making excuses but I'm nervous. I used to love the Beachbody workouts but I hurt my knee and had meniscus surgery back in September. I also like yoga. Any thoughts out there? Mon, 1 Feb 2016 05:57:16 EST 12-Minute Fat Burner Exercise with Robert Ferguson I really like the 12-Minute Fat Burner Exercise and the 12-Minute Muscle Builder with Robert Ferguson but I have no idea how to track it in the exercise program as far as calories burned. I know it would be an approximation but really don't know where to start it at. Anyone have ideas? Sun, 31 Jan 2016 19:30:47 EST Going to walk in Northern California Have fun Sun, 31 Jan 2016 12:35:09 EST porpoise/dolphin We called those exercises the fish, in 1963. Had to do 100 fish, 100 situps, 100 pushups, 100 squat thrusts, and the sub-6 min. mile. Far from that now, but will shoot for 25 of each and the sub 18 min. mile. Sun, 31 Jan 2016 09:46:47 EST Any personal trainers out there? Hello, <BR> I'm 53 years old and have been diagnosed with SI joint dysfunction and one side of my pelvis became rotated which was horribly painful! I've seen a physical therapist and they gave me floor exercises and said it was okay to use an elliptical machine. I really miss cardio - used to belong to a zumba class, now PT says i better not go back. Is there such a thing as a personal trainer who specializes in skeletal issues, so afraid of my pelvis slipping again but I've gained 20 pounds... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 08:23:05 EST Garmin Activity Devices Hey, Looking for anyone that uses any of the newer Garmin wearable activity trackers. I am specifically wondering about vivofit HR, Vivoactive (watch) and/or Forerunner 230 or 235. I have been using my vivofit(basic) for over a year and I'm looking to maybe upgrade. I just added swimming as part of my routine so any advice regarding taking heart rate while swimming would be great! Sun, 31 Jan 2016 02:09:29 EST Want/Need a Challenge? If you're looking for a challenge and ready to make a commitment....I have the challenge for you! <BR> <BR> Biggest Loser is the name. It's a 10 week commitment. You have several little teams (with 24 members) that compete with each other. Main requirement is to weigh in each week. If you know for some reason that you can't post your weight (let the leaders know). Otherwise after 2 missed weigh ins (with no excuse) you would be moved to honorary. We have ITC (inter team challenges) that cons... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 22:36:22 EST Does asthma change my target HR? High HR easypeasy Hi all, <BR> I have mild asthma. Today I worked at out Orange Theory Fitness, where we wear a heart rate monitor during the hour, and try to stay in the "orange" zone for most of the class. <BR> <BR> My target HR was calculated based on age and weight, but I found it way to easy to be in the "orange" and "red" zones. I was jogging on the treadmill at a pace that I felt I could comfortably hold for an hour, and I glanced up to see...I was at, like my maximum heart rate. Wha?? My RPE was may... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 14:38:34 EST Beginners to HIT training Hi - I have never had a real problem with my weight - I am 5 Foot and weigh 8 St 2 llb approx. I started HIT 2 weeks ago and have been eating my normal diet and I have gained approx. 5 pounds in weight . Has anyone experienced the same thing or has anyone any advice ? Sat, 30 Jan 2016 06:15:38 EST Hit a roadblock with eating Can not stop eating snacks, especially ice cream. Sat, 30 Jan 2016 01:35:21 EST MS Exercises I have Multiple Sclerosis (MS). It's affecting the way I walk. I have to use a walker to get around. I need some exercises that will strengthen my legs and help me with walking. I can do a lot. I can even drive. I just need some more help Sat, 30 Jan 2016 00:17:05 EST Only 1 week and hit a roadblock! I exercised consistently ALL week for the first time in ages. After a routine Dr. visit I had a small in office procedure but now I can't exercise for a week, only upper body strength! Are you kidding?! :-( <BR> <BR> I feel like every time I start up, something like this happens! <BR> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 22:41:22 EST What shoes are best? I can't run on a treadmill due to arthritis in my knee due to an injury. PT said top speed for me is 2.5mph. What is the best type of shoe for me? Fri, 29 Jan 2016 13:06:41 EST Walking a 1/2 mile in my shoes My wife and I walked 1/2 mile yesterday outside, just 4 days after my fall to the sidewalk. I was very cautious, but I did it. Looking to doing it on my own today, at least 1/2 mile, maybe 1 mile if weather provides. Fri, 29 Jan 2016 12:04:47 EST calorie intake hi guys i was wondering what were you guys calorie intake???? how many calories are u set to take in daily??? Fri, 29 Jan 2016 11:11:14 EST Painful night Okay I did the 20 min.workout with Nicole lastnight. I didn't think it was effective during the workout only to find severe muscle cramping in my upper/and inner thighs. <BR> Any suggestions welcome. <BR> Allie <em>39</em> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 08:16:22 EST I need help squatting heavier back in the summer, I would workout at the gym religiously. My favorite thing to do at the gym was always squats...which meant that no matter what body part I would be working out that day, I would end each session at the squat rack. <BR> <BR> Because I had a busy schedule, I stopped going to the gym religiously and stopped squatting religiously... so obviously now I am a lot weaker than I was. <BR> <BR> My PR for the squat rack was 185 lbs, goal being 200 lbs. (Now it's probably much less,... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 19:35:04 EST Weigh in on my activity level? I do 15 minutes of body weight strength building 6 days a week. <BR> I run C25k three days a week. <BR> I swim laps once a week for about 45 minutes to an hour. <BR> I take a 15 minute walk every afternoon. <BR> On the days I don't run or swim, I usually take a brisk 45 minute walk. (I average 13,700 steps a day.) <BR> FitBit says my average daily calorie burn is 2428. <BR> <BR> Would you say I'm Moderately Active or Very Active? Thu, 28 Jan 2016 17:06:15 EST I felt bad after my fall. I know I was hurt when I fell the other day, but what was worse is that I thought I would gain weight, even though I thought I would be out of action for many days. I was determined. <BR> One good thing, due to the teeth injuries I couldn't eat solid foods for 3 days, but I could eat ice cream, but I limited it to one small bowl (about 3 tbs) each day. Also, I had support and encouragement from my wife of 47 years. Finally, I took a chance yesterday (after 3 days) and started treadmill for... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 16:17:52 EST New Toy! I just got a Garmin today, and shared the info with Spark. Now it is adding my daily steps into my fitness tracker. I've never even considered them as part of my daily calorie count. Should I just ignore then when I'm looking at my calories to consume? I kind feel like this could throw things off. Thu, 28 Jan 2016 15:15:41 EST Leslie Sansone vs. Jessica Smith I've been a die-hard Leslie fan for years. She is my main form of exercise and I adore her. Her moves are easy enough for people like me who trip over nothing and I get a good workout. <BR> <BR> Today on my SP main page, there was a 30 minute Jessica Smith video that I mostly watched. She seems very similar to Leslie, which interests me. <BR> <BR> So for those of you familiar with both - who do you prefer and why? Thu, 28 Jan 2016 08:42:23 EST What is the impact of donating blood on training? So today I did my first blood donation in my life. It was weird, but now I'm curious. How long should you take off from weightlifting before getting back into it? Wed, 27 Jan 2016 22:51:01 EST Are there any exercises that I can do for a strain Hi everyone. Yesterday at work, I thought that I pulled a muscle on the left side of my back. Today I went to the doctor and she told me that I have a strained lumbar. Can I still exercise with this condition or should I rest for a few days. Are there any exercises for a lumbar strain? Wed, 27 Jan 2016 21:28:09 EST Is anyone here a member of Planet Fitness? Just curious, if anyone on is a member of Planet Fitness? I have been a white card member for a little over a month, and I'm really loving it.::) I'm wanting to get some ideas on your workout routines. <BR> <BR> I have been walking on the treadmill for approximately 2 miles every time I go to the gym. This is my usual Cardio routine. <BR> <BR> The last three times I've been to the gym I've started a weight training routine on the Life Connect weight machines. What type of r... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 20:03:05 EST Measuring foot stride for pedometer I was wondering how you measure your foot stride for a pedometer. Wed, 27 Jan 2016 18:47:41 EST Anyone have asthma here? Hey all! I have been diagnosed with adult onset intermittent asthma. <BR> I had a terrible month where I dealt with bronchitis about 5 years ago and ever since then I have had to deal with asthma. <BR> <BR> Since I never had to deal with this until a few years ago, I still have troubles dealing with this. I love snowboarding, although the cold really hits me hard with breathing. <BR> <BR> Anyone here having breathing troubles with working out and what are your natural remedies/ how do yo... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 14:21:51 EST I need advice on stretching really tight muscles Hey, y'all! I really want to work on stretching out my really tight muscles. Have any of you found a video that helps? Maybe even easy yoga? Or a mix? It needs to be GENTLE. Thanks! Wed, 27 Jan 2016 14:13:01 EST Gym not working Help please I have been going to the gym for the last 2 and a half weeks everyday. I do 40 minutes on a treadmill at 24 minute mile. Then I do my strength training three times a week. I have not lost a single pound. I have not gained an additional weight so I guess that is a good thing but what do I have to change in my workout to get to the weight loss stage instead of a maintain stage. Wed, 27 Jan 2016 13:21:57 EST first time going to a gym, help! I have been attending Pilates classes since October and done really well! I've lost 12 pounds! They are no longer offering my lunchtime classes so on Friday I am joining a gym to keep up the momentum I've built. My current schedule is (all 30 minute classes): Monday- Booty Barre; Tuesday- Triple A (Arms, Abs, and Booty); Wednesday- Abs; Thursday- Cardio Pilates. So, at the gym, I will no longer be going to classes. I will walk to the gym and back to work as my warm up/cool down. I will have b... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 12:27:32 EST Spinning Class Play List Greetings! <BR> <BR> I am looking for song suggestions to add to my play lists for spin class. I have a very eclectic taste in music so nothing is really off limits except songs with explicit lyrics. I play everything from Elvis to Motorhead but would really like some suggestions for something new and fresh <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance! Tue, 26 Jan 2016 20:16:17 EST Walking might be better for you than you think! According to this article from HighYa, walking can seriously improve our health even though its not an intense exercise. This article made me feel a lot less guilty about the days that I trade in the gym for a walk with my dog! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>tep-at-a-time-how-walking-a-little-bit<BR>-every-day-can-boost-your-health-in-a-big-way </link> Tue, 26 Jan 2016 17:04:41 EST inflamation in left hip So about a year ago i must of did a excersise that pulled a muscle or something and ever since the it hurts to walk in morning and if i get out of bed at night the doc said its inflamation and i might need an MRI to make sure notheing wrong they did an ex ray and did not see anything so i trying to find some natural remedies etc cause the ant-inflamitories got bad side effects and i refuse to take them.So has anyone had any burning where hip flexors is ?? help I gained some weight cause doc t... