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 broken bonein foot I was doing water fitness class 3X week and water jogging for about 45 minutes the other days. the doctor has said no exercise class or jogging, obviously for at least 4 weeks. Then I may be allowed to swim. any ideas for not losing ground? BTW, I am 68 years old and diabetic. Also, female. I appreciate any help. <BR> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:29:23 EST Have you created your own dance/workout routine? I troll the net for some exercise/dance routines that makes me happy, but it always involve something I don't really like. Sometimes it lacks rithym, sometimes I just don't like the song. Sometimes the beat is too fast, other times too slow... <BR> Sometimes the steps are hard to follow, other times they are so simple I get bored. <BR> <BR> So, I was thinking of developing my own dance routine, to the beat of my favourite songs. Maybe involving some latin dance, some ballet/jazz moves, some ... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 06:41:24 EST Logging marching in place? I have a convertible standing/sitting desk. When it's in standing mode, I like to march in place or step side to side to some music I have playing lightly in the background. I'm not sure how to log that exercise. Part of me thinks logging it as walking at the slowest pace (2mph) might suffice, but I'm not sure if "low impact step aerobics" might be okay too? Thoughts? Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:32:37 EST Zumba workout shoes for Diabetics i'm a Diabetic what shoes will be good to use for doing zumba ? Wed, 19 Oct 2016 11:04:26 EST Exercise Tips & Suggestions I'm starting to work on getting healthier and more fit; however, I'm honestly not sure what exercises and such would be best to reach my goal. There are a ton of different exercises out there that claim they'll do exactly what I'm needing, but I tried a while back (I didn't see immediate results and quit.) and they got kind of boring. I don't have a gym that I'm able to work out at. I think I have some light weights in my house. I'm 24 years old and 5' 1 1/2" tall. Since I have a shorter buil... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 22:29:13 EST GAZELLE How do I track my Gazelle exercise? Would I use the ski machine? Mon, 17 Oct 2016 18:58:06 EST trying to get over the hill They say that being over the hill is better than being under it. <BR> <BR> Well, the weather here is better and I was able to go outside to walk. It was great. Also, when I started being really serious about finishing to get to a better life (lost 65 lbs. now only 30 lbs. to go.) I was able to walk a half mile in 15 min. now I am at 11.5 mins.!!! Now I have to be serious during fall, winter and spring to do the mile outside and 2.5 miles on treadmill. Also totally quit snacks after 6:30,... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 18:31:59 EST Fear of falling on treadmill I have been walking on treadmills for years and have never had any fear of falling. Yesterday, while walking, I grabbed hold of front of machine to get my balance and nearly fell. It scared me to death and today I wasn't able to finish my workout for fear it would happen again. Can anyone give me any tips? It's always been such a great stress reliever for me that I'd hate to have my fear stop me. Sun, 16 Oct 2016 16:03:46 EST Misinformation I can not decide if I am more appaled or frightened that one specific exercise is still being recommended. The exercise is question is triceps dips done with the hands resting on a raised object behind the body. I saw it recommended today in my local newspaper and recently on a guest trainer's workout here on Spark.A common description is to sit on a bench then slide forward away from the bench until you are supported on the bench with straight arms, body straight and weight resting on the h... Sun, 16 Oct 2016 12:52:56 EST Running issues...Help! I've graduated from C25K and I think I've been running for about 12 weeks. At first, I was feeling better and losing a little weight, even. Then, about a month ago, I started feeling sluggish again, gained the weight back, and running seems to be getting harder...not easier. <BR> <BR> Today was a bad day because after all that time of following the plan to a "t", I couldn't even run for a full 30 minutes (like I have been doing the other 2 days this week). My legs started cramping and they s... Sat, 15 Oct 2016 15:55:53 EST Spin Class I did my first spin class this morning. It was an hour long class but I only lasted 45 minutes, partly because I ran out of water and my quads felt like jelly. The instructor said he didn't realize that I had never been to a spin class before. He was going back to where I was but said it looked like I knew what I was doing (I was adjusting the seat. He did say that I did good for the first time at a spin class. I do enjoy riding my bike outside, but am looking to have something to do in the w... Sat, 15 Oct 2016 15:02:18 EST How to find time to workout with a full time job? Hi everybody! I'm a recent college grad and I'll be starting my first full time job in a week. My problem is that I never had to balance work and healthy living before now and I'm slightly unsure of how I'm going to manage to still workout and eat healthy. In college I was an athlete and often had several free periods during the day in which I would go for long walks. Whole Foods was always right across the street for a healthy dinner and my college's cafeteria always provided me with easy ac... Fri, 14 Oct 2016 11:51:24 EST Aqua-Size Aqua-Size <BR> <BR> I can no longer walk much of a distance, any more. Myself and few of the ladies in my condo have joined Aquatic Workout classes <BR> <BR> Suitable for all fitness levels with a wide Range of Functional Workouts <BR> <BR> Aqua strength Cardio Burn and Total Body Workout <BR> <BR> We joined a local indoor auquatic center. <BR> At present we go twice a week for 2 hours each day. Thu, 13 Oct 2016 13:37:30 EST Random Reminders We all have those days we lack motivation or just let exercise slide, so I made a Sparkteam called random reminders. Its basically for everyone to randomly post something quick to do and anyone who can find the time at that moment can just do it. Like Take a quick walk, Do 10 jumping jacks, grab a glass of water, etc. <BR> I made the group, but how do I get people to find it. I tried copying the link I saw in the address bar but apparently that isn't a link to go to my page :( Wed, 12 Oct 2016 11:25:36 EST Calorie question I use MapMyWalk to track my walks and share them on Facebook. Then I use the tracking page on Spark to enter it into my log. Saving my regular walks was super easy. <BR> <BR> I have noticed a large discrepancy on calorie count, though. Spark and MapMyWalk both agree that I weigh 109.7 kilos, age etc also the same. They both agree that I walked 3.5 km, and that it took 42 minutes. <BR> <BR> But MapMyWalk says it was like 340 calories and Spark says 240. For such a short walk that seems... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 22:40:07 EST need suggestions So first of all,I just want to tell everyone sorry,for not being on here in a while,I have been dealing with a lot of family issues, I did have a job taking care of my mom, I hurt my back really bad 2 years ago,I have 2 ruptured disc in my back and a pinched sciatic nerve,I have lots of pain ect,I am diabetic,I was just put on a low carb diet,but it's the exercising that I am having trouble with, is there any thing that I can do with out hurting my back more. thanks debbie Tue, 11 Oct 2016 20:11:23 EST Question about Sparkpeople "calories burned" apps Hi, I do a lot of interval training, right now my long run is 9 miles, but I do the Galloway method, so I walk (at 2.5 mph) for 3 minutes, run (at 5 mph) for 5 minutes, walk (at 2.5 mph) for 3 minutes, etc...for the duration (with a cool down). I'm having trouble finding calorie calculators, I found (by Googling) the Sparkspeople "how many have I burned at 5 mph", and "how many have I burned at 2.5 mph", but I want to increase speeds (incrementally, like "5.5 mph", then 6, then 6.5") over ti... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 18:11:37 EST Question about Calorie Consumption While Exercisi So, my normal calorie range I'm eating while losing weight is about 1500 calories a day. I do a lot of running. So, let's say (like today) I burned "619" calories, and I "can" add that to my consumption. My question is, "how does adding those extra calories affect weight loss, does it slow it?" If I burn (as per example) 619 calories I NEVER eat 619 calories more, *maybe* 200 more. <BR> <BR> Opinions? Inquiring Mind Wants to Know? <BR> Thanks :D Tue, 11 Oct 2016 18:06:04 EST Losing weight gained from anti-d's Hi everyone, last year i managed to lose 42lbs through diet an exercise, i then had to go on escitalopram for depressionand panic attacks and despite still dieting and exercising i have gained back 30lbs since March this year. I have been to my dr's several times about this and just get told theres nothing they can do. <BR> <BR> I am off the meds now since mid sept, i eat 1700 cals a day and do a minimum of 1hr varied exercise a day (cardio, weights, jogging,pilates) and I am very active i... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 17:39:33 EST Fitness Tracking with Fitbit How tracking fitness work with a Fitbit? I have my Fitbit synced with Sparkpeople. So if I walked today do I record it if there is a automatic entry for "all day activity," only record weights separately? Mon, 10 Oct 2016 21:29:43 EST JNL Fusion - Anyone done it or doing it? JNL Fusion - Anyone done it or doing it? I was hoping to chat with some people that are familiar with the program. Thanking you in advance :) Mon, 10 Oct 2016 15:04:38 EST do you count housework as part of your exercise? I'm thinking about counting housework as part of my daily activity, I think it would motivate me to do more housework AND exercise. I would only count strenuous housework probably, not the really light stuff. Mon, 10 Oct 2016 15:03:06 EST upper/lower split without deadlifts? I'm trying to switch over to a split workout, but I would like to avoid deadlifts (or any exercise where I'm lifting without a straight back). Not that there's anything inherently wrong with the exercise, but I don't trust myself to consistently keep my form and back injuries run in my family. This is the workout I'm trying to customize to my needs: <BR> <BR> UPPER (day 1/day 4) <BR> Bench/Incline bench (dumbells) <BR> Row/Lat Pulldowns <BR> Dumbell shoulder press/dumbell shoulder press <BR>... Sun, 9 Oct 2016 16:30:40 EST anyone use a chest strap hrm? I have been doing some research on HRMs and am trying to decide what to get. I'm about to start adding HIIT into my routine and I want to have an accurate measurement of my heart rate. Based on what I've read, none of the wrist monitors are that great when it comes to tracking high activity. So, I'm planning on getting a chest strap. I don't bring my phone to the gym, so I would also get some kind of watch that could link to it so I can see my heart rate while I work out. A secondary use is t... Sat, 8 Oct 2016 18:16:03 EST Hip joint Trying to keep up with the treadmill, but will have to go to the cycle due to pain in my hip when doing exercises vs. day off time. Not going to lose ground. Sat, 8 Oct 2016 17:58:36 EST Distance Tracker Wrong Every day I chart my steps, and also under exercises I enter Walk and then <BR> the number of minutes, miles, yet the distance tracker does not show them, <BR> Why? Sat, 8 Oct 2016 16:22:36 EST How do you track your miles you ran/walked on here I have it as one of my goals and I can put into the exercise how fast I was walking and how long but see no where to put my distance in so it looks like I am not walking anywhere. My steps are updating but not my miles it is frustrating. help would be great. Fri, 7 Oct 2016 19:56:06 EST What are some good lower back exercises? How do I get rid of my lower back fat? Thanks Fri, 7 Oct 2016 11:44:52 EST Candy-Crusher Workout Just did the candy-crusher workout but I'm not sure how to track it on my fitness tracker. Any ideas? Fri, 7 Oct 2016 11:15:17 EST 335 lb 25 yr old woman... how do I even start? I've been chubby all my life. My chubby I mean like 10-20 pounds overweight. Slowly, it's progressed to where I am now, morbidly obese. I feel like I lack the discipline to change my lifestyle although I'm in dire need of it. How do I start this when all I've ever eaten is what taste good, never caring whether or not it's healthy? And I'm not very active, I dknt know what to do, i end up just walking around. I need some real advice from people that have started where I am and met their goals... Fri, 7 Oct 2016 01:19:41 EST Fitness tracker steps how can I change my steps from 6000 a day to 10,000 a day? Wed, 5 Oct 2016 11:33:03 EST working out at home <em>213</em> I workout at home, and I just want to ask, that how much shall I workout to lose say 1/2 a kilo a week? <BR> I have a treadmill and light weights. Just recently, I started squatting and lunging. (I need lot of improvement as I still shake!!!) <BR> Are there any of you here, who workout solely at home? Can ou possibly share what you do? <BR> <BR> In short, people say (By people few health coaches) that losing 1 kilos is achievable but, I'm not sure how to do that? <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 09:13:35 EST Specific Exercise what exercise firms and tones the rear? <BR> Wed, 5 Oct 2016 00:16:50 EST How do u start & stay commited to a workout plan? I feel ready to start a workout program for myself and bad healthier overall and stay commited to it ... although at the same time I struggle to stay motivated sometimes. How do I stay on track once and for all and make a commited change? Tue, 4 Oct 2016 18:51:51 EST Does your company have a fitness program? Just curious who all out there works for a company with a wellness/fitness program and/or onsite gym? If so - what does the program entail? <BR> <BR> At the company I work for we just started a pilot program to increase fitness - called COMMIT. The 70 participants all got complete metabolic bloodwork, a fitness test, a 12 week workout program, and a nutrition book. We also have lunch-n-learns and an online chat group. Tue, 4 Oct 2016 17:56:46 EST Swimming and water aerobics I am just looking for some help calculating the accurate calorie count for swimming. Last night I did 60 minutes of lap swimming, and it says that I burned 833 calories (I was going