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
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
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 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
Pain is a real, well, pain! How many times have you been gung-ho to start a new workout routine only to feel like you've been hit by a ton of bricks on day two? Something as simple as walking down the stairs can feel like torture. Most of us have... Read more
So, when they say not to eat fewer calories than your recommended calorie range, or your metabolism will slow down in 'starvation mode', is that before or after exercise is factored in?
I'm supposed to eat 1200-1500 calories a day. Then, if I bu... Read more
I'm back and ready to get this started again. I've been playing around to long. I was on another website and just got tired of all the negativity to peoples questions on the boards.
I don't want to be put down I'm here to be encouraged an... Read more
I'm relatively new to the low-carb lifestyle, most closely resembling South Beach. I've noticed that I've had a really hard time getting enough fiber with my current diet, and am curious if anyone has found a great source of fiber? My carb restrict... Read more
The hip flexors are the group of muscles that allow you to lift your knees toward your chest and bend forward from the hips. What is collectively referred to as the hip flexors is actually a group of muscles that includes the iliopsoas, the thi... Read more
In today’s world, we all sit for too many hours each day. We drive instead of walking. We take the escalator instead of climbing the stairs. As a result, our posture suffers—and our necks get tight because we spend hours looking down at o... Read more
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