Stretching is an important component of any fitness routine. Although it can be tempting to finish a run and skip the stretches, you know better. Stretching has many benefits, including increased range of motion and improved muscular coordination. Re... Read more
Exercise beginners usually try to make up for lost time by going all out their first week. The result? Injury or intense soreness. Pain does not necessarily mean gain.
Many injuries occur at joints, where bones meet and provide motion. An enormo... Read more
The phrase "shin splint" is a generic term that describes pain in the lower leg, either on the medial (inside) or lateral (outside) side of the shin bone. This pain usually begins as a dull ache that can't be pinpointed; it can be felt... 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
We love them, we look forward to them, we talk about them for weeks before and weeks after – vacations. Those 1-2 weeks of the year when we get away from it all – work, responsibilities, car pools. Unfortunately, there is something el... Read more
I have been on Spark now for 15 days. I am following the program religiously and so far doing well.
On the body weight and measurement page there are only one set of measurements. I have measured both the right and left sides and... Read more
I have the worst shin splints and calf pain when i run. Ounce been running about 2-4 miles 4 days a week for two months and its still just d bad. I ggot new more supportive shoes and still they hurt. It really hinders my workout. Any suggestion?... Read more
stumped- so when I exercise at night the calorie increases so much but I'm not going to eat a lot right before bed. I'm making the range for fat, carbs and protein but way under in calories (but within the calorie range before workout. Don't want to... Read more
I'm new. a little confusing where to post. I have just restarted sp and just recently overexercised and caused myself a little flare. Ugh. I walk my dog about 2-3 miles a day. I added a little strength training (like 10 min) two days ago (a si... Read more
I work 10 hours a day and am also a full time student and single mom, which leads to not a lot of time for much. When I am at work I spend my time standing in a forklift and our work is timed and tracked down to the second that doesn't allow... Read more
I keep moving throughout the day. Work requires that I stand and when I don't have guests I use the time to do Qi Gong exercises:moving my hands, wrists, fingers, stretching wrists to avoid carpel tunnel,shifting weight from one foot to the other, do... Read more
Having strong calf muscles are what gives our lower legs that often sought after well-defined look, but having strong calf muscles also aids running and walking by allowing for ankle extension. While many of us find working the quadriceps (front t... Read more
I was not blessed with natural flexibility. Unless I stretch on a regular basis, I have no hope of reaching down and touching my toes. My tendency to skip stretching after runs (I know, shame on me) has come back to bite me in the past.&n... Read more
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