at a slow pace). Today I am doing water aerobics and it estimates for 60 minutes around 550 calories. There seems to be a lot of discrepancies as far as how many calories swimming actually burns. I do not have access to a waterproof heart rate monitor. <BR> Are there any tips or suggestions to help me figure out... Tue, 4 Oct 2016 11:50:15 EST HELP!!! I need advice on where I need to go in regards to my nutrition and workout routine. <BR> <BR> I am a 28 year old male, I'm 6'2, 232 pounds, with approximately 28-32% bodyfat. When I was 17 I joined the United States Marine and served four years, I then served an additional 5 years as a police officer. While I was in the service my weight was always around 195-205, I was slender, athletic and in runner shape. In 2008 my weight got up to around 220, I was still pretty fit but gained extra fat... Mon, 3 Oct 2016 19:08:15 EST Scared of dogs on my walk. I like to walk in the country but I thought it might be similar in the suburbs. A lot of houses have dogs and some are not fenced in. Some are fine and well behaved but many bark and growl at me. Last night one came within three feet of me, barking and growling. The owner never came out to call them off. They chase me for many yards down the road. One person told me to just ignore any dogs, but the problem is that the last time I did that one actually came up and nipped at me, and put a h... Mon, 3 Oct 2016 09:54:00 EST Anyone ever pull or tear a stomach muscle? I'm not looking for medical advice, just wondering if anyone has experienced the same type of injury. I started doing a more physically intense exercise dvd and had a sudden sharp stabbing pain in my abdominal area. It's a small area and was tender to touch. Dr. said I most likely tore the muscle a little and it should heal fine with rest but it's been 3 weeks and I've had to severely limit the amount and type of exercises I've been doing. If I try to increase my activity much, it starts back... Mon, 3 Oct 2016 09:14:48 EST Looking for Calories burned on Weight Machines Does anyone know of a link to get adductor, abductor, <BR> row, leg press, lat pulldown, etc . I track the weights, time, but <BR> need the calories. Mon, 3 Oct 2016 08:31:55 EST Did you blow your fitness plan this summer? My highest weight was 275 lbs and my lowest was 167 lbs Currently I'm off my lowest weight and find myself needing to lose a few pounds. Take note I didn't want to get back on scale and see the damage until I have a sense of control and stop the creeping weight. The scale I have been using is my pants and they are very snug to the point of being painful. I gave away all my old clothes and at this point if I don't get things heading in the right direction I will need to go up a size. Most... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:50:20 EST One unrealistic challenge We live in northeast Tx. Hard to find a mountain to climb for any length of time much less 15 min. I used my treadmill and did a 5 degree climb for 15 mins. hope that worked. <BR> Some of the challenges for some of us older people is difficult to achieve. You need to have more 55+ challenges. Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:18:44 EST 4 year old who runs 5 km daily I run 5 km with my 4 year old daughter daily. She turned 4 last week so was running 5 km as a 3 year old as well. She runs a roughly a 10 min/mile. We run 5-5 1/4 km in 30 min. on indoor track, She has been doing it since she could walk and has been gradually been building up the distance. Have had mostly positive feedback and a small amount of criticism. Would welcome comments! Paige in the great white north. Thu, 29 Sep 2016 23:53:52 EST How long before results?? So, the last time I made a concerted effort to lose weight I was about 7 years younger, so I know things are different this time around, but I've been working out for 3 weeks now (3 days a week, a full hour of high-intensity aerobics a day, coming from doing basically nothing) and my weight hasn't budged a pound. After the first week I was down half a pound, but after the second week I was back up, more than half a pound! After the third week, exactly the same as the week before. So, no loss ... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:47:15 EST who else ordered the smart bracelet thro SP site? I really thought the product would be good as it was sponsored through this site. Terrible decision and damaging to its credibility. It is so cheap it is laughable. It cannot be connected to anything, brochure is written in chinese and marginal, marginal English. I only registers 1 out of 5 steps. Such a piece of trash I should have known better. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:47:13 EST Any yoga lovers out there? The Spark Team "One Minute Yoga (OMY)" is back up and running! If you love yoga, come and check us out: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Each day, we post one pose for the group to practice. It's that easy! <BR> <BR> <em>414</em> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:39:47 EST What kind of exercise can I do? I'm 52, so I know exercise is important, even though weight loss is really 80% diet. <BR> <BR> My body is always achy and my back is always tight. I figured it would be much worse if I stopped exercising. <BR> <BR> For the most part, I was doing Denise Austin videos. I like her the best. Sometimes I would do yoga, sometimes cardio, stretching, etc. Sometimes I would use the exercise ball or 3 lb weights or bands. I've also tried PiYo and Country Heat. My point being, I have tried many dif... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:49:21 EST Anyone near Vineland, NJ looking for workout buddies near vineland Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:48:25 EST Modified Planks hurt shoulders I can barely get to 30 seconds without my shoulders hurting me! I try to do 3 "sets" of 30 seconds each but it's hard. How does one get to one minute let alone 3 without their shoulders killing them? lol What might I be doing wrong? <BR> <BR> I do try to keep my back straight as I can and do not shift from one arm to another. I also try to keep my butt straight too. ;) Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:03:24 EST So mad at myself for not exercising today! I exercised on Sunday, doing an abs and cardio workout. My thighs are still aching today. I took a break on Monday. I was supposed to exercise today but I got tempted to watch Korean drama with my Mom. <BR> <BR> I was really tired the entire afternoon, I spent almost the entire afternoon napping! I have just recovered from a bad sore throat. My throat is still not 100%. <BR> <BR> Now I have taken dinner and I have to shower and get ready for bed! I m so mad at myself for procrastinating! ... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:16:28 EST Pure Barre class I'm taking my first Pure Barre class tonight, organized through my local mom's group. If you've taken this class, please tell me what to expect. Any tips/tricks or info would be great. Thanks! Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:22:19 EST Struggling to build endurance? Running? Hi everybody! <BR> <BR> I need tips on building my endurance. I've always been a fairly active individual but I have never been good at running. Most days the best I can do is a single mile. I get out of breathe so easily, or i get really bad side cramps. <BR> <BR> I plan on joining the police academy next year and before I do I need to be able to run several miles. <BR> <BR> Any help is greatly appreciated! <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:12:39 EST How come I need a gadget to record my steps on How come I need a gadget to have my steps show up on the Leaderboard for steps? How come since I use SPARKS ,, that I can't record my steps on my exercise tracker and have them Automatically be recorded through my exercise tracker onto the leaderboard for steps? <BR> <BR> Just seems it SHOULD. We have members who can't afford to buy any gadgets, than there are those like me, who can, but do NOT like gadgets. It's ALL I can do to try to understand my computer and phone, but to try and under... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 23:11:37 EST Squish Squish I've been completing my long runs in my half marathon training plan outside in the mornings (start between 730 and 9). Granted, I live in Florida, but, whenever I get to around 6 miles, I start getting sweaty squishy shoes. <BR> <BR> It isn't my feet that are sweating, but I think rather my legs sweating into my shoes and sweat from my arms falling onto the tops of my shoes. <BR> <BR> Anyone else have this problem?? And how do you deal with it?? <BR> <BR> It doesn't give me blister or make... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 16:28:24 EST Just bought a fitbit! What do you use yours for? After wanting one for years, I caved today and made the investment in a Fitbit Charge HR. I'm excited to use it to its full potential. Do you have a fitness tracking device, and if so, how do you use it? <BR> <BR> As a sidenote, I know that I don't need it to lose weight. I just wanted one and invested a little bit in me <em>41</em> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 22:50:03 EST Flexibility Hi! <BR> One of my greatest problems is having very little flexibility. It is very common for me to gain an injury, which has set my progress back many times in the past. Does anyone know of any videos or articles that teach how to increase flexibility through out the entire body? I would like to begin in October and would like to know of my options. <BR> Thanks! <BR> Have a great weekend! Sat, 24 Sep 2016 20:26:06 EST Need something? Do you need a top-speed treadmill to support your endurance workout? The 10 or 12 mph speed is best suit if you track 5 minute mile. <link> </link> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 00:08:57 EST Help why am i getting worst So i started hill walking and my time an efficiency has been improving, but the last 2 workout has sucked. <BR> I started out walking at a pace of 43 min/mile with my legs feel like burning while walking up hill walking up and down about 7 times. On day 15 i was walking at a 29 min/mile walking up and down 13 times. My legs start feeling the burn around the 5 time. <BR> <BR> The last 2 workout i was slowing down to 34min/mile and its painful walking up and had to take a few extra seconds to ... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 19:35:30 EST exercise for glutes My daughter told me to do squarts, preferably with a kettle bell, to exercise my butt area. I'm 66 years old, and my knees won't tolerate squats. What else can I do? I walk between 45-60 min. a day 5 days a week, but anything else I can to to target this area? Fri, 23 Sep 2016 18:27:30 EST new here -- question about weight loss Hey guys! <BR> <BR> I am new here! I made this because I need some help from everyone. <BR> <BR> I have been working out since the end of June and I have been weight training 3 to 4 times a week and HIIT one or two times a day in a week. <BR> <BR> When I first started, I started at 132 and then I dropped a little (128) and now I am at 134. I cannot seem to have a stable weight and I don't know why. I drink at least 8 cups of water, if not, more. Is this weight gain from muscle or fat? I s... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 15:19:13 EST I need help with exercises Hi I am looking for tips /advice on exercises I can do with a broken ankle, I have been doing sit ups, weights & push ups but looking for some more ideas to keep me motivated , I really don't want to put weight on as I was actually managing to lose weight before I broke my ankle, any help / advice will be very much appreciated. Wed, 21 Sep 2016 10:52:45 EST HELP! Forearm pain A few years ago I either pulled a muscle or tendon while opening a heavy (boiler room) door regularly. It had hurt for at least 6 months. <BR> I no longer use that door and the pain had gone away. <BR> This summer it's been touchy again. (maybe from swimming?) It feels good in the water, but hurts when I use light hand weights. I'd been using 2 or 3 lbs and tried to increase it to 4 and THAT wasn't a good idea for this arm. <BR> Can anyone tell me some massage techniques or other things to... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 22:18:10 EST Basic things I should know about calisthenics? I'm thinking about reducing resistance training and focusing on calisthenics. I don't have the strength to do any advanced moves. What are some things I should know? Things like how often I can train certain body parts, reps/sets, how to break plateaus etc. Tue, 20 Sep 2016 07:56:26 EST Cardio Or Body weight (strength training?) Hi there Spark Family <BR> <BR> <em>231</em> <em>361</em> <em>34</em> <BR> What workouts do you do and prefer! <BR> <em>9</em> <em>304</em> Mon, 19 Sep 2016 07:33:11 EST endomondo Hi I use the free mobile app Endomondo to track my walking. SparkPeople is able to connect to RunKeeper. I tried RunKeeper but went back to Endomondo. Can you connect Endomondo to SparkPeople <BR> aly Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:38:03 EST Need help coming up with fitness plan I have been struggling to get into the gym in our garage mostly because my husband loves to work out with me, but he wants me to do his workouts. <BR> <BR> I struggle with this because a LOT of his workout is weight lifting, which don't get me wrong, I need to tone up and I like lifting weights, but I feel it isn't right for me. I want mostly overall weight loss, which is mostly cardio, but he always wants me to do his workouts. <BR> <BR> I guess I just don't know where to begin to get pro... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 13:04:16 EST Sparker did not record Saturday! :O( I think I've had it with the little sparker. No issues with battery, tapped the sparker several times through my day and it would light up. Nothing is recorded.... yet it did Friday and today (Sunday). I do not have a smart phone. Does anyone know of what fitbit, or similar device would pair with spark people? I like the breakdown it gives each week and daily. Might be time to give up this little sparker, although I've loved it in the past. Thank you. <BR> Sun, 18 Sep 2016 12:38:12 EST Spliting Up Cardio So, I am not sure how to word this. I know that if you are aiming for weight loss 50-60 minutes of cardio a day is suggested. My question is, can you split that up into 2 30 minute sessions and get the same results? <BR> <BR> Here is way I am asking. I hate cardio and once I hit that 30 minute mark I am usually over it. I get a 45 minute lunch break, where I eat for 10 minutes and I walk outside for the remaining of the time. Then before or after work I pop in a DVD or jump on the treadmill.... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 18:02:49 EST Please help, Looking for a helpful Fitness App Thoughts??? Looking for a weight loss and strength training app. I need something thats really engaging, motivating and has a good community feel. I really wish there was an app that has original video fitness content. The apps currently on the market are either staged routines or glorified ebooks. I want something I can have a connection with. It would be awesome if there was an app that used fitness training/influencers and maybe even athletes/celebrities (that might be a reach lol). Some o... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 14:26:36 EST Exercises for Seniors Obviously the exercises/yoga poses are NOT made for seniors. If I could get into these positions--or even onto the floor and back--I'd be in less pain. How about providing some things that seniors in their 60s to 80s could perform? Most of us have bad knees and/or backs if nothing else. Help! <BR> <BR> Have you found any poses/exercises for senior beginners? Please share. <em>413</em> <em>415</em> <em>355</em> <em>414</em> <BR> <BR> Renie Sat, 17 Sep 2016 12:16:44 EST App that suggests alternative exercises? Help! Hi there, <BR> <BR> As a relative newbie to the gym, I use a workout app to guide my routine each day. However, the problem is that my gym gets really crowded and oftentimes the machine I need to use for a particular exercise from my app is being used. <BR> <BR> Does anyone know of an app with a feature that provides alternative exercises to work out the same muscle group as in the original exercise? <BR> <BR> I know that there are other workarounds to this issue (e.g., wait until the per... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 19:58:40 EST BEGINNER I have 50+ pounds to lose .. I do not exercise.. I get very tired quickly and out of breath. I have always wanted to be a runner, my whole life I wished and dreamed I could run long distances. Where do I start? I have heard of couch to 5k however, I think that is still advanced at this point for me. Fri, 16 Sep 2016 14:52:35 EST Workout wonders... I am trying to get a good routine for weights/weight machines. I want to lose weight - would love some toning. I just am not sure what to work out and when. Whole body? Parts of body one day, other the next? I am a 49 year old female - what do you do? Fri, 16 Sep 2016 09:01:36 EST how much do I need to workout? Hi all! <BR> I'm a SAHM, and I workout at home. <BR> Initially, I would just do cardio on treadmill- like 3 miles (in 60 mins!) etc. <BR> <BR> Now, I do more like 30-40 minute Hiit workout on treadmill (Close to 3 km) <BR> <BR> And-- some floor workouts! <BR> <BR> -arms, abs (that are 4 mins each ) <BR> <BR> -lunges,squats, plank, push-ups. <BR> <BR> I tend to three sets and ten reps! But, for the 4 minute workout I just follow the video and do it for 4 min! <BR> <BR> <BR> My details a... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 07:10:00 EST retention I am retaining water can anyone tell me what to do without taking a pill, unless there's a vitamin that will help.. Started to retain after my hysterectomy, HELP! Thu, 15 Sep 2016 12:23:48 EST Over exercising ?? Can you over exercised, if so how much is go much? <BR> <BR> I want to lose weight and have given myself a workout régime of walking my dog for 45 mins a day, using my running machine for an hour and then completing a workout from theT25 programme. <BR> <BR> I have changed my diet but do not seem to be losing weight but also the back of my knees seem to be like an elastic band and quite tight <BR> <BR> Had anyone got any suggestions? <BR> <BR> Any help would be really appreciated Thu, 15 Sep 2016 10:42:03 EST "heavy cleaning" and "strength training? Just curious, can time spent on "heavy cleaning" count as "strength training" minutes? Wed, 14 Sep 2016 10:48:35 EST Positive and negative movements A while ago I got a workout plan from somebody and I completely forgot about it until today and I was reading over it and got really confused and thought maybe you could help :D <BR> <BR> This is what it says <BR> <BR> Time-reps/rest = counts on positive and negative and then time in seconds of rest between sets. 2-4/45 Is 2 count positive movement, 4 count negative movements, with 45 seconds rest between sets. <BR> <BR> So my question is, what are positive and negative motions? Some of th... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 14:04:46 EST Exercise schedule with pain Hi everyone! <BR> I'm a newbie here and I'm young, but I have a lot of pain due to various conditions. I had given up on exercise for a long time, but recently saw someone where I work who can barely walk and still gives all of his effort toward exercise that he can do. I'm sticking to walking for cardio for awhile, but I would also like to get some strength training and flexibility work in there too (they will probably help me more, actually). I'm thinking some sort of yoga (not too long to ... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 11:26:52 EST Strength Training Dread I always dread my strength training sessions. I don't know why. I love my cardio...biking, walking, but my dumbbells at home. Anyone else feel this way? I think I just find it boring and just love being outdoors. I don't know. <BR> <BR> I only do ST twice to three times a week. I try to give myself a day between each session for my muscles to rest and get stronger. <BR> <BR> I do try to make it more enjoyable by using my earbuds and listening to my favorite tunes, but.. still boring and ... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 09:43:29 EST another day ate better, light, also another 4+ miles. Just have to watch too much night snacking. Mon, 12 Sep 2016 20:00:55 EST Yard Work I have been doing a lot of yard work, pulling weeds, raking, pruning trees. How do I account for this in Fitness? Sat, 10 Sep 2016 16:30:08 EST Fitness at 50 So I am close to turning 50...2 years away, and I am wondering what all you the same age do for fitness ? Sat, 10 Sep 2016 07:29:17 EST Can the Plantar Fascia Heal? Has anyone who has ever had plantar fasciitis actually heal from it? <BR> <BR> If you have, what did you do to recover/heal, and how long have you been pain free? Sat, 10 Sep 2016 01:08:52 EST I need help with accountability I am in the same boat, I am 5'4 and 235 pounds. I am looking for help staying in line I am a single mom and I think I have been over eating due to my broken heart from the divorce. I need an accountability buddy someone to text or email daily with, if interested just send me a message. Fri, 9 Sep 2016 15:15:16 EST Digital Pedometer How do I figure out my steps when using a digital pedometer? Do I multiple the number that shows or not? <BR> <BR> Thank you Fri, 9 Sep 2016 12:00:00 EST What Surprised You Most about Weight Loss? Hello, Sparkers! <BR> <BR> For an upcoming article, I'm looking for people who discovered something surprising after losing a good amount of weight. For example, were you surprised by people's perceptions of your weight loss? How hard (or easy) it was to keep the weight off? Shopping for clothes after weight loss? Any surprise discovery is welcome! The more specific and unique, the better. :) <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance! <BR> Melissa Fri, 9 Sep 2016 09:15:18 EST The fat burning zone vs. Aerobic exercise Hi, <BR> I have this ongoing debate with my swim trainer. He says the lower cardiac rate that is done for the fat burning zone helps a person lose weight more than if they exercise aerobically. To be honest I don't have the facts. Today I read something that perked my interest in "Trivia". I still don't understand the why of it. The end explains it, but not enough for me to clearly understand. Here's what I found in Trivia: <BR> <BR> The "fat burning zone" business is very misleading. It’s t... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 02:13:37 EST FITBIT over 15,000 steps If anyone averages over 15,00 steps per day, please add me! I need some new challenging folks to get me moving. I am very competitive. <BR> <BR> Thu, 8 Sep 2016 22:31:16 EST Video I don't know where or who to tell so I'm doing it here. The video keeping fit in your 50s,introduction to pilates,the sound does not work. Thu, 8 Sep 2016 15:58:59 EST Unable to do full workout Have you ever had this issue? It was a 30 min video, but I was only able to do 15 mins <BR> :( Thu, 8 Sep 2016 15:16:58 EST How to get a better butt? I started going to the gym February 2016 and my main goal was to lose weight, so i did a lot of cardio and have lost 20lbs, i still have another 10lbs of fat to go to reach my goal. In July i started adding weight machines to my workouts to help tone now that i have lost some weight. One of my biggest problem areas is my butt. I really want a nice toned big butt instead of the flabby pancake i have now. For the past two months i workout my glutes once a week using weight machines, bridges and... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 13:29:56 EST Insulin resistance I am not diabetic but I am insulin resistant. <BR> <BR> When you exercise your liver dumps glucose into your blood stream so that your muscles absorb it and it gives your muscles the energy to continue to exercise with out fatigue. In order for your muscles to absorb the glucose, the glucose needs insulin. They work together. <BR> <BR> Since I am insulin resistant, my muscles don't absorb insulin very well and in turn don't absorb the glucose that my liver dumps into my blood steam when I ... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 12:29:18 EST Daily activity vs. exercise I've been living in Japan for the last 4 years and don't have a car. In the past, I just biked to work and tracked that as my exercise but I recently moved to a bigger city where my daily commute is more like biking 2 miles to the train station and then walking another roughly 2-4 miles between bike parking, train platforms when I have to change lines, and work itself. I listed my daily activity level as sedentary since, though I teach, I spend most of my work shifts seated. However, I'm wond... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 09:01:06 EST Exercising In High Humidity Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> This is my first time writing here :) I'm just wondering, what kind of exercises do people do when it is VERY humid out. So much that it's hard to breathe. I'm the queen of excuses so I'm trying not find an excuse not to do any exercise today when I get home because it's going to be very hot and humid today. Thu, 8 Sep 2016 08:26:56 EST France weight scale hello, <BR> i finally found a old fashion scale to measure myself on over here - i could not deal with those high- tech -20 options - ones anymore .. took too long to push buttons <BR> <BR> but here, no pounds are done, only kilos- is there an option, to change my weight to this style ? <BR> <BR> merci :) Thu, 8 Sep 2016 03:47:29 EST Tendon Injury - Suggestions? Hi Everyone! <BR> Sorry if this is a bit lengthy! <BR> So almost two years ago I was running on my treadmill pretty regularly (C25K) and ended up with a partial tear in my Achilles Tendon (moral of the story: stretch before running). Eleven months later I ended up at the Orthopedic Specialist who put me in a walking boot (air cast) for four weeks on my left foot. It healed great but I still had a bit of inflammation after the four weeks. I was told to wear it longer if I felt I needed it,... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 19:39:22 EST Overweight and wanting to run. Hello everyone. <BR> <BR> I recently started to change my life, again, after several years of letting myself go, sigh. The change this time includes, or is supposed to include learning how to run. - without dying. :-) <BR> I downloaded one of the many 'Couch to 5k apps' on my phone. My first and second session were brutal, I'm not gonna to lie.:-) I did OK for the first 2 repetitions but not so good on the rest. I know it takes time, especially when you're 50+ pounds overweight, like I am.... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 17:56:44 EST Heel slippage in my trainers due to narrow heel I'm hoping someone will know of a good brand and style of cross trainer for a wide forefoot and very narrow heel. If I get a shoe that fits me well in the forefoot, the heel is too wide and is constantly slipping out. I've been to multiple stores in my area and no one seems to be able to help me. I tried the running store hoping they could help, but they could only help with running shoes and their help was mostly how to tie the shoes to prevent slipping. That doesn't work with cross-trai... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 16:14:15 EST plantar faciates Hi there, <BR> I have been suffering from plantar fasciitis for about 1 year now. Some days I am almost not able to stand on my feet, never mind try to exercise. I used to walk 6 kilometers a day, but I am not able to walk more than 20 mi now. <BR> Any suggestions Wed, 7 Sep 2016 14:28:11 EST "running" question I can now slow jog for 45 mins and I have started to work at increasing my speed. I have been doing intervals of 5 minutes of faster running with three minutes of walking. I am ready to add an additional minute to the running but then I need to increase my walking interval. <BR> <BR> The question is - should I continue with 5 minutes of running and try to decrease the walking time or should i increase the running time and then increase the walking time? Wed, 7 Sep 2016 09:29:31 EST "Simply Fit" exercise board Is anyone using this? Basically twisting but can used for other workouts. I purchased it but haven't really started a work out plan with it. <BR> Wed, 7 Sep 2016 09:28:59 EST Am I doing this right? Hi. I'm new here and had some questions about exercise. <BR> I recently starts walking to lose weight and I don't know if I'm doing it right. I walk back and forth on this small hill, total distance up and down is about 755ft I don't know the angle. I usually walk for about an hour, about 10x. My goal is able to walk 20x without feeling like my legs are burning and I'm out of breath. I will increase the distance after that. Unfortunately I can't post a picture to show how steep it is. <BR> ... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 20:48:02 EST Woo hop! And suggestions? Tons of thigh exercises yesterday! Sore I feel bruised! Inner, outter, and my knees. <BR> <BR> Made a goal of 30push ups and double leg raises (x3 ; 90a day) and 15 sit ups (x3; 45 per day) even on days off. <BR> <BR> What should I do for bicep exercises? I need to lose on waist, thighs, and biceps. (And hips but not focusing on it as goes hand in hand with waist and thighs). <BR> No exercise equipment. Tue, 6 Sep 2016 12:51:03 EST Walking outside in the winter I know it's a bit away but I would like to still walk outside in the winter (we get snow and cold!). Does anyone else do this? Tue, 6 Sep 2016 08:41:55 EST yoga - tone up and lose wieght? Do you think I will be able to tone up and lose weight doing yoga? and also walking? I just can't do those intense exercises like I use to at my age. Tue, 6 Sep 2016 06:24:45 EST Finding names of exercises on SparkPeople ... it's confusing! <BR> I recently started using gym machines for the first time and was noting down on my phone what the exercises are called - going by not only what my instructor was saying but by the pictures on the machines. But I am struggling to find the same things in SparkPeople exercises. The one in particular I am confused by is on the same machine I do a lateral pulldown, but standing and facing the machine, pulling the bar down until my arms at 90 degrees, then pushing it down a... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 01:29:37 EST Adjusting Kcals I recently realised that due to marathon training and intense boxing sessions I'm burning about 2800-3000 kcals a week according to sparkpeople. I've adjusted my fitness goals but my kcal goals haven't changed at all. Is that ok? Should I not be eating more to maintain repair etc in my body even if I'm trying to lose weight? I trust Sparkpeople, but I do feel hungry,even when I try to use lean protein and loads of veggies to fill up. Mon, 5 Sep 2016 16:31:04 EST I am burning fat... Not losing weight I am doing good with what I eat, and exercising, but I seem to be just burning fat and not losing weight. Believe it or not, I am discouraged. Today I went for a 2 hour, 14 mile bike ride in addition to doing over 13,000 steps (total over 6 miles) I have been back on this health kick since the end of July and I have only lost 9 pounds, and that was in the first 2 weeks. I have cut out sugar since I am pre-diabetic, the whole reason for my health kick, and I am stumped. Any ideas? My fitbit ha... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 20:38:17 EST Resistance band set Hi does anyone use the 11 piece resistance bands? If so are there any videos for them? Are they any good? Sun, 4 Sep 2016 17:13:26 EST had to change some of my exercises this week Had to slow down in walking, had to use cycle, and some other exercises I don't usually do. Bad though, went to Mexican diner and ate some sopopilse (SP?) Bad news, found out how much one of those things are. Yike!! No more Mexican!!! Sat, 3 Sep 2016 22:48:17 EST PICKING THE EXERCISE TO MATCH THE ACTIVITY ? I did 3 hrs at least of steady pulling very tall and short weeds/grass from the ditch in front of our house ,hubby just can't ( sick ) weedwack , so i did the next best thing ( i can't start the dumb thing ) I pulled and that took a lot of arm work and squats , so i picked gardening for 180 you think that was correct ? Thanks Sat, 3 Sep 2016 22:07:59 EST DOMS Does DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) get worse as one ages? Does it take longer to recover when you are older? I'm 67 years old and seems like that is happening to me. <BR> <BR> I am trying to incorporate strength training along with my half marathon training. Today I was able to hit my half marathon race rehearsal pace (11 min/mile), but my legs felt a little shaky after the workout Wednesday with my new personal trainer. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any suggestions for reducing DOMS or... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 13:26:44 EST Self-Guided Step Challenge: Just Check In team Come and join us on this K.I.S.S. step challenge. Rules are simple (of course)! <BR> <BR> Track and Post your daily steps and set weekly goals (that I know you will surpass). By "Moving It" you will "Lose It". <BR> <BR> The only other thing I can think of that is simpler is falling off a rock. <BR> <BR> PJB719 (Pam) Just Check In Team Leader & Peer Fri, 2 Sep 2016 14:37:47 EST Isolating with pain my hardship begins with cold temperatures which are around the corner..i feel lousy and keep totally to myself. there isn't enough tea in China to get me out of the house during a snowday. can't get enough heat, or sleep! what to do??? is all I am asking. Fri, 2 Sep 2016 08:56:59 EST Share your work out routine? Hey guys I'm looking for a work out routine. I need to start exercising more but I don't have any clue where to start or what to do. I gained a lot of weight in the past year and a half so I need to over all lose weight but especially in the areas I gained it in the most which would be mostly my stomach, arms and thighs. So anything that will be good to start working on those area's would be great. <em>344</em> Thu, 1 Sep 2016 11:39:06 EST knee pain does anyone know any exercised to build up knee strength? Thu, 1 Sep 2016 10:19:17 EST Am i ready to run? So i try to walk alot usally 3 plus miles 3-5 times a week. Im about 250 pds .I could walk for hrs and sometimes do. I'm really thinking about trying to run. Since im bigger i would love some opinions about running for plus size and how you started out. Thank you Thu, 1 Sep 2016 03:37:24 EST Turbo Jam Is anyone currently doing turbo Jam Wed, 31 Aug 2016 13:36:32 EST getting around again Well, not walking on treadmill, but doing stationary bike for exercise. Not real fond of it, but uses calories and controls my weight. Wed, 31 Aug 2016 13:04:11 EST couch to 5K I heard of this from a fellow spark member and decided to do this. I have wanted to run a long time and I think this is the spark I needed. Did the first session tonight and I feel good about it. I hope the motivation sticks with me. It was hard to run all of it but I paced myself at the end and decided not to give up. There is a Sparkteam dedicated to it which I joined tonight. So wish me luck!! Have a good evening Sparkfriends!! Tue, 30 Aug 2016 22:40:31 EST wanted more My foot hurts today, had to limit all exercises. Did minimal. Not happy with it, but just cut back on portions of food. Tue, 30 Aug 2016 12:36:24 EST Must I push myself? I've recently found some 30 minute workouts. Sometimes, I feel so lazy to exercise that these come in handy, because some exercise is better than none at all, right? <BR> <BR> I do have 40, 60 and longer workouts that last for more than an hour. <BR> <BR> So, my question is, should I push myself to workout for an hour or more on the days when I just don't feel like working out? I find that I really feel tired when I workout for an hour or more! Tue, 30 Aug 2016 06:16:38 EST Not liking HIIT I've heard that HIIT workouts are the best for burning fat! <BR> <BR> But I just hate doing it! I prefer dance workouts! <BR> <BR> But I need to lose fat! So, should I force myself to do HIIT? Tue, 30 Aug 2016 05:50:07 EST Silver Sneakers I just started Silver Sneakers circuit. Does anyone else do this and how do you track it? Thanks! Mon, 29 Aug 2016 21:38:09 EST Encouragement... So I have been working out since June. I go to Orange Theory twice a week and burn 500 calories then I do hot yoga once a week. (I am not sure what I burn there but I believe it has to be close to 400). This last week I upped it to three times at Orange and 2 times at Yoga and still I am not losing weight. I also quit drinking alcohol (was drinking 2 to glasses of wine a night) and I started Isagenix. I am positive I am getting less than 1500 calories a day this last week and I know I normall... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 13:38:38 EST sparkpeople message today in my yahoo mail. Today in one of my sparkpeople messages in my yahoo mail inbox there was a advertisement. from it was about a sale on wrist style pedometers with 2016 upgrades. some with orginal prices as high as $129.99 currently at 24.99 called Upgraded Version Smart Bluetooth Fitness Bracelet. <BR> <BR> What I'm wondering is if anyone else has purchased any of the pedometers from there and how well they work. And if anyone else had the same email today and if they are planning on buying from ... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 12:17:02 EST Best Activity Tracker I've been wearing a Nike Fuel band for about 2 years and while I love it, Nike isn't selling it any longer and won't be updating the app or the website. Not sure how long they'll support it either. <BR> <BR> Think I need to change and want suggestions. I love Nike because it tracks intense minutes, calories burned, steps, and reminds me to move every hour. What other activity trackers do this? Looked at the Spark activity tracker, but it's not longer available. And BTW, the calories ... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 21:55:37 EST Fitbit paired with spark I synced spark and Fitbit together. My fitness calories is 490 for the day. I never used Fitbit with spark before. Do you feel the fitness calories are accurately? My total burn with Fitbit is around 2500 each day. Is 490 reasonable or too high? Sun, 28 Aug 2016 20:21:56 EST Pilates rebounder I just bought a Pilates Rebounder on clearance from QVC. I did some research before I bought it and reviews were good. I am looking forward to trying this type of exercise! Right now the 70 pound box is sitting at the bottom of the steps waiting for hubby to take it upstairs. <BR> Any one have one? Likes? Dislikes? Sun, 28 Aug 2016 10:24:57 EST resistance bands Can I create my own resistant band workout? And how do I create one that will actually work? Sat, 27 Aug 2016 22:11:32 EST Esercising with a broken leg I just found out yesterday that what I thought was a pulled muscle is really a broken leg. I'm not allowed to put any weight on it. What kind of exercises can I do? Sat, 27 Aug 2016 08:47:57 EST Calories automatically adjusted to exercise Hi all, <BR> I am just returning after a long time, but what I want to know is if the system will still adjust calorie range based on the amount of exercise each day. Sat, 27 Aug 2016 02:15:06 EST Improvements I've been using me to transport myself lately, shopping, going to the gym. Like everybody I've been driving for a very long time, always had a vehicle to transport me, now I have a vehicle that I have to propel to transport me. <BR> I feel better, I feel motivated, I feel improvement in my stamina, it continues to increase. Many will say, not for me, I need a car to get to my doctor, shop, but if you condition yourself you can do it in stages, leave the car home, try to use your body to move.... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 08:50:08 EST Climbing Stairs Tracking How do you track climbing stairs? Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:48:41 EST Virtual game apps for pedometers? I purchased a cheap pedometer from the clearance section of a store this month and it never worked so I'm deciding on gettign a good one. The only reason why I purchased it was because it was like 50 dolalrs and they sold it for like 3.00 and the style and virtual stuff looked cool. Take so many steps to reach the top of the castle tower and stuff like that. <BR> <BR> Here's what I'm wondering is there apps for pedometers like fitbit zip. Or others. I want to get a fitbit zip or a wrist wea... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:05:18 EST Calorie tracker Since spark People has not real calorie counter to help determine weight loss and calories burned I looked online and I located this site <link><BR>te/cbc </link> By entering my minutes used on a variety of categories it calculates the calories burned each day including BMR (resting rate) and sleeping. I then take it and place it into my fitness tracker to calculate actual calories burned each day. Since there is no way on Spark People to actually track ... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:19:43 EST Turn my commute into a training plan I ride my bike 30 miles round trip to work almost every day in good weather, which in reality works out to 3-4 times per week in the summer months. The 15 miles one-way takes me about an hour with the traffic lights, intersections, etc. I'm finishing up my third summer with this commute. <BR> <BR> The first summer, simply biking this much resulted in some weight loss, and significant fat loss, muscle building, and fitness. Over the winter (when I ride less), my body composition changed back... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 05:03:46 EST Help For Calluses When Lifting Hi, Has anyone tried Cobra Grips for lifting weights? I have severe calluses on my hands, and was thinking of ordering a pair being that they have them specifically for women. Any thoughts? Thanks. Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:54:47 EST New to Strength training Any advice would be appreciated. I am planning to start with my gym's Ladies-Only weight room and use the machines there, but I don't know yet what weight to start with. Wed, 24 Aug 2016 12:44:38 EST Destroyed Knee -- what to do? On Monday, I tore the ACL in my left knee. I also pulled a muscle on the opposite side of the knee. <BR> <BR> Any exercises (gentle) I can do to help rebuild and strengthen the knee whilst I recuperate? Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:53:30 EST Vionic Shoes..... Has anyone tried them/use them? <BR> <BR> I'm so hoping these will be my saving grace when I pick them up! <BR> <BR> My fitness has declined greatly bc of my horrible Plantar Fasciitis. <BR> <BR> I get cortisone shots when I can from doctor and see him regularly. <BR> <BR> I'm to the point once again of almost being on crutches bc I cannot put pressure on my left heel. <BR> <BR> I sure miss all my park walking and even indoor fitness! <BR> <BR> I used to walk 2.5 - 3 miles at our be... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 18:09:39 EST Best cardio machines? I would like to invest in a cardio machine-either an elliptical, stationary bicycle or a walker (I.e Norditrack). Does anyone have any feed back as to what might be the better investment, fitness wise, as well as investment for my money. <BR> I want to get something good, that will last a long time. I appreciate the input. Tue, 23 Aug 2016 16:07:21 EST question re exercise Can you help me with that kind of exercise would help with bursitis in the hips. <BR> I can not get on the floor for anything as my knees wont work getting me back up but need to find some exercise that will help heal this problem Tue, 23 Aug 2016 14:50:40 EST Simple exercise to reduce belly fat In this era of fashion we all are conscious about our health. Making us fashionable first and foremost it is important to maintain our figure, reduce extra fat, having healthy diet and of course a routine life. Belly fat is a very common phenomenon regarding extra fat issues. Some simple exercise could be helpful to reduce belly fat. <BR> 1. Nothing burns belly fat faster than crunches. Lying down flat on a mat and lifting legs off the floor at a 90 degree angle and taking deep breath is a ve... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 05:48:04 EST Anyone else never feel the "rush"? All over the media(internet, TV, even magazines), any expert claims that exercise = feeling better. I've always been an active person, to be honest I could never sit down. However, recently, I've been trying to fit my body for show(aka a diet and some new exercises.) <BR> <BR> Anyway, no matter how successful I am with my routine, I've never felt "better". Exercise has never made me smile or feel "happier". Some have stated they experience a Runner's High, which interests me because I've ra... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 22:04:31 EST Pain When Walking...Sometimes While at work, I walk on my morning break (about 1 mile). If it's not too hot I walk during my lunch hour (maybe 2 miles) and my afternoon break (another mile). I have no pain and feel I can walk forever. However, when I go for my 3.5 to 4 mile walks on the weekends my lower back and hips always hurt within minutes. <BR> <BR> For my weekend walks I usually get out of bed, get into my workout clothes and am out the door. For the weekday, my first walk is about 5 hours after I get out of ... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 16:30:56 EST What is this exercise? Can I track it? Just wondering if there is an "official" name for something I do in the pool? I take two foam dumbbells, make a plank, then bring my knees up and dumbbells back so that they touch. Then return to plank position. <BR> <BR> Is that a dumbbell crunch? Or... ??? I'd love to know so that I can add it to my fitness tracker. <BR> <BR> Thank you for your help! <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 20 Aug 2016 21:52:58 EST Work Equals Fitness? Hello. I work a physical job where I am a housekeeper, laundry person, and locker room attendant for a private fitness club and pool. I am constantly on the move not only walking but moving hundreds of towels (wet and dry) cleaning bathrooms and showers, moving and cleaning cardio, weight and Pilates equipment, mopping and running the sweeper. That is a basic description but gets my point across. I am working a sweat for the 6-9 hour shifts I work. Should I be tracking this as fitness in addi... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 02:37:26 EST Finding the time!!! So I am a single Mom who works full time (40 hours one week, 50 hours the next). I have my kids all the time except every other Friday/Saturday night. When I was still with my ex, I used to run every morning before he left for work. Now that's not an option. I used to go in the evening as well once the kids were in bed. Again, now not an option. Any suggestions on how to get motivated while being stuck inside??? My house is small so equipment is pretty much out of the question. Fri, 19 Aug 2016 16:30:56 EST Fitbit sync with sparkpeople and nutrition tracker Can anyone explain how this works? <BR> <BR> Right now my settings are: <BR> 1. Fitbit is synced with SP <BR> 2. Steps counted throughout my day are converted to calories burned in the fitness tracker. <BR> 3. As calories burned goes up so does the calories allowed on the nutrition tracker. <BR> <BR> As the calories burned goes up so does my calorie daily allowance. ..even though these are just regular steps I take in the run of a day. <BR> <BR> I want to keep it all linked because I do ... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 10:27:09 EST Starting tennis at age 40? Has anyone started playing tennis at age 40 or later? I'm signing up for some lessons and wondering if I'm to old to be trying to learn the game. Everyone that I know that plays have been playing since a very young age. Any advice would be welcome because I know almost nothing about the game. <BR> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 15:52:21 EST I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing and need Hey everyone. I'm new here. I guess a little info about me is in order. I'm 29, married and have a 3 year old son. I'm 5'9 and 230lbs and as you could guess I'm completely out of shape. I hate it. I did a health screening through work and turns out I'm on the verge of being diabetic. So I really want to get healthier since diabetes and heart failure run in my family. But I honestly just have no clue what to do. I don't know what exercises I should do, or when I should do them. My wi... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 15:33:24 EST Weight Vest/Flack Run How would I calculate calories burned during a run with additional weight added via a vest/flack jacket? Adding about an extra 20lbs (23 with camelback). Thu, 18 Aug 2016 13:50:48 EST Minor Injury; Requesting Advice Greetings, all. <BR> <BR> I took my first tai chi class this weekend and somehow managed to injure myself on the first form. <BR> <BR> Basically: with all my weight shifted onto my right foot, I tried to twist my body to the left; I ended up rotating all my weight on my right ankle and ended up feeling a sharp pain near the pinky toe of my right foot. I did this several times, trying to force my body to move correctly; the instructor did not stop me to examine my form when he noticed I was... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 10:24:49 EST Fitbit I need to replace my fitbit and was wondering if I should consider something different. when I started with the fitbit it was more to track steps. Now with working out more I was wondering if I should consider one with a heart monitor. Thought I would see what others are using. <BR> Look forward to some feedback Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:52:00 EST Calories burned walking? So I enter my mileage and steps each day into my fitness tracker. Why doesn't it translate into calories burned. How am I suppose to know how many calories I burned? It has an empty spot for calories but it does not automatically calculate. For example I walked a little over 2 miles for 60 minutes. When I entered the time as requested it does not show calories burned in the Fitness Tracker. Wed, 17 Aug 2016 22:24:39 EST Lower Belly Fat- It just won't go away! Back in October I weighed 185, and today I weight 148. I am so proud of my achievements- but I still can't loose the residual lower belly fat. <BR> <BR> I eat healthy, and exercise AT LEAST 5 days a week.. 30 min of intense cardio and 15 min of body resistance training. <BR> <BR> What else could i do to get rid of this stubborn belly fat!!?? Wed, 17 Aug 2016 21:45:59 EST Functional fitness I had a fitness epiphany the other day. <BR> <BR> My husband has muscular dystrophy which means that in 10 or 15 years, I will be his caregiver. <BR> <BR> Rather than a generalized, full-body strength training program, my question is: which muscle groups should I be targeting to ensure that I am strong enough to prevent getting injured as I care for a 200-pound man who won't be able to walk? <BR> <BR> I'm thinking legs, back, and core, but wanted to get some expert opinions. I figure my... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 21:40:36 EST Country Heat - Beach - tracking Since the country heat series is new it is not listed in Spark People. Thoughts on how to track it? <BR> <BR> Should I use something like Turbo Jam or 21 day fix? Wed, 17 Aug 2016 11:24:59 EST Problem with Google Fit / Android I've been using Google Fit to keep track of my daily walking times. I started out using it for my distances, but the _weirdest_ thing happened -- a fixed distance in Manhattan which Google Maps reports to be 1.5 miles, was recorded by Google Fit as about 0.75 miles, barely half of the distance (and my walking times supported the longer distance, at about 35 minutes). <BR> <BR> It's persistent, and I don't have a clue why it's working that way, but I don't feel like I can trust Fit for the... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 10:43:05 EST Bad Ad (Vionic / Weil) I need to complain about something, and I hope that the Spark management team is listening. This morning I received an advertising mailer from Spark, for "Vionic Footwear." It used a number of buzzwords, including "misalignment," and "biomechanical technology," and boasted the endorsement of Doctor Andrew Weil. <BR> <BR> Weil is a quack. I refer you to the following links: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <link><BR>/andrew... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 10:37:28 EST out of shape Having trouble with minor exercises like squats. Wish they had some videos for the simply out of shape people on the "how to's" Tue, 16 Aug 2016 21:44:46 EST Anyone Else doing Couch to 5K? I just started C25K and I love it!!! I just completed week 1 Day 3. Is anyone else doing it? Tue, 16 Aug 2016 14:29:43 EST Pool workouts?? I just moved to an apartment complex that has a pool! It's not a giant lap pool or anything, but I could do laps in it and am looking for other great suggestions for cardio and resistance training. Ideas? I'm thinking of jogging in the deep end, etc... <BR> <BR> Thanks!!! <em>26</em> Tue, 16 Aug 2016 12:30:24 EST anybody roll? (bjj) looking for some idea for exercise. <BR> <BR> I'm currently on my last rest week from ALC reconstructive surgery. Doc appointment is on Monday to start rehab. <BR> <BR> Looking for some exercise idea to help get knee bending correctly while I'm in rehab for the next 6 months. I'm sure the rehab center will be able to give me enough to do but I'm not confident they'll know what's drills people in bjj go through for flexibility Tue, 16 Aug 2016 07:33:15 EST Exercise when sick? I been debating about getting some exercise like swimming and using the treadmill and bicycle but I been having a cold for over a week now. I just been coughing up flim and I have no fever or anything. What do you think? Mon, 15 Aug 2016 21:52:56 EST Exercise With A Bad Knee/Chronic Pain/Arthritis I am 46 and have the knee of a 70 year old according to my Dr. I am too young to get a replacement so all I can do is deal with it the best I can. Once I have taken 8000 to 10000 steps it gets to where I am in so much pain I can hardly bend my knee, and at work I get that many steps in pretty often. So my problem is that once my knee is swollen and hurting finding the motivation to exercise is very hard. Any ideas from those with similar challenges would be welcome. Mon, 15 Aug 2016 17:53:15 EST Kettle Ball Info Sought I've been working out pretty faithfully since February. Most recently, I have been biking in the mornings before work. The tropical rains we have gotten in Florida are putting the breaks on early morning biking (don't want to ride in the dark with lots of standing water and downed tree limbs). <BR> <BR> I've been thinking about getting a kettle ball. What kind of experiences have you all had and how many calories do you burn? Mon, 15 Aug 2016 12:34:14 EST problems with SP stripping calories I use a Garmin Vivofit 3 as well as a 910XT watch for other exercises. <BR> <BR> Problem is with the all day activity on the fitness tracker. <BR> <BR> Take yesterday, <BR> walked 14216 steps <BR> 30 minute bike ride 4.5 miles 289 calories <BR> 68 minute bike ride 12.5 miles 634 calories <BR> <BR> that is 17 mile on the bike and about 7 walking Garmin showed 22 on its site <BR> <BR> When SP had got this the miles logged was 8 and the calories 294 + 113 minutes (I can't walk 8 mile in 2... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 04:14:13 EST Pushing vs. pulling? I've been reading about different arm exercises and a lot of articles say you should do one push and one pull exercise. What exactly does that mean? I'm struggling to ID which exercises are which and what makes them that? Sun, 14 Aug 2016 22:26:07 EST Fitness trackers I am in the market for a new fitness tracker. I know that I want one that measures heart rate. I am having a difficult time narrowing which one I want. If you have one, tell me which one and whether you like it and why. Thanks! Sun, 14 Aug 2016 07:21:30 EST Anybody did THE KNOT exercise routine for 6 months I have been doing these workouts for 2 months now. I am interested in knowing if anybody has done this workout and how was the end result? Sun, 14 Aug 2016 06:42:23 EST I met a good goal today First time I ever walked 4 miles in one day. Sat, 13 Aug 2016 21:56:51 EST Pilates I have been thinking about incorporating some Pilates into my workout routine. I was thinking of doing it once a week and do full body strength training 2x/week, and cardio on my other days. I know that there are a lot of resources online as well as DVDs that you can find in stores and online. I was wondering about how to approach Pilates. Are there specific moves that would be beneficial? Would the T Stand and Airplane Pose be Pilates moves? Any advice on where to begin or which DVDs and you... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 18:56:26 EST yoga for big gals hey everyone I wanted to share what i found on youtube while trying to find exercise videos I could do being 373 lbs [started at 389) and haveing hard time with alot of exercise. I found yoga for big gals its wonderful the ladies in the videos are big gals too so we can see what the pose looks like when we do it, and there are so many modifications for us if we cant get into a particular pose , and also it has given me alot more confidence seeing that there are others out there like me....hop... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 17:02:50 EST Need a new fitness tracker I just lost my SECOND misfit tracker. It worked well for me- it was simple, but tracked the basics, I could wear it on my wrist or on a clip on my shoe/belt/bra and it wasn't extremely expensive ($70). <BR> <BR> I really liked having a tracker, so I'm trying to figure out my next one quickly. The most important parts are A) cost- definitely under $100 and B) able to wear it places other than my wrist- I like wearing a real watch. <BR> <BR> What are your thoughts? What trackers do you lik... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 01:45:29 EST wanting to walk outside I started yesterday early A.M. walking 1/2 mile outside. Still way too hot to walk outside past 11:00 A.M. Did it today, also. can't wait for about 4 more weeks then I can go to the gym that has an outdoor run, so I can walk and do exercises in the same place. Fri, 12 Aug 2016 14:43:27 EST Seattle Area Workout/Accountability Buddy Needed Is anyone in the Seattle/North Seattle area? I need some motivation and accountability to workout and am hoping to find a workout buddy. I'm ~350lbs and want someone in a relatable place to help push/motivate me when I need it. Fri, 12 Aug 2016 10:20:40 EST Raining Outside I started a walk program but it is a rainy day out. Any suggestions? I don't own a treadmill or anything like that. Fri, 12 Aug 2016 10:13:25 EST Running/ Walking What are some good stretches for running/walking? I stretch but the next day I'm stiff and sore. Not sure if I'm stretching enough Thu, 11 Aug 2016 17:25:24 EST kettlebell training I have been thinking of going back to kettlebell training <BR> <BR> I'm kind of afraid to because I've heard it gives you a thicker waist? <BR> <BR> has that been other people's experience? Thu, 11 Aug 2016 16:58:11 EST Tracking Walking / Jogging Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I have a question about tracking my treadmill workouts. I have an Up Jawbone that tracks my steps taken and uploads to SP. So, when I do a 30 - 45 minutes session on my treadmill do I add that as a workout or just let Jawbone upload the steps/distance? <BR> <BR> I don't want to add extra mileage to my daily total but at the same time SP doesn't really count daily steps as a workout. (For me, at least right now, my treadmill is one of my main workouts). <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 15:51:03 EST How do I lose weight on my thighs? I've been doing HIIT workouts and running but the only time I ever saw them slim down a ton was when I wasn't eating enough calories a few years ago. Anybody have a solution? I've always had a relatively curvy body. Thu, 11 Aug 2016 12:28:49 EST How do you lose trunk fat? Last week, my employer offered InBody assessments. I have now had the first one done. InBody is an instrument that not only measures body weight and body fat percentages, but it also distinguishes between Fat Mass (FM), intracellular and extracellular water, and lean body composition. <BR> <BR> It turns out I have good Skeletal Muscle Mass but still high Body Fat Mass and that my trunk is the major source of the problem (171%). My overall Body Fat percentage is 28.2%, which is on the upper ... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 09:56:26 EST Walking at the Mall It's been too hot to walk outside recently. Does anyone here ever walk at the mall? Do you enjoy it? I can't go early in the morning because of work, but does anyone walk during more crowded times of the day? Do you feel as if people get in your way? Wed, 10 Aug 2016 21:20:06 EST Exercise question: Please share your experiences! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> One of our writers is looking for member quotes to be included in her story. Below is her question that she would like to get some quotes for: <BR> <BR> You're 40 minutes into your workout and the sweat starts pouring as your legs start screaming at you to please, have mercy and just stop this madness. What do you say to yourself to keep going? <BR> <BR> Please share your answers here by Monday, August 15th and we'll feature the best quotes in a new blog post! <BR> ... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 20:04:36 EST sore muscles. My friend showed me how to use a kettlebell for the first time on monday, she kicked my butt, but it was awesome. Yesterday, I was a little sore, so I took it easy and just did some treadmill walking at the gym. My body is SO MUCH MORE sore today, I want to go back with her tomorrow and work out again, any advice for alleviating this muscle soreness? Wed, 10 Aug 2016 12:03:18 EST Begining to exercise Has anyone else only been able to walk 5 minutes in target heart range in the beginninig? Tue, 9 Aug 2016 21:17:35 EST Looking for virtual running buddy? Hello :) <BR> <BR> I am new to Spark People and also new to Running (use to run more often but haven't for a long time, so starting over). Trying to find motivation and was wondering if anyone else was just starting and would like to help keep each other accountable on a daily basis? I'm planning to start the "Couch to 5k" program with hopes of running a 5k this fall. Tue, 9 Aug 2016 13:18:49 EST Spark Wearable Fitness Tracker? Is this still being sold? Tue, 9 Aug 2016 10:59:38 EST Sync with fitbit? Does spark people app sync with fitbit? Mon, 8 Aug 2016 21:31:41 EST still wishing Still wishing SparkPeople would have a more elderly exercise person doing a few elderly exercise routines. Mon, 8 Aug 2016 20:21:45 EST Need help with the exercise tracker I need help with the exercise tracker. There are exercises that SP shows ( for example 5 exercises for knees today) that I simply can't find on the tracker. How do you track these? Maybe I don't know what to call them? Mon, 8 Aug 2016 16:22:37 EST more motivation everyday i read an article on sparkpeople from the motivation section and it definitely keeps me motivated. Mon, 8 Aug 2016 14:10:52 EST Does SP have a store? I want a t-shirt with the Spark People logo on it. Can I get one? Can I legally have one made? Mon, 8 Aug 2016 11:17:48 EST fitness trackers Hi, I am looking for a reasonably priced fitness tracker that is accurate for heart rate, walking and cycling. Any recommendations? Mon, 8 Aug 2016 09:50:09 EST Best Online Fitness Plan? Hi all, <BR> <BR> I recently just joined my local gym, and I'm anxious to get my workout on! I received 2 free training sessions with my membership, but don't think I can afford to keep a personal trainer after my second session. I've looked into joining Nerd Fitness, but am wondering if there are better programs out there that some of you can recommend. I want to use the gym so I don't need something that doesn't require you to leave the house. Also, I hate hate HATE running/walking on the ... Sat, 6 Aug 2016 16:35:25 EST Need suggestions for a good walking shoe. I am looking for recommendations for a good walking shoe. My shins kill me when I wear sneakers. I can't wear sandals or crocs for miles at a time. So many makes/models out there, I don't know where to look. I don't mind spending money on shoes that will help me reach my goals. It just shouldn't hurt this much trying to get there. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. :) NugsMom... Sat, 6 Aug 2016 10:07:44 EST Extra Skin after Weight Loss I've gone from 245lbs (April 2015) to 165lbs (August 2016) and I'm more than happy about my weightloss, except that now I have extra saggy skin in 3 main spots: my upper arms, upper thighs, and stomach. <BR> <BR> I lost almost all the weight through diet alone, so I know it's my fault for not balancing the weightloss with exercise. <BR> However now that I've lost most of the weight my loss has slowed down and I've begun going to the gym. <BR> <BR> I do a little cardio on the bikes or ellipt... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 18:23:15 EST Planks in the pool? I hold a "pool noodle" under the water to hold a plank. Will this have a similar effect as a regular plank? How long to hold the plank? <BR> Is there a specific way to hold one's arms / legs for maximum effect? <BR> <BR> All help is greatly appreciated, thank you! Fri, 5 Aug 2016 11:35:40 EST Boxing for weight loss I used to enjoy kick boxing, one of the only things I kept up with for a good amount of time, my husband also would box. We bought a bag and stand, to add to our fitness routine. I have stubborn weight from last baby, and school but only a few lbs left to lose. I just want to know if any one has had any good results, or any tips? Thu, 4 Aug 2016 20:07:27 EST Night or Day? I love excerising in the morning but my time is so limited that it has forced me to do night time but now I am loving it. Which do you prefer? Wed, 3 Aug 2016 11:35:38 EST Live Forever! Well, maybe not forever. At least as long as you can, how's that? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-of-exercise-offsets-damage-of-sitting<BR>-8-hours/3438614.html </link> <BR> <BR> Notice that any amount you do increases your chances. You will also contribute to the global economy by not running up the worldwide bill for sickness and all that good stuff. <BR> <BR> Having said all that, I wonder if they took into account the increased chance of death or injury... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 10:16:51 EST What's result to body shape when lose wt? I'd like to read something from SP about what really happens when we lose wt. Where does the fat go? How do we fill up the excess skin after the fat leaves? I know fat doesn't "turn into muscle" what does happen? Tue, 2 Aug 2016 23:24:46 EST Which one would be better for losing weight? I want to be able to exercise indoors and am not sure which would be better for losing weight. A treadmill or an elliptical bike 2 in 1 cross trainer exercise fitness machine? Any suggestions or thoughts would greatly be appreciated. <BR> Thank you, <BR> PhatGypsy Tue, 2 Aug 2016 20:38:16 EST Is this my new happy weight? I have asked this question before, but I am not sure it was understood. <BR> <BR> I have gained 20 pounds in the past two years. The big thing that has changed is that I've gone from road running to trail/ultramarathon. Of course I am bigger everywhere, and I know a lot of it has to do with muscle. Should I still try to lose weight? It's like if I was a gymnast switching to Olympic weightlifting, some gain is going to happen. But is this my new happy weight? Tue, 2 Aug 2016 16:00:26 EST Totally changed exercise routing... I had been walking 2 miles in the mornings before work about 5 days a week. I recently changed my routine for a couple of reasons. Walking was getting boring, my bad knee was bothering more than before and I felt I needed to up my game so to speak. <BR> <BR> I have lost 66# and still have a long road ahead of me. If I could, ideally I could still lose close to 100#. I injured my left knee about 9 yrs ago and have bad arthritis in it now. My xrays from June show basically no cushion left. ... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 14:41:52 EST Any drawback to swimming every day? Hello, <BR> <BR> So, for my exercise I've been doing swimming. It's the easiest exercise for me at the moment because I'm very overweight. I've been trying to be more active this summer going to outdoor places like the zoo that involve a lot of walking. <BR> <BR> I've been swimming every day so far and since I really enjoy it and am able to listen to music while I'm doing it this has been pretty easy even though I do get a bit tired some days. <BR> <BR> I know that I've heard before tha... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 10:28:22 EST Running 4 Miles? Hi everyone, so I've set a goal to run 4 miles and I'm not sure how to get there. Any help and advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance! Tue, 2 Aug 2016 09:30:01 EST Biggest Loser Fall Challenge First of all, you will need to have a sparkpage made and set to public. <BR> <BR> Biggest Loser is the name of this challenge. 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 consist of e... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 13:13:21 EST EXCERICE IN THE OFFICE Hello, <BR> I need some ideas of exercises that I can do in the office that I work at. I work in a busy doctor's office and I work up front in the reception area where all the patients can see me. I am trying to find some exercises that I can do at my desk, up front, that will not be noticeable while I am doing them. I do not get many opportunities to exercise while I am at work and I would like to get at least 10 minutes in while I am sitting at my desk. Thank you Mon, 1 Aug 2016 11:22:35 EST fit bit can someone tell me how to add my fit bit miles on my spark people Mon, 1 Aug 2016 10:55:21 EST HIIT How do you incorporate high intensity interval training into your usual workout routine? Can you do it on your ow bat the gym or home or is a class absolutely necessary? I've heard it's the most effective way to train and lose weight and maintain weight loss over the long run. <BR> <BR> Sun, 31 Jul 2016 12:17:16 EST Why wouldn't you strength train?! <link><BR>/biggest-loser-weight-regain </link> Sun, 31 Jul 2016 11:21:55 EST Exercise Suggestions? I have very advanced arthritis in my knees, and kneeling/squatting is extremely painful. This also means that getting down on the floor is quite difficult, and getting back up is even worse. I've been looking through some of the videos on SparkTV, but am disappointed to find that most things I've found so far require squatting, getting on the ground, or jumping. Any suggestions for videos that don't require these things? I already walk and am looking for aqua-aerobic facilities in my area, bu... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 22:57:08 EST Howw should I start exercising? Is there a beginner exercising article on this site? I want to start to exercise but don't know how to start? Any help is appreciated <BR> <BR> <BR> Tammy Sat, 30 Jul 2016 13:30:38 EST Sore hip muscles Can anyone recommend some stretches for aching hips? I think I may have strained my right hip, near to the buttock through walking and now it aches when I get up from sitting. Sat, 30 Jul 2016 01:37:41 EST Spark People measurement form lacks uniformity :( I have concern about the measurement section in Spark People. <BR> I filled in my measurements in the section that says "Weight/Measurements". But when I did the calculations they didn't seem correct compared to the measurements from an older past date. I used a different calculator from a different site. There is no standard way to do this on Spark People? Each calculator site is different and gives slightly different measures. Below are examples on the Spark People form <BR> <BR> Measure y... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 20:08:10 EST Took off yesterday, but slow today I was tired of the exercise so I took off yesterday. Today was not enthused, but wife went with me to walk. It is so much easier to do exercise when I have someone with me. Thanks Ruth. Fri, 29 Jul 2016 19:34:40 EST Reassurance needed HI, <BR> <BR> I've been a SparkMember for about 8 years, sparking on and off at different times. Last year when I returned to work when my second son was 7 months, the weight fell off, I was still feeding him and expressing 500mls a day to begin with, which fell to about 200ml by the time he was a year. I dropped down to a happy weight of about 77kg. Christmas happened, then with careful eating and no more expressing, but feeding twice daily I got back to that happy weight. <BR> <BR> A coup... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 16:27:08 EST question about building muscle under fat I had a health issue a while back that left me at my highest weight ever when it was resolved about 5 weeks ago. So I started to do something about that. I've lost only 3 lbs in 5 weeks. My weight dipped down 6 lbs total and then came back up 3. When I take my measurements some of them have actually gone up except for around my belly which has gone down inch. (Yay!) But none of my shorts fit anymore. <BR> <BR> I've been doing a lot of weight lifting but not necessarily a lot of cardio. I'm ... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 11:29:36 EST Tracking steps I keep hearing about Fitbit and since I'm not into gadgets, this is all new to me. I mostly want to check my daily steps. Can I get something very inexpensive to just strap on or does everything have to be charged? Then, if so, how do you charge it? Again, I'm not a user of gadgets, have a basic computer and a very 'dumb phone'. Suggestions anyone?! Fri, 29 Jul 2016 09:41:45 EST When to take a break from working out I've been working out 3 days a week for 22 weeks straight now. I really don't feel like quitting as I enjoy it. I'm not tired of it or burned out by it. My workouts are all different. They vary in intensity. <BR> <BR> I'm just wondering if it is recommended to take a break after so many weeks. <BR> If so, for how long. I'm just afraid if I stop, it will be hard to get going again. It's now such a part of my weekly routine that I don't want to stop unless I have a good reason I can't d... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:38:41 EST The scale and strength training Hi guys <BR> <BR> I rapidly gained weight from 58 to 67 kgs by bingeing for nearly 2 months cus I focussed only on the scale and lost all my mojo realising I still had a stomach and a belly Nd big boobies despite being a low scale weight.. The lowest I'd been. Sure the whooshes and falls in the scale reading kept me going, but I wasn't feeling as good as the scale read. Long story short, I have over years of yo-yoing really lost muscle and gained tons of additional fat stores. Now I seriousl... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:17:52 EST Fluctuating weight without much improvement Hi there, <BR> <BR> Figured I would see if I could gain any friendly advice. <BR> I have been making a conscious effort to eat healthy most of the time (probably about 85%) for the last several months, along with walking a few times a week and an occasional more strenuous workout. <BR> My weight fluctuates like crazy, but I really never see any improvement. I'll have 5-6 great days in a row and drop down to 189, go out to dinner once with my boyfriend and be back up to 197 the next day. An... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 19:48:34 EST WHAT DO IN COOL DOWN What do you think?? <BR> <BR> its winter right now in aus, so its cold! on that note i will be wearing an extra layer of clothing to do my exercises outside and inside, i want to increase my bodies temperature so that it will get used to it by the time i start interval training in a month. <BR> <BR> what i want to know is if it is better to cool down inside my extra layer of clothes (eg jumper and trackey's) or is it fine to shed those extra layers when doing cool down exercises at the end... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 05:45:30 EST Fitbit Fitbit or no fitbit? Wed, 27 Jul 2016 02:45:01 EST over 4 miles Finally, did 4+ miles today, thanks to desire to do it and my wife walked with me for a little over 1 mile. Tue, 26 Jul 2016 17:58:35 EST Include commute in fitness tracker? Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> I recently started walking to and from work which is roughly 2hrs worth of walking round trip. Should I include this in my fitness tracker? I want this to become a regular thing unless its bad weather! Tue, 26 Jul 2016 16:29:48 EST How to track Daily Burn 365 Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> For those of you who use or have used Daily Burn 365 - how did you track it on the fitness tracker? I have found some old message boards discussing DB365 (all of them were over a year old), and even found some where people specifically asked this question, but none of them had a response to this question. <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance! Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:07:01 EST Taking off today. Planning to walk total of 1 mile. Started to feel guilty, but remembered what has been said about renovation of muscles. God took a day off after recreation. Mon, 25 Jul 2016 15:33:29 EST Exercising special condition I was excerising 60+ minutes a day on a brand new treadmill my husband got me but things went downhill from there, I started having horrible pain through my lower back and down my right leg, each day it got more unbearable with no relief. Saw a doctor, got x rays and found out I have grade 2 spondylolithesis. Walking, jogging, running are all out of the question right now. I want to continue my path to a healthier weight, does anyone else have this condition here that can give me safe exceris... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 04:02:39 EST Finally got close to 4 mi Did a little over 3.5 miles walking and treadmill. Most I have done in many years. Feels good. Sun, 24 Jul 2016 18:28:31 EST 15 Reps Max but No Next Day Muscle Soreness? With my current weights I experience muscle fatigue at 12-15 reps per set. However I never experience next day soreness. I know what that feels like because I once walked up & down several steps at a scenic site & I definitely felt it for the next couple of days. Am I still building muscle even if I'm not sore the next day? Sun, 24 Jul 2016 15:31:43 EST Frequency for muscle training workouts Hi, <BR> <BR> So I am trying to figure out an optimal workout schedule. My idea right now is to do three days of 1 hour cardio sessions and 3 days of weights/muscle training sessions each week, with a day of rest. I would alternate the cardio days and the weight days. <BR> <BR> I have divided my weight days so that the first day I do upper body, the second day I do lower body, and the third day I do core. This means that I only repeat training for a muscle once a week. Does this seem like ... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 13:40:27 EST Dorky/Cheesy Things At The Gym? Hi. <BR> <BR> My husband and I work out together/separately at the gym. We hate exercise but love the results. <BR> <BR> Yet, at times, I tend to get bored/distracted...and think some take this too seriously. Here's how you can find me: <BR> <BR> I'm the one wearing a tie dye t-shirt. When we first started working out early in the mornings (cardio), I also had on "Bozo the Clown" headphones on....I think there's a pic of me in my profile :0 <BR> <BR> If it's "weight night" I'm carrying ... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 22:47:10 EST Plus size work out gear I am struggling to find work out gear in my size. Not so much shirts, those are easy. But pants. I attend barre classes so I am looking for yoga type pants. But the kicker is, I need them for a plus sized body. I am in a size 18-20. Have any other ladies had any success in finding workout bottoms in larger sizes? If so, where, and would you recommend them? Fri, 22 Jul 2016 16:17:21 EST right amount of weight so I work out at home, how do I know if I am not using enough weight or using to much? Fri, 22 Jul 2016 09:43:21 EST You know you're making progress when.... You know you're making progress when...those 5# weights which killed your arms when you first started feel like 'feather weights' now... <em>362</em> <BR> <BR> OR, you know you're making progress when.... <em>23</em> <BR> <BR> Feel free to keep this thread going with your own fitness & exercise 'progress' lines! Thu, 21 Jul 2016 22:39:59 EST Fun Outdoor Workouts? Hey all! Lately my back pain has hampered my running (never really like running anyway!) and I have been looking for some ways to exercise outside. I recently bought a slackline which is difficult but very fun and a great core workout. Looking for any other suggestions that would be easy on the back. Thanks in advance. <BR> <BR> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 15:35:02 EST catch 22 I have bursitis in my hip. I need to lose weight to help alleviate the pain and walking is my exercise of choice - I'm a klutz so this is the safest. I am also 66 yr young. When I walk it hurts. Any suggestions? Wed, 20 Jul 2016 06:58:39 EST Depressed I don't know what to do, I want to get motivated but I just cant seem to get there :( :( :( Tue, 19 Jul 2016 20:22:11 EST weighing when is the best time to take your weight? I keep getting mixed answers and reasons. Thought I would see what others are doing. Tue, 19 Jul 2016 07:47:30 EST How much strength training is enough So I have a question. I recently started weight lifting and sense I am not the most coordinated person I have been following a plan from a very popular website. The workouts are about 5 days per week at the most. Each days workout targets about 2 different body part. Some of the suggested workouts will have about 4 workouts targeted to work the same area(so 4 different machines used each body part) and call for 3 sets for about 10-12 reps. So double this for the 2 body parts to work for t... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 19:49:54 EST feeling sick after exercise? Am I the only one who feels sick after exercising? <BR> I am not actually sick but I feel pretty green, i don't drink too much water before or during just a few sips every so often when my mouth gets dry then have a glass after. Mon, 18 Jul 2016 11:36:42 EST Question about water dumbbells and barbells I have been using these dumbbells in the pool: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> They are foam and weigh .66 lbs. Can anyone tell my what these weights "weigh" under water? Are they equivalent to 5 lbs? 10 lbs? I know that it's quite a workout and I am seeing rapid progress. <BR> <BR> But it's difficult to track. I've been tracking them as equal to 10 lb dumbbells. I don't know if this is accurate. <BR> <BR... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 11:00:18 EST Should I rest today? I really want to exercise right now but I ate something that didn't agree with me and now my tummy hurts! I've been to the toilet twice already but I still feel uncomfortable! <BR> <BR> I'm just worried I might have an accident if I were to workout today. I'm not making excuses, I really don't feel so good! Mon, 18 Jul 2016 05:54:52 EST Having issues with noticing weight loss When I started this I weighed 271 lbs. Now I am down to 255 (I'm 5'2 if that helps)but I have not noticed any weight loss at all. My scale says I lost weight but I cant tell. I still feel/look just as big as before. I have been walking almost 3 miles every day. Anyone have this issue or am I not doing something right? It's frustrating. Mon, 18 Jul 2016 00:54:17 EST Carbs burned vs Cals? I worked out a good bit today. I burned 400 calories with in total 1 hour of playing basketball. I have consumed 117g of carbs and 1300 calories today. I'm wondering how many carbs I burned? and if I need to add back into my system. I have tried looking for a calculator and haven't had any luck. Thanks! Sat, 16 Jul 2016 23:19:33 EST Need Help Building Exercise Plan Greetings, all. <BR> <BR> As I indicated in my profile, changing life circumstances have left me with abundant spare time and little interest in anything but exercise (with the goal of conditioning myself to learn a martial art). Though I would classify myself as a beginner, I took two semesters of weight training in high school and pay excellent attention to form; I am also familiar with yoga. I have approximately two free hours before work (I awaken at five AM every day) and two free hours... Sat, 16 Jul 2016 20:36:09 EST Still unable to do proper pushups! I do them on my knees and can't even go all they way down. My upper body, esp my arms lack strength. And my abs are really fatty! I wish I could look like those fitness models! With washboard abs and everything! Sat, 16 Jul 2016 09:46:36 EST Office Filing calorie burn? HI yall, <BR> Just curious but how much cals do u think ive burn doing office filing? <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Lu <BR> Fri, 15 Jul 2016 17:49:43 EST Which crossfit shoes would you suggest? I tried Reebok nano 5 but it was not too stable during intense wods...which crossfit shoes for women would you suggest? Fri, 15 Jul 2016 15:05:25 EST Disappointed in Calories burned Hi, everyone, <BR> When I got my membership I got a half an hour free with a personal trainer who developed a plan for me to do a mixture of weight machines with some cardio. After I am finished with my routine and input the weights and reps plus the cardio into the fitness tracker I am always very disappointed to see the low amount of calories I should have burned. I feel like I've had an amazing workout yet the numbers are so low. Currently I put in the amount of time I spend on the cardio ... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 13:14:04 EST Butt is uneven My butt cheeks are uneven and it bothers me. My right cheek is hanging low and a little saggy, while my right is not. It makes me feel concious about myself whenever i wear pants. Is there any exercise or medical advice to address this? Fri, 15 Jul 2016 10:12:36 EST I need a plan that will actually work Hey guys, <BR> I thought I would ask here for a bit of advice. I have tried quite a bit to lose weight and I know part of my issue is getting nutrition plus exercise to balance. <BR> My husband will eat some healthy food but not all the time. The same can be said of my children. I also can't afford a lot of the stuff we should be eating. <BR> <BR> I used to try to just workout daily and eat regularly. We make quite a bit from scratch, and cook practically every meal so I didn't think it was... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 09:41:51 EST Down to Goal Weight but Still Skinny Fat Hello all! I just hit my goal weight of 120 (actually at 119) dropping from 155 pounds. The weight really took a while to come off due to hitting a plateau for a whole year at 130-135. Doctor put me on a low dose of thyroid medication for hypothyroidism (though labs showed I was normal). That combined with my Vyvanse and eating an unhealthy amount of 800 calories a day dropped me down to 119 in 4 months. But now I'm skinny fat. Specifically my lower body which was the last area to see improv... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 09:24:57 EST spark activity tracker I wonder why the spark people stopped selling their activity tracker when they are available on Amazon. They cost much more there and are only water resistant as opposed to waterproof. What's up with that? Fri, 15 Jul 2016 08:40:34 EST How do i get rid of man "boobs"? Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm not sure if you could call mine manboobs but they are pretty flabby and unattractive. I'd like to know if anybody has any solutions to get rid of them? <BR> <BR> I've suffered with these probably since I was a teenager. I don't think medications are to blame either. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Thu, 14 Jul 2016 20:42:01 EST Incorporating more activity into my day The easiest way for me to add more activity is to take a walk. Exercise, for me, is going to the gym, Pilates, pool exercise or dance class. Some days though I look at my steps and see that I need to move more. A walk in my neighborhood gets my steps up and clears my head, a great combo. Thu, 14 Jul 2016 09:54:32 EST calories consumed minus calories burned Is there a way to show calories consumed minus calories burned on the tracker page? Wed, 13 Jul 2016 20:46:28 EST bike ride to xenia ohio anyone going to the Greene County Cycling Classic in Xenia Ohio ? About 20 of us from the Cleveland /Akron area are heading down south to partake in this awesome family bike ride that covers 60+ miles of paved bike trails. BEAUTIFUL. Wed, 13 Jul 2016 15:04:43 EST Help please? Does anyone know how to add a step tracker to my start page? <BR> <BR> Thank you in advance!! <BR> <BR> Trixy Wed, 13 Jul 2016 11:33:04 EST BMR changes? Why is it that my BMR changes on the reports? I was looking at my reports over the past weeks and noticed that my BMR changes on the Differential reports over time. I realize this may be an "average" but on the daily differential it states that my BMR is 2020 and on the weekly BMR it states that my BMR is 1569 on day, 1560 on another etc. I do have my activity level as active and haven't changed that. Wed, 13 Jul 2016 11:18:49 EST cheap equipment Author was talking of ways to save money on exercise equipment. These people seem to miss some inexpensive alternatives. Barbells - I have two empty milk cartons I cleaned out. Put water in them, now they are 7 lbs. each, barbells. Cost - the cost of cleaning the gal. cartons and filling each with 7 lbs of water. Wed, 13 Jul 2016 10:13:04 EST Not sure how to log my workout.... ...I did look. I just cant figure out which would be closest to what I did. Since the exact DVD I did is not on SP. I did Debra Mazda's Cardio Toning with Weights for the beginner for 30 min. <BR> <BR> This is the first time I have done exercise for that long and I REALLY would like to log it! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Here is a link to it on Amazon for those who are curious.<BR>Girl-Moving-weights/dp/B0026GDVAW/ref=<BR>sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1468418... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 10:04:04 EST upper body workouts for women? Can anyone suggests what's the best upper body workout for women? Wed, 13 Jul 2016 07:39:18 EST Arm ergometers I am a wheelchair user and I have a very basic arm ergometer. Absolutely, no electronics at all, just two peddles mounted on a base; allowing it to be peddled by either arms or legs while seated. <BR> <BR> I'm interested in SP "experts" thoughts on how to measure, intensity and or energy/cals used. I have done a bit of net searching and while most tend to rate it similar to a traditional stationary bike, (with ranges for light to vigorous intensities) some references ARE all over the map, ... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 19:45:54 EST Sport Bra Recommendations - Your ideas? I'd love a list of sport bra reviews. What do you like? <BR> <BR> I'll start: <BR> <BR> ENELL <BR> Sizes - many available <BR> General - Compression. Front hook and eye. <BR> Positives - Wonderful support. Very effective. <BR> Negatives - Doesn't lie flat under a shirt. There's a visible seam in the front. Fairly high coverage so it can be seen under a v-neck. <BR> Price - ? <BR> <BR> Tue, 12 Jul 2016 16:59:15 EST anyone wanna be fitbit friends? hi everyone, I have never posted on this slight before, so hello. <BR> has anyone got a fitbit? I would love some fitbit friends. Tue, 12 Jul 2016 16:29:53 EST More Bollywood Exercise Videos? I found a couple of Bollywood exercise videos on our SP site today, and they were so much fun AND I could actually do them. Is there a way I can request more of these types of workout videos from the SP coaches? Being 100 pounds overweight doesn't lend itself to a lot of the SP videos. :-( <BR> Thanks! <BR> Lori Tue, 12 Jul 2016 15:52:05 EST Barefoot running One danger that was not brought up when barefoot running. Running in sand!! What is sand? Silicon. What is one ingredient in glass - Sand.. Tue, 12 Jul 2016 07:25:47 EST post workout nutrition What's your favourite post workout nutrition? Tue, 12 Jul 2016 03:27:24 EST worked up about working out Hi Guys <BR> <BR> I'd been on a 500/600 calories, poor nutrition diet and lost 14 kgs over 3 months, and gained back 7.5 kgs of those in a month of binge eating. Post counseling, I'm eating about 850-1000 a day (slow increments) and doing light cardio 4 days per week for 60 mins each. My question: <BR> <BR> 1. Due to my blind attachment to the scale reading, I need the weight going down to keep me going. I weigh in twice/week. If I start Strength Training (alongwith 30-40 mins of moderate c... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 00:53:40 EST exercising with arthritis What kind of exercises can I do? My knees hurt even when I just walk. I tried riding my bicycle, it just hurts too much. What are good exercises that won't hurt my knees so much? Mon, 11 Jul 2016 19:38:15 EST Podst WorkOut Question Hi yall, <BR> After a real good workout is it common to have heavy / thick saliva coming up??? <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Mon, 11 Jul 2016 14:32:15 EST Workout buddies: Please share your experiences! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> One of our writers is looking for member quotes to be included in her story about workout buddies/accountability partners. Specifically, here are the questions she wants to ask: <BR> <BR> 1. How did you find your workout buddy? <BR> 2. For those that found their buddy through SparkPeople, how did you go about the process? <BR> 3. What tips would you give others looking for workout buddies? <BR> 4. How has it changed your relationship with exercise? <BR> <BR> Please ... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 13:03:13 EST The time is coming My wife goes back to work in a little over 3 weeks. It has been great her coming with me to the malls to walk!! I still have at least 7 weeks to swim outside, which will be good for me. Sun, 10 Jul 2016 16:55:57 EST Looking for device to measure my fitness progress So many Fitbit type things out there, I have no clue what to get. I'd like one that tracks my walks, like that Map my walk app, or my steps etc. I am looking for recommendations. Any help would be greatly appreciated. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> <BR> Laurie Sat, 9 Jul 2016 12:16:57 EST Yoga strap How do I go about picking one that is right for me? I've never used them before. Fri, 8 Jul 2016 20:23:20 EST Nike + App ~ Running Buddies Hi Yall, <BR> <BR> I was wondering how many of u guys use the Nike + app to run with if so I was looking for some running buddies to add and if you want to u can add me = username KSBride. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Lu Fri, 8 Jul 2016 16:54:36 EST Water weight question I didn't know exactly where I should put this, but I was hoping someone would have an answer. <BR> <BR> I have a body fat scale that I love. But as the weight and body fat have dropped and the muscle mass has increased, the percentage the scale tells me is water has also increased. I'm not talking about fluctuations over the course of a week or month, I'm talking a steady increase in percentage points over the course of months. I would have expected that as my sodium intake decreased, so to... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 15:39:14 EST Nike + Run App Issue - HELP HI Yall, <BR> <BR> I have an HTC EVO 4G LTE and the last time ive used my Nike + app was when I was running and the phone died while Nike was still tracking my run and ever since then I can't get it to track a run and play music either the only music it plays is the powersong even tho I have the music setting on tho. And it just keeps coming back to the old run the one that was when the phone died. Ive tried to end it snyc it and even tried to cancel the run and start a new one but it would ... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 10:08:47 EST Holding strong It very hard making time for myself. I am the only driver in my family so trying get my exercise in. I want to loose weight I start out good for about 3 weeks and I get lost on where to go. My goal is to buy a bike we are moving to a new home so I praying the space and better area will help promote better exercise encouragement. Fri, 8 Jul 2016 07:34:46 EST Big girl workout clothing? Anyone have any leads on some affordable, comfortable and "forgiving" workout tops for fat chicks? <BR> <BR> I have a mom hangs...I have taken to wearing the huge tank tops from the mens section that go to my knees to provide coverage but I look ridiculous. <BR> <BR> Hoping someone has a better alternative. Thu, 7 Jul 2016 11:48:02 EST 21 Day Fix Is anyone doing the 21 Day Fix? I'm on day 3 & feeling great! Thu, 7 Jul 2016 11:37:56 EST EATING OUT ON VACATION What are some good picks when you must eat out besides salads? Thu, 7 Jul 2016 09:49:04 EST Fitbit I want a Fitbit but don't know where to start. There seem to be a lot of different types. Can anyone out there explain the options? Any recommendations? <BR> <BR> Thx! :) Thu, 7 Jul 2016 00:03:44 EST Health rider cardioglider Does anyone own one of these and know the best way to register steps with a SparkTracker? Wed, 6 Jul 2016 21:15:31 EST Any success from loose skin after weight loss? is there anyone that has any success from loose skin after major weight loss using methods other than surgery? If so please tell me what you did and how much it helped. Wed, 6 Jul 2016 15:15:30 EST Workout Anxiety I enjoy working out at the gym. I always have enjoyed going, sweating, seeing the calorie burn, and the post workout bliss that I did something for myself. However, I am in a relationship with someone who has developed a very unhealthy outlook on healthy eating and working out. <BR> <BR> My boyfriend has serious workout anxiety. The very thought of going to the gym is enough to send him into an excuse/defensive attitude. Now, this is something that has sprung up from his all or nothing appro... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 14:26:47 EST Richard Simmons Stretching I am 65 and weigh 260 pounds with poor knee and hip flexibility so I need low impact exercise to start. Would using Richard Simmons Stretching Tape be an option for me? <BR> <em>252</em> <em>317</em> Wed, 6 Jul 2016 12:56:58 EST How long did it take for you to run a full mile? I started running at the beginning of May, had a minor set back with a respiratory infection and had to start all over mid june. I am someone who has very little exercise in my background, in fact i barely made 1 lap around the track in highschool, 1 time. But I've found with out an overbearing coach yelling at me, it's much more enjoyable. I've been using the couch to 5k app, and just this last week was able to fully run(slowly) a full lap. I'm just wondering if my progress is too slow? or i... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 23:08:05 EST Sweat with Kayla Has anyone tried Sweat with Kayla or any of the Kayla Itsines stuff? My friend recommended it to me but I wanted to get some other opinions as well. Tue, 5 Jul 2016 19:48:13 EST 4 weeks in - no weight change!!! Still not seeing any weight budge over 4 weeks in! Lost a few inches though. Eating healthy, exercising when I didn't before, walking everywhere, tracking everything - staying within ranges on daily nutrition. And, not doing weight/muscle building work. What am I doing wrong??? Tue, 5 Jul 2016 14:10:43 EST Non ambulatory workout I had foot surgery 5 weeks ago. I am non weight bearing right now and will be for a few more weeks, then light weight bearing. I'm loosing muscle tone and gaining weight. What kind of exercises can I do where I don't have to put any weight on my feet? Tue, 5 Jul 2016 13:54:34 EST Need Info and Tips on exercising and diet with my I belong to an HMO and have posed many of the following questions to my MD's and Phys Therapy professionals and can't get a good answer without having to go in and go to multiple appointments or they tell me to go take classes (usually held during the day while I work). I am 54 years old female, 5’0”, 145 lbs., apple shaped with a waist and hip measuring 40+inches. My A1c hovers at 7.0, I want to get it below 7.0 in order to get off of insulin. I take insulin once a night, have high blood pr... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 12:50:28 EST Vivofit data inaccuraties I am wondering why all of my steps are not transferring to SP. Yesterday I had over 5000 steps and SP only showed a little over 2000. Today I am at 1544 but SP shows 0 even though I just synced. Anyone else having this problem? #techsupport Tue, 5 Jul 2016 10:43:24 EST Working out while on vacation? I am going out of town for four days this coming weekend. We are staying at an Air B&B house, so no fitness room like at a hotel. Do you have any advice for getting in my workouts while I am out of town? <BR> <BR> I am going to check and see if my YMCA membership will work in another city, but I would like to have a backup plan just in case. Tue, 5 Jul 2016 08:30:23 EST