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
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
Most people believe that all exercises are good, safe and effective. After all it's exercise—and that has to count for something, doesn't it?
The truth is that some common exercises aren't safe at all (especially for people who... Read more
Running may be challenging, but it is an activity humans were designed to do—and it's something nearly everyone can enjoy if we allow time and patience for our bodies to adapt to the demands of the sport. But that doesn't mean that prop... Read more
I sat listening quietly to the women in my monthly weight-loss support group talk amongst themselves over the conference line. Marge was sharing how happy she was to be back to her regular daily walks after months of being derailed by her broken ankl... Read more
I pulled a muscle on the inside of my leg yesterday. Applied heat and did some gentle stretching. It's still a little sore this morning and I'm wondering if I should still do my workout. My plan was to modify Coach Nicole's seated cardio... Read more
2 days after a mat pilates workout? I did lots of pushup style exercises on Tuesday and my shoulders and arms are still aching on Thursday! I didn't feel up for more pilates today so I just went for a gentle walk today.
Should I have pushed thr... Read more
I'm a 55 year old woman who has been dedicated to exercise and healthy eating for almost exactly 2 years now. My start weight was 230, current weight is 181 pounds. Height 5' 7. I've only lost about 6 pounds since last year at this time. But I'm dow... Read more
I am now in the phase of my healthy life style where I need to build some more quality muscle. My problem is that I cannot stand to lift weights. I go to the gym and start out doing 3 sets of 10 of different weight exercises and about 20 minutes into... Read more
I have seen many people that I know, who have been big with weights, end up with heart problems. It is the heavily muscled friends that make me wonder if too much muscle is as bad as having too much fat. I have been mostly cardio during my workout li... Read more
The scale can make you think you are not losing weight. You may even gain weight as you develop muscle mass. Don't give up! As you develop muscle, the fat will start decreasing. A pound of muscle equals the same as a pound of fat, but muscle is small... Read more
Inspiration for women focused on increasing lean muscle mass and lowering body fat through strength training and having FUN doing it. Some come on aboard and join up with us. You will not regret it!... Read more
By now, you probably know how important it is to warm up before you work out. Warming up prepares your body for the increased demands of physical activity, reducing your risk of injury and complications. Beyond sending more oxygen and blood flow to y... Read more
When starting a weight-loss plan, most of us hope to lose body fat, specifically—not muscle mass. But when we lose weight, a large percentage of the total weight lost can be muscle. Is there any way to reduce that muscle loss? How to Lose... Read more
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