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 have the spark mobile app on my iPhone and anything I log on it does not transfer to the website on my computer and anything I log on my computer does not show up on my mobile phone app. what am I doing wrong?... Read more
Old habits die hard.I have been working hard on logging everything and staying withing my alotted calorie range and have noticed that a lot of things I eat is not because of hunger but simply a habit - now I am working on breaking old habits...... Read more
Part-time working mom of 2 and 4 year old boys. Up and down the last 2 years but want to kick that 30lb jelly belly to the curb before the boys get old enough to realize what a schlub I've become. My goal is to fit back into my wedding dress.... Read more
Hi! My name is Theresa, I live in South Georgia, and I may be the most unhealthy person I know. Arriving at such a harsh realization has the potential to be soul crushing and paralyzing. And paralyzed is a fair description of my life over the past f... 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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