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 16:31:21 EST Shoulders pop in and out Does anyone else do this? I've always done it. My shoulders pop as I do arm exercises. It's sometimes painful, but always annoying! Tue, 26 Jan 2016 13:08:35 EST Got Class? - What is your favorite group exercise I have discovered in the past few years I am a social exerciser, I feed off the energy, interaction with others and the accountability aspect of being a part of a group. Not that I'm a super "Chatty Cathy", I still manage to break a sweat, chit chat aside. <BR> <BR> I do the treadmill and lift weights at least 2-3x's a week, so I can do non-social stuff, but I really get a lot out of the group aspect. <BR> <BR> So looking at new classes, curious what others enjoy and make a point to get to... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 23:02:03 EST caution while walking I was walking today. Didn't look around my environment well enough. Tripped on an object, fell face first. Loosened one tooth, had to go to local ER. Bad news. Caution, even in known areas. Lost out on 2 mile walk for today and tomorrow. Mon, 25 Jan 2016 18:42:17 EST Is a rest day neccessary I have a hard time getting my body to take a rest day. Is this something that you should do? If you do what are the benefits? Can I take a rest day but chose to do like a small walk or a few mins of cardio? Sorry I use to know all this but I am very dedicated this time and need as much help as possible. Mon, 25 Jan 2016 13:11:45 EST What do you call a ... I go to PT 2X a week but not sure how to log it. It doesn't really have what I do in the exercises listed. <BR> <BR> So, What do you call the exercise done with a leg press that involves putting my feet at the top of a flat surface and pushing up? It is used to strengthen my knees. I am on a machine that is adjustable for angle. I am about at a 45 degree angle to standing and I have to push myself up.I think it may be called a shuttle MVP? When I put leg press in the exercises it only show... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 12:56:05 EST Really Needing Tips Desk Job + Really Bad Back and Defective Right Hip = NEEDING CREATIVE WAYS TO EXERCISE IN A CHAIR? If anyone has any tips- I would greatly appreciate it! THANKS IN ADVANCE :) <em>24</em> Mon, 25 Jan 2016 08:05:43 EST 10 minute workouts I am very overweight, out of shape and have a chronic illness that saps my energy and makes me feel unwell a lot of days. I was wondering if 10 minute workouts, everyday, would improve my fitness and then I could slowly increase the times, if that makes sense? Sun, 24 Jan 2016 13:46:38 EST trying to figure out activity vs. calories When I put down activity like vaccuming,scrubbing tubs and floors etc... it asks for how long and calories burned!! Have no idea how to figure calories vs. activity! <BR> HELP please!! <BR> <BR> Allie <em>24</em> Sat, 23 Jan 2016 20:33:29 EST Body Revolution tracking I am sure it has been asked before but how do you track Body Revolution? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Sat, 23 Jan 2016 15:18:46 EST Advice on workouts for limited mobility issues? After losing 50 lbs. in 6 mos 1.5 yrs. ago (Ideal Protein Diet) I am really wanting to now get serious with an exercise program....HOWEVER, for the past year I have recently been dealing with mobility issues. Somehow I developed something called "coccyxdynia" which is basically a very painful tailbone if I sit for any length of time - especially on harder, solid surfaces. Add to that, around the same time I managed to acquire plantar fasciitis in BOTH of my feet - and also something called se... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 14:13:19 EST Running and strength training I use to do alternating days between running and full body strength training. I've learned that I can't last a whole body strength training. I'm going to strength training everyday alternating upper and lower. Also, my goal is to increase my jogging speed. I know muscles need a day off so do I strength train my lower the same day I run so that there is a Tru day of rest but after running my legs are so tired I don't think I can do lower strength training. Thanks for help Sat, 23 Jan 2016 13:49:36 EST new to using the route generator Yesterday I created a route with markers. I started by putting my address in and then marking the tracks near my house and then selecting round trip. But there are 2 problems I'm having with the route. First when I put in the address it marks the center of my property (not the front drive way) which is where I start from and then I walk to the tracks and then to the back drive way. From there I walk to the tracks a second time. But when I select the tracks a second time the first marker on th... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 11:15:16 EST How do I target my bad areas? I have a treadmill, stationary bike, AB roller, 3 & 5 lb weights and resistance tube as my workout buddies. I need work on my belly, butt, thighs and arms. Can someone give me some pearls of wisdom on what I should be doing and how much without overdoing. I'm 55. Thank you for any help you can lend. Sat, 23 Jan 2016 08:13:13 EST Eating back calories from exercise????? I don't understand the concept of eating back your calories that you lose daily from exercise. It seems very counter-productive to me, and I can't get my mind to accept it. Can someone help me understand why this is important to do? <BR> <BR> I just recently joined Sparks (December 20th) and now I finally understand the math behind the surplus (gaining weight) and deficit (losing weight) from calories. To maintain my current weight I need 11 to 13 calories per pound, so I went with 10 be... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 12:19:36 EST Tracking exercises on app? May be dumb or obvious but... <BR> In the app, when you plug in sets and reps for certain exercises, there is usually a box for weight as well. For exercises like planking or crunches or situs or squats, where I'm not adding weights and only using my body weight, should I be putting in my current weight? Or just any weight I add? <BR> I feel like an idiot for having to ask but I want to be acurate. Fri, 22 Jan 2016 11:24:16 EST Nordic Walking Has anyone tired Nordic Walking? Am thinking of trading my walking stick for my son's snowshoe poles and turn my walk in nordic walking. <em>548</em> Fri, 22 Jan 2016 09:36:48 EST What to do first Ok. I've read hundreds of articles. I've lost weight when I was younger and toned up but I have no idea what my routine was. Now it seems harder to lose weight. My problem is my thighs. First I read I should do cardio and weight train but then I see that I should lose the fat first then weight train. Which is it? And how do I accomplish this for thinner thighs ? Thu, 21 Jan 2016 20:29:45 EST think I pulled a muscle in my thigh, but not sure worked out on wed at the gym, 20 min treadmill, 10 minute elliptical, 15 min recumbent bike. It has been forever since I did the elliptical, so of course I expected sore front of thighs yesterday, but they weren't too bad. <BR> <BR> Last night in the middle of the night I moved my leg and it hurt so bad I woke up. if I bent my leg and put my foot on the bed, my thigh muscle was just horrible (think ripping feeling). It is so sore today now that even the pressure of sitting is uncomfortab... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 14:24:44 EST Weigh lifting Is anyone else lifting weights using Sets, Reps, and weight that may fluctuate between reps of sets? If so how are you imputing it? <BR> <BR> I have to input each set separately, Is there any easier way to do this? Thu, 21 Jan 2016 13:27:58 EST Exercise challenges. At the end of the month I'll have completed two challenges. The 28 day hoe workout challenge and the 28 day bootcamp workout. Both involve exercising everyday. Are there any other challenges that involve a month of daily exercises that I can do when they're finished? Thu, 21 Jan 2016 12:57:28 EST What's your absolute favorite workout? What is your "hands down" favorite/go-to workout (even when you don't want to workout)? Thu, 21 Jan 2016 12:05:59 EST Resistance Bands My dietitian gave me a yellow and a red resistance bands yesterday and some exercises. Today, I did the first 5 of level1 using yellow band and I can already feel it in my calf muscles. And I thought yellow was going to be way to easy even for a beginner. Now I will have to get a battery in my heart monitor watch so as to track calories burned, til then at least my muscles are getting the strengthening workout they need. Not sure if should just work on lower body for now or alternate each... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 11:54:04 EST Body fat percentage measurers Hi! It's been forever since I've been on here! I've been cruising in maintenance mode for awhile now, but I recently switched gyms and thought I should make sure I'm still staying on track. My old gym used the "pinch" method of measuring body fat percentage and I measured out at 19-20% body fat, which I was happy with. My new gym uses a Tanita scale and it is telling me I'm around 33% body fat. My weight is up about 10 pounds, but my measurements have not changed otherwise. I know I should ul... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 10:13:40 EST Exercise or Diet? Hello! I am just beginning my journey to fitness and I have a few questions. <BR> <BR> Which is more important when trying to lose or maintain my weight: dieting or exercise? <BR> What diets have worked best for you all? <BR> How many times a week do you recommend working out? <BR> What is the best way to stay motivated and hold myself accountable for eating right? <BR> Wed, 20 Jan 2016 13:11:35 EST Aerobic/toning combo I read that toning exercises are considered strength training and should be done with a days rest in between. Today I did a routine that is a combo of both. Can this type of routine be done every day? Wed, 20 Jan 2016 11:01:54 EST Finding the motivation to just do it How do you find the motivation to just get up and do it? Looking for that extra push to get myself going AND sticking to a plan. Anybody have any ideas or thoughts to help? Wed, 20 Jan 2016 10:22:01 EST Confused - am I doing this right?? Around a month ago my body fat % was a shocking 39% (I'm 60kg, 163cm). Last week I saw that it dropped to 36% and I gained around 800g muscle. My BMR has increased from ~1120 to ~1220. <BR> <BR> It's the holidays so I'm trying to work out as much as possible to gain enough strength/fitness to be able to handle a more intense but less time-consuming fitness regimen once uni starts again. <BR> <BR> 3x per week: strength training with personal trainer for 50 min <BR> 5x per week: swimming fo... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 08:58:29 EST Half Marathon Support Good Morning. <BR> <BR> I am training for my first half marathon and am looking for support. My longest race has been a 10k and I am really looking to push myself to do this half in May. I have been loosely following a plan I found online which increases my long runs by a mile per week. For those who run distance, does this sound like the best/healthiest way to go? <BR> <BR> I would love any tips and/or links to training or support groups for half marathon runners. Any insight is very mu... