Everyone has an idea in their head when it comes to looking their fittest and healthiest. For some, it's fitting perfectly into a certain outfit, or walking on the beach in a bikini with total confidence. For others, it may mean seeing a defined... Read more
SparkPeople’s Exercise Reference Guides offer an in-depth look at the principles of fitness.
Stretching comes naturally to all of us. You might notice that if you have been sitting in a particular position for a long time, you stretch unco... 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
When you think about working out—or even see it on TV, in movies, or at your own gym—does stretching come to mind? Probably not.
Stretching is easily ignored, even in commercials for gyms. Yet it's an important part of any fitnes... Read more
Athletes do it. Chess players do it. Novelists, successful scientists and even salespeople do it. These days, everyone who wants to make big things happen is planning ahead in order to succeed. What about you? When it comes to planning ahead to reach... Read more
If you have regained your flexibility through a stretching routine, how long did it take you to see those results? How often, and for how long, did you stretch?
I know I won't see results immediately, but I feel like I haven't gained any flexib... Read more
Maybe it is due to being 40, but I find that trying to do leg presses makes my hips " tight ", like they aren't bending right at the socket. My range of motion is limited, and I don't feel comfortable. Wondering what would help get past this, so I ca... Read more
Hello. I am new to Sparkpeople and joined to help me overcome my lifelong struggle with food. I am not that overweight (although I would love to lose a few pounds), but I am tired of having an eating disorder. I hide it well, but I have a terrible... Read more
The steps counted on my SPAT seem low. It was my understanding that a step is moving one foot forward. Does SPAT consider the forward movement of right AND left feet a step? The last time I calculated a 2 mile walk outdoors with the number of step... Read more
I was recently diagnosed as pre-diabetic. What a blow! I know I am overweight, okay a lot overweight. But me, diabetic?? A nurse at my doctor's office does diabetic counseling, and in just one session I learned a lot. But this is the reason that it w... Read more
Although not everyone agrees about when to stretch, how long to stretch or what to stretch, most people include stretching as a regular part of their exercise routine. Research has shown that flexibility and range of motion decrease as we age. Regu... Read more
Yoga has seen a steady rise in popularity over the past few years. According to a 2008 report released by Yoga Journal, 15.8 million American adults were practicing yoga. In 2010, that number grew to 21.9 million. The majority repor... Read more
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