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
#weightcheck. I started February 2016 I haven't always worked out of counted calories but I have kept w not eating fast food or overdoing it. I started at 213 I weighed in at 180.5 today my goal is 165 I'm 15.5 lbs away I've lost 32.5lbs and kept it... Read more
Hi there. Anyone else out there dealing with MS? I'm working out as much as I can and eating super clean to try and fight back with everything I can. I'm interested in what you are doing and what's working and what's not.... Read more
Christian alternative to Yoga! I bought the 20 minute praise moves to add flexibility and stretching into my work outs. I was not prepared for how easy it is but, I work up a sweat! Great. Plus I get to meditate on some great scriptures and get my at... 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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