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 06:29:09 EST Need some help on beginner exercise options I have this on my profile but to restate it again. lol <BR> <BR> I had some issues that I started treatment for about 6 months ago and now feel allot better. In these last 6 months I have started to lose weight. I have lost 56 lbs in the last 6 months. I was at 488 lbs and I am now at 433 lbs. Clearly I am over weight and I am a big guy. <BR> <BR> I'm in PA where its cold but I walk 4 times a week at the mall. I'm looking to increase my exercise some but clearly I still have a lot of weight... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 23:11:13 EST Total Gym and recording exercises I have a TotaL Gym and have been rotating it with my treadmill. I am confused as to how I would go about recording the exercises since they use body weight and not actual weight...any ideas? I'll keep my exercising with recording...but it would kinda be nice to get an idea as to what I am getting out of what I am pitting into this new lifestyle change. <BR> Tue, 19 Jan 2016 20:35:05 EST What do you do when snowed in? We are members of Planet Fitness, but here in TN they are predicting a snowpocalypse for the rest of the week. What do you do when you have no exercise equipment in your house? Tue, 19 Jan 2016 16:51:20 EST When to exercise I have a weird schedule. and it is hard to work out in the morning before work because I schedule changes and have to get children ready for school. BUT...... I always have time at least 3 days a week in the evening around 8:30 pm. Is this a okay time to work out? <BR> <BR> What time should I or can I work out?.... How long should I or can I work out?.......How often should I work out?... I am so embarrassed of my weight... I have to do something.. But it is hard to change my eating... I c... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 14:28:41 EST My exercise isn't in the tracker! My exercise of choice is an odd one. I'll give you that. But it's still exercise. I spin. As in spinning wool. On a spinning wheel. My heart rate goes up and my legs hurt the next day if I do too much. But the only "spinning" is the "indoor cycling," and I'm not burning NEARLY that many calories. Can anyone help me? Tue, 19 Jan 2016 10:58:05 EST Ideas on dietary supplements? I've been trying to lose weight for almost 6 months now and have been trying to eat healthy as well as work out but haven't seen any results. Someone suggested Hydroxycut to me so I bought it and so far it's suppressing my appetite and giving me the energy to work out at the gym so I'm hoping I see major weight loss results from this. Has anyone tried any dietary supplements before? Tue, 19 Jan 2016 01:23:30 EST Rowing Machine My husband just got a new rowing machine and I want to try it out too, but I haven't exercised for the last 3 years. I am 62. How do I safely get started? Tue, 19 Jan 2016 00:16:13 EST windows 8.1 phone The owners of a android or iPhone have noticed that they can use the sparkpeople app but owners of the windows cell can not use the apps only the web site. So some people may not know how much the windows phone can actually be of use. <BR> <BR> Shore all cell phones can help with keeping track of different types of information but the windows phone can be useful in other ways also. <BR> <BR> Example (Cortana) with this app you can say. "Take a note" and then speak the note and it will be sa... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 19:06:41 EST 5K? who has ever did a 5k... did you like it? Thinking about doing one. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 18:23:56 EST How to choose activity level When I first joined spark people I was working and on my feet all day and working out so my activity level was active. Now I am retired but still work out 6 days a week. In addition, I take care of all the housework at home (dishes, cleaning, cooking, cutting grass or shoveling snow, laundry, etc) But I don't know what activity level I should choose active vs lightly active? I believe it should be active but am unsure. How should I choose? <BR> Thanks! Mon, 18 Jan 2016 17:14:01 EST Injuries I have a fractured big toe, and top of my foot. I'm wearing an orthopedic, knee high boot. I may have to have surgery on it. Can I set this up, and start it when the doctor gives his okay for starting out slowly walking, with some upper body exercises? Is this all free? Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:31:25 EST Polar watch: Can it 'talk' to Sparkpeople? I was wondering if there is a way to get my Polar watch ( to talk to Sparkpeople or do I just have to manually record my fitness data in Sparkpeople? <BR> <BR> Thanks Mon, 18 Jan 2016 14:30:16 EST Looking for motivation Trying to get consistent with exercise. I am a member of Planet Fitness, but don't go near often enough. BUT when I do go, I love it. The last week I went once, walked for an hour, felt great, did the water massage after. and haven't gone back since. <BR> <BR> I was thinking of using star stickers to track it on the calendar, as well as water and tracking my food. But I really need someone to kick me in the butt and tell me to not be lazy and just go! <BR> <BR> part of it is just la... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 10:35:34 EST Looking for an alternative exercise Hi. I'm starting the 30 day Ab challenge which consists of sit-ups, crunches, straight leg raises, and planks but I need an alternative move for the sit-ups. Any suggestions?? <em>24</em> Mon, 18 Jan 2016 10:20:06 EST no results?! hello guys, <BR> I've been doing sport, workout with personal trainer, exercise and dieting for 3 years now and NO visible result.. <BR> recently I've contacted Placidway in order to find some weight loss treatments or even surgery.. <BR> what do u think? Mon, 18 Jan 2016 09:02:06 EST rolled me ankle I fell on the ice at work and I have not been able to work out... Depressed Sun, 17 Jan 2016 20:47:22 EST Fitbit sync Just got a fitbit. Not sure how to get sparkpeople and fitbit synced Sun, 17 Jan 2016 15:12:17 EST When fitness tracking what weight do I add? Hi everyone <BR> <BR> Say I'm doing 5 minutes of high knee march, then wall squats, then crunches, then half push ups. About five minutes of each. No hand weights. <BR> <BR> What weight do I add in the "weight" section of the fitness tracker? My bodyweight? <BR> <BR> And what would a half push up be? A modified push up? (it's when your knees are on the floor) <BR> <BR> Thanks very much. As you can no doubt tell I'm new to this. <em>2</em> Sun, 17 Jan 2016 11:38:49 EST dizziness and vertigo obsticle? I have a major health problem, I get vertigo and dizziness really bad. I want to work out to start getting healthier, but i just don't feel up to it. does anyone have any suggestions for me , like maybe simple exercises I can do while sitting or something? <BR> Please Help! <BR> <BR> Thank you Sun, 17 Jan 2016 10:16:28 EST How to Tighten Loose Skin After Weight Loss Loose skin is a concern for anyone who is trying or has lost a significant amount of weight. I found this article and thought I would share it. I apologize if I have posted this in the wrong category. <BR> <BR><BR>n-loose-skin-after-weight-loss/ Sun, 17 Jan 2016 09:39:30 EST Feeling lethargic because of El Ninyo! Malaysia is going thru a horrible heatwave right now. <BR> <BR> Everyday, the house and outside feels like an oven. I'm sweating even if I don't exercise. I just don't feel like exercising in this horrible heat! <BR> <BR> But should I push myself to anyway? Sun, 17 Jan 2016 08:34:59 EST Any one here do Kangoo Jumps? My class starts the 28th and I am so excited. I might have to miss the first class and I am so sad about that. Sun, 17 Jan 2016 08:16:05 EST Tread climber Does anyone use or recommend a tread climber? Sat, 16 Jan 2016 23:29:59 EST Anyone use the Nike Fuel Band? I got mine for Christmas and am looking for more people to add, so I can be inspired! right now it's just me and hubby.... LOL Sat, 16 Jan 2016 22:37:59 EST Plank Modifications I've been in physical therapy for my back and it is getting better. I know I need to strengthen my core and want to try planks. However, I have trouble getting down on the floor and then getting back up. Is there a way to modify planks and do them from a standing or seated position. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions would be very helpful. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> <BR> Renee Sat, 16 Jan 2016 10:52:57 EST excercises don't syn have a fitbit charge but the exercises don't syn and the fitbit show on the exercise for here Sat, 16 Jan 2016 10:50:29 EST Tracking help I have a very basic exercise bike with no computer. Suggestions for workouts as opposed to just biking for a specific time period and how do I track it? Sat, 16 Jan 2016 10:05:14 EST spark tracker app? Ok so I have the Spark fitness tracker and i have no problems with the device its self its the app! All my friends got fit bits and i keep hearing them how they have 100 more steps than so and so etc. so the app has mini competitions built into the app for motivation. Does anyone use a different app on their phone where they can post there steps/workouts that we all could use? right now we all just have a facebook group for the time being. Sat, 16 Jan 2016 09:51:13 EST Workout partner Looking for a workout partner to keep me motivated and spot me occasionally near Amityville, NY, I workout at Big Al's Family Fitness in Amityville, I usually workout later mornings, 10:30 - 11:30 am, 3 days a week. I can provide a 30 day pass if interested. Sat, 16 Jan 2016 09:14:49 EST Shift Work Hello all, <BR> My name is Kristin and I am a physician assistant in our local emergency department with that being said I work 12 hours shifts, but never the same ones. We have 4 different shifts and bounce between them all. My question is does anyone have any good tricks of the trade to keep me above water and rested to get my workouts in. <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance. Sat, 16 Jan 2016 08:08:20 EST Walking I've never been an excercise person...I always hated it..BUT I know I need it to succeed...I have a question...I've been walking about 3 miles a day it ok to skip a day once in awhile? Or to I do it every day for the max benefits? Sat, 16 Jan 2016 07:41:43 EST Armchair dancing Anyone have any clue how many calories we burn dancing sitting down. I have spent the last hour dancing and typing. If anyone looks in the window they will think I am having convulsions. Sat, 16 Jan 2016 00:24:11 EST Volunteer for race marshal Did you know that many races/ marathons need race marshals and other volunteers? This is a great way for a beginner runner (like me) to get involved with a race and get a feel for it, if you're unsure of jumping all in. I've just signed up to volunteer for a couple of marathons, and doing a 5k race in between, and I'm enjoying the sense of purpose and camaraderie. And you do need stamina to be on your feet all day, so I know I need to prepare for this, and I can't just show up on the day (and... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 19:04:53 EST Hula hooping with a 6 pound hoop Seems that in 10 minutes with a 6 pound hoop one would burn more than 47 calories - any idea how to get this added to activities and a correct calorie burn? Fri, 15 Jan 2016 08:01:58 EST How often should you be upping the weight? I know in general you should be adding weight once getting the full set of reps in becomes easy/stops getting your muscles to fatigue, but how long would you say that normally takes? Let's say you're dong ST 3x a week average. Thu, 14 Jan 2016 21:11:31 EST Foot soreness I probably should've posted this elsewhere but a week and half ago. I over did my workout by jogging/walking for 1.5 hours. The next day I realized the side of my foot is so sore. Even today its sore when I walk. I wait tables occasionally and I could bare walk through a 6 hour shift. <BR> <BR> How long should I wait to start working out again? And what should I do? Forget about running for a while? Thu, 14 Jan 2016 20:08:05 EST 100 goal Got a pat on the back for walking 100 miles. Problem: only counted the walking outside, not for treadmill walking, but still happy! Next, 250 miles for this new year. <BR> Thu, 14 Jan 2016 19:05:57 EST 10,000 steps a day I recently added walking to my fitness regimen, and slowly reached 6,000 steps a day. I've taken more steps daily in the recent past, but stopped walking and became sedentary for a long time. I'm back to taking walking seriously, and would love any tips in order to track more steps on a daily basis. <BR> <BR> Whose achieved this standard on a consistent basis? How have you maintained the motivation to consistently reach this number if not even surpassed it? Also what is the best pedometer y... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 17:39:39 EST How to determine target heart rate I do not know how to figure out what my target heart rate should be for max burn. Can someone help? Thanks, Tracy Thu, 14 Jan 2016 16:39:52 EST Coach Nicole's "20 minute Dumbbell Workout" What workout would be best to follow Coach Nicole's "20 minute Dumbbell Workout"? I've been doing this routine approximately 3 months, 3 sets, 15 reps. I have increased my weights when it seemed time to do so. I love the routine but I think it is time to change things up. I walk/jog 5.08 miles alternate days and walk/jog 2.78 miles on the days I do this routine. In addition I have added 5 more stretches/yoga poses. <BR> <BR> Suggestions would be appreciated . . . <em>362</em> Thu, 14 Jan 2016 16:38:56 EST Marie Osmond Bodygym Core System Resistance Bands Has anyone used the Marie Osmond BodyGym Core System resistant bands from QVC? Any thoughts on it? Thu, 14 Jan 2016 11:17:48 EST Counting calories and Crossfit Does anyone have a way to track calories who is a crossfitter? <BR> Thu, 14 Jan 2016 10:05:03 EST Syncing Android to Sparkpeople? I downloaded a free pedometer app on my Android - can I sync it to Spark? And if not, how do I enter steps walked on my fitness tracker - my choice is only minutes, not steps. Thu, 14 Jan 2016 08:17:24 EST beginner exercises without equipment I'm currently 350 and starting a exercise regimen with my cousin Caitlin. She into learning yoga and I'm into getting my butt off the couch. And just moving. <BR> <BR> Can someone point me in the right direction to some beginner exercises with resistance bands and the total gym. And some body weight exercise video's please. I'm on tight budget but still looking to lose weight and keep it off. And she is the best kind of person to be doing this with because no matter how 'fat' you think you ... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 20:04:18 EST just started walking with female cousin When we first started walking together it was about a week after me and my sister started walking together from the house to the mail box a few times a day. And then my cousin Caitlin started walking with me for a while. And we even walked to the train tracks near are property. It's a little over 1 mile I think. We have not done that in a while. I'm thinking about asking her to do the walk with me a few times a week. And using the route tracker thing from sparkpeople to keep track of the dist... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 19:54:15 EST Physical Therapy Can I count my physical therapy as exercise? I'm there an hour 2X a week and when I come out of there I feel like I went to the gym. I am so sore afterwards that I can hardly handle it. It is therapy to strengthen my knees so I do a lot of leg and knee exercises, including a balance board. Wed, 13 Jan 2016 19:21:22 EST Quick and Easy Fitness Challenges Some that I've found myself doing over the past few weeks <BR> <BR> *Park a little farther than you would normally <BR> *Take the Stairs <BR> *Stretch <BR> <BR> Any other quick pointers? Wed, 13 Jan 2016 18:56:43 EST re- fitness minutes since I started sparks people, Hi I started Sparks people in 2009-10 and just love the site, but I do not have time to write in all info that some people do. my questions have gone unanswered and I would like to know if I can get a figure and exact date that I Joined Sparks people as well as dates and breakdown and amount of of fitness minutes Wed, 13 Jan 2016 18:33:21 EST Treadmill Hello I walk on the treadmill at the gym at 2.3 speed and incline at1 I don't think give right burn calories on spark excerise. Wed, 13 Jan 2016 17:00:40 EST some help for my health I have had a bunch of physical problems in 2015, but it could have been worse. <BR> I smoke about 5 cigarettes in my life, during my sophomore year in high school. Like Bill C. I never inhaled!! Also, I drank while overseas and about 2 months after I got back, then quit drinking. So, at least, I don't have to worry about those warnings!!! Wed, 13 Jan 2016 16:07:43 EST Routine- ok to repeat? I found a "dumbbell workout for beginners" routine on this site which I successfully completed yesterday. My question is it ok to do the same routine each day I'm at the gym (I go about every other day?). I heard that you should be mixing up your routines to prevent muscle memory. If I do this routine and 2 other routines weekly and rotate them, how long can I keep that up for? <BR> <BR> Please help! I'm a fitness Novice. Wed, 13 Jan 2016 12:28:41 EST Planks-Ups (my coined term) Has anybody else seen/used this plank exercise? <BR> <BR> It goes from full plank (hands, full arm) to elbow plank, alternating. In other words, start with full plank, both arms fully extended under shoulders, then down to one elbow, two elbows, up to one full arm, then both full arms? <BR> <BR> I tried it last night and it's a kicker! Almost like doing pushups in the midst of your planks. Was curious if anybody else had used this and what they thought of it ... good for you, difficult,... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 12:03:02 EST Suspension Trainer If you have any interest in suspension (TRX type) training Aldi is selling a suspension trainer for $15.00 USD. It can be rigged over the door or attached to a free standing support such as a tree or playground equipment. It has a 275 pound rating and comes with a 3 year warranty. It is sturdy and well made, equal to the one I paid $50.00 USD for 18 months ago. Wed, 13 Jan 2016 12:02:55 EST Exercise Frequency Hello, <BR> <BR> I checked the boards for this topic and didnt get any results. So.. What is a good exercise frequency? I originally started out with 3 sessions a week.. then graduated to 5. When I felt plateaued I moved on to 2 sessions a day times a week and one on friday. <BR> <BR> I have dropped back from that to 2 on, 1 off--- two sessions a day. Tue, 12 Jan 2016 21:43:56 EST GYM? Just wondering who all has a gym membership and do you go? I find the gym calls my name. I get motivation from my gym more than anywhere else. Not only because I see all the fit and Healthy people but it makes me feel GREAT!!! You? Tue, 12 Jan 2016 19:58:02 EST Exercising with spinal stenosis Does anyone here have spinal stenosis or back problems in general and what exercises do you do? Tue, 12 Jan 2016 19:12:41 EST Half Marathon Training Hi all! I wanted your opinion on a running program! I am training for a half marathon (woo nervous!) by doing an 8 week course to a 5K, an 8 week course to a 10K, then a 24 week course to a half marathon (with a 5K and 10K thrown in there as well). That means I have 5 races planned and picked out between March 19 and November 6- part of me is super excited and wants to go out and register for them all! It would be exciting and motivating! The other part of me is a pessimist and is worried tha... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 17:01:52 EST Crossfit and tracking fitness Has anyone out there figured out a way to track crossfit workouts on the fitness tracking? Tue, 12 Jan 2016 16:29:39 EST fitbit connect I connected my fitbit so can now track my activity. Wow! It was so easy and really motivating to get credit for my activity as I was having a hard time tracking it using the drop down boxes. Everyday I learn something new from this site. It is awesome and I am spreading the word! Tue, 12 Jan 2016 13:49:54 EST Working out Sick Hi everyone! I was hoping to get some thoughts from everyone. I have been working out for months now, but since Christmas I haven't missed a single day. Over the past week I've been getting sick; today I'm running a fever but still not missing work. I don't want to skip a day and ruin my streak, but will working out make it harder to get better? Let me know what you think! Tue, 12 Jan 2016 10:32:42 EST Hard to figure out good exercises for home Hello all, <BR> <BR> I live out in the country, very rural Ontario Canada..right now quite cold and the street I live on has no sidewalks, so walking can be difficult. I don't drive as of yet anyways. I have an elliptical but maybe get 5 mins in before I just wanna quit! If I'm walking i can go for a long period of time before stopping. Only problem is there's nowhere to walk. I have about 30-40 lbs to lose, I try to eat healthy and track what bit of exercise I do do. I work in hea... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 10:20:00 EST Kinect I got my first game for my husband's XBox360 & Kinect - Adidas MiCoach - and am loving how it motivates me to get a good home workout in on days I can't make it to the gym for whatever reason. <BR> <BR> Does anyone else use various Kinect games? If so, which are your favourites? <BR> I'm thinking I need to pick up a few more :) Tue, 12 Jan 2016 10:19:21 EST sprained ankle and need cardio. Suggestions? I went on Youtube and did the Hurt Foot Workout. It was really good. I actually got a better workout than I think I would get with the normal walking routine that I usually get. Normally, I walk outside to get fresh air and I really enjoy it. I'm disappointed that my foot is taking so long to heal and am scared I will gain weight back that I worked so hard to lose. <em>39</em> I like being outside though and miss that part of my routine. <em>434</em> Mon, 11 Jan 2016 17:06:22 EST Estimate calories burned - low intensity dumbbells I started a very basic firm up and toning lifting routine twice a week. I grouped my exercises together, making it easier to track - but am not sure how to estimate calorie burn. Do most people use an estimate? Leave it blank? <BR> <BR> I do a dumbbell routine, doing 2 sets, 12 reps, 30 second rest between sets (will move to 3 sets in another week or two): <BR> Squats <BR> Bench Press <BR> Bent Over Row <BR> Standing Shoulder Press <BR> Bent Legged Deadlift <BR> Standing Biceps Curl <BR> Sta... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 16:39:56 EST Garmin Connect not syncing? Sunday I linked my Garmin Connect account to SparkPeople for the first time. It seemed to link just fine, but no data transferred over from Garmin to SP. I thought maybe it had to be fresh data and not archived. <BR> <BR> Monday I went for a run. It is showing on Garmin Connect. I still have no data on my SP tracker. If I go to the Garmin Connect settings, I can see a page where it says "Application - SparkPeople; Permission - Read." <BR> <BR> Also on the following page, http://www... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 14:44:23 EST New treadmill So I just bought a treadmill and I'm really excited about it! I'm still getting the hang of it and trying to figure out if I'm doing enough to reach my goals. I walked on it this morning for 38 minutes at a pace of 3.2 miles. I was sweating! I'm 5'2" and 175 pounds. Should I be doing another workout later in order to lose weight? Thanks for any advice you can give! I'm a young widow trying to get into better shape so my kids will have a healthy parent! Mon, 11 Jan 2016 12:41:49 EST Betty Rocker 30Day Bodyweight Challenge experience Hey guys! Sorry if this is in the totally wrong forum. I was just wondering if anybody has had any experience/success with the Betty Rocker's 30 Day Bodyweight Challenge! I plan on starting today so I'd just like to know what I'm getting myself into and I always love knowing peoples' progress! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> There's the link to the challenge in case anybody's wondering what I'm talking about. Mon, 11 Jan 2016 12:40:49 EST How do I track walking up and down stairs? I'm walking up and down 8 flight of stairs about 4 times a day at work. How do I track this? Mon, 11 Jan 2016 10:33:06 EST Don't know which exercise I can do. Have damaged vertebrae in neck. Suffer from lower back and knee pain. Prefer not to sit on ground because once down, it is very difficult to get back up without suffering pain in knees, the feeling that my hips are about to pop apart and that I am going to break my wrist. Got any exercise ideas? Was thinking about chair exercise but don't know what beneficial they are. Mon, 11 Jan 2016 09:45:54 EST Fitness tracker for free, from Vector (Canadians) Hello everyone! I just want to put this out there for Canadian members of these forums: Vector (cereals) is offering a tracking band for *free* when you buy two of their products. Probably nowhere near as good as all the expensive devices out there, but maybe it does a decent enough job? I ordered mine, we shall see! Mon, 11 Jan 2016 00:08:41 EST leg and feet pain I started walking a mile a day about 6 months ago. I used treadmill , track and walking at my local park . I could never powerwalk too long or go over a mile because of severe pain . so I got discouraged and quit. Well it's a new year and I want a new me !!!!!! MY goal someday is to run a 5k. Start off with that lol . <BR> I went to the Dr. She told me it was my cholesterol medicine that I have been on since 2012 . has hurt my joints and muscles in my legs. Blood work shows great lipids and... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 23:06:27 EST Fitness tracker What do use use to track fitness, steps and or activity. What functions does it offer? Sun, 10 Jan 2016 19:36:00 EST First 1/2 marathon!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My first goal of 2016 was to run a half marathon! CHECK!!!! I can't contain my excitement. I can't believe I did it. 12 weeks of training paid off. Sun, 10 Jan 2016 16:59:25 EST Hamstring Exercises Hello, <BR> <BR> Can anyone point me to a specific video on SparkPeople that has exercises for tight Hamstrings? I found several links to other sites, but I am looking specifically for a SparkPeople video, and I need one that is fairly simple to do, that takes about five to ten minutes, something that I can do every day. Please send a link to my Spark email if you can, or just reply here. I will get an email for any replies to this message. <BR> <em>303</em> Sun, 10 Jan 2016 16:42:05 EST My recovery heart rate seams very high for me? Hi Sparks. <BR> So I just finished paddling for 30 minutes and then checking my recovery heart rate. <BR> <BR> I try to stay at 130bpm because of some anxieties i have about my heart. <BR> (might dig deeper into that later). <BR> I finished of the last 3 minutes at about 163bpm just to see the difference in RHR from yesterday where i stopped at 132bpm. <BR> <BR> So here are the figures. <BR> <BR> 30 min and stopping. <BR> 163bpm <BR> 1 minute later its 103bpm <BR> Another minute and i... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 08:39:36 EST T25 Hi all I'm starting the t25 and was wondering if anyone had done it and what they think of it. I started with the stretch today and I'm even feeling that! I've got about 20lbs to lose, but want to get healthy more than anything. I have 4 kids so 25 mins is ideal for me to squeeze into the day! Sun, 10 Jan 2016 06:34:25 EST Support and enablers <em>18</em> Does ur closer circle give u support or do they make losing weight and excersing harder? Sat, 9 Jan 2016 20:10:21 EST Least Favorite Exercise? What is your least favorite exercise and what motivates you to keep doing it even when you really don't want to. Mine is planks but I keep doing them because no pain no gain. Sat, 9 Jan 2016 19:29:30 EST Cardio restrictions What options do I have to lose weight while on cardiac ( afib) heart rate issues prevent from much physical exercise. Walking pretty much it.... Medications and water retention due to cardiac holding me back. Help! I'm used to being active but this is a set back right now. Sat, 9 Jan 2016 14:00:29 EST Jillian Michaels I use the JM work out videos. How do I add them to my tracker? Sat, 9 Jan 2016 10:38:52 EST Burning calories Does anyone know how to determine how many calories you burn with 40 minutes of aerobics (Sweatin' to the Oldies)? It isn't listed in the fitness section. Thanks! Fri, 8 Jan 2016 22:19:51 EST 2.5 and counting Well, I got to 2.5 miles in one day. So, I don't want to go back down to 1 to 2 miles in a day. Will work on the 2.5 for a couple of weeks, then set the goal of 3 miles per day. Fri, 8 Jan 2016 19:44:15 EST the more you eat the more you can eat I cannot get my head wrapped around this concept. I DO NOT want to eat the calories I burn. I WANT to lose weight not maintain it. Fri, 8 Jan 2016 16:53:33 EST Hives and exercise Does any one else experience this? <BR> <BR> I finally got diagnosed with cholinergic urticaria (exercise or heat induced hives) and I just started a course of loratidine. <BR> <BR> But I'm scared to start working out again. The last flare up was triggered by a shower. <BR> <BR> Any thoughts? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Fri, 8 Jan 2016 15:33:15 EST not motivated Hello everyone <BR> I'm new to the site and was wondering if you can in fact hook the fit bit flex to the site? <BR> I need a lot of motivation due to the fact that I have been facing a lot of health issues for almost 5 years now. Some of which actually keeps me from doing a lot of exercises. I get dizzy and have major headaches. Any Suggestions? <BR> Fri, 8 Jan 2016 11:14:36 EST How to use elliptical handlebars (upper or lower) I have an elliptical that seems to have two places to put my hands. When on it, using either one seems to be natural to use. But I naturally go to the lower one by default. <BR> <BR> I've searched all over the internet and youtube to research my elliptical. To my surprise, I noticed that the lower handlebars are never used (or if it doesn't have a "wing" the persons hand's are at the top of the handle). <BR> <BR> I am confused because I have only seen the upper handlebar being used in dem... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 11:09:40 EST Carrying iphone/cell? Hi everyone. When walking or running, how do you carry your cell phone? Sometimes my exercise clothes don't have pockets... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 10:53:43 EST I watched an infomercial... So I've seen the infomercial for the Shaun T Cize program several times lately and although I'm someone that doesn't usually give in to the hype of that stuff I'm really thinking about it. Has anyone tried it? Is it worth the money? Did you have good results? Pros? Cons? Is there another program you like better? Fri, 8 Jan 2016 08:09:13 EST Walking/exercise buddy I'm trying to find a walking/exercise buddy - I live in Brandon, FL. I'm 50 years old and in desperate need to get started with an exercise routine. Fri, 8 Jan 2016 07:39:09 EST Music Motivates Me, How Bout You?? What are you listening to while you workout? Today for me it was Rock!! Thu, 7 Jan 2016 23:17:37 EST United in love My wife of 47+ years has started to walk with me outside even though it has been cold. Today she walked with me for 1 mile!! I am up to 2 miles per day and my goal will be for 3 miles each day. Reason - for health Thu, 7 Jan 2016 20:57:55 EST Is This Diet Book On Sparkpeople? I recently bought a diet book titled, "When Your Body Gets The Blues". I looked and looked for a Sparkteam for such book but could not find. Do you know if there is such a team? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> Thu, 7 Jan 2016 20:17:52 EST Question..... I just got the portable body gym (sold on QVC by Marie Osmond) for Christmas. How do I track this in the fitness section? Is it resistance training? <BR> Thu, 7 Jan 2016 19:25:42 EST Be a gym rat at any size! I know it can be intimidating to go to the gym when you are fat or out of shape but never allow anyone to discourage you! If you want to go, step out of that comfort zone and go! Never give up! 2016 seems like a great year to get our health on track. Easier said than done but I believe in all of us! :) <BR> <BR> Good luck everyone! :) Thu, 7 Jan 2016 18:37:10 EST Flexibility???? I am stunned and looking for guidance. I haven't truly worked out in a year and I bit the bullet and tried workout videos on here today. I loved them, honesty, however to discover how much flexibility I am lacking is shocking to say the least. I sat on the floor stumped that I could not do many things such as twist to "saw" my toes in a Pilates video or when locking my hands behind my back it cannot stretch them to the back and all!! (these were all low intensity videos as well) I a... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 15:26:01 EST Marathon Distances for Cycling? Coming from the girl who got picked last in gym class always, are there marathons for bikes? If so, what are the distances? For example, I know in running you can do 5k, 10k, 13.1 miles, 26.2 miles, etc. <BR> <BR> I'm totally not looking to compete. I have a stationary recumbent bike that I love to use, but I'm getting bored with my routines, so I'm looking to set some goals to work towards. Thu, 7 Jan 2016 14:56:42 EST Need Help Finding a Great Home Workout I've been working out for several months now but my routine is all but perfect. I would like to know a good weekly routine to start on. I'm 6'2" (74 inches) and weight 180 lbs and trying to bulk. My equipment consists of a pair of 30lb, 20lb, 15lb, and 10lb dumbbells, bench with bench bar attachment. 5lb bench bar with a pair of 10lb, 15lb, and 25lb plates. Pull up bar and a perfect ab wheel. I try to eat 4 to 5 meals a day. Oat meal in the morning and potatoes, chicken, and veggies for meal ... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 09:52:53 EST squats did 10 minutes of squats with a weighted hoola hoop...small steps :) Wed, 6 Jan 2016 19:55:08 EST Fitbit syncing and extra calories Hi, I'm new to sparkpeople and to fitbit. I see that when I synced my fitbit I gained quite a few extra calories to eat, but it was just regular walking around (nothing intense). Do you feel that it is ok to eat those extra calories that were added to my goal even with that moderate amount of walking? Thanks! I heard the program works well so I want to follow it, but don't want to "cheat" it. Wed, 6 Jan 2016 15:52:33 EST exercise with tendinitis Just started and have been doing great, but have developed knee pain from tendinitis. How do I exercise now? <BR> Wed, 6 Jan 2016 10:46:42 EST Feeling Breathless I just started working out today for the first time well ok ever... I was doing a little cardio and did a seated workout on my abs and I am breathless and my heart is just racing... please tell me this does get better over time? Wed, 6 Jan 2016 10:22:59 EST Fitbit HR and Calorie Counts I got a Fitbit HR for Xmas and I love it. I synced my SP app to it and all works great. Here is my problem. According to my Fitbit, my calorie intake increases if my calorie burn is high enough. (It changes throughout the day) I am pretty sure I am gaining weight. (scales are not my friend) Should I just maintain the calorie count my SP site sets for me or follow my Fitbit recommendations? Wed, 6 Jan 2016 09:45:44 EST Garmin Fitnees Band I connected my new Garmin device today and it shows in fitness Tracker page BUT it's not showing what my Band has on it....What am I doing wrong????????