It’s a common problem for many who exercise. It makes everyday activity difficult, and scares a lot of people away from any physical activity. It’s lower back pain. For those of you who suffer from it, there is hope. While there... Read more
If the eyes are the windows to the soul, then posture is a lens to our health. Sit and stand with proper posture and you will physically look 10 years younger—and 10 pounds lighter. Psychologically, good posture conveys confidence, poise and le... Read more
Yoga, which comes from the Sanskrit yuj word meaning "union," originated in India more than 5,000 years ago. There are many forms of yoga, but in general, yoga focuses on breathing techniques (pranayama), postures (asanas), flexibility, and... Read more
A common concern among new mothers is how to get rid of their jelly bellies and regain flatter, more toned stomachs. For some women, re-strengthening their core seems an easy task, but for most it is an uphill battle that takes many months, even... Read more
To strengthen bones, we've always heard that weight-bearing and high-impact exercises (like running and lifting weights) are best. This leaves many people assuming that their low-impact workouts aren't doing much to improve bone strength. Swi... Read more
I really need to work on some upper body strength. I cannot stand for any long period of time without my upper back hurting between my "wing" bones (and I mean horribly). The muscles are so weak that they don't like to try and support my upright posi... Read more
Hey everyone. My name is Angela and I've been an on and off member of SP for a few years now. Hoping to meet some new supportive friends on here. Please feel free to add me.. I would love some extra support and will do my part to support you as well.... Read more
I beg you! Please bring back the toolbar!
I'm finding my experience using the site has really deteriorated since it was turned off. I don't spend as much time on the site because it's just a pain to move around it and get to the areas I want t... Read more
Hi all, I'm just rejoining SparkPeople because I'm out of control with my eating. I just reread / relived my first experience of joining back in 2009 (before wedding, before baby). It was actually extra motivating (and nostalgic) to read my old goa... Read more
Not only will abdominal exercises strengthen your bones and the muscles of the back, but they'll also strengthen your entire midsection - which takes weight and pressure off your back. So add crunches to your routine as well as leg lifts and bent-ov... Read more
The plank, according to many experts, is by far one of best exercises we can do to help strengthen our core--the muscles that support our back and abdomen. And because there are many different variations in performing this exercise, they... Read more
As a young college student studying health and fitness, I never expected that I'd have a desk job. Certainly I'd be on my feet, active, exercising, training people all day long, right? Turns out, my job is the exact opposite. Working for Spar... Read more
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