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
I'm so new to SP but I didn't see any questions about dental/jaw work and blending your meals. I am having a lot of major dental work done over the next few months. I hate dental work and surgery! Any way, I can not chew food. I had a co... Read more
***Setting Up GOALS To Work On***
It's time to set up some healthy GOALS and Make A Plan for Success!
Please take your time and think it through so your goals are "Realistic."
Once ready, copy/paste the Goal Set Up Below and share with... Read more
I started a new job last week, and I've been very sore. Today, I woke up and I can barely put any weight on my left foot. It feels like I sprained it, but all I did was spend more than 20 hours in a 4 day span walking.
My feet have always given... Read more
I'm new and excited to be on this site.
I have Bulging and torn discs in my Lumbar, as well as Disc Degenerative Disease.
After two car accidents in 2005 I managed to get back to normal life in 2008.
Early March of last year (2013), I... 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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