/ Tue, 5 Jan 2016 21:04:07 EST using stairs at work instead of the elevator There's no way of calculating how many calories I burn while at work using the stairs instead of taking the elevator. I work on the 5th floor and make frequent trips up and down to the 1st and 2nd floors. Tue, 5 Jan 2016 20:57:45 EST Need a good plan for work/driving I am at a desk job for 9 hours a day 5 days a week. Then I drive 2 hours a day on top of that. My body is starting to really feel the effects. Anyone have some good ideas for seated plans? Tue, 5 Jan 2016 14:12:27 EST What is the best cardio for a bad back? I would like to add a little more cardio in to my "routine" of walking/jogging. Any tips on what could be useful with a bad back? Tue, 5 Jan 2016 10:39:20 EST SparkPeople DVDs? I am thinking of buying one or two of the SparkPeople exercise DVDs sold on Amazon. (I know there are videos online, but I'd rather use my tv than my computer.) Any recommendations? Thanks. Tue, 5 Jan 2016 08:18:54 EST Free Gym Membership I'm going to join a gym in the first time ever! <BR> <BR> Don't really want to pay for one though in case i don't stick to it... <BR> <BR> Currently looking at comps and membership trials, found this one on <BR> <BR> Just wondering if anyone's seen any membership competitions around or trials anywhere? <BR> <BR> Much appreciated! Tue, 5 Jan 2016 05:55:18 EST Gazelle Edge Glider Anybody have one or tried one. Opinions & ideas? They seem to get pretty good reviews on most of the sites I checked out for such an inexpensive option. I remember the infomercials and thinking what a scam, but here it is some years later and they are still around with a pretty decent reputation. I found one on sale for $95, so I'm hoping to work some muscles not being touched by other things I do. <BR> <BR> <em>31</em> Tue, 5 Jan 2016 02:22:28 EST Total Gym Tracking I've been just using "circuit training" to track Total Gym workouts. Anybody have a different take on it or other input? <BR> <BR> <em>31</em> Tue, 5 Jan 2016 02:13:34 EST Which Fitness Tracker do you use and why I am looking to replace my Fitbit Flex. I am looking for something that will keep track of bicycling as well. I read that some trackers connect to gym equipment but can't figure out which one does. Any input would be helpful. Thanks <em>332</em> Mon, 4 Jan 2016 17:12:58 EST Quick Start for posting exercises I can't get the quick start to stay on the page in order to post. It goes right away to the tracker where you have to post what you did, min etc. I useually just posted the min. Mon, 4 Jan 2016 11:18:42 EST Weight lifting/Resistance training Maybe I am looking in the wrong places but I don't see a thread where we can discuss weight lifting/resistance training and figured it some people might find it helpful to have one around where questions can be asked and answered. There are many different programs and goals involved so let's help each other. Mon, 4 Jan 2016 09:40:13 EST Where could I find free pedometers? Does anyone know where I can find free pedometers? I know several years ago there were some places offering them so people would get fit. I need some for my family. Thank You! Mon, 4 Jan 2016 02:40:52 EST ISO - Cardio DVD/Video - 80s Music Hi Spark People! I'm in search of a current exercise/cardio/workout DVD set to the music of the 80s. Does this exist or should I scour the thrift store shelves for VHS? I love that music! It makes me want to just dance! The music in most recent/current workout videos (at risk of sounding like my mother here) just don't inspire me because I can't get the moves down. I have no rhythm at all, and this makes me very uncomfortable "dancing" and trying to follow along. <BR> <BR> Thanks for a... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 23:17:58 EST Sunny Air Walk Trainer Has anyone here ever used the Sunny Air Walk Trainer? From the page on Amazon, it looks like it works somewhat like the Gazelle but with a smaller footprint. I'm considering getting one because it sounds like it would be easy to use at home when I'm watching TV in the evening after work. any feedback would be appreciated. Sun, 3 Jan 2016 23:13:54 EST Exercise Can you get a flat stomach by just exercising like cardio and strength training if you do it for 1 hour and 30 minutes a day for 5 days a week and you drink lots of water all the time? <em>318</em> Sun, 3 Jan 2016 16:59:19 EST Lost Hope I want to loose weight, and know I need to. But a gym membership is not an option. I recently lost my job, and money is tight. But I don't know what exercises I can do to help me. I also have a knee injury. But I don't want that to be an excuse..I know if I loose weight the knee will be better. Can anyone help please. Also, buying food can be expensive and the rest of my house is not on a diet.... please I need help... thank you Sun, 3 Jan 2016 12:39:41 EST FitBit Flex I have only been using my fitbit flex for about a week now but I absolutely love it. It's super easy to use and I think I will be making a youtube tutorial over how to use it. Anyways send a message if you would like the link to my tutorial. <em>381</em> Sun, 3 Jan 2016 10:02:01 EST Issue importing fitbit data I've read around the forums and can't find anyone with this issue, so I thought I'd start a new topic. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I synced my Fitbit Surge to my account for the first time. I'm recovering from surgery at the moment (get the all clear from the surgeon on Wednesday) so my Fitbit is sitting on the dresser and the "calories burned" is just the calculated BMR ticking over, but when I synced it with my fitness tracker it allocated 1021 calories (more than half the total) and zero minutes... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 01:51:37 EST chair yoga video Hi, I'm looking for a yoga or another good stretching video that can be done from a chair. Thank you Carolyn Sun, 3 Jan 2016 01:45:01 EST Tracking treadclimber Help, <BR> <BR> I just bought a bow flex treadclimber. How do I track it? It's a stepper, elliptical, treadmill all in one motion. Sat, 2 Jan 2016 19:59:39 EST PIYO anyone? I am going to start PIYO workouts on Monday. Is anyone currently using it or have suggestions about it? Thanks! Sat, 2 Jan 2016 19:02:15 EST How can we make this year different from 2015? For me, this biggest thing is to exercise when I don't feel motivated. I remember reading an article titled Motivation is Overrated and it explained how successful people do whatever it is that they need to do regardless if they feel like it or not. That was huge for me. Any thoughts? Sat, 2 Jan 2016 02:44:17 EST bowflex max trainer Does anyone have this? My hubby bought us one for the new year, trying to lose weight, build endurance, the problem is I can only do about 4 minutes and my heartrate soars, he has diabetic issues with neuropathy in one foot so treadmill was out, how long did it take you to get used to this machine? Fri, 1 Jan 2016 15:26:23 EST Another FitBit Question I have had a Fit Bit for a long time, probably since they first came on the scene. I am using the FitBit ONE. I know last April that the way the active minutes are calculated now is that it must be 10 minutes of continuous movement. <BR> My question is, since June I've been dealing with bursitis and tendinitis of my hips. I rarely can walk 10 minutes in one stretch without pain. So I do shorter walks but try to aim for 30 minutes total in the day when I can. Fitbit thinks I am a couch potato... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 15:22:32 EST health club- feel silly as I feel so clumsy I belong to health club and attend on an off and like many have made it a point to be going on a regular basis with the new year here. Problem is so many new machines and I don't know how to set them up. I even go to a 24 hour place as I am not in best place mentally to be there with a lot of people that know what they are doing. When I go very few people are there at 3:30- 4 a.m. as I am so self conscious all of a sudden. And I am huge- weigh more than ever. Fri, 1 Jan 2016 12:32:36 EST who has lost weight with walking ? and watching what you eat of course as well. Fri, 1 Jan 2016 09:21:10 EST 2015 fitness minutes where do I see my total for the year? Thu, 31 Dec 2015 16:31:36 EST muscles over strained how do I fix? Sunday I really worked out my muscles with my arms and yesterday I did ab workouts but only did plank and burpees thinking my arms had rested enough for just a few arm workouts but, today when I lift up my arms they are burning and I feel nauseous. What can I do to ease it I'm drinking water and stretching. What am I not doing that I should do. Thu, 31 Dec 2015 13:50:50 EST The new year is almost here I haven't done resolutions for the new year for decades now. They didn't work. However, with Sparkpeople I am determined to change my life-sytle eating and mobility and weight factor. I still have to cut out sweets, though I have cut out most of them. Plan to do 30-45 min workout plans and local gym. If I watch TV I will walk during at least 2 commercials for every hour I watch. <BR> 175 goal by end of Feb., 39" waist by end of Mar. Thu, 31 Dec 2015 12:56:09 EST Fit bit charge HR Can I Sync my fit bit to spark people? Thu, 31 Dec 2015 11:51:36 EST Exercising in cold weather I love exercising outside, and have decided to try and do it in the cold weather (weather permitting, of course). I've tried searching online about what to wear to keep yourself warm, but mostly it just says layers. Are there any certain things that you make sure to wear during the winter (minus hats and gloves, of course) that helps you stay warm? Are there any certain brands that are really good at this? Thanks in advance for your help! Wed, 30 Dec 2015 19:37:29 EST How did you go from walking to running? I've been consistently walking 5 miles for a couple months now, and think I might be ready to start adding in some running (definitely not much at first, I'll SLOWLY build up to 5 miles lol). I'm trying to figure out the best way to incorporate it into my routine, but was wondering what worked best for other people to start running. Also, do you have any tips about what to do and what not to do for running? Wed, 30 Dec 2015 19:29:36 EST How do I sync my Garmin Vivofit2 with SparkPeople? I lost my spark tracker and couldn't buy a new one since they don't make them any more. I saw an add on SparkPeople for Garmin! It said 'sync your Garmin with SparkPeople". Now I have a vivofit2, have connected it, and it doesn't sync. I call that false advertising!! I prefer SparkPeople to the Garmin site, I have been a member of SparkPeople for years! I trust them!! What is the deal?! <BR> Tue, 29 Dec 2015 23:47:42 EST Debating on getting an Ab Glider/Circle I really miss being able to go to the gym. Moving to Minn and absolutely hating the cold has really put a bleh in my fitness. I have the Wii and use Wii Fit and such, but miss the gym equipment. I absolutely cannot afford a longterm membership at a gym nor do I want to have to drive to town several times a week, and I was looking for used equipment that I could use at any time wearring my pjs if I really wanted to. <BR> <BR> I was looking at the ab glider and ab circle pro on WalMart's websi... