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 will be headed back to school/work on Friday. I know that for the first two weeks back to work, I am always exhausted when I get home (I teach high school) The main goal those first two weeks is being able to rest and get used to the new routine.... Read more
Hello everyone. I think I joined SparkPeople in 2012, and forgot about it quickly afterwards. I am a stay at home mom with three kids - 6, 3, and 15 months. I'm always busy and always putting myself last. I love to eat and have no willpower! I also h... Read more
This is a Post for others to reply if you stretched after your muscles in your body is warmed up and it's better to stretch when your body has been moving around and won't strain... I thought that this was a good idea for others to keep in mind to st... Read more
This is a Challenge of doing 5 workouts straight days in a row... Hope that this Helps with Keeping you going... Even better if you do it for 6-7 days... but I limited it to just 5 to start out with... oxox... 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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