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
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
Although yoga has been around for thousands of years, it's become increasingly popular recently and has undergone quite the makeover. There are intense, sweaty styles of yoga that make the muscles of even the fittest people tremble; there are gen... 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
If you’ve never tried a stationary bike, you’re missing out on a fantastic cardio exercise that strengthens your legs and lungs at the same time. A stationary bike is a low-impact option that's easy on your joints.
Types of Bikes... Read more
I know a lot of us (me included) probably weren't too happy that when we lost or gained weight that we developed stretch marks, lots of them. I've seen many threads from members asking what could be done.
Now, there is a movement to embrace our... Read more
Have you tried seated cardio videos or water aerobics? Both will keep you active without putting pressure on your foot. I think there are some seated cardio videos here on Spark. I've heard insoles for your shoes will help, too.... Read more
My shoulders are super inflexible. For example, I can't sit on the floor and lean on my hands behind me. And I can't do triceps dips, because I can't get my arms behind me.
Can anyone recommend a good stretch or two that might help this motion?... Read more
I just watched the seated exercises and I am thrilled and encouraged by what I have seen thus far.
I am beginning again(sort of) . I guess I should say I am working on improving what I have been doing for my health. I have neglected sparkp... Read more
I have recently incorporated stretching into my daily routine. How beneficial! Flexibility helps me more easily perform routine chores & reduces injury. The stretches for my lower back, including piriforms and hamstring, reduce lower back pain, w... Read more
I am NOT a yoga person, but needed something to help stretch me out as I have had trouble with back/hip/hamstring that kept me from being able to exercise at all. This DVD feels so good on those tight areas and many things are what my physical therap... 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
In addition to the physical benefits of yoga, it has plenty of mental benefits as well. Certain poses can help energize you and others can help relax you. While I wouldn't recommend a full yoga practice just before bed, doing a few of these gentle,... Read more
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