Both running and walking are simple ways to get a great cardiovascular workout with no equipment beyond a sturdy pair of athletic shoes. But these common activities can lead to pain and injury if you're not careful. Here are five of the most comm... Read more
Back pain is one of the most common complaints doctors hear from their patients. In fact, studies show that more than 80% of Americans will suffer from at least one episode of back pain during their lifetime. Back pain can range from mildly annoying... Read more
You're miserable: achy, feverish, and exhausted. Your head is pounding, and you're nauseated. All the tell-tale signs are there; it's the flu. Before you stock up on ginger ale and jump into bed for the week, you might consider phoning a... Read more
Most people believe that all exercises are good, safe and effective. After all, it's all exercise, and that has to count for something, doesn't it?
The truth is that some of the machines in gyms aren't safe at all (especially for peo... Read more
Bend, twist, reach, and pull.
While this may sound like an intensive aerobics class, these are actually movements you do while working in the garden. Researchers estimate that gardening burns an average of 300 calories per hour, while heavy yard... Read more
Ok so I have always been a fair weather rider and with spring around the corner (in my part of the world) and the sun shining, I am excited about getting back on my bike! The problem is that I have gained weight since last summer and I am scared to g... Read more
I signed up for SparkPeople last year, but never really used it. I hope I can stick around long enough to make it to my goal weight. I am 5'4" 127 and would like to get down to about 118 and feel good in shorts and a swimming suit this y... Read more
You know, I'm finally ready to be serious, but I've had sciatica for 2 weeks. I also have two perforated discs. Did the prednisone taper off thing...it helped but it's back. I would love to be able to do back exercises to relieve it but I look at t... Read more
hello, my name is Tracy, I just turned 41. I have a 20 y/o daughter that is married, a son that is 15 and another daughter that is 14. We have a 14 y/o golden retriever mix, an 11 y/o cat, 2 guinea pigs and a fish.
I was here 4 years ago and lo... Read more
Hi all. I'm in need of some advice. I am currently in the process of losing weight. I have gone from a high of 435lbs to currently 405lbs. I seem to be losing at a steady pace but I'm feeling a bit down. I just have sooooo much to lose. I am doing my... Read more
Tightening/pulling in/tensing your abdominal/stomach muscles will help support your lower back when you are picking up an object. This will help protect your lower back and help prevent a back strain. You still need to properly lift items using you... Read more
Because exercise is such an important part of losing weight & converting to a different lifestyle, don't put yourself in jeopardy by "minimizing" the affect of an injury. Whether it's a strained muscle, shin splints or something more, take the time... Read more
Most of the time you and your body have a good working relationship. You tell it what to do, and it obeys. But every once in a while, your body talks back: a creaky knee here, a stiff shoulder there. It's saying that something you're doing&md... Read more
With much of the country experiencing an unseasonable amount of snow this winter many of us are finding ourselves digging out the snow shovel to clear our paths. But we must be mindful that while snow shoveling can give one quite a workout,it does co... Read more
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