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
Hi everyone, A few years back I used SparkPeople and loved it. I got too busy and it faded away. NOW-I am ready to be totally engaged and work extra hard to lose 10 pounds. My goal is 10 pounds because I have several tubs of clothes, beautiful clothe... Read more
It's been two weeks since I have had a real depression problem. Trying to do some things differently. I got back to my spark friends and earned 371 points today. I am so glad I have other people to vent with. It makes thing a little easier.... Read more
Just started back after being sick, Im new to this and would really love tips and support! I dont have much motivation anymore. I weigh 180 with the goal of 150. I just want to feel good about myself again!!... Read more
Do I have the option to go back to viewing the latest five or six status updates by friends in the right-hand column as was standard for so long? Now that the feed is not right out there, I completely forgot its existence until a friend sent an SP m... 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
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
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