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 22:04:54 EST What do you watch while on the elliptal? I am looking for an up beat video to watch while on the elliptal. Tue, 29 Dec 2015 09:24:51 EST outside in California is nice, but pricey in Tx Had to workout and walk inside today. In Fort Worth, with some snow and temp less than 45!!! It was great. Mon, 28 Dec 2015 18:59:24 EST Exercising with a torn tendon I tore my tendon about a year ago and am now wearing a brace. This thing gets in the way for walking for long periods of time. Any ideas for exercising from the waist down? Mon, 28 Dec 2015 11:15:08 EST Fitbit Can the Fitbit sync with this app? Mon, 28 Dec 2015 07:33:14 EST Jillian Michael's Body Revolution versus Insanity? I want to order one but can't decide. Does anyone have any background info of each? Sun, 27 Dec 2015 14:35:24 EST Hammer and Chisel? Is anyone else doing this new program from Beachbody? Fiance and I officially start tomorrow (or Tuesday-depends on travel), but I've tried a few of the workouts. I found Chisel Balance to be so intense! My booty was crazy sore the next day. I'm looking forward to doing the full program! Just thought I'd see if anyone else was doing it! Sun, 27 Dec 2015 14:09:19 EST Safe Fitness Routines Post-Hysterectomy I had a full abdominal hysterectomy on Oct 26th this year and was given a full medical release on Dec 16th of this year. My doctor told me that I no longer had restrictions, but should ease back into activity and fitness. <BR> When asked what would be safe to start with he gave no solid answers, lol. <BR> <BR> Are there any ladies out there who have been through this procedure and can offer suggestions for very low impact fitness routines to start out with other than just plain walking? <BR>... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 12:48:41 EST Fitbit calorie count Its been a while since I was using Sparkpeople but since I have returned I noticed when I sync my fitbit with sparkpeople it counts exercise calories not total calories. How does sparkpeople determine what is exercise from the total. Wouldn't I want total calorie burn? Sun, 27 Dec 2015 12:32:13 EST Good Sites for the Average Joe Does anyone know of a site that helps you get in shape that doesn't involve getting crazy ripped? I want to lose weight, get in decent shape and improve my strength. But I have no desire to get ripped and insane muscular like you see at sites like It's so hard to find a decent middle of the road site for average folks like me. <BR> <BR> I love what overs, but it's target audience if for folks wanting to achieve WAY more than me. Sat, 26 Dec 2015 15:12:28 EST got wife walking with me. My wife is now more into walking with me for at least a half mile. Our steps started over 47 years ago. We met, 13 days later we were engaged, and 47 years ago tomorrow we got married. I have enjoyed each moment with her, now she is walking with me for some outside. It is great. Sat, 26 Dec 2015 11:49:11 EST starting I just came off three years of foot surgeries and don't know where to start with exercises since I am so ou of shape, can anyone help? Fri, 25 Dec 2015 20:01:03 EST iFit Vue Does anyone else have the iFit Vue? I need some help! Fri, 25 Dec 2015 06:58:58 EST Going back to school, need advice I am going back to school in February. Classes for 8 hours a day. I am afraid between studying, classes, maintaining my cardio and family obligations, I won't have time for resitance training more than once a week. Any other students able to give some advice? Thu, 24 Dec 2015 17:06:06 EST Christmas eve It is great! I am doing better for the Savior! I reached the sub-20 minute mile. When I started in July I was at 30 minutes. Haven't reached the sub-6 minute mile from military 52 years ago. Thu, 24 Dec 2015 14:59:36 EST Find my zumba song It's definitely foreign but not Spanish or any language I recognise, some of the words sounds like La - tika,La- tikaar, wulummalummla....and only one word I know for sure 'Zumbaaaaa' deep male vocals. It really gets me going and the dance moves combine sideways hopping whilst raising arms like bird wings and squats.. <BR> Any suggestions welcome! Wed, 23 Dec 2015 16:12:15 EST Treadmill and Hanging On I have been going to the gym religiously for a few months now and I always use the treadmill. I just read an article that says that you shouldn't hold the railings - oopsy! I ALWAYS hold the railings - one to read my heart rate, but mainly because I have really bad balance issues. If I let go then I tend to fall to the left lol. Plus the machine wobbles horribly due to my weight. Anyhow, I know I can slow it down, but is that good??? I don't know what to do. Should I continue as am, or change... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 16:08:45 EST Old groin injury... I have a two year old groin pull and it still occasionally bothers me. I have to warm up really slow and it is frustrating. I speed walk, but would like to run. Any running immediately sends of warning bells. Any advice? Tue, 22 Dec 2015 20:01:20 EST Challenge Anyone with fitbit I need more friends I love a good challenge walking. Add me Tue, 22 Dec 2015 16:39:20 EST Bike Size I am only 5'0" (60 in./152.4 cm.), so I am short for my age (34 yrs old). Well, I've always been short, but that isn't the point. <BR> <BR> Back in July of this year, my bike was stolen while doing some work in NY state. The bike that was stolen had been with me for a little about 23 years. It had been a good bike and was the right height. Unfortunately, my parents don't know if it was a 24" bike or 26" bike. I want to assume that it was 24" since I am short. I enjoy riding my bike as a for... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 14:55:01 EST Lunge position Is ther a difference between a lunge position and a split squat? it annoys me in excercise videos when they are demonstrating a lunge, yet they call it a split squat. Mon, 21 Dec 2015 00:32:51 EST Zumba Just took my first Zumba class and felt totally uncoordinated. Can anyone share how long it took them t get the hang of it or offer any advice? I did love the music! Sun, 20 Dec 2015 14:10:56 EST Fitbit Zip I have a question about this tracker. I just bought it yesterday. When I woke up this morning, the tracker said 320 steps. Why is that? Did I walk in my sleep, lol! Just wondering why it would say that and how I can correct it. Thank you! Sat, 19 Dec 2015 16:08:33 EST Total Gym Anyone else using this for exercise? I have beem doing a 100 squats a day on it, but no improvement yet. It's onpy been about a week and a half, but figured I would notice a small change. Sat, 19 Dec 2015 15:19:32 EST Lower intensity work outs wipes me out. I don't understand why when I do a lower intensity workout I am so sore and beat the next day. I ran 3 miles last week in 18 minutes and felt good the next day. This week I ran three miles with a friend. That took 25 minutes. A lot slower pace. The next day I was sore, tired, and achy. It happens with weights too. I push really hard and feel good. Less strenuous work outs are a killer the next day. WHY? Sat, 19 Dec 2015 12:28:08 EST Help with Excercise Routine I have a ruptured C1, L4 and L5. I do water aerobics and would like to do some daily exercise routine. Can you give me some suggestions? Sat, 19 Dec 2015 11:00:14 EST Fat burning zone myth I have a stupid question. I changed my workout to something that uses the fat burning zone and I'm loosing more weight that before. I was hoping someone could help me understand why so I can ramp up my workout to be more effective. <BR> <BR> During spring, summer and fall, I dance through the woods. My heart rate is sustained at better than 75% for an hour or more. I burn 1000 to 1200 calories a workout, 4 times a week. By the time late summer hit, I wasn't loosing weight. (Diet should ... Fri, 18 Dec 2015 08:50:23 EST Help needed re suitable exercise please. I was diagnosed with osteo arthritis in my knees, hips, ankles, toes and right thumb several years ago, but after severe ongoing pain in my lower spine, my x-rays returned the following comment - 'Degenerative changes are confirmed in lumbar disc spaces, with minor associated facet joint arthritis and scoliosis to the right. Sacroiliaac osteo arthritis also noted. No acute bone injury, in particular no acute compression injury.' <BR> <BR> As a result, I'm struggling to find exercises which a... Thu, 17 Dec 2015 17:05:56 EST Advive on strength training machines... Hello!! I hope this isn't a silly question, but it's something I have been wondering. I go to the gym 4-5 times a week, and after my cardio workouts, I do the weight machines. One day doing arms, the next day doing legs, and on weekends, I do arms and legs. <BR> <BR> The machines I use are: <BR> Legs <BR> - leg extension: 4 sets of 12 @ 40lbs <BR> - leg press: 4 sets of 12 @ 60 lbs <BR> - leg sled (it's like doing a seated squat): 4 sets of 12 @ 140 lbs <BR> <BR> Arms <BR> - shoulder pres... Thu, 17 Dec 2015 15:21:01 EST Cardio ? 1. Is there a rollable site that can tell you what your best heart rate is for when doing cardio. <BR> 2. When doing cardio is it better to maintain your raised heart rate or is better to raise it for several minutes then bring it down for several minutes and follow that sequence for 45 minutes <BR> 3. Is the a easy read guide to supplements Thu, 17 Dec 2015 11:46:31 EST Just starting out How many minutes do u do a day and what activities if u have knee pain ? Thu, 17 Dec 2015 05:36:26 EST Spark Activity Tracker I don't know if this is a dumb question or not but, does the Spark tracker still work with SparkPeople? The reason I am asking is because it got discontinued here. I love the Spark Tracker! I lost mine, I replaced the battery and don't know where I lost it. Wed, 16 Dec 2015 23:03:49 EST Injury to pec muscle chest how to maintain? Just had my yearly mammogram and found out that I have a cyst/blood on the right side of my chest (breast area lol). I attribute it to my strength training with my dumbbells because I had been doing chest flys, chest presses, etc the day before and felt some pain on that side. No more than usual though. My doctor says it could have caused it (the cyst/pain/blood). So how do I maintain and/or lose weight while my pecs are injured? I am afraid to do any upper body weights now! And this is right... Wed, 16 Dec 2015 09:33:55 EST Obsessed With Fitness I just started a new fitness program a week ago, trying to lose weight, get fit, and be toned. I've gotten so into it that I can't stop talking about it and it's always on my mind! I've become one of those annoying fitness people! Has this happened to anyone else? How did you handle it? I've come here because I think it might be able to help me a bit, get it out without annoying my friends... Wed, 16 Dec 2015 01:41:02 EST Sweat makes head itch I was wondering if anyone else has ever had this issue. When you exercise and start to sweat, does your head start to itch? I was just wondering. I've been working out consistently for a little over 4 years now, but I have just noticed it in the last couple of weeks. It seems to be at its worst when I first start breaking out in a sweat (so in the first 5 to 10 minutes). I don't have lice, so that isn't an issue. Tue, 15 Dec 2015 14:49:57 EST Nothing is working I have been running almost everyday to where i can run 2 miles easy and i lift weights everyother day but ive lost no weight and im as jiggly as ever. What is wrong with me? Mon, 14 Dec 2015 22:38:08 EST Exercise and heart rate question So the past couple of days I have noticed my heart rate hasn't gone up super far like it used to nor am I burning the amount of calories I did. Is this just because my body is getting used to exercise and my heart is just getting stronger or do I need to push myself harder? Mon, 14 Dec 2015 20:48:59 EST health issues Hello. Does anyone have ankylosing spondylitis and fibro? Just wondering if you go to a gym, what machines you use and which ones are avoided? Mon, 14 Dec 2015 19:38:55 EST should core exercises be avoided if u r trying t Hi guyz... help needed... i am 31 weighing 127 heights 5"3... i was doing strength training exercises from jillian michaels... now i wanna conceive... should i continue my training? I am currently doing NMTZ... which routine is best if u r trying to conceive? <BR> Mon, 14 Dec 2015 06:24:01 EST Fitbit synching. Hello <BR> I just joined! I think I connected my fit but but how do I make it synch? Mon, 14 Dec 2015 01:03:20 EST Do u feel u need to force urself to exercise? Hello everyone. I'm