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 zumba class and Thanksgiving I'm thinking about going to a zumba class this morning before thanksgiving but I'm concerned there won't be time before cooking and cleaning. I think I will really enjoy zumba though. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure my fiance likes me going to his gym, but I pay 80$ a month for a membership there, so I think I should use it! <BR> <BR> I need to eat breakfast first. Thu, 27 Nov 2014 10:39:30 EST Is a HR of 130-135 good during exercise? I like to work out on the elliptical. I do it for a half hour a day and my heart rate is usually 130-135. Is this a good HR for fitness? I am 27. Thu, 27 Nov 2014 08:31:40 EST Figuring calories When you enter an activity into the fitness page, you are asked for the minutes and the calories. Minutes are easy to figure. How do you figure the calories? Wed, 26 Nov 2014 21:47:19 EST Active job vs bigger paycheck I have a job that keeps me walking for 6 hours a day. I am walking, bending, lifting up to 50 lbs. It is great exercise and I should be losing weight doing it. My question is, there are other options in this job where I can take more responsibility and move up in the company (and get paid more) but they won't be as active. <BR> <BR> Should I focus more on just being active and not stress or worry about taking more responsibility and not worry about getting a raise or should I try for th... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:13:15 EST Treadmill Why no calorie values for treadmill without an incline. Back injury means incline is out for's the same as walking flat or using the track with no hills. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:00:54 EST What to do when your sick? I'm so frustrated right now. I just started really getting into working out. I did 7 days of Jillian Michael's 30 Day shed and I've been to the gym twice doing 70 mins of cardio and sunday I did 70 mins of zumba. Now I have a throat infection and it really hurts. My glands are swollen and I'm full of mucus. I'm still going to push though the 30 day shed. What do you guys do when your sick in regards to exercising? Any tips to get back on track a little faster? Wed, 26 Nov 2014 02:31:12 EST dizziness from treadmill I'm curious if anyone has this problem or has an idea how to prevent it. <BR> <BR> When ever I use the treadmill, whether it is for 15 min or an hour, once I stop I get extremely lightheaded and dizzy. It is only the treadmill that does it. I can do any other machines, exercise and be fine. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 19:45:54 EST Trying to change my eating habits I am a 35 year old female who loves working out but hates to eat healthy. I have tried to change my mind set, but I always end up eating bad foods. Please help!! Tue, 25 Nov 2014 12:05:42 EST Best outside gloves? I work outside in all seasons as a mapping tech for a water company - I need to be able to write and precisely use my hands. Does anyone have some REALLY warm glove suggestions to keep my hands warm in these upcoming months? <BR> <BR> I have a light pair from Remington that aren't heavy enough but allow me to use my hands. I have a fleece pair from Nike that are ok, but slippery when I get into snow. I have a heavier leather pair with 40 grams of Thinsilate, but they are bulky and hard to wr... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 07:01:03 EST Best Exercise Bike? I'm looking for a recumbent bike for my parents and myself - any advice on a good one under/around $500? Tue, 25 Nov 2014 06:57:07 EST location Is there anyone in Oak Hill , Wv , I'm looking for a work out buddy , Thanks , Elaine Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:34:09 EST Modifications on Videos Why don't the videos show modifications instead of just saying "now if you need to modify this exercise, do (fill in the blank), but do not show the modification? It is extremely discouraging to look at a fitness video and realize you can't do it because the exercise is over your head or you physically can't get into that position. If I tried a plank, you would need a crane to get me off the floor. I watched Day 1 of Nicole's Bootcamp video and was in tears. I knew I couldn't do those mov... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:15:12 EST working & exercise Ok so here is my dilemma...I work 12 hour shifts 2-3 days a week....on my days off its usually not a problem for me to do my workouts and walk....however...on the days i work its another story. I work in a hospital and I work 12 hour shifts. I walk about 4 miles a day in the hospital doin my rounds...I'm currently doing Jillian Micheals Beginner do i get this fit in even on my work days? I dont get home til 8pm ....i have to on the road in the mornings at 6am...suggestions? Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:59:56 EST First Gym visit of a one week trial I have to say I was terrified, shaking and almost driving away before I entered. When I met the manager of the gym and the trainer I had an appointment with I even blurted out how nervous I was *blush* <BR> <BR> But I have to say it was just WEIRD and I want to know if it was normal <BR> <BR> So the trainer a young muscle bound fellow and I went into the PT room where he asked me what I wanted out of a gym and if I had any medical issues injuries etc - TICK totally get the importance of thi... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:39:53 EST Concept 2 rowing machine I recently started using a Concept 2 rower for part of my cardio workout. How do I track time and distance in my Spark fitness tracker? <BR> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:04:35 EST RECLASSIFYING TRACKER EXERCISE Can't seem to delete the SP tracker record to put in the right exercise. It put in general exercise instead of my 1.5 mile walk at 2.5 mph, so it was way off on the calories burned. I added my walk, but can't seem to get rid of the automatic log. I WANT my calories burned, but don't want to add in the automatic logging. Can you tell me how to do this? There wasn't anything that said I needed to reclassify ( which is what I'd like to do.) Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:57:26 EST dizziness I think I need some help. I have been picking my walking up at a steady pace, I started with 4 blocks on jan 1 and had reached 1 mile a day till yesterday when I did 3 so today I did 3 again but after, I sat down to catch my breath and things went black and I got very dizzy. it took me 1 hour to get home. what nutrients should I start taking or any ideas what I should do would help Sun, 23 Nov 2014 21:48:41 EST any suggestions? Swim tracker. Any suggestions to track swimming? If I use my SparkTracker I have to wear it on my wrist. It records my arm movements as an elliptical movement. I then have to re-classify the reading to swim laps. It's sort of accurate, but I'd like something more accurate in terms of distance. <BR> <BR> Any swimmers out there using a good swim tracker? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> <em>252</em> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 10:46:17 EST Overhand vs Underhand Grip I've seen exercises (bicep curls either dumbbells or barbells, shoulder presses, cable seated rows and lat pulldowns) that you can use either an overhand grip or underhand (reverse) grip. <BR> <BR> Can somebody explain what the overhand grip does differently than the underhand grip for each of the above exercises? That is, what does the overhand grip do and what does the underhand grip do that makes the exercise different just because the grip was different? Sun, 23 Nov 2014 09:12:39 EST My legs & arms don't alternate During exercise , take hopping for example , when my right leg is in front & my left leg is in the back , my right arm is in front along with my right leg & my left arm is in the back along with my left leg. I have to concentrate & slow down my exercise too much & even sometimes stop to be able to alternate my legs & arms. <BR> <BR> Why is this ? Sun, 23 Nov 2014 03:55:54 EST exercise while injured Hi! <BR> <BR> So, I've never posted to the message boards, but there's a first time for everything. I joined Sparkpeople in February, and while I have to make exceptions for diet (couple food intolerances...and figuring out the NZ equivalent to American foods), I was doing really well with it! I was eating well, and the exercise programs helped my gym routine. I was losing weight and gaining fitness. <BR> <BR> I am, amongst all my gym workouts, an avid Scottish dancer. Over the winter (... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 03:32:40 EST Body weight exercises that work mult. muscles? With my limited time I'm trying to find some good body weight exercises that work multiple muscle groups. <BR> <BR> Any ideas? <BR> <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance! Sat, 22 Nov 2014 23:19:58 EST heart rate question? HI I am wondering when a person works out and gets their heart rate pretty high like over 180 is this a safe thing? or not? and thank you in advance Sat, 22 Nov 2014 11:53:05 EST AM Exercisers -Share Your Get-Out-The Door Routine Okay - it is taking me longer and longer to get out the door in the morning to get to the gym. I need a new morning routine. So....for the morning exercisers out there - how do you get up and get out the door quickly in the morning? What is your routine? <BR> <BR> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 07:51:49 EST Walking and building muscle? You always see walkers or runners with really lean, toned, muscular legs. But people always say that cardiovascular activities don't really do anything to build muscle. I'm confused because when you are sore from a day of walking, didn't you work the muscles? And if you worked the muscles to fatigue, wouldn't you build muscle? <BR> <BR> I'm just wondering because walking is a primary portion of my workout. I'm trying to build up more strength as well and I'm wondering if walking (on top of r... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 23:58:37 EST Which gym should I join?? Okay so I really need help. There are two gyms I've been torn between. <BR> <BR> The first is Snap Fitness. <BR> Pros- It is less then 10 mins from my house which is nice. <BR> <BR> CONS- It is really small, like 4 treadmills and 4 elliptical small. It never seems to busy whenever I go by there though. <BR> They never have staff working which could be scary as a single girl working out. <BR> It cost $34.95 a month which isn't bad, but a little more then I'd want to spend. <BR> <BR> The s... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:50:42 EST Muscle building The question comes from one of the trivia questions that I always have trouble with. In building muscles, what is the difference between a muscle working harder and a muscle working stronger? I can't ever decide between them because they seem to mean about the same thing, but they must have different meanings. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:07:06 EST What is your step PR? 26,000 <BR> <BR> I've only had a pedometer since August, so I'm sure that I will top that at some point. <BR> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:41:43 EST Weekly Exercise Minutes/Calories Burned Goals? Hi! <BR> <BR> I want to know how does the site determine the amount of exercise minutes and calories burned goals per week that I should be doing? My default settings say I should be doing 180 minutes of activity a week and burning 720 calories. I manage to get the 180 minutes but the calories burned ends up being nearly 3 times as much. I do kettlebell exercises, walking and stationary cycling. <BR> <BR> At the moment I have my account set so that my Fitness Tracker is not communicating wi... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:50:15 EST Tricep dips causing pain I got my gym to give me a new program at beginning of this week and it does push me but have found tricep dip gives me what I class as abnormal pain. <BR> I got given tricep dips where my feet are on another bench and after 2 sets of 12 it felt like I had over extended my pecs n I got painting the sternum. I have since tried normal tricep dips but it still hurts. I've mentioned this to my trainer n cause she is tiny n gets similar pain, she thinks it is normal. I do seemto recall doing trice... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 06:06:05 EST Question for Nicole I have a Band Elastic Set with different weighs. Have them attached to a pole since they were Pulling the door Hinges off the Door jam. Work this pass PM with 95# of tension. Have any suggestion on using them for excises. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 22:31:33 EST How to track video exercises I just did a 30 minute full body resistance band workout from Jessica Smith. How do we track the calories burned? Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:41:08 EST Strength training can really change you. I never did strength before. I always focused on cardio. One month ago I started adding it to my routine. I try to do some sort of strength every time I work out. I try to mix it up. Core, legs, arms and shoulders. (oh and abs). <BR> <BR> I'm still learning and adding new things all the time. I just wanted to share with you all. Just in case you are thinking of adding more strength to your routine.. <BR> <BR> Here is my one month progression picture since I added strength. <BR> http://w... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:30:53 EST How to track swimming calories burned? I took a private swimming class today. Since I was the only student, I swam back & forth across the pool almost the whole time. The tracker asks how many reps, sets, etc. I don't have a clue. But I know I know how long I swam...and I'd sure like credit for it! I didn't wear my HRM since it's not waterproof. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions? Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:37:16 EST High Impact Exercises I am actually hoping Coach Jen will see my question. I have been doing the high impact exercises like the T25 and a few others and it always seems I end up getting injured. So my question is can I still lose weight (and get the calorie burn) and get the benefits of doing lower impact exercises like elliptical and weight lifting. I also do like to jog, however in the winter I can't outside. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:17:38 EST Horribly tight calfs! Good morning :) I'm wondering if anyone else has had this problems and can tell me how to fix it. My calf muscles are consistently so tight that it's painful to walk. I have fibromyalgia as well so I purchased one of those Glide exercise machines, thinking that the no-impact motion would be good for me, but it has made my calf muscles even tighter and more painful. I have tried stretching, with no resolution. Any suggestions? I really want to be able to use the Glider every day. I did... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 09:32:01 EST standing abductions Quickly is it OK to use something to balance while you're doing the standing abductions? I have a lot of problems balancing while doing it and have to stop to get my balance. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 07:03:50 EST Strength training You know how 'they' say to leave a day between strength training sessions, to let your muscles recover? (Micro tears heal building new muscle fibre etc...) <BR> <BR> Does that mean a day off between doing the same exercises, or working the same muscle groups? <BR> <BR> I do a weight circuit every second day. On the off days I mostly do cardio and core stuff on the mat. Lately I have added some fun things on off days that are not part of the weight circuit. Like push-ups, a gravity-assist tr... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 06:10:45 EST cable system workouts I recently discovered the cable workout system at my gym. I love the concept of it but I've only attempted on type of workout that is supposed to be for the core, the rotation. I looked it up online and read the do's and don'ts, but I feel like I don't feel it in my core as much as my arms. <BR> <BR> How do I know if I'm doing this correctly? Any suggestions for core workouts using this machine? Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:30:01 EST Running in place Is running in place a good exercise? Wed, 19 Nov 2014 23:25:04 EST I want to start going to the gym, but... I have lost close to 70 pounds and I am now in the middle of my healthy weight range. I am at the point in my journey where I know I really need to start incorporating exercise so I can tone up and get lean. <BR> <BR> Ideally, I would love to start going to the gym. However, going to gym is a bit intimidating to me for a few reasons. I am worried that I will be overwhelmed and unsure of what to do while I am there to maximize my efforts and will wind up wasting my time. I am also kind of in... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 20:49:15 EST Needing some encouragement!! Hi everyone!! I am getting married next summer and have just started getting serious about my diet and exercise about a month ago. I have always been a very active person but my diet gets off track sometimes. I workout 4-5 days a week and do 20 minutes of cardio and 40 minutes of weightlifting, I have been doing this for the past month and feel like I am seeing ZERO results. The scale has stayed the same and I feel like I don't look different when i look in the mirror. I am looking for any ad... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 19:59:17 EST Is it bad to do the same workout? Is it bad to do the same workout over and over, even if I love it? <BR> For example, let's say I love to walk. Is it okay to walk everyday? <BR> Or let's say I have an aerobic step and want to get some exercise in while I watch TV everyday (Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune for 1 hour, for example). <BR> <BR> Or should I switch up my cardio and strength training routine from week to week, or month to month? <BR> <BR> I'd love to hear your thoughts on this. <BR> Thank you so much! <BR> <BR> :) Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:31:39 EST wrong form on crunches? I am 45 years old and I need to lose about 130 pounds. I have started doing a squat challenge, and I am doing wall push ups, lying leg lifts and crunches to start off. when I do crunches, it makes my tail bone hurt. do I have the wrong form or am I just crazy? lol Tue, 18 Nov 2014 11:46:16 EST Cold Weather I'm using the streets as my free gym. I have a 4 to 4.5 mile route that I am on 5 or 6 days a week. Living in New England this is going to get progressively harder. Yesterday, it was pouring rain and I went out anyway. I'm so afraid to not do any cardio work. That is what works best for me. <BR> <BR> Any ideas on stay at home cardio? <BR> <BR> I'm going on vacation in 2 weeks for a bit and I don't want to have the added expense of the gym right now. <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance! Tue, 18 Nov 2014 10:10:42 EST Garmin Vivofit Fitness Band Do I have any members that use this fitness band? <BR> <BR> -- I've had mine for about 3 days now.... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 09:45:52 EST Jillian Michael's Body Revolution (Do It With ME!! Hey Guys! I'm new to MFP and talk about team no motivation - that's ME! I have been the biggest procrastinator when it comes to my health for the past year or so. Start and Quit..Start and Quit...over and over again. But about two weeks ago - I really sat and thought about something. My son is now 4 years old, and when I was 9 month pregnant with him I was only a buck 50, but now I am 180 pounds ( and NOT PREGNANT!). I have no reason to be this out of shape and it's time to put my game face o... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 20:28:08 EST Exercising Difficulty Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> My weight's been a bit out of control for pretty much my whole life, so I'm trying to lose weight through, of course, diet and exercise. However, exercise is somewhat a concern for me, because I have been diagnosed with HCM (a heart disease with risk for arrhythmias) and my cardiologist has told me not to exercise harder than a light jog. This makes the whole weight loss effort harder, since I can't really "push myself" while exercising. All I've been able to do ... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 14:42:52 EST Increasing Weights I am getting close to where I will need to increase the amount of weights that I use in my strength training. Since I am an absolute beginner I have started out with 3 pound weights. How much should I increase my weights? Should I go up one pound or three pounds? Mon, 17 Nov 2014 13:28:33 EST Tracking rock wall climbing Next weekend my friend and I are going to go rock climbing on a rock climbing wall. I want to enter it into my tracker but they only offer one general "rock climbing" option. I'm assuming using the wall would not burn nearly as many calories as legitimate rock climbing. Does anyone have any advice on how to track this? Since it's an activity that burns a decent amount of calories, I don't want to completely leave it off my tracker and risk not eating enough for the day. Thanks for your help! Mon, 17 Nov 2014 12:37:50 EST Getting chlorine smell out I swim several times a week in a local pool. They keep the pool VERY heavily chlorinated. It kills suits within a matter of a few months. However, I'm wondering what experiences people have had with specific soaps, shampoos, etc to get the smell out of skin and hair. I swam Friday, have given a disabled person a shower and taken 2 showers myself with soap, shampoo, lotion etc and can still smell the chlorine on my skin. My hair doesn't smell with the shampoo I'm using until I get it wet ... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 10:13:33 EST Disappointment.. I Give already !! So today I started my weight loss journey. I need to lose 85 lbs. I wake up extremely motivated. I send my son to school. Go back home hit play. First Day of Turbo Fire. I could not make it only half way through the exercise. So disappointed in myself I don't think I will do it tomorrow to disappoint myself again :( HELP Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:51:14 EST Jilian Micheal's 30 day shred Does anyone know how to enter Jilian Micheals 30 day shred workout into SP fitness tracker? Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:00:55 EST kids at the gym What kind of activities can my kids (ages 5,7,9) do at the gym while I am exercising? The gym has a daycare where they show them videos, but I think that they can work with me to be healthy, too. Mon, 17 Nov 2014 08:35:35 EST Confused............ I have been exercising for a while and suddenly i had some doubts. <BR> While i try to lose weight and also inches how do I make sure that am actually losing fat as well. Is there a chance that this fat( for eg arm flab) will become muscle and bulk up? <BR> <BR> Sun, 16 Nov 2014 17:36:17 EST help to find exercise Hi all, <BR> cld u please help me find exercises to do with knee injury. esp to work out abs . <BR> <BR> am not sure how to find it here in the forums. <BR> <BR> Thank you. Sun, 16 Nov 2014 17:21:37 EST need to find motivation to get to the gym I'm registered to run a half marathon in February and my "training" schedule says I need to run 5 miles today ... I have no desire to go to the gym. I haven't had the desire all week but I've forced myself. How do I get out of this slump? I think part of it is the drastic weather change plus PMS but if I can't get thru this I won't be able to lose these 15lbs I need to lose. Sun, 16 Nov 2014 09:11:28 EST Sit ups hurt my tailbone Until a few weeks ago, I was able to do about 30-50 sit-ups before my abs would tire out. Now, when I can't do a single sit-up because it puts a lot of pressure on my tailbone. Every time I come to the top, I have to give up because it feels like my tail bone is about to be crushed. <BR> <BR> I have recently lost quite a bit of weight with diet and exercise and I'm pretty much sure that this is because I've lost a lot of fat cushioning around my lower back and butt. As far as I know, I have... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 08:42:08 EST Calories burned HI all <BR> <BR> trying to get my head around something ...hopefully somebody can explain this to me <BR> <BR> I am currently looking at joining a gym where they do intensive cardio sessions which last for approx 30 - 40 minutes (around 5 minutes warm up, circuits of about 4 minutes x 5) and then a stretch session at the end <BR> ok so all good <BR> however in their speil they claim you can burn up to 600 calories per session. <BR> <BR> What confuses me (ok let me say i know you don't beli... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 00:20:16 EST Awesome Jump Rope Jump Rope 101 is an app that is an amazing tool if you want to learn fun jump rope skills that you would never think of on your own. This is a very fun way to do cardio Sat, 15 Nov 2014 16:52:52 EST What does the treadmill do for you? Hi again, <BR> I am shame to ask someone in my gym. I know nothing about those machines I go on what I see others do. I was in the spinning class an again it was too hard for me. I witnessed a woman fall off the bike and pass out. I almost broke down crying. I am not doing the class after today. I left there and got on the treadmill. I did 1 hour at a lower speed just enough to sweat. I am not sure what the treadmill does for me. I had a weight loss operation and need to tone up. Thanks for ... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 15:06:29 EST Jillian michaels body revolution question Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I am about to start Jillian Michaels body revolution on Monday and I am a bit confused. I plan on following the meal plan, which is 1200 calories a day...but with the workouts, should I eat back my exercise calories? <BR> <BR> I've lost 122 pounds since last October with calorie counting and using only her workouts. I have about 40-50 more pounds to lose and I'm hoping this will help me lose some of them. I used to eat 1500 calories and never ate back what I burned b... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 11:50:18 EST would a pain pill help me... Hello,I am asking for advice. I am attending a spin class and the first time almost killed me. The second time was hard but I pushed through pain and all. I could not walk after that and was taken to the er. I had xray and tests. They said there is nothing wrong with my legs. Now,two days ago I left after about 40 minutes because my thighs hurt too bad. I was told motrin is good for something in the body and don't remember what. so,without being a Dr. just you,do you think I can last longer w... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 09:09:07 EST LOOKING FOR SPARK FRIENDS! I have been an active member of SparkPeople since 2011. I have had numerous friends on my friend's list, but over time the friends have left spark or just become inactive. I am trying hard to join teams and connect with people, but I am running into a lot of inactive teams too. I am looking for more friends, people that are actively using spark and excited to be here. Please add me. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <em>252</em> <em>223</em> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 15:15:16 EST My son is a wrestler, and needs to "cut weight" He is 6"4", and currently weighs about 217. There isn't a varsity spot for 220, so he is thinking he will cut weight to 195. I follow the Paleo diet. He does not. Any suggestions? I personally think this practice leads to an eating disorder and is bad for the body. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 11:25:36 EST Is 6000 steps a day good? What about 5000? <BR> I have been getting 5000-6000 steps a day. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 19:19:16 EST Indoor cardio ideas My preferred method for cardio is walking, but it is cold today and I don't have a good place I can go indoors to walk. <BR> <BR> I have a recumbent bike at home, I bought it thinking I would like it because I used to like spin classes years ago, but I find working out at home isn't as much fun as in the class. I went with a recumbent one because of back problems. <BR> <BR> What do people like doing for cardio indoors now that the weather is getting colder out? Thu, 13 Nov 2014 11:58:18 EST How do you enter 30 Day Shred info into tracker? I was doing 30 Day Shred pretty consistently last year and then kind of fell off of the health wagon. Weighing 178 at 5'4", I would like to start it up again and see if I can make it all the way! I attempted to add it to my fitness tracker and it doesn't pop up whatsoever. For those who are currently doing this, how do you enter it in? Thu, 13 Nov 2014 11:26:39 EST Calories Burned during PiYo I just started a new program called PiYo last night. I love it but I don't know how to record this to my tracker. I did the Fundamentals last night just learning all the moves and techniques. It was 40 min long but not 40 min of intense cardio of course. I did feel muscles working and burning though <em>320</em> <BR> <BR> So how do I record this workout to my tracker? Please help me! Wed, 12 Nov 2014 13:12:51 EST Help for a "poochy" tummy Hi all - just wondering what exercises you do to help combat a "poochy" tummy. I walk and use the rower for cardio mostly but even when I've lost weight, my stomach is still out of shape. I know it's the muscle because if I contract it, it looks the way I think it should! :) <BR> <BR> Planks? Other ab exercises? <BR> <BR> Any suggestions are appreciated! Wed, 12 Nov 2014 07:26:23 EST spin class Last night I did my second spinning class. I can't sweat no where in the gym like I sweat in her class. I wonder how long before I lose the weight. I cut back on snacks and everything. today I want to go ride the bike and sweat some more. Wed, 12 Nov 2014 06:41:46 EST leslie sansone firm 30 hi today i did firm 30 segment of walk it off in 30 days by leslie sansone. my question is how many calories burn in it n how we record it Wed, 12 Nov 2014 00:13:05 EST Runners that frequent the gym... I currently do evening classes at the gym most nights, and then run the C25K program in addition to that. Would you run after a 45 minute aerobics class? Or given the choice would you rather run in the morning, then attend an evening class? <BR> <BR> I have been running in the early mornings (9am or so) and then going to class at 5:30-6p. My friend thinks it would be easier for me to run after class. Just trying to get a consensus. What makes more sense? I did run after class today a... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 22:25:40 EST Treadmill Walking Form? Coach Help! :) I have been incorporating walking on the treadmill into my nightly routine, typically right after dinner. I try my best to stretch well afterwards, and have only been going between 2.8-3.0 mph for 30-45 minutes. After 30 minutes, I feel fine... even the next day I don't have any soreness. But for some reason when I stay on for 45 minutes, my hips start hurting SO bad after sitting for any length of time. <BR> <BR> For example, tonight I did 45 minutes on the treadmill and stretched for ... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 21:28:21 EST Workout calories are not always counted with SAT I wear my SAT while walking on the treadmill. It does keep track of my workout minutes and my calories burned is recorded in my nutrition section. The workout calories, however, are not recorded with the SAT summary. Last week one of my workout calories was tracked on the SAT page, but the others were not. Tue, 11 Nov 2014 20:17:26 EST How to lower my body fat percentage? For the better part of the year my goal has been to lower my body fat percentage. I started at 32% and I’m still 32%. My goal is to get to 29%. I’m at a healthy weight for my height. I get a physical every year and all systems are normal. I’m looking for any ideas on what might help lowering my fat percentage without having to spend hours in the gym. <BR> I do two days a week of full body strength training with heavy weights 3 sets of 8-12 reps. I leg press 130 pounds to give you an ide... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 15:55:37 EST Suddenly I'm totally inflexible! And overweight! I walk--a lot!---but I spent the summer sitting too long at my desk. Even worse, I was not sitting straight, I was slightly to the left. So now, I find that I've lost nearly all flexibility. Six months ago, i could touch my toes, do a plank, and was probably 25 pounds less than I am now. What happened??? How do I get some flexibility back. I think the problem is primarily the quads from sitting too long. I don't have access to a gym for the next couple of months as I am in Europe. Any suggest... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 15:35:12 EST knee injury Hello everyone. I am a newbie here(28, female). I would like to know some exercises to lose weight. I had a knee injury and currently recovering from it. I need to lose 40plus kgs and am scared to be in bed all day thinking of further weight gain. I am not really sure of what workouts i can do without using my right knee. Any suggestions will be of great help. Mon, 10 Nov 2014 22:56:32 EST Gin Miller Barbell Blast I ordered it, for a new way to use my barbell, looking forward to it. I like her step reebok video. Mon, 10 Nov 2014 15:13:17 EST Treadmills and tall people? We are thinking about purchasing a treadmill, but concerned about how short many of them seem to be, when trying to accommodate a runner that is over 6' tall. Any suggestions? Mon, 10 Nov 2014 12:35:33 EST Exercise Video Trying to find out what are the best workout video/group of on this site. I workout in the am but am looking to step it up another level by adding in 30-60 min at night. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Mon, 10 Nov 2014 12:26:23 EST Exercising before or after breakfast? Do you prefer to get your workout in before breakfast, or afterwards? Do you notice a difference in your energy levels? <BR> <BR> Personally I feel best when I exercise as soon as I wake up, though usually I struggle with motivation to get it done early! Sun, 9 Nov 2014 16:49:05 EST Working out with neck pain Can anyone suggest any exercises I can do while I deal with neck pain issues? Sun, 9 Nov 2014 13:42:48 EST Logging in fitness class workouts Is there a way to log in a fitness class that combines various strength and cardio exercises into one hour versus having to log each exercise one at a time? For example instead of logging 2 minutes of biceps and 2 minutes of triceps, 2 minutes of situps etc. I could log in one hour of a body sculpting class. Sun, 9 Nov 2014 09:30:00 EST At the gym, what machines help with running? With me, it isn't slowly losing weight that makes me stop going, it's that I never seem to improve my stamina when running. My left leg just starts killing me and if i go too far past that, then I'm done for a few days. Eventually I just quit running. <BR> <BR> I'm just wondering what machines I should use at the gym to go along with running on the treadmill to help my leg/muscles. Sat, 8 Nov 2014 21:34:10 EST why weight loss so easy for men? Is this biased or is there some actual truth to this question? It seems men are stronger and have and easier time. I feel they can lose weight faster as well. Maybe its because they have more muscle mass I suppose. Sat, 8 Nov 2014 15:52:30 EST Best activity tracker for non runner I own the spat but am thinking I want something a little more. Am thinking of purchasing a new activity tracker. I am not a runner but need the constant reminder to keep moving. I enjoy seeing my progress throughout the day. What is the best activity tracker for someone like me? Thanks for the info in advance. Sat, 8 Nov 2014 10:59:34 EST An interesting observation I noted something today which I find interesting. On the exercise tracker, stretching is considered a strength exercise and yet things like "Martial Arts" and "Tai Chi" are listed under cardio. <BR> <BR> Personally I think Tai Chi should probably be under strength training, because I know that when I'm done with a really good Tai Chi session my legs are jelly. <BR> <BR> Granted it is a different kind of jelly then doing tons of weighted lunges, but it is still jelly. <BR> <BR> Thoughts? Fri, 7 Nov 2014 23:47:43 EST How much running is too much? There have been a lot of articles out there recently that say that too much running puts too much stress on your heart and can actually increase your risk of heart problems rather than lower it. The articles say you have to be obsessed with running to achieve issues like this but they don't exactly say how much is too much. Is running 5 miles 3x a week okay? Fri, 7 Nov 2014 22:48:16 EST Left part of the body weaker than the right? I've been on and off workout routines for the past 5 years. I started running 3 years ago, but stopped after my left knee started hurting and then switched to walks, but that didn't help either. But since I started a weight loss program 3 months ago, I've been pretty consistent and hit my goals of 40 minutes a day of exercise. Lost about 12 pounds and am now at a healthy weight (62.5kg, 5'5", 25 years old, male) <BR> <BR> But I think the left part of my body is weaker than the right. For ins... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 22:09:27 EST Help planning a fitness routine? I'd like to plan a fitness routine for at least 30 minutes to an hour to commit to five days a week. <BR> <BR> I am a tense, super type A person so I'd ideally like to try things like yoga and strength training. <BR> I'm a closet exerciser, but I have a dog so she's my excuse to go walking. <BR> I have hula hoops of different weights and an exercise ball, but I live upstairs in an apartment. <BR> <BR> I'd love to hear any and all tips or full routines for an efficient fitness routine. <BR> ... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 21:37:36 EST 30 day workout plan for latin dance I bought this kit that is a 3 day plan included and it's dancing to Latin music and burning calories. I was just wondering if I should wait to go to day 2 until I complete day one completely with out just stopping after 15 mins? The video for day one is about 45 mins long I want to start it tonight. Any tips would be lovely. Fri, 7 Nov 2014 19:46:40 EST Strength Training for Runners I am a beginning runner. I have read that runner's need to do strength training that focuses on the muscles not used in running, but I don't know which muscles to target. Does anyone know which strength training exercises to do in order to keep the leg muscles balanced? Fri, 7 Nov 2014 11:57:45 EST 60 AND OVERWEIGHT Where can I find a good exercise program to help me get in better shape and lose weight. I really need to lose at least 50 pounds, but any amount of weight would be great. I found one of the old Nutrisystem (I think) exercise videos with three different videos and was wondering if anyone has ever tried those. Anyway, I really need advice on how to go about doing this. Thank you for your help. Fri, 7 Nov 2014 09:03:15 EST Why does my leg burn? I went to the er to have my legs checked. I was in so much pain I could not walk for two hours. after coming home I resumed the gym after finding nothing wrong with the exams. However,my thigh has this terrible burning in it that stops me from working out.. I can ride a bike on a lower level but not ever break a sweat. tonight I bust my tail in the spin class and the burn was horrible. Thu, 6 Nov 2014 22:27:24 EST My first spin class Hi everyone tonight I made my mind up to try the spinning class. I am so out of shape and it was very hard. but,I planned 30 minutes but made it the 60 minutes. I also lost a few pounds this past month. yea me. Thu, 6 Nov 2014 22:06:25 EST Logging steps/workouts My Fitbit automatically logs my daily steps, so do I still add the time I spend doing my daily workouts? Thu, 6 Nov 2014 21:03:35 EST Knee Exercises for Pain Subject: Exercises for Knee Pain [6058614329] <BR> <BR> Hi, <BR> <BR> I just read your article 11 Exercises That Help Decrease Knee Pain. Thank you for making it available. I will be using those exercises. I do have one question about Step #6 under Strength Training. <BR> <BR> Excerpt from your article: " 6. Step-Ups: Stand in front of a step, like a sturdy bench or stairs, about two feet high (or less if necessary). Step up onto the support, straighten your knees fully (without locki... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 14:11:06 EST Starting Coach Nicole's workout today - advice? Hi , <BR> I am starting Coach Nicole's total body workout today ( free DVD with my Spark Tracker) and wondering if anyone has any feedback on the workouts provided? I am jumping in right after work today and will start with the beginner week workout. It looks doable ...any advice will be appreciated ... <BR> Wish me luck . <BR> <BR> WE CAN DO THIS!!! Thu, 6 Nov 2014 12:15:09 EST Workout with a buddy and want to share your story? Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> We're working on an article about working out with a buddy and would like to include stories from our members about how this has affected their progress, motivation, etc. <BR> <BR> If you are interested in being interviewed for the story, can you send me a SparkMail? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Coach Jen Thu, 6 Nov 2014 10:32:17 EST Plank question! I had a question in regards to planking. I've tried it and can only hold for maybe 5 seconds. I'm curious as to how it helps the core? To me it seems more like an upper body test. Thu, 6 Nov 2014 08:35:38 EST Lose 10-15lbs in 10 days yay or nay? I wanted to see if anyone tried J.J. Smith's 10 day green smoothie detox cleanse as seen on Dr. Oz show? I will be trying this starting Friday. Wish me luck!!! &#9786; Wed, 5 Nov 2014 19:10:58 EST NEW FITBIT work with Sparkpeople ? Does anyone know if Sparkpeople has any plans to work with the new fitbits coming out ? Wed, 5 Nov 2014 16:58:43 EST Spark videos I just finished a couple of the workout videos on spark. They were great! What are some of your favorites? Wed, 5 Nov 2014 16:43:01 EST Bikini Competitions I want to get into bodybuilding and prepare for a bikini competition. Ideally, I would like to be in that shape within a year. I don't have enough money to hire a coach or do personal training sessions. I"m planning on following iifym for fat loss and getting a gym membership. <BR> Does anyone have any advice on what I should do to prepare? I know I have a pretty big goal, but I need help putting together a plan. Thank you! Wed, 5 Nov 2014 08:05:26 EST Do you exercise if you work a 12 hour shift? Hello! <BR> <BR> I just had a baby in July and I'm looking to get back into my regular exercise routine of everyday. However, I now work a 12 hour shift on my feet every 2-3 days. Should I get up a little earlier to do a 30 minute video when I work? Or should I just workout when I have my days off? I know I am too tired and have too much to do in the evening after work. Tue, 4 Nov 2014 16:09:34 EST Alternatives to Fitbit trackers Does anyone have a suggestion to an alternative to the Fitbit Flex? I purchased one earlier this year and wore it without incident until about a month ago. At that time I noticed that every time I put the tracker on my wrist I would develop a red irritated itching rash. I reached out to the Fitbit company ( who BTW was wonderful) and asked if they had another product I could wear on my wrist that wouldn't cause the rash like symptoms. Unfortunately they do not and the device that hooks to you... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 15:27:41 EST Finding time to fit in a workout So here's my problem. I'm eating a healthy diet, however, I cannot seem to find the time in my day to get a good workout in. My job is roughly 45 minutes from my house, and my hours are not too conducive to getting a workout in during the week. I was at one point going before work, but I cannot consistently get up at 430 to workout for an hour to be home to take a shower and leave my house at 620 for work. This affects my work performance after a while. Unfortunately, when I get home, which i... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 13:43:51 EST Not seeing results Hello! I have been trying to lose weight for about 6 months, and am starting to get very frustrated because I am not seeing any results at all. I eat healthy (no soda and minimal junk food), track my calories, get lots of sleep and water, workout for an hour 4-5 days a week, and mix up my workouts (strength training, HIIT, cardio). I can't really afford a personal trainer, and am getting very frustrated because I have not lost any pounds or inches. Has anyone else had this problem? What did y... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 09:30:41 EST Vivofit I bought a Vivofit. Is there anyway I can sync to SP? Tue, 4 Nov 2014 08:50:27 EST How does fitdatasync work? Somebody mentioned how to link the Garmin Connect site (Vivovit) to Fitbit. <BR> It is hidden in the Fitbit site. It can be found using this link: <BR> <BR> I had two FitBits that died on me in 9 months. Instead of getting a 3rd FitBit, I got a Vivofit. <BR> <BR> Currently, FitBit data syncs up with SP. However Vivofit (Garmnin) does not. <BR> <BR> I was hoping that fitdatasync would act like a "middleman" between the Vivovit and SP so that Fit... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 08:26:10 EST any suggestions for a pedometer? I want to get a pedometer (hopefully around $20). I only want to track steps. I don't care about distance, calories, time, etc. and something to go in a pocket. I wear scrubs all day. I have seen some of the cheap cheap cheap end ones that will say you walked 5 steps all day, but I have also seen some super expensive ones that came with a user's guide to rival the space shuttles :-) Thanks in advance for the advice Mon, 3 Nov 2014 15:13:40 EST iPad does not sync Really like my Sparks Tracker. Tracks well on my Mac but not on my iPad, won't sync even with app. So what am I doing wrong? Mon, 3 Nov 2014 14:46:59 EST lunges What's an alternative exercise to lunges? Left knee had arthroscopic surgery back several months ago and Doctor told me not to do lunges at this time. Mon, 3 Nov 2014 13:16:48 EST best 20 minute cardio dvd What's your favorite 20 minute cardio exercise dvd? Mon, 3 Nov 2014 12:45:27 EST Trying to get a Routine I have been working with a trainer for about 3 months. My time with hi is up and I am trying to set a routine for whole body workout. The trainer would work on certain things for a week, then move to something else (upper body, abs, lower body, etc.) I'm not sure how to work all of that in. Is there a method sheet or something I can go by so that I stay on track working my whole body evenly.? I have some workout sheets but I think I need to write my exercises down until I get comfortable... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 00:04:28 EST Fit bit Hi, <BR> <BR> Does anyone know how to recalculate they fitbit tracking. It seems to be massively over estimating my "all day activity". For example today I did next to nothing and it says i burn 504 Cals. Yesterday I did an orange theory work out I know (by use of a heart rate monitor) burnt 508 calories, My fit bit says i burnt over 900. I like to keep the to synced but not if it's not to throw off my calorie differential report so massively. I really don't want my daily caloric deficit to... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 22:24:58 EST Misfit flash activity tracker Looking at possibly getting this. Anyone have it? I cannot afford anything ver 50.00 and wanted something to wear on my wrist since I workout a lot. Sun, 2 Nov 2014 19:41:17 EST Adjusting workout after overdoing it How do you adjust your planned workout schedule when you've done activity the day before that overdoes a muscle group? <BR> Today I usually do a brisk walk for 2 miles. However, yesterday I did a new workout that really worked my leg muscles more than I thought it would have. Now my leg muscles are extremely sore. i don't want to injure myself but I don't want to just sit around. Any suggestions? Sun, 2 Nov 2014 14:44:15 EST Post workout exhaustion Is it normal to feel the need to take a nap after working out? It's not like I over did it. I did 8 minutes on a gazelle and I feel the actual need to take a nap. Is this normal? Sun, 2 Nov 2014 13:52:52 EST Problems with exercising I want to be more active and lose weight to be healthier but I have problems that is limiting my movement. I see my hubby and daughter try to workout with pushups, planks, etc but I can't do those. <BR> <BR> I have problems with my wrists and can't bend them to do a pushup or plank. And I can't lift weights. <BR> <BR> I can walk short distances but its tough because of my ankle and arthritis since I have sprained it so many times. <BR> <BR> I am looking for simple exercises that can get ... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 08:27:59 EST Increasing my speed I have finished the Couch to 5K Program and have reached my goal of jogging the entire 3.1 miles. My problem is my time. I jog very slow (4.3 on the treadmill). Every time I go to increase my speed from 4.3 to 4.5 my knee hurts. I will start with increasing the speed for 1 minute and then 4 minutes of the slower speed. What am I doing wrong? <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Rachael Sun, 2 Nov 2014 00:29:46 EST Those working out a lot. Do you mind if I ask you what calorie range you stay in. Those who burn 700+ calories a day. Sat, 1 Nov 2014 21:54:47 EST How to drop lots of weight in 2015? Hi, after almost a year of trying to be better at health and fitness. I'm only down 8 lbs from Jan 1st, which puts me at about 135 lbs (I'm barely 5'2"). My ultimate goal is a 20 lb weight loss. I want to lose three inches or more from my 30 inch waist (waist is about the only measurement i take- I know you can't spot reduce) I'm a 30 yr old female. If I cut 100 calories a day and workout at least 30 mins 4-6 days a week will the pounds fly off? It is all I can come up with that wouldn't c... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 12:47:23 EST Scared, really out of shape! Greetings! Once upon a time I was active and fit. But I've gained about 80 pounds and everything hurts. I'm really paranoid that many of the workouts that I want to start are going to be so hard that I will either hurt myself (have had repeated bouts of bursitis in three locations this year) or will give up because they are too hard. I can work out at my pace and understand that you have to start somewhere. But it is scary to start from a place I've never been before. Does anyone have any ide... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 12:44:31 EST Half Ironman by age 25 (2019) One of the driving factors in losing 50 pounds is to be able to complete a Half Ironman by the time I'm 25, just so I can have something to fondly look back on in my old age. Where do I start? Should I get a personal trainer since I don't have any friends with the same goal? Should I start putting aside some traveling money to get to the event? Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:45:24 EST quit smoking to try to help improve fitness about 4 months ago I stopped exercising regularly and started smoking regularly. When I tried to start exercising again, I could not do even half of what I use to. I do not know how much of that was due to the smoking, but I figured it must have had some effect on my fitness level. <BR> I stopped smoking last Wednesday. I still am in bad shape, but hope to get back to where I was 5 months ago, and then surpass where I was. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:57:21 EST Tracking time & mileage for steps logged manually Now that my second FitBit has died on me within 9 months, I got a Vivofit. However, since the data from my Vivofit does not sync up to the SP fitness tracker, I now need to log my steps there manually. <BR> <BR> When I had the FitBit, it synced up the steps, the minutes and the mileage from these steps into the fitness tracker. <BR> <BR> After I log in the steps in the step tracker, it does not appear that SP figures out the minutes or calculate the mileage from those steps automatically... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:58:46 EST boredom I've been doing water aerobics for about three months and I'm vary bored . I want to take it outside the pool but I get winded doing low impact exercise like Zumba gold. How can I ease into it before tackling a class without embarrassing myself? I have the gold dvds at home. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:58:33 EST boredom I've been doing water aerobics for about three months and I'm vary bored . I want to take it outside the pool but I get winded doing low impact exercise like Zumba gold. How can I ease into it before tackling a class without embarrassing myself? I have the gold dvds at home. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:56:22 EST beginner 30 day shred I was thinking of buying this video, do it every other day or so, and in between that do leslie sansone videos for 30 mins. I am hoping to lose 7-10lbs by end of January. Would this be too much? Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:07:51 EST Amazing Weight Loss Foods Fish: Fish is the best food that can be eaten about 2 to 3 times in a week. The high protein and fatty acid content help in speeding up the process of fat burning. The best fish that you can prefer eating are salmon and tuna. <BR> <BR> Eggs: Eggs are known to be the highest source of Vitamin B12 that is often found to be deficient in vegetarians. This may not be a fast method to burn body fat, but it surely works. You can prefer having about 3 or 4 servings of eggs in a week. <BR> <BR> Fres... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 07:05:07 EST Fitbit one - help with spark fitness minutes I've synced my fitbit one to SP <BR> and started syncing each day for my fitness minutes - yesterday for example I did 6642 steps and it shows that as 62 minutes ... I know I did 15 minutes of an actual walk; the rest was taking lots of short walks and moving during the day <BR> but on SP it is counting as 62 minutes exercise <BR> in some ways - yes it was that time ... just not consecutively <BR> is this what i should be recording? or not <em>24</em> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:44:12 EST fitness watches I've been looking into fitness watches and I can't decide which one to get. I don't want a chest strap for daily use. <BR> <BR> It must have: steps taken, distance, TIME (most don't) and date <BR> <BR> I'd like it to have heart rate but I can do without. <BR> <BR> I'd love all opinions. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <em>312</em> <BR> <BR> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:24:20 EST good strenght training video for beginners? Hey everyone! I really want to start strength training to hopefully help boost my weight loss. The only thing I have right now to start with is one 5 pound weight, but it is better than nothing! So I was hoping someone could give me a link to a good beginner strength training video on Sparkspeople, Youtube, ect, that will allow me to use my 5 pound weight and hopefully include other strength training exercises I can do without the weights. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:06:05 EST Heart Rate Monitor I wear a heart rate monitor when I take my Spin class. I never seem to burn more then 375 calories for 45 min of very intense cycling. This leads me to believe that I don't have the proper info keyed into my monitor. I wear a Polar FT4, I have set it up with age, weight etc, but I'm not sure I have the ranges set right. I used the formula 220-age, I have that figure in as my Max heart rate, is this correct? Then I get confused about where the other ranges should be. I just feel that as hard ... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:49:44 EST Another way to get out and walk ! Hi , <BR> Although I am not affiliated in any way shape or form with this site I found that it was just another nugget to help with motivation. I walk everyday and try to hit 8000 steps a day. I do this by walking my dogs , they enjoy it as much as I do. I found this site that actually help push me a little bit more. <BR> So in short in addition to my spark tracker I take my smart phone with me on walks. It tracks my miles I walk with my dogs and for free will donate to the animal shelter o... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:57:50 EST average time of daily exercise? what is your typical daily exercise amount? Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:22:37 EST 21 Day Fix? Has anyone done this program to get started on their journeys? What are your thoughts? Worth the money? <BR> <BR> I lost 25 pounds awhile back from diet and exercise but put it all on, plus some. <BR> <BR> I lead a relatively active lifestyle but don't exercise "hard" every day. We play a family basketball game each night which gets my heart rate up, and I walk my dog 30-60 minutes per day. I eat relatively healthy but know where I can improve. The only things I drink are water and black c... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:22:01 EST Fibit questions Hello, thinking about purchasing a Fibit wristband flex or charge. Also my wrist circumference is 8" and wondering if it would fit. Is there better options than the Fibit? <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance for your response Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:45:15 EST Stretching (and walking) question I was reading an article in a fitness magazine that was talking about beginning a walking program. The suggestion was that before walking you should be stretching so that your muscles were ready to walk; then walking at 80% of your planned speed for the first 10 minutes of a 30 minute walk. Other sources including on SP mention not stretching until you are already warmed up ... I'm getting confused! <BR> <BR> What is best to avoid injury? Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:12:44 EST Question???? about exercise.. Hi I am working all day on my feet from 6 am to 2 pm .. the only time I stop is on my lunch break for about 15 mins.. I prepare food carry cases of 20 to 50 pounds of frozen food.. I cook them and help serve the lines.. then after I input all the info of the day 30 mins I go home and prepare food for family... when I finish all that I am so beat to work out ... does any of what I do counts as exercise?? I have a fit bit and I always hit 13000 to 18000 steps in a day... what type of exercise... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:30:44 EST Looking for a workout partner Hi, I'm looking for a female workout partner, preferably someone who has the same goals as me. I live near LA and I workout at 24 hr fitness and also Planet fitness Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:33:24 EST 30 Day Challenges I found some 30 day challenges online I printed out which I’d like to start in November. Starting off with small reps and working up, the challenge consists of squats, toning your back,pushups and crunches. I was thinking about sticking to just one, but I don’t want to just concentrate on one area to work on. I’m hoping to stay on track and be consistent, however is this too ambitious? Wed, 29 Oct 2014 07:49:50 EST how to count exercise I have a couple of exercise videos I do at work but don't know how to record them. Both are Leslie Sansome 4 fast miles and the last mile you do work with an exercise band. Do you list only the mile you walk or do you list both but how? I also have the the Belly Blasting walk. How would you list the floor work? Tue, 28 Oct 2014 20:14:36 EST lower back/hip pain I've been doing Coach Nicole's 10 minute crunchless abs workout video. I can to them no problem but half way through I get a severe pinching pain in my lower back through my hip on the left side. By the end of the routine, I'm in straight out pain. I'm not sure why working the abs in hurting my hip except a week back and hip joint but are there any exercises that I might be able to work the abs without putting this pressure/pain on my hip joint at least until I can build up my back and hip jo... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 18:51:24 EST Is anyone thinking about getting a fitbit charge? I just saw that fitbit is releasing 3 new products. Basically wristband fitbit/hr monitor hybrids. One of them also seems to function as a run tracker. These seem pretty awesome and I would love to try one. The only thing that kind of discourages me is that they are wristbands, which actually is fine for most of my activities..... except gym workouts where I do a lot of kettlebell work. <BR> <BR> Anyway, just wondering if anyone else plans on getting one? Tue, 28 Oct 2014 18:35:48 EST The Spark Plus pricing Hi all, <BR> <BR> Sorry for not knowing this already, but what was the original price of the Spark? And how much is the Spark Plus going to be? I tried searching for it but to no avail. <BR> <BR> Ruth Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:18:33 EST Getting a new treadmill soon Can't wait, I'm getting a new treadmill, my old one keeps skipping speeds. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:32:25 EST Discrepancy with calories burned when running I'm confused. According to, I burned 302 calories, but according to Endomondo, I burned over 400 calories on my run today. Runners World's calorie calculator said I burned 325 calories. <BR> <BR> But, I've heard over and over that for every mile you walk OR run, you burn 100 calories. Shouldn't this be closer to around a 200 calorie burn? lol <BR> <BR> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:28:01 EST Do you eat the calories fitness adds to tracker? My calorie allotment goes up when I track exercise. Do you eat those extra calories sparkpeople adds to your tracker? Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:19:49 EST cardio alternatives to running/walking? I was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis a few months ago. Before then, my main form of cardio was running or intense walking and aerobics. I would mix in some strength training. I was told by my podiatrist to take it easy for a bit and not do any running or intense walking until it heals up. I am looking for some cardio alternatives to running/walking that help me break a sweat. I don't swim, since I have some issues with the treatment in pools(allergic reaction, hives). Is the exercise bike m... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:45:54 EST Squat Challenge Has anyone tried the squat challenge? Anyone see results from the challenge? Did you feel stronger after the month? I am thinking about starting it for November! <BR> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 07:48:51 EST walkling to a daily necessity instead of let your fingers do the walking, get up and do it yourself Tue, 28 Oct 2014 00:34:24 EST Fitbit Zip????? Sync to spark I just purchased the fitbit zip and was told we can sync it with spark. Can anyone tell me where or how to do this? Mon, 27 Oct 2014 20:11:15 EST Running guidance I want to start running.... Again. I can't seem to keep motivated or feel like I'm getting better. I get frustrated at the little amount of stamina I have for running/jogging. I hope to complete a 5k this year but I'm looking for some tips, guidance, encouragement. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <em>312</em> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 18:51:06 EST Fitness is a Skill, not a Talent <link><BR>t-a-talent-heres-how-to-develop-165128<BR>1013 </link> <BR> <BR> I thought that this article was a great explaination/primer for how fitness is something that we can always learn to be better at, regardless of starting point. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 13:37:18 EST Does guilt run your exercise program? I have been faithful to my exercise program for well over 20 years. I do a variety of activities from walking to weight training to kick boxing to yoga. I have never taken a break except for three months at the beginning of my two pregnancies that were 14 and 16 years ago. I workout six days a week and on RARE occasion, five days. I usually look forward to working out and feel great when I am done. Lately, I dread the work out and I feel good but not great. I had researched several fitn... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:55:58 EST Extremely low muscle mass Okay, I'm finally going to post this. <BR> <BR> I'm a normal weight (152 at 5'8"), but my body fat is up around 37-38%. Just a few years ago, it was 17.9% in 2007, and I was up to running 8 miles. Then my IT band rebelled and the sports doctor said 10Ks should be my max. Years of fertility meds, too much stress, junk food, red wine, then finally a baby a year ago, and new SAHMness these days.... <BR> <BR> I also did medical weight loss with pills after the baby. I went from 200 to 165 natu... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:45:37 EST Should I wait to train for a 10k run? I'm just a couple weeks from finishing the C25k program and I was wondering if I should wait to train for a 10k run until Spring rolls along? <BR> <BR> I'm thinking about going for it, but I want to know what everyone's opinions are. <BR> <BR> I run outside and this is my only option. <em>334</em> Sun, 26 Oct 2014 20:58:33 EST spinning I am not good at cardio stuff, I like the walk away the pounds and other light cardio stuff. I want to get stronger in that area, and i want to be stronger over-all. I do enjoy doing strength training for my upper body but my legs , not so much. <BR> I need something low-impact because i have back issues and i have read spinning is low impact but is a very extreme workout and works the whole body. <BR> My insurance covers some gyms so I signed up for a gym that offers spinning classes. i gu... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 20:22:33 EST zumba equipment malfunction When I'm off week at work I do Wii Zumba 2 for my exercise. It doesn't matter how tight I pull the belt, it will work its way loose in the middle of my workout. I've tried switching what type of material I wear to hopefully keep it from sliding during the workout but doesn't work. Does anyone have any suggestion on how to prevent it? Sun, 26 Oct 2014 12:27:12 EST long drive, any suggestions I have a 50 minute drive to go to work. Hopefully in a few years I will be transferred to a closer location. When I get home I am hungry and don't feel like exercising. I also feel compelled to eat dinner with my husband. I have thought about eating a healthy snack on the way home, then work out, but then I don't eat dinner till 7:30 which is late in our household. I can't afford to pay for a gym there. I have worked out in the am before but I can only get up early enough to get in 30 m... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 10:12:36 EST treadmill or elliptical? Good morning everyone <BR> <BR> For my birthday, my husband wants to buy my a exercise machine which I'm soo excited about! Especially since the weather here in the Netherlands has been getting worse. I've been really thinking of getting a treadmill or an elliptical, but I'm stuck deciding on which to get. So I was wondering what you guys think which one would be easier and better for losing a lot of calories. I was also thinking about a spinning or exercise bike, but I heard they don't burn... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 06:21:14 EST Want to do a 30 in 30 challenge for November 2014 Hi! My name is Suzybgood or Suzanne, I need some motivation besides my husband. <BR> I haven't really been exercising and I need to start, I bought a "SPARK" and I want to get moving. So I thought if several of us did a 30 day challenge and worked together it would give us all a Spark of motivation. My idea is not to really go "ALL OUT" but whatever gets you moving! Just post the day and what exercise you did and did you get in 30 minutes. I am thinking of starting on November 1 2014 an... Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:43:29 EST My exercise plan for today I got up earlier than usual so I could get in a walk before the day gets going. That way if I don't get to it later, I won't feel so negative at the end of the day. Sat, 25 Oct 2014 10:38:57 EST Anyone tried Vivofit armband? I keep seeing the ads for the new Vivofit. I love that it shows steps right on your arm, better than when I have to pull my old fitbit off my brastrap to check it during the day. Anyone tried it? What do you think? Sat, 25 Oct 2014 07:15:55 EST Recumbent bike - help needed I have a recumbent bike but don't know here to position the pedals for my legs. Seems like it should be simple but I'm lost as to how close or far the pedals should be. Can anyone suggest how to work it out? Thanks <BR> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 03:05:09 EST Spark activity tracker Does. Anyone know when the new activity tracker is going to be available for purchase? Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:18:00 EST Is there a Podiatrist in the House? I did something to my foot the other day running on the treadmill. <BR> <BR> I was doing the "5K my way" workout, alternating between walking and running. I had just finished my last running segment (3 minutes at 4.5 mph) and started walking when I felt pain in my right foot. The pain was in my heel and I thought that perhaps I had bruised my heel, but now the pain has migrated to the front of my heel not quite into my arch. <BR> <BR> I don't feel any arch pain, but after sitting for a fe... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:27:16 EST Floor core an more ex at YMCA just started doing FLoor core and more exercise at YMCA. for a month.I had a injury to my knee few years ago and it has pain afterwards. Do you think a knee pad would help if I use it for exercise? Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:59:37 EST Running - Weightloss not happening yet?suggestions Hi everyone - so i started running end of June - just did half marathon last weekend. <BR> I feel great, asthma is doing fantastic, feeling solid and i did go down in one size but still no weight loss. <BR> I would like to lose maybe 10 lbs - what am I doing wrong? <BR> I was told that prior to the half marathon i shouldn't lose weight but now that it is over I would really like to lose that extra 10 -mainly hips, butt and thighs.(The usual culprits :P ). <BR> <BR> Advice appreciated :) Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:11:02 EST How did you get started? I am a mother of 4 kids under the age of 9. I was always an active child and was even more active in high school. Once I got married and we started our family I lost myself somewhere. I was so busy taking care of everyone else and I didn't take care of myself. I barely ever sit down. Everyday. But here I am sitting at my computer 72 pounds over weight and I don't know how to do this. I don't know the best way to eat because I thought I was. I eat salads. I eat small portions. I eat well. I ca... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:49:19 EST First Half Marathon hopes Hello! I used Spark People years ago and am back! Two years ago I ran a lot and participated in many 5ks. With job changes and moving, I quit running, but I have started again. I know it's a hefty goal, but I want to run/walk half marathon at the end of January. I found a 12 week program that officially begins next Monday. I have recruited a friend, and am really praying this works out. I am determined to do this. I've been searching blogs and sites for days to read people's stories. ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:23:10 EST Morning excersize and dizziness I love to workout in the mornings to get myself on track for the day, but I always end up feeling dizzy afterwards, and I don't feel that way other times of the day during excersize. Any ideas of how to stop this from happening? Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:30:16 EST Working Out Yet stuck Hello there!!!! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I have been active 5 days a week for the last one month. I am not a beginner, but not really advanced. I do HIIT on the treadmill and 2 or 3 times a week floor workouts. <BR> My weight has not changed in the last 3 weeks. It just goes down a notch and then back again (specially on the weigh-in day) <BR> <BR> This week, I tracked my weight daily, and today it WAS UP BY 1 kilo. <BR> <BR> I am just too devastated! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Also... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:03:09 EST P90X newbie! I'm starting P90X on Sunday and wondered if anyone had any advise. I am currently 195 lbs, 5'6", 40 years old and had a baby 19 month ago. I've lost 40 lbs since giving birth...mostly by running and walking. That's just not enough anymore. I need to kick it up! A very close friend of mine has done 9 programs over the past couple years and had making he loaned me his P90X. I don't want to let him down!!! Any advise and suggestions would be great!! Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:18:03 EST Recumbent Bike?? Hi! I'm fairly new to these boards (okay, I think this is my first post!) <BR> <BR> Anyway, my dad just had his knee replaced, and someone gave us a recumbent to use. Now that I have unlimited access to one, what is a great way to start? I am very new to bikes (spinning?), since I haven't been on one since I was 10. Is there a workout program out there for beginning-beginners? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> RMR Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:53:01 EST Exercises I'm really new to this site and have just started the workouts. <BR> <BR> Where do I track that I have done the certain ones each morning?? **or haven't done. :( <BR> <BR> I really want to keep this going as I have really gained weight over the last year. I'm definitely NOT happy with how I look OR feel. <BR> <BR> Thanks Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:20:19 EST 1 long work more beneficial than 3 shorter ones? At the moment I am walking 3 times per day and wondered whether it is just as beneficial for weight loss to do this or would 1 long one be better? <BR> <BR> I walk 20 mins at about 10am, then 30 mins at lunchtime and finally I walk my puppy for about 30 minutes in either the morning or afternoon, depending on the weather. <BR> <BR> The 2 day time walks are done at a brisk pace (about 5.4km/hour), if that helps. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:01:10 EST WHAT'S IN YOUR GYM BAG? I just washed my gym bag for the first time in quite a while and boy is it nice to have it clean! Mine is huge and full of stuff, so I rarely take everything out to wash it. <BR> <BR> Now that I am putting it back together, I wonder what other people have in their gym bags. Here's what I have in my large Nike bag. It is purple. <BR> <BR> Left Pocket: <BR> --deodorant (2) <BR> --shampoo, conditioner, leave-in conditioner, comb, brush <BR> --soap <BR> --toothbrush <BR> --handi-wipes <B... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:51:33 EST Sparkepeople was on my mind... Today was a great day for me. I thought about this site and everyone here. It helped me push harder at the gym. I did 44 minutes on the bite and pushed harder on level 8. I got off the bike and did my shoulders and lots of abs. I am over joyed to be here. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:13:27 EST Exercise Well I didn't at first till I started doing Zumba. Now I teach to seniors and I love it. I have fun with my students plus exercise is a bonus. <em>431</em> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:00:44 EST cramps I'm more accustomed to water aerobics and wanted to do some low impact aerobics out of the water.and I noticed my legs mainly my calves started to cramp. Should I start doing stretches? Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:06:14 EST I have workout ADD--HELP! So, I've been on my healthier life journey for about a year and a half. I lost 40 lbs in the first 6 months and have been toning and maintaining for the last year. I usually work out six days a week. I LOVE working out and I LOVE trying new and different workouts. <BR> <BR> I originally did lots of barre workouts--about 5 times a week give or take a day. I love them and at times even consider opening my own studio (just an example of how much I seriously love them). Because they're alwa... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:25:07 EST R U Look'n 4 a Walk/Run Group Southside of Chicago I've got the group for you! We use the Morgan Park High School Track on Tuesday and Thursday mornings 5-6am. We do Saturdays as well but on the street and time varies. For more information, please respond. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> <BR> Jewell <em>381</em> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:15:22 EST Sparks tracker I need to know if I add my exercise and what my tracker says to my fitness. Why I ? is because my sparks tracker recorder says I have stepped only 3.5 miles. My exercise was a tape that I did 4.5 miles and I had walked around the house doing morning chores, so I have walked more steps than what it counted. Please help me calculate. Thank you. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:11:59 EST Anyone have a Fitbit? or anything similar? Are you happy with your choice? Would you buy it again, or something different? I read that it "connects" to SP? How does that work? <BR> <BR> In the market to buy one, but just wanted to hear your responses first! TIA! Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:16:46 EST Are you always happy you exercised? Hello! <BR> <BR> I think most of us have those days where we just don't feel like working out, but whatever motivation we have urges us to push through it and do the workout anyway. In my case, I don't want to start over, AGAIN, and I know that if I skip one day, I am more likely to skip the next until, finally, I've quit entirely. Hence: keep going no matter what! <BR> <BR> However, I keep hearing people mention this same thing (not wanting to work out but doing it anyway), and they always... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:54:37 EST help me on beachbody program please I have done insanity.. t25.. and p90x3.. but there is no weight loss.. before I start insanity.. i weighted 65kg but after that i weight 75kg and get wider with fat!! My goal is to have a six pax without getting bulky.. i eat right.. seriously i eat right!! Then i try t25.. and guest whay.. my weight increase to 87kg.. and still got no 6 pax.. and getting more wider.. i need to throw all my old shirt because they won't fit me anymore.. I've change from size S to L in just 6 month!! What a sho... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:47:22 EST Working at comfortable pace or Pushing yourself? I have been doing C25K program and in week 7 now. Today was my 25 minutes run and i was dreading it so I did at a slow pace but it did worked my heart rate up. I am not feeling tired and fresh and I am liking this feeling. Otherwise normally I try to push myself so hard that I am tired for 3-4 hours after the workout. But will working at comfortable pace give me results? I work full time and a mom so energy through the day is important for me. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 03:25:35 EST Plank Question Hey all, <BR> When I go to add a plank onto my fitness tracker, it asks me for sets, reps, weights and minutes. I get the minutes and weights part, but I'm just holding the plank for as long as I can, so what do I put for reps and sets? <BR> <BR> Today, my 10 yr old son challenged me to a plank-off. I held it for 2:26 and he ALMOST got me.. he held his for 2:13! <BR> <BR> A few weeks ago, I could barely do 30 seconds. :) Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:40:15 EST Should I get a spark tracker? What are your guys experiences, do you like yours? I already have a pedometer to track my steps, just not sure if the spark tracker would be worth it. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:59:57 EST Cycling/Biking I came across this link (see below) and thought I'd share it with others. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>.html </link> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:18:03 EST Tracker vs. Online Fitness Tracker? I've been searching for this topic/answer but I don't have time to spend looking for it. When I workout my tracker posts more than half the calories LESS than if I look it up on the online fitness tracker provided. Like this morning...I rode my stationary bike for 35 min. at approx 14 mph. If I use the online tracker, it says I burned over 700 calories. My SP activity tracker only logged a little over 300 calories. Which one is closer to being accurate? Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:14:01 EST Video resource for Karvonen HR? Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I know this isn't an end-all as far as exercise intensity is concerned, but I want to use the Karvonen HR calculator that is on this site...except I read the article about it on here, and while it does give an example of it, it's not really clicking in my head. <BR> <BR> Does anybody know if there are good videos out there that walk through how calculating target HR zones through the Karvonen method works? Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:10:56 EST Knee Injury I have a knee injury what exercise can I do to still keep fit and burn calories please <em>40</em> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:46:16 EST low impact exercise Any suggestions for low impact exercise besides a stationary bike and swimming? I have a surgically repaired knee that I have to be very careful with. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:24:46 EST Virtual Runs I was looking at my email I received from about races in my area and noticed a couple of virtual runs. Has anyone done one before? How do they work? <BR> <BR> (sorry if this topic has come up before, I did a message board search but didn't see something that matched what I was looking for, but I could have missed it. <em>2</em> ) <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> <em>311</em> <em>182</em> <em>186</em> <em>363</em> <em>185</em> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 15:42:22 EST Insanity vs T25 I have done Insanity before but ended up injuring myself because I did not modify the exercises. I have been researching modifications and have come up with a list of what to do if I am physically incapable of the exercise. Now I have the Dr's go ahead to try out HIIT again. Now I just have to figure out which one to do! <BR> <BR> I already own Insanity and T25 both. Which one do you like better? Sun, 19 Oct 2014 01:34:11 EST Volkswalks Volkswalks, anyone do them? I participated in my first one last weekend and really enjoyed it (posted a blog about it). Took my dad along with me and this particular walk was along the river and through downtown Columbus, Georgia (we also crossed into Alabama for a bit). Volkswalks are normally 10k but they also have 5ks at most events and they are no pressure, no competition. <BR> <BR> Back in the early 90s my mom used to take us with her when she participated in them. I was a teenager at t... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 17:33:50 EST Update Spark Daily Update your spark page while doing cardiovascular or in between sets Sat, 18 Oct 2014 05:55:48 EST workplace exercise tracking Today, after forgetting my spark pedometer, I was teaching, on my feet most of the day and felt like I had done a workout. But I couldn't really track that. I was rarely sitting, did some standing and a lot of strolling around a classroom and some walking around the school. I would love to be able to find "average day teaching" on the list of exercises done. I am sure lots of jobs require exercise. In fact, when I do "heavy cleaning" or "housework", I can track that. I even track "standing fi... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 22:31:47 EST I am strong? I been going to physical therapy for about a month and she said I wass pretty stong then but yesterday she had me do her strength testt again and she poked at my ab muscles too and she said I was really strong again and that Iam on advanced workouts that shee can't even do... my question is when will my abs show that? she said they are there but my fat is covering them any tips or ideas on how to get these abs to show lol Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:58:39 EST Nike Fuelband Just got the NIke Fuelband and after one day LOVE it. Seems to be over counting calories. Does anyone else have that experience? Thu, 16 Oct 2014 20:15:10 EST Jogging in place not on tracker? How many calories Jogging in place is not on the list of exercises to track so how do I determine calories burned? Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:20:32 EST rotator cuff exercises for a dislocated shoulder You show 3 exercises for internal rotator cuff and also say if I have had a dislocated shoulder I need to do these. Do you have any more exercises? I dislocated my shoulder in June and have been doing exercises, but looking for more. <BR> <BR> Having videos help a lot. Thanks. <BR> <BR> Rosemary Lund Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:50:36 EST Took the plunge... Yesterday I started working out with a trainer. For the next 4 weeks I will work with her 4x a week. I am so motivated! I do cardio on a regular basis but have never really been able to stick to any kind of strength program. I would do the weight machines but never really ventured to free weights. I really just don't know enough about it to strengthen the total body. I guess you're never too old to learn something new! <BR> <BR> <em>23</em> <em>323</em> <em>357</em> <em>320</em>... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 11:57:36 EST map my walk or fitbit for leslie sansone Hi all <BR> <BR> Can you use either of these for her walking videos to keep track of steps etc? I have map my fitness but not sure it would be effective as walking outside with it. Thanks in advance <BR> <BR> Kelly Thu, 16 Oct 2014 07:44:42 EST What can I start out with? I'm obese, and have tried walking, but my lower back starts spasming and I have to stop. I'm trying to find something I can start out with to lose some weight and make it easier to start walking without pain. ANYTHING! Exercises at home would be best. Please help. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 23:11:29 EST Gift for a Friend *1st 1/2 marathon* My very good friend is running her 1st 1/2 marathon on Sunday and I want to get her a small gift to let her know how proud I am of her. <BR> <BR> I need my Spark Friends' help! I don't want it to be overly expensive, but I thought about getting her a small gift bag with things she may need like jelly beans and gels... but I am open to any suggestions that experienced Marathoners (is that a word?) may have. <BR> <BR> I also thought about including some things she may need post run as well.... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 21:59:13 EST hi I have a terrible time exercising, even though I have an exercise bike at home and membership to a wonderful gym. I'm horrible! <BR> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:07:22 EST Does Today's Trivia Question Make Sense?? The Question: <BR> What type of aerobic exercise involves sustaining one exercise intensity for several minutes? <BR> <BR> The Answer Choices: <BR> Ongoing training Steady training Continuous training Interval training <BR> Cross training Extended training <BR> <BR> Explanation <BR> Continuous training is the most common method of aerobic exercise. It involves sustaining one exercise intensity for several minutes 20-60 minutes (or more for long-distance training) at a time. <BR>... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:35:39 EST Wearing shapewear while working out Just curious, does anybody wear shapewear while exercising? Wed, 15 Oct 2014 01:20:44 EST How to measure activity I take care of 3 horses and clean the barn every day. I ride one horse almost every day...western, so not as taxing as English. <BR> <BR> Today I had to lift 12 tubs weighing about 60 pounds each; dump them into the trailer. That is after filling them with horse "dirt". <BR> <BR> I was active for about 90 minutes. Some of it was spent on the tractor, some was sweeping. The majority of it was spent cleaning the stalls. Didn't ride today. <BR> <BR> At almost 68 years old, that's abo... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 22:52:48 EST How do I log the actual number of calories burned I use a heart rate monitor when I exercise every time. When I log walking 40 minutes at 3.0 mph, spark people only gives me 175 calories. I worked at an incline and my HRM gave me 235 calories for the same exercise. How can I log the actual 235 instead on the lower number. Tue, 14 Oct 2014 19:32:52 EST Starting AGAIN I am starting today again to try and get fit and I have lost count how many times I have done this. I lost 11 pounds and feel like I've gained it all back. Too embarrassed to even step on the scale to see. I haven't been coming on Sparkpeople every day like I was in the beginning and I'm changing that today. When I did before, I lost the weight because there is so much support on here. I'm truly disgusted with myself and plan to make this the last time I'm starting over. My gym membership run... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 09:57:35 EST running posture abs and breathing from the belly "Proper form can help you conserve energy and avoid injury. Your posture should be upright—shoulders back, abs pulled in, and no slouching or leaning forward." <BR> <BR> Hi _ I was reading an article about running on SP. it said that the abs should be pulled in. But how can you breath from the belly then? I am trying to get myself to running. So I am very beginner. <BR> <BR> I do train every day: swimming, body pump, Pilates. But no running. as all beg I have problems with breathing.And I a... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 06:47:22 EST Help! Ankle feels out or not? Somehow I injured my right ankle slightly a few days ago. The bone that protrudes on the left side (inside leg) and surrounding area is tender to the touch and it's very slightly swollen. It doesn't hurt to walk on it but it is tender, and it hurts to go down the stairs putting pressure on it. I am right in the middle of a Jillian Michaels 30 day shred workout dvd and I really don't want to stop, but I also don't want to make it worse. Right now I feel I can probably tend to it on my own and ... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 05:33:59 EST Learning to Run I want to get in shape and I want to learn how to love to run. I am about 100 lbs over weight and I sit at a desk all day. I seen some people on these boards talk about a Couch to 5k or something along those lines. Where can I find that? Any tips on how to work my way into running and losing weight at the same time? Thank you! Mon, 13 Oct 2014 19:03:06 EST Working out at home question I am thinking about ordering the Focus T25 DVD set from Beach Body. I like working out at home. I am wondering if anyone works out strictly at home using DVDs. Has it helped you tone and lose weight? Mon, 13 Oct 2014 17:46:42 EST Treadmill Time....what gives?? I used the treadmill for 21 minutes with the activity tracker on, and it says that I have no workout minutes....Big difference in calories burned too, tracker 64, treadmill 141. What gives?? Mon, 13 Oct 2014 11:28:16 EST 15 minutes vs. 30 or more Can I get the same benefits from doing smaller amounts of exercise throughout the day, or is it more "weight loss" beneficial by doing a longer session, such as 45-50 mins. all at once. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 09:54:03 EST when to start jogging/running? Ok so here's my dilemma. I started out at 285 pounds and abo6t two years ago I began exercising and after losing about two months of walking i decided to start jogging and i liked it but after about two weeks i got lower back pain and had to go the doctor and she told me she wouldn't advise it until i lost a little more weight, i had lost around ten pounds at that point. Now forward to the present, i had gained the ten pounds back since then but i started up walking again and have lost 27 pou... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 09:12:33 EST strength exercises outside Hi When i go walk the trail ir lake when i break i like to do a plank or push ups is there anyother workouts i can do outside on my break when walking. For ex. I walk 1 mile do a plank for 1 min. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 07:14:19 EST Beginner vs. Advanced workout routines Is there a good way to tell if I am ready for advanced exercise routines, or should I stick with beginning routines for a week, a month, etc.? <BR> Thanks for all the support I get from this site! Sun, 12 Oct 2014 14:01:04 EST Pushing through the difficult times I try to remind myself every day that if I do my workout and stay consistent, that I will find I have more energy, sleep better and face each day with a renewed attitude. Pus through the difficult times and it will be worth it. Sun, 12 Oct 2014 12:38:02 EST Schedule for exercise and dieting This is my first day attempting to begin this new lifestyle, but I honestly have no idea what type of schedule to follow. Do I eat 3 times a day then exercise at the end? Exercise before I eat anything at all? Middle of the day? I honestly am not sure how to create my routine. Sun, 12 Oct 2014 10:39:56 EST Caloric burn - HRM or spark, which to believe? So I have been using a Garmin 405cx HRM for several years while running - longer than I have been on sprakpeople. The calories it states from running (usually 2-6 mi) is much less on the Garmin than the spark counter (like 300 cal on HRM v 700 on spark for same activity). I figured the HRM is correct. <BR> Yesterday I wore the HRM and the spark counter while fencing. 1.5 hours (warm ups, 1 lesson, 4 open bouts, group footwork), HRM said 444cal and the spark said like 290cal burned. <BR> So no... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 09:01:41 EST Seated Cardio Tracking So I fractured a couple of toes last night (nothing major, I'm strangely prone to toe fractures and they always heal up after a week or so as long as I keep my weight off of them as much as possible), and I'm now limited to seated workouts for a while. However, this makes any exercise outside of my regular strength training a little more difficult, as I can't even go for a walk or use the treadmill. <BR> <BR> I've done some hunting online, and there's a number of seated cardio videos on Yout... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 18:38:05 EST Fitness Minutes... I was just taking a look at the page where you can edit your fitness goals. There is no longer a place to enter in the estimated time for your strength training. So, are we supposed to include both strength training and cardio in the exercise minutes or just the time spent on cardio? If it's just for cardio, then should we just track our strength training in the notes section? I do prefer having things separated out, just seems like it would be better organized (at least in my mind). I realiz... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 17:14:37 EST JUMPING ROPE ...TO OLD WITH ARTHRITIS ? I have a lot of arthritis, fibro, bone spurs all over and i am in a lot of pain all the time . I do try to walk 2 miles every other day if possible but it really hurts my back, hips and knees . now with that said oh and i am a fairly young 70 . I would like to jump rope this winter as i won't be able to walk on our road . Anybody that can give me good advice ? Thanks Fri, 10 Oct 2014 18:35:11 EST Workout help and support post pregnancy amputee? So to put a long story short, in 2009 I became a right below knee amputee. Prior to this I was in excellent shape and very athletic. Since, I have had periods of time where I am in great shape and then periods where I struggle. A month and half I had my first child. Basically I am dying to get back into shape. Cardio is not an issue for me. It's strength training that is not always easy. I am hispanic and with that comes big thighs, hips, and butt. I don't want to completely lose them just to... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 17:46:57 EST Sore ribs and nauseous after ab day Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> Last night I did 45 minutes of cardio followed with 25 minutes of strength training (and 10 of it was abs). Before anyone asks, yes I am eating enough and eating right. lol Wondering if anyone else experiences this kind of delayed onset muscle soreness and what to do for it. I'd really like to go to my workout tonight, but don't want to injure myself or set myself back. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 15:56:16 EST How to find out your reasonable / ideal weight I lost a lot of weight over the course of 4 months and came to a stand still, "maintain" weight. I still carry a lot of fat around my mid section. It's been quite a few months since I tried losing weight so I'm back at it and the weight's coming off again. I've broken through this platue. My question is how do I know what a healthy weight for me is? BMI calculators are not very accurate to assess this so in which ways can I be watchful for in achieving a healthy weight? My goal is to be under... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 22:44:49 EST My ankle pops when I walk or use elliptical. Is this normal? It doesn't hurt any. Wed, 8 Oct 2014 18:43:47 EST clip won't click on tracker Well, I have changed the battery this morning on my tracker, and the clip won't stay in. Now what? Any ideas anyone? Wed, 8 Oct 2014 15:13:02 EST Spark Activity Tracker. Do you like it? Accurate? I just bought one today. Should get it next week probably. I have wanted one for awhile and it was on sale so I bought it! <BR> What are your experiences with it? Is it accurate, especially when on an elliptical (which is my favorite exercise to do)? And I plan on wearing it in the middle of my bra, which it said you can do. Is it accurate there too? I would be too afraid to wear it on my shoe or pants. I would be afraid of losing it. Wed, 8 Oct 2014 13:41:18 EST Spark Activity Tracker Not Found I finally happy to get the battery problem solved by turning the SPT slightly to the left & lifting up with a fine thin screwdriver & was able to remove battery. I replaced with the second battery that was sent to me with my new SPT purchased in May. I was able to use my SPT for about a week then something happened & I lost the Icon in my systems icon for dashboard. At that time the USB dongle light was green & last sync was yesterday morning. After the rest of yesterday's activ... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 11:15:48 EST Wii Fitness Does anyone here use the Wii Fitness programs? If so which ones? And have you seen results? Wed, 8 Oct 2014 09:55:23 EST Weighted Hula Hoop Does anyone hula hoop for exercise? I bought a weighted hula hoop last night and tried it out. I did about 30 minutes of it while watching a tv show, not sure if anyone else has experienced this, but it hurt! Not in a 'oohh my core is getting tight and sore' way, but more of, 'ouch i'm getting bruised from this hula hoop! I woke up with bruises, but i'm going to keep at it for this month and see if I can see any results in my core. <BR> I'm trying to tone my tummy and hips, any advice on how... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 07:07:23 EST should I alternate cardio with weight lifting So i've lost 13 kgs(28 pounds) so far, I still have at least 15 more kgs to lose though. For the past month, i've been kind of stuck in a plateau, i know it happens to everyone, but it could get frustrating at times. <BR> <BR> So for my workout routine, i run 3 times a week, and do a kick boxing DVD the 3 other days. I do occasionally lift weights, but i am honestly not that consistent. So i was wondering, is it a good idea to alternate between running and weight lifting days? It would mean... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 04:56:03 EST Need help with my glutes I would like to tone my glutes, have heard that squats and lunges helped and then I heard they don't help. I heard doing kickbacks with weights help too.....would like some information on what's best to tone my glutes. <BR> <BR> Thanks Tue, 7 Oct 2014 20:20:16 EST Yoga with a wrist injury? Before going away to college I did martial arts. I sustained a wrist injury that prevents me from bending it too far or putting to much pressure on it. I, however, have begun looking into yoga because I have so little space. My problem is many yoga moves involve placing pressure on your wrists or using your hands to support you. I was wondering if anyone knew of modified positions that don't aggravate wrist injuries. If so, you'd be a lifesaver! <BR> <BR> Thank you so much for your help! Tue, 7 Oct 2014 16:58:06 EST I feel guilty for not working out I have numerous workout DVDs (Jillian Michaels, Leslie Sansone, Coach Nicole). I have a gym membership. I use none of those. <BR> <BR> I have a fairly active job working as a personal shopper, but even with the bending, lifting, and such, the majority of my activity IS walking. Some of it can be fairly brisk, but not all of it. <BR> <BR> I replaced my Fitbit the other day. Saturday, at the end of the day, I had 18,841 steps. Sunday, I had 17,320. It's not unusual for me to see numbers nea... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 13:41:24 EST HELP!! Weight Watchers 15 Minute Boot Camp Video Is anyone using this Video? I just bought it and did the 15 Minute Core portion to check it out and am trying to figure out calories burned. I want to be able to track it correctly for my fitness tracker. <BR> <BR> Thanks for any help Tue, 7 Oct 2014 11:00:57 EST 21 day fix vs Focus T25 I've gotten waaayy out of shape being in college and gained too much weight. I'm looking for something to get started again with. I did Insanity a few years ago but it killed my knees with all of the high impact stuff. I'm wondering, is T25 a high impact deal? Are the 21 day fix workouts good? Just looking for some opinions. Tue, 7 Oct 2014 10:33:27 EST fit bit or spark tracker??? need your opinions??? which is better and what do u like? Tue, 7 Oct 2014 10:14:09 EST Is it ok to go to gym 7 days a week? I was wondering if it is ok to go to gym everyday? I'm talking like Monday,Wednesday,Friday - weights n other days just cardio, cause you can have active rest days right? Tue, 7 Oct 2014 06:15:46 EST Why can't I lose this baby weight? Hello everyone, after years of reading posts on Spark, I've decided to sign up and post my own question. Hopefully, somebody can help me out. <BR> <BR> I am 24 and gave birth 7 months ago to a beautiful, healthy baby boy. However, for 7 months now and after breastfeeding (almost exclusively) for 6 months, I weigh exactly the same as I did one week after giving birth. <BR> <BR> My story is this: before I got married I had managed to lose over 60lbs through healthy eating, exercise and interm... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 14:28:11 EST walking buddy I live in Odessa Rx & I'm looking for a walking buddy. Please get back to me at Thanks kathe Mon, 6 Oct 2014 10:34:54 EST Indoor cycling trainer--do distance computers work I just bought an indoor trainer for my bike. I am thinking of getting some sort of fitness band to measure HR and other things. <BR> <BR> Question is, I would like some computer that can calculate speed/distance that will work for an indoor trainer stand and will also work on the road. I'm not sure how to find one that will accurately know how far I've gone for the indoor setup. Cadence alone doesn't tell me very much. Speed would only tell me how fast I am going at that moment. I'm trai... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 07:37:11 EST FitBit syncing...doubling up? Sorry if this question has been asked and answered, but do those of you who use FitBit and sync it with SP ALSO track your activity. For example, walking on the treadmill for an hour: Do you sync your FitBit AND track your treadmill walk? It seems like I'm doubling up on my minutes. Should I just let the FitBit sync and not track any other activity? Sun, 5 Oct 2014 20:56:34 EST marathons Well today I and 2 very good friends joined me in doing my 1st 1/2 marathon. The Rock n' Roll was held in San Jose. Clocked 33,668 steps, 251 min and 17 miles. Which I don't understand. Oh, I put the tracker on before leaving the house.That's why the added miles and min. Sun, 5 Oct 2014 20:34:06 EST HELP! Bad pain after running... I'm a new(2 months) runner. I just started having severe pain at the top of hip bone protrusions, not joint, even sore to the touch. Walking hurts, stairs, etc. Better after 24 hours, can run every other day comfortably, but hurts each time. Immediately after running, and during running pain is, not second day muscle soreness... any ideas???? thanks! Sun, 5 Oct 2014 19:31:08 EST Has anyone had success with the Insanity workouts My local gym now offers insanity classes. I attended twice and decided to get the videos since it forces me to work on cardio. I was wondering if anyone's tried the workouts and has any tips before I begin? <BR> <BR> The program is 6 days a week and I might stretch out the workouts longer than suggested while trying to fit in some strength training in between. Any words of advice is appreciated thanks! Sun, 5 Oct 2014 18:10:31 EST Do you eat the calories you burn in excersice? I notice when I track my exercise it adds the calories burned back into my daily allotted amount? Do you eat them or not? I don't want to sabotage what I am doing by eating them? Sun, 5 Oct 2014 07:41:13 EST I need exercises for my arms. Hi, does any one have any good exercises for arms using dumbbells that help with flab under the arms ? Thank you! Sat, 4 Oct 2014 20:03:30 EST How many calories should I be burning a day??? Hello, <BR> <BR> So I've read everywhere that I should be burning more calories than I consume, and if I'm not mistaken I know that's including your BMR. I'm trying to lose 20 lbs by Christmas and i'm consuming between 1200-1500 calories a day (that's what it's telling me to do on here at least). My question many calories should I actually be burning a day to reach my goal??? I'm trying to research it, but i'm just not understanding it. Can anyone help me out please???? <BR> First ... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 17:40:11 EST Jillian Michaels DVDs HELP Hi! <BR> <BR> About Jillian Michaels DVDs... <BR> <BR> Is it Ok if I do 20 min Kickboxing, 30 Days Shred and No More Trouble Zones all together in one session of my workout 5/7? Is it too much? <BR> <BR> Have any of you tried something similar? <BR> <BR> Thanks for your help! :) <BR> <BR> (Sorry for my grammar, I don't speak English) <BR> :( Sat, 4 Oct 2014 12:57:29 EST Thanks for the motivation I woke up feeling blah and with a headache. I logged onto FB and saw Sparkpeople' s inspirational post about being one work out away from a good mood, and that helped get me going. I popped in a 30-minute workout DVD, and the rest is history! Exercise really IS the natural antidepressant! Sat, 4 Oct 2014 11:42:28 EST Spectating Twin Cities Marathon and 10 Mile Races Tomorrow is the Twin Cities Marathon and 10 Miles Races. I am going to watch with some friends from my run club and we know many people running the races. At least one is trying to qualify for Boston and another is running as a Master's Elite. Seeing the Elites is amazing but I love seeing the slower runners. I honestly find them more inspiring. Probably because I am one of the pokey ones. <BR> <BR> A local running store sponsors the Cheer Zone at Mile 24 (Mile 8 for the 10 Mile). The fi... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 08:36:55 EST Walking Question I enjoy walking as one of my ways to be active. This might be a dumb question, but does a person need to walk a certain pace in order for it to be beneficial? I don't walk at a snail's pace, but I was wondering if I should walk a 14 min mile in order for it to be beneficial. Thanks! Fri, 3 Oct 2014 14:31:05 EST kinesiology tape has anyone tried it with success because I have a nasty little ankle sprain and I have no choice but to be on my feet. I put ice on it I rest as much as I can I even switch up to heat and I wrap it up when I have to bear weight. Fri, 3 Oct 2014 13:16:41 EST help! my shoulder... Hi! I am fairly active, I do zumba 3 days a week, light strength training, and go for walks. Well a few months ago I started having problems with my shoulder. Sometimes it pops, sometimes it throbs, and sometimes it is just fine, but I do seem to have more trouble with full range of motion in certain exercises now. <BR> <BR> Do I just need to strengthen the muscles around it? Or are there certain stretches that help? Fri, 3 Oct 2014 11:33:14 EST Help! Shoulder and back. Help! I need to know more shoulder and back exercises so I can use proper form. Anyone have any sources? <em>303</em> Fri, 3 Oct 2014 01:10:46 EST Walking can you lose? Can you lose weight by just walking? I know you have to eat healthier but can your only exercise be walking or do you need to do something else with it? Thu, 2 Oct 2014 20:05:01 EST Quieting The Mind During Treadmill Warm-Up Greetings! I feel compelled to share a simple warm-up technique that has helped make my daily treadmill time a doubly-good way to start the day. <BR> <BR> I spend the first 5 minutes with my hands resting on the handles, walking at an easy pace with my eyes closed, centering my mind. It clears my mind of anything I might spend the next 20 minutes obsessing about and makes my workout - and the rest of my day - considerably more pleasant. <BR> <BR> And where else can you walk for 5 minutes ... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 14:25:51 EST water walking I walk in the pool. does anyone know how to calculate the calories or how to classify it? Thu, 2 Oct 2014 13:05:54 EST What to do when I end up missing a day or more? Sometimes mainly doing to have to work additional hours or shifts at work I end up having to miss a day or two or even at times more days in a row of my workout routine. I alternate between one day Cardio/Aerobic and next day strength training. <BR> <BR> If I miss a day or more in my routine, when I can workout again I have been just doing what would have been the next routine. If strength was next then that is what I would do. I know that the most important thing is that just get back to do... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 23:07:13 EST "You know you're a runner when..." Great article! <em>334</em> <em>363</em> <BR> <BR><BR>ies/you-know-youre-a-runner-when Wed, 1 Oct 2014 17:21:16 EST Pebble watch and fitness tracker Hi! Do you have one of these? I already have a FitBit and a Garmin for tracking, but this might be fun too.... <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 1 Oct 2014 15:03:55 EST alternative exercises? I have issues with one of my hips and find it difficult to run/walk for any length of time that would be beneficial. Does anyone have any ideas for good cardio workouts that I can do outside the gym? Thanks. Wed, 1 Oct 2014 14:45:59 EST Shins I've been doing great with my walking, getting faster and feeling good about the steps I'm making, but every time I go my shins kill me. My shoes are pretty new and they are saucony's so I'd think they were a decent brand. I try to stretch my legs out, but it doesn't seem to help. I feel like I could go further or longer if my shins weren't burning so badly and it's really frustrating. <BR> <BR> Any thoughts?? Wed, 1 Oct 2014 07:59:13 EST big lady seeking other big lady to exercise with Hey! <BR> Hope my topic caught your attention. I have a Goodlife membership and sometimes don't enjoy going alone to exercise. Hoping to find someone on here who would like to join me! My goal is 120 llbs of weight loss <BR> <BR> Woo!! <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance Wed, 1 Oct 2014 00:36:23 EST Unable to open Sparktracker I need to know what to do about changing the battery in my Sparktracker as I have used rubber gloves myself & had two other people try to open it. Also tried to loosen with a card. Have not tried using with a knife as someone said they did & got it open but someone else said you could damage it. I am very frustrated with it & want to use it but can't. Please advise. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:39:33 EST How to Fix and Elliptical? Does anyone know how to fix an elliptical? My son likes to use it while watching TV. Now it shutters every time I get to a certain part of the revolution. I love my elliptical, and I don't want to have to part with it. Thanks for your help. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:46:47 EST kettlebells - do you use them? Just wondering how many minutes you run a routine and what your favorite routine(s) would be. <BR> I have a range of weights & a great DVD. I plan to get my teen daughter working with me! Mon, 29 Sep 2014 22:32:20 EST Slim series 8 week calendar Does anyone have a pic or the calendar for the 8 week slim series? I have everything except for the initial workout schedule I have misplaced it Mon, 29 Sep 2014 22:25:30 EST Exercise Tracking - Beginner Good evening, everyone. <BR> <BR> I just started doing exercise along with food tracking yesterday, and I have some questions about the fitness tracker. To preface: I am 242 lbs (from 275 lbs); I am looking to lose weight with better eating and exercise. SP has given me a limit of 1320-1670. Yesterday and today, I walked 3 mph for 60 minutes. This information may not be necessary to answer my first question, but I would rather offer more than what is needed than not enough in this case. <BR... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 21:56:24 EST Can I sync my fitbit to SP? Fitbit flex. Can I sync to SP? How do I do that? Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:59:26 EST New Fitbit I am getting a new fitbit and want to give my older one to my daughter. I looked at their website and didn't find a definitive answer to my question. I know I can add a new device, but can I delete the old one. Then, will my daughter, who lost her old fitbit, be able to add my device to her fitbit account? Thanks in advance for any advice. Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:06:34 EST Need assistance for my mom Good Afternoon Fellow Sparkers! <BR> <BR> I have a huge favor to ask as I simply don't know what to do. <BR> <BR> My mom is 66 years old, will be 67 by the end of the year. She really has never been that "active" despite having a job where she stood most of the day for about 20 years. Since she retired about 6-7 years ago, her joy has been scrapbooking... not exactly a hobby where you move around and get up and down a great deal. <BR> <BR> Though she does not need to lose a tremendous ... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:10:44 EST Want to do Jillian Michaels 30 day shred? Do you have the DVD? Want to do it with me? I just started yesterday. Mon, 29 Sep 2014 06:12:33 EST Does work count as a workout? I'm a server at a restaurant and I walk a ridiculous amount during my shift. I often stay on my feet for 7 hours at a time, lifting heavy plates and trays. Can I include this as maybe a slow walk under fitness? I'm constantly moving, I often sweat and after my shift, I'm exhausted. My constant movement doesn't count toward my calorie count range estimation, I'm given the same calorie range for someone who works a desk job. I feel like 1,200-1,500 calories isn't enough for me, even to lose wei... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:23:22 EST Day off from exercise & quilt I know everything I read says you need to have a rest day from exercise and I've tried it today but I feel guilty and like I'm slacking big time. I feel like if nothing else I need to walk up and down the drive way for 30 minutes. Does anyone else have this issue or am I in need of therapy? lol I don't want to get burn out but not moving feels wrong too. Any advice? Sun, 28 Sep 2014 18:41:26 EST Injury - No Exercise I have recently gained back about 10 pounds. I have not been able to exercise because of a hip injury. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any tips for losing weight without exercise? Aside from eating barely any calories that is! Or any safe activities to burn calories that don't require your lower body at all. <BR> Thanks! Sun, 28 Sep 2014 17:59:02 EST Found a sale this week on jawbone up I found a good price on a new jawbone up and am looking for some advice. I have found one for around 60.00 but since price is normally over 120 I think it is a good choice. But I have also always like fitbit zip because its cheap. <BR> <BR> But since the fitbit items are still a bit pricey. I think the jawbone up might be a good option for me. Any advice about the jawbone up would be great please. Thank you. <BR> <BR> Plus I would like to know about sizes I like my watches to fit snug but ... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 17:45:23 EST Full Body No Equipment Strength Routine Hi, I was wondering if Sparkpeople might have a full body NO EQUIPMENT strength routine that I could print up to use while on vacation, away from my gym. I'd prefer not to drag along weights... I do have some resistance bands but would like to avoid any exercise that requires fastening them to something since I don't know if the hotel I'll be in will have a suitable place to fasten them (in other words, exercises that have me hold or stand on the bands are fine, but exercises that ask me to... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 11:26:17 EST Has anyone ever bought a swim parka before? Apparently, that's what they call the coats you can put around a damp suit after swimming while driving home. If so, what brand do you recommend? Sun, 28 Sep 2014 02:56:59 EST I love swimming I love to swim and am working on my freestyle stroke almost daily, sometimes as long as 2 hours.. Anyone else passionate about swimming? Sat, 27 Sep 2014 13:39:09 EST How much do you exercise? And what do you usually do? Right now I am using the elliptical about 20 minutes a few times a week. And a little strength training a couple days a week. Hoping to up the cardio up to 30-40 minutes as I get stronger. Sat, 27 Sep 2014 09:48:27 EST question for the SP coaches ????????? When will SP start to us members in the beginners videos that over weight and not fit yet to do them as the coaches are ???? Hearing the coaches suggest how to use help is not the same as seeing it from someone who is having difficulties too. <BR> <BR> It would really be a big motivator to see that it CAN be done by those who are out of shape and over weight !!! I know many SP members that are just not fit, or too over weight to do these exercises in the videos. Visualization is very i... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 08:22:03 EST Thoracic herniation Hi all! <BR> Before I type this all out, I just want to say I know I need to consult my doctor but I appreciate any advice/opinions! <BR> <BR> 4 years ago I was in a pretty bad car accident and found out that I have a bulged cervical and lumbar disc as well as a herniated thoracic disc. At the time, my weight jumped from 150-165 at the highest but I was always athletic and the year before the accident I had gotten into a gym routine. Since then, I've gained about 100lbs and I'm disgusted b... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 23:37:02 EST Hello my weightlifting friends.... I'm trying to come up with a schedule and routine for me to switch from weight loss to toning. <BR> <BR> Which type of schedule do you prefer? <BR> The 4 Day Upper/Lower Split <BR> The 3 Day Upper/Lower Split <BR> The Push/Pull Split <BR> Something else? Fri, 26 Sep 2014 14:12:53 EST help again lol How do i build my fitness level up? I've. Been. Do cardio at least 3 times a week 35-45 mins a week and im going to a zumba party is a hour and a half long. Its oct 18 and ive been excerising regular for about two months Fri, 26 Sep 2014 13:24:46 EST Do you use the Spark Activity Tracker (the clip) I've been considering an activity tracker for a while now, and I LOVE the price on this. I know it may not have all the bells and whistles, but I want something to give me an acurate picture of my movement and activity- both conscientious fitness in the gym and more passive stuff like cleaning the house. Any thoughts on this versus other devices? Fri, 26 Sep 2014 10:09:05 EST Why have I gained weight? I started my weight loss journey in January. I went from 187 to 152. At first I had just relied on diet. Then I stepped it up to walking a few miles every day. That is how I lost that amount of weight. <BR> <BR> A month and a half ago I decided to start running. I got down to 147. But now I am back up to 152 and my diet didn't change. <BR> <BR> Here is what I have been doing: everyday I hit around 1200 calories of clean eating. I jog a 5k. It's up hill and down hill training (192 ft gain... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 08:06:33 EST Walking and/or Exercise DVD's Would it be better for me to switch up from walking/jogging every so often? I have some exercise DVD's, haven't really used them, but my main exercise is walking/jogging and doing stairs. Would this be more beneficial to me? Fri, 26 Sep 2014 06:35:18 EST Cardio and strength training Hi all: I do cardio 5 times a week for 45 minutes. Two of those days, I do strength training. On the days I do strength training, should I do the full 45 minutes or should I do less cardio? I have been confused about this and I would like some clarity. Thanks all!!!! GOD bless! !!!! Fri, 26 Sep 2014 06:34:40 EST