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
If the eyes are the windows to the soul, then posture is a lens to our health. Sit and stand with proper posture and you will physically look 10 years younger—and 10 pounds lighter. Psychologically, good posture conveys confidence, poise and le... Read more
Stretching is an important component of any fitness routine. Although it can be tempting to finish a run and skip the stretches, you know better. Stretching has many benefits, including increased range of motion and improved muscular coordination. Re... Read more
When I first started running, I felt sore and tight, despite stretching thoroughly afterwards. I started thinking that running wasn't meshing well with my yoga practice. Yoga helped me loosen my muscles, but running only seemed to tighten them. A... Read more
Exercise beginners usually try to make up for lost time by going all out their first week. The result? Injury or intense soreness. Pain does not necessarily mean gain.
Many injuries occur at joints, where bones meet and provide motion. An enormo... Read more
Hi everyone, I'm a 20 yo female, I'm 5'7 and weigh 160lbs. I hope to get to around 135-140. I've been restricting calories for abt 4 weeks now. I started with 1200 cals/day but decided to up my calories to 1400 cals 1-2 weeks ago. I usually end up ea... Read more
I've pulled a tendon in my knee and was told not to do any exercise (using my knees) for at least a week. I usually eat around 1400 calories a day. Since my movement is limited, would it be better to aim for 1200?... Read more
Does anyone experience low blood sugars with intense workouts ( Insanity by beachbody.com)? How do you prepare: reduced basal rates at a certain hour in the day, no bolus after a meal, detach pump at a certain time, and what carbs are eaten if any?... Read more
Whenever you are standing, think about the long chain of muscles in the back of your body supporting your spine - calves, hamstrings, gluteals, back, neck - and imagine them as long and strong. Continue that extension through the crown of your head.... Read more
I'm a full time college student with a full time job, it's easy to get too busy to fit in exercise. On days when I don't have much time I go to my school's track and walk during my break. It's not hardcore cardio, but every little bit counts (:... Read more
Tight hamstrings are a common complaint not only amongst runners, cyclists and rowers, but for those who tend to sit most of the day, whether at a desk at work or school, spend a lot of time on the couch watching TV, sitting at the computer, even for... Read more
Fitness experts recommend a triad of exercises we should incorporate into our lifestyle in order to achieve optimum fitness. These exercises include cardio-respiratory activities, flexibility exercises and resistance training.
Cardio-respiratory a... Read more
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