completely new to the forum and group overall so please bare with me. Other than work, I honestly don't exercise, like at all! I'm seriously not lying. I'm one of those people that have always paid for gym memberships regularly and have NEVER gone but always have the best intentions. I just literally have zero motivation other than laying around my house when I'm not working. Does anyone literally have to actually have to force themselves OUT of the house????? Or do you j... Sun, 13 Dec 2015 19:32:58 EST Fitbit contra Garmin which is the best Sun, 13 Dec 2015 05:57:41 EST Fitbit charge hr Hi guys. <BR> <BR> I'm looking for some new friends for my fitbit so I can take part in the challenges. Currently I don't no anyone with a fitbit so need some help from the community. Many thanks Sun, 13 Dec 2015 02:47:32 EST Personal trainers What do you need to ask before you hire a personal trainer and what is a reasonable fee? I am firming up everything but my stomach (still have to suck it in) after 5 years and would like a professional to find out what I am doing wrong. <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance. <BR> Sat, 12 Dec 2015 20:06:41 EST Warm up ideas I need help with warm up ideas to do at home and without equipment. I stopped going to the gym 3 months ago due to a car accident in wich i injured my neck and shoulder. I am cleared for exercise as long as I warm up properly and be careful with shouder exercises and now i'm trying to start training at home before i go back to the gym. I can do some strenght training at home but i never know how to warm up properly. Can someone give me some ideas?? Fri, 11 Dec 2015 07:51:51 EST training and injuries Hi everyone I am new to this site my name is carol and I am from South Africa. I am currently training MMA - Mixed martial arts and I had a car accident a few days ago and tore my calf muscle. I have been told I am not aloud to do any training that involves using my calf muscle until it heals and I need to know what training I can do as most of my training involves using my legs. I also don't want to get lazy and pick up any of the weight I've lost or loose the muscle and fitness I have gaine... Thu, 10 Dec 2015 19:39:45 EST fitbit challenge anyone with a fitbit interested in doing a challenge Thu, 10 Dec 2015 09:58:06 EST Calling Fitbit Surge users! Hi all! <BR> <BR> I'm a proud fitbit owner since 2012, had an Ultra first, now use a One. Can't live without it. Keeps me on my toes and moving a lot. <BR> <BR> Now, I've started the C25K a few weeks back and for the first time in my life I believe I will be able to run. I'm doing it on the treadmill on the gym. <BR> <BR> But when I try to run outsider I cannot control my pace and I get tired easily. My bf, a true Garmin guy, says I need a decente sport watch to help me and offered to giv... Thu, 10 Dec 2015 05:32:13 EST planet fitness member, not sure what to do? Hello, I am a member of planet fitness gym. I have been doing the recumbent bike, max time on the bike 40 minutes, also using the treadmill, max time on that is 10 minutes. And I have tried the elliptical, I can only do 1 minute on that at first I had a fear of getting on it but I gave it a try. I weigh 337 so I am obese and have a hard time with my knees. My question is what machine should I concentrate mostly on. I am a little shy asking the staff. <BR> Thank you, <BR> <BR> Tammy Wed, 9 Dec 2015 19:07:10 EST Workout Body Bar I just got the body bar I ordered (5# weight). I'm new to it and would like to find something on Sparkpeople that shows the proper way to workout with this. I don't mean videos. I'm Deaf, and last I checked the videos on Sparkpeople are NOT captioned (y'all gotta work on that). I found only one article so far and am wondering if there's more? I'd go thru the list in the search but it pops up too many unrelated stuffs. :-( Any ideas, suggestions? <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> <BR> Lin <B... Wed, 9 Dec 2015 14:03:17 EST Calories burned when sweeping and repotting plants I work in a greenhouse and spend hours repotting plants and general sweeping and clean up. Does anyone know how many calories that burns? I think gardening over estimates the calories burned. Wed, 9 Dec 2015 09:26:21 EST Not sure what I should be tracking an exercise as I stand all day at work so I do various leg raises or hops. Nothing I do is really cardio but I can't find exactly what I'm doing from the list on the tracking page for most of it. I would like to get credit for doing these little "extras" but I'm not sure the best way to track it. Help please? Wed, 9 Dec 2015 06:28:15 EST What could i possibly be doing wrong?(i feel lost) Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> This is officially the first day i'm seriously working on achieving a goal that i've set years ago Since, apparently i was too busy procrastinating and expecting the future me to do all the work while i just sit on my lazy bum and wait for it to happen like a miracle. <BR> <BR> Everything has been going well so far with me, if we're speaking motivation wise. I am as motivated as i could ever be. And so i'm not struggling with this matter since i spent days trying... Tue, 8 Dec 2015 19:38:42 EST Questions about signing up for a long-ish hike Not sure if this is the right place to post... <BR> <BR> I am 32 and somewhat out of shape and overweight. However, in the past years, I've enjoyed going for hikes along local trails. It's been a dream of mine to eventually hike the entirety of the Bruce Trail (~900km trail in Ontario). The trail is divided into 9 sections and each section hosts an annual end-to-end hike. These consist of hiking 25 - 35km a day for 2 - 3 days. The furthest I've hiked in a single day is about 17 - 18km. In th... Tue, 8 Dec 2015 12:04:03 EST Walk away the pounds Now the winter's here, Walk away the pounds (Leslie Sansome) is going to be a great way of exercising on the days I don't get to the gym. It uses a lot more energy than walking - in fact I was quite out of breath after 15 minutes last night. But I can't find a way to track it on the fitness tracker. I ended up just tracking that I'd done 15 mins walking, but a bit faster than normal. Have I missed something? I think a lot of people on SP use these videos - especially the free ones on Youtube,... Tue, 8 Dec 2015 04:28:16 EST Question about floor exercises. Let me give a brief background. I have had backpain for quite a few years now. I have found exercises and stretches that I would like to do to help strenthen my back but they all require me to get on the floor. Two problems with that though. <BR> 1) In my current physical condition I might not be able to get back up. <BR> 2) I have a very hard floor, and it hurts the knees, hands, elbows, lowerback, ect. <BR> <BR> I do not have an exercise mat (yet, hope to get one soon if finances allow)... Mon, 7 Dec 2015 08:47:19 EST CALENDAR How do I access the "monthly" calendar that displays calories, fitness etc. on a daily basis. Mon, 7 Dec 2015 08:22:16 EST Former Athletes! So when I was a few years younger I was heavily into physical activity, I was involved in softball for 13 years and cheerleading for about 7 years so I was used to gymnastics practice twice a week and cheer practice twice a week and then during the summer I had 2 softball games and 2 days of practice, so I was VERY active all year round. The way I feel the most comfortable exercising is with my own body weight instead of equipment but I want to minimize sagging as much as possible so I want t... Sun, 6 Dec 2015 23:01:06 EST food/fitness tracker HELP How can I change the date on the tracker in Australia you can't use it probably as the time line is very different we are one day ahead is there any way the calendar can be altered so you can set the correct day no matter what part of the world you live in? <BR> And did I mention thanx so much fir this site it I fantastic, really good of you to supply all this info and tech for free. A wonderful gift 🎁😊 Sun, 6 Dec 2015 21:13:26 EST Anxiety & depression days after a workout I have drifted in and out of cardio exercise for the last 15 years. One of my main reasons for quitting is due to the unbearable anxiety and depression that follows me in the days after a workout. This isn't mild either, I'm talking about a real low mood and anxiety to the point that I'm not even breathing. <BR> <BR> Just so I'm clear this has nothing to do with not reaching goals or targets and then getting down about it. While I'll admit to only committing myself to exercise out of necess... Sun, 6 Dec 2015 15:47:56 EST Beachbody Hip Hop Abs I can never seem to do crunches correctly (i get pain in my lower back) and I know that's not supposed to happen. So I was wondering about crunch-free fitness exercises - like Beachbody's Hip Hop abs. <BR> <BR> Has anyone used it? What were your results like? Sun, 6 Dec 2015 11:49:52 EST how does one get back to a particular exercise vid How do you get back to a particular exercise video that you like? I was on one I liked, but it gave no specifics of what to do on a printout. Sat, 5 Dec 2015 07:52:31 EST cheap dumb bells I read an article about home exercise equipment. When I started to lose weight, etc., I had just finished a gallon milk container. I cleaned it out real good. Then I filled it with water, weighed myself, then picked up the gallon container, let out a little water, then reweighed, there you go - one 7 pound weight, then two with the next container. It may not be much weights, but it is a start. Fri, 4 Dec 2015 23:38:11 EST Sworkit / other short excersises how do i log them on here? Fri, 4 Dec 2015 16:13:58 EST Fitness Trackers? Hello! <BR> <BR> I currently have a Fitbit One, which I have been pleased with. I am a bit afraid the battery in it might be starting to die, though. As such, I'm starting to look at replacing it. <BR> <BR> The fancy new watch/trackers all look nice to me. The Fitbit Charge looks cool, and I like that I wouldn't be starting over with a new computer program for it, but it has nickle in the clasp, so that is out due to the fact that I'm allergic to nickle. <BR> <BR> I'm also looking at th... Fri, 4 Dec 2015 13:11:36 EST Cardio with weight lifting This is day 4 for me working out after many months of no exercise. I started Monday and decided to do only cardio this week to get my body moving and blood flowing. Next week, I'm going to start weight training along with cardio. My plan is to follow Lee Labrada's 12 week lean body trainer from The only thing is, I have approximately 50 pounds to lose and think I need more cardio than the program suggests I do. What do you all think? I know how important weight lifting... Thu, 3 Dec 2015 15:45:10 EST underperforming in the gym i flew back from israel to the uk today. i was there for 6 weeks and exercised hard. i went to the gym this evening with the intention of doing a 10 k treadmill run in about 55 mins. i had to stop after 30 mins having only achieved 5.22km i felt very hungry despite having eaten well during the day. obviously this failure was really depressing. can anyone explain why this has happened ir can share similar experiences Thu, 3 Dec 2015 15:04:50 EST Following the videos Wish SparkPeople would give the name of the exercise and coordinate it with the fitness per calories burned to post. Thu, 3 Dec 2015 11:00:53 EST Netflix Streaming Workouts I saw "Netflix Streaming Workouts" and was intrigued. From what I read they offered this years ago but may not offer them anymore. I don't have an account to check... but does Netflix still offer streaming workout videos? <BR> <BR> I've heard of Netflix but just don't know enough about it. <BR> I thought Netflix was a way to rent movies. If Netflix still has streaming workouts, how do you find them to select a workout you want? Is it like iTunes? <BR> <BR> What exactly are streaming w... Thu, 3 Dec 2015 10:14:06 EST