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
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
When I tell people that I'm a master Pilates trainer, I get a lot of interesting reactions. People who practice and love Pilates are quick to ask their burning questions or express their envy at my "dream" job. But many people who are l... Read more
When you first start making room for healthy habits in your busy life, being a stickler can be beneficial—setting a workout schedule, planning your meals in advance, saying no to things that get in the way of your goals. Without giving yo... 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
Ok, so I am needing motivation. I love working out, I go to the gym daily, I am very active but I want to start toning my body, get those abs I've always wanted. I haven't been seeing results, many say it's cuz I quit smoking. I'm just frustrated.... Read more
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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.
My weight has not changed in the last 3 weeks. It ju... Read more
Work lunch today was success. Went to pei Wei. Thought there would be lots of choices boy was I wrong. Amazing to look at their menu. Lettuce wraps 670 cal. 33 g of fat. Thank goodness for spicy tuna roll 265 cal 3 g of fat. Kudos to myself today.... Read more
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?
I walk 20 mins at about 10am, then 30 mins at lunchtime and finally I walk my puppy for about 30 m... Read more
Working nights and getting home late, I sometimes find it hard to sleep. I've taken to putting my yoga mat out next to my bed before I go to work. When I get home, instead of sitting on the couch watching TV until I'm tired enough to sleep, I get in... Read more
Last week I started a new series about my Journey Back to a Fitter Me. I’m trying to get back on track after having my third child, and I’m hoping that anyone who’s struggling to start and maintain a regular fitness routine wi... 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
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